Author Archives: Christine Hayes



I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” This quote is attributed to Doris Day, an actress and singer from the 20th century. In addition to her impressive roster of entertainment roles during

Isaura Mendes’ Rise Above Grief

In 1990, there were 152 murders in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. But even though people were dying on the streets near her home, Isaura Mendes did not think about the violence much. She assumed the men she knew were killed because they had done something wrong – maybe drugs or gang activity.

MBTA Launches Late-Night Service

BOSTON, Mass.—The MBTA’s Late Night Pilot Program launched on Friday, March 28, extending service on the subway and 15 key bus routes by 90 minutes early Saturday and Sunday mornings. According to the MBTA, they will run subway service every 15 to 20 minutes, with the last trains leaving downtown stations around 2:30 a.m. Trains

Smart Growth Districts Promise Affordable Housing

BOSTON, Mass.—Starting in April, communities across Massachusetts will be able to apply for a grant from the Planning Assistance Towards Housing (PATH) organization, a state group, to improve housing accessibility. To qualify for one of the $600,000 grants, the community must demonstrate how the money will be used to contribute to housing production. An application

Mayor Menino Wants Aggressive Panhandling to End

Mayor Menino’s office is filing an ordinance to the city council regarding aggressive panhandling. The ordinance is the first step in a three-point plan to help change interactions between the general public and homeless people. According to Sheila Dillon, the Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development, the problem was recently brought to the Mayor’s