Editor’s Note: The following excerpts are from the Memorial Day keynote address as prepared for delivery by Greg Kelly, a lieutenant in the Boston Fire Department and a combat veteran who has served in both the Army and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly, 36, lives in Neponset with his wife and two children.
This year, our theme is to welcome home all of our Iraq veterans. This theme is appropriate because as of this past Dec. 31st, after eight years, the United States completed the military withdrawal from Iraq.
There are a lot of mixed emotions on Iraq. Should we have invaded or should we not have. Should we have withdrawn at this point, or will we live to regret having withdrawn after enduring the worst of it. Just the word “Iraq” means something different and brings out different emotions in each veteran who served there, …as we each had our own experiences, some good, some bad. Read more
May. 29, 2012
Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran announced on air Tuesday morning that Thursday would be his last day hosting the morning drive-time talk show on WRKO AM 680.
"Over the past several days, Jason Wolfe and I have been talking about various plans and opportunities which lie ahead for me and for the station," said Finneran.
"Those opportunities are of interest to me, but are not compatible with the hours I keep and the effort I make to prepare for, and to execute, a well-informed show every morning," Finneran said in a statement posted on the WRKO website. Read more
A larger crowd gathered in Cedar Grove Cemetery for the neighborhood's traditional observations of Memorial Day. The event began with a parade of veterans groups and marching bands, which entered Cedar Grove Cemetery after passing beneath a huge American flag held aloft by twin Boston Fire Department ladder trucks.
Boston Fire Lt. Greg Kelly, a decorated combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was the keynote speaker and grand marshal of this year's parade and ceremony, which traces its origins to 1868, when Civil War veterans came here to honor their fallen comrades. Read more
District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan has tapped a former candidate for state representative as his aide. Mark McGonagle will start in Linehan’s office on June 4, replacing Tim Brown.
McGonagle, who ran for the Fourth Suffolk District seat in the House in 2010, said the new job is a “good opportunity to come home again, so to speak.”
McGonagle is a South Boston native and his wife Kathlin grew up in Dorchester’s Harbor Point neighborhood. Read more
A top aide to City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley is joining a national public affairs and communications firm. James Chisholm, Pressley’s chief of staff, will be heading up Resolute Consulting’s new Boston office as a vice president.
Resolute Consulting is based in Chicago, Pressley’s hometown, and founded in 2002. The company, which has worked with AT&T and Coca-Cola, also has offices in Atlanta, Detroit, Columbus and Washington, D.C.
Chisholm joined Pressley’s City Hall staff in Jan. 2010, after working on her first campaign. Chisholm left City Hall last week. Read more
The state Senate is scheduled to debate its version of the fiscal 2013 budget this week, and if it follows the House strategy, it'll happen in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it fashion. The debate is set to start on Wednesday, May 23rd.
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain), the chair of the Senate's side of the Education Committee, filed a number of amendments, focusing on full day kindergarten, public health and youth violence prevention. Below the jump is a list of the amendments, provided by her office. Read more
Martin Chomicki, a senior at Boston Latin Academy who swims competitively for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, added another impressive achivement to his young resume last weekend: The 18 year-old Dorchester native became an Eagle Scout during a ceremony at the James Rice Post in Savin Hill.
Chomicki earned the rank by leading a project to clean and re-paint a number of historic cannons at Fort Independence in South Boston last summer. Chomicki and his team of scouts from Dorchester’s Troop 28 also cleaned and restored a supply of cannonballs in the historic fort that dominates Boston Harbor from Castle Island. Read more
May. 16, 2012
The bike-renting program known as Hubway will be expanding into Dorchester late this summer, with stations planned at the JFK/UMass MBTA stop, UMass Boston, and the South Bay Shopping Plaza. If the plan for a Hubway station at JFK/UMass comes to fruition, it will be the first on the transit authority’s property, city officials say. Read more
Dorchester residents are seeing some familiar faces in the television ads for the Massachusetts Senate race.
“Her father was janitor; my father was a janitor,” says Catherine O’Neill, a Savin Hill resident whose statement opens U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s latest ad, which started airing on Wednesday. O’Neill is active in local politics and recently wrote a politically-themed play, “Murph,” which just wrapped up a run at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater.
“Big banks, institutions, Wall Street — she’s not afraid of anybody,” O’Neill adds later in the 30-second ad. Read more