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Murphy insists: I'm still a candidate for at-large seat

Speculation that at large City Councillor Stephen Murphy might take a job with the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency should be put to rest, said Murphy himself this week.

"I'm not taking the job," he said. "I'm running for City Council. The Connolly campaign put it out there and I denied it at the time. The denial stands. It's none of anybody's business if I decide to take a job. If I get one, I'll announce it."

At-large candidate John Connolly said his campaign doesn't single out any one of the four incumbent at large councillors seats as an opponent.  Read more

A matter of turf: Gardeners await fate of plots

A now-dormant gardening group that once helped pioneer the city's urban farming movement may spin off six neglected Dorchester garden plots to a new steward.

The group, called Boston Urban Gardeners or BUG, hit hard times in the late 1990s, ceased doing business, and then earned nearly $450,000 from the sale of their headquarters building in Jamaica Plain in 2000. They have debated what to do with the money ever since, frustrating gardeners who want funds for improvements.  Read more

Eagles look to season of growth, victories

By 
David Benoit
Aug. 29, 2007

The New England Patriots may claim to have a dynasty, but they certainly haven't achieved the same numbers as the Dorchester Eagles.

The Eagles have sent teams to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Florida six years in a row. Makes the Patriots' paltry three appearances in four seem a little weak, doesn't it?

But the Dorchester Eagles don't go around showboating or holding out for some cash. This Pop Warner program is about an awful lot more than the gridiron, says team president Leslie Goodwin.  Read more

Feeney orders 'churches in homes' council hearing

A gutted home sits idly on Ashmont Street, potential crowds and parking problems worry neighbors on Hamilton Street, and tenants on Sanford Street were "terrorizing the neighborhood." All of these problems, according to City Council President Maureen Feeney's office, are related to churches based in homes or residential areas. Two of the churches in question were created in houses zoned residential.  Read more

Decision time on BPS school closings nearing

Parents and parent organizing groups are beginning to stir as the countdown begins to October's School Committee meeting, where decisions will have to be made as to which schools will continue as is for the 2009-2010 school year and which will be "reconfigured" or transferred to other uses. So far, advocates say, the community has not been involved in the decision-making process.

"We're really talking about ten weeks," said Holly Lockwood, director of the Boston Parents Organizing Network.  Read more

Preliminary election for at-large council seats cancelled: Voting to proceed in two districts on Sept. 25