On Dec. 23, Mayor Martin Walsh, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and neighbors joined the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) at its Healthy Baby, Health Food Pantry on River Street for a surprise announcement, the renaming of the facility as “Shirley’s... Read more
The city of Boston was preparing Monday to welcome tens of thousands of New Year's Eve revelers with preparations for First Night celebrations well underway and public officials, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, urging visitors to be safe and have fun... Read more
A Dorchester-based organization founded in 2014 by Lower Mills resident Ann Walsh and former at-large City Councillor John Connolly, was recently chosen as a participant in the Social Innovation Forum (SIF)’s 2020 Social Innovator Cohort.  The... Read more
Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located in Jamaica Plain, has hired Dorchester’s Dawn Collins to serve as the assistant director of nursing for the facility. Collins brings 22 years of experience as a nurse... Read more
Wentworth team shows where, when they fought On Oct. 25, 1903, a statue of Capt. Benjamin Stone, Jr., who was among hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who died fighting the Confederate rebels in the Civil War, was unveiled at Cedar Grove Cemetery as... Read more
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley toured the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) on Monday and joined staff and patients for a roundtable conversation about the importance of community health centers. “I continue to fight for funding,” said... Read more
A pediatric behavioral health care unit led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) that has been piloted at Codman Square Health Center since 2016 is expanding its program to four other health centers in Massachusetts, including DotHouse Health in Fields Corner... Read more
Boston officially has a new Trust Act on the books, outlining how the city›s police force may — and may not — cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mayor Marty Walsh signed the amended ordinance into law last Thursday (Dec. 19),... Read more
Last Friday, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Olivia Mora, 42, for the Nov. 26, 2013 crash on Olney Street in Dorchester that killed Briana Rosales, 7, as she walked home from school with her mother. The jury found Mora guilty of manslaughter OUI,... Read more
A mayoral-led team that is focused on residential evictions in the city of Boston released new data on Friday as it laid out a new “action plan” to reduce the incidence of evictions over the next five years. In a roundtable discussion with reporters at... Read more
The upcoming transformation of a long-abandoned car dealership on Cummins Highway into 76 units of affordable housing just steps from a new commuter rail station on the Fairmount Line in Mattapan was greeted with the adage that “many hands make light work... Read more
Two former Massachusetts governors will top the state's presidential primary ballots on March 3, 2020. The ballot order was established Friday after Secretary of State William Galvin drew names at random, selecting them from a bronze basket. Former Govs.... Read more
Natasha DeSouza of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court was one of 17 people honored by the Massachusetts Trial Court with a 2019 Employee Excellence Award last month. Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Trial Court Administrator... Read more
The city’s initiative to prepare for the long term impacts of climate change returned to Dorchester with a second meeting at VietAid in Fields Corner last Thursday, drawing about 50 participants to the interactive event.  Feedback gathered at a September... Read more
Members of the committee seeking a new chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Boston plan to begin talking early next year with candidates for the post. Norman Peters, a UMass trustee who chairs the search committee, and Vice Chair Jean Rhodes, a... Read more
Council President Andrea Campbell’s proposal to establish an inspector general position within the city of Boston was rejected by a 9-4 vote during last Wednesday’s council meeting.  Councillors Frank Baker, Mark Ciommo, Annissa Essaibi-George, Michael... Read more
District 7 City Councillor Kim Janey says she has secured enough votes from her fellow councillors to become the next City Council president in the new year.  Janey would be the third consecutive woman of color to hold the position, following Michelle Wu... Read more
It’s a question that’s been on a lot of our minds as the holidays draw ever closer: What to get for that special Dot Rat in our lives? Here are some of our suggestions (other than a DotNews subscription, of course) for Dorchester-themed holiday gift ideas... Read more
The Licensing Board last Thursday voted unanimously to deny a common victualler license for a Popeyes’ restaurant in Codman Square— effectively rejecting the fried-chicken chain’s latest bid to overcome pockets of neighborhood resistance that has blocked... Read more
Fields Corner has much to celebrate following last week’s Boston Music Awards: Dorchester Art Project, the community-driven art space on Dorchester Avenue, took home a prize for Best Intimate Live Music Venue, while the Fields Corner-bred rapper Cousin... Read more


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