Civics

City asking for input on revamp of Roberts Park

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 8, 2012

City officials are seeking neighborhood input for a $2.8 million overhaul of Codman Square’s Roberts Playground that will largely focus on installing artificial turf to ensure the park has a longer season of play. A community meeting is set for Wed., March 21, at 6:30 p.m. inside the Great Hall on Norfolk Street.

The project, financed through the city’s capital fund, will be put out to bid next winter and completed by fall 2013, according to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Read more

Former Mayor Flynn backs Brown on 'conscience clause'

Former Mayor Ray Flynn this week wrote a letter of support for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s push for a “conscience clause” exempting employers from covering contraceptive services based on religious or moral objections.  Read more

In maiden speech, Baker calls for 24-hour substance abuse helpline

City Councillor Frank Baker, in a maiden speech to his colleagues, on Wednesday called for a 24-hour substance abuse help line, saying the city and the state do not have a round-the-clock service.

Substance abuse help lines do exist at the city and state level, but they do not function 24 hours a day, according to Baker. "We need to ask ourselves why we don’t have a helpline in the City of Boston, why the services provided are not available 24 hours a day, and what we can do to make this invaluable resource accessible to our residents," Baker said.

Baker said the issue is personal for him, having lost a 25-year-old niece to heroin last year and a brother to drug overdose 19 years ago. The latter sent him into a negative spiral, which came up during the 2011 campaign.

Baker's maiden speech, as prepared for delivery, is available after the jump.  Read more

Youths call for more funds, jobs in downtown rally

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 1, 2012

Rally for jobs: More than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization. Photo by Travis WatsonRally for jobs: More than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization. Photo by Travis WatsonWith a shortfall in federal funding and the prospect of MBTA service cuts, youth job opportunities are looking bleak. That’s why more than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization that advocates for state-wide youth employment.  Read more

St. Mark’s Area group supports single-ward vote on Hub casino

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association met on Tuesday night and voted 11-5 to keep a referendum on a Boston casino confined to the ward in which the gambling facility would be located. The vote followed a discussion among members and a presentation from City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley on the 2011 law allowing the establishment of casinos in the Bay State.  Read more

City takes action in Star Five oil case, rids property of company’s vehicles

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The saga of City Hall vs. the Star Five Oil Company may have reached a turning point.  Read more

Fewer voters, more unenrolled for Tuesday’s balloting

New statistics reported by the Secretary of State’s office ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary suggest that our state is becoming less partisan and more independent.

Unfortunately, it’s also home to fewer registered voters.

According to Secretary Bill Galvin’s office, there are 80,000 fewer residents signed up for next Tuesday’s March 6 primary than there were in October 2010, a month before the last statewide election. That’s a 1.9 percent decline.  Read more

Pressley to appear on MSNBC's 'Ed Show,' talk Blunt Amendment

City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley will appear on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" on Thursday night to talk about women's health issues and the controversial proposal known as the Blunt amendment.

The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), allows employers to opt out of health benefit mandates for religious or moral reasons.  Read more

St. Mark's civic group could vote on whether casino referendum should be city-wide

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association could weigh in Tuesday night on whether there should be a city-wide vote on a Boston casino.

According to an agenda previewing the meeting, attendees of the monthly meeting will be polled on the issue. The association’s meeting starts 7 p.m. in the lower hall of St. Mark’s Church on Dorchester Ave.  Read more

Civic group backs petition for regulation of commercial trash collection

Fearing night-time disruptions from trash pick-ups, the civic group for the Ashmont Hill neighborhood is backing a push to regulate the timing of commercial trash collection.  Read more