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The 13 members of the City Council unanimously passed a resolution last Wednesday in support of state legislation aimed at removing tear gas, rubber bullets, attack dogs and other weapons “not even used in war” from state and local police department... Read more
Legislation that would give Massachusetts voters more options to participate remotely in the fall primary and general elections is advancing on Beacon Hill this week with House and Senate versions set to be reconciled by lawmakers. Both bills — H. 4778... Read more
Youth-focused summer programs — including the popular Dorchester Baseball league— are preparing to re-open early next month as part of the anticipated “phase three” outlined by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of... Read more
We need to improve our capacity to select, train, and discipline police officers. Emphasis should be placed on maturity, good judgment, and self-restraint. Training should focus on how to de-escalate tense situations. The power to arrest, and in the... Read more
Summer BCMFest – the warm-weather counterpart to the annual winter BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) – will take place in a virtual format on July 5, featuring performances by the likes of fiddler Katie McNally; fiddle-harp duo Jenna Moynihan and Màiri... Read more
We have learned a lot about living through a pandemic over the past four months. Our best weapons for combatting a rapid spread of the virus in Massachusetts remain wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing. These require a change in human... Read more
A pair of Dorchester residents are “hatching change” by enlisting the help of their chickens to raise funds for a local social justice organization. Sierra and Vienna Rothberg — sisters who live in Fields Corner— started a Facebook fundraiser last week... Read more
Winston McGhee, 36, was arrested Wednesday for his alleged role as a supplier to a drug operation run by two brothers that had stash houses in Dorchester and Mattapan and wholesaled both cocaine and crack to smaller dealers across the city. Agents from... Read more
Let me start by saying this: Black Lives Matter. And we cannot take substantive steps forward to heal — as a community, as a state, as a nation, as a people— until we all embrace this. No lives truly matter until we all recognize that Black Lives Matter... Read more
Dorchester non-profit and charitable apparel maker United Senergy is placing its new “Everyday Heroes” t-shirt at the center of its fundraising campaign to battle food insecurity in Boston neighborhoods, an initiative brought about through a partnership... Read more
Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) hosted a “Drive-Through Graduation” on June 4 honoring the sixty members of the Class of 2020. BCSS arranged for a socially distant graduation ceremony, where students waited in their cars until their names were... Read more
A number of Dorchester restaurants are pivoting back to limited indoor dining this week— or making plans to do so soon— as the Commonwealth gradually eases restrictions on the trade. Tavolo Ristorante on Dorchester Avenue is planning to re-open for table... Read more
The gradual reopening of the economy in Massachusetts has led to employees feeling more stable in their jobs and financial situations over the past month, according to a new Suffolk University poll for WGBH News, the State House News Service, The Boston... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker visited Mattapan on Tuesday to celebrate the selection of a minority-owned developer to build new housing, day care and healthy food amenities on the site of the former Boston State Hospital, but he was greeted with frustration from... Read more
A man was shot to death in front of an apartment block on Thane Street near Four Corners on Tuesday just before 2 a.m. Boston Police say officers founded the victim— who has not yet been named by police— in the area of 26 Thane Street suffering from a... Read more
The number of African Americans donating blood with the Red Cross has dropped by more than half since the COVID-19 outbreak began in mid-March, and African American donors are critically needed to help patients battling sickle cell disease, according to... Read more
Speaking at Friday’s Juneteenth rally at Town Field in Dorchester, Dot House nurse Claudine Lopes quoted a well-known lyric from Sam Cooke: “It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.” That theme of “delayed liberation,” coupled with... Read more
Massachusetts would start a wide-ranging effort to crack down on police violence and improve transparency by implementing a certification system and stripping licensure from officers who commit egregious violations under a new bill Gov. Charlie Baker... Read more
With the weather warming and the restrictions easing, many of us have one thing on our minds – getting outside! But as we gear up for another summer, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is once again launching its annual safety campaign, Too Hot for... Read more
Playgrounds and splash pads reopened in Boston on Monday with safety guidelines and signage advising residents to stay six feet apart, wear face coverings, wash hands before and after visiting, and stay home if sick.  Boston Parks & Recreation... Read more

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