Civics

Feeney could be putting ex-colleagues in awkward position

Maureen Feeney is putting her former colleagues in quite the public relations pickle.

Almost 48 hours after the polls closed, Feeney signed a resignation letter and set in motion widespread speculation that she is headed for the higher-paying job of city clerk. The City Council has the power to vote her in.

The last several city clerks have been former city councillors. But those appointments were made in a different time. Now there are stories in the newspapers, seemingly every month, about this patronage appointment or that misuse of public funds.  Read more

Casino bill advances, then stalls as branches near seven-week recess

By 
Kyle Cheney and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 16, 2011

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 15, 2011…..Legislative leaders huddled late Tuesday night discussing last-minute questions surrounding casino gambling legislation that appeared poised to head to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk but will have to wait for final action until Wednesday.

Lawmakers adjourned Tuesday night without completing work on the gambling bill, and leaders declined to say why the bill, which passed through the House and Senate with solid majorities earlier in the day, failed to come up for a final enactment vote.  Read more

Will it soon be City Clerk Feeney? She quits Council early; Baker says he’ll step up

Maureen Feeney

The end came quickly and abruptly: Maureen Feeney finished her tenure as the District 3 city councilor last Thursday, tendering her resignation some 48 hours after voters had chosen her successor, Frank Baker. While the seat is vacant, the office will remain open until the end of the year, her staff said.  Read more

Election Day: Where to get info

Polls have been open for over three hours now. As of 9 a.m., turnout was pegged at just under 3 percent, or little over 10,000 voters.

A few accounts to follow to keep tabs on the day as it progresses:

-- @DotNewsD3

-- @LitDrop

And, of course, stay with DotNews.com.

Dot Speakers Forum talks Jacobs’ urban planning classic

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 8, 2011

The Dorchester Speakers Forum will presents a panel discussion this Friday evening entitled "50 Years Later: Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities", a look back at the seminal work of one of the country’s most influential urban planning activists, against the backdrop of Boston’s own development over the past half century.  Read more

Voters head to polls to pick District 3 councillor and City Council At-Large

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 8, 2011

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city, with two races on the ballot in Dorchester's District 3: Two men are vying to succeed retiring City Councillor Maureen Feeney and seven-person field is fighting for the four City Council At-Large slots.

The two top finishers in the Sept. preliminary, Frank Baker of Savin Hill and John O’Toole of Cedar Grove, are facing off over the first open City Council seat in Dorchester in nearly 18 years.

The polls close at 8 p.m.  Read more

Vietnamese outlet and plumbers association endorse O'Toole

A Vietnamese outlet and a plumbers union endorsed District 3 candidate John O'Toole on Thursday, his campaign said.

Thang Long, a weekly paper, placed an endorsement on its front page this week endorsing O'Toole. According to a translation of the endorsement provided by the O'Toole camp, the paper said, "Along with the fact that his background in community involvement surpassed that of Frank Baker, John O'Toole had shown himself to be a true friend of the Vietnamese."  Read more

State seeks $13 million to finish Neponset Greenway

A state proposal to build out several missing links in an existing waterfront trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills has been sent to Washington D.C. authorities— whose decision on whether to fund the project will likely make or break the long-awaited project.

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) filed its 26 page application on Monday— the deadline day for the latest round of so-called TIGER grants issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation. DCR hopes that the federal agency will award the state some $13 million to complete the Neponset Greenway corridor, which stretches from Commercial Point in Dorchester to the Blue Hills in Milton. The exisitng multi-use trail along the Neponset River and Dorchester Bay is already a hit with bicyclists, walkers and families— but there remain some key stretches of the trail that have never been completed in Milton, Mattapan and Dorchester.  Read more

Globe, Herald editorials back O'Toole

Editorials in the Boston Globe and Herald on Tuesday back District 3 candidate John O'Toole for the City Council seat.

"He makes a convincing case that his volunteer activities, focusing on neighborhood stability, have served as an effective training ground for the District 3 City Council seat," the Globe editorial said, citing a thick civic resume.  Read more

DotOUT backs Flaherty and three councillors running for reelection

The Dorchester civic group aimed at promoting gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual rights threw its support behind three incumbents and former City Councillor Michael Flaherty.

Following a Sunday afternoon forum at the Savin Bar + Kitchen in Dorchester’s Savin Hill neighborhood, the group, known as DotOUT, voted to endorse Flaherty and City Councillors At-Large Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo and John Connolly.  Read more