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

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

Dorcena Forry says she owes 'no debt' to mayoral hopefuls

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 2, 2013

Dorchester Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry said on Wednesday that she would decide within the “coming days” whether to endorse in Boston’s mayoral election, but refuted a report that she must decide whether to “return the favor” to state Rep. Marty Walsh for his role in her special Senate election.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 2, 2013

34 days to Nov. 5. Thirteen days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly heads to Citizen Schools’ Fort Point HQ to speak to sixth graders from Orchard Gardens about what it takes to run for public office. State Rep. Marty Walsh is also scheduled to meet with students, as well as hit the Downtown Boston Improvement District’s annual meeting on Court Street.  Read more

Savin Hill barn demolished

A dilapidated stable atop Savin Hill was torn down on Monday morning after city officials and the property owners reached an agreement in court last week to allow the demolition to proceed. A second structure at 24 Grampian Way— a three-story home that was once a stately mansion owned by 19th century sporting goods magnate George Wright— remains intact and will not be demolished “at this point”, according to a city spokesman.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 30, 2013

36 days to Nov. 5. Fifteen days until the first debate between the two finalists. After spending the weekend trading statements over an arbitration award, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh enter the first full week of campaigning as finalists with light schedules. Walsh plans to restart “Mondays with Marty,” meet-and-greets with small groups of voters. Connolly, will be greeting voters in Jamaica Plain and then heading to Roxbury Community College. The college plans to kick off a partnership with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Gov.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 28, 2013

38 days to Nov. 5. The campaigns of state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly have agreed on three debates before the final election:

Tuesday, October 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., hosted by WBZ-TV, WBZ 1030 AM, and the Boston Globe, with Jon Keller and a Globe correspondent

Tuesday, October 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., hosted by WGBH-TV and WGBH-Radio, with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2013

39 days to Nov. 5. The first issue the finalists have decided to spar over became clear yesterday: The Boston version of the People’s Pledge, an attempt to limit the influence of outside groups that was first proposed by Republican Scott Brown and modified by City Councillor Rob Consalvo. The pledge was so wildly popular with voters that Consalvo placed seventh out of twelve in the preliminary.  Read more