Quoc Tran of Dorchester, the deputy director of the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, has been appointed to the Boston School Committee by Mayor Martin Walsh. He was sworn-in on Monday... Read more
A cat trapped on the roof of a Gaston Street three-decker was rescued by workers from the Animal Rescue League of Boston last Thursday, marking the first cat rescue of the new year by the ARL’s Rescue Services Department. “Gadget,” a three-year-old male... Read more
In the closing weeks of last year, Boston Collegiate Charter School celebrated its 20th anniversary in style by unveiling a series of renovations to its upper level campus on Mayhew Street in Dorchester’s Polish Triangle. A newly completed “cafetorium”... Read more
Happy New Year, Kids Menu readers! We hope 2019 will be filled for all of you with fun and community. First up: In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21, the Franklin Park Zoo will offer guests free admission. Guests are invited to the... Read more
US Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who was sworn into office last Thursday, touted her campaign’s ability to “expand the electorate” in her convincing September primary victory over longtime incumbent Michael Capuano. And an original analysis finds that new voters... Read more
Airbnb says it has had a record year in Massachusetts. The announcement comes less than two weeks after state regulations on short-term rentals were signed into law. There were 1.2 million people who stayed in Airbnb rentals in Massachusetts in 2018, and... Read more
Service workers whose jobs are tied to federal government contracts would be eligible to receive back pay for wages lost during the ongoing government shutdown under legislation introduced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Boston and others. Under... Read more
A relatively short meeting of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association on Monday attracted a packed house for a briefing on ongoing planning projects and upcoming meetings, and for an opportunity to object to a proposed over-the-bridge Savin Hill... Read more
Real estate developers are breathing a sigh of relief now that National Grid and its locked-out gas workers have reached a tentative labor agreement. Some projects that would otherwise be complete have been on hold because developers can’t get gas service... Read more
The Republic of Ireland has announced it will fund a series of programs at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute this year. Through a grant from the Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme, the EMK Institute recently received $30,000 to support new programs,... Read more
Legislature gets 14-bill package Increasing the number of liquor licenses, upping fees derived from commercial developments, and moving toward better tenant protections are among the priorities that Mayor Martin Walsh laid out in the 14-bill legislative... Read more
Cataclysmic ’17 blaze was then; this is now It’s a bracingly cold late afternoon in the dead of winter— an odd time for a resurrection. But as the sun sets in the late afternoon, you can see that the Treadmark building is slowly coming back to life. A... Read more
Political activists and observers in Dorchester and Mattapan are mainly heartened by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s announcement that she is exploring running for President. The senator, first elected in 2012, opened an exploratory committee on New Year’s... Read more
Barbra Trybe, a longtime civic activist in and around Dorchester, died on Dec. 19 at age 69 after a long illness. She was active in many organizations, including the Dorchester Allied Neighborhood Association, the Dorchester Day Parade Committee, the Four... Read more
Dorchester and Mattapan had a year packed with political shakeups and development proposals. Here is a look back at some of the biggest and most notable stories of the year 2018 and a peek ahead at the stories we will be watching in the new year: A... Read more
Late one recent afternoon, while the rest of us were worried about the big things in life, like Kate Middleton’s net worth, Melania’s safari helmet, and whether A-Rod feels constrained by JLo, an elderly Roman Catholic priest named Fr. Richard Conway, or... Read more
Fifteen percent of working parents in Massachusetts and 19 percent of children in the state will be affected by the $1 minimum wage increase that takes effect this week, according to a new analysis. The Jan. 1 hike from $11 hourly to $12, part of a multi-... Read more
More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts last November than in any November before that, according to real estate market analysts, who also noted that they were sold for a higher medium price than in any previous eleventh month. The Warren... Read more
Nearly 14 years after Needham became the first town in the country to ban tobacco sales to people under 21, the higher purchase age for cigarettes and other tobacco products kicked in across the state on Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker in July signed a bill... Read more
The average life expectancy for Massachusetts residents rose in 2016, an increase that stands in contrast to national trends showing declines in how long Americans can expect to live, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. The life... Read more


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