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The upcoming transformation of a long-abandoned car dealership on Cummins Highway into 76 units of affordable housing just steps from a new commuter rail station on the Fairmount Line in Mattapan was greeted with the adage that “many hands make light work... Read more
Two former Massachusetts governors will top the state's presidential primary ballots on March 3, 2020. The ballot order was established Friday after Secretary of State William Galvin drew names at random, selecting them from a bronze basket. Former Govs.... Read more
Natasha DeSouza of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court was one of 17 people honored by the Massachusetts Trial Court with a 2019 Employee Excellence Award last month. Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Trial Court Administrator... Read more
The city’s initiative to prepare for the long term impacts of climate change returned to Dorchester with a second meeting at VietAid in Fields Corner last Thursday, drawing about 50 participants to the interactive event.  Feedback gathered at a September... Read more
Members of the committee seeking a new chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Boston plan to begin talking early next year with candidates for the post. Norman Peters, a UMass trustee who chairs the search committee, and Vice Chair Jean Rhodes, a... Read more
Council President Andrea Campbell’s proposal to establish an inspector general position within the city of Boston was rejected by a 9-4 vote during last Wednesday’s council meeting.  Councillors Frank Baker, Mark Ciommo, Annissa Essaibi-George, Michael... Read more
District 7 City Councillor Kim Janey says she has secured enough votes from her fellow councillors to become the next City Council president in the new year.  Janey would be the third consecutive woman of color to hold the position, following Michelle Wu... Read more
It’s a question that’s been on a lot of our minds as the holidays draw ever closer: What to get for that special Dot Rat in our lives? Here are some of our suggestions (other than a DotNews subscription, of course) for Dorchester-themed holiday gift ideas... Read more
The Licensing Board last Thursday voted unanimously to deny a common victualler license for a Popeyes’ restaurant in Codman Square— effectively rejecting the fried-chicken chain’s latest bid to overcome pockets of neighborhood resistance that has blocked... Read more
Fields Corner has much to celebrate following last week’s Boston Music Awards: Dorchester Art Project, the community-driven art space on Dorchester Avenue, took home a prize for Best Intimate Live Music Venue, while the Fields Corner-bred rapper Cousin... Read more
Faculty at the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday presented trustees with a petition reflecting their continued concerns with a UMass Amherst facility in Newton, asking for a greater voice in the plans and more transparency... Read more
A proposed 14-unit apartment complex that will be built on a vacant parcel on Talbot Avenue got a financing boost last week from MassHousing, the quasi-public agency that helps build affordable housing in Massachusetts. The agency said that it will... Read more
Last week, the City Council approved by a 10-3 vote a home rule petition filed by Councillors Lydia Edwards and Kim Janey that would authorize a real estate transfer fee of 2 percent on sales over $2 million and dedicate all fee revenues to affordable... Read more
Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders visited Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center on Tuesday morning to outline the vision for the administration’s new comprehensive health care legislation. The bill,... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh made the case Tuesday for city-sponsored legislation that he says will help Boston leverage a boom-time development market to help seed affordable housing starts and workforce training programs. State House News Service reports that... Read more
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The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday approved a five-story, 39-unit apartment building on Blue Hill Avenue at Wellington Hill Street that will include ground-floor space for a coffee shop and two other small stores. The BPDA approved the proposal by... Read more
(Updated: Dec. 23, 2019)— The Nguyen family has reported that their daughter Emily has been found and returned safely home. Boston Police say that a 16-year-old Dorchester girl is missing and have appealed to the public for help in locating her. Emily... Read more
Police Commissioner William Gross and Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday there's no truth to stories, circulating on Facebook, that Boston has been hit by a wave of vans driven by evil people trying to abduct children or young women. The stories began... Read more
The MBTA’s long-awaited fare collection overhaul will not roll out over the next two years as originally planned, and officials will instead pursue a “reset” that will phase in the new system across the next four years and push the total project costs... Read more
Making safety the top priority throughout the MBTA will be a costly venture, a former US transportation secretary who participated in the months-long review of the T’s safety said on Monday, and he suggested that Gov. Charlie Baker seek out new money from... Read more

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