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
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
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
Milton High’s crew team eyes use, raises $18k
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
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
May. 1, 2011
Neighbors in Adams Corner teamed up to help clean the village yesterday as part of the citywide Boston Shines project, which enlisted them help of hundreds of residents and merchants over a two-day effort. Above, volunteers joined State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry and Cedar Grove Civic Association president Sean Weir in Adams Village.
The District 7 race may have an additional two candidates: Sheneal Parker and Haywood Fennell Sr.
Others who have applied for nomination papers at City Hall - as of this afternoon - include incumbent City Councillor Tito Jackson, David James Wyatt of Dorchester, and perennial candidates Althea Garrison and Roy Owens.
Parker, a Fenway resident, fell short during the signature-gathering phase for the special election earlier this year; Fennell missed the deadline and ran as a write-in candidate instead, picking up 2.22 percent of the vote in the preliminary. Read more
Apr. 28, 2011
Now the focus of heavy lobbying, state senators have largely remained silent about collective bargaining and municipal health care since the House passed a plan this week to curb the negotiating power of local unions over their health care benefits.
Senators appeared hesitant and even uneasy Thursday about laying out their views on the issue. Most contacted by the News Service said they were unaware of the specifics of the House proposal, which thrilled business and municipal management groups and enraged labor officials after it was adopted late Tuesday night. Read more
Four days before the legislative panel tasked with redrawing the state’s district boundaries drops by Boston for a hearing, the City Council will take its own crack at the issue. Read more
Apr. 28, 2011
The new home at 81 Brent Street may look like any other house on its Codman Square block, but the three-family is different from the others. It’s completely green - not in color but in development and function. From the foundation to the solar panel-lined roof, the entire house is environmentally sustainable.
Codman Square Neighborhood Council President Cynthia Loesch had repeatedly proposed ideas of bringing sustainable building projects to the neighborhood, but says the council never got the response they wanted to hear from developers.
“I decided to do it myself,” Loesch says. “Let’s find out how much it really costs by square foot. Let’s find out all the proper rhetoric so we can argue with the developers better, and let’s really set a standard in Codman Square on the kind on housing and development we’d like to see.” Read more