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Boston City Hall Plaza will soon undergo a $70 million facelift that promises to transform the plot from what’s been described by some as a “barren wasteland” into what city officials call “a welcoming front yard for civic life.” Patrick Brophy, chief of... Read more
University of Massachusetts officials and the Pioneer Institute have exchanged sharp volleys over the last week since the free market-oriented think tank published a report placing blame for the financial crisis at the campus at the feet of central... Read more
US Rep. Ayanna Pressley launched a political action committee on Monday that her campaign said would help continue the work she began last year in her campaign against a long-time incumbent Democrat. Five months into her first term in Congress, Pressley... Read more
The Peabody Square Choral Artists will perform their second-ever concert this Saturday at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church in Ashmont. The group will perform a piece by Czech baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka aptly entitled “Missa Omnium Sanctorum,” from the... Read more
Proponents of a pair of residential towers along Morrissey Boulevard offered their long-term vision for their stretch of property along the corridor during a briefing at the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association’s monthly meeting on Monday. Through a... Read more
Firefighters enter house on River Street
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 161 River St., near Standard Street, shortly after 9 a.m. for what turned into a two-alarm fire. The fire, which damaged the basement and first floor, caused no injuries, the department says.
Boston Police are rolling out the first phase of the city-wide body camera program on Monday, starting in Dorchester and South Boston police districts. Officers in the C-6 and C-11 districts and the Youth Violence Strike Force started training with the... Read more
After a very successful clean-up stint at Dot Park last summer, the “goatscaping” program, featuring a quartet of the four-legged herbivores and outfitted with a solar-powered electric fence, returned to the scene last Saturday morning to a munching site... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter's Dot Day edition includes a special section devoted to this year's parade and celebrations. The parade starts on Sunday (June 2) at 1 p.m. at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street in Lower Mills and follows a route... Read more
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

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