Jul. 18, 2013
The opening of the newest residential building in the Mattapan Heights campus will be celebrated with a block party planned for this Saturday, July 20. The new apartment building, containing 60 affordable housing units, is called Phase 5A. In late 2011, Trinity Financial Inc, the Boston-based development company that has been working on Mattapan Heights since 1999, received approximately $8.75 million in grants and loans towards the construction project. It was completed at the end of 2012, and is now fully occupied by tenants. Read more
Jul. 18, 2013
Neighborhoods across the city could soon experience a surge in small farms and produce growers, as the Boston Redevelopment Authority approaches changes in how it regulates urban agriculture. Read more
“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short. But when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.”
By John Donne Read more
Sam Shusterman, who had signed on as Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley’s mayoral campaign manager, is leaving the post. Sources unaffiliated with the Conley campaign tell the Reporter that they expect her to take a job with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Shusterman, a highly regarded operative, has previously worked in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration and served on his campaign. She is a Somerville resident who studied at Boston College Law School. Read more
Jul. 16, 2013
A rundown on the state of the Boston mayor's race, as another heat wave hits the city:
-- Incoming! Suffolk University, working with the Boston Herald, will be releasing a poll of likely voters on the mayor’s race tonight. The numbers go up on the Herald’s website at 9 pm and on Suffolk University’s website at 10 pm.
According to Suffolk University’s Political Research Center: Read more
Jul. 15, 2013
City Councillor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo is going up on TV with a 30-second spot this week. The ad will run on Univision and Telemundo for an initial run of 4 weeks, according to the campaign.
The introductory ad -- titled "Con Tu Ayuda Vamos a Hacer Historia," or "With your help we will make history" -- briefly focuses on Arroyo's biography and features the mayoral candidate's father, Felix D. Arroyo, the former city councillor at-large. Read more
Jul. 14, 2013
Do you support Suffolk Downs’ proposal to be granted a license to build a resort gaming facility on its property located in East Boston? Would you contact the Greater Boston Labor Council prior to Wal-Mart seeking formal approval to locate in Boston? Do you support or oppose the creation of an independent commission to oversee the taxi industry? Read more
Jul. 12, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a $33.6 billion state budget while slashing $240 million in transportation funding and $177 million in unrestricted local aid.
The vetoes are directly connected to an ongoing disagreement between the governor and the Legislature over the adequacy of a $500 million tax-raising bill intended to finance investments in the transportation system and throughout the budget for fiscal 2014, which began on July 1. Read more
First on the mayoral ballot (Clemons) and last on at-large ballot (Essaibi George) look at the ballot order board pic.twitter.com/ngMiWJONN6
— Gintautas Dumcius (@gintautasd) July 11, 2013
It could be a case study in new-age civic activism. Or perhaps the perfect sub-plot for a "Parks and Rec" episode.
A few years ago, city workers yanked a dying oak tree from inside the perimeter of the tennis court in Savin Hill. A neighbor, Heidi Moesinger, wanted the tree— which she says offered welcome shade for tennis players without interfering in play—replaced. So she began the online application process to start the ball rolling. Others have since joined her cause. Read more