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For those with any lingering doubts about Councillor Michael Flaherty's intentions this election season, it is now clear he will be vying for the Mayor's chair. It's simply a matter of when he will announce it. The massive size of Flaherty's current... Read more
Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett. The girls wear plaid jumpers and the boys are in identical clean white shirts. Motley rows of drawings and letters of... Read more
The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo. Jane Matheson, who for 20 years ran the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation with a philosophy... Read more
Plans to erect a new billboard on the Southeastern Expressway stalled this week after Port Norfolk neighbors demanded more time to review the proposal, which would divert an unspecified percentage of profits back into the community in return for their... Read more
Members of the Dorchester delegation stood squarely behind state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's re-election bid earlier this month as ethics questions cast a cloud over his close associates. Local lawmakers, all fellow Democrats, said DiMasi has run the... Read more
For the last eight years, the basement of a Franklin Field apartment block that once served as a safe haven for teens and kids had been collecting water, mold and dust - a victim of federal budget cuts that decimated public housing programs. This week,... Read more
A budgie, a.k.a. a parakeet: Photo courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The Franklin Park Zoo has been improving itself incrementally for decades. However slowly, it has inched evermore toward becoming the cultural resource that director John Linehan tells... Read more
Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD. With Boston Public Schools facing a more than $100 million deficit and the superintendent calling for 15 percent... Read more
Kevin McCrea, a self-described goo-goo (good governance advocate) who successfully sued City Council for violating the Open Meeting Law, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for mayor tonight at a private home on St. Mark's Road. "I'm running to end the... Read more
MAHA instructor Hilda Fernandez (l) with MAHA's 15,000th graduate Damaris Padilla: Photo by Rochelle Ballin. Click to enlarge. On Saturday, the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance graduated its 15,000th Homeownership University participant. The... Read more
Ed and Mary Forry: Reporter founders Edward and Mary Forry spoke at the Dorchester Day Banquet, JFK Library, Dorchester, 1992 In 1983, Ed and Mary Forry launched a monthly newspaper from a makeshift office in their Lower Mills home. Twenty-five years... Read more
New City Council President Michael Ross, citing the economy and a gag-order motion filed by prosecuting attorneys in Councillor Chuck Turner's bribery case, halted an council investigation into Turner's fitness to serve on Tuesday. Federal investigators... Read more
Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.With less than a week left before Barack Obama makes his inaugural address, he might heed instructions President John F. Kennedy gave to his speechwriter: "add style & eloquence," "shorten sentences... Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development began seeking input this week for the Mid-Dorchester Action Plan, a plan designed to attract developers to vacant lots in busy neighborhood shopping areas. Mid-Dorchester... Read more
Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo. Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh, while stopping short of a full-on endorsement, lent his oratorical skills to at-Large City Council candidate Felix G. Arroyo at a $100-a-ticket... Read more
Look for yet another shift in the pastoral administration of Dorchester's Roman Catholic parishes in coming days. That is the message delivered on Tuesday night by auxiliary Bishop Robert Hennessey to what one observer who was there said was a "stunned... Read more
Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett. Neighborhood residents and developers are closer to agreement over plans for housing and demolition near Neponset Circle. By a show of hands, more... Read more
Leahy: Remembered.Brian Leahy had a perfect day last Saturday. He spent the morning at Greenhill's Bakery. Brian had attended the meeting at the Murphy Community Center earlier in the week and was anxious to round up support from local officials to make... Read more
Preserving education. Reforming of the criminal offender information system. Protecting local aid to cities and towns. Those are some of the issues facing lawmakers as they prepare to kick off another two-year session. And those are just the ones that are... Read more
Murphy Community Center: Change in status?The director of the Boston Center of Youth and Families is proposing that several of the independent councils dedicated to supporting the city's community centers - beginning with the Murphy Community School... Read more

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