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A hand-drawn schematic shows new roads and traffic flows envisioned by city-hired urban planners. The two double-pointed arrows in blue indicate a new road through the proposed Bayside development from Day Blvd. to Morrissey Blvd. and a Mt. Vernon Street... Read more
A wide array of ethnic community organizations and lobbying groups are banding together to push for higher registration rolls heading into the September primary and the November election. Launched last week and spearheaded by the Mayor Thomas Menino's... Read more
Tens of thousands of Massachusetts immigrants may find out sooner rather than later about the status of their naturalization requests. Pointing to progress in processing millions of naturalization applications nationally, U.S. immigration officials... Read more
The wheels of Boston's Foreclosure Intervention Team (FIT) churn on this week, as housing officials approved a developer for four city-owned three-deckers on blighted Hendry Street. On Tuesday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority board put their seal of... Read more
A 18 year-old Brockton man and a 16 year-old Dorchester teen were arrested Sunday night after they allegedly flashed a loaded 9 millimeter handgun and waved a knife during a dispute on the street hockey court at Garvey Park in Neponset. Police were called... Read more
On Thursday nights, the field at Pope John Paul II Park transforms from a sports venue to a movie destination. It's a night where people ditch the TV and watch movies unde the stars, catch the breeze from the Neponset River, load up on bug spray, and... Read more
It wasn't too long ago when businessmen returning from their downtown offices alighted from streetcars at Fields Corner, Uphams Corner, Grove Hall and many, if not most, of the major streets in Dorchester. Those days are gone, the tracks in the roadbeds... Read more
This week, Mayor Thomas Menino proudly announced new bicycle lanes on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston and American Legion Highway in Roslindale, all part of a master plan to make Boston more bike-friendly. The first bit of that amiability to hit Dorchester... Read more
The handful of budget line items for Dorchester and Mattapan that Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed last month were quickly restored by lawmakers in the final hours of the legislative session last week. The overrides came as millions in additional dollars for... Read more
A dirt and gravel yard separates the red house at 386 Ashmont from the street. An unpaved, pitted driveway leads behind the building to a newly erected, pea soup green three-story condominium, still partially wrapped in Tyvek sheeting. Next to it, circled... Read more
The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition has succeeded in encouraging some significant changes to the MBTA Commuter Rail's plans for a Four Corners Station on the Fairmount Line. The adjustments could potentially set a new standard for the remaining... Read more
Backers of translating candidates' names into Chinese characters on election ballots won a partial victory last week, adding a $20,000 proposal to provide "sample" ballots for Asian-American voters to use in the September primary. Supporters were prepared... Read more
Caritas Carney Hospital hosted a bi-monthly senior supper last week at the hospital's cafeteria, and it was a near full-house for the event. Some 116 meals were served to neighborhood men and women, who each paid just $4 for the meal. The program also... Read more
Drama continued this week between the board and new directors of Viet-AID and supporters of former director and Vietnamese community leader Hiep Chu, who was fired on July 18. Last Saturday, over 80 of those supporters and others coalesced as "Concerned... Read more
A group of businesspeople, seniors and other Vietnamese community members are demanding an explanation from Viet-AID's board of directors for dismissing executive director Hiep Chu. The group called a meeting for this coming Saturday to confront the board... Read more
To judge by sale prices for three-decker condominiums in Dorchester, the housing slump is over - at least at a few locations. The prices do have connections to names that repeatedly turn up in foreclosure filings, and they stick out like tree stumps in a... Read more
A state appeals court last week rejected a bid by a man who confessed to killing a 15-year-old bystander in a Geneva Avenue shootout to overturn his conviction. Charles Bogues, 36, had admitted to firing his gun, but said he did not hit Louis D. Brown in... Read more
Up to $7 million would be provided for the cleanup of an abandoned Port Norfolk lot under an environment-focused borrowing bill lawmakers are attempting to get to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk this week. The funds would go towards a long-awaited revamp of the... Read more
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's musicians and audience stayed dry during Sunday's downpours by moving from Dorchester Park, now a registered National Historic Landmark, to St. Gregory School auditorium. Conductor Charles Ansbacher and his orchestra... Read more
For a handful of abutters, a proposed affordable housing development at Geneva Avenue and Bloomfield Street is too tall, too dense, and too short on parking. For six nearby civic associations and Main Streets organizations, other abutters and several... Read more

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