Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has launched an early voting website “Vote Early Boston” as an initiative to make voting more accessible for people who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day.  PHOTO BY MAE DAVIS/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Boston launches early voting website

The City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh launched its inaugural early voting website, “Vote Early Boston,” on Monday, which provides information about how residents can vote up to 10 days before Election Day online, according to a press release. The “Vote Early Boston” website provides voters with information about the early voting initiative, which was signed into law by […]

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On Monday, Whole Foods Market donated over $30,000 to Boston Public Schools' Countdown to Kindergarten program. PHOTO COURTESY BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Whole Foods donates over $30,000 to kindergarten readiness program

Whole Foods Market donated $31,675 to Boston Public School’s Countdown to Kindergarten  program on Monday, according to a BPS press release. Countdown to Kindergarten, a group within BPS that prepares children for kindergarten, will be using the cash grant to support kindergarten readiness programs, work on kindergarteners’ perfect attendance and promote various family activities, Countdown to Kindergarten Director Sonia Gomez-Banrey […]

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Trader Joe's will open a new location on Western Avenue in Allston next year. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Trader Joe’s set to open Allston location in 2017

Trader Joe’s announced Thursday plans to open a new store in 2017 on Western Avenue in Allston, according to a press release. The store will occupy approximately 13,000 square feet of the bottom floor of the Continuum mixed-use project building, Trader Joe’s spokesperson Alison Mochizuki said. The Western Avenue location will be the first Trader Joe’s in Allston when it […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has made $14 million available to make housing in Boston more affordable as outlined in his “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030” plan. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh begins accepting bids for affordable housing

Boston will begin considering bids from developers for $14 million in funding for an affordable housing project, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced in a Thursday press release. The funding is part of the city’s Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 initiative, which aims to build 6,500 new affordable housing units for various groups and income levels by 2030, the release […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is partnering with ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber to make MBTA Paratransit more accessible for people who need it. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DFP FILE PHOTO

MBTA partners with Uber and Lyft for Paratransit Pilot Program

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the launch of a pilot paratransit program that will be a coalition between Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, disability advocates, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Uber and Lyft to assist paratransit customers, according to a Friday press release. The On-Demand Paratransit Pilot Program follows an initiative launched in January that subsidizes […]

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State unemployment rate reaches 15-year low

Massachusetts saw the unemployment rate drop from 4.8 percent last year to 3.9 percent this August — the lowest it has been in 15 years and lower than the 4.9 percent national average, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. With an increase of approximately 5,900 jobs this month, the Commonwealth had 30,300 fewer unemployed residents […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker attends a forum with the Opioid Crisis Working Group in April of 2015. Baker recently released a new report on opioid-related deaths in 2013 and 2014 that includes key findings such as that young people in Massachusetts are especially at risk for overdose. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Opioid-related deaths increased by 350 percent since 2000, report finds

The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts has increased by 350 percent in the past 15 years, according to a report released Thursday by the Baker-Polito administration. The report analyzed opioid-related deaths from 2013-14 and marked the first time data from several state agencies have been connected to provide an overview of deaths associated with the opioid epidemic, according to […]

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Protesters against the North Dakota Pipeline march through the city on Saturday Morning. PHOTO BY ALYSSA MEYERS/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Protesters march against controversial Dakota oil pipeline

Boston residents and activists marched from the Boston Common to the Charles River Esplanade Saturday morning to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Approximately 60 protesters gathered at the corner of Park and Tremont streets at 11 a.m., when the event opened with a prayer circle lead by Oceti Sakowin spokesperson […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is initiating a program to test self-driving cars on Boston streets. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Boston to begin self-driving car program

Boston will begin exploring the use of autonomous vehicles over the next several years as part of Go Boston 2030, a transportation planning initiative to enhance mobility, according to a Wednesday press release. The City of Boston is partnering with the World Economic Forum, the “International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation,” according to its website, and it will be working this […]

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Person shot outside Allston nightclub

A person was shot in the head outside a Linden Street nightclub in Allston late Sunday night, officials said. The suspect is still at large, Boston Police said. The suspect is a black man wearing a black hoodie and green pants, according to BPD Superintendent Bernie O’Rourke. The victim is a black man in his 20s, Robert Ciccolo, a BPD captain, said at […]

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