29 days to Nov. 5. Eight days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. A Herald/Suffolk University poll out this morning has City Councillor At-Large John Connolly up with a 7 point lead. Connolly received 41 percent, while state Rep. Marty Walsh had 34 percent. The poll of 600 likely voters closed in the field last night, per Suffolk pollster  David Paleologos. The margin of error is 4 percent.
THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:
State Rep. Marty Walsh
10:00 a.m. Tai Shan Community Association Breakfast Meeting (Empire Garden Restaurant, 690 Washington St.)
11:30 a.m. Press conference on education policy and high school reform with George S. Perry, Walsh Campaign Education Advisor, and Boston Public School parents (English High School, 144 McBride Street)
2:00 p.m. Rep. Walsh will appear on Neighborhood Network News (airing at a later date)
4:45 p.m. Rep. Walsh will appear live on Fox 25 evening news
6:30 p.m. Public Safety & Gun Violence Meeting (Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St.)
7:30 p.m. Rep. Walsh will visit businesses in the North End
8:00 p.m. Mondays with Marty: North End (Fairmount Battery Wharf, Old North Skylight Room)
City Councillor At-Large John Connolly
Public Safety Community Meeting
Kroc Center, 650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA
ODDS & ENDS: Per David Bernstein’s request, somebody  digitally added Red Sox playoff beards to Connolly and Walsh. See the terrifying results for yourself here.....Who has Mayor Menino’s support in the upcoming election? Neither of the candidates, the contenders both tell the Herald .....The two candidates stopped and chatted with one another at the Roslindale Day Parade .....Dorchester's Ward 15 Democratic Committee endorses Rep. Walsh.