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
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
Apr. 9, 2014
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
Apr. 1, 2014
Attorney 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
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
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
Mar. 26, 2014
“Charlotte for Mayor” didn’t work out. Could “Charlotte for Treasurer” or "Charlotte for Lt. Governor" happen any differently? Read more
Mar. 26, 2014
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes, two lawmakers who represent parts of Dorchester and Mattapan, were unsuccessful this week in pushing a compromise that would lift the cap on charter schools.
Chang-Diaz’s office announced the compromise on Saturday, days after the Education Committee had given itself a one-week extension to March 25 to put together a bill. But March 25 came and went with no action on legislation. Read more
The Boston political operative who ran former City Councillor Mike Ross's campaign last year is taking a job with Putnam Partners, a Democratic media consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Cayce McCabe, who jumped to the Ross campaign after running state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's First Suffolk District campaign in 2013, is signing on as a senior associate.
McCabe announced the move in a mass email. McCabe will keep advising a candidate, Evandro Carvahlo, who is running to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, through the April 1 primary election and April 29 election. Read more
The debate over lifting the charter school cap will stretch into next week as the Legislature’s Education Committee continues to seek a compromise. Charter school advocates have ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers, including state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, co-chair of the Committee on Education, calling on them to release a bill lifting the cap. Separately, public school parents who oppose charter schools sent a petition to the committee this week, demanding that the cap stay in place.
In a meeting at the State House on Tuesday, the committee gave itself an extension to kick out a bill. Read more