Chance encounters, one man’s vision fueled Codman Square Health’s success

Walczak speaks in 1979. At left, Mayor Kevin White; at right state Rep. W. Paul White. Photo: CSHC.Walczak speaks in 1979. At left, Mayor Kevin White; at right state Rep. W. Paul White. Photo: CSHC.

Give Marge Muldoon her share of the credit.

As the president of the Codman Square Civic Association, she made a fateful decision one night in December 1974 during a meeting in the basement of “the white church” — the landmark Second Church of Dorchester. She gave Bill Walczak an assignment that changed his life and, eventually, the course of history in our neighborhood.  Read more

New Codman CEO has been key deputy, shares vision

When Sandra Cotterell first arrived at Codman Square Health Center nearly 17 years ago, she was already well on her way to an impressive career in nursing and health care management.  Read more

City's snow response: As good as it gets

Let’s be up front about this: The Reporter is hardly a mouthpiece for the Menino administration. We have sharp differences with the mayor and his team, particularly over their hard-to-pin-down policy on the city’s libraries.

But there are plenty of things that Menino and his seasoned staff get right — and snow removal is one of them.  Read more

Thursday's District 7 forum moved to Roxbury Y

A Thursday night forum featuring District 7 candidates will be held at the Roxbury YMCA.

The forum, put together by a group of minority and neighborhood groups, starts at 6:30 p.m. The forum was originally slated for the Freedom House in Grove Hall.

Sponsoring groups include the New Democracy Coalition, the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, the Center for Church and Prison, the Cultural Café, and the College of Community and Public Service, among others. Organizers have said there will be no endorsement.  Read more

Murphy releases committee assignments

City Council President Stephen Murphy released on Thursday committee assignments for city councillors, with Dorchester's Maureen Feeney staying atop the Government Operations panel. East Boston's City Councilor Sal LaMattina will be the council's vice president, a position last held by Murphy as part of a deal two years ago to elect Michael Ross head of the body.  Read more

Judge rejects Turner's request to move sentencing date

A federal judge on Thursday denied former City Councillor Chuck Turner's request to move his sentencing date. The date is still set for Jan. 25, three and a half weeks before voters go to the polls to replace him.

Turner, who was tossed from the City Council after a jury convicted him of taking a $1,000 bribe, had argued that because his lead attorney, Barry Wilson, was out of the country until March, his sentencing should be postponed.

"This fact was known, considered and its implication understood when the sentencing date was established," Judge Douglas Woodlock wrote in his order, adding that he found "nothing in the current record before me to justify this belated effort to obtain a continuance."  Read more

In state of city speech, Menino stresses health reform, anti-gun task force

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 12, 2011

He entered on the crutches to the theme of “Rocky” and ended with a quippy admonishment to the audience to “get your cars off the street” ahead of the incoming snowstorm. And in between, Mayor Thomas Menino, recovering from knee surgery, reviewed the past year’s education gains and sketched out a laundry list of plans for the coming year.

The speech was not as lofty as last year’s inaugural’s address, and focused largely on localizing issues of education, health care and public safety.  Read more

Jackson, Mills and four others make District 7 ballot

The ballot in the race to replace former City Councillor Chuck Turner took another step towards solidifying, with city elections officials certifying six candidates, including Gov. Deval Patrick's former political director and former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson's son.

Tito Jackson, the Patrick aide, and Cornell Mills, Wilkerson's son, gathered more than the 191 signatures needed to get on the ballot. Also on the ballot are Natalie Carithers, former aide to ex-state Rep. Willie Mae Allen, Danielle Renee Williams of Roxbury and perennial candidates Althea Garrison and Roy Owens.

The preliminary election, which will winnow the field to two candidates, is set for Feb. 15. The final election is on March 15.

Falling short were Candace Sealey, who was taking a leave of absence from U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano's campaign to run for the seat; Abdillahi "Mash" Abdirahman of Roxbury; and five others (Sheneal Parker, Anthony Baker, Lee Buckley, Charles Omekagu Williams, and James Carr.)

Candidates can request a review of the certification. Sealey fell short by six signatures, while Abdirahman fell short by twenty signatures. Parker needed 14 signatures.

Candidates on the ballot can also withdraw or have their signatures challenged, as Garrison has frequently attempted in order to knock her opponents off the ballot.

A requested review would be completed by Jan. 13.

A drawing to determine the ballot order is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20 at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall.  Read more

Sentenced to three and a half years, twice-convicted Wilkerson slams prosecutors

Former Sen. Wilkerson's statement after her sentencing. Video by Gal Tziperman Lotan.

It was strike two for former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. More than a decade after the Roxbury Democrat was convicted of federal tax evasion charges, Wilkerson was sentenced on Thursday to three and a half years of prison for attempting to accept $23,500 in bribes in exchange for legislative action.  Read more

Vince Droser, visionary builder and civic leader, dies suddenly

Vince Droser: Key figure in revitalization of Ashmont area died today after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 55 years old. Reporter file photo.Vince Droser: Key figure in revitalization of Ashmont area died on January 4 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 55 years old. Reporter file photo.

Vince Droser, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in the revitalization of the Ashmont area, died Tuesday at his Dorchester home after apparently suffering a fatal heart attack. Droser, 55, is being mourned by scores of friends and neighbors who have flocked to his Ashmont home to grieve alongside his wife, Nancy Anderson, and their four children.

An Appreciation: A big heart stops— and we are lesser for it

Droser served as Vice President for Development at Trinity Financial, the development company that created the Carruth building at Ashmont station. Over the last 14 years, Droser has helped the company successfully complete some of Boston's most acclaimed and innovative building projects, including Mattapan Heights, Davenport Commons, the Shaw's supermarket in Lower Mills and the Carruth.  Read more