Aug. 14, 2013
The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night took testimony from proponents and opponents of granting landmark status to a dilapidated Grampian Way home with a bit of history. The hearing took place at City Hall. Read more
Aug. 13, 2013
Dan Cullinane, a former aide to state Rep. Marty Walsh and ex-Councillor Maureen Feeney, won a three-way special Democratic primary in the 12th Suffolk House District on Tuesday.
The other Democrats running in the race to replace Linda Dorcena Forry, who ascended to the state Senate in June, were Stephanie Everett, a former aide to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Mary Tuitt, who works as an aide to state Rep. Gloria Fox.
According to unofficial results posted on the city's Elections Department website, with 15 out of 15 precincts reporting, Cullinane had 1,372 votes, or 60.39 percent. Everett had 21.74 percent, and Mary Tuit had 14.26 percent of the vote. Cullinane also romped in Milton, according to his campaign.
Cullinane, who also worked on John O’Toole’s District 3 campaign in 2011 and served as field director of Dorcena Forry’s Senate campaign, will face off against two independents – Lincoln Larmond of Mattapan and Edmond Romulus of Milton – in the Sept. 10 final. Read more
The second part of DotNews.com's video survey of the candidates running for mayor of Boston focuses on education. Ten members of the 12-person field offer differing views on the city's school committee, charter school cap, superintendent search and more. To see the candidate's full response about how to improve Boston's schools, just click on the banner above his or her name.
Click here to see the first part of the series, the candidate's views on public safety and crime.
Aug. 12, 2013
City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign unveiled its first TV spot on Monday night. The ad, titled “All In for Boston,” notes that he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and his support for a felony gun offender registry. Read more
Aug. 12, 2013
Polls open at 7 a.m. in a special state primary for the 12th Suffolk House District. With Linda Dorcena Forry taking a seat in the state Senate, the vacancy has drawn a number of Democratic and independent candidates. Read more
Aug. 12, 2013
Finishing off a victorious summer season, the Dorchester Red Sox softball team beat a fellow Dot team, the Dorchester Rangers, last week to claim the citywide championship . In an exciting first game last Tuesday night, the two teams were neck and neck until the Red Sox won by a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning. On Thursday, the Red Sox were victorious again and clinched the championship series. Read more
Alarmed by dilapidated conditions that amount to "demolition by neglect," city officials today seized control of a historic Mattapan property that has fallen into acute disrepair in recent years.
The Fowler-Clark farmhouse on Norfolk Street - which dates back to the turn of the 18th century— is one of the city's last tangible links to a now-distant agrarian past. It was designated as a historic Landmark in 2006 and has since been boarded up by city inspectors worried that squatters might destroy the farmhouse and adjacent barn through vandalism or fire. Read more
Aug. 9, 2013
Group will hold off on endorsement until after prelim
DotOUT, an influential group of gay and lesbian activists in Dorchester, is staying out of the mayoral preliminary, with no endorsement until after the Sept. 24 election whittles the 12-person field down to two. Read more
Aug. 8, 2013
To bring a greater variety of books to kids in Department of Youth Services (DYS) facilities, the Boston Public Library (BPL) and the DYS have been working together on a book lending program. The program started in 2010 with a single librarian doing teen outreach, and in 2011 expanded to include three teen librarians and eight DYS facilities in the metropolitan area.
Each month, two of the three teen librarians visit DYS schools with book deposits, discuss the books with the kids, and promote various BPL programs. Read more
Aug. 8, 2013
For some parents, the biggest hurdles to overcome with a newborn child are diaper changes and sleep-deprived nights. For others, like Kate Audette and Evon Burroughs, the challenges are far more difficult to overcome.
When their son Kaiden was only 8 months old, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor.
“Everything went blank,” Audette said of the moment they heard the diagnosis. “There is no way to comprehend that your 8 month old has cancer.” Read more
On a rainy Wednesday, a month before he announced that he wasn’t running for another term, Mayor Thomas Menino walked, with the help of a cane, through the lobby of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s Maverick Square location to meet the press. East Boston Councillor Sal LaMattina walked slightly ahead of him, and then quickly veered right when he saw the media horde awaiting the mayor. “Get out of here, Sal,” Menino said with a broad smile. “They don’t want you; they’re looking for blood.” Read more
Aug. 8, 2013
The building, its grandeur as the Kehew-Wright House long faded into the mists of time, is today a model of decrepitude perched atop Savin Hill at 24 Grampian Way.
But the Boston Landmarks Commission is looking past the wreck of its remains to its history as long a place of import in the neighborhood and the city and recommending that the house, which sits on almost three-quarters of an acre accompanied by a dreary-looking one-time stable building, be given a landmark designation. Read more
Through the leaves on the trees at the intersection of Harold and Holworthy, you can glimpse the John Hancock tower. A symbol of downtown Boston’s economic vitality, it often seems farther than three miles away for the residents of this corner of Roxbury. Read more
Follow the flying statements: Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a candidate for mayor, on Sunday raised questions about the legality of an East Boston-only vote on a Suffolk Downs casino, then said that the 13-member City Council should “come to their senses” and move to endorse a city-wide vote. Read more
Eco-conscious Dorchester residents are collaborating with organizers of the sprawling Boston Greenfest (BGF) to show how Dot does Green during the annual three-day event on City Hall Plaza. Starting today and running through Saturday, BGF 2013, the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival, will promote green urban living through various learning opportunities as well as children’s activities (like robots!), healthy food options, and multiple stages of live entertainment. Read more
Aug. 8, 2013
For Alex Galan, gardening is more than a hobby.
