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It may seem far-fetched, particularly when the federal and state governments will have spent a staggering $22 billion in costs and interest on the Big Dig when all is said and done, but demolishing highways to build parks and foster development is a... Read more
Solar Roof in Fields CornerThe path to green buildings in Dorchester began ten years ago with an experiment in recycling of the former state hospital grounds in Mattapan. On part of the grounds being redeveloped as a wildlife sanctuary, the Mass. Audubon... Read more
In many ways the future of urban transportation is also its past. The cities around the country that are now hailed for their bicycle-friendly streets and well-used mass transit systems are often the same ones who took an off-beat path in the 1950s, 60s... Read more
Single Stream Recycling CartsRecycling’s not as easy as throwing all waste into one bin then forgetting about it, but in a time of blooming green initiatives from the public, private ,and consumer sectors, the responsibility is increasingly falling on... Read more
Memorial Day weekend has passed and the stakes are in the ground. Whether or not Dorchester’s vegetable gardeners got an early start, they appear to be poised for the harvest. Some are using a raised box garden and some have the luxury of an in-ground... Read more
Predictions of global sea level rise are all over the map, with new studies and findings being released almost every week. Some, particularly those that imagine a total polar ice melt, would put our fair city under as much as 25 feet of water. But by the... Read more
Boston Police report arresting two men after a gun battle between two gangs at Fremont and Babson streets on Wednesday. Police responding to reports of gunfire around 2:05 p.m. found "an elderly male victim hiding behind his vehicle with an apparent... Read more
Present day Dorchester lays claim to being the biggest part of Boston, in terms of land mass and population. But, big as it is today, Dorchester was once much, much larger. At its height, the town of Dorchester nearly reached the Rhode Island border. It... Read more
A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this week. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) will roll out a “sticker... Read more
Steve Bickerton, Jr.: Mayor of Dorchester, 2009This year’s Dorchester Day will be presided over by the new honorary mayor of the neighborhood, the Honorable Stephen Bickerton, Jr. of Adams Village. With professional experience as Assistant Director of... Read more
An established human service organization is enlarging its operation and finding a new home in Clam Point. WORK Inc., a vocational and employment agency that trains mentally and developmentally disabled clients to join the workforce and helps guide them... Read more
John Connolly’s career as a churchman has followed an uncommon trajectory. After stints as a deacon and a newly ordained priest at two Dorchester parishes in the mid-1990s, the Jamaica Plain native and Boston Latin School grad was called to serve at the... Read more
In an early endorsement, the state’s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the... Read more
As if former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson didn’t have enough problems: At the end of Tuesday, she was more than a month late in filing a required financial interest disclosure form. As a former elected official, she was supposed to file the form, known... Read more
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sounded notes of optimism during a stop in Boston last Wednesday, calling the country’s recovery underway. “The national economy is showing some initial signs of stability, confidence has improved, the financial... Read more
Boston Police report a Dorchester woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly kicked one officer and dragged two more with her car in an attempt to bust out of a traffic jam and escape police. Shaw: Booking photo (Via Suffolk County DA)Queen Ginel... Read more
Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter newspaper, has been awarded a Shorenstein Scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was accepted into the mid-career master in public administration program. His program will begin this... Read more
With more economic woes hitting the news every day, the need for making your dollar stretch is growing and locally there are many low or reduced cost programs and services available that may help qualified residents in these challenging times. Carney... Read more
Nowadays you’d have to keelhaul most young playgoers to get them to see an “operetta.” But since a Gilbert and Sullivan classic has been repackaged as a rollicking musical, audiences are going overboard in praising the Huntington Theatre Company’... Read more
Slowly but surely, the rent-by-the-hour car company Zipcar is creeping into Dorchester, mostly along the path of MBTA’s Red Line. One new car was added to the Savin Hill T Station site, one of eight locations in Dorchester. The sites are clustered... Read more

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