Civics

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

State Senate candidates stake out positions on traditional St. Patrick's Day parade

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2013

Maureen Dahill, a state Senate candidate from South Boston, on Friday called for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade in her neighborhood to include gay and lesbian groups. The candidate from Dorchester, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, agreed, saying in a statement she will march on March 17 with supporters from the gay and lesbian community if the groups are included.  Read more

Menino backs former Kennedy aide running for lieutenant governor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2013

Mayor Thomas Menino offered words of support at a fundraiser earlier this week for Stephen Kerrigan, a candidate for lieutenant governor. Menino was joined by District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo at the fundraiser, which was held at the Union Oyster House.

Asked on Friday if he had endorsed Kerrigan, Menino told the Reporter, “I said good things about him, yes.”  Read more

School assignment panel OKs ‘home-based’ plan

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2013

An advisory panel on the city’s school assignment system on Monday night signed off on a plan providing students with a minimum of six choices. The plan uses an algorithm and students’ home address to determine the set of choices, which will also include schools within a mile radius of the address, on top of new citywide schools.  Read more