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Ziven Drake has always been a tomboy. As a former US Air Force mechanic and a current member of the Pile Drivers Local 56 Union, the 36-year-old Dorchester transplant from Woodstock, Vermont, is used to being in environments that are male-dominated. “When... Read more
Josh Zakim, who waged a heated statewide campaign against an entrenched incumbent and won the support of the Democratic Party’s convention for the office of secretary of state but not its primary voters last year, announced last week that he will not seek... Read more
Recent changes to the visitor policy at state prisons will help inmates maintain the types of family and community ties that can aid their rehabilitation, members of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus said last week. Supporting loved ones who are... Read more
The status of the Morrissey Boulevard redesign plan is on hold until the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) can identify and resolve encroachment and easement issues along the critical artery.  The state intends to rebuild and elevate... Read more
More than two decades after voters banned local rent control, Gov. Charlie Baker signaled Tuesday he would not support a nascent push from several lawmakers to allow cities and towns to implement tenant protections, such as a limit on rent increases. “... Read more
Julie’s Family Learning program– a non-profit organization in South Boston that provides comprehensive and holistic services for low-income, at-risk mothers and their children – will host a fundraising event at Dorchester’s Florian Hall in May for long-... Read more
Rollout of new Orange Line trains has been delayed once again, officials said Monday, with public use now likely to begin during the summer to allow additional time for software testing. The start date for the first of 152 new passenger cars had already... Read more
Rep. David Linsky, the House chair of the METCO Caucus, did not want there to be any doubt about what METCO students, parents, administrators, and supporters want out of the next state budget. “We are requesting funding of $24.2 million. Remember that... Read more
Muhammad Seven is the stage name of Nima Samimi, a 41-year-old Codman Square resident in the process of fulfilling his destiny as an Americana songwriter. The son of an Iranian immigrant father and a white American mother, Samimi says his identity has... Read more
In a 66-page memo sent to her staff, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins laid out what she called in a tweet last Monday night “a roadmap to a criminal justice system that works equally for everyone, based on research, data and input from... Read more
MBTA employees will begin a $25 million cleaning and maintenance project this spring to improve conditions at the transit system’s busiest stations, officials said on Monday. The “station brightening” effort will include power-washing, repairing ceiling... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday approved a marijuana shop at 430-454 Blue Hill Ave. in Grove Hall. The approval does not mean the shop can actually open, only that its proponents - Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart - can now apply to the state Cannabis... Read more
As the city begins to re-examine its standards for required affordable housing production, a new report on the progress of its Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) shows a jump in production of units due to the program in the last year. The 19-year-old... Read more
The 11th annual Dorchester Chili Cook-off, held on Sunday at the IBEW 103 union hall on Freeport Street, succeeded on multiple fronts, according to organizers, who re-direct proceeds from admission to the Dorchester Day Parade Committee. The event... Read more
The 35th annual St. Ann’s 10K dinner will be held on Friday evening in Port Norfolk. The event offers the opportunity for friends, family and neighbors to gather together to celebrate faith, community, and giving, keeping with the spirit of the Lenten... Read more
©Copyright 2019 BNN, Inc. Reproduction strictly prohibited without express permission. Coastal protection is ultimate goal; Day Blvd. recasting eyed in plan The Moakley Park of the future would include a new berm to protect against coastal flooding, the... Read more
Update March 28, 12:30 p.m. -- Owner Joseph Pizziferri Jr. says he has told neighbors that plans to make 29 Percival St. a sober home are paused for now. "Everything is on hold right now, until we can work with the neighbors to find a happy medium," he... Read more
An ownership change will soon result in a branding change at the Rite Aid store at 1100 Dorchester Ave. The store and pharmacy at the corner of Savin Hill Avenue will be switching to a Walgreens as part of a sale of select Rite Aid stores to the rival... Read more
A federal magistrate judge has revoked bail and "home detention" for Eric Tran Thai of Dorchester, saying she is convinced he poses too much of a risk of re-offending - or of fleeing the area - and ordered him held behind bars pending the outcome of his... Read more
A potential change in what youth groups are being asked to pay for the right to use state-controlled sports fields is alarming some Dorchester organizations staring down the spring season and prompting elected officials to consider ways to intervene.... Read more

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