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Longtime Dorchester business and civic leader John B. Byrne, a Braintree man who was born in Dorchester and spent all of his working years in this community, has died at the age of 96. Byrne, once dubbed the "lord mayor of Fields Corner," died peacefully... Read more
Chando Souffant spends $930 a month in tolls ferrying passengers to Logan Airport and back. Fellow cab driver Valville August's wife does all the work at home on her own, with August working 16 to 17 hours a day. And Pierre Duchemin is thinking about... Read more
Employing Dorchester as a backdrop, Gov. Deval Patrick this week officially unveiled his highly-anticipated education reform effort, dubbed the Readiness Project. The raft of proposals - full-day kindergarten and universal pre-kindergarten, a "portfolio"... Read more
At the behest of Mayor Thomas Menino, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Department of Neighborhood Development and other city agencies are gearing up to study the future use of dozens of vacant lots to revitalize the business districts of Bowdoin-... Read more
Harbor Point should be integrated with the rest of the Columbia Point community and local transportation around remains a keen problem, residents told a city task force on June 14. The comments came at a Saturday "visioning" session held at Boston College... Read more
The president of the Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association this week hit planners of the new Pope John Paul II Academy for lack of a traffic study for its Neponset campus. "I think the community is getting the short shrift," said Phil Carver, speaking at a... Read more
As it nears its 60th year, leadership of the Freedom House in Grove Hall is back in the family again. Director Ricardo Neal will take a break to find a new direction and Gail Snowden, whose parents founded the neighborhood institution, will temporarily... Read more
Under new leadership, Boston's Puerto Rican festival has apparently shaken off the financial troubles that caused its cancellation in 2007, and will once again roll to the Salsa beat this weekend in Franklin Park. The turn-around began even before the... Read more
As the school year draws to a close, the three schools that make up the Dorchester Education Complex are all on the brink of leadership changes. The complex on Dunbar Avenue, which houses the Edward G. Noonan Business Academy, the Academy of Public... Read more
New games are in town this summer as the St. Brendan's Gaelic Athletic Club kicks off its opening season, bringing Gaelic football and hurling to Dorchester's fields. "All are welcome," said Larry McGann, hurling coach and secretary of the St. Brendan's... Read more
Call it a rematch of sorts. Spurred in part by Sen. Barack Obama's run for the White House, a Dorchester woman who helped manage William Celester's unsuccessful campaign for the Sixth Suffolk seat in 2006, is mounting a run to challenge incumbent state... Read more
A new "Right to Cure" law has slowed the rate of new foreclosure filings to a relative crawl, according to state Land Court officials, but the drop may be only temporary, say some. Beginning May 1, when the law first took effect, the rate of affidavits... Read more
The sound of ambulances and police cars roaring are not uncommon in the Melville-Park neighborhood. But, neighbors say, the emergency vehicles are usually racing to someplace else in Dorchester. But on Dec. 13, 2005, they all converged on Bourneside... Read more
A 13-year-old girl was pulled out of Boston Harbor off Columbia Point on Tuesday after a frantic search in the water by her friends, lifeguards, a pair of tourists from Holland and the Boston Fire Department. The girl was holding on to a piling under the... Read more
Supporters of TOUCH 106.1 FM, the low-powered radio outfit that is broadcasting from a Grove Hall studio in defiance of a federal order, will take their campaign to the Quincy offices of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next week. A 45-minute... Read more
St. Peter's School had their last day of school ever last Friday, ending 110 years of Catholic education on Bowdoin Street. At the last graduation ceremony Thursday night, some parents said they hadn't found new schools for their children yet, others... Read more
At St. Kevin's School, the final day was celebrated with a special mass for the school. Tears and laughter and plenty of song carried off the students inside the chapel on Columbia Road. Fr. Tim Kearney, a former St. Kevin's seventh-grade teacher,... Read more
Two of Dorchester's most storied and vibrant Catholic parishes have new leadership this month. Rev. Sean Connor, a 42 year-old former police officer who became a priest at age 35, has taken charge at Neponset Avenue's St. Ann parish. And in Lower Mills,... Read more
Now that designs for the Four Corners Station are near complete, the MBTA has scheduled meetings for the remaining three planned stations along the commuter rail's Fairmount Line. Thirty percent design meetings for the Talbot Station (July 10, 6:30 p.m... Read more
At a community meeting held at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School last Wednesday the question heard most was, "Where did the gun come from?" It's a non-rhetorical question that Citizens for Safety are urging people to ask after every single... Read more

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