Mayor Thomas Menino's office has fired off a chatty letter to President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, chock full of shots at the capitol’s culture and glimpses of life inside Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The blunt letter, signed by Menino, urges Obama and Boehner to speak plainly about "fiscal cliff" negotiations and asks them not to cut health research funding, pointing to the hundreds of millions of dollars the Bay State receives from the federal government. Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority will convene a public meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6 to discuss auto magnate Herb Chambers' plan to convert the old Channel 56 building on Morrissey Boulevard into a car dealership and repair center.
The Reporter first reported in October that Chambers intends to purchase and renovate the now-empty TV studio at 75 Morrissey Blvd, which is valued at $4.5 million according to city records. The sale price of the property has not been disclosed and it is not yet clear if Chambers has acquired the property at this time. Read more
Nov. 23, 2012
The Bowdoin-Geneva Main Streets organization is "in transition" following the abrupt departure of its executive director, Sandra Kennedy, who was terminated "for cause" by the group's board of directors last month. Weeks after Kennedy's dismissal, a representative of the Main Streets' board filed a police report alleging that a former employee had misappropriated funds from the group.
Kennedy, who had led the organization for six years, was fired on Oct. 17, according to the Department of Neighborhood Development, which works with the Main Streets groups. Read more
Nov. 13, 2012
The annual Holiday tree lighting trolley tour of Dorchester villages organized by the Mayor’s Office will be held on Sat., Nov. 24 beginning at 3:10 p.m. in Lower Mills at Meetinghouse Bank. Read more
An hour before he was scheduled to meet with US Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren at the State House on Thursday morning, Gov. Deval Patrick swung through the offices of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 in Dorchester.
“We have work still to do,” Patrick said, referring to the transportation reform debate expected to occur next year, including “how to pay for it.” Read more
Polls open across the city at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 8 p.m., at which point results for Boston will start to trickle in on City Hall’s website (www.cityofboston.gov).
So here’s a few numbers, provided by Mayor Thomas Menino’s press office and the city’s Election Department:
Nov. 1, 2012
The Apple Grove Neighborhood Association met at Harbor Health Services building on Morton Street last Wednesday. Officers of the B-3 police district joined residents as they discussed safety concerns and the best ways to report suspicious activity in the community. Read more
Joe Chaisson has seen a lot of change take place all around him over his 80 years on this earth. But this lifelong Savin Hill resident —who has been one of the fixtures of civic life in this part of Dorchester since 1970— has been a largely unmovable object.
Chaisson and his wife Carol still live in the Auckland Street home that his mother bought in 1955. As a young man, the St. William’s Grammar School graduate, who went on to Dorchester High for Boys, logged many hours on the highways of the country as a trucker. But he never strayed too far from home, living all of his years within a six-block radius of where he was born in 1932, on Maryland Street. Read more
Oct. 30, 2012
City officials have assembled a team to work closely with home and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy. Boston Home Center staff will be working with homeowners and senior homeowners to help facilitate any necessary renovations due to the storm. Also, a team of City Hall staff will "work closely with business owners in the coming days to offer guidance and assess the exact needs of each business affected in an effort to expedite the process of reopening."
DND’s Office of Business Development is standing by to provide technical and permitting assistance. Businesses affected by the hurricane can reach the Office of Business Development at 617-635-0355. Read more
The redistricting clock is ticking for city councillors, who must pass a map reordering Boston’s political boundaries next week.
Here’s the state of play heading into the weekend, as Hurricane Sandy is eyeing New England and the City Council prepares for a potential Halloween vote on Wednesday, according to City Hall insiders:
One of the precincts in the middle of the back-and-forth is the one City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo lives in: Ward 19 Precinct 7. Read more