“I’ve been gardening my whole life. I’ve always been considered the crazy gardener in the family,” he said, laughing.
Galan’s grandmother got him started with a climbing rose bush, and ever since, he’s been hooked. Read more
Aug. 8, 2013
As the sun slowly climbed into the August-blue eastern sky on Tuesday morning, Russell Heller and Dennis Roache sat down in the small patio outside the clubhouse at the William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park to talk a bit about the expanse of fetching greensward in front of them. Read more
Aug. 7, 2013
With so many candidates running to become Boston's next mayor, it can be hard for an average voter to keep track of everyone's stance on the big issues of the race. To that end, DotNews.com is talking to each of the candidates about four of the overarching issues that affect the city: public safety, education, development and the shift away from Mayor Thomas Menino's policies. To see the candidate's full response about how to make Boston safer, just click on the banner above his or her name.
The first part of the series collects the candidates' views on crime and public safety Boston:
Note: The campaign of Charles Clemons did not respond to several requests for participation in the video series. Candidate David Wyatt could not be reached before the series' deadline. The Reporter hopes to include both Clemons and Wyatt in future videos. Read more
Boston Police are hunting for a suspect in a shooting today in the St. Mark's Area that left two Boston Police officers injured and another suspect dead.
Police Commissioner Ed Davis identified the dead suspect as Roudy Hendricks, 21, of Brockton. He said Hendricks had a lengthy and violent record.
The two officers, Terry Cotton and Harry Jean are recovering from leg injuries - Davis said Cotton was shot twice in the leg, while Jean suffered a bullet graze to the leg. Both have 24 years of service, he said. Read more
Gov. Deval Patrick and state lawmakers pushed through a bill last week ensuring that the 6.25 percent tax will be suspended for many purchases made the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11. The tax holiday includes restrictions. It does not apply to tobacco, telecommunications, gas, steam, electricity, motor vehicles or boats, nor does it apply to a single product with a price higher than $2,500.
According to the Department of Revenue, the tax holiday will forgo $21.9 million to $26.7 million this year. Read more
Aug. 7, 2013
The Cedar Grove Civic Association held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to review plans for a proposed Boston Sports Club at 540 Gallivan Boulevard— one of the village’s most prominent properties that also includes an adjacent, privately-owned parking lot that has long been heavily used by neighborhood residents and other businesses. Neighbors see the proposal for a new fitness center as a chance to upgrade and improve safety in the heart of the busy business district.
Boston Sports Club (BSC) intends to open its 31st location in the first floor of the building most recently occupied by a Rite Aid pharmacy. Attorney Larry DiCara, a former Boston City Councillor who is representing Supreme Realty Trust — the business entity that owns the building that will lease space to BSC— presented the plans for the renovations and re-use of the site. Read more
Aug. 7, 2013
John Barros's mayoral campaign on Wednesday launched a biographical web video that it said it plans to promote on newspaper and ethnic media websites. The campaign is also purchasing ad space on Twitter and Facebook, it said.
Barros is the former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and stepped down from his post on the 7-member School Committee to run for mayor earlier this year.
The steeple of the First Parish Church was returned to its proper spot atop the bell tower of the Dorchester landmark this morning. The steeple was removed in November 2006 and has sat on a vacant lot across the street from the church ever since. The structure underwent a complete restoration in recent months at the hands of expert restoration carpentry students from the North Bennet School— which has played a critical role in the ongoing restoration of the entire historic church.
Before the steeple's lift-off, Rev. Arthur Lavoie delivered a memorable invocation from the elevated platform of a bucket truck, which hoisted him some 30 feet above a crowd of more than 150 people who gathered along Parish Street to watch the spectacle unfold. Rev. Lavoie read from Psalm 90— the same prayer read 116 years before when the church building was dedicated. A church has stood atop Meetinghouse Hill since 1690 and the congregation itself dates back to the original settlement of Dorchester in 1630. Read more
Aug. 5, 2013
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a candidate for mayor, on Sunday raised questions about the legality of an East Boston-only vote on a Suffolk Downs casino. Conley added that the 13-member City Council should “come to their senses” and move to endorse a city-wide vote. Read more
Aug. 1, 2013
The city's Inspectional Services Department said today that it has extended the deadline for property owners to register their rental units with the city. The deadline, originally set for today, is now Aug. 31, 2013. A new city ordinance requires the annual registration of all private rental units and inspection of all "non-exempt" rental units to be conducted once every five years. The extension is intended "to accommodate some property owners" who have not yet registered. Read more