Marty Walsh arrived at the Park Plaza Hotel around 6 p.m. on Election Night and headed up to the 15th floor. For the first time during that day, he was nervous. West Roxbury, Beacon Hill and Back Bay, friendly turf for his opponent, John Connolly, had seen a high number of voters turn out.
Inside the hotel room, he was joined by his mother Mary, his brother John, his longtime partner Lorrie Higgins and her daughter Lauren, and his campaign manager Meg Costello. Walsh kept in touch with his campaign workers, who were crunching numbers inside the "boiler room" and keeping him updated.
Walsh showered and focused on writing his victory speech. He didn't write a concession speech, believing that if he had to deliver one, he would speak from the "heart and head," he said. "At 7:30, I just got a feeling, a feeling came over me, that we were going to be okay," the state representative and labor leader from Dorchester recounted 48 hours later, inside his campaign office at 11 Beacon Street, steps from the State House. "And the nervousness went away." Read more
Since it opened in 1911 the Strand Theatre has hosted performances by prestigious musical groups from the big bands of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to a touring orchestra from Vienna. But this weekend the former movie palace can chalk up another first – a performance of one of the world’s very most famous symphonies on period (historically accurate) instruments. Think a harpsichord instead of a piano, sheep’s gut instead of steel for the strings. Read more
State transportation officials plan to replace the Clayton Street bridge in one fell swoop this Veterans Day weekend, shutting down Red Line service between Ashmont Station and JFK/UMass Station on Friday at 9 p.m. and getting them back in service on Monday at 5 a.m. Clayton Street itself will be closed to traffic until Monday at noon. Read more
Boston’s Emergency Medical Services held its annual Awards banquet on Friday night at Venezia’s in Dorchester and among the honorees were three men who were among the very first responders to April’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon.
EMT Chris Holgate, a 41 year-old Dorchester resident, was part of a three-person “striker” team that was positioned at the Boston Marathon finish line. Holgate swung into action immediately and treated two survivors and one of the victims who died at the scene. Holgate was honored alongside his fellow striker crew members, Lt. John Cotter and Paramedic Randy Souza for their life-saving efforts that day. Read more
Nov. 7, 2013
While men make up the vast majority of the City Council, it was two women –Dorchester’s Ayanna Pressley and newcomer Michelle Wu– who topped the ticket in the at-large race.
Another Dorchester woman, Annissa Essaibi-George, finished fifth. That’s not enough to earn a seat, but it does mean she will fill the shoes of any at-large councilor who decides against finishing his or her term.
Pressley was one of two incumbents running – the other was Stephen Murphy – and both were elected. Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty of South Boston won the other seat— about 10,000 votes ahead of Murphy, who finished fourth.
“The benefit of being an incumbent is to have a record to run on and I’m damn proud of mine,” Pressley said. Read more
Nov. 6, 2013
Nov. 6, 2013
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
Nov. 6, 2013
He 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.
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
Nov. 5, 2013
State 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
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
Nov. 4, 2013
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
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
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
The 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 - 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
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