City wrestles with policing its jobs policy

Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 1, 2012

Most companies that win contracts for publicly funded building projects in Boston continue to fall well short of city-mandated minimum-hiring thresholds, according to a Reporter analysis of city reports. The Boston Residents Job Policy (BRJP), a city ordinance, is aimed at ensuring diversity – of Boston residents, minority groups, and females – in work being done with public money.  Read more

St. Mark’s Area group supports single-ward vote on Hub casino

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association met on Tuesday night and voted 11-5 to keep a referendum on a Boston casino confined to the ward in which the gambling facility would be located. The vote followed a discussion among members and a presentation from City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley on the 2011 law allowing the establishment of casinos in the Bay State.  Read more

City takes action in Star Five oil case, rids property of company’s vehicles

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The saga of City Hall vs. the Star Five Oil Company may have reached a turning point.  Read more

All in the Family: Hiring of noted doctor seen as Carney coup

Dr. Glennon O’Grady, chief of Family Medicine at Carney Hospital. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s far too early to know if Dorchester’s one-and-only hospital can survive and thrive under the for-profit model of its new owners, Steward Health Care Systems. But for those seeking a reliable indicator that Carney Hospital is moving in the right direction, a key appointment announced last month is a positive sign.

Dr. Glennon O’Grady, a New York native who has focused his career around a family-medicine practice, first in Lawrence and then in Boston, has been hired to head up Carney’s Family Medicine department.  Read more

Timing perfect for more in-depth Fairmount Line planning

The city of Boston’s entry into the longtime push to realize the full potential of the MBTA’s Fairmount Line is welcome news. Utilizing the planning expertise and coordination of the Boston Redevelopment Authority— and pairing that with the good work already done by community development corporations and grassroots citizen groups — offers an opportunity to make the rail corridor a real engine of economic growth in neighborhoods that have too often been neglected because of their isolation from decent transit options.  Read more

Kam Man market ‘was overbuilt,’ neighbors say in asking state review

Members of the McCormack Civic Association have opened up another front in group’s long-running battle over a former warehouse-turned-Asian-supermarket in the South Bay mall. Association members contend they did not get a chance to review the project through a process known as “Article 80” that is overseen by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.  Read more

More state officials cite need for new transportation revenue sources

Kyle Cheney and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Feb. 14, 2012

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 14, 2012…..Momentum appears to be building in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s circle of deputies for a short-term solution to an MBTA budget bind that threatens to crush commuters with 40 percent fare hikes and crippling service cuts.

Although DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray have professed patience while they await the results of a statewide hearing tour being conducted by the T, a groundswell of rank-and-file lawmakers calling for an infusion of revenue has placed the issue on the radar as budget season heats up.  Read more


“In spite of winter’s skies of gray,
There’s color round about today,
With lovely snowbirds winging by
Mid bush and tree to catch the eye.”

“Snowbirds” by Mildred Jarrell  Read more

Former Patrick aide leaving UMass, headed to private sector

A year after rejoining UMass Boston, a former top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick is on the move again. Effective Feb. 10, Arthur Bernard, vice chancellor for government relations and public affairs, is headed to the private sector.

He'll be joining up with a former boss, Robert Travaglini at Travaglini, Eisenberg and Kiley LLC, a government relations firm. Travaglini served as state Senate president, and for four years Bernard was his chief of staff.  Read more

Mattapan Square’s loss is Morton Street’s gain

After 35 years, Desie Roberts has moved his photo studio from Mattapan Square to Morton Street.

While several new developments are poised to make their debut in Mattapan Square in the new year, one veteran merchant has decided to make a move to a new part of the neighborhood. Roberts Photo Studio recently relocated to Morton Street after nearly four decades at the corner of Cummins Highway and River Street.

“I‘m proudest of being able to do exactly what I wanted during my entire career. That was a real blessing,” said Desie Roberts, 66, owner and master photographer of the studio.  Read more