Let’s all get the Greenway back on track

One of the big unresolved news stories of the last year has been the Neponset Greenway and the state’s so-far unsuccessful efforts to get funding to extend the multi-use trail into Mattapan and to make enhancements along Dorchester Bay. Last year saw a second bid for federal grant money fall short— outcomes that were disappointing but also predictable, given the odds.  Read more

Dot leg of Red Line adorns cyclist’s leg

Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Jan. 10, 2013

Adam Myerson: Professional cyclist and coach lives and loves Dot and the Red Line. Photo by Jon Safka/Cyclingphotos.caAdam Myerson: Professional cyclist and coach lives and loves Dot and the Red Line. Photo by Jon Safka/“There are so many bad Boston tribute tattoos out there,” says Adam Myerson, a 40-year-old Fields Corner resident who has adorned a large part of his leg with colorful scenes from the Dorchester leg of the Red Line.

Myerson, a professional cyclist and fitness coach, is the president of Cycle-Smart, Inc. He decided to get the tattoo last year and turned to an old friend, the owner of Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Patch in Jamaica Plain. Ram helped Myerson flesh out the design of the tattoo— which was first brought to the wider public’s attention last year through the popular website

Myerson already had a lot of tattoos, but wanted a Boston tribute tattoo that was “less universal” and more tied into his experience. He didn’t want to get a typical tribute such as a Red Sox or Bruins logo or the Boston skyline.

“And then I realized, I’m in love with the train,” said Myerson who grew up in Brockton, but spent much of his time in high school riding his skateboard in Boston and taking the BAT bus to Ashmont to ride the train.  Read more

Marr-lin swim team hosted Watertown

Marr-lin Swim Team hosts Watertown - The Marr-lin Swim Team hosted the Watertown Club for their final dual-meet of 2012. Marr-lin swimmers helped propel the team to win all five age groups.  Read more

A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: A response to the Boston Globe’s “68 Blocks” series

The following is one person’s response to a five-part Boston Globe series on the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood and to a subsequent editorial that appeared in the Reporter last week under the headline, “Globe’s ‘68 Blocks’ series was well worth the effort.” The author is a resident of the neighborhood.  Read more

Think about children everywhere when talking about mass violence

In the aftermath of the horror of the Newtown massacre and the nation’s reaction to it, one notices the contrast between the grief and resolve evident after this unspeakable crime and the apathy that prevails when “collateral damage” includes the unintended death of innocent children.

How many thousands of children have been killed by our forces in the wars of the last half century, from Vietnam to Afghanistan? That they were unintended consequences may assuage the conscience of those responsible, but it does not diminish the loss or ease the pain and sorrow of loved ones.  Read more

Why shouldn’t we just eliminate guns?

To the Editor:

The primary function of a firearm is to kill people. Killing people is what most guns are specifically designed to do. This fact begs the following questions:

Since the 30,000 gun deaths per year in the United States are nearly all murders, suicides and accidents, and few deaths are prevented by armed self-defense, why are guns valued for self-defense?
Since many children are killed by guns, why would a parent want to possess one?  Read more

Menino on State of City: ‘Of course I’ll be able to stand’

Mayor Thomas Menino on Friday batted back a reporter’s question about whether he’ll have the stamina to stand during his State of the City address planned for later this month.

“Of course I’ll be able to stand. I’ve already tried. I’ve practiced it already. I’m ready to go,” said Menino, who has been recuperating at the city-owned Parkman House on Beacon Hill after lengthy stays at Brigham and Women’s and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

He quipped, “You guys will see it. It will be live and in color. Popping out of a box. ‘Wow, he’s back.’”  Read more

Menino says he's "back in action" at City Hall

The last events that appeared on Mayor Thomas Menino’s public schedule, before a trip to Italy and stays at two hospitals, were a classic twinning of old and new: A ribbon-cutting at a West Roxbury apartment complex and a food truck contest in Dewey Square.

That was Friday, Oct. 12. On Thursday, for the first time in weeks, the once-daily schedule returned, giving notice of the mayor attending a School Committee member’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday at Beacon Hill’s Parkman House, where Menino is staying due to its elevator and proximity to City Hall.  Read more

They made a difference: People who made us better in 2012

Lt. Greg Kelly and Dan Magoon, two veterans who have stepped up to lead on the home front as well. Photo by Bill Forry

There was plenty of sad news to share in 2012— but the Reporter’s pages were also filled with stories about people who made us proud to call this neighborhood home. Here’s a look at some of the standouts who appeared in our pages over the last 12 months. Click on each headline to check out the original story from the past year.- Reporter Editors  Read more

News Analysis: Changes in the schools, maybe at City Hall ahead in '13

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 3, 2013

Stephen Murphy, a city councillor since 1997, and president the last two years, knows something about timing. He once compared the contest for the presidency to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

“The first person that sticks their head out of their rabbit hole gets blasted,” he remarked to the Boston Phoenix in 2001.

The same goes this coming year for a possible race for the mayor’s office if its current five-term occupant is still ambling about, if with some difficulty. Thomas Menino hasn’t said if he’s running for another four years at City Hall; he’s focused instead on returning to full strength after lengthy end-of-the-year stays at Brigham and Women’s and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  Read more