Jul. 10, 2013
A coalition of Dorchester-based groups is putting together a mayoral forum to be held inside the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill on Thurs. Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. Teens with the Cape Verdean Community (CVC) UNIDO’s Youth Leadership Academy are planning the event, which will focus on bilingual education and youth jobs as topics and feature questions from other neighborhood groups.
The other organizations involved, according to the CVC’s Peter Roby, include the Bowdoin Geneva Alliance, the Bowdoin Street Health Center, College Bound Dorchester, the Family Nurturing Center, the Friends of Ronan Park, the Richfield Street Association, the Ridgewood Street Association, the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, and the Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association. Read more
Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign is bringing on a former spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party as its communications director. Kevin Franck has also served as a spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party.
A former high school teacher with a master’s degree in education, Franck briefly served as communications director for the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Consalvo, the District 5 city councillor since 2002, is one of 12 people running for mayor. Read more
Reuben Kantor, who signed on as the manager of Bill Walczak’s mayoral campaign, is stepping down, he said Wednesday night. Kantor, who has worked on campaigns for Gov. Deval Patrick and City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, cited a hefty schedule that took its toll when he took the job in April. Read more
The candidates sat almost shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage inside Edward Brooke Charter School’s auditorium, five on either side of the moderator.
Even with no opening or closing statements allowed, candidates looked down at the table, out into the large crowd, or quietly joked with one another as they waited for their turn. One question took fifteen minutes to get through, as each candidate weighed in with their response to the various questions.
Welcome to the life of a mayoral contender for the foreseeable future. Read more
Bill Walczak used to look outside his window at sunrise and see shards of broken glass everywhere. Savin Hill Park, with its expansive views of the rest of the neighborhood, the gas tank and Dorchester Bay, was often a “total wreck” when he first moved to Rockmere Street some 30 years ago.
The first year he lived there, he would head out the door with a rake because he was tired of seeing all that glassy trash. Soon, a neighbor joined him in the clean-up and today, three decades later, a group of volunteers goes to the park every year, sweeping away debris and overgrown thorn bushes.
“Some of my neighbors ‘round here used to say, ‘Geez, I wish they would just close that park,’ because it was so filled with problems,” Walczak said in an interview with the Reporter. “But now it’s a huge asset and it’s people coming together that did that, the neighborhood coming together. I just was the guy that put the sign up that said, ‘Hey, we can clean this park.’ ” Read more
When Jim Brett was a longtime state representative running for mayor in 1993, he was the only candidate on the ballot who was also a Dorchester resident. He was up against Hyde Park City Councillor Thomas Menino, who would go on to win the coveted job.
Twenty years later, Savin Hill’s Marty Walsh holds Brett’s old House seat and he has launched his own mayoral bid, amassing cash and union support early on. But this time, there may be more than one Dorchester resident’s name on the ballot. Read more
A city councillor at-large and the former chief executive of a Dorchester hospital entered the Boston mayoral sweepstakes over the last week, bringing to eight the number of candidates who have said they hope to succeed Thomas Menino.
Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak, who founded the Codman Square Health Center and briefly ran Carney Hospital, and Jamaica Plain’s Felix Arroyo, who was elected to the City Council in 2009, announced their candidacies, taking their names off the list of potential candidates and placing them in the burgeoning field of contenders. Read more
School officials are tweaking one of three models that a mayoral advisory group is weighing as it seeks to overhaul the city’s school assignment system. A 10-zone model will become an 11- zone model, with Dorchester getting split in two, one of the advisory group’s members, Bill Walczak, said Tuesday night. Read more
Apr. 18, 2012
After 14 months at the helm, Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak is out as president of Carney Hospital. The sudden shake-up raises questions about the future of the Dorchester Avenue facility, which was sold to a private equity firm in 2010 and is now facing the appointment of its fourth president in two years. Read more
(UPDATE: More on the story is available here, where Walczak states that he did not resign.)
Savin Hill's Bill Walczak is out as president of Carney Hospital, sources tell the Reporter.
Walczak, the former head of the Codman Square Health Center, was not immediately available for comment. He has headed the hospital for 14 months. Read more