Mary Salas was born to style hair.
As a child growing up in her native Greece, she never met a doll that didn’t need a complete makeover.
“I had a passion,” says Salas. “I wanted to go to school to become a stylist, but in Greece at the time, the men were the hairstylists. I was told I should become a seamstress instead.”
Needless to say, Mary was thrilled when her family immigrated to the United States at age 16. She and her sisters moved in with family members in Savin Hill and she came of age in a three-decker at 99 Sydney Street that’s since been destroyed by fire. Read more
Nov. 14, 2013
“Get in and get out as fast as you possibly can. I think people prefer [this] to the pain of years of construction.”
The speaker was State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, and he was referring to the guiding principle behind the installation over the weekend of a new $5.5 million bridge above Clayton Street near Clam Point that shut down Red Line train service between Ashmont Station and JFK/UMass from Friday evening to Monday morning. Read more
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh has unveiled the beginnings of a transition team that includes three of his electoral rivals, one-time state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, who finished third in the Sept. 24 preliminary; City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo; and former School Committee member John Barros. Read more
This weekend is your last chance to catch a quartet of actors from Dorchester who form part of the talented cast of “Splendor,” just ending its world premiere run at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre.
Company One Theatre opened its 15th season with this the latest effort of Obie Award-winning playwright, Kirsten Greenidge, under the direction of C1 Artistic Director, Shawn LaCount.
Set in a fictitious suburb north of Boston, “Splendor” pieces together a mosaic of the lives of locals haunted by holiday nostalgia. Read more
The confetti had barely left the cannon on election night by the time speculation was underway about the next race.
The elevation of Dorchester’s Marty Walsh to the mayor’s seat in City Hall means there will be a House seat vacancy within the 13th Suffolk District next year. Inside the Park Plaza Hotel’s ballroom that night, there was already talk about who might be interested in replacing Walsh, a Democrat and labor leader in union-rich Dorchester. Walsh has served in the House for 16 years, winning the job in 1997 in a special election after Jim Brett, another Dorchester guy who ran for mayor but received different results, decided to take a job with the New England Council. Read more
Nov. 13, 2013
If sea level rise projections become reality and high tides a century from now resemble what today are major floods, the Aquarium Blue Line Station would likely be underwater while across the harbor the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will be better prepared to weather frequent incursions of harbor water, according to Boston Harbor Association Executive Director Julie Wormser.
“By mid-century, every year the T’s going to have to deal with a foot and a half of seawater. By the end of the century it’s dealing more with five feet of seawater,” said Wormser, who said the Aquarium Station would need to be moved. Read more
Nov. 12, 2013
When it comes to beer, wine and liquor licenses, the Legislature is being asked to step aside and relinquish some control.
Lawmakers on Tuesday heard from craft beer brewers who want changes to a law they say "handcuffs" them in their ability to compete because of unbreakable ties to wholesalers. Municipal officials appealed to remove control of liquor licenses from the state and give it to local officials. And wine drinkers want to lift a ban on direct wine sale shipments to consumers. Read more
Marty Walsh arrived at the Park Plaza Hotel around 6 p.m. on Election Night and headed up to the 15th floor. For the first time during that day, he was nervous. West Roxbury, Beacon Hill and Back Bay, friendly turf for his opponent, John Connolly, had seen a high number of voters turn out.
Inside the hotel room, he was joined by his mother Mary, his brother John, his longtime partner Lorrie Higgins and her daughter Lauren, and his campaign manager Meg Costello. Walsh kept in touch with his campaign workers, who were crunching numbers inside the "boiler room" and keeping him updated.
Walsh showered and focused on writing his victory speech. He didn't write a concession speech, believing that if he had to deliver one, he would speak from the "heart and head," he said. "At 7:30, I just got a feeling, a feeling came over me, that we were going to be okay," the state representative and labor leader from Dorchester recounted 48 hours later, inside his campaign office at 11 Beacon Street, steps from the State House. "And the nervousness went away." Read more
Since it opened in 1911 the Strand Theatre has hosted performances by prestigious musical groups from the big bands of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to a touring orchestra from Vienna. But this weekend the former movie palace can chalk up another first – a performance of one of the world’s very most famous symphonies on period (historically accurate) instruments. Think a harpsichord instead of a piano, sheep’s gut instead of steel for the strings. Read more
State transportation officials plan to replace the Clayton Street bridge in one fell swoop this Veterans Day weekend, shutting down Red Line service between Ashmont Station and JFK/UMass Station on Friday at 9 p.m. and getting them back in service on Monday at 5 a.m. Clayton Street itself will be closed to traffic until Monday at noon. Read more
Nov. 7, 2013
While men make up the vast majority of the City Council, it was two women –Dorchester’s Ayanna Pressley and newcomer Michelle Wu– who topped the ticket in the at-large race.
Another Dorchester woman, Annissa Essaibi-George, finished fifth. That’s not enough to earn a seat, but it does mean she will fill the shoes of any at-large councilor who decides against finishing his or her term.
Pressley was one of two incumbents running – the other was Stephen Murphy – and both were elected. Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty of South Boston won the other seat— about 10,000 votes ahead of Murphy, who finished fourth.
“The benefit of being an incumbent is to have a record to run on and I’m damn proud of mine,” Pressley said. Read more
Boston’s Emergency Medical Services held its annual Awards banquet on Friday night at Venezia’s in Dorchester and among the honorees were three men who were among the very first responders to April’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon.
