Dorchester Park, the 30-acre, Olmsted-designed jewel that anchors our neighborhood to the south, has a magical quality this time of year. The buds are poking out from their winter slumber, the trees are springing back to life and kids are once again... Read more

Details of Mayor Tom Menino’s budget for the next fiscal year are just coming to light as the Reporter goes to press this week. But an early glimpse at a summary of his $2.4 billion plan indicates that the city’s budget woes are easing a bit and that... Read more

Peter Meade is well-respected as both an out-front power broker and a behind-the-scenes adviser to some of the region’s most influential civic and business leaders. He is an inspired choice to lead the city’s planning agency, the Boston Redevelopment... Read more

A long-planned MWRA water main project that caused severe traffic detours last year in Milton is about to be launched in Lower Mills.

The agency was having one final public meeting last night with merchants and residents to give near-final... Read more

On Wednesday morning, the trustees of the Boston Public Library voted to approve a budget for FY 2012 that reverses its direction from last year, and evidently spares the four branch libraries that had been targeted for closure.

Later in the... Read more

John Madden was born and brought up on Vera Street in Dorchester. After college, he was commissioned as an Army officer and stationed for two years in Japan. There he met and married his wife, Fumie, and when they returned to the US they settled in... Read more

Barney McGinniskin was the first Irish cop in Boston. He arrived in Boston’s North End from County Galway in the 1840s, and found work as a laborer, until finally, on Nov. 4, 1851, he was hired by the city and he put on the blue waistcoat of a Boston... Read more

Merchants who do business in Lower Mills are very concerned about an expected disruption in their businesses later this year as the MWRA water pipe project begins tearing up the streets in the village.

The business people are correct to raise... Read more

Mike Capuano is well known in his Eighth Congressional district for his blunt style. Whether he’s in front of a crowd of union protestors or a church basement packed with senior citizens, the congressman calls it like he sees it.

On Tuesday, he... Read more

A hearing held Tuesday at Boston City Hall shined a light on a problem that makes many people uncomfortable to talk about, let alone take concrete steps to address it. Many of our teenagers are engaged in risky sexual behaviors and it has become a... Read more

And now for some good news.

Carney Hospital, the venerable, healthcare-giving, life-saving facility that sits right here in the middle of our neighborhood, is restructured and solvent, and appears poised to continue to serve the healthcare needs... Read more

What’s the best that can be said about this cursed winter season of 2010/2011? That at least the cumulative snow amounts haven’t reached the historic totals of the winter of 1995-1996 – at least not yet!

Remember that year? Mountains of snow... Read more

President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night will not long be remembered for what he — or his political adversaries — had to say. Like most such speeches, it was a laundry-list of objectives both lofty and well worn.

But what... Read more

Let’s be up front about this: The Reporter is hardly a mouthpiece for the Menino administration. We have sharp differences with the mayor and his team, particularly over their hard-to-pin-down policy on the city’s libraries.

But there are plenty... Read more

Persons of a certain age will recall how, back in the 1960s, we often would recoil at the latest news of blood and mayhem. It was a decade of assassins and murdered American leaders: John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy.

Those... Read more