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Nine months after its revival, the Mattapan Branch Library is strikingly busy on a Thursday afternoon. Students clamor in and out of the young adult and children’s rooms. Older patrons use new computers or borrow from the DVD collection. A group of... Read more
Voters go to the polls on Nov. 3 with eight choices for four City Council At-Large slots on the ballot. The crop of candidates – many of them aides to politicians at City Hall and in Congress – is both ethnically and ideologically diverse: Two African... Read more
In historic Faneuil Hall, the mayoral race formally entered its final stretch at around 8 o’clock on Tuesday night when Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty stepped off the stage, having sparred during their final forum... Read more
The clock is ticking on whether to locate a Catholic high school, currently in Cambridge, at the former St. William’s School in Savin Hill, the chair of the high school’s board of trustees said this week. An agreement on whether to relocate North... Read more
While many health care providers are waiting for additional shipments of both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines, Dorchester has yet to experience large numbers of influenza-like cases this fall. Still, if the flu season mirrors the spring incidence rate... Read more
A horse-drawn wagon meandered through the foliage last Sunday, carrying children and parents on a hayride through the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The annual ride was part of the annual Halloween festivities sponsored by the Cedar Grove Gardens.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday dismissed a suit by a Dorchester landlord against a tenant who testified about the conditions inside his apartment during a city hearing on whether to condemn the building. James Dickey had sued James Warren... Read more
Police report arresting a local teen after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at a student waiting for a bus on Columbia Road around 7:15 a.m. and then fled when officers spotted him. Devante M. Phillips, 17, was arrested at Dudley and Alexander streets... Read more
Emmanuel Pina and Sandro Tavares were indicted today for the murder of an innocent chef and a man with whom they allegedly fought at the Ka-Carlos restaurant in Uphams Corner, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. A third man, Timothy... Read more
Boston Police reported today that shortly after Carlos Romero Franco, 31, was gunned down on Oct. 16 at 598 Harvard St., they discovered heroin there with an estimated street value of $1 million, as well as a gun and an unspecified amount of cash. Police... Read more
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Copley Square venues The inaugural one-day Boston Book Festival will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Trinity Church and outdoors in Copley Square. Festival events... Read more
Unscientifically extrapolated from this month’s state economic data, forecasts and a national performance review of child protection laws that may want to circle back with Colorado: We’re good at protecting abused and neglected kids, except for the... Read more
With the 8th annual Dorchester Open Studios (DOS) fast approaching this weekend, ultra-stressed organizers are wrestling with how to maximize the local celebration of the arts in the face of declining involvement of artists and visitors. Last year DOS... Read more
Respecting the spirit and wisdom of the elderly is not only part of the mission at Standish Village, but it is also a core value of the Lower Mills-based assisted living facility’s new executive director Jean Patel Bushnell. For Bushnell, the journey to... Read more
Citizens and community leaders— and one business owner — from the Mattapan neighborhood gathered for the fourth time on Monday night with one big purpose in mind: How best to write a proposal for a Mattapan Main Street District that will get City Hall's... Read more
History buffs and area residents strolled through the building where the nation’s first supermarket once thrived, threw balls down the lane of a shuttered candlepin alley, and even took a bow on the stage of the Strand Theatre on Saturday morning. And... Read more
The two mayoral candidates this week offered a preview of the closing weeks of the campaign as incumbent Thomas Menino defended a record of lower crime during his tenure and a history of fighting foreclosures, while City Councilor At-Large Michael... Read more
The former home of George Wright at 24 Grampian Way, Savin Hill. Photo by Ed Forry. What was once one of Dorchester’s grandest homes sits sadly today at 24 Grampian Way atop Savin Hill overlooking downtown Boston. The residence, deemed a “haunted... Read more
The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Tuesday to deny an appeal filed by the Eglise Baptise H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church to expand the maximum occupancy of its Ashmont Street site from 32 to 108 people. “This case before us has no... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Michael Hart, 53, for killing a woman who confronted him after he'd slashed his ex-girlfriend's throat and then stabbed her on her Millet Street front porch in 2005. Michael... Read more

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