A team of current and former Boston parents is wading through possible ways to overhaul the city’s student assignment overhaul, including a proposal from a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The group, which also includes education entrepreneurs and officials from non-profits, will meet next Tuesday at 6 p.m. to continue deliberations and receive input and analysis from the school department. The meeting’s location remains unavailable at press time, though members have been meeting regularly at Suffolk University. Read more
Whether Dorchester voters pulled the lever for Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren – and the numbers indicate most picked the Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate – it’s worth noting that much of the credit for her candidacy should go to a local resident.
Joyce Linehan, a former Ashmont Hill resident now living in Lower Mills, sat in the Flat Black Coffee shop in June 2011, hoping Warren would jump into the race. Linehan had worked as a volunteer for Gov. Deval Patrick, state Rep. Marty Walsh, US Rep. Michael Capuano, and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, but “Warren for Senate” was her “dream campaign,” she told the Reporter. Read more
When the hour came to name Barack Obama as the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election, Rachel Maddow had the honor of making the announcement for the cable network MSNBC. But it was Lawrence O’Donnell— the accidental news anchor and pundit sitting two chairs away— who was called on to put the finest flourish of a writer’s touch on the moment.
Instead, as cameras panned the crowd of jubilant Obama supporters in Chicago, O’Donnell had a suggestion: Let’s watch this crowd enjoy the moment of victory. Read more
Richard Paris, a Hyde Park resident who runs the Dorchester-based firefighters’ Local 718, is a personal friend of US Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham). He has photos of Brown, who won the 2010 special election and several Dorchester precincts, in his Florian Hall office. Two years ago, forty-nine percent of union households went for Brown over the Democrat, Martha Coakley.
On Tuesday, Paris voted for Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge) instead of Brown. Read more
Elizabeth Warren has won the US Senate seat, defeating incumbent Sen. Scott Brown in a victory fueled by lopsided vote totals in the neighborhoods of Boston. Brown one a handful of precincts— including the right-leaning Kenny School (16-9)— but was swamped by a high-energy Warren machine that was hitting on all cylinders on election day dominated by the presidential race.
Warren grabs Senate seat from Brown
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON, NOV. 6, 2012….Democrat Elizabeth Warren became the first woman from Massachusetts to be elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, unseating U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and reclaiming a seat that Democrats lost unexpectedly after the death of Edward Kennedy.
Warren was buoyed by strong turnout across the state with many voters in cities like Boston, Lynn and Lawrence still waiting in line to vote well after the polls closed. Her win held implications for national politics as well since Republicans were intent on holding the seat. Read more
Nov. 5, 2012
After a record 3.1 million Massachusetts voters cast ballots in 2008, Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday projected that as many as 3.2 million Massachusetts residents could head to the polls on Tuesday with intense interest in the presidential and U.S. Senate races driving participation.
With heavy turnout and a lot riding on the outcomes for campaigns who have spent months locked in tight contests, Galvin said his office had concerns about long lines at the polls, and said any effort by campaigns to interfere with privacy rights of voters would “not be tolerated.” Read more
Nov. 5, 2012
Massachusetts voters will have a chance in Question 2 on Tuesday’s ballot to allow a procedure where terminally ill patients can end their lives if they meet several qualifications, an option that has been decried by the disability community among others.
According to Second Thoughts: People with Disabilities Opposing the Legalization of Assisted Suicide, the only way to make a proposal like Question 2 acceptable would be to make the safeguards “so onerous, so strict” that it would be unfeasible, according to John Kelly, the group’s director.
Susan Orozco, of Dignity 2012, supports the question as it will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, and the control that it gives to terminally ill patients to “end their lives on their own terms.” Read more
Nov. 2, 2012
A Cincinnati-based transit company will pay the state $7.3 million after allegedly bailing on a contract with the MBTA to operate “The Ride” service, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said Friday.
First Transit was accused of backing out on the contract in May 2009, two months before it was due to start its work on “The Ride,” which serves the elderly and disabled.
The Ohio company claimed it had received inaccurate information in the request-for-proposal (RPF), according to Coakley’s office. Read more
Nov. 2, 2012
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray joined the list of opponents of a ballot question that would legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts, calling the proposal “dangerously overbroad” and fraught with potential for abuse.
If dispensaries open around the state to distribute marijuana to patients who qualify to receive it, it will have devastating financial and public safety impacts on local communities that will be left to guard against abuses, Murray said in an interview with the News Service on Thursday. Read more
Nov. 1, 2012
Law enforcement and emergency response officials will practice responding to a simulated emergency this weekend at UMass Boston and other areas in the city. Dubbed “Urban Shield: Boston,” the training exercise will last for 24 hours, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday and ending 8 a.m. Sunday. Read more
Nov. 1, 2012
The most famous and most valuable painting ever to visit Dorchester is currently on display at the JFK Library and Museum. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has loaned the larger-than-life-size Pablo Picasso canvas “Rape of the Sabine Women” (1963) to the Columbia Point landmark through Jan. 6, 2013.
