Civics

Walsh's Victory Speech

State Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester won the mayoral race with 72,514 votes, according to unofficial numbers from the city's elections department. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly of West Roxbury received 67,606 votes. The text of his speech, delivered at the Park Plaza Hotel on Nov. 5, 2013, is below as prepared for delivery.

Thank you, Boston! Thank you!

Thank you!

Let me tell you, my parents had big dreams for their kids....but I'm not sure they were this big!

I am so grateful and honored for tonight's result.

Adams Corner parking woes to ease up soon

The parking lot in Adams Village remained closed this week as workers painted stripes and finished landscaping details. One new element of the lot is visible (foreground): a one way only exit onto Minot Street near Gerard's. Photo by Bill Forry

A large section of the key parking lot in Adams Village will re-open in the coming days as the first phase of an ambitious renovation project winds to its end. The privately-owned parking lot behind 540 Gallivan Boulevard has long served as the village’s catch-all car depot. It has been fenced off for the last seven weeks to allow construction crews to resurface the space and add new traffic calming features and lighting fixtures.  Read more

Food pantries seek to stock up

By 
Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 24, 2013

Food Pantry: A volunteer from Select Restaurants bagged groceries at Catholic Charities’ Yawkey Center Food Pantry in Dorchester recently. Photo by Suzanne OuelletteFood Pantry: A volunteer from Select Restaurants bagged groceries at Catholic Charities’ Yawkey Center Food Pantry in Dorchester recently. Photo by Suzanne Ouellette

As Thanksgiving nears, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) is hoping it can help everyone to enjoy a bountiful meal.

The agency, which runs six food pantries in Massachusetts, including three in Boston and one in Dorchester, is one month into their Friends Feeding Families Campaign and has already raised over $30,000 in sponsorships. Their goal for the three-month effort is $1 million.  Read more

Suffolk cutting ties with Caesars, pushing forward with casino bid

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 19, 2013

Suffolk Downs has asked Caesars Entertainment to withdraw as a managing partner in the track's bid to build a resort casino in East Boston less than three weeks away from a scheduled referendum vote on the $1 billion proposed gaming resort.

Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle released a statement Friday evening explaining that the track had asked Caesars Entertainment, which operates casinos around the country from Las Vegas to New Jersey and New Orleans, to withdraw as a qualifier from its casino license application based on concerns raised by a state background check.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 18, 2013

18 days to Nov. 5. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly will privately meet with gang members and anti-violence workers from StreetSafe Boston in Roxbury. The meeting will be followed by a walk through the area. State Rep. Marty Walsh meets with Haitian community leaders at Sant Belvi and hits a golf tournament reception in South Boston.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 17, 2013

19 days to Nov. 5. State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly both appear in front of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce this morning at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Walsh will then campaign with City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo in Hyde Park, while Connolly holds a press conference on his proposal for a Roxbury Entrepreneurship Center. Connolly will be joined by campaign co-chair Val Hyman, a DJ, Greg Selkoe of Karmaloop, Darryl Settles of D’Ventures Limited, and Clayton Turnbull, president of Waldwin Group, among others.  Read more

Oct. 24 meeting to focus on health in Mattapan

By 
Staff
Oct. 15, 2013

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in partnership with the Mattapan Community Health Center, the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, and Mattapan United, will host a community meeting on the health of Mattapan on Thurs., Oct. 24. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 15, 2013

21 days to Nov. 5. The first televised debate between the two finalists takes place today at 7 p.m. on WBZ. The debate will be moderated by WBZ’s Jon Keller and the Boston Globe’s Akilah Johnson.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 14, 2013

22 days to Nov. 5. One day until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will both make appearances on TOUCH 106.1, the station that was co-founded by one of their former rivals, Charles Clemons. The two finalists will also be in Brighton tonight, but for different events: Walsh will be holding “Mondays with Marty,” while Connolly will be with City Councillor Mark Ciommo for a meet-and-greet.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 13, 2013

23 days to Nov. 5. Two days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will head to churches in Mattapan and Jamaica Plain this morning. They both plan on hitting the North End's Columbus Day Parade, which Mayor Thomas Menino will kick off with a ribbon cutting at Congress and Tremont Streets. The two mayoral candidates will also be at the Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester's Adams Corner.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:  Read more