The summer doldrums are here, so please forgive that I was away in cooler climes these past two weeks, hence missed much of what passes for civic discourse.

The main topic this month, of course, is the raging debate over health care reform.... Read more

The community was startled three months ago when the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works (EOTPW) revealed plans to use federal stimulus funds to build an express bus lane along Blue Hill Ave. The proposal seemed to come out of the blue... Read more

The local blogosphere has been discussing the boundaries of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. One popular blogger, known as the Whalehead King, hosts a popular and positive site talking about the Dorchester and Mattapan communities, and last week he... Read more

Disparaging words used to describe the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods on the website of the Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) are drawing outrage from some local residents.

As part of an online pitch seeking philanthropic support for... Read more

I had a rather pleasant experience last week in dealing with a government agency, and it’s something that bears the telling.
With a milestone birthday looming, it was time to contact the Social Security Administration to begin the process of... Read more

As this “season without a summer” continues into the month of July, with rain and clouds limiting the chance for outdoor activities, families all over town are frantically looking for things to do. This week, we learned that a Massachusetts family... Read more

When the Patrick administration rolled out a plan to “enhance” the Route 28 bus line along Blue Hill Ave two months ago, it came as a surprise to many civic, business, and political leaders in Mattapan. And the fact that it was not immediately... Read more

There was a rather remarkable event held in one of Dorchester’s public school buildings this week. An assembly of students, teachers, parents, and public officeholders gathered at the Patrick O’Hearn School on Dorchester Ave. to mark the retirement... Read more

Monsignor Tom McDonnell passed away on Sunday. Even though he had been dealing with lung cancer for several years, he did not allow his illness to define his life. Instead, he continued to practice the priestly vocation he believed God had given him,... Read more

Almost 50 years ago, South Boston residents Jim and Mary Gavin converted an old police station South Boston for the use of themselves and some friends in need. The Gavin House on Fourth Street became a family home on the first floor, and a halfway... Read more

President Obama and Vice President Biden hosted a gathering in the White House on March 17. It was St. Patrick’s Day, and the American leaders welcomed the political leadership of Ireland to a festive commemoration of the day named for that countryâ... Read more

This weekend, the big Dorchester Day parade will bring thousands onto our neighborhood streets in celebration of the great values and history of our community.

The big parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Lower Mills, following Dot from our... Read more

Next Thursday, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (FDNH) will host its fifth annual event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The dinner will honor Governor Deval Patrick, but it is also a celebration of the agency’s own... Read more

The Patrick administration is holding a series of community forums across the state this month, part of a campaign that is aimed — ostensibly— at educating the public about the tough budget choices facing the Commonwealth. It’s a worthwhile... Read more

Last week’s announcement by Governor Deval Patrick that state officials have decided to make significant improvements to the Blue Hill Ave. corridor in the form of dedicated bus lanes and new equipment came as a surprise to many of those who have... Read more