Boston is not a two-newspaper town. And it hasn't been for quite a while.
The last open mayoral race happened 30 years ago. Before widespread access to the Internet. Before Facebook. Before Twitter. When big city newspapers had a monopoly on the news agenda.
That monopoly no longer exists.
Just take a look at what happened when Mayor Thomas Menino announced he isn't seeking reelection. He spoke with the Globe and Herald the day before the announcement. Read more
Juan De Jesus doesn’t get home much these days. The Uphams Corner native is on the road most of the year in Latin America, where he works for Major League Baseball (MLB) to recruit, cultivate, and streamline the entry of young ballplayers into the United States.
It’s a dream job for the 30-year-old De Jesus, a graduate of BC High and Boston College. His mom and dad emigrated to Dorchester from the Dominican Republic. Baseball is in his blood, to be sure. His father knew many pro ball players from his hometown in the D.R. — and DeJesus fancied himself a bit of Fenway Park “rat” — often getting special access to watch batting practice before games.
But it was through his involvement with the Bird Street Community Center on Columbia Road that he learned to play and love the game. Read more
Apr. 4, 2013
Adding a major new dimension to what's turning into a full-fledged tax fight with the Legislature, Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday he would veto a $500 million tax plan unveiled earlier this week by legislative leaders.
Patrick is seeking new taxes to pay for $1 billion in transportation system investments, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray this week said their $500 million plan is more considerate to taxpayers given the current state of the economy and addresses the state's most pressing transportation needs. Read more
Rep. Ed Markey’s U.S. Senate campaign has started to air ads on Channel 5, a station fellow Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch has declined advertise with due to an apparent union contract dispute. The Markey campaign’s ads started this weekend. Read more
The city of Boston is asking for a rigorous environmental review of a proposed casino at East Boston's Suffolk Downs, according to a letter to the East Boston community sent out earlier this week. The letter was dated March 20 and signed by Elizabeth Dello Russo, executive director of a 5-member casino development advisory group set up by Mayor Thomas Menino in April 2012. Read more
Mar. 21, 2013
Attendees of a Wednesday night rally for City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s mayoral bid were served a blistering critique of the Menino administration with a side of Bad Rabbits. About 400 people, some of them spilling out into the Omni Parker House Hotel’s second floor hallway, crowded the small Press Room for the rally and a performance put on by the Boston-based band. Read more
Mar. 20, 2013
Residents will get a chance to weigh in on a multi-agency effort to improve the Quincy St. corridor. The public meeting, scheduled to go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 20, is set for the Haynes Early Education Center on Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury.
Potential improvements could include crosswalks at intersections, better street lighting, highly visible signs and bike lanes.
Residents have registered complaints with the city, calling the current set up of streets unsafe for pedestrians. Read more
Mar. 4, 2013
President Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy, a Dorchester native, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
McCarthy went to UMass Boston for a social anthropology degree, graduating in 1976. She later grabbed a master of science in environmental health engineering and policy and planning at Tufts University. Read more
The Rite Aid drug store at 540 Gallivan Blvd. will be closing in March, according to sources familiar with the chain’s plans. The 18,000 square foot store is housed in a three-story building that is also home to Supreme Liquors, College Hype and other small businesses.
The building’s owner, Thomas Cifrino, says that the 20 year-lease agreement with the drug store chain ends in May. Cifrino said that he offered the Rite Aid store a lease extension, without a raise in rent, last year, but never heard back from the chain. Read more