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Linehan will head City Council; 8-5 vote seen to define new lines

The City Council elected South Boston’s Bill Linehan as its president on Monday afternoon in an 8-to-5 vote that roiled progressive activists who supported a last-minute bid by Ayanna Pressley, a councillor at-large who lives in Dorchester. The vote potentially exposed new fault lines in the 13-member Council, which welcomed three new members and one familiar face to its ranks that same day.  Read more

Judge directs witnesses against using term 'kidnap' in Rep. Henriquez's trial

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 8, 2014

Witnesses in the case against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, will be directed not to use the term "kidnap" and when the alleged victim takes the stand she will be asked not to use the term "hostage," Judge Michele Hogan ruled ahead of the trial Wednesday.

Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown said the prosecution dropped a kidnapping charge because to press such a felony against Henriquez would have required a grand jury indictment.  Read more

Boston meet-ups help local women ‘go natural’

By 
Vanessa Lewis, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 8, 2014

A recent meet-up of the Boston Natural Hair group at UMass Boston.

The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” has many applications in the city of Boston.

A group of local women are taking the collective approach to navigating a particularly tricky element of their lives: natural hair care. For many women of color, transitioning from chemically treated to natural tresses comes with a steep learning curve— one that can be a stressful, time-consuming and endeavor.  Read more

Walsh rolls out new appointments on first full day at City Hall

Mayor Marty Walsh greeted the press as he made his way into City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for his first full day as mayor of Boston. Photo courtesy Isabel Leon/Mayor's Office

Mayor Marty Walsh rolled out several new appointments to his administration today in his first full day as the city's chief executive.

Joyce Linehan, one of Walsh's top political advisors for years, will be the chief of policy, Walsh announced at a 1:15 p.m. press conference. Linehan lives in Lower Mills and has served as chairwoman of the Ward 17 Democratic Committee.

Linehan told reporters that the post was "too much of an honor to pass up." She added: "It's my dream job, really."  Read more

Reporter editor: Walsh 'hit all the right notes' in inaugural speech

By 
Staff
Jan. 6, 2014

Interview on Walsh Inaugural with Bill Forry from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Reporter Editor/Publisher Bill Forry discusses Mayor Marty Walsh's inauguration with Neighborhood Network News' Chris Lovett in an interview on Mon., Jan. 6, 2014.

Richard family launches charitable foundation in New Year's message

By 
Staff
Jan. 6, 2014

Martin RichardMartin Richard The Richard family of Dorchester— whose son Martin Richard was killed in the Boston Marathon terror attack in April 2013— issued a New Year’s message on Monday in which they detail their most recent activities, including the launch of a new foundation in Martin’s memory.

Linehan elected to lead Boston City Council

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Jan. 6, 2014

The Boston City Council voted 8 to 5 Monday to elect William Linehan of South Boston as its new president. Linehan was elected to the council in 2007 and before that worked as director of operations for the city parks department and as a special assistant to the city's chief operating officer during the rein of former Mayor Thomas Menino. Linehan's election followed the swearing-in at Boston College of Marty Walsh as the city's new mayor.  Read more

Mayor Marty Walsh takes charge in BC ceremony

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 6, 2014

Mayor Martin J. Walsh was sworn into office by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland. The mayor's mother Mary Walsh held a Bible used during the ceremony at Boston College. Photo by Chris Lovett

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh highlighted violence prevention in his first mayoral address at a packed Conte Forum on Monday morning.

“No parent should worry that a bullet will stop a daughter or son from coming home. No woman should be scared on our streets. No senior should be afraid in their home. And no child should be forced to live with trauma and the indelible scars of violence,” Walsh told the crowd at the Boston College hockey and basketball arena.

Walsh said the city would “redouble” its efforts to improve safety and said, “Imagine if these kids, these parents had people to help them in times of trauma. Health care professionals, community members serving as volunteers, answering the call whenever a life - and with it, a family and a neighborhood - is torn by violent crime.”

