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The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal aimed at cracking down on absentee landlords whose properties have frequently drawn neighborhood complaints and a heavy police presence. The proposal expands the definition of “public nuisance... Read more
US Rep. Stephen Lynch As a legislative committee at the State House weighs a revamping of the state’s political boundaries due to the pending loss of a Congressional seat, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch this week called for his Ninth Congressional District to... Read more
With Massachusetts poised to lose one of its ten seats in Congress, a pair of minority-focused coalitions offered up their proposals this week to the special legislative committee charged with the task of subtraction. One of the coalitions took an extra... Read more
Franklin Park zookeeper Kerri Vitale, originally from Dorchester, greeted zoo visitors along with Azul, a hyacinth macaw, on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Caprio Moviegoers nationwide were introduced to a piece of Dorchester last Friday with the release of... Read more
A Dorchester pastor has received a much-needed abatement from city tax collectors, who sent him a hefty bill earlier this year. The properties in question included the former St. Kevin’s Parish property in Uphams Corner, which is in the midst of a sale... Read more
Thousands of expatriates from Angola to Zimbabwe are expected to converge this Saturday, July 16 at City Hall Plaza for the second annual African Festival of Boston (AFoB). Massachusetts is home to around 80,000 African immigrants and last year’s... Read more
Staff Sergeant Steve Keenan, a member of the 164th Transportation Battalion headquartered in Dorchester, has been deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in the past six years. Keenan was first deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a humvee driver and gunner, and a radio... Read more
In the age of electronics and the internet, the City of Boston Elections Department keeps it low key. Yesterday morning at City Hall, fourteen names were tossed into a gold metal tumbler and then pulled out, one by one, to determine the ballot order in... Read more
Neponset Greenway: The Mattapan trolley stop at Central Ave, left. A proposed Greenway path would follow a route closer to the river, at right. Photo by Ed Forry As officials with the MBTA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seek a... Read more
The Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park opens for its seventh consecutive year of summer entertainment on Tuesday, July 12. The city's ParkARTS program helped re-establish this live performance summer tradition by bringing a new stage to Franklin Park... Read more
The Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. center in Mattapan will be providing pre-application assistance for distressed homeowners interested in $50,000 foreclosure prevention loans offered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development... Read more
On July 19, a group led by city officials will walk along Dorchester Avenue from Fields Corner to Peabody Square to explore the walking environment of the busy Dorchester thruway. The program, titled “Neighborhood Walks,” will be hosted by the Boston... Read more
City health officials say that the year's first cases of West Nile Virus-infected insects have been detected from trap pools in West Roxbury this week. While there have not yet been any reported human cases of the mosquito-borne illness, officials say... Read more
A.J.: Shot in the back at Harambee Park on June 28.Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says that some family members of the 4 year-old boy "A.J." who was shot at Harambee Park last week "have not been cooperative" with police as they search for the... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man in his 30s was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 11:20 p.m., Thursday at Mountain Avenue and Mascot Street. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police found evidence that... Read more
HazMat crew on Semont Rd.: Boston Firefighters spent the morning investigating an "irritant" found in the air inside 14 Semont Rd. Photo by Ed Forry (Updated— Friday, July 8, 1:30 p.m.) — Hazardous material teams from the Boston fire and police... Read more
Shooting outside Lilla Frederick School: Investigators on the scene at Columbia Rd. and Wyola Place. Photo by Bill Forry Columbia Rd. was blocked off on both sides of the street for two blocks on Thursday afternoon as police investigated a shooting that... Read more
Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersThe Menino Administration explained Wednesday the discretion implied in a proposed city ordinance that would bill negligent... Read more
Closing a $1.9 billion budget gap and increasing funding for a popular anti-youth violence program, state lawmakers sent a $30.6 billion fiscal year 2012 budget to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk last week. Dorchester’s state Senate and House delegations voted... Read more
The three-family house at 102 Blue Hill Ave. features bay windows, a small porch and is, in the estimation of the Assessor’s Office, in good exterior and interior condition. But despite its comely appearance, the Roxbury three-decker is one of the city’s... Read more


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