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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
Boston is a leader on climate action. We’re preparing our communities for climate impacts like coastal flooding and heat waves, and we’re cutting the emissions that cause climate change to begin with. We’ve committed to becoming carbon neutral by the year... Read more
In 1966, a year after Martin Luther King Jr. came to Boston for the historic Freedom Rally march for fair housing, education reform, poverty reduction, and race equity, he went to Chicago to help local leaders fight discriminatory housing practices, one... Read more
With Covid-19 bringing changes to teaching as we know it, Jamaal Bonnette, an art teacher at Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, has been meeting the challenge of keeping kids engaged through virtual classes — a tall task for anyone. So, when a... Read more
Dorchester’s Tammy Tai is the new Deputy Director of King Boston, the non-profit organization that works to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.  She serves on the faculty of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and is... Read more
This Saturday (Dec. 19), Dorchester resident and fifth-grade student James Keough will feature in “Starry Night,” a filmed production of the annual Christmas Concert performed by the boys choir at St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge.  Keough, 10,... Read more
Dorchester’s Carney Hospital has once again earned an ‘A’ for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that collects and monitors hospital performance nationally. “Patient safety is our... Read more

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