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Happy Independence Day! In the spirit of the holiday, please enjoy this article by Peter F. Stevens, who recalls how the town of Dorchester celebrated the Fourth way back in 1855.
The Boston Police Department reports finding a man's body at Woodrow and Milton avenues around 6 a.m. Friday, July 2. The Boston Herald reports the man was in his 40s and apparently died from a gunshot wound. Recent months have seen a number of violent... Read more
Many people celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang, literally. Fireworks are a staple at summer barbeques and celebrations throughout America. With the upcoming holiday, the Mattapan Community Health Center would like to reiterate the importance of... Read more
Thirteen Boston public school teachers, one of whom teaches in Mattapan and four in Dorchester, received the Boston Educator of the Year Award last Monday night. The honorees, who were nominated by their colleagues for the award, were recognized for... Read more
Looking to fight back against a poor census response and what some local activists called bad publicity for the neighborhood, city and U.S. Census officials launched an enumeration offensive earlier this month in the Bowdoin Geneva area, a neighborhood... Read more
While the boys are still playing for the World Cup in South Africa, the girls will be playing a different kind of football on the other side of the planet. The International Federation of American Football kicked off their first ever Women’s World... Read more
Wainwright Park is the place to be this summer for free fun for kids ages 6 to 18. St. Mark’s Parish and Dorchester Over the Summer (DOTS) have combined forces to offer more than six weeks of programming at the park, including a series of Saturday cook-... Read more
Several city councillors are pushing this week for the expansion of the Boston Public Library board of trustees and giving them the ability to fundraise for the cash-strapped system. City Councillors Michael Ross, Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo have filed... Read more
Work Inc., a non-profit organization that provides vocational training and employment for approximately 800 individuals with mental and developmental disabilities, celebrated its move to its new Beach Street facility with an open house and dedication... Read more
The MBTA’s route 28 bus line is notorious for crowded, slow, and inefficient service. T officials this weekend responded to the complaints with the deployment of 25 new, 60-ft long articulated buses. The new buses, which hit the streets on Saturday, have... Read more
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 791 members, Michael McKeon (left) and Al Ortenzi (right), protest at the entrance of the Harborpoint Marketplace on Morrissey Boulevard on Tuesday, June 29. Photo by Tara W. Merrigan The parking lot of... Read more
This (really) old house gets a facelift While tourists are drawn to Massachusetts’s rich history in places like Beacon Hill, Plymouth, and Salem, Dorchester has its own share of notable landmarks, including the oldest surving structure in the city: the... Read more
A decision is expected later this summer on what UMass-Boston plans to do with the former site of the Bayside Expo Center, which the university bought earlier this year. Several options remain on the table for the property, which has 275,000 square feet... Read more
The City Council on Wednesday voted 11-2 to pass Mayor Thomas Menino’s $2.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2011. Councillors also voted unanimously to pass a home rule petition – which requires approval from the mayor, the governor and the state... Read more
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended by more than a month the public comment period for the Neponset River Trail extension. Comments will now be accepted, by email or phone, through August 14. DCR also has scheduled two site... Read more
The Boston Police Department says it is looking for several suspects charged with firing repeated rounds at the Harbor Point development on June 25 and 27. Nobody was injured in the three incidents, but at least one bullet wound up inside somebody's... Read more
Rapidly advancing legislation to encourage safer driving will likely lead to more racial profiling, according to the chief proponent of a bill calling for collection of more data on traffic stops. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said her data collection bill is... Read more
Silver Line busThe MBTA will be replacing 25 buses on a key route through Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury this weekend. The new buses will be 60 ft. articulated buses, similar to the ones found on the Silver Line. Some bus stops will have to be... Read more
CLASSICAL TOUCH – Cello students Kevin Joseph, left, and Omar Nova improvise with resident musician Ashleigh Gordon as guest musician Adam Eccleston looks on during a performance party held at the Chittick School on June 10. The concert featured students... Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino this week granted four libraries slated for closure at the end of the summer a nine-month stay of execution as the head of the Boston Public Library’s board of library trustees acknowledged that if $1.6 million could be found, no... Read more

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