By defunding the United States Postal Service, President Trump’s attempt to subvert the November election is an unprecedented frontal assault on our democracy, and all of us must do our utmost to resist it.  Mr. Trump openly acknowledged last week (Thurs... Read more
Walsh: 'We'll make the right decision' With school districts across the city and state readying for a return to instruction early next month — either in-person, remotely, or via a mix of the two—Boston remained in a holding pattern this week after seeking... Read more
Activating ARTivism, a virtual benefit concert series organized by local activists Amanda Shea and JD Neinast, will return for a second installation this Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The first virtual event held back in June... Read more
Waldeck Street fire
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 63 Waldeck St. in Dorchester around 8:25 a.m. for an attic fire. There were no injuries, but the fire displaced six, the department says, estimating damage at $100,000. The cause is under... Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, was the day that Charlie Titus returned to his post at UMass Boston for the last time. Since 1973, he had served in a variety of roles on the Harbor campus, and on his retirement day he was the vice chancellor for the Division of... Read more
Armed robbers inside Great Wok.
The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for two men it says held up the Great Wok, 1284 Massachusetts Ave. in Edward Everett Square, at gunpoint shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday. According to police: "One of the suspects was wearing all black... Read more
Voters who want to cast their ballot in the state primary before the Sept. 1 election date can choose from multiple locations in the city of Boston beginning on Sat., Aug. 22. Early voting will be available from that Saturday through Fri., Aug. 28 on... Read more
During the years that I spent traveling to Northern Ireland writing about the bitter and violent Troubles and the peacemaking efforts aimed at bringing it all to an end, people would often theorize that time spent there must have been filled with angst... Read more
The developer Mark Kennedy filed plans with the BPDA on Monday for a 5-story, 28-unit residential building with ground-floor retail space at 1813 Dorchester Ave., across from Edwin Street, a few blocks north of the Ashmont T station. The first new... Read more
Families got their first look at how a “hybrid” re-opening for Boston Public Schools could look like next month when school officials publicly released their draft plan last week, days before a previous deadline set by the Massachusetts Department of... Read more
A Boston developer has filed formal plans with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) to build three buildings off of Allstate Road near South Bay that would also include 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Adam Sarbaugh’s plan... Read more
For years, the mantra of “soup, soap, and salvation” has summed up the extensive services that the Salvation Army offers to the community. During the pandemic thus far, the Army-run Kroc Community Center in Uphams Corner has demonstrated a steadfast... Read more
State Rep. Dan Cullinane’s amendment mandating tenants the “first right of refusal” before the sale of their homes was included in the housing bill passed by the House earlier this month. Cullinane said that the amendment – essentially an option that... Read more
Catholic church-goers in Dorchester and Mattapan received some breaking news from the altar over the weekend. In Neponset, the longtime parishes of St. Ann and St. Brendan were united into a single entity, effective Aug. 1. Each church building will... Read more
Finalized renovation plans for Coppens Square, a small green space on Meetinghouse Hill between Bowdoin and Adams Street, will be made public at a virtual community meeting to be held next Tuesday (Aug. 18) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will mark the... Read more
Gov. Baker launched a new colored-coded system to label cities and towns based off the severity of their COVID-19 infection rates on Tuesday, initiating a targeted approach to virus containment that he said should help inform and guide the state,... Read more
Students voiced concerns about returning to classrooms inside school buildings last week during a Zoom forum moderated by US Rep. Ayanna Pressley. The “Students Speak” forum was held just two days before Pressley herself called for Massachusetts schools... Read more
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz offered a strong endorsement of Stephanie Everett last week. “Stephanie was on my very first State Senate staff, serving as deputy chief of staff when I came to Beacon Hill back in 2009 and since then she has gone on to help... Read more
Boston has seen a “slight uptick” in positive covid-19 cases in recent weeks, but not enough to trigger a retreat from local efforts to re-open businesses or other activities, Mayor Walsh said today at a briefing outside City Hall. The latest numbers as... Read more
Massachusetts voters have a lot on our minds as we approach the Sept. 1 primary and November’s general election: a pandemic, a struggling economy, and racial tension, among other things. But if we are going to take the long view, we should keep one issue... Read more


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