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Hip-hop is everywhere in Dorchester. Booming from the subwoofers of passing cars, and leaking from earbuds on Ashmont-bound trains. Irrepressible, it seems to seep up through cracks in the pavement, like splotches of oil under the baking sun. And from 7-... Read more
IBEW Local 103 as a partner of the Boston Red Sox will operate as an official drop-off location for the annual Baseball Tomorrow Fund equipment drive, in support of Kids Gear for Baseball. Kids Gear for Baseball is a non-profit organization that collects... Read more
The first observance of Dorchester Day, in June of 1904, took place under a tent on Savin Hill. A celebration of local history and pride, it was also meant to protect an urban wild with a panoramic view from a frenzy of new development. But by the... Read more
Editor's Note: Longtime Uphams Corner resident and civic leader Robert “Bob” Haas, shown above in 1979, has written a riveting memoir of his years in Dorchester, which began when he moved into a broken-down, but once-glorious Victorian-era home on... Read more
Some 600 people gathered on a bright Saturday morning of the 2019 Memorial Day weekend to dedicate a permanent marker on Deer Island to those Irish emigrants who some 170 years ago left their island during the Great Hunger (“An Gorta Mor”) for the United... Read more
About 40 people gathered at the Mildred Avenue Community Center last Tuesday for the latest in a flurry of meetings intended to inform and organize residents in the wake of a brazen daytime shooting that left a Mattapan Street grandmother dead and two... Read more
An annual report card on water quality at beaches in Greater Boston— based on testing done last summer— brought familiar results for Dot’s three beaches. Tenean Beach, which has long lagged behind other nearby locations for a variety of reasons, remains... Read more
Mattapan residents who speak Haitian Kreyol received an update on a city of Boston planning process in their own language last Thursday evening (May 23) at the Mildred Avenue Community Center. The meeting, hosted by the Boston Planning & Development... Read more
At a candidate forum last Thursday (May 23), two candidates for the District 5 (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) city-council seat - Ricardo Arroyo and Mimi Turchinetz - repeatedly proclaimed themselves progressives who would go far beyond constituent... Read more
The title character in “Caroline, or Change” — which was staged at the Calderwood Pavilion’s Wimberly Theatre through May 11— is not an outwardly glamorous woman. Throughout most of the musical, she is seen in the plain uniform she wears to work as a maid... Read more
A note about our cover this week: Mike Ritter is a Dorchester resident and a fantastic freelance photographer. He is frequently called upon to cover some of the region’s biggest events. Last year, he decided to turn his talents loose on one of his... Read more
This Dorchester Day will bring another round of exclusive t-shirt designs for Sunday’s parade. The neighborhood’s premier apparel company, College Hype, produces shirts that bring it all home for people from the neighborhood — or people who wish they were... Read more
The annual Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester contests took place on Sat., May 18, Margaret Janulewicz and Janessa Cosgrove were runners-up for Little Miss Dorchester, at the First Parish Church in Meetinghouse Hill. The contest is held annually for... Read more
Editor's Note: The Dorchester Day Parade will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m. Each year, the parade committee selects a veteran from the neighborhood to serve as Chief Marshal. This year, the honor goes to John Schneiderman, who in addition to serving... Read more
As part of an ongoing facilities overhaul, interim superintendent Laura Perille proposed a host of changes to Boston Public Schools last Tuesday. Under the changes, two schools — the McCormack Middle School and Boston Community Leadership Academy, a high... Read more
Part of revitalizing the hub of the Uphams Corner village will involve creating a sparkling new branch library, with a twist. City planners are putting the final touches on a plan that will call for housing to be built above the facility. Through a... Read more
In April 1865, Dorchester’s Town Meeting took up an important civic measure - “to procure…a Corporate Seal of the town.” Many modern residents of Dorchester are familiar with that seal, which is emblazoned with the words “Dorchester 1630” and the Latin... Read more
This July will mark the 50th year of the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL), the oldest municipal basketball league in the country and a summertime fixture for families across the city. Charlie Conners, a Dorchester native and the city’s Parks... Read more
Tracking an odyssey from war-torn Vietnam to a busy, family-owned shop in Savin Hill As customers stream through the busy Vietnamese sandwich shop and market on Dorchester Avenue in Savin Hill, maybe a lucky four of them might be able to snag a seat. It... Read more
A new report from the Pioneer Institute, set to be released Thursday, places the blame for UMass Boston’s budget woes on University of Massachusetts leadership, asserting that irresponsible spending approvals triggered the crisis that led to J. Keith... Read more

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