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Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick opened up a seven-point lead over his Republican rival Charles Baker, while Indepednent Tim Cahill remained mired in a distant third place, according to, according to a new poll, that showed Patrick with more breathing room... Read more
For many parents, the news came in a note tucked into their children’s backpacks: Boston Public Schools officials saying that six schools may be shuttered next year, including two in Dorchester. On the chopping block are Roger Clap Elementary and East... Read more
Nick Collins: Democratic nominee for state repIt would be easy to forget the Polish Triangle and other parts of Dorchester when considering the largely South Boston-based Fourth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. But it would be hard... Read more
Boston Public Library officials are making another foray into the Lowers Mills neighborhood, where a branch library is slated to close. A “working session” is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond St. library. The meeting is billed as a... Read more
Three-Decker sculptureIn the few weeks before the late October Dorchester Open Studios, two long-awaited pieces of permanent public art will finally be dedicated at opposite ends of town: “Dorchester Voices/Dorchester History” in Edward Everett Square... Read more
Somewhere around the start of October, Massachusetts voters were shunted into the electoral Twilight Zone that encloses nearly every election cycle and lasts until the polls close in November. It’s a time and place during which one mayoral candidate has... Read more
The attorney representing the owner of 1188 Dorchester Ave. said this week the property is closer to becoming an “international” supermarket and could open by the end of the year. He defended the owner of the property, Khiet Tran, and said the cost of... Read more
Top officials on Beacon Hill and in City Hall head a list of witnesses who could be asked to testify in City Councillor Chuck Turner’s trial, which started this week. In court documents filed Friday, prosecutors outlined the list of potential witnesses... Read more
The Boston Police Department will be collaborating with local community organizations to launch an extensive system of neighborhood watches in the coming weeks. The so-called Greater Neponset Crime Watch is spearheaded by Carolyn MacNeil, the BPD’s... Read more
Gov. Deval Patrick, on the homestretch of his re-election bid, said Wednesday he’s not worried that President Barack Obama’s visit to the Hub this weekend could backfire for the incumbent Democrat by drawing attention to voter anxiety over the pace of the... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. was held up at lunchtime on Wednesday. The suspect was described as a light-skinned Cape Verdean man who fled on foot. The branch was also held up on April 3 and Feb. 8... Read more
The state Public Health Council on Wednesday unanimously backed the sale of the non-profit Caritas Christi hospital chain to Steward Health Care System, a subsidiary of the major private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management. The proposed transfer of... Read more
The attorney representing the owner of 1188 Dorchester Ave. said this week the property is closer to becoming an “international” supermarket and could open by the end of the year. He defended the owner of the property, Khiet Tran, and said the cost of... Read more
A fire that broke out shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday at 116 Hazelton St. quickly went to two alarms, the Boston Fire Department reports. The department described the cause of the fire: "Second floor resident was burning old mail in stairway. Fire got... Read more
Ashmont Grill Anniversary Governor Deval Patrick ended a long day on the campaign trail on Saturday night by joining Ashmont Grill owner Chris Douglass for a toast to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the popular Peabody Square eatery. The restaurant — a... Read more
Irish Heritage Fest 2010: Photo by Chris Lovett An estimated 10,000 people— and perhaps many more than that— attended yesterday's Irish Heritage Festival in Adams Corner. The second annual event featured two stages of music and dancing, vendors, outdoor... Read more
Officials at Codman Square Health Center received a welcome phone call this morning from Washington D.C. The center is the recipient of a $7.95 million federal grant that will help fund a new wing of the health center, including an expanded home for the... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting two local men on charges they used a gun to hold up somebody about to enter the Tedeschi store at 1580 Dorchester Ave. on Tuesday night. According to police, the two showed a gun and demanded money - and then... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that broke out at 114 Saxton St. around 3 a.m. on Friday displaced nine people. The fire started on a rear porch and did an estimated $325,000 in damage, the department says, adding one of the... Read more
This weekend radical and activist marching bands from all over North America will converge on Somerville and Cambridge for the increasingly popular (and populist) HONK! Festival. Now in its fifth year HONK! offers opportunities galore for festival-goers... Read more

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