Civics

Habershaw is latest potential candidate to bow out of District 3 race

Another potential candidate has bowed out of the District 3 race: Savin Hill’s Deirdre McDermott Habershaw said Monday night she would not be running to replace City Councillor Maureen Feeney, who isn’t seeking another term.

Habershaw, a regional planner with the city of Boston, said she had more than the necessary 200 signatures to make the ballot. But family concerns played a role in her decision to pass on a City Council run, she said.  Read more

Volunteers assembled care packages for Dot troops

Care Package Drive for TroopsCare Package Drive for TroopsThe RBI players volunteered at the Leahy~Holloran Commuinity Center during the care pack drive last Saturday — which was Armed Forces Day. The kids sent 16 packages to eight young men for a total of 128 boxes. At the end of the drive, the group received four more names and they each received one large box for a total of 132 boxes from our neighborhood enroute to Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo by Richard O'Brien  Read more

Menino on Sen. Brown: Still unbeatable

Mayor Thomas Menino is sticking with his assessment of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown being tough to beat in 2012.

Menino, a Democrat, told the hosts of WCVB-TV’s “On the Record” he doesn’t see anybody from the current crop of Democratic candidates unseating Brown, a Wrentham Republican. There are currently four announced candidates: immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco; youth program co-founder Alan Khazei; unsuccessful lieutenant governor candidate Bob Massie; and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.  Read more

Senate president says Senate muni-health plan will protect voice for retirees

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 17, 2011

Senate President Therese Murray on Tuesday confirmed that the Senate budget proposal due to be released on Wednesday will include a version of municipal health care reform, but declined to offer details.

Speaking to the Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts, Murray blamed rising health care costs for putting an “enormous burden” on cities, towns and businesses, forcing layoffs and higher fees and taxes.

“The House recently passed a measure on this issue, and the Senate will advance its proposal tomorrow,” Murray told the group of about 50 retired educators who were in the State House to lobby for legislation increasing the base upon which cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.  Read more

Doherty brothers of Flavia Street live to serve

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
May. 12, 2011

Doherty Family: The Doherty family of Flavia Street includes seven brothers and sisters: Brendan, 19, who is serving in the Army in Afghanistan, James, 14, Jillian, 25, Kerri, 11, Katie, 24, Joanna, 11, and Brian, 21, who is also serving in Afghanistan this year. Photo courtesy Doherty familyDoherty Family: The Doherty family of Flavia Street includes seven brothers and sisters: Brendan, 19, who is serving in the Army in Afghanistan, James, 14, Jillian, 25, Kerri, 11, Katie, 24, Joanna, 11, and Brian, 21, who is also serving in Afghanistan this year. Photo courtesy Doherty family

Dorchester has sent scores of its young men and women into harm’s way in the decade since the United States went to war in Afghanistan and, later, Iraq.

But few neighborhood families have put more on the line that the Dohertys of Flavia Street, whose two oldest sons — Brian, 21, and Brendan, 19 — are serving their nation in Afghanistan this year. The brothers are two of the seven children in a tight-knit family that is extremely proud of Brian and Brendan, who elected to follow in their dad’s footsteps by enlisting in the Army.  Read more

Flaherty says he's in, expected to apply for at-large nomination papers on Monday

Michael Flaherty: Campaigning for mayor in '09. He'll return to the citywide stump tomorrow. Michael Flaherty: Campaigning for mayor in '09. He'll return to the citywide stump tomorrow. Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Sunday he’s launching an effort to reclaim one of the four at-large seats he held prior to running for mayor in 2009. In a release, Flaherty, who was an at-large councillor between 2000 and 2009, said he will be at the Election Department on Monday at 11 a.m. to apply for nomination papers.

Flaherty is also planning an organizational meeting with top supporters on Wednesday evening at the Cornerstone in South Boston.

Flaherty’s entrance into the race guarantees a ballot royale in an off-year election, with low turnout expected in most neighborhoods. All four incumbents -- Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley -- are running for re-election.  Read more

First Baptist church wins verdict: construction company ordered to pay $288,300

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 6, 2011

A Hyde Park construction firm must pay Dorchester’s First Baptist Church over $288,000 in damages after a Suffolk Superior Court jury issued a verdict in the church’s favor this week.  Read more

District 3 Update: Chang-Diaz aide and nonprofit chief Hammond weighing runs

The deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz applied for nomination papers in the District 3 race on Friday, adding her name to the growing list of potential candidates.

Stephanie Everett, a Mattapan resident who said she is still weighing a run, has worked with Chang-Diaz since 2009. Everett previously worked as a public safety manager at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, managing the Shannon Grant youth violence prevention program.

Mariama White-Hammond, the executive director of the nonprofit Project HIP-HOP, is also considering a run after urging from local insiders. She is a daughter of Pastor Ray Hammond, chairman and co-founder of the Ten Point Coalition, and Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond.  Read more

Neponset Park dock revamp plan stirs resident fuss

Milton High’s crew team eyes use, raises $18k

The current canoe launch at Neponset park. 	Reporter file photoThe current canoe launch at Neponset park. Reporter file photo

Department of Conservation and Recreation officials may be heading back to the drawing board on improvements to a Neponset dock after facing frustrated residents who said they felt neglected and distrustful of an agency that hasn’t always delivered on park improvements.

On Tuesday night, DCR officials unveiled a plan aimed at enhancing access of kayaks and canoes to the Neponset River that flows by the eponymous park, which is located at the corner of Granite Avenue and Hilltop Street and was opened in 2008.  Read more

Little Miss, Young Miss contests set for May 14

The Little Miss Dorchester and Young Miss Dorchester contests for 2011 will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. at the Columbia Rd. campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy.  Read more