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It's not too late to rethink your Thanksgiving plans. That's one message public health commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel wants to get out ahead of the Thursday holiday, as Massachusetts continues to confront a surge in COVID-19 cases and as data indicate... Read more
Damage to the two houses
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that started at 16 Nightingale St. shortly before 7:45 a.m. spread to 12 Nightingale St. and went to four alarms before firefighters were able to bring it under control. Some 12 residents were displaced and two... Read more
Ongoing repairs and painting on the Granite Avenue drawbridge will trigger more lane closures this weekend and through next month. The bridge will stay open through the work, state officials say, but the lane restrictions will likely cause back-ups during... Read more
Firefighters and fire on Robinson Street
The Boston Fire Department reports that a three-alarm fire that erupted around 5 a.m. on Friday at 36 Robinson St. displaced nine residents and resulted in an estimated $1 million in damage, but caused no injuries. This is what first alarm companies... Read more
Virginia “Jinny” Chalmers, 70, of Dorchester, a longtime BPS teacher and retired principal of the Young Achievers K-8 Pilot School in Mattapan, died Tuesday after a a crash between her bicycle and an Eversource truck on Blue Hills Parkway. The crash... Read more
At a time of heightened economic anxiety for local families, many of whom are struggling to pay rent or put food on the table, Dorchester-based non-profit United Senergy has organized a holiday toy drive through Dec. with the goal of spreading joy to... Read more
JocCole “JC” Burton of Dorchester has been named a member of the city of Boston’s Board of Examiners (BOE), a three-member panel appointed by the mayor that issues licenses to qualified builders. Burton formerly served as the founder and chief executive... Read more
Joseph N. Cooper has been appointed a special assistant to the chancellor at UMass Boston where he will advise Marcelo Suárez-Orozco on matters of importance to Black faculty, students, and staff. “UMass Boston must stand for a higher education agenda of... Read more
Supreme Judicial Court Judge Kimberly Budd, Gov. Baker’s pick to serve as the top court’s next chief justice, said last week she wants to use the post to ensure that everyone has a voice “and to see that justice is done.” In talking with members of the... Read more
The war to stem the climate crisis is global, but neighborhoods are the battlegrounds for creating a sustainable future that protects both infrastructure and people from the encroachment of high waters, fierce storms, and punishing heat. Each Boston... Read more
Eight years ago, Dorchester resident Michael Prout captained the US swim team at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Now, he’s continuing to pass the baton by helping young swimmers with disabilities chase their goals of one day becoming Paralympians. Prout... Read more
As temperatures continue to drop and the holiday season approaches, some local restaurateurs are offering to cook Thanksgiving dinner themselves as part of a takeout special catering to folks social distancing at home. The Blarney Stone in Fields Corner... Read more
John Walsh, who helped engineer Deval Patrick's successful first run for governor and this year managed the reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, is moving inside government. Markey on Wednesday announced that Walsh, a Lower Mills resident, will... Read more
Harbor Health will continue to offer free outdoor HIV Rapid Testing Clinics in November and December at its Dorchester community health centers. The free, fast, and confidential clinics are open to anyone in the community who needs to know their HIV... Read more
A year-long project to improve the George Wall Playground at Dorchester Park is complete and the space is now open to the public following a $626,000 renovation. The work was funded by Mayor Walsh’s Capital Improvement Plan and Youth Lead the Change, the... Read more
The news that it only took one week for the US to add one million new cases of COVID was reported alongside the news that Moderna, the Cambridge-based pharmaceutical company, posted preliminary data indicating that their vaccine reduced transmission of... Read more
To the Editor: Some may ask: Why, amid a lethal pandemic, a racial revolution, economic insecurity, and the horrific realization that normal may never be normal again, would the removal of the name Faneuil Hall from a public building be so crucial to... Read more
Morrissey Boulevard is going to flood every few weeks when there’s an especially high tide or a storm surge. It’s what happens when you build a low-lying motorway through the middle of a body of water—in this case, Dorchester Bay. We can decide to simply... Read more
Boston is experiencing another spike in fresh Covid-19 cases, a grim marker that Mayor Walsh warned on Tuesday could get worse in the coming days and weeks. The city notched its single largest one-day total since June on Nov. 12 and Monday of this week... Read more
Serge Georges, Jr., who currently sits as an associate justice at the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court, was nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday to join the Supreme Judicial Court. The son of immigrants from Haiti who was raised on... Read more

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