Politics

Baker, in Fields Corner, cites value of ‘balance’

On the stump in Fields Corner: Charlie Baker makes a point. Photo courtesy Viet-AIDOn the stump in Fields Corner: Charlie Baker makes a point. Photo courtesy Viet-AIDCharlie Baker is running late. He walks into the Viet-AID community room at 5:53 p.m., 38 minutes after the gubernatorial meet-and-greet was supposed to start, a victim of evening traffic on Dorchester Avenue.

Thirty people have scattered themselves throughout the room, and as the he makes his way to the podium, he stops to shake hands, making sure to reach out to as many as he can. At six-foot-six, Baker towers over almost everybody there, except for one young man, whom he pulls close and says, tongue-in-cheek, “This guy’s tall.”

It’s a windy Monday night in April and Baker, a Swampscott Republican running for governor, is in Fields Corner. “Mr. Baker, welcome to Viet-AID,” Nam Pham, the Vietnamese-American development organization’s executive director, says in making the introduction to the crowd. “He used to be my boss,” Pham adds, referring to when Pham served as head of the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants under Gov. William Weld.  Read more

Mayor Walsh marks birthday with seniors report, grant at UMass Boston

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 11, 2014

UMass Boston students Bersabel Wondimagegnhu and Hembly Riva joined UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley and Mayor Marty Walsh during a Thursday check presentation. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated his forty-seventh birthday on familiar turf: At UMass Boston’s campus, he announced a $206,000 grant to university’s Venture Development Center and the completion of a research report on Boston’s growing elderly population.

The grant is part of a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor administered through the Mayor’s office of jobs and community service. The $206,000 will fund the Life Science Internship Training Program, focused on preparing students at UMass Boston and other state and community colleges for paid internship opportunities in the Life Sciences industry.  Read more

Updated Bottle Bill: An Investment in Our Future

The Bottle Bill is the state’s single most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since its passage over 30 years ago, more than 35 billion containers have been redeemed and recycled, and thus prevented from entering landfills or littering our streets.  Read more

MBTA janitors protest plans for staffing reduction

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Apr. 11, 2014

Janitors who clean MBTA stations say their employers plan to sweep nearly one third of the jobs off the payrolls in September as a cost-saving measure.  Read more

Walsh raises concerns about Savin Hill condo project

Mayor Marty Walsh said this week that he has concerns about the height of a condominium building being proposed for a neighborhood eyesore, a long-vacant parcel on Savin Hill Avenue next to Savin Bar and Kitchen and across from the MBTA station. On Tuesday, Walsh, who lives a block away, on Tuttle Street, said, “I haven’t seen the full plan. I certainly know that spot has to be filled. It’s been vacant for years, a decade now.”

While saying the developer of the project does “great, quality work,” Walsh added, “Three stories concerns me.”  Read more

State rolls out pothole recovery project on Gallivan Blvd.

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Apr. 9, 2014

Workers filled potholes on Morrissey Boulevard after a press conference by state officials on Wed., April 9, 2014. Photo by Ed Forry

As funding for statewide and local road and transportation projects remains tied up in legislative negotiations, the Patrick administration on Wednesday announced a $40 million one-time program aimed at helping communities recover from the potholes left behind by another tough winter.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and MassHighway chief Frank DePaola spoke at a press conference on Gallivan Boulevard to discuss the $40 million program, which uses fiscal 2014 funds.

According to a program announcement obtained by the News Service, the initiative is designed to facilitate repairs of potholes, street cracking and damage to guardrails and signs, as well as repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Smooth roads are the goal, one official said.  Read more

Carvalho wins Democratic primary in Fifth Suffolk race to replace Henriquez

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 1, 2014

Evandro Carvalho: Won Democratic primary election today. Photo by Mike DeehanEvandro Carvalho: Won Democratic primary election today. Photo by Mike DeehanAttorney Evandro C. Carvalho on Tuesday won the five-way Democratic primary in the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, sources in two camps said.

As the winner of the April 1 Democratic primary, Carvalho moves on to the ballot in the April 29 general election. No Republicans are expected on the ballot, since there were no candidates that emerged during the primary.

A Fields Corner resident who once worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Carvalho was born in Cape Verde and came to Boston at age 15. He graduated from Madison Park High and went to UMass Amherst and Howard University School of Law.  Read more

WHERE THEY WILL BE: Henriquez seat candidates on Primary Election Night

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on April 1. Five Democrats are on the ballot in the primary to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez at the State House. Listed below are the locations of their election night parties.

EVANDRO C. CARVALHO: Restaurante Cesaria, 266 Bowdoin St

KAREN A. CHARLES-PETERSON: Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave

JENNIFER ANNE JOHNSON: Shanti, 1111 Dorchester Ave

BARRY LAWTON: Dublin House, 7 Stoughton St

ROY OWENS: Unavailable

Today: Voters choose among five for Fifth Suffolk representative

Four of the five candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot in the Fifth Suffolk District appeared before a crowd at First Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. Shown, l-r, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles Peterson, Jennifer Johnson and Barry Lawton.  Profiles on each candidate, Pages 4 and 5.Four of the five candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot in the Fifth Suffolk District appeared before a crowd at First Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. Shown, l-r, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles Peterson, Jennifer Johnson and Barry Lawton. Links to profiles on each candidate are available below.

Voters in the Fifth Suffolk House District had a chance this week to see the candidates hoping to succeed former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez up close. Four of the five Democrats on the April 1 primary ballot appeared before a crowd of 50 people at First Parish Church on a Sunday afternoon, offering answers to questions about charter schools, constituent services, and how to handle gun violence, particularly in Bowdoin-Geneva.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Golar Richie mulls run for statewide office — but is time on her side?

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 26, 2014

“Charlotte for Mayor” didn’t work out. Could “Charlotte for Treasurer” or "Charlotte for Lt. Governor" happen any differently?  Read more