City Council votes 7-6 for Linehan map

As the threat of a lawsuit loomed, the City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday in support of District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan's proposal to redraw the city's council district boundaries.

Voting in favor for the map: Linehan; City Council President Stephen Murphy; District 3 Councillor Frank Baker, who represents Dorchester; and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo, who represents part of Mattapan. They were joined by District Councillors Mark Ciommo, Sal LaMattina and Matt O'Malley.  Read more

(UPDATED) Threat of lawsuit hangs over City Council redistricting vote

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 21, 2012

(UPDATE: The City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon in favor of City Councillor Bill Linehan's plan. More here.)

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts was expected to be finalized this week, as councillors were poised to vote Wednesday on a controversial measure that would shift 12 precincts in seven of the city’s nine districts.  Read more

Coalition promises lawsuit if Council passes Linehan redistricting map

A coalition of voting rights groups and civic activists is promising to file a lawsuit if the City Council signs off on a map drawn by City Councillor Bill Linehan tomorrow.

Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts, is hoping to advance his map at tomorrow's Council meeting. The council, which is scheduled to meet at noon, could vote on the map.  Read more

Council vote on redistricting map could come this week

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts will likely advance this week. Councillors could also end up putting a final stamp of approval on the map, which moves 12 precincts in seven districts.

District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan, who chairs the Council’s redistricting committee, released his map on Monday with the aim of gaining the approval of the full 13-member council on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Boston is required to redraw the city’s nine Council districts every 10 years, after the U.S. Census figures are released.  Read more

Lower Mills rallies to aid Fairmount fire victims

Lower Mills merchants and community leaders are organizing a drive to assist a family which lost its home in a five-alarm fire on Fairmount Street on Thursday. The Lower Mills Merchants Association, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Meetinghouse Bank and Rep. Linda Forry are teaming up to launch the fund and supply drive, which will kick off on Monday. The donations will assist the children of the Armand family with replacing clothing, school supplies and computers, all lost in the five alarm fire.

Meetinghouse Cooperative Bank will serve as the collection point for the effort.  Read more

Days after Warren visit, Sen. Brown makes his own trip into Dorchester

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday traveled into the heart of deeply blue Dorchester, sitting down with a friendly audience of blue collar workers at an excavation company’s headquarters near Fields Corner.

“Even if you’re an ardent Democrat, he hasn’t done enough to be fired from the job,” said Brendan Feeney, president and co-founder of Feeney Brothers Excavation Corporation, which hosted the Wrentham Republican at its Clayton St. offices.

“We vote the person, not the party,” added his brother, Greg, the vice president.  Read more

Henriquez meeting draws low turnout and a demand

State Rep. Carlos Henriquez faced two challenges at his Thursday night community meeting: Low turnout and a Republican, far afield from his Beacon Hill home, demanding his resignation.

Maybe it was the New England Patriots' first preseason game. Or maybe it was the humidity of a Thursday night in August. But few people trekked out to the Dorchester House to hear Henriquez, a first term Democrat seeking reelection this fall while fighting allegations that he kidnapped and assaulted a 23-year-old student he was dating.  Read more

With 'insider cred,' Patrick looks back on three sessions, ahead to his last

Michael Norton and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Aug. 7, 2012

To hear Gov. Deval Patrick tell it, he’ll spend his last two-plus years in office marketing Massachusetts around the world, using his self-proclaimed “insider cred” to hammer out transportation financing and sentencing laws, and implementing sweeping health care cost control and economic development laws he signed this week.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez community meeting moved to Aug. 9

A community meeting put together by state Rep. Carlos Henriquez and scheduled for Tuesday night will take place on Thursday, Aug. 9 instead.

The time remains the same: 6 p.m. at the Dorchester House, located at 1353 Dorchester Ave.

Rep. Henriquez said Dorchester House had a scheduling conflict.

Additional community meetings are scheduled for Aug. 14, at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, 504 Dudley St., and for Aug. 21 at the Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Ave. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.  Read more

Officials beginning to stir on safety issues at busy Morrissey Blvd. intersection

Morrissey intersection: Bottleneck poses hazard for pedestrians, aggravation for motorists. Photo by Bill ForryMorrissey intersection: Bottleneck poses hazard for pedestrians, aggravation for motorists. Photo by Bill ForrySafety concerns about the heavily trafficked intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli boulevards near UMass Boston,The Boston Globe, and Boston College High School, are drawing attention from residents and local elected officials alike.

One top lawmaker, Rep. Marty Walsh, said the state may need to “reconstruct the whole intersection” to alleviate the concerns about the crossroad that in addition to vehicular traffic also accommodates numerous pedestrians, given adjacent attractions like Patten’s Cove on one side of Morrissey Boulevard and the Harborwalk, which rings the university campus, on the other.

Reporter's View: Engineering fix, enforcement needed on Morrissey  Read more