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Signature-gathering deadline is next Tuesday
The door to the Election Department closed on Monday at 5 p.m., marking one end to the first leg of Boston’s 2013 municipal elections countdown as the last-day candidates applied for nomination papers that had been available since April 30.
While 24 people – a mix of elected officials, community activists and long shots – have applied for the papers, not all of them are expected to gather enough signatures to make the ballot. Others may run for other municipal offices.
Nearly half of the two dozen hail from Dorchester, including state Rep. Marty Walsh, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, former School Committee member John Barros, Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak, Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy, Rev. Miniard Culpepper, TOUCH 106.1 FM co-founder Charles Clemons, and District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey. Read more
Fr. Sean Connor, who has led St. Ann parish in Neponset since 2008, will leave his role as pastor later this summer to take on new duties at Sacred Heart parish in Weymouth. Fr. Connor, 46, explained the news to parishioners at Sunday Masses and in a letter distributed to the St. Ann community.
“As you know it would be very hard for me to say yes, even to the Cardinal, when it involves leaving Dorchester. I feel blessed to have been asked to come here, five years ago this June. I am most blessed to call you friends and to have been with you on this journey of faith. You are very special to me and in many ways I would be happy to remain here for the rest of my years,” Fr. Connor wrote. “I have prayed much over the past week, and though my heart is torn, I have accepted the Cardinal's request and will be leaving Saint Ann parish before my term here ends as your pastor.” Read more
Area C-11 detectives busted a 23 year-old Dorchester man on Monday as he attempted to sell them a pair of stolen cameras that he posted for sale on Craigslist just hours before. One of the two cameras was among the items that had been stolen the night before from a Savin Hill Ave. car.
The victim reported the break-in on Monday morning and then circled back with police later that same day after she saw her Canon Powershot SD780 camera— with its distinctive pink case— listed for sale along with another camera on Craigslist. Area C-11 detectives called the number attached to the ad and set up a meeting at the KFC restaurant on Columbia Rd. that same evening. Read more
In a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Boston Children’s Museum. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Carole Charnow, President & CEO of Boston Children’s Museum, and Dorchester resident Tayquan Pomare-Taylor accepted the National Medal. Read more
US Marshals are teaming up with Boston Police to find a Dorchester man who has been on the run since he allegedly murdered two sisters in their Harlem Street apartment in Nov. 2011. The United States Marshals Service is offering a reward for tips that will lead to the capture and successful prosecution of 32 year-old Jean Weevens Janvier, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Haiti and who is the only suspect in the killings of Stephanie and Judith Emile.
Janvier was indicted in the double murder by a Suffolk County Grand Jury last April. Prosecutors said that Janvier had been in a previous romantic relationship with Stephanie Emile, 21, who was found shot to death alongside her sister, Judith, 23, in their Harlem Street apartment on Nov. 14, 2011. When police responded, a toddler was found in the apartment with the two deceased sisters. Read more
The Richard family issued the following statement this morning:
Last evening, just 23 days after the bombing attack on Boston, our seven year old daughter Jane underwent her eleventh surgery. While she has more trips to the O.R. ahead of her, last night's operation marked an important milestone, as doctors were finally able to close the wound created when the bomb took her left leg below the knee. Part of the procedure involved preparing Jane's injured leg to eventually be fitted for a prosthesis.
By closing the wound, the incredible medical team at Boston Children's Hospital laid the groundwork for Jane to take an important step forward on the long and difficult road ahead of her. One of the things we have learned through all of this is to not get too high or too low. We take today's development as positive news and look ahead with guarded optimism. If things go well, Jane could be ready to transition to the rehabilitation stage of her recovery in the next few weeks. Read more
After almost disappearing from the youth sports landscape, boxing has made something of a comeback in Dorchester. More gyms are opening their doors to young people, whether they are looking for serious competition or just the skills boxing teaches: discipline, composure, self-defense.
In places where the youth need those skills the most, though, instead of commercial gyms it sometimes takes the old, familiar networks of priests, police, youth workers, and ex-fighters and the commitment they make to passing those values on.
Paul Doyle knows both the before and the after phases of this phenomenon. Read more