Civics

#BosPoli Round-Up for Thursday, April 4

District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson won't be running for mayor, District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo says he’s in, and a familiar face in Dorchester eyes the shifting landscape and sees opportunities.

The round-up:

-- District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson, who grew up in Grove Hall, will not be a candidate for mayor, a source familiar with the decision tells the Reporter. A Jackson spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.  Read more

Boxing takes hold at St. Peter’s: Former pros, cops teach kids the ropes

By 
Eoin Cannon, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 4, 2013

St. Peter's Boxing duo: Boxing coach and former DEA agent Paul Doyle, right, with 15 year-old Jose Pires. Photo by Eoin CannonSt. Peter's Boxing duo: Boxing coach and former DEA agent Paul Doyle, right, with 15 year-old Jose Pires. Photo by Eoin Cannon After almost disappearing from the youth sports landscape, boxing has made something of a comeback in Dorchester. More gyms are opening their doors to young people, whether they are looking for serious competition or just the skills boxing teaches: discipline, composure, self-defense.

In places where the youth need those skills the most, though, instead of commercial gyms it sometimes takes the old, familiar networks of priests, police, youth workers, and ex-fighters and the commitment they make to passing those values on.

Paul Doyle knows both the before and the after phases of this phenomenon.  Read more

Conley wades into race for mayor

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley is in: His campaign put out a statement below on Wednesday afternoon.

Boston is a great city, and with the right leadership and vision, its best days are still ahead. So today I am officially declaring that I am a candidate for Mayor of Boston.

Neighbors rally to help residents displaced in six-alarm fire

Neighbors in and around Bowdoin-Geneva are rallying to help neighbors who were displaced by a fast-moving fire that impacted three homes on Meetinghouse Hill last week.

Three homes in a densely-packed Meetinghouse Hill neighborhood were badly damaged last Wednesday evening as Boston firefighters scrambled to contain the dangerous six-alarm blaze near Ronan Park. No one was injured in the blaze, which Boston Fire official later said was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette on the third floor porch of a three-decker at 10 Fox Street.  Read more

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