At deadline's eve, little bump in Boston voter registrations

Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 3, 2013

Officials at Boston City Hall haven't seen many new voter registrations in the weeks leading up to this month's preliminary municipal elections, but are bracing for a possible blitz of new voters generated by mayoral hopefuls looking for an advantage in a crowded 12-person field.

The deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 24 preliminary is Wednesday.  Read more

Letter: Changes at Mattahunt campus will impact schedules, programs

Dear Mattapan Community:

The Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership (MWP) would like to take a moment to thank all of the organizations, agencies, community leaders and families who have worked together with the partnership to serve the needs of children, youth, and families this past year. In the spirit of cooperation, it is important that everyone be kept abreast of shifts that impact programming at the Center. Today, I write on behalf of the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership to share a number of important developments taking place at the Center that will impact programming this fall.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 31, 2013

The Sept. 24 preliminary is 23 days away.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on liquor licensing

Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 30, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, ten of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on how state law could be altered to allow for more liquor licenses for the city. Currently, the Legislature selectively grants additional licenses for communities, but Boston has for years operated at the maximum number of licenses, creating high demand and steep prices for existing licenses. Mayor Thomas Menino supports a home rule petition from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley that would allow the city to do away with the cap and regulate its own licensing.  Read more

Will next mayor make or break the Strand Theatre?

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.

What will the next mayor of Boston do with the Strand Theatre, the Uphams Corner landmark that debuted as a movie palace in the waning days of World War I? Like a Charlie Chaplin character flickering across its earliest screen, the Uphams Corner landmark stumbled and lurched across the 20th century and, on more than one occasion, damn-near plunged hat-first into an abyss of debt and decrepitness. And, like the ‘Little Tramp’ himself, the Strand has proven to be an enduring and endearing figure – with the promise of new audiences and a heroic revival that has been years in the making.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 27, 2013

The Sept. 24 preliminary is 27 days away. In today's round-up: City Councillor Michael Ross releases his first TV ad, while fellow City Councillor Rob Consalvo highlights a blighted property in his new ad.  Read more

Gov. Patrick plans to headline potentially discordant ‘unity’ breakfast

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday will be in Mattapan for a Democratic “unity” breakfast in the 12th Suffolk District. Massachusetts Democratic Party chair John Walsh is also expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Carter Post on Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

Connolly rejects outside money and embraces 'People's Pledge'

Andy Metzger and Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 21, 2013

Connolly Embraces Ed Reform Support, Minus Money from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Stand for Children, an education reform group, was poised Wednesday to spend $500,000 to benefit the Boston mayoral campaign of City Councilor John Connolly. The candidate, however, had different plans and publicly rejected the outside spending during a press conference outside City Hall.  Read more

In radio ad launching Tuesday, Consalvo pushes his ‘People’s Pledge’

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo is again challenging his rivals to sign onto his pledge to limit the influence of independent expenditure groups in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. This time, he’s doing it on the radio.

“What we don’t need is the interference of special interest groups and undisclosed money,” Consalvo, a Hyde Park councilor who also represents Mattapan and part of Roslindale, says in a 60-second spot scheduled to start Tuesday on news and talk radio stations. “This campaign should be a conversation between the candidates and the people of Boston.”  Read more

Rep. Walsh drawing fire from mayoral rivals

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Michael Ross on Sunday became the latest mayoral candidate to take aim at state Rep. Marty Walsh, a fellow mayoral hopeful. Standing outside the State House, Ross hit Walsh for voting for a transportation financing package that “does not address our needs.”

Ross’s targeting of the Dorchester lawmaker followed District Attorney Dan Conley’s efforts. Conley, a former city councillor, clashed with Rep. Walsh in a mini-debate on Boston Herald Radio in early August and later, redirected a question at Walsh at a forum inside a Roxbury restaurant.  Read more