As City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign kick-off wound down, Angelo Scaccia was at the front table, greeting people as they exited, getting up and sitting down, shaking their hands, and slapping their backs while complaining of his own being in pain.
“Four herniated discs,” Scaccia roared at one point, before shuffling over to sit on the edge of the stage set up for the media. Read more
The Obama Administration has stumbled badly with its Justice Department’s overzealous and heavy-handed seizure of telephone records of Associated Press (AP) reporters and editors. The president should step in to personally apologize for his attorney general’s mistake— and send a clear message that such a brazen, broad incursion into the private records of a news organization and its employees will never happen again. If necessary, the president should fire Mr. Holder. Read more
On the last day mayoral and at-large candidates were able to apply for nomination papers at City Hall, a Savin Hill resident waded into the race, while another Dorchester resident withdrew his name from contention. Read more
Danny Ryan was on one side of the walkway and Mike Donovan was on the other side. The two had grown up together, but for most of a sunny Tuesday in late April, they stood a foot apart, palm cards in their hands, on the sidewalk leading into the Cristo Rey School, a polling place for Savin Hill’s Ward 13 Precinct 10.
Ryan, a Savin Hill native who moved to Braintree four years ago, tapped the cards bearing the face of state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s in his left hand as voters walked by while Donovan, the clerk for Suffolk Superior Court’s civil division, touted his candidate, state Rep. Nick Collins. The two Democratic lawmakers were in a close special primary for the First Suffolk Senate seat that had opened up in January when Jack Hart left for a job at a law firm. Read more
The annual neighborhood fundraisers have been a tradition for Mayor Thomas Menino – usually occurring in Jamaica Plain, East Boston, and in Dorchester. With last month’s announcement that he won’t seek a sixth four-year term, the last one he is expected to hold in Dorchester took place last Sunday.
Lawmakers, top administration officials, and neighborhood activists packed the annual “Mayor’s Sunday Brunch” at the IBEW 103 Hall on Freeport Street to see His Honor and to wait in line to shake his hand. Congressman Ed Markey, who is running for John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat, put in an appearance. Former State Senate President William Bulger was in the audience, as Menino, clad in a tan jacket and red sneakers, sat with his wife Angela next to the podium.
Former state Sen. Jack Hart was the emcee, channeling his experience as the host of St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston. With many of the candidates hoping to succeed Menino in the room, Hart quipped at the outset, “Raise your hand if you’re not running for mayor of Boston.”
May. 7, 2013
Brittani Jones, 18, has been named the Eastern Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for her leadership in the fight against tobacco. The Dorchester teen was honored at a gala in the nation’s capital last Thursday (May 2) along with a national winner, three other regional winners, a group winner and a military winner.
Brittani is a senior at Boston Trinity Academy. She first became involved in the fight against tobacco because her grandmother smoked and struggled to quit. After joining Breath of Life Dorchester (BOLD Teens), a peer leadership group, Brittani was chosen to serve on the statewide leadership team of The 84, a youth-led movement fighting for a tobacco-free generation in Massachusetts. The name refers to the fact that 84 percent of high school students in Massachusetts choose to be tobacco-free.
Brittani was a key planner of The 84’s Kick Butts Day event this year; she and her peers marched to the State House and urged state legislators to support a proposed $1.00 cigarette tax increase. She also led a statewide training with 200 youth participants. Read more
Boston is not a two-newspaper town. And it hasn't been for quite a while.
The last open mayoral race happened 30 years ago. Before widespread access to the Internet. Before Facebook. Before Twitter. When big city newspapers had a monopoly on the news agenda.
That monopoly no longer exists.
Just take a look at what happened when Mayor Thomas Menino announced he isn't seeking reelection. He spoke with the Globe and Herald the day before the announcement. Read more
As voters trickled into the polls across the city on Tuesday, mayoral hopefuls flooded the Election Department office to pick up nomination papers and begin to gather the signatures needed to make it onto this fall’s ballot.
Dozens of candidates for mayor, councilor-at-large, district seats, their operatives, and their supporters showed up early Tuesday morning to lay their hands on the papers. Twenty-four potential mayoral candidates had applied for nomination papers. Read more
Tuesday night— election night— was stressful enough for all of the good people involved in the contest for the First Suffolk District State Senate seat. It was made more stressful – and anguish-ridden – than it needed to be because erroneous press reports were circulated about the final results by trusted news outlets. Read more