Q&A: Mayor Walsh talks on housing, police hiring, body cams & schools

Bay State Banner reporters sat down with Mayor Martin Walsh to discuss diversity in policing, body cameras, affordable housing and next year’s Boston Public School budget outlook.

After struggles, HiSET attainment and a brighter future

Naomie Charles’ prospects have come a long way in two years. With the help of College Bound Dorchester, Charles achieved high school equivalency and will enroll in college this fall.

Designs on a business

At 22 years old, Isabella Brandao is launching her own fashion brand, Alleb Asor, for women in their late 20s to late 30s.

City teachers try to make do with fewer staff, supplies

BPS teachers say budget shortfalls are cutting critical services in their schools and causing them to dig deeper into their own pockets for classroom supplies.

A Cape Verdean-English dictionary

Dorchester resident Manuel Da Luz Goncalves has compiled a 40,000-word Cape Verdean Creole-to-English dictionary, working over the last 10 years with the literature, folklore and music of the West African archipelago to determine standard spelling and meaning for the words.

More BPS budget cut fights likely next year

This year’s fraught Boston Public School budget decisions are unlikely to become a thing of the past, Mayor Martin Walsh said. Elected officials split over calling for more school funding or for more cost-trimming first.

Candidates prepare for state House races

With the September 8 Democratic primary approaching, candidates seeking state House rep seats are reaching out to voters in the fourteenth, twelfth, eleventh and seventh Suffolk districts.

Baker announces hiring transparency initiative

Governor Charlie Baker last week announced the launch of the Baker-Polito Administration’s hiring transparency initiative, providing new online search features for new hires in Executive Department offices. Effective immediately, the public will have access to a web page within the ...

Lydia Edwards

Lydia Edwards has been appointed to head the newly-formed Office of Housing Stability. As a Deputy Director within the Department of Neighborhood Development, Edwards will be responsible for programs to assist Boston residents in housing crisis - whether due to ...

BRA ok’s phase three for Jackson Square redevelopment project

Developers will construct 144 housing units at 25 Amory Street and 250 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain along with retail and park space.

Chynah Tyler hopes to land 7th Suffolk District House rep seat

Incumbent Gloria Fox is not seeking reelection and Roxbury native Chynah Tyler, a Roxbury native, is running to take up the position.

Sociedad Latina selected as grant recipient of 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund to connect low-income youth in boston to career opportunities

The Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance announced that Sociedad Latina, on behalf of the Latino College & Career Access Network, has been awarded a grant from the 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund, an initiative that supports programs that connect youth ...

Competing for local funds

Participants in a Roxbury economic experiment pooled together $20,000 last Saturday to invest in local businesses. One hundred seventy individual lenders raised $10,000 in three days while bigger organizations matched the number, thus doubling the total investment. Hosted by Boston ...

MBTA janitors protest layoffs as misguided bid to cut costs

Members of the union representing MBTA janitors gathered in the State House last week to protest anticipated layoffs that could cut as much as one-third of the janitorial staff.

Restaurateur commits to $15 wage

If all goes according to plan, by 2018 all of the workers in Bon Me’s six trucks, five restaurant locations and central kitchen facility will earn $15 an hour, according to co-founder Ali Fong.