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In last week’s Reporter, I proposed eliminating odd-numbered year elections to increase voter turnout for municipal elections and, as a byproduct, save $1.5 million by consolidating the balloting. I received many thoughtful responses. I thought it was an... Read more
In a lengthy press conference last Thursday, Mayor Walsh urged that all Bostonians be tested for COVID-19 and said his priority moving through Phase 3 of the reopening process is to “contain the virus and prevent another surge.” He also used the occasion... Read more
Denella Clark, a Hyde Park resident and president of Boston Arts Academy (BAA) Foundation, has been elected as chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, an independent state agency. Clark was first appointed to the Commission in 2015... Read more
George Floyd’s casual murder by police has made it clearer than ever: We must end police violence and white supremacy. Black-led uprisings have brought millions into the streets, and even those previously silent on these issues are starting to speak up.... Read more
State Sen. Nick Collins will face opposition from a first-time candidate from Dorchester in the Sept. 1 primary election for the First Suffolk district. Samuel Pierce, who has been active as a volunteer in city and state election campaigns, will be on the... Read more
Since the start of her music career, Dorchester-based rapper Red Shaydez has endeavored to understand and embrace her “aura,” the innate way her personality and energy affect those around her. That process of self-discovery began with her first album, “... Read more
There’s an election of sorts under way in Neponset this month and the outcome could have long-term implications for the identity of that part of Dorchester. On July 1, the longtime Catholic parishes of St. Brendan and St. Ann were officially merged by... Read more
The University of Massachusetts system, the third-largest employer in the state, will cut about six percent of its full-time equivalent workforce and furlough thousands as part of its efforts to close a $264 million budget gap ripped open by the COVID-19... Read more
US Senator Edward J. Markey is in a tight race for re-election on Sept. 1 as he faces a vigorous challenge from a fellow Democrat. Nonetheless, he told the Reporter on Sunday, he is upbeat, pointing to a deep well of support in Dorchester and other city... Read more
Congressman Joe Kennedy’s insurgent bid to unseat US Sen. Ed Markey in the Sept. 1 primary brought him to Dorchester and Mattapan earlier this month for what his campaign billed as a “Jobs & Justice Tour,” which included meetings with local merchants... Read more
Starting school in Boston in the fall with all students physically returning to the classrooms would "probably be a stretch," Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday, indicating a preference for a blend of in-person and remote instruction. Like other school... Read more
A game changing idea that could allow our children to safely go back to school is the subject of a Harvard study. Boston needs to be the location where this is implemented first. Let me explain: An April 1 article in the NY Times by Dr. Joshua Rabinowitz... Read more
Most evictions and foreclosure will remain banned in Massachusetts until Oct. 17 under an extension to the COVID-prompted moratorium Gov. Charlie Baker triggered on Tuesday. Baker’s action will add another 60 days to a temporary ban that was set to expire... Read more
Since George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers, we have seen a public outcry for change in policing that has evolved into an international discourse on systemic racism and resulted in the world scrutinizing American society and culture. In... Read more
Ashmont Grill, one of the last of the Dorchester culinary staples to reopen since the start of Phase 3, is serving customers once again with a new outdoor setup after officially welcoming the public back last Thursday. Shuttered since the onset of the... Read more
Cam Charbonnier, who withdrew from the race for state representative in the 12th Suffolk district earlier in July, today endorsed one of his former rivals for the seat. Charbonnier threw his support to Stephanie Everett, one of three remaining Democrats... Read more
Differs From Senate on Qualified Immunity, Commission Makeup House Speaker Robert DeLeo and top Democrats plans to seek a vote Wednesday on police reform legislation that makes good on the promise leaders made to Black and Latino lawmakers following the... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports that two teens were shot at 46 Wildwood St., on the Dorchester side of Morton Street, around 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. Both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead. On Aug. 6 last year, Aquil Mohammad... Read more
Mayor pushes back against councillor’s critique of Resiliency Fund Mayor Walsh on Thursday said the city of Boston's priority moving through Phase 3 of reopening is to “contain the virus and prevent another surge.” In his press conference outside of City... Read more
There are so many parts of the workforce risking their own safety to ensure our communities receive medical care and access to vital services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the unsung heroes are the public transportation workers from the... Read more

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