Civics

Rep. Walsh drawing fire from mayoral rivals

By 
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

Mayors behind push for greater local control of alcohol licenses

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Aug. 19, 2013

A Boston city councilor and three mayors are pushing to overturn the state's "antiquated" liquor license law by lifting caps and wrestling control away from the state to give it to local communities.  Read more

Baker steps away from landmark debate on Savin Hill house

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Frank Baker: In disclosure, asks that his previous testimony before city commission be "struck from the record."City Councillor Frank Baker: In disclosure, asks that his previous testimony before city commission be "struck from the record."(Updated on Wed., Aug. 21)— District 3 Councillor Frank Baker this week said he would recuse himself from an ongoing debate about whether a dilapidated home on Savin Hill should receive landmark status from a city commission. In an unusual step, Baker also asked that testimony he made before the Boston Landmarks Commission — in which he argued against a landmark designation for the property on Grampian Way— last week be “struck from the record.”

The move, along with a disclosure form filed with the city clerk’s office noting that his brother had previously made an attempt to purchase the property, came after a neighborhood activist raised questions about his comments to the commission at a City Hall hearing.  Read more

Recalling the March on Washington, 50 years later

By 
Brianna MacGregor Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

Congressman John Lewis: Will be keynote speaker at JFK Library event on Sunday.Congressman John Lewis: Will be keynote speaker at JFK Library event on Sunday.Sarah-Ann Shaw, a Roxbury native who later became a pioneering television reporter in Boston, was a student organizer in the summer of 1963. Fifty years ago this month, she and her young daughter drove to the now-historic March on Washington with high hopes.

“I thought it was the right thing to do and that everyone should go to bear witness,” Shaw remembers. “We all thought the march would solve all of our problems and that discrimination could be ended. We really thought that freedom was tomorrow.”

Progress came at a far slower pace— and with many years of struggle and setbacks. But the March on Washington stands today as a seminal moment in the Civil Rights movement and its approaching anniversary — on August 28— has given rise to commemorations and special events across the nation, including several here in Boston.  Read more

Letter: Let’s all try to find a middle ground on the parking lot at Adams Village

Parking lot in Adams CornerParking lot in Adams CornerTo the Editor:
I think I can speak for the majority of the many attendees at the Cedar Grove Civic Association meeting on Tuesday evening when I say that we appreciate Mr. Tom Cifrino and his development team, including representatives from Boston Sports Clubs, for engaging the community in the conversation regarding what will be done with the former Rite-Aid space as well as the adjacent parking lot. We are impressed that BSC plans to make much needed aesthetic improvements to the building façade. We appreciate their stated desire to actively participate in our neighborhood. Moreover, we are excited for this chance to finally “get it right” with regards to the parking lot that is such an important piece of Adams Village.

We understand that the parking lot is private property, but the reality of the situation is that over decades, as we have all parked in the lot while we have lunch at Gerard’s, coffee at Greenhills, or attend a wake at O’Connor’s, the precedent has been set that it is a de facto public lot.  Read more

Should Grampian Way home be a landmark? Panel takes comments

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 14, 2013

The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night took testimony from proponents and opponents of granting landmark status to a dilapidated Grampian Way home with a bit of history. The hearing took place at City Hall.  Read more

(UPDATED) Former State House aide Cullinane wins 12th Suffolk primary

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 13, 2013

Dan Cullinane: Democrats' choice to serve as next state rep in 12th Suffolk district.Dan Cullinane: Democrats' choice to serve as next state rep in 12th Suffolk district.Dan Cullinane, a former aide to state Rep. Marty Walsh and ex-Councillor Maureen Feeney, won a three-way special Democratic primary in the 12th Suffolk House District on Tuesday.

The other Democrats running in the race to replace Linda Dorcena Forry, who ascended to the state Senate in June, were Stephanie Everett, a former aide to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Mary Tuitt, who works as an aide to state Rep. Gloria Fox.

According to unofficial results posted on the city's Elections Department website, with 15 out of 15 precincts reporting, Cullinane had 1,372 votes, or 60.39 percent. Everett had 21.74 percent, and Mary Tuit had 14.26 percent of the vote. Cullinane also romped in Milton, according to his campaign.

Cullinane, who also worked on John O’Toole’s District 3 campaign in 2011 and served as field director of Dorcena Forry’s Senate campaign, will face off against two independents – Lincoln Larmond of Mattapan and Edmond Romulus of Milton – in the Sept. 10 final.  Read more

It’s another girl for the Connollys

City Councillor John Connolly and his wife, who live in West Roxbury, also have two additional kids, Clare and Teddy.  Read more

Consalvo camp releases TV spot: “All In for Boston”

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 12, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign unveiled its first TV spot on Monday night. The ad, titled “All In for Boston,” notes that he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and his support for a felony gun offender registry.  Read more

Polls open in 12th Suffolk special primary

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 12, 2013

Polls open at 7 a.m. in a special state primary for the 12th Suffolk House District. With Linda Dorcena Forry taking a seat in the state Senate, the vacancy has drawn a number of Democratic and independent candidates.  Read more