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Humanity wasn’t ready for this, our country wasn’t ready for this, our neighbors weren’t ready for this, and we as individuals were not ready for this. The coronavirus pandemic has created a world that is surreal. Nobody is ever prepared to deal with the... Read more
Key indicators about the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts have for the first time moved in an encouraging direction for several days straight, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday, but as other states are opening up economic activity, officials here still... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker took a step toward preparing the public for what he said life might look like in Massachusetts when this period of staying at home to avoid infection ends, ordering all citizens to wear masks or facial coverings in public if they can't... Read more
Last weekend, a concerned resident contacted the Animal Rescue League of Boston's (ARL) Field Services Department after finding a kitten with a plastic bag tied around his head in a residential neighborhood in Dorchester. The male kitten, who was... Read more
Lt. Donald Callahan, a 37-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, was celebrated with a surprise 50 car drive-by parade Thursday evening in recognition of his retirement day. At around 5:30 p.m., a procession of police cruisers and civilian vehicles... Read more
Around 5,000 people, both COVID-19 patients and people they've interacted with, have been contacted through a community tracing program that Gov. Charlie Baker said will be "a key element toward not only stopping the spread" of the contagious disease but... Read more
Massachusetts public health officials reported 1,940 new cases of COVID-19 and announced the deaths of 157 more residents from the viral infection on Thursday. Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported Feb. 1, 62,205 Massachusetts residents have... Read more
A federal judge today rejected a request from an alleged leader of the Mattapan branch of the Latin Kings gang for pre-trial release because of Covid-19 concerns, saying there is no way she could release him without creating a potential danger to society... Read more
As policymakers it is our responsibility to respond to the public health challenges before us with urgency while planning the long term recovery of our city, state and nation. Community health centers have been key to delivering an equitable public... Read more
Nearly 900,000 Massachusetts workers, representing almost a quarter of the state's entire labor force, have filed new claims for unemployment benefits since mid-March as the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread shutdowns it prompted continue to exert an... Read more
A local bartender is among the final four contestants in a nationwide “cocktail challenge” fundraiser started in support of currently laid-off restaurant workers. Ryan McHugh, a Codman Square resident who tended bar at Grill 23 & Bar in the Back Bay... Read more
The Boston Public Health Commission’s ‘Health of Boston 2016-2017’ report shows that black and brown communities in Boston are more likely to suffer higher rates of chronic illness such as asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. The prevalence... Read more
Solmon Chowdhury, owner of Shanti Indian Cuisine, 1111 Dorchester Ave., says the restaurant is re-opening for takeout and delivery on May 1. Chowdhury was forced to close the restaurant a month ago, when his supplies of spices and other ingredients in the... Read more
Racial, economic disparities in spotlight Last week’s decision by Gov. Charlie Baker to keep all public and private schools closed through the end of the academic year drew support from city officials and leaders in the education field, with most viewing... Read more
By the beginning of May, we will be looking at more than one million cases of the coronavirus in the US in just three months. There were 30,000 new cases reported per day during the month of April. Looking at the data, it would appear that plans for re-... Read more
Monsignor Francis J. McGann, a priest of the archiocese of Boston for 71 years who spent a dozen years in Dorchester in his early years of service, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on April 24 of complications related to a Covid-19 infection. He was... Read more
Jack Dempsey, a Boston firefighter for 35 years, was appointed commissioner of the city’s fire service last Friday. Dempsey has served in the interim role since the retirement of former Commissioner Joe Finn last month. Mayor Walsh said Dempsey “has... Read more
A new “viral” music video created by students and staff at the Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School with the intention of spreading “a message of joy and positivity” has been making its rounds on the internet since it was first published last Friday. In the... Read more
More than 300,000 health care workers and first responders in Massachusetts have stepped up to the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. They suit up in scrubs or uniforms, leave the comfort of their homes, and put their lives at risk to keep us, our... Read more

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