David Crowley won't mind if it rains. No matter the weather on June 5, David will step out on the Avenue, smiling from ear to ear. The next Mayor of Dorchester is simply excited to march, and wave, and, for that day, have all eyes on him.
Last week, David emerged as this year's only candidate for Mayor of Dorchester, the honorary title that nets the winner a place at the front of the parade, and the chance to appear as Mayor of Dorchester at a number of events throughout the year. Read more
A string of recently-scheduled debates will give voters in Dorchester, Mattapan, Milton, and Hyde Park a chance to hear from the candidates to replace former House Speaker Thomas Finneran. Three events, set for Feb.16, Feb. 22, and March 10, are thus far the only scheduled forums for residents across the district. Read more
Both of Dorchester's long-serving city councillors are facing prospective opponents in the fall, as Charles Yancey has drawn a challenger and Maureen Feeney may be in the crosshairs.
Jaha "Jay" Hughes, a landscaper from York Street in the Franklin Field area, said he is an Independent who will attempt to unseat Yancey, the 11-term councillor who survived a strong 2003 challenge. Read more
Badnarik and who? What is the Green-Rainbow Party? And where's Ralph?
Should Dorchester voters be able to tear themselves away from the aftermath of the World Series - win or lose - to vote on November 2, next Tuesday, they'll find a ballot more crowded than has been reported. For instance, it's not just Bush-Cheney and Kerry-Edwards atop the ticket, and Ralph Nader's nowhere in sight. The two major parties are joined by tickets from the Libertarian (Michael Badnarik and Richard Campagna) and Green-Rainbow (David Cobb and Pat LaMarche) parties. Read more
This year's Dorchester Day Parade, set for Sunday, June 6 at 1 p.m., is shaping up to be one of the biggest in years, according to organizers who will mark the 100th anniversary of the first-ever Dorchester Day, held in 1904 in Savin Hill.
This year's parade will be dedicated to the men and women serving the United States in the military.
During the parade, a wreath in honor of Sergeant Daniel J. Londono, an East Cottage native who was killed in action in Iraq in March, will be laid at a veterans' memorial in Fields Corner. Read more
Jan. 9, 2004
Marty Walsh was going fishing, right there in the basement of St. Brendan's. He baited the hook with budget cuts and cast for a bite with a line about "controversial issues." He waited, eyeing the crowd of mostly middle-aged and elderly, socially conservative Cedar Grove residents. Catholics, largely, not disposed to be warmly receptive to a challenge from a local state representative to the Church on its stand against gay marriage. Read more
This article originally appeared on page 2 of the Oct. 2, 2003 edition of the Reporter.
Reporter's Notebook by Bill Forry
To: City Council Candidates
Re: Your Campaign's Sorry Fate
Dear Council hopeful (state your name):
You all know from reading the Reporter faithfully that politics is definitely the number-one fall sport in these here parts. Read more
Charles Yancey is in trouble.
That's the impression any sane person gets when they run into one Egobiduke Ezedi, Yancey's fresh-faced opponent in this year's District Four city council race. If you happened to pop into the Blarney Stone, Dorchester's trendiest watering hole of late, last Thursday evening, you know exactly what I'm saying.
Ezedi's campaign rented out the Blarney for what turned out to be a pretty jam-packed fundraiser that would have made any old school Boston pol happy. Read more
On the periphery of the main event were the usual fringe features. Tables of souvenirs: donkey ties, Clinton buttons, "Kiss Me, I'm a Democrat." There were special interest booths promoting platform accountability and individual pols. There were Lyndon LaRouche representatives.
But the biggest side issue at last week's state Democratic Party's "Issues" Convention was the new front that had opened for embattled University of Massachusetts President William Bulger, also the former president of the state Senate. Read more