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Do you live in a historic house? If so, the Dorchester Historical Society is offering you a new way to showcase it. In an effort to celebrate the rich architectural heritage of Dorchester and Mattapan, the Society has set up a historic marker program for... Read more
In the early weeks of the pandemic, an “OFD” reader from Pennsylvania — clearly a Republican, but a “Never Trumper”— rang the Reporter to renew his subscription. He enjoyed getting the news from his hometown and wanted to be supportive of our work, he... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh said Boston has seen a large increase in the number of Bostonians getting tested for covid-19. An average of 4,800 people were tested last week, up 1,000 from the previous week (not including colleges.) “I want to thank everyone who’s... Read more
The pandemic is extracting a significant toll from Boston families and businesses, but it's not a major factor when considering the city's overall financial health, a credit rating agency said this week. Moody's Investor Services this week assigned a Aaa... Read more
The proponents of a five-story mixed-use development originally proposed last year for a vacant lot in Uphams Corner told about 40 people last Tuesday that they have “hit the reset button” on their review process during a virtual meeting hosted by the... Read more
(Editor’s Note: Due to popular demand, we are pleased to reprint Mary Casey Forry’s classic column about her schedule of activities around the house for Thanksgiving Day. This article first appeared in the Dorchester Reporter in November 1986.) 6:15 a.m... Read more
After strong pushback from neighbors, a team that hoped to site a 3,000-square-foot retail cannabis store in a key commercial building in Adams Corner is now eyeing a location closer to Neponset Circle. CNA Stores, Inc., a company based in Amesbury, MA,... Read more
A three-alarm fire that erupted around 5 a.m. last Friday at 36 Robinson St. left nine people homeless and resulted in an estimated $1 million in damages while causing no injuries. The Boston Fire Department said the fire started in a carriage house... Read more
As Thanksgiving approaches, state officials this week reiterated their calls for people to gather with only their household members around the table, pitching a small-scale celebration as a sacrifice that will help ensure many holidays to come with safe... Read more
The development team hoping to transform the former Phillips Old Colony House on Morrissey Boulevard into a 219-unit apartment complex unveiled their latest proposal to a largely unreceptive group of neighbors via Zoom last Thursday evening. The acre-and-... Read more
It's not too late to rethink your Thanksgiving plans. That's one message public health commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel wants to get out ahead of the Thursday holiday, as Massachusetts continues to confront a surge in COVID-19 cases and as data indicate... Read more
Damage to the two houses
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that started at 16 Nightingale St. shortly before 7:45 a.m. spread to 12 Nightingale St. and went to four alarms before firefighters were able to bring it under control. Some 12 residents were displaced and two... Read more
Ongoing repairs and painting on the Granite Avenue drawbridge will trigger more lane closures this weekend and through next month. The bridge will stay open through the work, state officials say, but the lane restrictions will likely cause back-ups during... Read more
Firefighters and fire on Robinson Street
The Boston Fire Department reports that a three-alarm fire that erupted around 5 a.m. on Friday at 36 Robinson St. displaced nine residents and resulted in an estimated $1 million in damage, but caused no injuries. This is what first alarm companies... Read more
Virginia “Jinny” Chalmers, 70, of Dorchester, a longtime BPS teacher and retired principal of the Young Achievers K-8 Pilot School in Mattapan, died Tuesday after a a crash between her bicycle and an Eversource truck on Blue Hills Parkway. The crash... Read more
At a time of heightened economic anxiety for local families, many of whom are struggling to pay rent or put food on the table, Dorchester-based non-profit United Senergy has organized a holiday toy drive through Dec. with the goal of spreading joy to... Read more
JocCole “JC” Burton of Dorchester has been named a member of the city of Boston’s Board of Examiners (BOE), a three-member panel appointed by the mayor that issues licenses to qualified builders. Burton formerly served as the founder and chief executive... Read more
Joseph N. Cooper has been appointed a special assistant to the chancellor at UMass Boston where he will advise Marcelo Suárez-Orozco on matters of importance to Black faculty, students, and staff. “UMass Boston must stand for a higher education agenda of... Read more
Supreme Judicial Court Judge Kimberly Budd, Gov. Baker’s pick to serve as the top court’s next chief justice, said last week she wants to use the post to ensure that everyone has a voice “and to see that justice is done.” In talking with members of the... Read more
The war to stem the climate crisis is global, but neighborhoods are the battlegrounds for creating a sustainable future that protects both infrastructure and people from the encroachment of high waters, fierce storms, and punishing heat. Each Boston... Read more


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