The Boston Civic Summit Neighborhood Exchange Team, an outgrowth of last year's Civic Summit hosted by City Councillor Maureen Feeney and convention center head James Rooney, is gathering basic information on neighborhood civic associations with a new online survey.
The group hopes to use the information to create an exchange of ideas and best practices between the many civic groups. The current survey gathers basic information about the size, communication tactics and contact information of the civics Those interested in participating can find the survey at roslindale.us/civicsummit.
District 3 City Councillor Maureen Feeney's chief of staff, Renie Smith, who has earned a stellar reputation serving the neighborhood with the councillor for 11 years, is working her last day in City Hall today, at least for the time being. Smith, who resides in the Cedar Grove neighborhood, said she's thoroughly enjoyed the job, but is looking forward to taking a little break as well.
"Maureen's just getting ready to start another campaign and I know how much work goes into that," said Smith. "I just thought it would be easier for someone new to start now. Read more
The patiently waiting Peabody Square and Dorchester Avenue improvement projects could be bumped to the front of the line with the help of President Obama's proposed nearly $1 trillion economic recovery package.
Mayor Tom Menino announced the formation of a city Economic Recovery Team last week, created to lobby for and distribute federal dollars once the bill is signed. Currently under debate in Congress, the stimulus package is expected to reach the president by mid-February. Read more
New City Council President Michael Ross, citing the economy and a gag-order motion filed by prosecuting attorneys in Councillor Chuck Turner's bribery case, halted an council investigation into Turner's fitness to serve on Tuesday.
Federal investigators moved to limit to public documents what the $500-an-hour fact finder, former Chief Magistrate Charles B. Swartwood III, could access.
But a rule change also enacted by Ross would enable the council to penalize and even eject Turner from the body by a two-thirds majority vote. Read more
Maureen and Larry Feeney
Larry and Maureen Feeney will be among the honorees at this Friday's 24th annual Caritas Carney Hospital Awards Dinner on at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The Dorchester couple will be the recipients of the Andrew Carney Humanitarians of the Year award.
Larry Feeney has served as the Caritas Carney Foundation Board President for the past three years. Maureen Feeney is the president of the Boston City Council. Read more
City Council president Maureen Feeney defended her reputation - and lashed out at the alleged corruption of Senator Dianne Wilkerson - in an interview with the Reporter this week. Feeney was among the several elected and appointed officials from the city and state government who were named by their titles in a 32-page affidavit from FBI special agent Krista Corr, which detailed the extortion charges against Wilkerson last week.
In sum, Feeney says her actions were completely on the up and up, and legal. Read more
Many were from Dorchester. But they were also from Back Bay, Roslindale, Brighton and Mattapan. Most of the 450 attendees, many of them leaders in their communities, stayed at the unprecedented civic summit through the drizzly Saturday afternoon, trading business cards with each other and taking in workshops on fundraising, zoning, communication and voter education. Read more
City Council President Maureen Feeney wants to be clear: when it came to Boston magazine ranking the 50 most powerful people in the city, she had nothing to do with coming in at No. 32.
"I did not nominate myself," she says with a laugh. She came in ahead of Arline Isaacson, chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and Alan Solomont, CEO of Solomont Bailis Ventures and heavy Democratic fundraiser (#33 and #34), Cardinal Sean O'Malley (#36), MIT President Susan Hockfield (#38) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#43). Read more