Well-seasoned Marty Walsh is 'go-to man' for many; After 11 years, representative's passion tempered by experience
May. 27, 2008
The third-floor hallway outside the Massachusetts House of Representatives is a waiting area outside a delivery room. Inside are the people doing the work, and outside are those hoping for happy news.
Expectants stand in pinstripes and pantsuits, with skirts and throbbing BlackBerrys, conducting casual asides that look like grave discussions and serious policy disagreements that look like back-slapping. Read more
Boston Fire Department Equipment
Boston Emergency Medical Services
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
Eascare Ambulance George Gilpin
McCall Transportation Steve McCall
Boston Boarding Mark O'Neil
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and family
Commissioner of The City of Boston
Veterans Affairs Gene Valliencourt
Boston Police Mounted Unit
Boston Honor Guards
Boston Police Gaelic Column James Barry
Chief Marshal Joe Chaisson
Honorary Chief Marshal
Michael Leahy Read more
Who says that a dance at the schoolhouse gym can't help pay the bills.
Ryan Woods, whose campaign collected more than $17,000 in one night at his May 10 dance-fundraiser at the Blessed Mother Teresa school on Savin Hill Avenue, was declared the winner of the 2008 Mayor of Dorchester contest on Monday evening. Woods tallied a total of $24,259 in contributions for the Dorchester Day Parade Committee. Read more
With a yew and haw and a black cohosh, neighbors of the Shawmut T station on the Red Line celebrated the culmination of an over a decade-long struggle last Saturday. Where once stood decrepit warehouses and flooded sidewalks now grows a medicinal herb garden with informational plaques and 36 plant varieties. Read more
The city's longest-running observance of the Memorial Day holiday will hit the streets of Lower Mills and Cedar Grove on Monday morning, as veterans and their families join neighbors for a parade to salute the sacrifices of the neighborhood's war dead - and their comrades who returned. Read more
While community leaders hold a public meeting to discuss strategies to keep Caritas Carney Hospital as an acute care facility tonight, executive members of Caritas Christi Healthcare's Board of Governors will also be briefed on a long-anticipated consultant's report on the future of the financially-challenged hospital. Read more
A former Nantucket selectman is hoping to snag a seat on the Boston City Council next year. Doug Bennett, a case specialist in Suffolk County's criminal trial court, announced this week he will be running for one of the four at-large seats on the 13-member council.
Stating that he wanted to bring "fresh blood" onto the council, Bennett said of the current members, "They want to stay in forever. They don't believe in term limits."
Bennett said he would push for the creation of a court specifically geared towards domestic violence, cleaner streets, and a focus on "green jobs." Read more
For want of a Glock 9mm with glow-in-the-dark "sights."
That's why a 21-year-old Dorchester man fatally shot three members of a local rap group and their friend, Suffolk County prosecutors charged this week, as the trial of accused killer Calvin Carnes got underway. Read more
May. 21, 2008
On May 13 Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of the legendary rap duo Run DMC personally congratulated Mattapan's very own Dwayne "Dagah" Simmons for winning a rap competition that was judged by DMC himself. Read more
Boston Police issued a "community alert" on Monday after a 12 year-old boy was the victim of an alleged attempted abduction on his way to St. Brendan School. According to the police alert, the child was approached by a stranger at about 8:15 a.m. Monday as he walked to the school along Gallivan Boulevard.
The unknown male- described as a white male, age 40-50 - attempted to pull the boy by the arm into a vacant lot next to 663 Gallivan Boulevard. The boy broke free and made his way to the school, where he immediately notified the principal, police say. Read more
By his own account, developer and Boston firefighter Timothy O'Callaghan's finances are spread out a bit too thin these days. At a number of his Dorchester construction sites, unfinished plywood paneling bleaches in the sun and weeds grow up through tire ruts where construction vehicles once roamed. He said he has a plan to find the funds to start work again, but considering the cost of a good attorney, this may take a while. Read more
Bostonians may be living longer, but deep disparities continue to exist between whites and minorities, the Boston Public Health Commission said in a report this week.
Bostonians born between 2004 and 2006 can expect to live about 78 years, but broken down, blacks can expect to live 74 years, while whites can expect to live almost 79 years and Latinos 81 years, according to the commission's Health of Boston report. Life expectancy for the Asian population couldn't be calculated due to the small number of deaths. Read more
A growing coalition of healthcare leaders, Caritas Carney Hospital employees, elected officials and others have called a community-wide meeting to gather ideas and voices to aid the hospital's survival.
