Civics

Barros resigns from School Committee, citing potential mayoral bid

John Barros, who opened up a mayoral campaign committee last week, is resigning from the School Committee.

“I really feel the work of the School Committee is too important to be distracted by me as a candidate sitting on the School Committee,” he said on Tuesday.

Barros, who was first appointed to the 7-member School Committee in January 2010, said the final decision on his candidacy will come soon. He is the executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and a Dorchester resident.  Read more

More candidates apply for nomination papers at City Hall

The number of people who have applied for mayoral nomination papers grew to 13 on Thursday, with Hassan Williams, who unsuccessfully challenged state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz in 2010, joining the pack.  Read more

Remarks from President Obama, Gov. Patrick and Mayor Menino at Interfaith Service

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 18, 2013

The following remarks at the ‘Healing Our City’ interfaith service were delivered at the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The remarks are in the order they were delivered: Mayor Thomas Menino, who rose from his wheelchair to deliver his speech, Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama. The president later met with Boston Athletic Association volunteers and then left to meet with patients at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Read more

Thousands attend vigil for Richard family, marathon bomb victims at Garvey Park

By 
Paige Buckley, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 16, 2013

Photo by Paige BuckleyA view of the throng who came out to Garvey On tuesday evening, April 16, in a spontaneous show of support for the community's victims of the Boston Marathon terror attacks. Photo by Paige Buckley

Thousands of grieving neighbors gathered Tuesday evening at Neponset's Garvey Park — where 8-year-old Martin Richard once played with friends —to mourn his death and his family's injuries in Monday's horrific bomb attack along the Boston Marathon route in Copley Square. Attendees held candles and American flags to show support for the Dorchester family and other victims.

Denise Richards, Martin's mother, suffered a head injury during the blast, and his younger sister Jane, 7, lost her leg. In a statement issued earlier today, Bill Richard — Martin's dad— asked for privacy at this time.  Read more

State Senate race: Candidates' forums in South Boston and Dorchester postponed

A South Boston forum that was set for Tuesday night in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart has been postponed until April 25. The forum, put together by several South Boston-based civic organizations, is set for the new date with the same time (6:30 pm) and the same location, the Lithuanian Club at 368 West Broadway.

Garry Murad, who will be the moderator, said several of the candidates felt it was inappropriate to hold the forum so soon after the Boston Marathon bombings.  Read more

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