‘Service’ events to mark big Walsh weekend

Marty Walsh of Savin Hill will be sworn in as the next mayor of Boston on Jan. 6 on the campus of his alma mater, Boston College. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Conte Forum.

Walsh will resign his 13th Suffolk House seat on Jan. 3, days before he takes the oath of office, which will be administered by Roderick Ireland, the chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino won’t be attending. Walsh told reporters this week that he did not feel “slighted at all” by Menino declining to appear at the swearing-in. “It would’ve been nice,” Walsh said. “It’s fine, I don’t have a problem with it,” he added.

Walsh said he and his girlfriend Lorrie Higgins had dinner with Menino and his wife Angela last week.
Walsh’s inaugural festivities, which will start on Friday Jan. 3 and stretch through the weekend and culminate with a party at the Hynes Convention Center on Monday night, will have a public service component. Walsh said this week he is seeking to keep civic engagement alive after the first open race for mayor in 30 years.

Volunteer events in Dorchester and Mattapan include: Painting and building clean-up at St. Peter’s and St. Mary’s, Holy Family and the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester; serving lunch at the Kit Clark Senior Center; and providing office help at Voice of Tabernacle in Mattapan. Each neighborhood in the city will have its own volunteer events.

Walsh is also asking supporters and attendees of his inaugural celebration to donate a canned good or contribute to the Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) Energy and Fuel Services program, which provides heating assistance, winter clothes, food and toys to low-income residents.

Walsh announced the public service events at a press conference inside his inaugural committee’s offices, located at the Bayside Office Center in Dorchester. He was joined by John Drew, president of ABCD, and Suzanne Battit, vice president of external affairs and advancement at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Drew said his organization attempts to help 90,000 people a year. Battit said one in 9 Massachusetts residents are often at risk of going hungry.

Walsh said as a state representative from Dorchester, he was a “frequent caller” to both of their offices, looking to aid constituents.

The inaugural committee is also holding a youth summit on Saturday, Jan. 4, aimed at sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders. The summit, which will be held at Roxbury Crossing and start at 3 p.m., will be moderated by New England Cable News’s Latoyia Edwards and City Year’s Charlie Rose.

The Inauguration: Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. at Conte Forum, which seats about 8,000. Roderick Ireland, chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, will swear in the mayor. The building is located on Beacon Street in Chestnut Hill. Free on-site parking will be available. Shuttle buses will travel between the forum and the Boston College Green Line stop. Tickets are free, but must be ordered online at bostoninaugural2014.org

The Inauguration Party: Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Hynes Convention Center in Back Bay. The area is accessible through public transportation, available at the Hynes stop on the Green Line. Tickets (also available at Walsh’s inaugural website) are pegged at $35. Performers include Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra, the Dropkick Murphys, Blue Man Group, Ellis Hall, the Floor Lords, Zumix, Calypso Hurricane, Strictly Sinatra, Mark Morris and the Cat Tunes, Steve Sweeney, Lenny Clarke, and DJ Master Millions.