The last events that appeared on Mayor Thomas Menino’s public schedule, before a trip to Italy and stays at two hospitals, were a classic twinning of old and new: A ribbon-cutting at a West Roxbury apartment complex and a food truck contest in Dewey Square.
That was Friday, Oct. 12. On Thursday, for the first time in weeks, the once-daily schedule returned, giving notice of the mayor attending a School Committee member’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday at Beacon Hill’s Parkman House, where Menino is staying due to its elevator and proximity to City Hall. Read more
Jan. 3, 2013
First John Kerry. Then Vicki Kennedy. And then the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In quick succession on a Friday afternoon, all three lined up behind Congressman Ed Markey’s bid for Kerry’s Senate seat. Read more
Jan. 3, 2013
Stephen Murphy, a city councillor since 1997, and president the last two years, knows something about timing. He once compared the contest for the presidency to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
“The first person that sticks their head out of their rabbit hole gets blasted,” he remarked to the Boston Phoenix in 2001.
The same goes this coming year for a possible race for the mayor’s office if its current five-term occupant is still ambling about, if with some difficulty. Thomas Menino hasn’t said if he’s running for another four years at City Hall; he’s focused instead on returning to full strength after lengthy end-of-the-year stays at Brigham and Women’s and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Read more
Angelo Scaccia, a Readville Democrat who stands athwart liquor license bills yelling “Stop,” is known for having some fun on the House floor.
Sometimes that means some singing. And on Wednesday, he appeared to be singing the praises of a fellow Boston pol at the State House ceremony to welcome the 188th state Legislature. Scaccia jokingly referred to District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo as a “soon-to-be-mayor,” taking over when the current incumbent, Thomas Menino, leaves at the age of 82.
The State House News Service write-up, by Andy Metzger, is available below: Read more
Dec. 27, 2012
If 2008 was about the rise of Barack Obama, then 2012 was the reprise. He will be sworn in for a second term next month, after facing off against and defeating Mitt Romney for the presidency.
While Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he quipped that he was “the only red dot in an entirely blue state.” On election night, that was apparent in his home state, when the Belmont Republican managed to pick up only 39 percent of the vote. In deep-blue Boston, he received 19 percent. Read more
Dec. 27, 2012
City Council President Stephen Murphy says he has the votes for another term as the ceremonial head of the 13-member body. His office released a list of names supporting his bid in an email to reporters: City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, as well as District Councillors Frank Baker (Dorchester), Mark Ciommo (Allston-Brighton), Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park), Tito Jackson (Dorchester), Sal LaMattina (East Boston), Bill Linehan (South Boston), and Matt O’Malley (Jamaica Plain). Read more
Dec. 24, 2012
Mayor Tom Menino, who was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Sunday, made his traditional Christmas Eve visit to Bowdoin Street on Monday afternoon. Above, Mayor Menino exchanges a holiday greeting with Lazette Aljoe of Dorchester. The mayor was joined by members of his neighborhood response team and cabinet.
Dec. 21, 2012
U.S. Sen. John Kerry will go before his colleagues in the United State Senate for confirmation as the country’s next secretary of state after President Barack Obama made his nomination official on Friday at a press conference in the White House. Read more