The MBTA’s long-awaited fare collection overhaul will not roll out over the next two years as originally planned, and officials will instead pursue a “reset” that will phase in the new system across the next four years and push the total project costs... Read more
Making safety the top priority throughout the MBTA will be a costly venture, a former US transportation secretary who participated in the months-long review of the T’s safety said on Monday, and he suggested that Gov. Charlie Baker seek out new money from... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeal last Tuesday (Dec. 3) turned down a proposal for a Dollar Tree store at 493 Washington St. in Codman Square after aides to Mayor Walsh and City Councillor Andrea Campbell said that it could cause traffic problems while noting... Read more
Lovely Sisters of Boston, a local charitable organization based in Dorchester, is spreading the gospel of giving during this year’s holiday season. The organization was founded four years ago by Ebere Ihionu, who also owns Elegance African Fashions... Read more
The Celebrity Series of Boston, a non-profit performing arts organization, opened its three-concert schedule for Dorchester and Mattapan community venues last Saturday with the Jason Palmer Quintet in a jazz holiday concert in collaboration with the... Read more
When the Massachusetts Lottery moved from Braintree to Dorchester earlier this year, it was a big deal for the agency and its employees. But players likely have not noticed any difference — especially if they haven’t hit those big jackpot prizes that must... Read more
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” will be back at the Strand Theatre for a string of ten shows over the next two weekends. Performances will take place this Friday, Dec.13, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec.14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.;... Read more
Six Boston city councillors yesterday called upon Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and Mayor Marty Walsh to cease all use of hair tests to screen BPD candidates for drug use.  Council President Andrea Campbell and Councillor Kim Janey drafted a... Read more
This year’s final Dot Jazz Series show will take place this Thursday (Dec.12) at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Peabody Hall and will feature Tomoko Iwamoto and 440, a group led by the violinist Iwamoto and showcasing Mark Chenevert on clarinet, Jack Soref on... Read more
The proposal for a “Little Saigon” designation for a subsection of the Fields Corner neighborhood that is being considered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council was given a highly positive reception at a City Council hearing held last Thursday evening in... Read more
After meeting, city official says impasse still in place The proponents of the Neponset Wharf development plan in Port Norfolk returned to the community last week to present an amended plan that would fortify the shoreline and see three condominium... Read more
At the age of 18, as Lou Pasquale lay in a field on Okinawa with a piece of shrapnel in his leg, he saw a heavenly white light — and made a pact with God. “I said, ‘I promise to help an individual every day of my life. I told my Mum I’d make it home, and... Read more
Community activist Julia Mejia has won the recount of Boston’s at-large City Council election by a single vote. After three days of counting, the final tally was 22,492 for Mejia and 22,491 for Alejandra St. Guillen. Both are first-time candidates for... Read more
The McCormack Civic Association is inviting people who live in the Polish Triangle to participate in its holiday home decorating contest this weekend. Judges from the association will evaluate homes starting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday evening (Dec. 16)... Read more
The final outcome of the at-large city council election— which is the subject of an ongoing recount effort— could be resolved as soon as today. The actual recounting of ballots began Saturday in the Haymarket room of City Hall at around 11 a.m. The votes... Read more
The Celebrity Series of Boston, a non-profit performing arts presenting organization, will present three free concerts over the upcoming week as part of its Neighborhood Arts partnership that brings free concerts to community venues. The Jason Palmer... Read more
William Monroe Trotter was the co-founder and editor of the Boston-based black weekly newspaper “The Guardian,” a powerful force in black journalism in the first half of the 20th century. Through vocal advocacy for anti-lynching laws and enforcement of... Read more
Dorchester-based comedian Bethany Van Delft, the host of the monthly Artisanal Comedy show at Dorchester Brewing Company, will release her debut comedy album, “I’m Not A Llama,” next Friday (Dec. 13). Her “hip and grounded, laid-back delivery” has earned... Read more
A new exhibition at UMass Boston’s University Hall Gallery titled “Dot Now” features work from a diverse group of a dozen artists based in Dorchester or with significant connections to the neighborhood.  “Inspired by requests from our visitors to... Read more
Last week, I stood in a packed gymnasium at English High School right here in Boston and watched Governor Baker as he signed a nation-leading education funding equity bill into law. The bill corrects our Commonwealth’s 26-year-old K-12 funding formula,... Read more


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