City moves ahead with center-running bus lane plan for Blue Hill Avenue

A rendering from a 2022 presentation shows how a center-running bus lane might be positioned along Blue Hill Avenue near the Mattapan Branch Library. Mayor Wu and US Rep. Pressley— two prominent supporters of the idea— say that any final designs will be made in future meetings with neighbors, merchants, and other stakeholders. City of Boston image

Campbell: AG’s office eyes local focus, being ‘go-to source for residents’ issues

Attorney General Andrea Campbell says her office is thinking nationally but acting locally when it comes to setting priorities and protecting citizens in Massachusetts. In an interview with the Reporter on Monday, the Mattapan Democrat said she’s leaning in on her experience as a Boston city councillor, but also listening closely to residents across the Commonwealth to set an agenda for her office for the next three years.

ABCD urges residents to apply for heating assistance

A technician checks the furnace at Paulette Gray’s Dorchester home. Photo by Alessandra Bisalti/ABCD

With winter temperatures now in full chill-mode, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is urging residents to apply for funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help cover utility costs.

Commentary—Finally, it’s time for the US to stop pulling strings in Haiti

Haiti’s deepening crises have so far been resistant to the Biden Administration’s proposed solutions, but that is because the United States resolutely blocks the easiest solution of all – ceasing the interference that generated the crises in the first place. Haitians have demonstrated their capacity to negotiate and compromise to get their democracy back on track, but each time the United States has blocked the plans in order to promote its friends at the expense of Haiti’s democracy.

Caregiver charged with draining elderly client's bank account and forcing her home into foreclosure

A personal care assistant for a 95-year-old woman in Dorchester faces charges that she withdrew $120,000 from her client's bank account, stole $30,000 in rent payments from a tenant in the woman's house and then forced the house into foreclosure, by taking out a reverse mortgage on it.

Massachusetts has again expanded health coverage affordability

Deadline approaching to enroll in coverage for the new year

Over the past years during and following the pandemic, Massachusetts residents have made major changes to adapt to our new social and economic landscapes. This means more people have been changing jobs, moving, and following their dreams of working for themselves. Significant numbers of residents are also transitioning from MassHealth coverage following the end of federal COVID-19 protections.

Louijeune assumes Council presidency stressing ‘equity’ … ‘shared prosperity’

At-Large City Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune was elected president of the Boston City Council Monday, succeeding Councillor Ed Flynn in that post and pledging to make equity a guiding principle while aspiring to "bring everyone along" in the city.

The daughter of immigrants from Haiti, Louijeune was born and raised in Mattapan and Hyde Park and attended Boston Public Schools. An attorney, she graduated from Columbia University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is trilingual with French and Haitian Creole.

First-ever Haitian heritage center set for Boston's West End

For years, Haitian American activists have sought a space in the city to serve as a hub to celebrate the achievements, history, and rich culture of one Boston’s largest immigrant populations. Now, they’ve found it along Boston’s waterfront, in a 2,000-square-foot-storefront space in a new building on Lovejoy Wharf, near North Station and the TD Garden.

Protect Your Dream with ConnectorCare

The growth of people working for themselves is one of the biggest economic changes to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few years, many people left their jobs to follow their dreams and work independently. This has resulted in more gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors than ever before. Independent work provides flexibility and freedom, but often leads to stress when it comes time to navigate the process of enrolling in health insurance coverage.

This is Donald Alexis's mission: Keep Mattapan authentic one development at a time

Don Alexis was first attracted to Mattapan and Blue Hill Avenue when he was 18 and visiting family shortly after immigrating from Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. The diaspora culture and the history of the neighborhood gave him the familiar vibe of home that he had left behind in the Caribbean.

It was a feeling that now, as the director of Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) – Mattapan’s only community development corporation – he is trying to preserve and create for others in building affordable rental and homeownership housing units throughout the area.

Board delays vote on St. Matthew convent-to-condos project in Dorchester

The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday deferred a vote on a developer's proposal to turn the former St. Matthew convent, 43-45 Stanton St. in Dorchester, into 14 condos - two of them affordable - to give the developer and neighbors a couple more months to try to reach agreement on the size of the project, in particular, its roof.

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