Civics

Lynch: 'Inappropriate' to lobby Times to save Globe

Congressman Stephen Lynch felt it would have been "inappropriate" for him to join the rest of the state's DC delegation in lobbying the owner of the New York Times to keep the Boston Globe open. Lynch - whose Ninth Congressional district includes the Globe's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters- was the only Congressman from the state who did not sign onto a letter sent to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. appealing for the Globe's salvation.  Read more

Graffiti leaves trail of hate along Neponset Greenway

Bike trail graffiti: An worker paints over a racist slogan along the Neponset bike trail near Butler Street MBTA station on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Photo by Ed ForryBike trail graffiti: A worker paints over a racist slogan along the Neponset bike trail near Butler Street MBTA station on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Photo by Ed ForryVandals left a spray-painted trail of racist insults, swastikas and obscene images up and down the scenic Neponset Greenway this weekend, leaving state officials scrambling to clean-up the mess and neighbors outraged by the graphic destruction of public property.  Read more

Neighbors put new shine on Savin Hill Park

Savin Hill Shines: More than 80 people helped clean Savin Hill Park on Saturday, April 25, 2009.Savin Hill Shines: More than 80 people helped clean Savin Hill Park on Saturday, April 25, 2009.Over 80 people showed up to work at the 25th annual Savin Hill Park Clean Up (now part of Boston SHINES), on a beautiful, sunny April 25. Over 300 bags of leaves and about a half ton of glass were removed from the park, while youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and Cub Scouts from Pack 28 (Rice Post) carried out piles of debris.  Read more

Globe backers on NY Times: 'Shame on them'

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Apr. 24, 2009

Supporters of the Boston Globe and its hundreds of workers in and outside of the newsroom angrily denounced the New York Times Company on Friday and warned that the Globe's demise would disemploy hundreds of people at a time of recession.  Read more

St. Brendan's mourns loss of pastor

Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.They knew he was ill. The cancer — diagnosed last fall — was a serious threat, but one that Father James Fratus seemed to tackle with the same solemn optimism that characterized his parish leadership.

Never did the faithful of St. Brendan’s believe that the man who’d led the parish for the last eight years would leave them so soon. On April 8 — at age 58 — Fr. Fratus died, prompting a period of mourning in this close-knit Catholic community along the Neponset River that continues this week.  Read more

Busing's future on the line in May meetings

For the second time in five years, Boston parents will have a chance to speak out on how to change the student assignment plan for the Boston Public Schools. But the series of five community meetings next month takes place amid dramatic changes in everything from enrollment size and the school budget to the mix of students and the definition of quality education.  Read more

Help clean-up the neighborhoods on Saturday

A flurry of neighborhood clean-ups are planned for Saturday, April 25 — dubbed Boston Shines day in the city. The event — coordinated by Mayor Menino’s office — will target parks, sidewalks and other public spaces. Anyone can turn out for the morning activities— which generally start at 9 a.m.  Read more

Yoon and Tobin to hold emergency pre-school hearing

As parents all over the city fret over the future of 10 preschool and after-school programs that are set to lose city funding for their staff, City Councillors Sam Yoon and John Tobin are holding a last-minute hearing to determine once and for all if they really will be able to survive, as the Menino administration contends.  Read more

'Austerity' hallmark of mayor's budget

When Mayor Thomas Menino unwrapped last year’s city budget, he touted its stability and a host of reconstruction projects.

This year, not so much. If anything, this year’s city budget is highly unstable as state revenues continue to plunge and policymakers have yet to see a bottom. The state’s House of Representatives was set to unveil this week a fiscal 2010 budget even more austere than the governor’s version, with deeper cuts in services and none of the tax increases both Governor Deval Patrick and Menino have pushed for.  Read more

Marshall Community Center faces big challenge

Bill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanBill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanOf the three community centers set to lose city funding for some of their preschool or after school teachers come January, the Marshall may have the biggest challenges before it.  Read more