Civics

Connolly ad that never aired wins award

A kid forgets his lunch, and his mother runs out to give it to him as the school bus pulls away. Then John Connolly, mayoral candidate, appears. “I got this,” he says, and starts to chase the bus through the neighborhood as a narrator highlights his record on schools.

The ad, titled “I Got This,” never aired on television. But it received the “Best Ad that Never Saw the Light of Day” honor at the 2014 Reed Awards in Washington, DC, on Feb. 7.  Read more

What’s needed on Greenway parks: trash barrels, better care from DCR

Park needs clean-up: Trash and debris piled up at Victory Road Park last weekend. Photo by Steve Bickerton, Jr.Park needs clean-up: Trash and debris piled up at Victory Road Park last weekend. Photo by Steve Bickerton, Jr.To The Editor:

This past weekend we were fortunate to have beautiful weather that allowed folks to get out and enjoy the Neponset River Greenway, one of the treasures of our community which connects Mattapan to Port Norfolk, and will have its missing links connected in the coming years to the tune of $14-plus million. I myself walked from Butler Street in Lower Mills to Port Norfolk. It was a great walk and I bumped into several Dorchester neighbors.

The overwhelming topic of conversation: The Greenway and the adjacent parks are a mess!  Read more

Bus drivers, allies push for fired workers to be re-hired

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 6, 2014

When school bus drivers, warring with the company that oversees the buses, went on strike in early October, in the midst of a mayoral election, they were largely on their own with little political support.

Marty Walsh and John Connolly, two candidates in the middle of a mayoral election, condemned their illegal action, widely described as a “wild cat” strike. A furious Mayor Thomas Menino demanded that they return to work as school officials scrambled to find other ways to get children to school that morning.  Read more

SPRINT ON TO FILL WALSH SEAT: Strong field is reaching out to voters

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 6, 2014

Signs of a competitive campaignSigns of a competitive campaign

They’re standing outside MBTA stations, shaking hands in frigid temperatures. They’re hitting civic association meetings, coffee shops, and their neighbors’ doors. And they have another three and a half weeks to go until voters hit the polls, again, in another Dorchester-centered special election.

Marty Walsh’s ascension to the mayor’s office has set off a small stampede for his seat. Five Democrats are on the ballot, joined by a write-in candidate, and with no Republicans running, whoever wins the March 4 primary will almost certainly coast in the April 1 general election.  Read more

No school Wednesday, snow emergency starts at 11 p.m. Tuesday

For the second time in two weeks, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has ordered a snow emergency in the city of Boston. This one will commence at 11 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 4) and there will be no school in the city's public schools on Wednesday as a winter storm chugs towards the region with accumulations estimated in the 6 to 12 inch range.  Read more

House sets table for vote on Rep. Henriquez

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2014

The Massachusetts House on Monday set the ground rules for a potential vote to discipline incarcerated Rep. Carlos Henriquez, approving a procedural order that includes an allowance for Henriquez to address his colleagues before they pass judgement.

Henriquez has refused to resign as he appeals his Jan. 15 conviction on assault and battery charges.  Read more

Mayor Walsh maintains he's staying neutral in 13th Suffolk House race

Mayor Marty Walsh on Friday restated that he won’t be getting involved in the race to replace him in the state House of Representatives, after his mother and brother appeared at one hopeful’s campaign kick-off in Fields Corner.

“I’m completely staying out of the race,” Walsh said on his way into a speech to the New England Council at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  Read more

Greenway champion is stepping aside

Valerie Burns: The Boston Natural Areas Network leader on a canoe excursion of the Neponset River. Photo courtesy BNANValerie Burns: The Boston Natural Areas Network leader on a canoe excursion of the Neponset River. Photo courtesy BNAN

One of the key figures in the decades-long struggle to reclaim our neighborhoods’ waterfront for public use is stepping down from her leadership position this year. Valerie Burns, who has served as the president of Boston Natural Areas Network for the last quarter-century, last week announced her intention to leave the post in mid-March.  Read more

Public report required if panel finds Rep. Henriquez violated rules

By 
Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 29, 2014

With hearings ongoing, the House will not take any action during its formal session Wednesday on Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is incarcerated and appealing his conviction by a jury on two counts of assault and battery.

“Not today,” Speaker Robert DeLeo said when asked if the House would take action on the Henriquez matter. Before being hustled onto an elevator by an aide, DeLeo said, “He’s still at hearings.”  Read more

House seat hopeful Hunt formally launches campaign

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 20, 2014

DanHunt, a candidate for 13th Suffolk state representative, spoke during a Saturday morning event at Phillips' Old Colony House. Photo courtesy Hunt campaign

Neponset’s Dan Hunt, one of several hopefuls vying to replace Marty Walsh in the state Legislature, kicked off his campaign on Saturday and grabbed the backing of a top elected official and neighborhood activists.  Read more