If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season for much of the nation, then how do we characterize Dorchester Day?

Truth is, Dot Day is many things to many people. For kids, it’s a particularly magical time when the usually off-... Read more

Tom Menino’s mission to shutter perfectly good neighborhood libraries took another unfortunate turn this week. The mayor’s office — in collaboration with his appointees at the Boston Public Library — orchestrated a farce of a meeting at Carney Hospital... Read more

Abridged comments of William M. Bulger at Mt Washington Bank community breakfast, May 11, 2010.

“The ancient Greeks gave us this system of government of ours. They worked very hard to give us a representative democracy, something that... Read more

News Item: “A video showing Seattle police officers stomping on a man’s head and body and using a racial epithet has prompted an internal investigation by authorities and disgust from the mayor.
One of the officers involved, a 15-year veteran,... Read more

Credit where credit is due.

Last week, on the street outside my home in Lower Mills, there appeared an indentation in the pavement. It’s been more than a decade since the street was repaved, and the heavy traffic has taken a toll on our... Read more

A large group of Bostonians of Irish heritage, chaired by Winnie Henry of Milton and Pat “Doc” Walsh of Dorchester, have gathered to raise funds to support relief efforts for Haitian children orphaned by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.

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It’s time for Mayor Menino and his administration to stop their divisive and ill-conceived push to close public libraries —including the one in Dorchester Lower Mills. Menino should formally withdraw his library board’s recommendation to close the four... Read more

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were... Read more

The public debate over the future of the branch libraries took a Darwinian turn yesterday morning when BPL Trustees chairman Jeffrey Rudman revealed he couldn’t possibly consider closing branches in Uphams Corner and Egleston Square, claiming they “... Read more

What a difference two years can make.

It was the spring of 2008 when a special consultant working for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley released a study that painted a dismal future for Dorchester’s Carney Hospital.

Now just... Read more

At long last, relief is here; let us be glad

How many of you earn that amount in a year?
Not I, says the teacher. Nor I, says the letter carrier. Nor I, says the clerk at the corner store. Certainly not I,... Read more


How many of you earn that amount in a year?

Not I, says the teacher. Nor I, says the letter carrier. Nor I, says the clerk at the corner store. Certainly not I, says the senior citizen living on Social Security.

$88,200.... Read more

The month’s heavy rainfall has set a lot of folks to thinking maybe there really is something to this business of climate change after all. It seems like only yesterday we were thinking, hey, the Boston winter season this year really wasn’t too hard to... Read more

Ireland’s great Famine, also known as the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mór) took place in the middle of the 19th century, caused by a blight on the potato crop in the Emerald Isle. Beginning with the harvest of 1846, and lasting for five years, the fungus... Read more

The story of the dramatic turnaround in the fiscal health of Dorchester’s Carney Hospital is truly a remarkable one.

It was just thirty months ago that Attorney General  Martha Coakley conducted an investigation of the hospital and its  parent... Read more