Civics

Statement from alleged Henriquez victim, who stands by charges

The statement, read aloud by Katherine Gonzalves at the law offices of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP, is available below in its entirety and as prepared for delivery. She was joined by her mother and two of her attorneys.

Statement of Katherine Gonzalves  Read more

Meetinghouse Hill Democrat weighing run against Henriquez

Meetinghouse Hill resident Nanci Conklin Lawton is considering a run against embattled state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.

The Democrat has worked at the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development for the last 13 years. She has also worked as a State House aide and served as a past president of Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association.

“It’s not the time to have a legislator have a mug shot,” Conklin Lawton said.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez responds to allegations through emailed statement

The statement, released through an email from a Democratic campaign consultant is available below in its entirety.  Read more

Looking ahead at the next day or so in the Fifth Suffolk District

Henriquez: The 5th Suffolk state rep in a booking photo after his arrest on Sunday.Henriquez: The 5th Suffolk state rep in a booking photo after his arrest on Sunday.For state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, what happens in the next day or so will determine his political future. Much of it will depend on what he says, and more importantly, what his colleagues and local activists do in response to his arrest.  Read more

Patrick signs $32.5 billion budget, vetoes $32.1 million in spending

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jul. 8, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday signed a $32.5 billion state budget that raises state aid for public schools by 4.5 percent and counts on $700 million in health care cost savings to achieve balance.  Read more

Codman Sq., Four Corners stakeholders take stock

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 5, 2012

Over 130 people attended a working group meeting at the Great Hall in Codman Square last month to help develop a 10 year plan for the neighborhood. Photo courtesy Millennium Ten

In one of the largest gatherings of residents and stakeholders in Codman Square and Four Corners, over 130 people filled the Great Hall in Codman Square on June 19 to participate in planning processes for the neighborhood.

“I haven’t seen this much energy or resident involvement on a large scale in over 20 years,” said Candice Gartley, a long time resident who works at Codman Square Health Center, in a statement.  Read more

Residents find Mattapan a fair/good neighborhood

By 
Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 5, 2012

After a year of reaching out to the community, Mattapan United revealed the results of resident feedback at its “give back” meeting Wednesday evening at the Young Achievers School.

Most respondents said the quality of life in Mattapan was fair to good, with few responses for poor or excellent. “People like living here,” said Donna Haig Freidman, director for the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School, who gave a presentation of the main themes from the questionnaires, one-on-one interviews, and a recent “visioning” meeting.  Read more

Top-flight chef brings food passion to non-profit

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 5, 2012

Chef Tim Williams

After spending 11 years as a chef at Legal Seafoods, Tim Williams is starting anew at Community Servings, a non-profit food service based in Jamaica Plain. Williams, who was the regional executive chef for six Legal Seafood restaurants between Philadelphia and Washington D.C., decided to make a change when his wife’s job was transferred back to Boston.  Read more

Mapmakers goal: Build consensus on neighborhood boundaries

The ongoing confusion around the boundaries of the city’s neighborhoods has been largely caused by decades of indifference by city officials who callously shifted lines and blurred boundaries to reflect political and demographic changes in the last century. This chaotic, cartographic tug-of-war has resulted in large sections of Dorchester and Mattapan being shifted back and forth to the point where boundaries on many present-day maps bear little resemblance to the realities on the ground in disputed areas.  Read more

US takes a pass on funding for Greenway work

Neponset Greenway: A segment of the Greenway's expansion would allow users to safely navigate the gas tank property on Dorchester Bay. Neponset Greenway: A segment of the Greenway's expansion would allow users to safely navigate the gas tank property on Dorchester Bay. The proposed completion of the Neponset Greenway trail suffered another setback this week when federal transportation officials again passed over the project for grant funding.

The state was vying for a federal grant, known as TIGER IV, to provide money for completing the trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills. The proposal, now facing further delays as officials seek alternate funding sources, includes a pedestrian overpass at the Mattapan MBTA station and a bridge connecting Boston and Milton.  Read more