Civics

Temp workers' rights bill before Senate after 123-28 House vote

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 26, 2012

A bill that would require temporary worker placement agencies to provide workers with a basic statement of benefits to protect against abuses sits before the Senate after the House passed the bill 123-28 on Wednesday.

Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry said the bill was a whittled-down, simpler version of legislation that has been pushed for years on Beacon Hill, and was the result of a year of sit-down negotiations with stakeholders.  Read more

Adams Street meeting to focus on solar energy

By 
Elizabeth Murray,  Special to the Reporter
Jul. 26, 2012

Solar roof in Jamaica Plain: Tobias Johnson's home gets plenty of sun exposure.Solar roof in Jamaica Plain: Tobias Johnson's home gets plenty of sun exposure.A meeting in Adams Corner next Tuesday will focus on helping residents and small businesses install solar panels on their own homes and buildings. The meeting will be held at the Adams Street Public Library on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.

The city of Boston and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center have combined to form the Solarize Mass- Boston initiative, which will staged the event on Tuesday evening. The group is hosting meetings in various Boston neighborhoods throughout the summer to try to educate more people on the clean energy resource and hopefully double the amount of residential scale solar power installations in the city.  Read more

Senator predicts Patrick amendments as Senate sends sentencing bill to governor

By 
Michael Norton, Gintautas Dumcius and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 20, 2012

The Senate on Thursday voted 31-7 to approve a bill broadening crime-fighting tools, ensuring that certain repeat violent offenders serve their full sentences, and easing prison overcrowding by adjusting sentencing laws for drug offenders.

Shortly after the vote, the House gave the bill final approval and senators sent it to Gov. Deval Patrick.

"The governor should sign it because it's the balanced bill that he asked for when the discussion began," Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said after the vote.  Read more

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