Jan. 28, 2013
The special election to fill John Kerry’s seat in the U.S. Senate will be in late June, after most schools have let out for the summer and vacation season begins to heat up, Secretary of State William Galvin said on Monday. Gov. Deval Patrick plans to appoint an interim senator on Wednesday. Read more
Jan. 25, 2013
Jan. 25, 2013
Rev. Jeffrey Brown is stepping down in the spring as executive director of the TenPoint Coalition in order to pursue national work, as the anti-violence group he co-founded and the Boston Ministerial Alliance move toward an administrative “merger.”
“It’s a strategic alliance of two faith groups to work more closely together,” Brown said. The two groups will have separate executive directors and their own boards, but they will jointly seek fundraising possibilities and securing federal and state contracts, he said. Read more
Jan. 24, 2013
Senator John Kerry made the following remarks this morning in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which met today to consider his nomination to be United States Secretary of State. Read more
The city’s school department is putting three plans in front of the advisory committee that has been tasked with the student assignment overhaul. The options, all of which would eliminate the three-zone model that buses schoolchildren across the city, include a 10-zone model and two “home-based” plans.
Under the 10-zone model, parents could see three to fourteen choices on top of citywide options. Dorchester and Mattapan, neighborhoods that are currently in the East Zone, would be split up between five zones. For example, Lee Academy on Talbot Avenue would share the same zone with schools in Jamaica Plain; the Mattahunt School would share the same zone with schools in Roslindale; and the Chittick School would be in the same zone as Hyde Park schools. Most of Dorchester and some of Mattapan, like the area around the Mildred Avenue School, would be in one zone.
The first “home-based” model creates a list of schools for each student based on the family’s home address, according to the school department, and each student will have at least six choices. That will also include schools within a mile of the student’s home, along with citywide options.
The second “home-based” model would similarly create a list of schools, providing each student with nine choices. Read more
Jan. 24, 2013
Jessica Pabón is obsessed: She has spent the last 11 years studying and writing about female graffiti artists.
Her interest in the topic began with her thesis while she was studying at the University of Arizona, and has since morphed into her dissertation – “The Art of Getting Ovaries: Female Graffiti Artists and the Politics of Presence in Graffiti Subculture.” Read more
City officials are declaring a program focused on improving three-deckers a success, pointing to figures that show more homeowners than investors are purchasing the iconic houses. The three-decker market is stabilizing, Department of Neighborhood Development Sheila Dillon told the Reporter in noting that 51 percent of the homes had been bought by homeowners last year.
Home values and sales prices have also increased, with three-deckers selling at a median price of $375,000 at the end of the 2012, up from a $330,000 price in 2011. Read more
Andrea Cabral’s top spokesman has taken over as the sheriff of Suffolk County. With Cabral signing on as Gov. Deval Patrick’s public safety and homeland security secretary, she and Steven Tompkins, chief of external relations at the Suffolk County sheriff’s office, were sworn into their offices at the State House on Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick, who called Tompkins the “right man at the right time.” Read more
Through the end of Black History Month, the Mayor’s Gallery on the fifth floor of City Hall will be displaying a selection of works by the late South End legend Allan Rohan Crite. Dubbed by the Boston Globe as “the dean of African-American artists in New England” and “the granddaddy of the Boston art scene,” the amazingly prolific Crite produced a huge number of paintings, drawings, and prints over the course of nearly a century. Read more
Jan. 24, 2013
If you’ve ever questioned your looks, or wondered if you were “good enough,” Adam Linn’s “American Sexy” could be the book for you.
Linn, a Dorchester native who has been living in New York since 2001, started working on the book in 2009 after writing screenplays. “I’ve just come back around to that,” he said. “Whereas a film takes a ton of people and a ton of money, I really just wanted to write, and a book was the way to go.” Read more
With Mayor Thomas Menino by her side, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren offered her support last week for three gun control proposals that are likely to be filed in the Senate this week: an assault weapons ban; the closing of loopholes in background checks on gun buyers at gun shows and through private sellers; and a clear statement marking gun trafficking as a federal crime. Read more
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m. He called his mother from the KFC in Edward Everett Square. Police quickly found him; EMTs were called to take him to the hospital for evaluation.
Police officers from across the city are combing Dorchester and Mattapan tonight, looking for Leland Corning, a 12-year-old with Asperger's who has been missing since 8:30 a.m. on Glenway Street. Read more
Jan. 22, 2013
A brazen gang that had brought drugs and violence to the Bowdoin/Geneva area for more than a decade wasn't going to let a permanent police post near its headquarters stop it: It kept right on using the three-family house on Hendry Street for selling drugs and storing guns. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports 12 people were forced out of 16 Estella St. in Mattapan when a two-alarm fire broke out around 2 a.m.
The Red Cross was called in to help residents find new lodgings for the night. One firefighter suffered burns, the department says, adding that the fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage and that its cause remains under investigation. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for an AR15 rifle stolen from the bedroom of a resident of 157 Intervale St. in Grove Hall yesterday. Read more
Jan. 18, 2013
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, after spending the last 15 years in local and statewide public office, will not run for governor in 2014, citing the time commitment that would be required to juggle his current job, a full-time campaign, and his responsibilities to his family. Read more
Jan. 18, 2013
The Dorchester Historical Society has just re-published the journal of a young woman’s account of life here in the 1870s. The society will mark the book’s release a week from Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., at the Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave. The free celebration will be held in conjunction with an illustrated talk by Andrew Saxe titled “The Ascent and Revival of the Railroad Suburb,” on the history and architecture of the houses of 18th and 19th century Dorchester, a town that Alice Stone Blackwell would have known well. Read more
Several hundred Boston police officers and federal agents descended on Dorchester early Thursday, arresting some 30 alleged members of the Woodward Avenue and Hendry Street gangs in a bid to quell violence in the Bowdoin/Geneva and Uphams Corner neighborhoods, particularly in the Cape Verdean community. Read more
Touching on education reform, sentencing legislation, and neighborhood issues like “problem properties,” Mayor Thomas Menino this week rolled out 49 bills he’d like to see passed at the State House. Nearly half of the bills are new, with legislation eliminating a cap on in-district charter schools and extending the school day at the top of the list. Read more
Jan. 17, 2013
“It’s organized chaos!” a jovial Kevin Hayes, Sr., exclaimed last Wednesday evening as scores of Mites, Mighty Mites, and Squirts, some on the ice and some waiting ever so patiently for a line change, bubbled over with excitement. This was no ordinary practice session – the Boston College Eagles were in town, including hometown favorite Kevin Hayes, a junior forward on the defending national championship team. Read more
The Patrick administration this week laid out a menu of transportation funding options, setting the groundwork for potential tax increases to finance improvements and expansions in a deficit-stricken system.
The governor attended his administration’s presentation and told transportation policy wonks and reporters that if no action is taken to improve the system, commuters will face longer travel times and cuts in services as fares and fees steadily increase. Read more
Jan. 17, 2013
A Weymouth man who was allegedly spotted buying heroin off Columbia Road around noon on Sunday was stopped by pursuing police, before he drove away, dragging an officer down the street. The suspect was later arrested on Roseclair Street.
The officer was taken to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Read more
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his most memorable speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the momentous March on Washington in August 1963. That makes the year 2013 the 50th Anniversary of King’s oft-quoted words, “I have a dream... that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Read more