The federal stimulus spending is getting panned by the cynics among us, but don’t count the people of Mattapan in that number. Scores took to the streets and sidewalks along Blue Hill Ave. last Friday for a New Orleans-style parade to celebrate the... Read more

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz has distinguished herself as a first-term member of the Massachusetts State Senate. Her dedication to a progressive agenda that best represents the diverse Second Suffolk District has manifested itself in real results for her... Read more

Mayor Tom Menino’s dream of “saving” Dorchester’s Strand Theatre is admirable. His administration has pumped some $8 million into the Columbia Road facility to date and plans to spend at least another $2 million on renovations in the next fiscal year... Read more

The first word seized our attention some days before last weekend: A “tropical disturbance” was churning off the coast of Africa, and it could become – maybe – the first hurricane of the season. It would be known as “Earl.”

By Saturday, computer... Read more

Another week, another snub by the Menino administration toward the good people of Lower Mills and Mattapan.

The mayor made a ceremonial appearance on Tuesday at the Mildred Avenue Community Center (which is in Mattapan, not Roxbury, as the mayor... Read more

As we reported last week, the voter advocacy organization Mass VOTE has pulled together a series of forums intended to highlight contests for local offices. These seats for state representative often get little attention from the electorate and the... Read more

Future historians looking for some defining evidence of the political divide that exists in this country will need to look no further that the votes that took place in Congress this month.

It was just last week that the impasse between Democrats... Read more

Dorchester is home to the nation’s first urban community health center: Columbia Point’s Geiger-Gibson Health Center was founded by a pair of namesake doctors in 1965. Today, our community is home to a network of  not-for-profit health centers that... Read more

It has become a yearly rite of passage in this space to express great indignation whenever our beloved neighborhood gets passed over on some foolish “Best of Boston” list. This week, we’re tempted again to pound the table and flail away at our friends... Read more

One of the finest new amenities of the last decade in Dorchester is the Neponset Greenway, the 2.5 mile-trail that tracks the river along a corridor that was once used for a commercial railway. In the 1990s, state planners and open space advocates... Read more

The emerging promise of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center now taking shape along Dudley Street in Uphams Corner is a great and wonderful resource to that neighborhood.

When the Boston office of the Salvation Army won the competition... Read more

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