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Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.They knew he was ill. The cancer — diagnosed last fall — was a serious threat, but one that Father James Fratus seemed to tackle... Read more
For the second time in five years, Boston parents will have a chance to speak out on how to change the student assignment plan for the Boston Public Schools. But the series of five community meetings next month takes place amid dramatic changes in... Read more
Ayanna Pressley: Candidate for city council at large.It's the "Obama effect", say many political observers, and Boston is not immune. Out of 18 individuals now indicating their intent to run for council at-large, 11 are people of color, likely setting a... Read more
The plan to build on a long-vacant lot at Bloomfield Street and Geneva Avenue is up for neighborhood approval again, in a meeting that was originally scheduled for tonight but has been rescheduled for May 7. Matt Thall, interim director of the non-profit... Read more
It could be the high population of firefighters living in the neighborhood, spreading their bravery like osmosis, or maybe just a local sensitivity to smoke in the air, but here’s another story of neighbors helping out in times of conflagration. At... Read more
Lew Finfer did not mince words. Hours after House leaders released their version of the fiscal 2010 budget last week, he blasted out to his network an e-mail titled, “Public Safety and Youth Programs DEMOLISHED by House Ways and Means budget proposal.â... Read more
Chief Kenny Black Elk, aka Kenneth Barber, and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition are planning an “Earth Awakening” at Geneva Cliffs this weekend. “We give thanks to the earth, thanks to the moon and of course we give thanks to the creator,â... Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development have teamed up to study the potential futures of dozens of vacant lots in Four Corners, Codman Square and Bowdoin-Geneva. The first of the design charrettes, for the Codman... Read more
Last year, the youth-friendly Discovery Ensemble chamber orchestra’s introductory workshops to classical music and free concerts in Dorchester were so enthusiastically received that the group will be welcomed back for new programming here next week.  â... Read more
It isn’t everyone who just ups and decides to run for mayor. But then again maybe it’s trending that way. Outside of the challengers we know by now—contractor Kevin McCrea and councillors Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty—there are six others who... Read more
Mayor Tom Menino will announce his intention to seek re-election this year to a record fifth-term as Mayor of Boston this evening at three events in Boston, Roxbury and Roslindale. Menino's campaign today rolled out a new website that trumpets his... Read more
A flurry of neighborhood clean-ups are planned for Saturday, April 25 — dubbed Boston Shines day in the city. The event — coordinated by Mayor Menino’s office — will target parks, sidewalks and other public spaces. Anyone can turn out for the... Read more
As parents all over the city fret over the future of 10 preschool and after-school programs that are set to lose city funding for their staff, City Councillors Sam Yoon and John Tobin are holding a last-minute hearing to determine once and for all if they... Read more
Three juveniles were arrested Monday evening after they allegedly beat a man near the JFK-UMass MBTA station. The Boston Police bicycle unit, returning from duty at the Boston Marathon, made the arrests- with a major assist from a helpful witness who... Read more
Boston Police detectives probing the death of a 46 year-old man, who was found outside a home on Hilltop Street on Tuesday morning, do not believe that foul play was involved. Elaine Driscoll, a spokesperson for the BPD, tells the Reporter that police... Read more
Lynch meets with Syrian President: Congressman Steve Lynch met with President Bashar al-Assad during a visit to Syria last week. Photo courtesy Congressman Lynch's officeCongressman Steve Lynch journeyed to the Middle East last week and toured the bombed-... Read more
The MBTA Board, facing fare hikes and possible service cuts, postponed a vote Monday that would have authorized the agency’s five-year, $3.68 billion plan for capital improvements, after members voiced concern about borrowing an additional $1 billion to... Read more
After years of resting on their laurels, or more particularly—maintaining the raspberry bushes, cherry trees and grape vines that they planted in nooks and crannies all over the city prior to 2000—Earthworks Boston is again in the business of planting... Read more
Spurred on by recent corruption scandals here and in states across the country, City Councillor at-Large Sam Yoon pressed a little-discussed issue in Boston city politics in a city council hearing last Thursday: campaign finance reform. It’s not... Read more
City Councillor Michael Flaherty has picked up the official endorsement of the city's firefighters union, Local 718. The campaign made the announcement on Friday afternoon, a day after Flaherty rolled out four other union endorsements. A public... Read more

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