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Revelers gathered in front of the Old State House for the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Boston residents, organizers express mixed feelings over Independence Day holiday

Taylor Blackley, Reporter July 9, 2021

For many Americans, the 4th of July is a time to celebrate national pride and the American ideals of freedom, justice, and equality. But for others, the day is yet another reminder of a promise that remains...

Stacey Borden and her dog standing near a

Incarcerated women need treatment, not punishment. Stacey Borden knows firsthand.

Ysabelle Kempe, Reporter July 7, 2021
Formerly incarcerated woman sets to provide housing and support in Roxbury for women coming out of the prison system to help them recover from their trauma.
Chyrstyn Fentroy

As Boston ballet community reckons with a year of change, dancers advocate for more agency

Delainey LaHood-Burns, Reporter May 26, 2021

In a highly competitive field in which careers are more finite than most, it’s rare for classical ballet dancers to stop moving. But when the pandemic hit last year, things changed. For Chyrstyn Fentroy,...

Creche co-founder Isaac Everett (top left) and house residents gather at the Crossing House in North Cambridge.

Burgeoning ‘intentional communities’ throughout Boston relieve residents’ loneliness in pandemic times

Rachel Gore, Reporter May 12, 2021

Explore Boston's intentional communities with our StoryMap. Click on "Start Exploring" to begin. Map by Rachel Gore. While people all over the country were experiencing the crushing isolation that came...

Darrell Jones

Darrell Jones, Wrongfully Imprisoned for 32 Years, Uses His Freedom to Fight for Others

Karleigh Corliss, Reporter May 4, 2021

At 2:37 a.m. on April 19, Darrell “Diamond” Jones stood alone in front of Cup Foods in Minneapolis — the site of George Floyd’s death almost a year prior. Then he  filmed himself and livestreamed...

Darryl's Corner Kitchen and Bar Black-owned business

Better together: Black-owned restaurant and bar owners coalesce to stay afloat during pandemic

Katie Mogg, Reporter April 21, 2021

Across the United States, thousands of restaurant doors closed for the last time. Main streets once busy with life became barren ghost towns and restaurants became hollow shells of the establishments they...

Dana Giordano

From Boston Children’s Hospital to the Olympic trials: How Dana Giordano got her life back on track after cancer

Elena Plumb, Reporter April 16, 2021

The glaring sunlight poured through the windows, warming the living room of her grandparents' coastal cottage. It was a hot, August afternoon in Martha’s Vineyard, and 14-year-old Dana Giordano wanted...

A variety of house plants.

The grass is greener on the inside

Mariela Casellas, Reporter April 9, 2021

Beatriz Martínez-Godás' room is a jungle. Viewed on Instagram, almost every available surface is filled with a different size and shape and shade of green. Small succulents add a lively look to the coffee...

A pitch night event at the Roxbury Innovation Center.

This Innovation Center in Roxbury wants to help everyone start and grow a business

Ella Witt, Reporter March 22, 2021

In lower-income communities in Boston that have been historically left out of development efforts, residents may have less access to resources to start a business. Roxbury Innovation Center hopes to change...

Brookline Food Pantry.

Outpouring of community support keeps Greater Boston hunger relief organizations running during pandemic

Rachel Gore, Reporter March 19, 2021

When the Winthrop Community Food Pantry became critically low on supplies in October 2020, its director decided to place an advertisement in the town’s weekly newsletter asking community members for...

Blanket left by Sofia's Angels volunteers on a bench.

Sofia’s Angels provides hope during the pandemic with random acts of kindness

Lily Murphy, Reporter March 10, 2021

One of the most important things people need during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Cathy O’Grady, is compassion. O’Grady and her organization, Sofia’s Angels, have that in abundance. Sofia’s...

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