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A 17 year-old teenage girl was shot and killed on Topliff Street near Speedwell Street in Dorchester on Wednesday afternoon (April 15) in a brazen, broad daylight attack. The victim— who has since been named as Alissa King— was pronounced dead at the... Read more
On the seventh anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged city residents on Wednesday to "stand together by standing apart," describing Boston as being at just the start of the surge in COVID-19 infections and asking people... Read more
As I reflect on my nearly eight years as president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), I keep coming back to something that is vital for any nonprofit organization – the power of volunteering. This is usually one of my favorite times of the year... Read more
Dorchester’s Elizabeth Rouse has been painting storefront windows at businesses in and around Boston for more than a decade. It’s a hobby that began one year when a family friend commissioned her to post St. Patrick’s Day decorations – nothing crazy, just... Read more
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted what is normally the busiest season of the year for realtors everywhere. In Dorchester as elsewhere, agents and brokers are adjusting by using online platforms that allow them to continue to “show” properties for... Read more
City Councillors Ricardo Arroyo and Andrea Campbell offered a hearing order during Wednesday’s city council zoom meeting to discuss health inequities and how ventilators and ICU beds would be assigned in the event of a shortage during the COVID-19... Read more
Today the Martin Richard Foundation and Salem-based nonprofit Sailing Heals announced the launch of Sailing Heals Meals, a new initiative aimed at feeding frontline medical workers on the North Shore while giving local restaurants a much-needed boost to... Read more
In the spirit of honoring “One Boston Day,” an event held annually on April 15 to commemorate those who were lost in the 2013 Boston Marathon, Mayor Martin Walsh said that this year the city will participate while also social distancing. At 2 p.m. on... Read more
In an effort to show support for frontline healthcare workers at the Carney Hospital, District 3 Boston City Councillor Frank Baker announced on Monday that he’ll host a "drive by parade" at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Participants will meet at Florian Hall’s... Read more
Steve Allen, Jr., a staple at community events as a news photographer in Dorchester since the 1970s, died this week from an illness caused by the coronavirus. Allen, 63, contracted the COVID-19 disease while he was recuperating from a medical procedure... Read more
Veteran Boston Police officer Jose Fontenez, a 53-year-old Boston resident, died today from COVID-19, the disease cause by the coronavirus. Mayor Martin Walsh announced his death today at a press briefing at City Hall. The mayor was joined by Commissioner... Read more
COMMENTARY/COVID-19: House Ways and Means chairman weighs issues The Massachusetts economy went into free fall a month ago. As a result, tax revenues for the final quarter of FY20 (April-June) will likely be $500-$750 million below budget. In addition,... Read more
Seven local news outlets in Massachusetts— including the Reporter— have been selected as recipients of a $5,000 grant from the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP). The new funding initiative is meant to aid newsrooms covering the COVID-19 crisis on a local... Read more
In Boston— as of Monday— there have been 4,086 known confirmed cases of COVID-19, 69 deaths, and 489 recoveries. Another 88 COVID-19 deaths were reported statewide on Monday, bringing the total to 844 deaths attributed to the respiratory disease in... Read more
The state reported another 2,615 cases of coronavirus on Easter Sunday as the death toll from the disease climbed to 756 and families across Massachusetts did their best to celebrate a major religious and cultural holiday remotely. Seventy new deaths were... Read more
Stephanie Everett, a Mattapan-based attorney, has officially entered the contest to replace Rep. Daniel Cullinane in the 12th Suffolk House district. Everett sought the 12th Suffolk seat in 2013, a special election race won by Cullinane, who announced in... Read more
Boston Public Health Commission figures released on Friday show the South End now has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection among city neighborhoods - its 282 confirmed cases as of Thursday give it a rate of 78.9 cases per 10,000 people, compared to a... Read more
Following is the homily that Rev. Jack Ahern, pastor of St. Gregory’s Parish, has written for Holy Week and Easter: “Over the past few weeks many images of hope and healing have flooded Facebook, You Tube and the varying news services. One of the more... Read more
With spring officially here, according to the calendar at least, florists and garden centers across the country would ordinarily be gearing up for their busy season. But with the advent of the global pandemic and the safety restrictions that are... Read more

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