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

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

Volunteers help put spring 'shine' on neighborhoods

Reporter Staff
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.

Two more apply for nomination papers for District 7 race

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

In face of lobbying, senators mull next play in muni-health debate

Kyle Cheney and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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

Redistricting hearings at city, state level on May 10 and May 14

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

Green home blooms on Brent St.; Civic leader hopes to set example for builders

Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 28, 2011

81 Brent Street81 Brent StreetThe 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