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For all the devastation it has wrought — thousands of deaths, mass layoffs, financial hardship, setbacks in education and more — the coronavirus pandemic has had at least one positive impact: it has changed the way Boston city government functions for the... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh urged Bostonians to consider voting early ahead of the November 3 presidential election. Early voting in Boston will begin on Sat., Oct. 17 and go through Fri., Oct. 30. All registered voters will be able to vote at any of the 21 early... Read more
A new leader has taken up the helm at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children on Dorchester’s Jones Hill. Alexis Steel, a former chief operating officer at the facility, was elected president by the board of trustees in early September.  St. Mary’s... Read more
Long before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the United States, the country was already battling another large-scale public health crisis: the opioid epidemic. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic has disproportionately hit Black, Brown... Read more
Boston’s positive covid-19 test rate has climbed to 3.5 percent this week— an increase from 2.7 percent last week, Mayor Walsh said today, adding that Dorchester’s 02125 and 02121 zip codes are among the worst hit, at 7 percent. The mayor warned that the... Read more
Rendering of proposed Wales Street building.
Heading Home, Inc., has filed plans with the BPDA to build a five-story, 23-unit apartment at 37 Wales St. on Wales Street for families trying to get out of homelessness. If approved, the non-profit group would replace a ten-unit building on the site that... Read more
A development team last week aired its latest plans for a new, five-story, mixed-use building at 1463-1469 Dorchester Ave., a parcel next to the Fields Corner MBTA station that was the longtime home of the the John Gallagher Insurance Agency. Under the... Read more
Dorchester Bay City. That’s the name that the development team from Accordia Partners came up with for the massive redevelopment of the old Bayside Expo site on our waterfront. The project will also one day include what is now the Santander Bank campus... Read more
George Huynh will join Mayor Walsh’s Office of Neighborhood Services as the liaison for the Fields Corner neighborhood and Vietnamese community. A native of Fields Corner, Huynh is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Yale College. He will serve as the... Read more
Starting this week, you'll either have to pay five cents for a plastic bag or bring your own reusable checkout bags at stores in Boston. Mayor Walsh last March issued an executive order that temporarily lifted the bag ordinance due to the Covid crisis.... Read more
Don’t wait. Get a flu shot now. That is the message from public health officials in Boston and Dorchester to seniors, school-age children and— in fact— everyone. Massachusetts is still only showing “minimal” influenza-like illness activity, according to... Read more
As design plans for the proposed Dorchester Bay City project on Columbia Point begin to take form, city planners and developers will consider feedback from a 25-person Community Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of architects, organization heads, and... Read more
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Regional Council last week selected the Dorchester Brewing Company (DBCo) and RODE Architects as winners of a 2020 design award for its facility on Massachusetts Avenue, which has become a “gateway”... Read more
The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has received a $100,000 grant from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to help the Fields Corner-based organization’s sustainability and its public policy advocacy efforts in a time of unprecedented need. “In... Read more
More than 1,100 people in Massachusetts were newly diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend as hospitalizations spiked and both Saturday and Sunday saw positive test rates jump above three percent. The Department of Public Health reported 515 new... Read more
A man was shot to death at 16 Hubbardston Rd., a normally quiet residential side street off Savin Hill Avenue, around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. The victim— an adult man who has not yet been named by Boston Police— was found suffering from multiple gun shot... Read more
Howard Avenue fire
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 141 and 145 Howard Ave. around 7:30 p.m. on Friday for what turned into a three-alarm fire at the two closely spaced houses. Some 30 residents - 21 of them children - got out safely, the... Read more
In a press conference Friday outside of City Hall, Mayor Martin Walsh provided important logistical information for Bostonians ahead of the November 3 state and presidential election. “Yesterday the city’s election commission certified our plan for early... Read more
Facing a $335 million budget shortfall this fiscal year, University of Massachusetts officials on Tuesday outlined the steps they’re taking to prepare for an uncertain future, including some staffing cuts that encountered pushback from union... Read more
A new study by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) has found that our Commonwealth spends $4,642 more per student to educate kids in wealthy towns than it does on students from low income... Read more

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