Civics

Rep. Henriquez plans community meeting for Aug. 7

State Rep. Carlos Henriquez, fighting assault and criminal charges leveled by a 23-year-old student, plans to hold a community meeting on Aug. 7.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Dorchester House, located at 1353 Dorchester Ave., according to a notice from Henriquez's office.

The notice states: "Come join Representative Carlos Henriquez for a community meeting. Share your concerns as residents as well as hear about what the Representative has been working on at the State House."  Read more

Sentencing bill negotiators still 'close,' urged to keep flexible schedules

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 16, 2012

The lead House negotiator on an anti-crime and sentencing reform bill said on Monday that changes to mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenders remain one of the last unresolved issues between the branches.

Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty, a Chelsea Democrat and co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said after a brief conference committee meeting Monday that the House and Senate were close to reaching a final agreement on the bill that would eliminate parole for certain three-time felons.  Read more

Supporters of Superintendent Johnson to rally on Saturday in JP

Backers of Superintendent Carol Johnson will gather on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain to show support for her. Johnson went into damage control mode this week after the Boston Globe reported that she did not discipline a headmaster after he was accused of a domestic assault charge.

The church, run by Rev. Ray Hammond, is located at 40 Walk Hill.  Read more

Pressley statement on preventing domestic violence

City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley issued a statement Friday, days after an elected official and the Boston Public Schools superintendent became enmeshed in controversies stemming from bad judgment and domestic violence issues. In her statement, Pressley alluded to the incidents, but sought to focus on domestic violence prevention.

The statement is available below in full.  Read more

Hunt, Dot native, stepping down as Menino's environment chief

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 12, 2012

Jim Hunt IIIJim Hunt IIIJames W. Hunt III, Mayor Thomas Menino’s chief of environment and energy, is stepping down at the end of July. The Dorchester native, who first took the job in 2005 and is expected to remain a personal adviser to Menino, will be looking at private sector opportunities.

“Jim Hunt helped chart the course for making our city a model 21st Century sustainable city,” Menino said in a statement. “He helped build greener buildings and better neighborhoods, attract new companies and create good green jobs, and has simply improved people’s lives. While his leadership will be missed in city government, I know he will continue to do great things for the City of Boston.”  Read more

‘Charley’s Pebble Parlor’ is now a verdant delight

Rev. Loesch Family Park Ceremony: Gathered at Loesch Park on Saturday were, from left: City Councillor Frank Baker and his son, Ben, Mayor Menino, Dr. William Loesch, his daughter, Cynthia Loesch, State Sen. Jack Hart, and City Councillor Ayanna Pressley. Photo courtesy Mayor’s OfficeRev. Loesch Family Park Ceremony: Gathered at Loesch Park on Saturday were, from left: City Councillor Frank Baker and his son, Ben, Mayor Menino, Dr. William Loesch, his daughter, Cynthia Loesch, State Sen. Jack Hart, and City Councillor Ayanna Pressley. Photo courtesy Mayor’s Office

Not so long ago, there was a drab patch of city park land – a little over two acres’ worth – sitting two streets west of St. Mark’s Church where generations of young local athletes (and small-change poker players) spent their free time in a loosey-goosey sort of camaraderie.  Read more

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