Civics

School finance issues influence debate on charter cap lift

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Mar. 13, 2014

With the press on from charter school advocates to lift or eliminate the cap on charter enrollment in poorly performing school districts, the battle brewing over the issue in the Legislature appears to have as much, if not more, to do with the distribution of state education aid than the merits of charter schools.  Read more

Condos planned for infamous Savin Hill Ave. “hole”

An architect’s rendering depicts a proposed condominium project above and next to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue. Image courtesy RODE Architects Inc.An architect’s rendering depicts a proposed condominium project above and next to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue. Image courtesy RODE Architects Inc.

Developers behind a proposal to build condominiums on top of the Savin Bar & Kitchen and a long-vacant plot of land next door explained some details of the plan on Tuesday night. In an appearance before the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee, the developers and their architects discussed the transit-orientated proposal for 14 units of housing, which would be located directly across from the Savin Hill MBTA station. There would be space for retail on the first level.  Read more

Essay contest asks students: What's your advice for Mayor Walsh?

Dot Day Parade set for June 1, 2014: Essay contest deadline is March 20Dot Day Parade set for June 1, 2014: Essay contest deadline is March 20The Dorchester Reporter is once again pleased to sponsor this year’s Dorchester Day Parade Committee Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 6-8 who live in Dorchester or attend a Dorchester school. The deadline for the contest is March 20. Two prizes will be awarded to the two best entries.

This year’s topic relates to the historic election of Mayor Martin J. Walsh: “Please write an essay that gives the Mayor your advice on how to make Dorchester a better place for young people to live, learn and play. Please give at least three specific action steps that Mayor Walsh should take to make life better in your neighborhood.”  Read more

Garrison suing state elections chief for ballot access in Henriquez seat race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 6, 2014

Althea Garrison, a frequent candidate for public office, is suing state elections chief Bill Galvin, claiming she should be on the Democratic primary ballot in the special election to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.  Read more

Dan Hunt wins primary vote to succeed Walsh in House

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan
Mar. 4, 2014

Dan Hunt celebrated his primary election victory on Tuesday, March 4 with supporters at Phillips Old Colony House. Photo by Mike Deehan

This post was updated at 3:06 p.m. on Wednesday with the latest version of the story.

Dan Hunt will be the next representative for the 13th Suffolk House District. The former State House aide and Department of Conservation and Recreation staff member won a decisive victory in Tuesday’s special primary, besting four other Democrats in an election that drew a sparse turnout to the polls.

With no Republicans on the ballot on Tuesday, a Hunt win in the April 1 general election is a foregone conclusion.  Read more

WHERE THEY WILL BE: Walsh seat candidates on Primary Election Night

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Five Democrats are on the ballot in the primary to replace Marty Walsh at the State House. Listed below are the locations of their election night parties.  Read more

Walsh seat candidates appear on BNN

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 28, 2014

The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.

BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election.  Read more

Baseball for disabled kids planned in Savin Hill

Savin Hill Little League will introduce a new division specifically for developmentally and physically challenged youth this season. The “Challenger” division will be the first opportunity for non-typical kids to play baseball in their own neighborhood.

“The hope is to set them up with buddies and bring them all together socially and to have fun playing baseball,” said Brendan McDonough, who is serving as commissioner of the Challenger division. “For some kids who’ve tried baseball, and it didn’t work out for them, this gives them another option.”  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: New outside PAC formed to focus on governor race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2014

Outside spending slammed into last year’s mayoral race, the tally hitting $3.8 million when all was said and done. Union-backed organizations lined up behind Marty Walsh and an education reform group backed John Connolly.

A similar situation could play out in this year’s race for governor, but on a much larger scale as five Democrats scramble for the chance to face off against Charlie Baker, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.  Read more

Plan laid out for Port Norfolk park

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 20, 2014

The 14-acre waterfront parcel in Port Norfolk, once home to the Shaffer Paper company, will be transformed into a public park under a plan outlined at a Tuesday night meeting. 	Reporter file photoThe 14-acre waterfront parcel in Port Norfolk, once home to the Shaffer Paper company, will be transformed into a public park under a plan outlined at a Tuesday night meeting. Reporter file photoOfficials from the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) detailed the agency’s $4.25 million remediation and reuse plan for the Shaffer Paper site on Tuesday night during a Port Norfolk Civic Association meeting.

The waterfront site has been in state control for decades and neighbors have long pressed state officials to use it as a public park. But the 14 acre parcel is loaded with contaminants from its previous use as an industrial site— a problem that has driven up costs and delayed the project for years.

Last year, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration committed to move ahead on both the clean-up and the park’s construction.  Read more