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Service workers whose jobs are tied to federal government contracts would be eligible to receive back pay for wages lost during the ongoing government shutdown under legislation introduced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Boston and others. Under... Read more
A relatively short meeting of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association on Monday attracted a packed house for a briefing on ongoing planning projects and upcoming meetings, and for an opportunity to object to a proposed over-the-bridge Savin Hill... Read more
Real estate developers are breathing a sigh of relief now that National Grid and its locked-out gas workers have reached a tentative labor agreement. Some projects that would otherwise be complete have been on hold because developers can’t get gas service... Read more
The Republic of Ireland has announced it will fund a series of programs at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute this year. Through a grant from the Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme, the EMK Institute recently received $30,000 to support new programs,... Read more
Legislature gets 14-bill package Increasing the number of liquor licenses, upping fees derived from commercial developments, and moving toward better tenant protections are among the priorities that Mayor Martin Walsh laid out in the 14-bill legislative... Read more
Cataclysmic ’17 blaze was then; this is now It’s a bracingly cold late afternoon in the dead of winter— an odd time for a resurrection. But as the sun sets in the late afternoon, you can see that the Treadmark building is slowly coming back to life. A... Read more
Political activists and observers in Dorchester and Mattapan are mainly heartened by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s announcement that she is exploring running for President. The senator, first elected in 2012, opened an exploratory committee on New Year’s... Read more
Barbra Trybe, a longtime civic activist in and around Dorchester, died on Dec. 19 at age 69 after a long illness. She was active in many organizations, including the Dorchester Allied Neighborhood Association, the Dorchester Day Parade Committee, the Four... Read more
Dorchester and Mattapan had a year packed with political shakeups and development proposals. Here is a look back at some of the biggest and most notable stories of the year 2018 and a peek ahead at the stories we will be watching in the new year: A... Read more
Late one recent afternoon, while the rest of us were worried about the big things in life, like Kate Middleton’s net worth, Melania’s safari helmet, and whether A-Rod feels constrained by JLo, an elderly Roman Catholic priest named Fr. Richard Conway, or... Read more
Fifteen percent of working parents in Massachusetts and 19 percent of children in the state will be affected by the $1 minimum wage increase that takes effect this week, according to a new analysis. The Jan. 1 hike from $11 hourly to $12, part of a multi-... Read more
More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts last November than in any November before that, according to real estate market analysts, who also noted that they were sold for a higher medium price than in any previous eleventh month. The Warren... Read more
Nearly 14 years after Needham became the first town in the country to ban tobacco sales to people under 21, the higher purchase age for cigarettes and other tobacco products kicked in across the state on Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker in July signed a bill... Read more
The average life expectancy for Massachusetts residents rose in 2016, an increase that stands in contrast to national trends showing declines in how long Americans can expect to live, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. The life... Read more
The Dorchester Youth Hockey Bantam Red team won the Mayor’s Cup championship title for its division on Dec. 31 at UMass Boston. Pictured, left to right, are teammates Finn Carpenter, coach Brendan Raftery, Tom “T-Mac” McCarthy, David George, Cole Riley,... Read more
When many 911 calls weren’t going through late last month due to an outage at a Louisiana telecomm giant, vintage technology helped save the day in Boston. After a fire broke out in a building in the North End early on Dec. 21, a resident who couldn’t use... Read more
Greater Ashmont Main Street and Mandorla Music Series will co-host the next installment in the bimonthly Dot Jazz Series on Thurs., Jan. 10 with the Jerry Bergonzi Quintet in concert at Peabody Hall. Doors open at 7p.m. and the $15 ticket includes dessert... Read more
Sandeep Das, a Grammy Award-winning member of the Silkroad Ensemble, will lead a performance at Peabody Hall in Ashmont on Sun., Feb. 17. The concert is part of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series and will celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage shared... Read more
Boston has a handful of new state, county, and federal legislators slated to be sworn in to office this week. State and county office holders are inaugurated on Jan. 2. Before the swearing in for two-year terms of this 191st session, state senators and... Read more
The Dorchester Art Project will present “Priority Made,” a nationally curated postal sticker show that will kick off with an opening reception on Sat., Jan. 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibit will feature work on, or relating, to the Label 228 USPS... Read more

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