Civics

Wilkerson back in Boston after prison

Former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson has been released from federal prison and is back in Boston, sources tell the Reporter. The 58-year-old Roxbury Democrat started a 42-month sentence in March 2011 and it was unclear on Tuesday night why she was out early.

Wilkerson pleaded guilty to public corruption charges in 2010. Her son Cornell Mills picked her up and brought her back to Boston roughly a week a half ago.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 7, 2013

29 days to Nov. 5. Eight days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. A Herald/Suffolk University poll out this morning has City Councillor At-Large John Connolly up with a 7 point lead. Connolly received 41 percent, while state Rep. Marty Walsh had 34 percent. The poll of 600 likely voters closed in the field last night, per Suffolk pollster David Paleologos. The margin of error is 4 percent.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 6, 2013

30 days to Nov. 5. Nine days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. State Rep. Marty Walsh will be in Jamaica Plain with fellow state Rep. Liz Malia, while City Councillor At-Large John Connolly hits the Roslindale Parade.

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

State Rep. Marty Walsh

10:30 a.m. Rep. Walsh will attend services at St. Stephen Episcopal Church (419 Shawmut Avenue, South End)

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 5, 2013

31 days to Nov. 5. Ten days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly opens a Roxbury campaign office while state Rep. Marty Walsh attends the grand opening of a new restaurant in Adams Corner. Both candidates are scheduled to attend the Viet-AID My Gala at IBEW Local 103 Hall in Dorchester.

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

State Rep. Marty Walsh

8:00 a.m. Mission Hill Road Race (Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park, Mission Hill)

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 4, 2013

32 days to Nov. 5. Eleven days until the first televised debate between the two finalists.

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

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2013

33 days to Nov. 5. Twelve days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. Boston magazine’s David Bernstein will be releasing his post-prelim insiders poll later today. State Rep. Marty Walsh will finish the day with supporters in Southie, watching the Bruins season opener. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has a mid-day walk through Grove Hall businesses on his agenda. The businesses include Mattapan’s Finest Barber, King and Kueen Salon, and LA Newton School of Beauty Culture.  Read more

Estate goes to court to reclaim Fowler-Clark farm from city

A worker hired by the city of Boston cleared overgrowth on the Clark-Fowler farm property on Norfolk Street in August 2013. Photo by Bill Forry

The owner of a historic but run-down Mattapan property that was seized by city officials in August went to court this week seeking an injunction allowing them to reclaim the land. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant heard from both sides in the case on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a ruling in coming days.  Read more

Sudan Street house under scrutiny after complaints

This house at 56 Sudan Street has been the subject of complaints from neighbors in recent weeks and will be the subject of discussion at a City Hall meeting on “problem properties.” Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

A house in Savin Hill is facing designation as a “problem property.” The home, located at 56 Sudan St. and a longtime source of complaints from neighbors, will be on the agenda of Mayor Thomas Menino’s “problem properties” task force when it meets this week.  Read more

Golar Richie adviser defends campaign's third place finish

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 2, 2013

A top adviser to former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie’s mayoral campaign rejected criticism of her candidate and said there had been “quite a bit of unfairness” directed toward her.  Read more

City's media enable Rivers’s hustle

Rivers v. Maria Stephanos: The Fox 25 news anchor grilled the Dorchester minister on a newscast last Thursday evening about his failure to vote in elections dating back to at least 1983. Rivers v. Maria Stephanos: The Fox 25 news anchor grilled the Dorchester minister on a newscast last Thursday evening about his failure to vote in elections dating back to at least 1983.

Thanks to some good reporting this week from the Boston Globe’s Adrian Walker, Eugene Rivers was finally exposed and dressed-down.

Walker took the time and effort to verify what many Boston insiders have long suspected: Rivers – who shamelessly shops himself around to politicians desperate for a high-profile endorsement from a black minister – does not bother to vote himself. Not for mayor last Tuesday. Not for President Obama, or Deval Patrick, or one of their opponents. And, not even for Mel King, the 1983 mayoral finalist whose campaign he allegedly worked on.  Read more