Five years in and facing the potential of multiple challengers in the upcoming municipal election, District 5 City Councillor Timothy McCarthy says he still brings a public works sensibility to his job. “I think you look at what I care about the most,... Read more
With Hyde Park attorney Ricardo Arroyo jumping into the race last week, there are now two candidates seeking the District 5 council seat currently held by Councillor McCarthy. Arroyo was a public defender until early December, when he left the job to... Read more
One of the easiest ways to grasp the extent of Michael Besson’s passion and intensity is to watch him play the guitar. His fingers a blur, he strums and picks the guitar strings at such speeds that they twang plaintively and seem likely to snap from the... Read more
The calendar for the next two weeks is creating some interesting interplay between a benefit bill for locked-out workers, Christmas and the end of the 2017-2018 session, and contract talks between National Grid and its 1,200 locked-out natural gas workers... Read more
It’s a nearly perfect vision – waking up Christmas morning with the children, and nestled under the tree is a big brown-eyed puppy with a bow attached to its collar. While this scenario can make a joyful holiday for some, it’s not ideal for every family.... Read more
A bill that aims to ensure confidentiality protections for first responders who seek mental health services from a peer counselor is on the move again on Beacon Hill, days after a Worcester firefighter died in the line of duty. Speaking in support of the... Read more
Last summer, on the night of July 21, a man who’d been creeping up on a group of woman at dbar followed one of them into the restroom and, she said, sexually assaulted her after she came out of a stall, a Boston Police officer told the Boston Licensing... Read more
Last Wednesday night was a very, very good night for hip-hop in Boston.Dorchester rapper Cousin Stizz became the first-ever hip-hop artist to earn Artist of the Year honors at the Boston Music Awardsceremony. He also took Hip-Hop Artist of the Year for... Read more
Several members from the JMBT’s Dorchester Studio, including Leah Vasquez-Watt, Lilyrose Lubangi, America Belle Cross, Arianna Shepherd, Ava Dennis , Claudia Hernandez, and Leiya Silveira, are featured inthe 31st annual performance of José Mateo Ballet... Read more
City planners are distilling feedback from the most recent public meeting on the Uphams Corner implementation process, which seeks to transform a number of city - and land trust-owned parcels in the village’s core into an arts innovation district. Some 90... Read more
This story was first published on December 12 by WBUR 90.9FM, Boston’s NPR News Station. WBUR and the Reporter have a partnership in which the two news organziations share resources and content. Emotions ran high at a City Council hearing last Tuesday... Read more
Dorchester has lost a longtime civic and business leader with the death on Dec. 14 of Loretta Philbrick at age 81. She had suffered a stroke in her home earlier in the month. Ms. Philbrick was a steady presence in the neighborhood’s banking industry. She... Read more
A small contingent of residents staged a “stand-out” last Wednesday demanding a meeting with state transportation officials in advance of a $3.5 million public improvement project planned for next year at the Morton Street/Gallivan Boulevard intersection... Read more
A greener, safer, and more accessible Columbia Road may be on the horizon. The LivableStreets Alliance is asking residents along the route to help shape what that future might look like. Talk of a redesign has persisted for years, but with a new survey,... Read more
Rosa Poincy, a tenant living in the Baker Chocolate Factory Apartments, received a letter on the day before Thanksgiving last year informing her that her Section 8 rent subsidy would be terminated less than a month later, on Dec. 18. “I see the letter and... Read more
As city councillors take a hard look at the equity issues in the cannabis business, would-be marijuana merchants in and out of Boston are already jumping into the lucrative new market. Limited to doing business only by proximity to schools and each other... Read more
This story was first published on December 20 by WBUR 90.9FM, Boston’s NPR News Station. WBUR and the Reporter have a partnership in which the two news organziations share resources and content.Listen to this story here. Dannie Kelly is a real-life Santa... Read more
Boston Police report a traffic stop at Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester yesterday ended with the arrest of two men - one of whom served a lengthy prison sentence for shooting two state troopers on Blue Hill Avenue. Police say drug-control... Read more
Devon Street fire scene.
The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that started in a multi-family house at 159 Devon St., off Columbia Rd., spread to 161 Devon St. late Friday night. Firefighters responded around 11:25 p.m., Friday, to the fire. One firefighter was... Read more
The number of hate crimes reported to the state increased by almost 10 percent to a 10-year high in 2017, the state said in a new report that also found a majority of law enforcement agencies reported they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents last... Read more


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