Although Massachusetts has not seen an ongoing dramatic escalation in COVID-19 cases the same way New York has, Gov. Charlie Baker cautioned Wednesday that the state is still on the "upward slope" with the worst yet to come. The Department of Public... Read more
A flood of new applications surged into state social safety net programs in recent weeks, another piece of evidence reflecting widespread economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Following Gov. Charlie Baker's March 10 state of emergency... Read more
Responding to the statewide shortage of critical medical supplies, Dorchester’s IBEW Local 103, the region's largest electrical workers' union, has donated 20,000 medical-grade protective masks to the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) for direct... Read more
Community health centers in Massachusetts will see an infusion of $36.5 million statewide, with several key facilities in Dorchester and Mattapan included in the funding awards through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under CARES Act... Read more
As he observed the current pandemic crisis continue to unfold, Jack Doherty, owner and president of Adams Village-based custom apparel boutique College Hype, decided he wanted to do something to help the front line workers who are battling COVID-19. As... Read more
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester closed its doors last month, but the institution is making sure its important community outreach work is continuing— both virtually and through the odd social distancing-compliant visit. Deirdre Habershaw, an Ashmont... Read more
• After Governor Baker signed a bill on Friday allowing restaurants to sell beer and wine along with take-out orders, Lower Mills Tavern jumped at the opportunity. LMT is now offering bottles of wine and single cans and six-packs of beer with food orders... Read more
Nomination papers for this year’s state election continue to circulate with a looming April 28 deadline to file signatures with local election officials now less than a month away. The primary election to pick party nominees is Sept. 1, with the general... Read more
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


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