Apr. 3, 2013
As the songs played on and the crowd thinned out, the Suffolk County district attorney and two city councillors stuck around. The television cameras, with reporters in tow, had arrived late at Villa Victoria on Tuesday night to them as they appeared at a fundraiser and kick-off for Michelle Wu’s City Council At-Large bid.
Daniel Conley, the district attorney and a former city councillor, said he planned to make his mayoral bid “official in the next day” or two, adding, “it’s a wonderful opportunity to continue my service to the public.” Read more
Mar. 28, 2013
Thomas Menino made it official on Thursday: At a Faneuil Hall speech, filled with local elected officials, Menino administration officials and neighborhood activists, the mayor said he will not be running for a sixth term.
“I’m back to a mayor schedule, but not a Menino schedule,” Menino said, in a reference to his recovery from a list of ailments that cut short a vacation with his wife last year and put him in the hospital for two months at the end of last year. “And I miss that.”
He wistfully recalled past visits Bowdoin Geneva every Christmas Eve, promising and delivering on a supermarket and shopping mall in Grove Hall, and reading to children in new libraries in Mattapan and Brighton.
Menino, who has served as mayor since 1993, said he had “no plans” to pick a successor. “I just ask that you choose someone who loves this city as much as I have,” he said. Read more
Mar. 28, 2013
Mar. 27, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino will announce tomorrow he is not running for a sixth term, sources told the Reporter on Wednesday night.
The move ends a 20-year hold on the only job he has said he’s ever wanted, sets up an epic rumble for the first open mayoral seat in 30 years, and comes after a prolonged bout of speculation about whether he’d make another bid.
Menino’s expected announcement was first reported by David Bernstein, the former political reporter for the Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly that folded earlier this month. Menino will make the announcement at 4 p.m. in Faneuil Hall.
Multiple calls to Dot Joyce, Menino’s press secretary, were not returned on Wednesday night. Read more
Rep. Ed Markey’s U.S. Senate campaign has started to air ads on Channel 5, a station fellow Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch has declined advertise with due to an apparent union contract dispute. The Markey campaign’s ads started this weekend. Read more
Mar. 21, 2013
Attendees of a Wednesday night rally for City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s mayoral bid were served a blistering critique of the Menino administration with a side of Bad Rabbits. About 400 people, some of them spilling out into the Omni Parker House Hotel’s second floor hallway, crowded the small Press Room for the rally and a performance put on by the Boston-based band. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
In a 6 to 1 vote, the School Committee on Wednesday night signed off on a sweeping overhaul of the Boston school system’s assignment process. Current students in the system of 57,000, along with their siblings, are grandfathered under the existing 3-zone plan, which has been in place for 24 years. Read more
In the mid-1990s, a group of community activists began a three-year effort— in conjunction with the state’s Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) — to re-imagine Morrissey Boulevard. The result of their work was a 1998 report that proposed an ambitious, $35 million rehabilitation project that would have transformed the 2.75 mile-long boulevard into its original “parkway character.” Read more
State Senate President Therese Murray, who grew up in St. Mark’s Parish, will be inducted into the Dorchester Hall of Fame this Saturday as part of the annual fundraising brunch for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish.
Murray, a Democrat who moved to Plymouth over 30 years ago, became Senate president in 2007, the first woman to hold the post. Read more
Morrissey flooding fix awaits state’s solution: Cost of upgrade put at $25m; Patrick tax plan could be key
Morrissey Boulevard, a major south-north artery running along Dorchester’s coast that is frequently forced to close due to storm surges accompanying high tides could be in line for a $25 million overhaul under Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax hike proposal, a top official with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation said on Wednesday. Read more