The traditional start of the home heating season came this week, but for thousands of Boston families in need of assistance to cover the exorbitant cost of heating fuel, the news is bleak. Due largely to the intransigence in the nation’s capitol and... Read more

There’s a reason why so-called ‘Happy Hours’ have been banned in Massachusetts since 1984. We hope that our state lawmakers and the governor will remember that as they consider an ill-advised push from the State Senate that would restore free or... Read more

The Columbus Day murder of Ciaran Conneely — who was apparently accosted by a gunman as he approached the door of his Nahant Avenue apartment building on Saturday... Read more

Last week’s arrest of a substance-abuse recovery home operator who has been at the center of a recent dispute in Port Norfolk is just the latest bad turn... Read more

And then there were two.

Frank Baker and John O’Toole earned the right to compete for our votes again in November by finishing in the top two spots on Tuesday’s ballot. The preliminary election in District 3 has been a hard-fought, intense... Read more

It’s now very clear that resort-style casino gambling will be setting up shop in Massachusetts in the not-so-distant future. The House of Representatives easily... Read more

This newspaper is always willing to give its readers space on our editorial pages to disagree with our opinions. In almost all cases, we offer no rebuttal to opinions contrary to ours and edit letters only to correct matters of generally accepted fact... Read more

Sunday will be a day of prayer, reflection, and mourning for most of us who lived through the traumatic events of September 11, 2001. It will also be an opportunity to teach our children— many of whom have no memory of that awful day — about the... Read more

The latest— and, we hope, the last— incarnation of the one-mile Neponset Greenway connection through Mattapan and Milton made its debut at a public meeting on... Read more

The Dorchester version of the “Big Dig” goes on in Lower Mills this week as contractors for the MWRA continue the complicated job of replacing a main water conduit underneath the streets in that village
The project has entered its third month,... Read more

Mayor Thomas Menino paid a visit to Dorchester’s Jeremiah E. Burke School last Thursday to highlight a promising new partnership between the Boston Scholar Athlete (BSA) program and the Princeton Review that will begin this fall.

Under the plan... Read more

There’s a heightened sense of anticipation this week over an emerging state plan to expand and improve the Neponset Greenway, the five-mile trail along our waterfront that has been a huge success since its... Read more

United States Postal Service (USPS) officials this week revealed a plan to close thousands of post offices nationwide, including two local offices, in Uphams Corner and Grove Hall. The plan comes as the USPS develops conditional plans to scale back... Read more