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Nineteen vie for 8 City Council at-Large slots

Voters won’t be going to the polls today just to pick the finalists in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. Nineteen Bostonians will be on the at-large ballot, the result of two city councillors, John Connolly and Felix Arroyo, giving up their seats to run for mayor.  Read more

Elections chief warns of fake pollster calls

Voters’ phones were ringing off the hook this weekend, as some candidates and independent outfits sought to get a reading of the race a week and a half before people go to the polls.

And at least three people reported receiving a phone call from an organization claiming to the Boston Elections Department and asking people’s opinions on a casino. Elections Commissioner Geraldine Cuddyer said Monday that the reports seemed to center around East Boston, a neighborhood which will be weighing in on whether a casino should be build at Suffolk Downs.  Read more

It’s back-to-school time for Dot’s adult learners, teachers

They may not be buying princess backpacks or safety scissors at back-to-school sales, but many Dorchester senior citizens are eager to return to UMass Boston (UMB) where they will resume a busy schedule of attending and, in many cases, teaching classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

Part of a national network of 120 similar organizations in every state, the UMB OLLI program enriches the intellectual, social, and cultural lives of those 50 or older without the pressures of the typical university environment.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 19, 2013

5 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo gets the early bird award, with a schedule entry that puts him at the Freeport Bus Yard at 5:30 a.m. District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo starts the day at his home in Hyde Park and has 15 events stops planned. The amped up schedule, which Consalvo plans to repeat every day until the election, is part of the campaign’s “All in for Boston” tour. State Rep. Marty Walsh greets city workers heading into City Hall (no word on whether he’ll be joined by a bulldozer).  Read more

SET, HIKE! Greater Neponset flag football underway

Set HikeGreater Neponset Flag Football League

The Greater Neponset Flag Football League opened its 2013 season last weekend at Garvey Playground on Neponset Avenue. Above, players for Team Conners in the Leprechaun division lined up to take a snap during a game on Saturday morning. Many of the team jerseys in the league are emblazoned with a new slogan on the back that reads, “Dorchester Strong.” Photo by Jimmy King

Comedienne struts Dot roots in one-woman show

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 18, 2013

Kiley Fitzgerald: Dot native performed her one-woman show “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” last week at the ImprovBoston stage in the North End. Photo by Mike DeehanKiley Fitzgerald: Dot native performed her one-woman show “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” last week at the ImprovBoston stage in the North End. Photo by Mike Deehan

Kiley Fitzgerald has gone from school plays on the stage of the old St. Mark’s School to Chicago’s Second City theater and around the Caribbean as comedic cruise entertainment. A new performance brings Fitzgerald back home to Boston, and though the theater may be in the North End, Fitzgerald’s stories and memories are plucked straight from her time growing up in Dorchester.

Fitzgerald stars in “I Am My Mother’s Daughter,” her new one-woman show centered around her youth and family’s experience in the neighborhood.  Read more

Ward 16-11 voters return to Florian Hall

Voters in Ward 16 Precinct 11— who voted at the McKeon Post on Hilltop Street in the recent House special election—will once again cast their ballots at Florian Hall on Hallet Street in next Tuesday’s election. The firefighter’s union hall hosts two high-turnout precincts: 16-12 and 16-11. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Dozens of candidates are on the ballot, including 12 for mayor and 19 for City Council At-Large. After Tuesday, the field will be narrowed to 2 for mayor and 8 for at-large.

Callender Street lodging house faces sanctions over two rape cases

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to shut Mac's Guest House, 194 Callender St., after hearing a BPD detective recite a litany of complaints dating back years - including two active rape investigations in which police cited Mac's for "permitting immoral conduct" and failing to call police.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 18, 2013

6 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. Results from the Suffolk University/Herald poll are expected this morning at 9. Another poll, from MassINC, is expected to come out on Thursday morning. City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo meet on Wednesday with the Boston Teachers Union, which gave a preliminary endorsement to the two candidates earlier this week.  Read more

Friday hearing set on Suffolk Downs' request for Nov. 5 vote

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2013

A Boston City Council committee has scheduled a public hearing for Friday at noon on the request by the Suffolk Downs casino developer for a referendum vote on Nov. 5. There's disagreement in the city over whether the vote should be held in East Boston only, where the casino would be located, or citywide. The vote will be held in East Boston unless the city council intervenes and votes to make it citywide.  Read more

Owner seeks permit to demolish Grampian Way home

24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark. 24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark.

The owner of a historic Savin Hill house that could be soon designated as an official city landmark is seeking a permit to bulldoze the property instead. City officials will convene a community meeting on Thursday evening at the Dorchester Yacht Club to discuss the owner’s proposal to raze the house and adjacent stable at 24 Grampian Way.

A meeting notice obtained by the Reporter today stated, “The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about the proposed demolition and to present alternatives to the demolition.”

The notice also makes it clear that Thursday’s meeting “does not take the place” of a Boston Landmark Commission public hearing— which has yet to be scheduled— to further discuss a petition to make the Grampian Way property a city landmark.”  Read more

Walsh’s City Hall plan comes under fire from Ross and Mayor Menino

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 17, 2013

Ross campaigns outside Leon Electric Building: The mayoral candidate pushed for city re-development to focus on neighborhood targets like this prominent Uphams Corner warehouse next to the Fairmount Line. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius Ross campaigns outside Leon Electric Building: The mayoral candidate pushed for city re-development to focus on neighborhood targets like this prominent Uphams Corner warehouse next to the Fairmount Line. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

A day after state Rep. Marty Walsh, a mayoral candidate, proposed moving City Hall as part of a plan to revitalize Government Center, a rival called the idea “stale” and said the next mayor should be focused on areas like Uphams Corner and its Leon Electric Building, a neighborhood eyesore.

