Gov. Charlie Baker activated the Massachusetts National Guard on Thursday, planning to use up to 2,000 members for "logistical support and other assistance" in the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak. In an evening press release announcing the... Read more
The Friday after Sept. 11, 2001, I took the Greyhound bus from Boston to New York city to check on my friends and family. The place I had called home for 25 years was still reeling from the attacks, its residents in a state of traumatic shock. My mother... Read more
It’s long been a staple of political campaigns in the city of Boston: Volunteers going door-to-door with literature promoting candidates and seeking votes. On Saturday, the Walsh administration will re-boot the old-school “lit-drop” to get out vital COVID... Read more
Boston City Councillors tested out their online platform at their regular Wednesday meeting this week with about half of the councillors checking in via Zoom Video Communications’ video chat meeting program in keeping with social distancing guidelines as... Read more
The Reporter's editor and publisher Bill Forry joined Chris Lovett from BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News to discuss the latest COVID-19 developments here in the neighborhood — including the conversion of Carney Hospital to a dedicated COVID-19 facility... Read more
The coronavirus is a serious public health crisis that is affecting every aspect of life in our city. I know that the changes have been disruptive, and the cancellations have been disappointing. Some working people are losing paychecks, worried about... Read more
Since testing for the highly-contagious coronavirus began in Massachusetts three weeks ago, the state and local labs have conducted about 2,280 tests. But by the beginning of next week, the governor and state officials are hoping to conduct 3,500 test... Read more
On Dorchester Avenue, one staple food spot is back to its take-out roots, for now, after just making the move to add more seating. Jennifer Nguyen, owner of the Vietnamese restaurant Bánh Mì Ba Le, said “we are taking it day by day.” More coverage of... Read more
Massachusetts has a goal of conducting a minimum of 3,500 coronavirus tests each day, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday, and is on track to get to that level through "an enormous increase" in testing capacity by early next week. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn... Read more
As editor and publisher, I want to share with you a few thoughts on our plans at the Dorchester Reporter for covering our communities during this COVID-19 emergency. Yes, COVID-19 is the big story and it likely will be so for a quite a while. Our team of... Read more
Carney Hospital is tightening up security and banning most visitors as it transitions into a speciality care center for COVID-19 patients. In a statement issued this morning, a Carney spokesman said: "As of March 18th, Carney Hospital will not allow... Read more
Prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has postponed all Article 80 “large project” review meetings until further notice. The agency issued the following statement last Friday: “Following guidance issued... Read more
We’ve finally turned the clock ahead, which means that the days are getting longer and spring weather is just around the corner. In the season of new beginnings, many of us take this opportunity to complete our annual deep-cleaning ritual. This is the... Read more
It's not the first time there's been a big tent set up outside the Codman Square Health Center on Washington Street. But, in the past the tent has been set up to house one of Dorchester's biggest parties of the year: the Men of Boston Cook for Women's... Read more
In a press release issued this afternoon, the JFK Library and Museum announced that two Library employees who were potentially exposed to coronavirus have no symptoms of the illness after completing a 14-day self-quarantine period that ended today. The... Read more
One of Dorchester’s key health centers is bracing for disruption and testing for the COVID-19 virus this week. Michelle Nadow, CEO of DotHouse Health on Dorchester Avenue, told the Reporter on Tuesday that the facility will continue to see patients and... Read more
New COVID-19 restrictions limiting restaurants to take-out and delivery service went into effect on Tuesday, leaving establishments across Dorchester scrambling to put contingency plans in place in hopes of staying afloat during what will be an... Read more
It is now clear that we are at war with the coronavirus. While the people of our state need a range of help and assistance, one action we need to take is clear to me: we need a massive wartime manufacturing mobilization for coronavirus testing kits and... Read more
Courts in Massachusetts courts will be closed to the public from March 18 until at least April 6, except to conduct emergency hearings that cannot be resolved through a videoconference or telephone hearing, according to a standing order issued Tuesday by... Read more
With much of normal life on hold while the world fights a pandemic, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Tuesday night addressed the anxiety and fear Boston residents and others across Massachusetts are feeling. The mayor's prime-time address came at the end of a... Read more


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