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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
A hiring freeze and adjustments to debt service and snow removal projections account for $35 million in cost savings in Mayor Martin Walsh’s revised fiscal 2021 budget, which also wipes out any expectation of a local aid increase for the coming fiscal... Read more
Dorchester business owners took stock of a sunny weather forecast and hurried to prepare for an influx of customers to outdoor dining areas as Phase 2 of reopening the state’s economy continued this week. One standout so far is the Banshee in Savin Hill... Read more
Led by City Councillor at-Large Julia Mejia, some 370 city residents joined an online forum last Thursday night to discuss solutions to the onslaught of illegal fireworks being shot off in Boston neighborhoods. Dubbed “Fireworks Trauma,” the event... Read more
The Boston Police Department last week said it would update its use of force policies to comport with calls for reform made by protesters in Boston and across the country. Known as “8 Can’t Wait,” the reforms focus on reducing the amount and type of force... Read more

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