For over half a century, Phillips Chocolates has been using its renowned confectionery prowess to make Easter Sunday mornings a little bit sweeter for families in Dorchester and across the Greater Boston region. This year promises to be no different, as... Read more
Since coming to the difficult decision on March 28 to close indefinitely the home.stead bakery & cafe in Fields Corner, co-owner Elisa Girard had been searching for a way to take action. Eventually, she settled on a solution that both came naturally... Read more
A state task force of doctors and medical ethicists yesterday released guidelines for hospitals should things get so bad that ICUs become overloaded and doctors have to choose who gets ventilators or other potentially life saving treatments during the... Read more
Mayor Walsh this week asked all Bostonians to observe a nighttime curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and to begin wearing face-coverings when they leave their homes as he warned of an imminent surge in COVID-19 cases in the city. Boston had recorded 19 deaths... Read more
The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Massachusetts surged upwards Tuesday as the state reported the deaths of 96 residents and the number of confirmed cases in the Bay State surpassed 15,000. The 96 deaths reported Tuesday is nearly three times as many as... Read more
As the calls for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) streamed in from hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, business owners in Dorchester’s Asian and Cape Verdean community came together to donate thousands of... Read more
As data from other states begin to paint a picture of racial and ethnic inequities among COVID-19 patients, Massachusetts health officials said Tuesday they will soon begin reporting the incomplete race and ethnicity data they have. In Boston, public... Read more
The most senior member of the House of Representatives has joined a growing list of veteran lawmakers who are not seeking another term on Beacon Hill. After 23 terms in the House, Rep. Angelo Scaccia of Readville is not running for re-election, his office... Read more
In last week’s column, I questioned the continuing lack of tests, asked why we’re not told to wear masks, and mentioned that we know little about the impact of the pandemic on the state budget. The rapidly growing pandemic is producing rapid decisions... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to provide the latest updates in the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The daily press... Read more
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The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 20 Fairlawn Ave. for a fire on the second floor around 7:10 p.m. One resident was rescued from the fire, which was contained to a single apartment, the department says, adding that resident and... Read more
Mayor Walsh issued a stern message to Bostonians on Sunday as he warned that the surge in coronavirus cases is just beginning in Boston and Massachusetts. In a press conference outside City Hall, the mayor said he has ordered that a curfew for all non-... Read more
Steward Health Care, which owns Carney Hospital in Dorchester, continues to prepare for an expected surge in admissions of COVID-positive patients at the Dorchester Avenue facility. On March 17, Steward announced that the hospital had begun converting its... Read more
The number of deaths in Massachusetts caused by the coronavirus eclipsed 200 on Saturday with 24 new fatalities from COVID-19 reported by the Department of Public Health. Boston has recorded 13 deaths and 1,618 confirmed cases, with 163 noted as "... Read more
A report published by the City of Boston's Public Health Commission on Friday offers the first glimpse into the distribution of COVID-19 cases by neighborhood— and so far, Dorchester and Mattapan are above the citywide average of 18 cases per 10,000... Read more
Massachusetts officials will launch a large-scale contact tracing program with the help of a nonprofit health organization, aiming by the end of the month to have about 1,000 people investigating and recording every instance of potential coronavirus... Read more
Gov. Baker on Friday signed a bill enabling some restaurants during the ongoing state of emergency to include beer and wine sales with food takeout/delivery orders and pushing the tax-filing deadline to July 15. The restaurant provision in the bill... Read more
Loreto O’Connor, director of the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program at Dorchester’s Harbor Health Services Inc., has worked with WIC programs for 24 years, but the last few weeks have been an unprecedented experience for her. “I have never seen the... Read more
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Thursday said he's considering the possibility of using fines and police officers to help enforce social distancing, though he hopes he doesn't have to. In a press conference held outside City Hall and streamed online, Walsh... Read more
Dorchester resident, former executive of Codman Square Health Center, and resident Reporter health expert Bill Walczak co-authored an op-ed published Thursday in the New York Times that has gained traction on social media with its urgent message:... Read more


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