"This meeting is for us to take the message much more public, inviting civic groups, the public, Carney employees and elected officials," said Dan Driscoll, CEO of Harbor Health Services. "Closing Carney is a bad idea from an economic point of view, a pubic health point of view and a physician retaining point of view." Read more
May. 14, 2008
One month after the Reporter detailed the story of Boston's largest property-tax scofflaw in mid-February, the city apparently came to an agreement with the Department of Labor and moved to foreclose on the property. A decision could come any day that would potentially place the property in the hands of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, or assign a real estate agent to sell it post haste. Read more
May. 14, 2008
To feed a finicky giraffe with wasting disease, you need the right food and plenty of it. Beech leaves might be Franklin Zoo denizen Beau the giraffe's absolute favorite, but an invasive plant in Franklin Park called Japanese knotweed turns out to be a close second.
According to Pearl Yusuf, Assistant curator for hoofs and horns at the Franklin Park Zoo, volunteers from the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) are helping the giant ruminant get enough of his second favorite food to save him from giraffe wasting syndrome.
"They have it and we need it," said Yusuf. Read more
Touch FM's MC Spice exhorts listeners to nominate their "Wednesday women" yesterday - the women they know and admire who own businesses in the community. A contest of slow jams determines which nominee will win free ads on the station. The station was recently fined $17,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for operating without a license. Photo by Pete Stidman Read more
May. 14, 2008
John O'Toole received quite a shock on May 13 when he discovered that neighbors, fellow civic leaders and even his family had been plotting behind his back. The former president of Cedar Grove Civic attended Tuesday's meeting to receive a Good Neighbor award as a thank you from his peers. Instead, O'Toole got a surprise visit from Mayor Thomas Menino, city councillors Maureen Feeney and John Connolly and State Rep. Read more
A trio of bills aimed at stopping an expected wave of thousands of foreclosures this year went before a Beacon Hill committee this week as the City Council appeared poised to okay its own legislation.
The three bills, sponsored by state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, would ban evicting tenants from foreclosed properties without "just cause," create a 180-day moratorium statewide on foreclosures and set up a judicial process. Read more
Mayor of Dorchester contenders are wrapping up their campaigns in the final week of the contest that helps bring the Dorchester Day Parade down the avenue. The candidate to raise the most money for the cause wins. All three candidates are to hand in their funds May 19, but not before a few more fund-raising events. Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh won't be the only delegate from Dorchester heading to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August, after all. State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and Reps. Willie Mae Allen and Linda Dorcena Forry will also be part of the group.
Walsh is a supporter of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, while Wilkerson, Allen and Dorcena Forry are supporters of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. The three were elected as pledged delegates to the Illinois senator last Saturday, when the state Democratic Party met in the IBEW Local 103 Hall in Dorchester. Read more
Sean C. Fielder leads a rehearsal of the Boston Tap Company. Image courtesy BTC
Contrary to what some think, tap-dancing is no career for sissies. Just ask Fields Corner resident Sean C. Fielder about the grueling practice or check out the patches that dot the favorite performance jeans of this self-confessed "diehard Boston sports fan": logos of the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox as well as Adidas. This fleet-footed fireball sees himself as the Kobe Bryant of the local dance scene. Read more
In a tight-budget year, the eyes of many local activists looking to boost domestic violence and youth violence prevention accounts now turn to the Senate, after the House passed a $28.2 billion budget that fell short of some of their aims last week.
Anti-domestic violence advocates were shooting for $10 million, but only received about a tenth of that in House budget. Read more
A few alternate futures are being considered for the intersection of Woodrow Avenue and Norfolk Street, in the form of competing bids for seven city-owned vacant lots in the area.
The bidders range from a church that bid on all seven lots, to a local retail property owner and an affordable housing builder which both bid only on some. It will be up to the city's Public Facilities Commission to assign each lot a developer. Read more
City workers pull a junked car out of the mud behind 14 Hannon Street last Tuesday.
In a situation inspectors called "unbelievable," over 17 cars and trucks were hauled out of a residential backyard in Mattapan on Friday. The "junkyard," as assistant commissioner Darryl Smith called it, broke several zoning codes and presented a fire and safety hazard, he said. Neighbors said they had lived with it for more than 20 years, but never knew it was illegal. Read more