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Low interest rates, the inability to leave our homes, and the desire for larger and more comfortable space has led to a home renovation boom in the US. Since last March, the demand on building materials has gone up by 16.8 percent, according to a Census... Read more
Community members will have the chance next week to hear the latest updates, voice comments, and ask questions at several virtual public comment sessions concerning development and planning projects in Dorchester.  Dorchester Bay City: Mon. Nov. 16, 6 p.m... Read more
In its attempt to increase diversity at Boston Latin School, the new BPS admission policy that cancels an exam school entrance test in favor of awarding seats based on winner and loser zip codes sails dangerously close to constitutionally prohibited... Read more
Back in 1997, I was on a trip to promote peace in the former Yugoslavia and war broke out while I was in Pristina, the capital city of the Republic of Kosovo. We heard machine guns firing at night and learned about massacres the next morning, and we were... Read more
Sedition. That is the legal word for the crime against democracy that Donald Trump and his knock-kneed co-conspirators in Congress appear to be staging in a desperate grasp at control of the White House. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were duly elected last... Read more
Starting next spring and summer, the MBTA would eliminate commuter rail service on weekends and after 9 p.m. on weeknights, cease running all ferries, scrap 25 bus routes, including one that runs along Dorchester Avenue, halt subways and buses at midnight... Read more
After a weekend of celebrations following President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris’s victory in the 2020 election, attention should soon begin to shift to next year’s most important political contest on the local front: Mayor of Boston. A key... Read more
President Donald Trump's repeated attempts to sow doubt about the results of last week's presidential election are bad for the country and distract from efforts to wrestle the COVID-19 pandemic under control, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. The... Read more
All weekend commuter rail service, 25 bus routes, ferry service, any rapid transit after midnight, and far more would be eliminated next year under a package of service cuts that MBTA officials will propose Monday. Pressed into a difficult and unpopular... Read more
With its CEO calling it a "great day for science and humanity," Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced Monday morning that its vaccine candidate was more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19, with no serious safety concerns observed. The... Read more
Saturday's news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had defeated President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the 2020 election triggered a wave of optimism among elected officials in Boston who on Sunday looked forward to partnering with the... Read more
The positive rate of Covid-19 infections remains higher than the citywide average at over 10 percent in Dorchester, Mattapan and East Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh told reporters Thursday during a media availability outside of City Hall. According to data... Read more
Suffolk University and the Boston Debate League (BDL) announced today a new partnership that will generate a series of virtual community forums, programs and conversations addressing one of the United States’ most pressing policy issues – criminal justice... Read more
CNA Stores, the Amesbury-based cannabis retailer hoping to open an establishment at 540 Gallivan Blvd. in Dorchester, will host a virtual “Ask CNA Stores” event on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for Dorchester residents who are 21 years or... Read more
A reclaimed farm on Norfolk Street in Mattapan has won the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award last week. Once a distressed eyesore on Norfolk Street, the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm is one of the few remaining... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture announced this week that HOME, a new virtual program of poetry spearheaded by City of Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola, will begin this weekend. The series, presented by the Academy of... Read more
While most Boston streets were quiet on Halloween night, Santa, the Grinch, Spider-Man, Pikachu and other enchanting beings flocked to Butler street in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester, where they were bound to get candy. At dusk, awaiting the cadre... Read more
The following letter is in response to two articles published recently by the Reporter (Sept. 9, Oct. 15) about the missing remains of US Army Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Beard, a native of Dorchester who died in the Philippines in the early days of US... Read more
Richard Shelton of Dorchester was feted recently at a ceremony celebrating his retirement from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, where he worked as a greeter for the last 33 years. Affectionately known as the “Mayor of Spaulding,” Shelton... Read more
Several major property owners representing hundreds of thousands of rental units nationwide agreed Monday to pause evictions for failure to pay rent until 2021 and to work with tenants who are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the... Read more

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