Feb. 28, 2013
Possible changes and development coming to Columbia Point won’t stop at the boundary of UMass Boston as plans for a new apartment and retail building near the JFK-UMass MBTA station begin to take shape.
Developer Corcoran Jennison Companies have their eye on building a new 184 unit apartment complex at the mouth of Mount Vernon Street and plan to use the building as an urban retail hub and entrance to Columbia Point, a company representative told a group of local residents. Read more
Feb. 28, 2013
Two of the candidates hoping to replace former State Senator Jack Hart on Beacon Hill made their pitches to Dorchester voters in Savin Hill on Monday, appearing before a joint caucus of the Ward 13 and Ward 17 Democratic committees to introduce themselves as their campaigns for the April 30 primary election move into gear. Read more
Feb. 28, 2013
Jose Valenzuela saw something missing from the city’s youth sports offerings. It seemed to him that Boston wasn’t ready to support wrestling on its own the way it had supported other sports.
It was this void that drove Valenzuela, 27, who wrestled from 7th to 12th grade at Boston Latin School and then for another four years at Williams College, to start the Boston Youth Wrestling program a year ago.
“I really saw a need for more wrestling,” Valenzuela said. “And as a coach myself, I started a team five years ago at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester.” Read more
Artistic Dorchester mothers and their offspring are starting a trend in a local pop-up art gallery. The Real Estate Group (REG) is following in the grand Dorchester tradition of businesses offering wall space to local creative types. Its offices at 1908 Dorchester Avenue, across from the Ashmont T Stop, have high ceilings and big windows making it quite suitable for exhibits.
After the REG’s recent showing of pieces by Dot resident Norma Tavoliero, mother of REG co-owner Milo Tavoliero, the company contacted Dot Art to see if it was interested in organizing a follow-up show. Read more
Feb. 27, 2013
John Connolly didn’t get much sleep on Monday night. A few hours, tops.
On Tuesday morning, before driving to Brighton for the announcement of his mayoral bid, the 39-year-old city councillor at-large drove his kids to school and then headed back to his West Roxbury home to practice the speech in front of his wife, Meg. Then, shortly after 10 a.m., with about 30 Boston parents behind him outside of Brighton High School, Connolly took the plunge, becoming the first heavyweight to enter in this year’s race for mayor and opening up one of the four at-large seats on the council. Read more
Feb. 26, 2013
An advisory panel on the city’s school assignment system on Monday night signed off on a plan providing students with a minimum of six choices. The plan uses an algorithm and students’ home address to determine the set of choices, which will also include schools within a mile radius of the address, on top of new citywide schools. Read more
Feb. 26, 2013
Looking to make the city’s school system the focus of his campaign, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly launched his mayoral bid on Tuesday morning outside of a Brighton school. He said he plans a “bottom-up” campaign, with a community organizer’s mindset, similar to President Obama’s campaign for the White House.
In a conversation with reporters on Monday, Connolly said he is ready to “ask every voter I can meet to consider me.” Connolly has spent months building up his campaign kitty and he said last week that he was seriously considering a mayoral bid. Read more
Boston Police report a man, 23, was found with life-threatening stab wounds around 3:30 p.m. at 16 Almont St. Read more
Feb. 22, 2013
Awash in data and comments from the school department, parents, and outside groups, the panel tasked with revamping the city’s school assignment system will meet at City Hall for a Saturday morning (Feb. 23) discussion. A vote is still planned for Monday night (Feb. 25) at Suffolk University.
The 27-member panel appears to be leaning toward the “home-based” models as they look to make a recommendation to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School Committee, according to its members. Read more
Feb. 21, 2013
City councillors plan to review the city’s response to the two feet of snow that hit Boston earlier this month at a hearing on March 4. The northeaster and City Hall’s clean-up efforts prompted responses of praise and criticism, and councillors are expected to delve into the issue at a session of the City, Neighborhood and Veterans Services Committee. Read more
Running through March 16, halfway through St. Patrick’s month (as it is known by our neighbors in Southie), the Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents the popular two-man Irish comedy, “Stones in His Pocket.” Savin Hill’s Phil Tayler shares the task of portraying 15 different characters with Daniel Berger-Jones in this piquant, but hardly light-hearted satire about two lads hired as extras when a Hollywood crew takes over a small village in County Kerry. Read more
City Councillor At-Large John Connolly yesterday acknowledged what has been apparent to close observers of campaign finance filings: He is considering a run for mayor this year regardless of what Mayor Thomas Menino decides to do.