Walsh on Sunday unveiled a proposal to sell off City Hall Plaza, putting it back on tax rolls to the tune of $10 to $12 million a year, creating construction jobs, and netting an estimated $125 million to $150 million in onetime revenue. The city would then ask a private developer to construct a new City Hall, which the city would lease until it would eventually revert back to the city at the cost of $1. Walsh said the revenue would be used to fund universal early childhood education, parks, public art and add to the city’s rainy day fund.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 17, 2013

7 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.  Read more

Coakley launches bid for governor, would seek longer school day

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley threw herself headlong into the 2014 race for governor on Monday morning, discussing economic growth and education as she embarked on a campaign to wash out the sour taste of her 2010 U.S. Senate defeat.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 16, 2013

8 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. Most of the candidates are expected at a forum put together by the Back Bay Association this morning, the first of several forums this week. A transportation and environment forum at Boston Public Library in Copley Square is set for Tuesday night, and the Boston Foundation and WBUR team up for a forum hosted by UMass Boston on Thursday night.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 15, 2013

9 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.

GLOBE POLL: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly holds a slight edge in the Globe poll posted on Saturday night. The poll says just 25 percent of voters have made a decision in the first open mayoral race in 30 years. Dive into the details here (PDF). More polls are expected in the coming days, including from Suffolk University’s polling unit.  Read more

(CORRECTED) #BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 14, 2013

10 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.

SUFFOLK POLL IN THE FIELD: David Paleologos, who runs Suffolk University’s polling outfit, confirmed last night that his team has a Boston citywide poll in the field.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES' STANCE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The State House News Service surveyed mayoral hopefuls on their thoughts on medical marijuana.  Read more

Owners offer $1,000 reward for missing dog Daemon

Update: Daemon was returned safe and sound to his owner on Sunday, Sept. 15.- Editors

A five year-old Papillon/Poodle mix named "Daemon" went missing on Sept. 12. His owners are offering a $1,000 reward. Daemon went missing from Victory Rd. Park. Daemon's chip number is 472A-7430IF. Please call Kit Maloney at 857-499-4449 or email kit.maloney@gmail.com

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on medical marijuana

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 13, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates hoping to become the next mayor of Boston explained their stances on regulating and supervising medical marijuana facilities in the city.

QUESTION: How would your administration deal with medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston?

JOHN CONNOLLY: Voters have decided that such dispensaries are legal and it is now up to the city to come up with thoughtful zoning requirements to ensure that dispensaries are not concentrated in our most underserved neighborhoods or near schools.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 13, 2013

11 days to the preliminary.

THE DAY AHEAD: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has held a meet-and-greet in South Boston and fills out the rest of the day with meet-and-greets with voters in the North End, Fenway, and the South End, with a 1 p.m. stop at City Hall Plaza for Lebanon Day. Codman Square Health co-founder Bill Walczak will be at Mattapan Library at 10:30 a.m. for a “Regional System of Care Candidates Meeting,” before heading to an Adams Village Business Association meeting at 12:30 p.m.  Read more

Candidates put jobs policy in forum spotlight

Mayoral hopefuls on Tuesday pledged to diversify the police force and aggressively enforce the city’s jobs policy for residents, minorities, and women on public construction sites. They made their promises to the several hundred people who had packed the auditorium inside Uphams Corner’s Kroc Center to see the 12 candidates for mayor up on the stage two weeks before the Sept. 24 preliminary.

The forum was put together by the local branch of the NAACP, the Salvation Army, the Urban League of Massachusetts, and UMass Boston.  Read more

City Council: 8 seeking 2 slots in District 5 race

Thirty-eight floors above the Financial District, inside the Harvard Club at One Federal Street, there was the air of a family reunion recently as former state Rep. Willie Mae Allen smiled and mingled among the three dozen guests while her cousin, James E. Clyburn, a top Democrat in the US House of Representatives, greeted the fundraiser crowd. And next to the two of them was someone they hoped would pick up the political torch: 25-year-old Ava Callender, Allen’s granddaughter.  Read more

Inclusion plan on track to link Henderson, Harbor schools

School officials are moving ahead with a proposal to create the city’s first inclusive K-12 pathway school in Dorchester. The proposal would link the William Henderson Inclusion School, which handles K to 5, and the Harbor School, which is serving grades 6 to 10 and expanding to grade 12. Under the inclusive school model, students with disabilities learn in the same classroom as their non-disabled peers.  Read more

Retiring Menino puts his focus on housing, and 2020

Rep. Martin J. Walsh, center, spoke during a forum at the Kroc Center on Dudley Street on Tuesday evening. He is flanked by candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, left, and Charles Clemons, right. Photo by Eric EstevesRep. Martin J. Walsh, center, spoke during a forum at the Kroc Center on Dudley Street on Tuesday evening. He is flanked by candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, left, and Charles Clemons, right. Photo by Eric Esteves

With four months left in his term, Mayor Thomas Menino is looking ahead to 2020: His administration has unveiled a blueprint for building 30,000 units by that year, representing a $16.5 billion public and private investment.

“Some of these polices can be put in place in 2013, while others will need to be evaluated and adopted by a new administration starting in 2014,” the 48-page plan noted.  Read more

Cullinane wins 12th Suffolk Mass. House seat in a walk

Former State House aide Dan Cullinane beat back two independents Tuesday to claim the 12th Suffolk House District seat left vacant when former Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry was elected to the State Senate earlier this year.  Read more