Civics

PLAY BALL! 'Overwhelming' response to news of Little League theft

This equipment locker was broken into and pillaged by unknown persons over the weekend. Photo by Bill Forry

Donations and equipment are pouring into Savin Hill Little League today after news reports about a weekend theft that wiped out the league's equipment locker at McConnell Park went viral yesterday evening.

The little league has fielded calls and donations from all over Massachusetts, including one from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Quincy-based charity Good Sports has pledged to deliver $4,000 in new equipment and uniforms to the little league in time for the opening of their season later this month.

"Its been overwhelming support from the neighborhood and across the city and state," said Michael Christopher, one of the league's organizers. "It makes you feel good and you realize how unique and special this place is that people step up when something like this happens."  Read more

Inside a tented shop, First Parish Church steeple work nearing the top-off

Steeple chase: Former interim First Parish minister and board member Richard Kellaway, board chairperson Julie Simmons, Rev. Art Lavoie and Rich Friberg, project manager and instructor for the North Bennet Street School are shown inside the temporary workshop on Parish Street, where restoration carpentry students are working to finish the two lantern sections of the historic church’s steeple. Photo by Bill ForrySteeple chase: Former interim First Parish minister and board member Richard Kellaway, board chairperson Julie Simmons, Rev. Art Lavoie and Rich Friberg, project manager and instructor for the North Bennet Street School are shown inside the temporary workshop on Parish Street, where restoration carpentry students are working to finish the two lantern sections of the historic church’s steeple. Photo by Bill Forry

A team of advanced carpentry students under the direction of teachers from the North Bennet Street School is making steady progress in its painstaking effort to restore the top two sections of the First Parish Church steeple. The historic church’s tower was removed in 2006 amid fears that it could collapse after years of water and wind damage— and deferred maintenance.

Now, the reworked and rebuilt steeple sections are finally nearing completion— one part of an ambitious $5 million restoration job that will restore the colonial revival landmark to its original glory atop Meetinghouse Hill.  Read more

One eve of season, Savin Hill Little League 'wiped out' by thieves

The Savin Hill Little League trailer at McConnell Park was broken into over the weekend. Thieves made off with "thousands of dollars" worth of little league equipment. Photo by Bill Forry

Just days before the first pitch of the season, Savin Hill Little League has been dealt a tough blow by thieves who pillaged their equipment locker at McConnell Park. The weekend incident left the up-and-coming youth sports league without helmets, bats, bases and balls— a loss of "thousands of dollars," according to Mike Christopher, one of the volunteers who runs the league.  Read more

Tax bill clears House 97-55, shifting debate over transportation revenue to Senate

By 
Matt Murphy and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Apr. 9, 2013

Taking the first major step toward a significant tax hike this year, the House on Monday night approved $500 million in new revenue from increases in the state's gas, cigarette and business taxes in an attempt to solidify the finances of the state's transportation system and invest in local road repair projects.  Read more

Walczak and Arroyo join mayoral scrum

A former hospital CEO and a city councillor at-large are the latest contenders hoping to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino.

Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak, who founded the Codman Square Health Center and briefly ran Carney Hospital, confirmed on Monday he is a candidate for mayor.  Read more

Mattahunt and Mildred Ave. join forces for College & Career event

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Apr. 5, 2013

The Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center will join forces with the BCYF Mildred Ave. Community Center to offer high school juniors and seniors a College & Career Engagement event on Thurs., April 18.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up for Friday, April 5

Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s still somewhere in between? Candidates will be able to apply for nomination papers at City Hall 12 days from now, on April 17.

The round-up:

-- City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo said late Thursday that he’s “leaning towards” a mayoral run and “feeling good” about the feedback he’s getting. He plans to have a decision next week. Former Phoenix reporter David Bernstein tweeted yesterday that City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley is still considering a mayoral run.  Read more

Gov. Patrick threatens veto of trans-tax bill, calls it a 'fiscal shell game'

By 
Michael Norton and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Apr. 4, 2013

Adding a major new dimension to what's turning into a full-fledged tax fight with the Legislature, Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday he would veto a $500 million tax plan unveiled earlier this week by legislative leaders.

Patrick is seeking new taxes to pay for $1 billion in transportation system investments, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray this week said their $500 million plan is more considerate to taxpayers given the current state of the economy and addresses the state's most pressing transportation needs.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up for Thursday, April 4

District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson won't be running for mayor, District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo says he’s in, and a familiar face in Dorchester eyes the shifting landscape and sees opportunities.

The round-up:

-- District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson, who grew up in Grove Hall, will not be a candidate for mayor, a source familiar with the decision tells the Reporter. A Jackson spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.  Read more

Boxing takes hold at St. Peter’s: Former pros, cops teach kids the ropes

By 
Eoin Cannon, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 4, 2013

St. Peter's Boxing duo: Boxing coach and former DEA agent Paul Doyle, right, with 15 year-old Jose Pires. Photo by Eoin CannonSt. Peter's Boxing duo: Boxing coach and former DEA agent Paul Doyle, right, with 15 year-old Jose Pires. Photo by Eoin Cannon After almost disappearing from the youth sports landscape, boxing has made something of a comeback in Dorchester. More gyms are opening their doors to young people, whether they are looking for serious competition or just the skills boxing teaches: discipline, composure, self-defense.

In places where the youth need those skills the most, though, instead of commercial gyms it sometimes takes the old, familiar networks of priests, police, youth workers, and ex-fighters and the commitment they make to passing those values on.

Paul Doyle knows both the before and the after phases of this phenomenon.  Read more