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Massachusetts is standing up a command center in Boston and easing restrictions to accelerate coronavirus testing, officials announced Saturday, marking the latest steps in the evolving fight against the outbreak. Health and Human Services Secretary... Read more
The leader who oversees several Dorchester health centers has a message for patients today: Call ahead, don't just show up. Chuck Jones is the President and CEO of Harbor Health Services, the umbrella organization that includes Neponset's Daniel Driscoll... Read more
Children 12-and-under can come to Carney for medical care, but cannot visit hospitalized patients Dorchester's only hospital is continuing to see regular appointments and elective procedures today as it braces for the "likelihood that patients with... Read more
UPDATE: On Fri., March 13, Cardinal Seán O'Malley issued a new advisory cancelling all Masses this weekend and "until further notice." The Cardinal has issued a "dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass" to all Catholics. Cardinal Seán O'Malley on... Read more
As editor/publisher, I want to share a few thoughts on our plans at the Dorchester Reporter (@DotNews) for covering our communities during this COVID-19 emergency. Yes, COVID-19 is the BIG story and it likely will be for a while. Our team of reporters... Read more
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will work with John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Massachusetts Archives & Commonwealth Museum to encourage students to visit Columbia Point to learn about the 2020... Read more
District 4 City Councillor Andrea Campbell this week slammed the Boston Police Department and Mayor Walsh for what she termed a “failure” to provide data on Field Interrogation and Observation (FOI) data from 2017 to 2020.  On Monday, Campbell filed a... Read more
A development proposal aired at a public meeting last week would bring more than 400 new residential units and commercial retail space to a 3.88-acre parcel at the corner of Enterprise Street and Boston Street in the Polish Triangle. Under the... Read more
It’s only March and already 10 people have been murdered in Boston this year. The youngest was just 16. Since 1993, when my 15-year-old son Louis was killed by a stray bullet, Boston has raised an entire generation of young people whom we continue to fail... Read more
Boston Public Schools and city officials are drafting a new policy around sharing student information with the Boston Police Department. The guidance comes after advocates raised concerns about school incident reports ending up in the hands of federal... Read more
A group of student interns from METCO (The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) are in the process of developing a historical neighborhood tour called B.E.A.T. (Boston Education Activism Tour) that highlights the people, places, and events... Read more
A plan to redevelop the old Bayside Expo site on Columbia Point envisions a mix of office space, labs, retail, along with as many as 1,450 units of housing over 3.5 million square feet, according to a document filed last Thursday by Accordia Partners LLC... Read more
With four special House and Senate elections planned for the end of the March and hundreds of municipal elections on the calendar in the next couple of months, the state's top elections overseer plans to seek emergency powers from the Legislature to be... Read more
More than 74,000 University of Massachusetts students will be required to take all of their classes online beginning as soon as Thursday as the state's largest public university system transitions fully to remote learning in response to the coronavirus... Read more
Dorchester is now home to the city’s first-ever marijuana retail store. Pure Oasis LLC opened for business at 430 Blue Hill Ave. on Monday. Co-owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart were the first Boston applicants to benefit as “economic empowerment... Read more
On March 4, District 5 City Councillor Ricardo Arroyo offered his first speech in front of the Boston City Council in support of a hearing order he has requested to declare “racism a public health crisis” in the city of Boston. The following text is... Read more
Former vice-president Joe Biden beat out Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by just 56 votes in the city of Boston last Tuesday and was the top vote getter in both Dorchester and Mattapan, according to unofficial election results reviewed by the Reporter. In... Read more
Editor's Note: This meeting has been canceled. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) will host a public meeting with proponents of a 206-unit apartment complex that would replace the old Phillips Old Colony House facility on Thurs., March... Read more
Several people are weighing candidacies to replace Rep. Dan Cullinane in the 12th Suffolk House district, which includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Milton. Cullinane, who was first elected in 2013, announced last month that he will not... Read more
A day after lawmakers and organizers made the decision to cancel Sunday’s South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade ­– and the annual breakfast that precedes it – for the first time in 26 years due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, residents and... Read more

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