A July 4th disturbance that began at Carson Beach and spilled over into Savin Hill marred the Independence Day festivities for neighbors and has — with good reason— amplified calls for a police crackdown on “trouble-makers” who are suddenly flocking to... Read more
The 2010 census presents a window for city leaders to tinker with the way Boston’s neighborhoods are carved up for planning and political purposes. It is heartening to know that the trend-setters at the city’s influential planning agency— the Boston... Read more
There was a breakthrough this week in the effort to save four Boston Public Library branches, including the one in Lower Mills, that were slated for closure earlier this year. The battle, however, is far from over.
First, the library’s trustees... Read more
A universal ban on firearms is not only unconstitutional, but it is not going to solve the persistent scourge of gun violence on the streets of Dorchester, Mattapan, or any other American neighborhood. But taking common sense steps to curb the cascade... Read more
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.
... Read more
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