Suffolk cutting ties with Caesars, pushing forward with casino bid

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 19, 2013

Suffolk Downs has asked Caesars Entertainment to withdraw as a managing partner in the track's bid to build a resort casino in East Boston less than three weeks away from a scheduled referendum vote on the $1 billion proposed gaming resort.

Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle released a statement Friday evening explaining that the track had asked Caesars Entertainment, which operates casinos around the country from Las Vegas to New Jersey and New Orleans, to withdraw as a qualifier from its casino license application based on concerns raised by a state background check.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 18, 2013

18 days to Nov. 5. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly will privately meet with gang members and anti-violence workers from StreetSafe Boston in Roxbury. The meeting will be followed by a walk through the area. State Rep. Marty Walsh meets with Haitian community leaders at Sant Belvi and hits a golf tournament reception in South Boston.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 17, 2013

19 days to Nov. 5. State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly both appear in front of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce this morning at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Walsh will then campaign with City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo in Hyde Park, while Connolly holds a press conference on his proposal for a Roxbury Entrepreneurship Center. Connolly will be joined by campaign co-chair Val Hyman, a DJ, Greg Selkoe of Karmaloop, Darryl Settles of D’Ventures Limited, and Clayton Turnbull, president of Waldwin Group, among others.  Read more

Oct. 24 meeting to focus on health in Mattapan

Oct. 15, 2013

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in partnership with the Mattapan Community Health Center, the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, and Mattapan United, will host a community meeting on the health of Mattapan on Thurs., Oct. 24. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 15, 2013

21 days to Nov. 5. The first televised debate between the two finalists takes place today at 7 p.m. on WBZ. The debate will be moderated by WBZ’s Jon Keller and the Boston Globe’s Akilah Johnson.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 14, 2013

22 days to Nov. 5. One day until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will both make appearances on TOUCH 106.1, the station that was co-founded by one of their former rivals, Charles Clemons. The two finalists will also be in Brighton tonight, but for different events: Walsh will be holding “Mondays with Marty,” while Connolly will be with City Councillor Mark Ciommo for a meet-and-greet.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 13, 2013

23 days to Nov. 5. Two days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will head to churches in Mattapan and Jamaica Plain this morning. They both plan on hitting the North End's Columbus Day Parade, which Mayor Thomas Menino will kick off with a ribbon cutting at Congress and Tremont Streets. The two mayoral candidates will also be at the Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester's Adams Corner.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:  Read more

Education reform group wades back into mayoral race for Connolly

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

Citing outside organizations spending over $1 million in support of state Rep. Marty Walsh's mayoral campaign, an education reform group said Friday they plan to return to the race in support of the candidate they endorsed in July, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

Connolly picks up support from clergy members in Roxbury

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

They couldn’t all fit inside the small Washington Street campaign office. So the group of a dozen or so black clergy and community members stepped outside and crowded around City Councillor At-Large John Connolly to announce their endorsement of him in the mayoral race.

Several of the ministers had been, at one point, critics of Connolly. When Connolly called on then-Superintendent Carol Johnson to step down due to her mishandling a personnel matter at the O’Bryant School, they leapt to her defense and laced into Connolly last year.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 10, 2013

26 days to Nov. 5. Five days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly rolls out additional endorsements today in Villa Victoria and Roxbury. (The Herald's Peter Gelzinis says a few of them will be from the city's clergy.) State Rep. Marty Walsh swings by a Hibernian Hall gala and a young professionals fundraiser for him at Ned Devine's in Faneuil Hall.  Read more