Civics

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

City seizes historic Fowler-Clark Farm in Mattapan

Sheila Dillon, chief of the Dept. of Neighborhood Development (DND) and Donald Wright, DND's director of Real Estate Management, inspect a door handle that was found at the Clark Farm property this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Alarmed by dilapidated conditions that amount to "demolition by neglect," city officials today seized control of a historic Mattapan property that has fallen into acute disrepair in recent years.

The Fowler-Clark farmhouse on Norfolk Street - which dates back to the turn of the 18th century— is one of the city's last tangible links to a now-distant agrarian past. It was designated as a historic Landmark in 2006 and has since been boarded up by city inspectors worried that squatters might destroy the farmhouse and adjacent barn through vandalism or fire.  Read more

Tot’s brave battle against cancer fuels a mother’s mission

By 
Brianna MacGregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 8, 2013

Team Kaiden before the 2009 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Photo courtesy Kate Audette

For some parents, the biggest hurdles to overcome with a newborn child are diaper changes and sleep-deprived nights. For others, like Kate Audette and Evon Burroughs, the challenges are far more difficult to overcome.

When their son Kaiden was only 8 months old, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor.

“Everything went blank,” Audette said of the moment they heard the diagnosis. “There is no way to comprehend that your 8 month old has cancer.”  Read more

Contest winner put tropical twist on his urban garden hide-away

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 8, 2013

Sumner Street success: Alex Galan says his Sumner Street garden— which has just garnered mayoral honors as Boston’s best in the medium yard division— has helped him to better connect to Dorchester, his home of six years. Photo by Brianna MacgregorSumner Street success: Alex Galan says his Sumner Street garden— which has just garnered mayoral honors as Boston’s best in the medium yard division— has helped him to better connect to Dorchester, his home of six years. Photo by Brianna Macgregor

For Alex Galan, gardening is more than a hobby.

“I’ve been gardening my whole life. I’ve always been considered the crazy gardener in the family,” he said, laughing.

Galan’s grandmother got him started with a climbing rose bush, and ever since, he’s been hooked.  Read more

Meeting focuses on parking lot fix in Adams Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2013

Parking lot re-design: An architect’s drawing shows proposed changes to the parking lot owned by Supreme Realty Company in Adams Corner. At top left, the north-west corner of the present-day lot would be closed to Minot Street under this plan.  Image courtesy Supreme Realty ComParking lot re-design: An architect’s drawing shows proposed changes to the parking lot owned by Supreme Realty Company in Adams Corner. At top left, the north-west corner of the present-day lot would be closed to Minot Street under this plan. Image courtesy Supreme Realty Com

The Cedar Grove Civic Association held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to review plans for a proposed Boston Sports Club at 540 Gallivan Boulevard— one of the village’s most prominent properties that also includes an adjacent, privately-owned parking lot that has long been heavily used by neighborhood residents and other businesses. Neighbors see the proposal for a new fitness center as a chance to upgrade and improve safety in the heart of the busy business district.

Boston Sports Club (BSC) intends to open its 31st location in the first floor of the building most recently occupied by a Rite Aid pharmacy. Attorney Larry DiCara, a former Boston City Councillor who is representing Supreme Realty Trust — the business entity that owns the building that will lease space to BSC— presented the plans for the renovations and re-use of the site.  Read more

Barros camp launches biographical web video

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 7, 2013

John Barros's mayoral campaign on Wednesday launched a biographical web video that it said it plans to promote on newspaper and ethnic media websites. The campaign is also purchasing ad space on Twitter and Facebook, it said.

Barros is the former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and stepped down from his post on the 7-member School Committee to run for mayor earlier this year.