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Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo. Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh, while stopping short of a full-on endorsement, lent his oratorical skills to at-Large City Council candidate Felix G. Arroyo at a $100-a-ticket... Read more
Look for yet another shift in the pastoral administration of Dorchester's Roman Catholic parishes in coming days. That is the message delivered on Tuesday night by auxiliary Bishop Robert Hennessey to what one observer who was there said was a "stunned... Read more
Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett. Neighborhood residents and developers are closer to agreement over plans for housing and demolition near Neponset Circle. By a show of hands, more... Read more
Leahy: Remembered.Brian Leahy had a perfect day last Saturday. He spent the morning at Greenhill's Bakery. Brian had attended the meeting at the Murphy Community Center earlier in the week and was anxious to round up support from local officials to make... Read more
Preserving education. Reforming of the criminal offender information system. Protecting local aid to cities and towns. Those are some of the issues facing lawmakers as they prepare to kick off another two-year session. And those are just the ones that are... Read more
Murphy Community Center: Change in status?The director of the Boston Center of Youth and Families is proposing that several of the independent councils dedicated to supporting the city's community centers - beginning with the Murphy Community School... Read more
Mayor Menino delivering his State of the City address on Tuesday evening: Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office. With the city facing as much as a $140 million shortfall, Mayor Thomas Menino asked for Boston's unions to agree to a one-year wage freeze. Menino... Read more
State lawmakers are in line for a pay raise this year, and that includes the Dorchester delegation. Thanks to a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution, lawmakers receive pay hikes every two years. The governor is tasked with deciding how much... Read more
Fire scene: Charred triple decker. A fast-moving New Year's Eve blaze tore through a Sydney Street three-decker last week, displacing ten residents, including a couple who were forced to descend a ladder from their third-story porch in the middle of a... Read more
Federal prosecutors are telling District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner, whom they've charged with corruption, to pipe down, citing the intense media coverage of the case. Turner has pledged to fight the gag order. In a motion filed on Monday in U.S. District... Read more
The CVS store in Lower Mills will expand its footprint in the Dorchester Avenue building it currently shares with a Tedeschi's convenience store, the Reporter learned this week. The Tedeschi's store will close its doors this weekend, according to sources... Read more
Despite a crippling economy, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is in good standing according to its staff, and the CDC plans to push through 2009 by taking advantage of a number of unique opportunities. "We're entering a very tough... Read more
Amidst news of Councillor Sam Yoon's growing bank account - at $158,158 as of Tuesday - at least one new potential candidate is rubbing his chin in contemplation - and the guy's OFD. And over in District 4, Councillor Charles Yancey also picked up a... Read more
Councillor Michael Ross's election to the Council president's chair on Monday signals yet another yearly council ritual - the backroom battles over committee assignments. The early winner of this traditionally underground skirmish seems to be at-Large... Read more
Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry. Lefeeris Retzos' story is a true American tale. Retzos - whose American nickname is Ted - is the owner of Spuckies 'n Pizza, a Washington Street restaurant... Read more
Beatrice Burton works to organize products at the Codman Square Food Pantry: Photo courtesy DotWell. In the first of a two-part series, Chris Harding looks at the challenges facing Dorchester's increasingly patronized food pantries. No one knows... Read more
Gov. Deval Patrick is considering fundamental changes to the health care system in Massachusetts, eyeing adjustments to the current fee-for-service payment system and planning cost reduction legislation by summer. Health and Human Services Secretary... Read more
A number of Dorchester and Mattapan health centers, unions and advocacy groups have joined a citywide coalition called Put Patients First to urge the governor to halt funding cuts to the Boston Medical Center and the Cambridge Health Alliance. The group's... Read more
Teacher Jessica Viola, director Kathleen Sullivan, and dean of students Danielle Tata trade ideas: for renovating an old Sydney Street organ factory that will become an extension of the Boston Collegiate Charter School. Photo by Pete Stidman.Fulfilling a... Read more
Responding to a series of allegations he said had "rocked the State House," Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled a package of tougher ethics and lobbying rules that he pushed the Legislature to pass within 30 days. In statements, legislative leaders said only... Read more

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