“I’m actively starting to call supporters and opinion leaders,” said Connolly, who has been on a fundraising tear in the last few months. According to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance’s website, he has raised $103,969 in 2013, and has an ending balance in his campaign account of over $300,000. Read more
Feb. 21, 2013
Christopher Hall set an “ambitious goal” for his “Sensory Arts” class at the Joseph Lee School: to promote autism awareness through art. Specifically, massive murals made up of thousands of pieces of construction paper. Read more
Feb. 21, 2013
While many humans spent their hard-earned cash on chocolate, flowers, heart-shaped balloons and other Valentine’s Day paraphernalia last week, many animals at the Franklin Park Zoo, and around the world for that matter, spent the day of love expressing themselves physically. They just do it – they’re not shy.
The post-Valentine’s Day lecture, Sex at the Zoo, returned this year, educating lovebirds and reporters alike in the ways of animal courtship and mating. Jennifer Gresham, Zoo New England’s Director of Education, hosted the evening that began innocently enough. Read more
Feb. 21, 2013
Sitting idle. Cruising empty.
“Those are the killers,” said Arnold Julce, 55, a taxi driver. “To make money, you need to have paying passengers in the cab.”
Julce has driven a cab in Boston for 24 years. So when he heard of an app that would let customers order a taxi on a smart phone, he listened. It was free to drivers.
“That got my attention,” said Julce. Read more
City councillors are pushing the school department to increase the number of teachers of color, citing a federal court order that requires the department to maintain the number of black teachers at 25 percent, at a minimum. “That is not the case today,” District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson said at an Education Committee hearing last week.
“This is not our suggestion; there’s a court order on the books that we as a city – I can’t say we’re ignoring – but we’re definitely not following,” he added. Read more
Feb. 20, 2013
The New York Times plans to sell its New England Media Group, including The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, according to a memo to company employees from New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times Company. Sulzberger and Thompson said the sale would “allow us to sharpen our strategic and financial focus on The New York Times brand.” Read more
UPDATED Fri., Feb. 22— This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It has been re-scheduled for Sun., March 10 at the same venue. Tickets sold for Sunday's event will be honored on that date.- Ed.
A middleweight bout between Adams Corner-based boxer Michael Owen McLaughlin and South Boston’s Jimmy LeBlanc leads a Sunday evening Pro-Am boxing event at Dorchester’s Victory Road Armory. The fights start at 5 p.m. at 70 Victory Rd. Tickets will be available at the door.
McLaughlin, the former light Welterweight amateur champ in his native Ireland, has been training with the Dorchester Boxing Club in recent months. He is coming off a big win in Rhode Island, according to fight promoter and DBC owner Danny Kelly. Read more
Joyce Linehan’s living room is quickly becoming a popular stop on the Bay State’s campaign trail.
In August 2011, Elizabeth Warren jump-started her campaign there and snagged a US Senate seat 15 months later. And on Monday night, Linehan, a local activist who runs a public relations company, hosted a potential candidate for governor who has been dubbed the “Elizabeth Warren of health care” on a popular liberal blog.
Dr. Donald Berwick, who oversaw the Medicare and Medicaid programs for President Obama, met with about 60 Democrats at Linehan’s home in Lower Mills, taking questions for over an hour on his potential gubernatorial agenda and his thoughts on Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax hike proposal.
Berwick described Patrick’s plan as “probably the right way to go,” pointing to some “progressive” elements. The proposal includes raising the income tax to 6.25 percent, cutting the sales tax to 4.5 percent from 6.25 percent, and lifting the sales tax exemption on candy and soda. Beacon Hill lawmakers, who are crafting their own budget proposals, have greeted the plan with some wariness. Read more
The advisory panel tasked with overhauling the city’s school assignment system is expected to choose a new plan next week after pushing off a vote on a model several times. A vote is tentatively scheduled for Monday (Feb. 25) at 6 p.m. at Suffolk University.
Four models remain on the table, advisory panel members say: a 10-zone, an 11-zone, and two “home-based” models that have no zones, instead relying on algorithms to determine which students go to what school. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers responding to a report of gunfire found a man with gunshot wounds at 24 Woodruff Way around 2:35 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more
Feb. 15, 2013
After more than two years at National Journal as chief analyst, deputy daily briefings editor and White House correspondent, Jim O’Sullivan is returning to Massachusetts to fill the Political Intelligence post held until recently by Glen Johnson, who left the paper to work for Secretary of State John Kerry. Read more
Feb. 14, 2013
Ward 14 Democrats will caucus at the Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave., on Sat. Feb. 16. Doors open at 12 noon. The ward will choose 25 delegates and four alternates for the Democratic state convention. Ward 16 Democrats are scheduled to meet on Wed., Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the McKeon Post, 4 Hilltop St. Read more