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Though attendees at weekend meetings to discuss possible Boston Public Library branch closings voiced many opinions on what was happening to the city’s library system, their main point was clear: Do not close any of them. Dozens of residents met with city... Read more
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said this week that Gov. Deval Patrick, the state’s only Democratic governor since Menino took over City Hall in 1993, earned a grade of “C” for the first three years of his term before stepping his game up to a “B+” level the... Read more
Transportation officials faced angry neighborhood residents last week in a pair of contentious meetings about the Fairmount commuter rail line, including one session that ended with a state lawmaker abruptly leaving the room. “I’m losing faith in the... Read more
Five minutes. That’s how long, one lawmaker said jokingly, it will take for House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s expanded gambling bill to go from passage in the House to the Senate and then hit the governor’s desk. The joke has a ring of truth: the bill is... Read more
Despite the subtitle of his recent autobiography, “The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic,” and the sunrise photo of the statue of Admiral Farragut overlooking Pleasure Bay, Thomas M. Cirignano spent the first sixteen years of his life... Read more
The public debate over the future of the branch libraries took a Darwinian turn yesterday morning when BPL Trustees chairman Jeffrey Rudman revealed he couldn’t possibly consider closing branches in Uphams Corner and Egleston Square, claiming they “deal... Read more
Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees will vote Friday on a plan to shut the Dorchester Lower Mills and three other branches to cut a budget hole and concentrate on the "transformation" of the library system. BPL President Amy Ryan said that despite 4,000-... Read more
A preliminary investigation shows the teenager pursued by police during a gang investigation on Navillus Terrace Saturday night exchanged fire with officers, then reloaded his gun, put it to his head and fired, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley... Read more
Closing branch libraries should be the city’s “last option” and should follow an extensive review of Boston Public Library finances and “lengthy” public debate, nine city councillors wrote in a letter to Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan. “The... Read more
The Boston Police Department says the 19-year-old died as he tried running away from officers conducting an anti-gang sweep in the area of Navillus Terrace and Winter Street around 9:41 p.m. on Saturday. In a statement, police said: "While conducting [... Read more
Steven OdomDavid Johnson, 20, of Mattapan, will serve six to eight years in state prison for giving an acquaintance a loaded .357 Colt Python that the guy used to murder Steven Odom - when he mistook one of Odom's friends for the gang rival he really... Read more
Days before the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees is expected to vote on whether to close branches or pare back hours, the head of the library system spoke today with a group of community reporters at the main branch in Copley Square. The library... Read more
Gintautas Dumcius has joined the staff of the Dorchester Reporter and the Mattapan Reporter as news editor. A Quincy native, he attended UMass Boston, where he was news editor of the student newspaper, the Mass Media. He has been a contributing reporter... Read more
As the weather gets warmer, children and adults can’t help but head outside. While some enjoy winter sports such as ice skating or swimming at an indoor pool, spring provides a new opportunity for kids to become involved in a wide variety of sports.... Read more
The trophy in Dorchester’s chili cook-off returned to Lower Mills this week after a year’s absence, with the neighborhood’s civic association taking the top prize at the one-pot dish competition. The group was helped by Chris Gotreau, the executive chef... Read more
Steve Baddour, the Mane of the Merrimack, sat in one of the richly appointed back offices of the Senate Ways and Means suites last Wednesday afternoon and looked like a little boy whose big brother has been making sure the other kids don’t steal his ice... Read more
As mayor, one of my priorities is making sure that Boston’s youth have the opportunities and support they need to engage in their communities and address the important issues they are faced with every day.  Each year I have the privilege of working with... Read more
Florian Hall has canceled a series of glitter-ball events because of a fight at the hall in January that left one woman with only nine fingertips. The two women, both originally from Dorchester, returned to the neighborhood on Jan. 22 from their current... Read more
While the number of teen pregnancies in Boston is down, Dorchester and Mattapan had the highest rate in 2008 among the city’s various neighborhoods, public health officials said this week. The average rate for Dorchester was 10.5 percent, higher than the... Read more
A South Boston native who has spent the past four decades tirelessly advocating for veterans has been given the Robert H. Quinn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership. Thomas J. Lyons, a Wakefield resident who works as manager of community services at... Read more

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