The following is the text of Tito Jackson's speech, as prepared for delivery, at his swearing-in at Hibernian Hall on Saturday, March 26, 2010. Read more
The head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority has submitted his resignation, the Menino administration said Friday. John Palmieri, who has served in the post since 2007, is stepping down on May 1.
The powerful agency oversees economic development and planning within the city. Read more
Top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter rail station between the Blue Hill Ave. and Cummins Highway overpasses, despite opposition from the area’s abutters. A top senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.
Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents on Tuesday in state Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station. Read more
A group of four graduate students from Tufts University will lead a community meeting on Saturday morning in Port Norfolk to discuss possible connections between the Neponset Greenway trail and the Boston Harborwalk.
The Tufts students are conducting the “brainstorming session” in collaboration with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and other partner agencies. The students will have maps showing potential routes to make the connection between the two trails safer and more user-friendly.
“We want to get feedback from people on those routes or alternate routes,” says Christine Kim, one of the students. “And we want to get feedback on what they’re looking to get out of it.”
Tito Jackson will be able to drop the "-elect" tag from his title on Saturday, when he is expected to be sworn in as District Seven's new city councillor.
The swearing-in is scheduled for noon at Hibernian Hall.
Jackson won the March 15 special election with 82 percent of the vote. Read more
The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to release data at the local level for Massachusetts next week. The data will be used to redraw the state's Congressional, Governor's Council, and state House and state Senate districts.
The other states also receiving their local data include Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. For each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Read more
A top adviser to Newton Mayor Setti Warren is looking for young people with campaigns under their belt to potentially staff his U.S. Senate bid. In an email seeking help earlier this month, obtained by the Reporter, political consultant Deborah Shah wrote that she may be staffing up at the end of April for the potential Senate campaign.
Pay may be “limited,” she wrote, but “top performers” will have a shot at staff jobs starting over the summer or right after Labor Day in September. Read more
For Archana Ailawadhi, a college counselor at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, it was all about the numbers when President Barack Obama stopped by the school on Tuesday afternoon.
“The students here come from some tough neighborhoods – am I right?” asked the president. “Yes. And yet the graduation rate is almost 20 points higher than the rest of the city – 20 points higher,” Obama said to applause. “Ninety-four percent of the most recent graduating class went to college. Eighty-five percent of those students were the first in their family to do so. Your math and science scores are consistently higher than other Boston schools, and the attendance rate here is 94 percent.”
Ailawadhi smiled, recalling the moment. “I was overwhelmed,” she said after the speech, as local politicians and students milled around the gymnasium of the former Dorchester High School, still soaking in the pomp and circumstance of a presidential appearance. Read more
State House News Service reports that Stacey Monahan, a Dorchester resident, is stepping down from her post as executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Clare Kelly, who worked on Gov. Deval Patrick's re-election efforts in the field, will take over the job.
Monahan is a former aide to U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and she founded the Ashmont-Adams Civic Association in 1999. A former candidate for state representative, she is on the list of folks who have held the ceremonial post of Mayor of Dorchester.