Gov. Patrick threatens veto of trans-tax bill, calls it a 'fiscal shell game'

Michael Norton and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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

Markey camp goes up with ads on Channel 5 after Lynch said he'd refrain

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

City updates East Boston community on Suffolk Downs' casino plans

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

At downtown rally, Connolly broadens City Hall critique beyond schools

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

City officials seeking public comment on Quincy St. improvements

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

President nominates Dot native as environmental protection chief

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

Adams Corner drug store to close its doors

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

Apps giving taxi drivers, consumers a lift

India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 21, 2013

Taxis are shown lined up at Logan this week. Photo by India Smith

Sitting idle. Cruising empty.

“Those are the killers,” said Arnold Julce, 55, a taxi driver. “To make money, you need to have paying passengers in the cab.”

Julce has driven a cab in Boston for 24 years. So when he heard of an app that would let customers order a taxi on a smart phone, he listened. It was free to drivers.

“That got my attention,” said Julce.  Read more

NY Times announces plans to sell Boston Globe

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 20, 2013

The New York Times plans to sell its New England Media Group, including The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, according to a memo to company employees from New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times Company. Sulzberger and Thompson said the sale would “allow us to sharpen our strategic and financial focus on The New York Times brand.”  Read more

Father and son team up to re-make Adams Corner eatery

The Beach House in Adams Corner.

Four years ago, young Dan McDonald decided he wanted to start a new business in his old hometown of Dorchester.

Born on Pierce Avenue and baptized at St. Brendan church, the business school graduate of Boston College had spent four years after graduation working at restaurants on the South Shore and on Martha’s Vineyard. He was eager to open his own restaurant.

He found a storefront in a prime Adams Corner location and soon went about opening his very first restaurant, a neighborhood place he called The Currach Bistro and Pizza.  Read more