At 11:07 a.m. Walsh completed the oath of office and officially took over the mayoralty from Tom Menino, who held the office since the summer of 1993 when his position as City Council president made him the acting mayor when Ray Flynn was named U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.  Read more

MARTY WALSH 101: Getting to know the new mayor

On Monday morning, former state Rep. Marty Walsh will be sworn in as Boston’s first new mayor in two decades. For him, the transition from the State House to City Hall will likely be a huge shift. He will go from being one person in the middle of the hundreds who populate the three branches of state government to the person with his hands on all the levers of power in the city of Boston.  Read more

Mayor-elect Walsh names health chief and School Committee picks

Marty Walsh spent the weekend transitioning from the State House to City Hall, tapping a former rival as his health and human services chief and a young media maven as his chief of staff. He also filled two slots on the School Committee. Here’s a look at the some of the appointments over the last several days.  Read more

Walsh to tap Huff Post manager as Chief of Staff

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh will lean on one of Arianna Huffington's right-hand men to manage his City Hall office, the Reporter has learned. Daniel Arrigg Koh, who is presently the general manager at HuffPost Live, is an Andover native at Harvard graduate who has served as an advisor to Mayor Tom Menino in the past. The news was first reported on Twitter by Reporter news editor Gintautas Dumcius.  Read more

Gov. Patrick closes state offices Friday, urges employers to do the same

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 2, 2014

With strong winds, blowing snow and bitter cold consuming Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick closed state government for Friday, encouraged private employers to allow workers to stay home, and urged people who come across a homeless person or someone stranded outdoors to call 911 immediately.

The nor’easter began dumping snow on the state early Thursday morning and Patrick briefed the public in a televised news conference from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker Thursday evening.  Read more

Construction union that was headed by Walsh elects new leader

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 2, 2014

Brian Doherty, a 33-year-old Dorchester native who took over Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's position at the Boston Building Trades in an acting capacity last April, was elected unanimously to the role of general agent for the union on Dec. 19 at the Venezia Restaurant in Dorchester.

A state representative who resigned his seat effective Friday, Walsh is set to be sworn in as mayor on Monday at Boston College.  Read more

Snow emergency begins at noon in Boston

By 
Reporter Staff
Jan. 2, 2014

New (10:20 a.m.) — Morrissey Boulevard will close to traffic at 10:30 a.m. Thursday due to tidal flooding conditions. State officials say it will re-open later today after the tide goes down.

The city of Boston will be under a snow emergency order beginning at noon on Thursday as a major winter storm moves into the region. There is no school in Boston on Thursday or Friday as officials prepare for the storm which could bring as much as 14 inches of snow to the city with heaviest snow fall beginning Thursday evening and continuing throughout the night. Blizzard-like conditions are expected Friday morning.  Read more

Embraces for ‘the mayor’ in last Bowdoin Geneva walk

Every step that Boston’s outgoing chief executive takes in the last days of his mayoralty is steeped in nostalgia. On Christmas Eve, Tom Menino walked through Bowdoin Geneva as mayor for the last time, handing out gifts at a barber shop before arriving at St. Peter’s Teen Center down the block and doing the same there.

In between, a metal bench outside the teen center was dedicated to him. Several dozen teenagers, reporters, and police officers crowded around him as a youth worker and Father Jack Ahern, who oversees St. Peter’s Parish, formally presented him with the bench.  Read more

Long road, tough call: The mayor elects to end his run

Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not seek another term on March 28, 2013.Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not seek another term on March 28, 2013.

The night of March 27, 2013 had the state’s political class initially focused on a U.S. Senate debate between Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey, who were both vying for the Democratic nomination. But nearly everybody, from inside the debate’s green room to politicians’ fundraisers and their homes, ended up with their faces glued to their phones as word leaked out that the mayor of Boston would not be running for another term. In this edited excerpt of his campaign trail ebook “This Way to City Hall,” Dumcius takes us through what happened on that day.

On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon in late March, the black SUV sat in its usual spot, inside the horseshoe-shaped driveway off of Congress Street and underneath City Hall’s concrete overhang.

Sometime before sunset, Mayor Thomas M. Menino slipped out of the building and into the car, and with his detailed police officer in the driver’s seat, set off for the Hyde Park neighborhood of Readville and his Chesterfield Street home, the concrete structure disappearing behind him.  Read more

‘Service’ events to mark big Walsh weekend

Marty Walsh of Savin Hill will be sworn in as the next mayor of Boston on Jan. 6 on the campus of his alma mater, Boston College. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Conte Forum.