EMT Chris Holgate, a 41 year-old Dorchester resident, was part of a three-person “striker” team that was positioned at the Boston Marathon finish line. Holgate swung into action immediately and treated two survivors and one of the victims who died at the scene. Holgate was honored alongside his fellow striker crew members, Lt. John Cotter and Paramedic Randy Souza for their life-saving efforts that day. Read more
Nov. 6, 2013
Nov. 6, 2013
Fresh off a 3.5-point victory for mayor of Boston, Rep. Martin Walsh addressed reporters Wednesday, saying he would announce appointments to his transition team as early as Friday and had received congratulations and advice from Mayor Tom Menino.
"A lot of people are going to be coming at you. You have a lot of friends now. He said just, you know, be careful and move forward," Walsh recounted at a Boston Common press conference Wednesday afternoon. Walsh said the mayor of more than 20 years told him to keep the people of the city foremost in his mind and "stay connected." Read more
Nov. 6, 2013
He survived cancer, a stray bullet, and is a recovering alcoholic. He rose from local political operative to State House lawmaker. And on Tuesday, Savin Hill’s Marty Walsh, 46, won the first open race for mayor in 30 years, becoming the first mayor from Dorchester since the John B. Hynes era of the 1950s.
Aided by a strong field organization, the endorsements of elected officials of color, union members, and millions in outside spending, Walsh bested City Councillor At-Large John Connolly by nearly 4,900 votes, winning 52 percent (72,514 votes) to Connolly’s 48 percent (67,606 votes). With 140,680 casting votes, the turnout percentage for registered voters was 38 percent. In the east-versus-west matchup between Dorchester and West Roxbury, areas like Ward 18, which includes Hyde Park and Mattapan, became a crucial battleground.
Walsh won each of Ward 18’s 23 precincts, where a hotly contested district council race boosted turnout. He also chalked up critical wins in precincts that had been carried by candidates of color— John Barros, Felix Arroyo and Charlotte Richie— in the September preliminary election.
Nov. 6, 2013
Marty Walsh’s phone was ringing off the hook Tuesday night with congratulatory calls pouring in from Minneapolis to the White House. The only problem was the target of the calls wasn’t that Marty Walsh.
State Rep. Marty Walsh won the first open mayoral race in 20 years last night to become the next mayor of Boston, but when the White House, Vice President Joe Biden, the mayor of Minneapolis, and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz were looking for someone to congratulate, they called political consultant and former Edward Kennedy staffer Marty Walsh instead. Read more
Nov. 5, 2013
State Rep. Marty Walsh triumphed on Tuesday in the first open race for mayor in 30 years, multiple sources tell the Reporter. Walsh, who faced off against City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, won by about 4,000 votes, sources say.
The results end a six-week battle between Dorchester and West Roxbury in a race that became increasingly bitter as Election Day drew closer. Walsh supporters frequently derided Connolly, a 40-year-old attorney, as a “corporate lawyer,” while the Connolly camp questioned whether the 46-year-old Walsh, a longtime labor leader, could stand up to the unions while in office. Read more
Polls opened at 7 a.m. in the race to replace Mayor Thomas Menino, who opted against attempting a sixth campaign for the top job in City Hall. The two finalists, Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly of West Roxbury, plan to sprint across the city in last-minute jockeying before polls close at 8 p.m. Read more
Nov. 4, 2013
In sync with Boston Baroque's exciting 40th Anniversary Season, the Grammy-nominated orchestra will present a free concert at the historic 1400-seat Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester on Sun., Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The concert, sponsored and hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and the City of Boston's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events is also made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Free For All Concert Fund. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters rushed to 46 Colonial Ave. around 1:40 a.m., Sunday, for a fire that eventually went to four alarms and consumed parts of each of the building's three floors - and part of the exterior of the neighboring 42 Colonial Ave. Read more
Nov. 3, 2013
Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur is leaving the Menino administration for the top job at the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children. St. Fleur, who has served as Mayor Thomas Menino's chief of advocacy and strategic investment, will become the organization's president and chief executive officer starting on Nov. 18.
“Marie St. Fleur has been a tireless advocate on behalf of children and families both at the State House and in City Hall,” Menino said in a statement. “Her thorough understanding of issues surrounding early childhood education and care, her ability to bring people together toward a common goal and her tireless enthusiasm will help to advance the vital work of The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children.” Read more
The Reporter's own Gintautas Dumcius has compiled his coverage of the 2013 race for mayor into an e-book that is now available for sale. The book tracks the trajectory of the contest to replace Mayor Thomas M. Menino from its earliest days through the Sept. 24 preliminary election. It features new material— including an in-depth look at Menino's decision not to run— along with previously published Reporter articles and column items that chronicled the unfolding election season. The e-book is available for download now at Amazon.com for $1.99. Dumcius plans to publish an updated version of the book following the Nov. 5 final election. Read more
WORLD SERIES ELECTRIFIES THE CITY— As the Boston Red Sox set off for St. Louis and — ultimately— another World Series trophy last week, the students and faculty at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy’s Columbia Campus banded together to show off their Boston pride. The school kids were encouraged came to school wearing their fake beards last Friday— a hat tip to the hometown squad who turned this baseball season into one for the ages here in Boston. Images courtesy Claire F. Barton Sheridan/ Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy
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
Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t the only one thinking about his legacy as he gets ready to leave office. It must be also on the minds of the elected officials who gave up their seats and failed in their bids to succeed him.
In that vein, City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo scored a victory last week when the City Council, in a rare move, overturned Menino’s veto of a top Arroyo initiative. Read more