Endorsements are coming in fast and early for City Council At-Large candidates.
In a brief sit-down with the Reporter on the transportation bill and the fiscal 2010 budget passed last week (and written up in the latest issue of the Reporter) Rep. Willie Mae Allen, a Mattapan Democrat, said she had picked the four (out of the fifteen running) that she wants sitting in the four available seats: incumbent John Connolly, and newcomers Ayanna Pressley, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Ego Ezedi, executive director of the Roxbury YMCA, and Felix Arroyo, a former City Hall aide. Read more
A new single-stream recycling system — heralded by the Menino administration as the latest innovation in the greening of Boston — goes into citywide service starting on July 1. The effort will allow residents to streamline their recycling at home by using one container to ready all recyclables— bottles, cans, papers and plastics — for weekly curbside pick-up.
"This is the simplest thing that every resident can do to reduce their own impact on the environment and reduce trash costs," said Jim Hunt III, the city's chief of environment and energy.
The hallmark of the beefed-up program is a 64-gallon blue cart which will slowly replace the ubiquitous and much smaller blue boxes now in use. The carts â€” which have been piloted in the South End and Chinatown already â€” will be delivered to every home in the city over the coming months. The carts will be phased into use in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury next week. Dorchester and Mattapan may have to wait a bit longer to get the carts as city planners try to deploy some 55,000 carts, along with instructions on how to use them. Read more
Boston Police report arresting David Fernandes, 47, on charges he punched his girlfriend in the face this morning, then, as she fled, caught up to her in his car and pointed a gun at her. Read more
You have a choice! Open enrollment for health insurance through the State of Massachusetts is coming to an end this Thursday, June 25th. Make sure that you have taken advantage of this time and have made sure you will have the health insurance plan of your choice under Commonwealth Care Plans & Mass Health. If you are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the State of Massachusetts either it be Neighborhood Health Plan, Network Health or BMC Health Net you have the option to switch to another plan if you want to or you can stay with your current plan. Read more
Boston Police report several officers chased and captured a wanted hood with a penchant for explosive violence this afternoon in the middle of Mattapan Square.
Police say a detective told local officers that Frantz Germain, 27, was walking around the farmer's market parking lot in Mattapan Square around 2 p.m. By the time officers arrived, Germain, wanted on a variety of warrants, including assault with intent to murder, had gotten into a Chevy, which they stopped at Cummins Highway and River Street. Police say Germain got out and tried to run: Read more
There are so many reasons why people do not have health insurance. It is not offered through my employer, it is so expensive, I don't know how to get it on my own... Are any of these really worth the penalty? It is now a law in Massachusetts for all residents to have health insurance. I am sure a lot of people got hit with the tax penalty in April if you did not have proof of health insurance for 2008. The fee that you may be forced to pay in April 2010 may be more than $1,000 depending on your situation. Why throw this money away? Read more
Boston Police report arresting two men after a gun battle between two gangs at Fremont and Babson streets on Wednesday.
Police responding to reports of gunfire around 2:05 p.m. found "an elderly male victim hiding behind his vehicle with an apparent bullet hole through the windshield" and that "Officers were able to locate a witness to the incident who informed them that a confrontation between two groups of youths occurred at the intersection of Fremont Street and Babson Street. The witness went on to state that the two groups exchanged gunfire before fleeing the area."
Dennis Levy, 22, of Boston, was charged with trespassing, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm on a public way, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling house, possession of a class B substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute and possession of a class D substance (marijuana â€“ civil violation issued). Also arrested, Dwayne Marcus Leaston-Brown, 19, of Boston, was charged with trespassing.
A Mattapan man well-loved in Bostonâ€™s tight-knit Haitian community lost his life last Wednesday afternoon (May 20) when his motorcycle collided with a car on Blue Hill Avenue near the corner of Clarkwood Street. Yves Guery, Jr. 28, died at the scene of the accident, which happened at about 3:30 p.m.
Geury â€” or â€œJuniorâ€ as he was widely knownâ€” was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed traveling to his native Haiti, dancing and working out. He was mourned this week by friends and family who recalled his ready smile and willingness to help others. Read more
Members of the Mattapan community hammered Gov. Deval Patrick's transportation czar this week over a proposal to replace the Route 28 bus and extend the Silver Line to Mattapan Square. At a Tuesday night transportation "summit" held in Boston Public Library's Mattapan branch and organized by Dorchester's State House delegation, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi fended off a flurry of questions from about 60 community members, many of whom expressed anger at being left out of the loop on the proposal. Read more
Presented with a sheet of paper asking â€œWhat Would You Do?â€ and listing potential areas to cut in the state budget â€“ education, health care, the environment, public safety â€“ Alisa Ritchie balked.
A Dorchester resident who attended state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diazâ€™s Saturday budget forum in Mattapan, Ritchie kept looking over the sheet of paper. Put together by Chang-Diazâ€™s office, it was meant as an exercise and noted at the top that the state was facing a budget gap between $2 billion to $5 billion for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. Read more