Walsh will resign his 13th Suffolk House seat on Jan. 3, days before he takes the oath of office, which will be administered by Roderick Ireland, the chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court.  Read more

Work to begin on St. Kevin’s project

Mayor Thomas Menino and officials from the Boston Archdiocese on Monday dug into the Columbia Road courtyard of the former St. Kevin’s campus, breaking ground on a project aimed at providing 80 units of affordable housing in Uphams Corner.  Read more

Menino and the media: Both have a true hunger for what’s going on

Mayor Menino reads the Reporter: Mayor Tom Menino gets his weekly dose of the Reporter at the Mud House, Neponset Ave., 2007. Photo courtesy Mayor's OfficeMayor Menino reads the Reporter: Mayor Tom Menino gets his weekly dose of the Reporter at the Mud House, Neponset Ave., 2007. Photo courtesy Mayor's OfficeOn a cold Sunday morning in early March, I went up a hill and planted myself outside the Cedars of Lebanon Hall, a function facility in Jamaica Plain that straddles the border between Boston and Brookline. Inside, Mayor Tom Menino was having one of his annual neighborhood fundraisers.

Trying to stay warm, I stomped my feet and sipped on Dunkin’ Donuts coffee as one of the police officers assigned to the mayor’s security detail grabbed a bag of kosher salt and started to sprinkle fistfuls of it onto the icy sidewalk leading up to the hall. Inside, the women manning the table and the growing stack of contribution checks eyed me with unease.  Read more

Long after signs come down, his name will live on

Thomas M. Menino: He'll be remembered long after the signs come down.Thomas M. Menino: He'll be remembered long after the signs come down.Those in a hurry to start blasting Tom Menino’s name off signs and archways across this metropolis may want to find another, more meaningful pastime to while away their remaining days. Perhaps they could combine forces and finally get us a firm count on the grains of sand down at Savin Hill Beach.

Love him, like him, or loathe him – and a lot of folks in this neighborhood will probably land right in the middle when all is said and done – Tom Menino has left his permanent mark on Boston. And it’s a legacy that will stand the test of time, no matter whose moniker gets stamped onto the city’s street furniture over the next decade.

In Dorchester, Menino made some tough calls that, overall, have served our part of the city pretty well.

There were stumbles along the way. But his hands-on approach to governing the city’s neighborhoods often took on a ministerial quality. He was as much a spiritual leader as a political one, relentlessly flying the flag of city government on far-flung and forlorn corners at times of both great gravity and relative slumber. He knew that showing up was at least half the battle and so he showed up. A lot.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook | Walsh mulls appointments: ‘Trying to see what works’

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 31, 2013

On the morning after Mayor Thomas Menino’s first State of the City address in January 1994, an analysis in the Globe said, “Although the new mayor coasted through the holiday season on a surfeit of good will, his administration never got out of first gear.” The report noted that he hadn’t replaced any department heads who had served under Ray Flynn and that he is “still heavily dependent upon Flynn holdovers in critical staffing roles.”  Read more

ABCD’s Mattapan director Arbaje-Thomas steps aside

Milly Arbaje-Thomas has stepped down from her role as director of ABCD’s Mattapan Family Service Center effective Jan. 1. She will be replaced in the position by Karleen Porcena, who has previously worked as the lead organizer of the Mattapan United organization, which is affiliated with ABCD. Porcena has also worked as operations manager for the Family Service Center, located on River Street in Mattapan Square.

Arbaje-Thomas has worked as ABCD’s director since May 2011. She says she will be taking time off to spend with her family and continue consulting with ABCD in the new year. Porcena’s position as lead organizer for Mattapan United will be open and advertised to new candidates beginning next week, according to Michael Vance, ABCD’s vice president for field operations.  Read more

Marathon bombing unanimous choice as State House story of the year

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Dec. 27, 2013

There were tales of human tragedy and political triumph, long-sought justice and a ferocious debate over taxes. But at the end of 2013, no story captured the public interest and left a more indelible mark on the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts than the bombing of the Boston Marathon finish line.

The marathon bombing and its aftermath, which claimed the lives of four and severely injured scores more, topped every ballot cast for top story of the year by the scribes who spend their days on Beacon Hill chronicling the ups and downs of Massachusetts politics and government.  Read more

THE YEAR IN POLITICS: Dot takes center stage

Jack Hart’s decision in January to call it quits and leave his state Senate seat was just the beginning of an eventful year. After that, the political realm had little time to catch its breath, with campaigns and special elections following, one after the other, at a dizzying pace.  Read more

Liquor license control proposal ready for mayor

Ayanna Pressley’s proposal to revamp the doling out of liquor licenses cleared the City Council last week with a 12-1 vote. City Councillor Bill Linehan of South Boston was the lone ‘no’ vote.  Read more