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In the wake of two grisly convenience store clerk killings in the past several months, Boston Police officials are reaching out to local business owners to establish lines of communication in an effort to prevent further crime. BPD officers from District... Read more
For the fourth year, residents from around the neighborhood will be competing for a coveted title next weekend: winner of the Dorchester Chili Cookoff. With dozens of combinations of spices, vegetables, meat or meatless, everyone seems to have his or her... Read more
The Fields Corner Civic Group welcomed a new team of officers earlier this month, with neighborhood resident and community activist Hiep Chu taking over as the group’s leader from longtime president and co-founder Tom Gannon. “In the last 20 years Tom did... Read more
For Jen Mergel, becoming the new Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is a chance to plant her Boston roots even deeper.  Born at Boston Lying In, the 34-year-old Jones Hill native said getting the job at the... Read more
Chang-DiazAsked what grade she would give herself for her first term in the state Senate, Sonia Chang-Diaz smiled. “I’m a tough grader if you ask my old students,” the former Jamaica Plain teacher said. She paused. A-minus is her assessment. “We have... Read more
On the day President Barack Obama signed a bill that will ensure insurance coverage to tens of millions of Americans, the head of a key Dorchester health center warned that cost control efforts must be ramped up as the legislation takes effect. “Overall,... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports capturing a suspect in a holdup of the Citizens Bank at 217 Adams St. yesterday not long after the robbery - on the outbound platform of the Fields Corner Red Line station. Police say the responded to the holdup by... Read more
Let’s face it: The St. Patrick’s Day political breakfast doesn’t work anymore. It’s embarrassing, a pale imitation of a sparkling tradition that lived years ago when Billy Bulger presided. It has become a colossal bore as politician after politician... Read more
The deafening cheers and whistles, vigorous arm-pumps and frequent standing O’s that greeted last Friday’s debut of the Boston Ballet at the Strand Theater banished any lingering doubts that Dorchester-area schoolchildren could really respond to high art... Read more
Carlos Henriquez, a community activist who has twice run unsuccessfully run against District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner, is jumping into the race to replace state Rep. Marie St. Fleur (D-Uphams Corner). Henriquez said he is making his move after consulting... Read more
Every April tens of thousands of runners converge on the city for the Boston Marathon. And all have their own stories of how they came to face this famed 26-plus mile challenge. For Paula Murphy, who grew up in Dorchester, running in the Boston Marathon... Read more
Rumors abound about what the future holds for retail development at the eastern end of Gallivan Blvd, at the site of a now-closed Bickford’s restaurant near Neponset Ave. One project that is confirmed to begin soon is the construction of a new Verizon... Read more
A Morton Street property that formerly served as a retirement and convalescent home for retired workers in the printing industry will soon become a full service elder care health facility. The facility, a familiar landmark at 1135 Morton Street at the... Read more
When the Fields Corner Branch library closed at 6 p.m. last Thursday night, Celeste Figueroa came out with four DVDs, a book, and her two daughters. “A library’s like a museum,” she said. “It’s a way to get out of the house, because being in the house is... Read more
Neighbors and former parishioners of St. Kevin’s – some still sorting out their views on the potential fate of the Uphams Corner property – plan to meet soon with the partnership attempting to acquire the site of the former parish. The Archdiocese of... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports finding a man in his early 20s with gunshot wounds inside 71 Norwell St. shortly after 11 p.m. yesterday. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Anyone with information can contact... Read more
Neponset River in Lower Mills around 5 p.m., Sunday With the nor'easter dumping several inches of rain on the region, the level of the normally placid Neponset rose dramatically along its course on Sunday. Meanwhile, firefighters across Dorchester and... Read more
The former St. Kevin parish campus on Columbia Rd.The former St. Kevin’s Parish property in Uphams Corner and two parcels of the St. Peter’s Parish campus on Meetinghouse Hill are going to be converted into affordable housing for Boston families, with... Read more
Long something of a wallflower, the Strand Theatre is finding its dance card filling up quickly in 2010 with a couple of noteworthy debuts.  On Valentine’s Day weekend, the former movie palace hosted the world premiere of a Tyler-Perry-like musical by a... Read more
Matthew ParkerMatthew Parker began turning his feelings and thoughts into poetry when he was a young teen growing up in the South End, with the rhythms and stories he created providing an outlet and an escape from the violent street life he saw around him... Read more

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