Rep. Henriquez sentenced to jail after conviction on two assault counts

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Rep. Carlos Henriquez was led away in handcuffs Wednesday after being found guilty by a jury in a domestic violence case stemming from an early morning rendezvous in Arlington Heights during the summer of 2012.

Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat in his second term, was found guilty in Cambridge District Court of two counts of assault and battery, and was acquitted on an additional count of assault and battery, witness intimidation and larceny of a SIM card.  Read more

Rep's assault trial heads to jury

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 14, 2014

As testimony wrapped in the trial of Rep. Carlos Henriquez, his accuser, 25-year-old Katherine Gonzalves, reiterated her allegation that the Dorchester Democrat attacked her in the back seat of a rental car in the early hours of July 8, 2012.

“I remember being back-handed; I remember being held down; I remember being punched; I remember being held down,” Gonzalves said in her second day on the stand. She said she entered the lawmaker’s car with no keys, no purse, no money, only her cell phone.  Read more

Alleged victim describes attack, effort to reach Rep. Henriquez

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 13, 2014

After making out with him in the backseat of his rental car around 3 a.m., Katherine Gonzalves broke the news to Rep. Carlos Henriquez that she couldn't go home with him, the 25-year-old recalled on the witness stand at Henriquez's criminal trial Monday.

"His demeanor just changed," Gonzalves testified. She said, "He said, 'I drove all the way out here, into Arlington.' "  Read more

Public health officials tap DotWell's COO as medical marijuana director

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jan. 13, 2014

The former chief operating officer of a Dorchester public health program will oversee the state's medical marijuana program as its executive director.

Karen van Unen was introduced Monday by the state Department of Public Health as executive director of the program, and will play a major role in the selection of marijuana dispensary licensees.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez's attorney to seek dismissal of assault case

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 10, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez is seeking a dismissal or finding of not guilty in his assault and battery criminal case after a previously undisclosed police report turned up during cross-examination in the trial Thursday.

Judge Michele Hogan met with Henriquez’s attorney and prosecutors Friday morning, saying the hearing’s purpose “is to make sure this defendant gets a fair and impartial trial.”  Read more

Rep. Henriquez trial breaks after detective offers surprise report

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 9, 2014

The trial of Rep. Carlos Henriquez took a recess Thursday afternoon after an Arlington Police detective produced a report that neither the defense nor the prosecution said they have seen and that his attorney said could jeopardize his right to a fair trial.

“It’s significant, I would say,” defense attorney Stephanie Soriano-Mills told Judge Michele Hogan after the jury was sent out of the courtroom around 2:45 p.m.  Read more

Walsh makes three more interim appointments, including Dot native Holmes as info chief

Justin Holmes

A top aide to Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday afternoon announced three additional appointments. In an email to City Hall workers, Walsh chief of staff Daniel Koh thanked them for their patience and said he would keep them informed about new hires and promotions.

According to the email, which was obtained by the Reporter, Justin Holmes, a Dorchester native, is the interim chief information officer. Holmes, who served as chief of staff to Maureen Feeney when she was the City Council president, was director of constituent engagement under Mayor Thomas Menino.  Read more

Eyes turn to seat Walsh left behind

As Marty Walsh settles into the concrete confines of City Hall, the Dorchester-based House seat that he resigned from last Friday is attracting the attention of several attorneys and activists.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: A busy time for the new guy, filling all the important seats

Mayor Walsh rolled out cabinet level appointments on Tuesday. Photo: State House News Service

Joyce Linehan, the owner of a public relations business based out of her home in Lower Mills, was adamant in the days after the mayoral election: After spending most of 2013 on the campaign trail with Marty Walsh, working on policy matters and playing the part of close confidant, she wasn’t going to work at City Hall.

On Tuesday, she was inside the Eagle Room, off of the mayoral suite, standing next to five other hires and behind the man she helped elect. “I know what I said,” she stated in a blog post later in the day, explaining that she was taking the job of chief of policy.  Read more

Meeting on ‘Lucky Strike’ site next week

A proposal to build 22 units at the site of a former Fields Corner bowling alley will get a public airing next Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Boston Redevelopment Authority, which is reviewing the project, is holding the meeting, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Kit Clark Senior Services at 1500 Dorchester Ave.  Read more

Another Walsh from Savin Hill honored by BC High

Robert Walsh, president of the RF Walsh Co and Vice chairman of the BC High Board of Trustees, has received the prestigious Paul J. Hunter ‘53 Man for Others award. Every year Boston College High honors one man for his outstanding service to the school and to others. The award was presented at The Hall of Fame dinner at the Hunter-Fahey Commons on November 26.  Read more

College Hype completes expansion in Adams Corner

College Hype, an Adams Corner-based company which manufactures and provides quality custom apparel and school uniforms for schools, media outlets and corporate organizations, through both screen printing and embroidery processes, has recently completed a major expansion of its facility at 540 Gallivan Blvd.

The build-out increases the company’s Embroidery Division by 3,000 square feet; the additional space will house the new, 6-head embroidery machine that has been added to the equipment that College Hype uses to manufacture the shirts, jackets and other apparel.  Read more

Managers pleased so far with Boston’s latest tunnel project

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 9, 2014

Just yards inside the mouth of the Callahan Tunnel, workers are toiling around the clock, blasting away with high-pressured water guns at the five inches of concrete that separate the surface of the harbor tunnel from the steel beams that support the roadway.

It’s the eleventh day of construction on the 53-year-old tunnel, and already highway officials are optimistic that contractors will finish ahead of schedule, which calls for the tunnel connecting downtown Boston to Logan Airport to reopen mid-March.  Read more

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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