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An oversight hearing held Wednesday to examine the deal between University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mount Ida College also highlighted broader tensions between different regions of the state and within the UMass system. UMass Amherst is buying the 70-... Read more
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be honored with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday in Dorchester at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will... Read more
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, facing a primary challenge from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, is hosting a town hall forum in Roxbury on Saturday with civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis. A black civil rights activist who protested racist Jim Crow... Read more
Standing in front of the housing development where he grew up, Congressman Stephen Lynch joined other Democrats on May 7 calling for a $70 billion investment in public housing around the country over five years. “When I lived here it didn’t look like this... Read more
A city of Boston effort to restore and preserve a historic cemetery in Uphams Corner is now under way. The work inside the Dorchester North Burial Ground on Columbia Road includes the removal of many mature trees that officials say are dead or dying.... Read more
College Bound Dorchester’s annual “We Are Uncornered” gala raised nearly $400,000 last week to support its Boston Uncornered initiative, which empowers formerly gang involved youth to go to college. More than 300 people attended the gala on Wed., May 9 at... Read more
Scholar Athletes, the Boston-based non-profit with more than 23 high school zones across Massachusetts, brought together Olympic and former professional athletes, along with business leaders, for an important conversation on engaging youth in athletics... Read more
Joe Castro moved to Jones Hill four years ago because he was attracted to what he described as the “neighborhood feel” of Dorchester. Today, he’s preparing to take office as the 2018 “Mayor of Dorchester.” His election is all but official since he is... Read more
Construction work to convert a long-abandoned comfort station in Uphams Corner into a hybrid bike shop and café will begin this summer, according to Historic Boston Inc. (HBI), the non-profit that is leading the effort. The new business that will... Read more
Boston is launching its first-ever survey of accessibility issues around the city as Mayor Martin Walsh and the Commission for Persons with Disabilities prepare the city’s disability strategic master plan. The online survey aims to discover the city’s... Read more
Rocky Cotard of Mattapan and Archibaldo Soto Lora of Dorchester will be among the first graduates from Lesley University’s Urban Scholars Initiative on May 19. Launched in 2013, the transitional scholarship program provides deserving students with an... Read more
With Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh looking on approvingly, Brookview House, a Dorchester-based provider of services to homeless women and children, broke ground on a new affordable housing building on Hansborough Street last Tuesday. The... Read more
A revised proposal for Neponset Wharf, a proposed development on a 157,000 square-foot site at the edge of Port Norfolk, was given an airing on Monday night at the first of several public meetings planned for members of the close-knit waterfront community... Read more
Chantel Hampton believes her calling is to help others achieve what she calls their “signature lives” — in other words, help them discover what they were meant to do. “My whole purpose is to help young people and people in general understand their purpose... Read more
(Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Boston Haitian Reporter in 2011, when Pastor Verdieu Laroche— then 71— was honored by the paper as a pioneer in the Haitian community. Pastor LaRoche died on May 5 at age 78.) He arrived here in 1968... Read more
One of the pioneering leaders of Boston's Haitian community has died. Rev. Dr. Verdieu Leonda LaRoche, 78, died on May 5, according to his family. LaRoche was the founding pastor of the First Haitian Baptist Church of Boston, located on Blue Hill Avenue... Read more
Holding signs, banners, and t-shirts emblazoned with pictures of lost loved ones, more than 1,000 people rallied in Fields Corner on Sunday in support of families who have lost loved ones to violence before marching through Dorchester and Roxbury on their... Read more
The Metro Boston public bike share system formerly known as Hubway began the process of rebranding as Blue Bikes last week, rolling out new bikes across the city and launching a new website and mobile app. The move comes as Blue Bikes says it plans to... Read more
Dorchester’s Bill and Denise Richard, both graduates of Bridgewater State University, were awarded honorary degrees at the university’s spring Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 12. More than 2,100 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during two... Read more
An updated version of the city’s fourth annual Student Housing Trends report shows that Boston’s colleges and universities are seeing slightly higher enrollment after a year of near stagnant growth, with 44.4 percent (some 36,500) of all students living... Read more

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