Civics

Little Miss winners represent Dot with confidence, poise

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 31, 2012

Young Miss Dorchester 2012 MyChalia SanfilippoYoung Miss Dorchester 2012 MyChalia SanfilippoLittle Miss Dorchester Delia O'TooleLittle Miss Dorchester Delia O'TooleIn a competition of confidence, girls from all over Dorchester turn out each year before Dorchester Day in hopes of being crowned Little Miss Dorchester or Young Miss Dorchester.

Out of the 30 girls who competed on May 5 for the coveted titles, Delia O’Toole, 7, of Cedar Grove and MyChalia Sanfilippo, 12, of Ashmont, were crowned Little Miss Dorchester and Young Miss Dorchester, respectively.  Read more

Chief Marshal Ralph Browne is veteran of Korean War, civic leadership

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 31, 2012

After a long record of participation in civic activities, Dorchester resident Ralph Browne Jr. will serve as this year’s Dorchester Day Parade Chief Marshal.

Browne has lived in Dorchester for the last 40 years in Upham's Corner and was born and raised in the greater Boston area. He and his wife of 60 years, Wilma, have seven children, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Read more

‘Mayor’ Hurley: Wants us 'Kickin' it old school' today

Mayor Katie Hurley with a few of her trademark flamingoesMayor Katie Hurley with a few of her trademark flamingoesIt’s official: Your new ‘Mayor’ of Dorchester is Katie Hurley, a St. Mark’s native who now lives in Cedar Grove, works for Councillor Frank Baker, and has raised thousands of dollars this spring to help pay for Sunday’s parade. Hurley ran unopposed, but you’d never have guessed that by the way she ran her campaign. Hurley staged a flurry of events including a bowl-a-thon, trivia night, and a Valentine’s-themed blow-out at Florian Hall.

Most visibly, she opened up a new front in the mayoral contest when she began “flocking” front yards across Dot with hot-pink flamingoes. Those who awoke to the flock had two choices: Pony up a contribution to the Parade committee or settle in for a long summer with your lawn ornaments. Is it any wonder that Hurley will ride in a place of honor in Sunday’s parade? We put our traditional ten questions to Her Honor this week.  Read more

Lt. Kelly: Take pride, Iraq vets, in all you have accomplished

Lt. Greg Kelly: The Dorchester native delivered the keynote address at this year's Memorial Day observances in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Photo by Bill ForryLt. Greg Kelly: The Dorchester native delivered the keynote address at this year's Memorial Day observances in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Photo by Bill ForryEditor’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

Finneran stepping down from radio show job

By 
State House News Service
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

Big crowd honors fallen at Cedar Grove Cemetery

Memorial Day 2012: The Greater Boston Fire Brigade band entered Cedar Grove Cemetery's gates this morning. Photo by Bill ForryMemorial Day 2012: The Greater Boston Fire Brigade band entered Cedar Grove Cemetery's gates this morning. Photo by Bill ForryA 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.

Lt. Greg Kelly: Dorchester native, a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke stirringly about the day's significance. Photo by Bill ForryLt. Greg Kelly: Dorchester native, a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke stirringly about the day's significance. Photo by Bill Forry
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

Vote now to bring new trees to the Neponset Greenway

The Boston Natural Areas Network and the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation are asking for Dorchester and Mattapan to help them win an online contest that will help plant new trees along the Neponset River Greenway.  Read more

Linehan hires former candidate for state representative as aide

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

Pressley chief of staff heading up consulting firm's expansion into New England

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

Chang-Diaz pushing budget amendments on underperforming schools, alternative ed

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