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The electoral college is an anachronism and has been for some time. It is not necessarily representative of the nation as it has evolved in the past century. Nevertheless, it is established by the Constitution and well-intentioned people should not spend... Read more
As an incoming freshman at Boston Arts Academy in 2003, Joe Gonzalez didn’t know he was dyslexic. Growing up near the Dorchester/Mattapan border, his first language was Spanish until the age of five, and his reading skills faltered in elementary and... Read more
Boston city councillors last week approved a new independent office that will investigate and provide oversight of the Boston Police Department. The Office of Police Accountability and Transparency was recommended by the police reform task force convened... Read more
Two Dorchester Avenue housing development projects won approval from the Boston Planning & Development (BPDA) Board of Directors at its final meeting of the year 2020 last Thursday. Along with eight other projects greenlighted by the board last week,... Read more
Over the weekend, a small group of volunteers from the local organization My Brother’s Keeper 617 – among them Santa Claus, the Grinch, and a few reindeer –distributed toys to kids in Dorchester and Roxbury as a way to spread some holiday cheer. Tony... Read more
Another Massachusetts prosecutor is raising questions about the scope of the state’s investigation into the drug lab scandal involving the disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan. Last week, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins became the state’s second... Read more
Up to 35 percent of retail alcoholic beverage licensees and 20 percent of state licensees may not renew in the new year due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s “major economic toll” on bars and restaurants, according to Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “The outlook for... Read more
On a warm day in early September, the Humphreys Street Studios in Dorchester bustle with activity. Jemuel Stephenson stands in a room overlooking a massive workshop, next to a stack of his laser-cut bamboo boxes. Patterned with bright, psychedelic swirls... Read more
We all hope the holidays will be a time of happiness, comfort, and harmony, yet often our anticipation and excitement can turn into feelings of stress, anxiety and or depression, on top of an array of demands.  This year, we have had some additional... Read more
With this Christmas issue, we’re pleased to display on our front page an original work by the wonderful Irish-born artist Vincent Crotty. The Reporter newspapers commissioned Vincent to create in this time of social distancing an original painting of... Read more
Earlier this month when Mayor Walsh announced the transition of several City Hall staff into new leadership positions in his administration, Kaitlin Passafaro, a lifelong Dorchester resident, was named director of the office of Intergovernmental Relations... Read more
Don't count me out, says Rep. Holmes When Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo filed an official notice last Friday that he has entered job negotiations with Northeastern University, his alma mater, his action seemed to most to set the stage for the... Read more
Joining a growing field of city council hopefuls in next year’s municipal election, David Halbert of Dorchester announced last week that he will again seek an at-large seat on the panel. “I’m incredibly grateful for the support our campaign has seen so... Read more
The ceremony to swear in Judge Serge Georges to the Supreme Judicial Court, like most events during the pandemic, was scaled back from the fanfare that accompanies such affairs. But Georges, who wore a maroon Boston College Eagles facemask while taking... Read more
Mayor Walsh doubled down on coronavirus restrictions Tuesday, following Gov. Baker’s lead in introducing new limits on gathering capacities for businesses and individuals to better confront the continuing sure in coronavirus cases across the commonwealth... Read more
Two local Dorchester-based unions – IBEW Local 103 and Pipefitters Local 537 – held toy drives this past week to help families facing hardship this holiday season. Local 537, represented by Business Manager Tom Kerr, to Santa Claus’s left above, Marine... Read more
Rep. Russell Holmes said Friday morning he intends to challenge Majority Leader Ron Mariano for control of the House if Speaker Robert DeLeo steps down, as expected, in the coming weeks, offering an alternative to DeLeo's top deputy and altering the... Read more
Gov. Baker announced opposition last week to allowing 16 and 17 year olds in Massachusetts to acquire abortions without consent from a parent or a judge, setting up a potential battle with the Legislature’s Democratic supermajority even as he supported... Read more
Low interest rates and the work from home shift are contributing to a continuing “frenzy” of home-buying in Massachusetts and sales activity and prices both set records in November. Sales rose nearly 25 percent last month and the median sale price of a... Read more
Affordable housing activists are calling on Mayor Walsh to strengthen the city’s Inclusive Development Policy (IDP) and urging state lawmakers to pass a home rule petition that would boost developer linkage fees. At a virtual press conference last week, a... Read more


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