Civics

Markey camp goes up with ads on Channel 5 after Lynch said he'd refrain

Rep. Ed Markey’s U.S. Senate campaign has started to air ads on Channel 5, a station fellow Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch has declined advertise with due to an apparent union contract dispute. The Markey campaign’s ads started this weekend.  Read more

City updates East Boston community on Suffolk Downs' casino plans

The city of Boston is asking for a rigorous environmental review of a proposed casino at East Boston's Suffolk Downs, according to a letter to the East Boston community sent out earlier this week. The letter was dated March 20 and signed by Elizabeth Dello Russo, executive director of a 5-member casino development advisory group set up by Mayor Thomas Menino in April 2012.  Read more

At downtown rally, Connolly broadens City Hall critique beyond schools

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 21, 2013

Attendees of a Wednesday night rally for City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s mayoral bid were served a blistering critique of the Menino administration with a side of Bad Rabbits. About 400 people, some of them spilling out into the Omni Parker House Hotel’s second floor hallway, crowded the small Press Room for the rally and a performance put on by the Boston-based band.  Read more

City officials seeking public comment on Quincy St. improvements

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 20, 2013

Residents will get a chance to weigh in on a multi-agency effort to improve the Quincy St. corridor. The public meeting, scheduled to go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 20, is set for the Haynes Early Education Center on Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury.

Potential improvements could include crosswalks at intersections, better street lighting, highly visible signs and bike lanes.

Residents have registered complaints with the city, calling the current set up of streets unsafe for pedestrians.  Read more

Yancey could face challenger in District 4

District 4 City Councillor Charles Yancey could face a challenger from Roslindale this year if he runs for reelection. Steven Godfrey, the 43-year-old executive director of the Community Minority Cultural Center in Lynn, opened a campaign fundraising account on Monday.  Read more

Charlestown attorney to manage Connolly's mayoral campaign

A Charlestown attorney who has served as City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s chief strategist will be taking on the role of campaign manager of Connolly’s mayoral bid, the campaign said Monday. Nathaniel Stinnett, 37, has worked on a number of campaigns, including as treasurer for Attorney General Martha Coakley’s run for U.S. Senate and as finance director of Jamie Eldridge’s runs for Congress and state Senate.

Stinnett, a former Democratic State Committee member, has taught Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages at Pine Street Inn.  Read more

Menino fundraiser in JP draws large crowd of lawmakers and longtime supporters

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 10, 2013

Local lawmakers and members of Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet on Sunday morning flocked to the Cedars of Lebanon’s hall in Jamaica Plain for a fundraiser. Over 400 people attended the small-dollar event, one of several neighborhood fundraisers held every year by Menino’s campaign committee.  Read more

Getting pumped for our parade

There’s a lot of chatter and news in the press— including this newspaper this week — about a certain parade that’s coming up. We think it’s a good time turn our focus to the annual parade that matters most to our community: the Dorchester Day Parade, which is coming up in just a few short months, on Sunday, June 2.

The Dot Day Parade is something that everyone in our community can take pride in hosting and participating in. The march has become truly representative of the full spectrum of Dorchester’s diverse communities.  Read more

President nominates Dot native as environmental protection chief

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 4, 2013

President Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy, a Dorchester native, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

McCarthy went to UMass Boston for a social anthropology degree, graduating in 1976. She later grabbed a master of science in environmental health engineering and policy and planning at Tufts University.  Read more

Rep. Lynch: Parade organizers have 1st Amendment right to decide who will march

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 2, 2013

A day after two state Senate candidates called for the inclusion of gay and lesbian groups in South Boston’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade, Congressman Stephen Lynch’s U.S. Senate campaign said he is maintaining that parade organizers are allowed to decide which groups can march.  Read more