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BNN-TV's coverage of Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's victory

By 
Staff
Nov. 6, 2013

Election Night in Boston: A Tale of One City from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News with highlights from Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's victory celebration at the Park Plaza on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Walsh sits with Menino, gets warm reception in House

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Nov. 6, 2013

Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh and Mayor Thomas M. Menino meet in Menino's office on Nov. 6, 2013. Photo courtesy Menino's office

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

It's Walsh for Boston

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Nov. 6, 2013

Walsh for Boston : Reporter 2013 mayoral election coverWalsh for Boston : Reporter 2013 mayoral election coverHe 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.

Related: Menino, Walsh meet at City Hall  Read more

White House calls the wrong Marty Walsh

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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

It's Mayor-elect Marty Walsh; Dorchester rep wins by three points

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 5, 2013

Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh celebrated his victory on Tuesday night at the Park Plaza.: Photo by Chris LovettMayor-elect Martin J. Walsh celebrated his victory on Tuesday night at the Park Plaza.: Photo by Chris LovettState 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

As polls open, Walsh and Connolly hit the campaign trail one more time

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

Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at the Strand

By 
Staff
Nov. 4, 2013

Boston Baroque's Orchestra will present a free concert on Sunday at the Strand Theatre.

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

Colonial Avenue fire displaces 14 in two homes; smoker blamed

Colonial Avenue fire.

46 Colonial Ave. Photo by BFD.

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

Former Rep. St. Fleur to take top post at early education organization

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

Reporter editor publishes book on mayoral race

This Way to City HallThis Way to City HallThe 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 win electrifies city

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

Reporter’s Notebook: On his way out, Arroyo bests Menino on bank legislation

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

Adams Corner parking woes to ease up soon

The parking lot in Adams Village remained closed this week as workers painted stripes and finished landscaping details. One new element of the lot is visible (foreground): a one way only exit onto Minot Street near Gerard's. Photo by Bill Forry

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

HUD chief, Menino salute start of Quincy Street revamp

Quincy Street: Mayor Thomas Menino joined U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan outside of 196 Quincy Street last Thursday. 	Photo by Travis WatsonQuincy Street: Mayor Thomas Menino joined U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan outside of 196 Quincy Street last Thursday. Photo by Travis Watson

Federal and city officials last week highlighted the start of the Quincy Street corridor’s sweeping overhaul with Mayor Thomas Menino joining US Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan outside of 196 Quincy St., a former meat processing facility that once housed hot dogs and cured meats. City officials hope the 36,000-square foot space will become a place where local food producers can share storage space and a common kitchen.  Read more

A new look is on tap for at-large ranks

The first open mayoral race in 30 years has dominated headlines since it began in March. Voters will head to the polls and choose a successor to Mayor Thomas Menino next week, but they’ll also have a chance to chime in on who will be occupying the City Council offices at the other end of City Hall’s fifth floor.

Name recognition will likely be driving voters’ decisions, as it seemed to do in the preliminary. In that race, a field of 19 was narrowed to 8 candidates from across the city, including two Dorchester candidates.  Read more

The Dorchester connection: Walsh, Connolly promise to pursue jobs, new businesses

One will be the new mayor: John Connolly and Marty Walsh Photo by Chris LovettOne will be the new mayor: John Connolly and Marty Walsh Photo by Chris Lovett  Read more

Turnout likely to be the key factor in District 5 race

A Haitian-American activist and a longtime city employee will battle on Nov. 5 for the District 5 seat that opened up after Rob Consalvo gave it up to run for mayor earlier this year.

The two candidates – Jean Claude Sanon and Tim McCarthy – beat out six others in the Sept. 24 preliminary. Sanon, who moved to Boston in 1975 after living in Haiti, ran for at-large council in 2009. McCarthy, who grew up in Hyde Park and works as a top assistant to Mayor Thomas Menino’s public works commissioner, is running for the first time.  Read more

Dinner theatre series launches at Dot to Dot Café with ‘A Betrothal’

Some “old ducks” are proving they have learned a few new tricks still they can show off.

In mid-November a reincarnated Boston theater company that spotlighted senior women will launch a Dot-based dinner theater series, featuring a short play that’s been described as “a romantic comedy about horticulturists cross-pollinating.”  Read more

November Special Events

November Special Events - The month of November is packed with special events for all ages. On 11/2, the Marr-lins will head to the Watertown Club for their first dual-meet of the season. On 11/5 we will begin processing teen candidates for the Career Prep program while on the followng day, 11/6, both All-Star Floor Hockey teams will be playing as the Girls host Chelsea and the Boys travel to Newton. Look for a Music Law workshop at Goodwin Proctor on 11/7.On 11/8 the Teen Center will host a Pool Party while our Denney Center Unit takes a trip to Rollerskating.  Read more

In the end, the Fall Classics stand the tallest

All great sporting festivals have legitimate claims on our attention and affection.

The Stanley, World, and America’s Cups are invariably brilliant. Wimbledon is wonderful. Nothing’s bigger than the Olympics, no field larger than the Marathon’s, no single day more charming than The Derby. There are Bowl Games, Final Fours, NBA grand-finales, The Game. Corporate America dissolves into silly-putty over the Masters. While its wretched pomp and hype turn me off, the Super Bowl brings this Republic to a standstill a few hours every year.  Read more

Making a pitch for the home team

Editorial: The case for Mayor Walsh

Marty WalshMarty WalshThe Dorchester Reporter endorses Marty Walsh for Mayor.

Few observers will be surprised by this newspaper’s decision to come out for the hometown favorite. But the decision is not as simple as one might think.

The Reporter did not endorse any candidate in the preliminary election because, for one thing, there were six Dorchester residents on the ballot. In our estimation, four of them – Walsh, Charlotte Golar Richie, John Barros, and Bill Walczak – each made a compelling case for election.  Read more

State to take over Dever, Holland elementary schools

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 30, 2013

The state will take over four chronically under-performing schools that have been "stuck" as other troubled schools have made "quite good progress," Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester announced Wednesday.  Read more

Linehan, Lee differ on cars, ships and artist co-ops

In a genial, low-key forum Monday night, District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee agreed on a number of issues - but also stressed their differences.  Read more

Issues set off sparks in second mayoral debate

Second mayoral debate: City Councillor John Connolly, left, and State Rep. Marty Walsh are shown on the set of a televised debate held at WGBH studios in Allston on Tuesday evening. Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH NewsSecond mayoral debate: City Councillor John Connolly, left, and State Rep. Marty Walsh are shown on the set of a televised debate held at WGBH studios in Allston on Tuesday evening. Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH News

State Rep. Marty Walsh’s union ties and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s background as an attorney were an early focus of the second televised debate between the two mayoral candidates as they scrapped with each other two weeks before the Nov. 5 election.

The debate opened with Margery Eagan, who co-moderated the WGBH-sponsored debate with Jim Braude, pointing out that an independent, pro-union group had sent out a flyer slamming Connolly as a “son of privilege.” Said Walsh: “When I heard that piece went out, I was very upset about it,” adding that he put out a statement condemning the flyer and personally called Connolly.  Read more