(Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Boston Haitian Reporter in 2011, when Pastor Verdieu Laroche— then 71— was honored by the paper as a pioneer in the Haitian community. Pastor LaRoche died on May 5 at age 78.) He arrived here in 1968... Read more
One of the pioneering leaders of Boston's Haitian community has died. Rev. Dr. Verdieu Leonda LaRoche, 78, died on May 5, according to his family. LaRoche was the founding pastor of the First Haitian Baptist Church of Boston, located on Blue Hill Avenue... Read more
Holding signs, banners, and t-shirts emblazoned with pictures of lost loved ones, more than 1,000 people rallied in Fields Corner on Sunday in support of families who have lost loved ones to violence before marching through Dorchester and Roxbury on their... Read more
The Metro Boston public bike share system formerly known as Hubway began the process of rebranding as Blue Bikes last week, rolling out new bikes across the city and launching a new website and mobile app. The move comes as Blue Bikes says it plans to... Read more
Dorchester’s Bill and Denise Richard, both graduates of Bridgewater State University, were awarded honorary degrees at the university’s spring Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 12. More than 2,100 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during two... Read more
An updated version of the city’s fourth annual Student Housing Trends report shows that Boston’s colleges and universities are seeing slightly higher enrollment after a year of near stagnant growth, with 44.4 percent (some 36,500) of all students living... Read more
As tensions escalated this week between members of the UMass Boston community and the UMass president’s office, elected officials touring the Columbia Point campus made it clear that they plan to weigh in heavily on how its land will be used and its... Read more
A man in his thirties was shot to death on Tuesday morning on Evelyn Street in Mattapan. The victim was found outside of 50 Evelyn St. just after 10:30 a.m. and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Boston Police say the... Read more
Traffic advisory: The state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) says it will implement various lane closures to "accommodate milling and paving work" along Morrissey Boulevard at Neponset Circle starting today— May 14. The closures will be... Read more
Updated May 15, 2:46 p.m.: The search for a new chancellor at UMass Boston has been narrowed to three candidates, with UMass President Marty Meehan expected to recommend one of the names to the university system’s board of trustees in the near future. A... Read more
The proposed purchase of 72 acres of prime real estate in Newton by UMass Amherst continues to have some higher education advocates crying foul. Champions of the deal say it will benefit all students in the Boston area, and that what’s good for UMass... Read more
Boston will celebrate National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18 with a festival for bike commuters that will take place from 7-9 a.m. at City Hall Plaza. The celebration will feature free breakfast, coffee, and an expo with bicycle-related exhibits.... Read more
Demolition work at Dot Block has begun, with workers knocking down buildings in preparation for a mixed-use project that will transform the Glover’s Corner site. Some changes to the design will come back before the community for input, likely in the fall... Read more
College Bound Dorchester is looking for community input on the best use for its Little House property on East Cottage Street. The expiration of its Boston Public School contract for the Little House in June provides an opportunity to reassess the future... Read more
$6.3m expansion will begin this summer A non-profit on Bowdoin Street that has been assisting vulnerable families in Greater Boston since 1994 is making final preparations for an ambitious renovation project that will add a more capacity and a modern look... Read more
Craig Martin, principal of the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School in South Boston, has been named the Thomas C. Passios Elementary Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association. Martin, who has served as principal of the... Read more
Julie’s Family Learning Program in South Boston is one of 33 local nonprofits awarded a total of $10 million from Cummings Foundation through its new Sustaining Grants program, which provides funding for up to 10 years. Bob Monahan, Executive Director,... Read more
One victim a Dot resident, college senior Days after the fatal shootings of two men at a low-income housing development in Jamaica Plain, the larger community is still struggling with the after-effects of the murders. Christopher Joyce, 23, and Clayborn... Read more
On Tuesday, Write on the DOT launched its fourth volume of creative writing from Dorchester and UMass Boston writers on the patio at The Blarney Stone. Write on the DOT started in 2011 as a reading series coordinated by UMass Boston MFA students to... Read more
The race that is shaping up for the House seat being vacated by state Rep. Evandro Carvalho features familiar names along with neighborhood activists who are seeking to represent the parts of Dorchester and Roxbury in the Fifth Suffolk District. According... Read more


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