This multimillion dollar masterwork, created shortly after the 13-day Cuban missile crisis of 1962, is on display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s announcement of a blockade of Soviet vessels upon the discovery of Russian missiles with nuclear warheads in Cuba. Read more
Leslie Jackson, 66, completed a 1,305-mile bike ride from Joliet, IL to Dorchester last weekend to raise funds for Living Water International, a Christian non-profit dedicated to providing clean water solutions for those in countries suffering from drought and polluted water sources. Read more
Nov. 1, 2012
The Apple Grove Neighborhood Association met at Harbor Health Services building on Morton Street last Wednesday. Officers of the B-3 police district joined residents as they discussed safety concerns and the best ways to report suspicious activity in the community. Read more
Joe Chaisson has seen a lot of change take place all around him over his 80 years on this earth. But this lifelong Savin Hill resident —who has been one of the fixtures of civic life in this part of Dorchester since 1970— has been a largely unmovable object.
Chaisson and his wife Carol still live in the Auckland Street home that his mother bought in 1955. As a young man, the St. William’s Grammar School graduate, who went on to Dorchester High for Boys, logged many hours on the highways of the country as a trucker. But he never strayed too far from home, living all of his years within a six-block radius of where he was born in 1932, on Maryland Street. Read more
Nov. 1, 2012
A week before her retirement, the outgoing principal at the Marshall Elementary School lit into Mayor Thomas Menino and Superintendent Carol Johnson, accusing them of neglecting the Dorchester school she has led for nearly two decades.
Teresa Harvey-Jackson made her views known at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Boston School Committee where the panel heard a proposal to transition the elementary school, which opened in 1971, to an in-district charter school. Read more
Oct. 31, 2012
After 18 months marred by frequent infighting, city councillors today passed a compromise map that re-carves the political boundaries of council districts in the city. The vote to approve a map with amendments offered by City Councillor Tito Jackson was passed by a veto-proof majority, 11-2. Councillors Charles Yancey of Dorchester and Bill Linehan of South Boston opposed the measure.
This now marks the third time the council has sent a map to Mayor Thomas Menino, who vetoed two previous attempts due to the high concentration of people of color in District 4, which includes parts of Dorchester and Mattapan.
The mayor is expected to sign off on the map, his spokeswoman said shortly after the vote. Read more
Oct. 30, 2012
Leading in the latest Suffolk University poll by seven points over U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday said she still wants to debate Brown one more time, and suggested Thursday night for the final matchup.
Brown, however, has yet to commit to a new date for the debate, and suggested to reporters following the senator on his tour of storm damage that a fourth meeting might not be necessary. Read more
Oct. 30, 2012
City officials have assembled a team to work closely with home and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy. Boston Home Center staff will be working with homeowners and senior homeowners to help facilitate any necessary renovations due to the storm. Also, a team of City Hall staff will "work closely with business owners in the coming days to offer guidance and assess the exact needs of each business affected in an effort to expedite the process of reopening."
DND’s Office of Business Development is standing by to provide technical and permitting assistance. Businesses affected by the hurricane can reach the Office of Business Development at 617-635-0355. Read more
Oct. 30, 2012
Above, Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News captured some of the storm damage around Dorchester. There were power outages reported yesterday and overnight in Neponset, Melville-Park and Fields Corner, but most service has been restored as of Tuesday morning.
Boston Public Schools and city offices have reopened, according to Mayor Menino's office. Tuesday’s weather in Boston is expected to be mild, with temperatures in the high 60s, winds reaching 20 mph, and light rain. As of 8 p.m. last night, the City had received 500 reports of tree emergencies and 211 reports of down wires, via the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline, Menino said. The Mayor’s hotline had managed 3,913 total calls as of 8 p.m. Residents were advised to 617-635-4500 with new damage reports. Read more
Oct. 29, 2012
The city’s elections chief is warning voters to read up on today's ballot, saying its length could lead to longer wait times at the polls. The ballot spans two pages and is 18 inches long due to several complex ballot questions dealing with auto repair, assisted suicide and medical marijuana. Some ballots will have a fourth question, a non-binding resolution on federal budget cuts.
“You need to do your homework before,” said Election Commissioner Geraldine Cuddyer. Read more
Oct. 29, 2012
State and city officials are urging the public to hunker down today as a massive hurricane swept up the East Coast, with the potential for wind damage, power outages and coastal flooding locally over the next 24 hours. Boston Public Schools are closed today and all non-essential city and state employees have been told to stay at home.
Morrissey Boulevard is closed in both directions as high tide arrives at 11:30. Waves are crashing onto the boulevard and the Harborwalk around the Columbia Point peninsula— which is not a safe place for pedestrians at the moment.
State Police say that the boulevard will likely stay closed until 2 p.m.
The Boston Fire Department is expecting down power lines throughout the storm, according to a City Hall statement. All down lines should be considered live and extremely dangerous, and should be reported to the Mayor’s hotline: (617-635-4500). Read more
Oct. 26, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy working its way toward the East Coast, Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday outlined storm response preparations, including the cancellation of his planned trip to Florida Sunday to campaign for President Barack Obama.
“We’re watching very carefully and we’re doing our role to ask lots of questions,” Patrick told reporters during a press conference he called to provide an update on the hurricane and preparations for it. Read more