Civics

L’affaire Dorchester: Codman students lead charge against French snub

Codman Academy students at French consulate: Students hand-delivered a letter to the Consul on Tuesday morning seeking an end to French travel warnings that single out Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as places for tourists to avoid. Photo courtesy Codman AcademyCodman Academy students at French consulate: Students hand-delivered a letter to the Consul on Tuesday morning seeking an end to French travel warnings that single out Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as places for tourists to avoid. Photo courtesy Codman Academy

On Nov. 14, the excellent website Universal Hub first reported that the government of France has issued a series of advisories to its citizens related to travel in the United States. The advisories focus on regional and city-by-city warnings about avoiding certain parts of the US due to concerns about crime.

In the case of Boston, the French government counsels its citizens thusly: “Foot traffic and at night should be avoided in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. French attention must also be drawn to an increase in petty crime, observed especially during major cultural and sporting events and in some tourist areas such as Chinatown, Fenway, and the North End.”  Read more

Walsh adds surgeon, UMass Boston professor and others to transition team

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's transition team on Friday added three co-chairs, including the former CEO of Boston Children's hospital, a UMass Boston professor and the head of a Roxbury-based organization.  Read more

Mayor-Elect Walsh says goodbye to House colleagues

By 
State House News Service
Nov. 21, 2013

On his way from the House of Representatives to Boston City Hall, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh brought his fellow lawmakers to their feet several times Wednesday afternoon, as he gave a farewell, imparted thanks on most everyone in the chamber and recounted his days as a “hotheaded” freshman representative in 1997.

Walsh, who beat City Councilor John Connolly for the mayoralty on Nov. 5, said he would be back in the chamber in January asking for more money for Boston.  Read more

Preserving a Savin Hill landmark

24 Grampian Way : Landmark Commission should vote to keep Dorchester history intact.24 Grampian Way : Landmark Commission should vote to keep Dorchester history intact.

The Boston Landmarks Commission will make a decision next week on whether a house at 24 Grampian Way should be preserved as a city landmark. The property has become run-down in recent years and the present owners, heirs of the last occupant, Ray Tomasini, are seeking approval to tear it down. They’ve already razed – with the city’s permission – a barn that stood nearby.  Read more

For Dot Y, a Saturday full of unity and giving

By 
Paige Pihl Buckley, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 21, 2013

Dorchester YMCA-Carney Hospital Flu Clinic: l-r,  Kevin Washington, CEO YMCA of Greater Boston; Kathy Townsend, Executive Director Dorchester YMCA; Shirley Alexander Hunt; Andy Davis, CEO Carney Hospital; Dr. Miguel Concepcion and Xavier Alexander, receiving his flu shot.Dorchester YMCA-Carney Hospital Flu Clinic: l-r, Kevin Washington, CEO YMCA of Greater Boston; Kathy Townsend, Executive Director Dorchester YMCA; Shirley Alexander Hunt; Andy Davis, CEO Carney Hospital; Dr. Miguel Concepcion and Xavier Alexander, receiving his flu shot.The Dorchester YMCA celebrated unity and giving on Saturday with three events to bring the community together.

“It was diverse, inclusive, a day of safety and unity, which was all in the spirit of giving,” said Kathy Townsend, executive director of the Dorchester YMCA.

“We started out with our annual Stop & Shop turkey giveaway,” said Townsend. “We gave away 250 turkeys.”

The turkey giveaway was one of twelve sponsored by Stop & Shop throughout New England.  Read more

Senate sends $11-per-hour minimum wage bill to House

By 
Matt Murphy, Andy Metzger and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Nov. 19, 2013

The Senate voted 32-7 on Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage by $3 over the next three years to $11 an hour, approving legislation that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage in the country and give the state's lowest-wage workers their first raise in six years.

The bill (S 1925) would also tie future increases in the minimum wage to inflation and guarantee that no matter what happens to the federal minimum wage - currently set at $7.25 - the minimum in Massachusetts would remain 50 cents higher.  Read more

Jackson and O'Malley among councillors eyeing City Council presidency

With the municipal races behind them, city councillors and their new incoming colleagues are turning to another election: City Council president.  Read more

Mattapan loses a civic ‘giant’

Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr.: 'Mayor of Mattapan' mourned. Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr.: 'Mayor of Mattapan' mourned. Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr. passed away on Tuesday after an illness that had slowed him down considerably in recent months. Mr. Kinkead and his devoted wife Annie were at the center of civic life in Mattapan for decades. His death at age 87 leaves a giant hole in the neighborhood that he lovingly called “Shangri-la.”

If this section of the city comes even remotely close to the idealized vision of that term, it has everything to do with the involvement of the Kinkeads, who have served their community with distinction and without fanfare since the 1970s.  Read more

Experts discuss impacts of rising seas at JFK Library

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Nov. 13, 2013

If sea level rise projections become reality and high tides a century from now resemble what today are major floods, the Aquarium Blue Line Station would likely be underwater while across the harbor the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will be better prepared to weather frequent incursions of harbor water, according to Boston Harbor Association Executive Director Julie Wormser.

“By mid-century, every year the T’s going to have to deal with a foot and a half of seawater. By the end of the century it’s dealing more with five feet of seawater,” said Wormser, who said the Aquarium Station would need to be moved.  Read more

State alcohol laws are barrier to commerce, lawmakers told

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Nov. 12, 2013

When it comes to beer, wine and liquor licenses, the Legislature is being asked to step aside and relinquish some control.

Lawmakers on Tuesday heard from craft beer brewers who want changes to a law they say "handcuffs" them in their ability to compete because of unbreakable ties to wholesalers. Municipal officials appealed to remove control of liquor licenses from the state and give it to local officials. And wine drinkers want to lift a ban on direct wine sale shipments to consumers.  Read more