Beauty herself is black: A diverse cast joins the Bard for ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Brandon Green, the production’s Benvolio, says he hopes having more black actors on stage will bring a new layer of gravity to the work.

Marketing master goes with the flow

Venezuelan-born serial entrepreneur Zamawa Arenas previously spent 20 years with the full-service marketing firm Argus — 15 of those as co-owner — before hanging her own shingle in June.

Advocates hope Finish Line Grant will be key to college — and to jobs

In today’s job market, higher education is a necessity to better economic outcomes, yet cost burdens often delay degree completion or price it out of reach entirely, said advocates at a recent State House hearing. Advocates say that measures such ...

City poised to sell off Roxbury land

Local residents had a chance recently to browse maps showing eight vacant Roxbury land parcels owned by the Boston Planning and Development Authority and give feedback on possible development of the sites. The displays were set up in the community ...

School lunches get a revolution

Boston Public Schools’ new food vendor promises fresh, culturally-relevant, preservative-free meals that include local ingredients. The vendor switch is expected to woo more students to school lunch and breakfast options and provide them with healthier fare.

Police policy a wedge issue in mayoral race

Walsh says his administration has reduced arrests, improved relations between police and community residents and diversified the department’s ranks. Jackson slams Walsh for his administration’s responses to an increase in murders and claims the department is becoming less, not more ...

Summertime Savings to Help You Buy a Home

The special summertime discounts and offers are for borrowers earning up to $82,720, depending on the city or town in which they are buying a home. Loans must close before September 29, 2017. Other restrictions may apply

City unveils its final Imagine Boston plan

The Imagine Boston report acknowledges that gaining and holding on to housing is a severe issue. Boston’s median household incomes mirror the national median, but when it comes to homes, Boston is two and a half times more expensive.

Jorge Arce brings back Bomba traditions at Festival Betances

Arce is known for championing the Afro-Caribbean beats of Bomba and Plena music. While many of the festival’s performances featured contemporary music styles, Arce got the crowd’s hips shaking with traditional tunes.

Advocates fight to save Melnea Cass Blvd trees

The group Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard is urging city and state transportation officials and Mayor Marty Walsh to delay a street redesign plan in order to address community priorities regarding tree preservation and safety and to ensure adequate community ...

In memoriam: S. Allen Counter 1944-2017

The world has lost one of its greatest humanists with the recent death of Dr. S. Allen Counter. There is no one else to explore the globe so bravely, in search of the history of the African people.

Immigration Nation

Students, artists and community members created over 400 hand-painted suitcases for Nora Valdez’s “Immigration Nation” exhibit at Urbano Project. On display through July 29, the tactile, sculptural installation confronts the struggle of immigrants to find identity and acceptance in the ...

Good fences, good business

Ralph McCoy founded McCoy Fence Co. in 1988, after working for another fence company. With seven employees, he tackles projects for the city, state, commercial and private clients.

Mass Pike Towers tenants allege developer’s sale price is ‘robbery’

Bill Oranczak, president of the Mass Pike Towers Association, said that while tenants are not at near-term risk of removal, transferring the site to community control will ensure that as development pressures continue to rise, a piece of the neighborhood ...

ACLU criminal justice reform campaign takes aim at district attorneys

The ACLU is looking to increase voter awareness about district attorneys with a voter education project called “What a Difference a DA Makes.”