Dorchester’s Dorcena Forry declaring victory in race for First Suffolk Senate seat

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Apr. 30, 2013

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry on Tuesday eked out a win in a three-way Democratic primary as part of a special election to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart in the First Suffolk Senate District seat, her campaign said. Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, bested state Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston and Maureen Dahill, who also lives in South Boston, her camp said.

Campaign manager Cayce McCabe said by their count, Dorcena Forry, who was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 2005, won by 370 votes.  Read more

Gov. Patrick slams ‘misleading’ newspaper ad

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 29, 2013

A newspaper ad featuring a photo of Gov. Deval Patrick and a candidate for the vacant First Suffolk Senate seat is “misleading,” Patrick said Sunday.  Read more

(UPDATED) Collins camp incorrectly cites endorsement by reverend who is backing opponent

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 27, 2013

Rev. Jeffrey Brown said on Friday that he isn’t endorsing anybody in the First Suffolk Senate race. His statement to the Reporter came after a release from state Rep. Nick Collins’s campaign erroneously claimed the reverend as a supporter.

Days later, Rev. Brown was featured in a 30-second robocall to voters on Sunday, endorsing Collins's opponent, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry. "Let there be no confusion about who I personally support for the state Senate this Tuesday, April 30," he said, calling Dorcena Forry his "personal choice" and citing her legislative experience.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up: Barros makes it official

Community activist John Barros kicked off his mayoral bid on Thursday, officially entering the already crowded field.

The Dorchester resident has served on the School Committee and as head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He resigned from the School Committee earlier this week.  Read more

Arroyo taps Mass. Democratic Party official as campaign manager

The former executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party will manage City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo’s mayoral campaign. Clare Kelly, who has also worked as Gov. Deval Patrick’s field director in his 2010 reelection campaign, is a North End resident.

“I am thrilled that Clare Kelly has signed on to lead our campaign. She was my first and only choice because she is the best choice,” Arroyo said in a statement. “She has impressive grassroots campaign experience and knows that a grassroots effort isn't just a smart way to campaign, it's the right way to campaign.”  Read more

Editorial: Stronger than ever

Monday's solemn ceremony at Peabody Square, where friends and neighbors gathered for a moment of silence for Martin Richard and all of the victims of the Boston Marathon attack. Photo by Bill Forry

The question has been posed dozens of times in the last week from media who descended on our neighborhood from all over the world: What is it about the Richard family —and their Ashmont-Adams community —that is so special?

The truth is that the vibrant, caring community that revolves around families like the Richards of Carruth Street can't be bottled, capped, and shared with the world. Try though we will, that unique chemistry can’t be defined on a t-shirt or a Facebook page. It can't even be claimed for all of our neighborhood, because— quite frankly, it doesn't exist in all, or even in most, of Dorchester.  Read more

Sign of peace: Young artists send message through artwork

Apr. 24, 2013

Dorchester Responds to Bombing with Sign of Peace from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Dorchester responded to marathon bombing with sign of peace: See this BNN-TV interview with Liz Carney of Dot Art and artist/educator Madelyn Carney, which aired on Neighborhood Network News on Tuesday, April 23.  Read more

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

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