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Gyms, museums, and movie theaters in Boston were permitted to reopen on Monday at limited capacity, and with additional cleaning and safety requirements in place.  “We were ready to go last week with all of our clubs, although two of our Boston clubs had... Read more
Peals of laughter and the clatter of pins once again echoed across the hardwood at Boston Bowl Monday afternoon as the popular bowling alley reopened its doors after lying dormant since the start of April due to the COVID-19 shutdown. During that stretch... Read more
Cam Charbonnier, one of four candidates on the ballot for the Sept. 1 election for state representative in the 12th Suffolk district, suspended his campaign last week. A close aide to Mayor Martin Walsh and the only white candidate in the field to succeed... Read more
Democracy wilts with low voter turnouts.  When turnout is low, vested interests are typically the winners, which creates an imbalance in governance. Last year’s city council elections produced a turnout of 11.17 percent in the preliminary election and 16.... Read more
I know the passing of the Boston budget for the next fiscal year [by an 8-5 vote] comes with a certain amount of controversy, but I also think it’s important to look holistically at just what this budget does for our city. I want to see change. But that... Read more
The sale of the Fairlawn Apartments, now known as SoMa, is a stinging memory fresh in the minds and hearts of many Mattapan residents. The 347-unit apartment complex was sold in 2018 to a market-rate developer who proceeded to transform this naturally... Read more
Neighbors concerned about health impacts from a new Burger King restaurant that has been okayed by the Licensing Board for the Riverwood Plaza on River Street in Hyde Park are going to court in an effort to block its opening. H.E.R.E Justice Coalition, a... Read more
Three Boston City Councillors on Monday filed an ordinance that would establish a Civilian Review Board to investigate allegations of police misconduct. If approved by the rest of the council and signed by Mayor Martin Walsh, it would replace the existing... Read more
Collins votes 'No'; House vote next as session wanes After a difficult rollout and several false starts, the state Senate passed a far-reaching reform of policing in Massachusetts early Tuesday morning that would ban chokeholds, limit the use of tear gas... Read more
A day after his city moved into its newest stage of reopening, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday detailed plans to "very carefully" begin to reopen City Hall to the public as he cautioned residents that the coming days would be critical to avoiding the... Read more
Massachusetts will become the second state ever to pursue legal action against ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft over their classification of workers, a system that Attorney General Maura Healey argues leaves almost 200,000 drivers without access to key... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports somebody lit a statue of the Virgin Mary on fire at Saint Peter Parish Church, 284 Bowdoin St., shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday. "Officers spoke with members of Boston Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit who... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot at 25 Regis Rd. in Mattapan shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Overall positive covid rate down 15.5 percent The city is preparing guidelines for “Phase 3” reopenings on Monday, which will include outdoor events, indoor gyms and museums. “Overall, the message about Phase 3 is that we can move forward because we’ve... Read more
Markey: To achieve equity & accessibility, ‘just make it free’ Introducing recently-filed transportation legislation, Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Wednesday joined At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu, transit justice... Read more
The Urban Farming Institute in Mattapan has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Boston Foundation’s Open Door Grants to support UFI’s program “Fit Around the Farm,” which offers gentle aerobics, chair yoga, and cooking lessons for seniors. Residents of... Read more
The BPS Arts Expansion initiative announced in late June that a new round of grants committed by the education improvement organization EdVestors will dedicate more than $360,000 to some 60 Boston schools, including 13 located in Dorchester.  The... Read more
On June 27, students participated in a virtual graduation ceremony for the METCO program, which since 1966 has brought and supported students of color from Boston’s neighborhoods to suburban, mostly white schools. These 264 students were lauded by special... Read more
Toxics Action Center, a non-profit organization led by Ashmont resident Sylvia Broude, has changed its name to Community Action Works. The new branding comes after 33 years of working with residents across Massachusetts and New England to stop pollution... Read more
Boston is among the three US cities that will form a so-called “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission” to review racial inequities, police violence, and misconduct in the legal system. District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco... Read more

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