Feb. 26, 2013
Looking to make the city’s school system the focus of his campaign, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly launched his mayoral bid on Tuesday morning outside of a Brighton school. He said he plans a “bottom-up” campaign, with a community organizer’s mindset, similar to President Obama’s campaign for the White House.
In a conversation with reporters on Monday, Connolly said he is ready to “ask every voter I can meet to consider me.” Connolly has spent months building up his campaign kitty and he said last week that he was seriously considering a mayoral bid. Read more
Boston Police report a man, 23, was found with life-threatening stab wounds around 3:30 p.m. at 16 Almont St. Read more
Feb. 22, 2013
Awash in data and comments from the school department, parents, and outside groups, the panel tasked with revamping the city’s school assignment system will meet at City Hall for a Saturday morning (Feb. 23) discussion. A vote is still planned for Monday night (Feb. 25) at Suffolk University.
The 27-member panel appears to be leaning toward the “home-based” models as they look to make a recommendation to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School Committee, according to its members. Read more
Feb. 21, 2013
City councillors plan to review the city’s response to the two feet of snow that hit Boston earlier this month at a hearing on March 4. The northeaster and City Hall’s clean-up efforts prompted responses of praise and criticism, and councillors are expected to delve into the issue at a session of the City, Neighborhood and Veterans Services Committee. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers responding to a report of gunfire found a man with gunshot wounds at 24 Woodruff Way around 2:35 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more
A man sitting in a white Mercedes outside 57 Stoughton St. was shot around 10:40 a.m. on Friday. Read more
Storms of the sort that blew through Boston last weekend are a test not only of city government but also of a community’s mettle and patience. We’ve been spoiled in recent years with mild winters, but in most ways, Boston came through last weekend just fine— as a New England community should, given our heritage. Read more
It was not quite the Blizzard of ‘78. But the weekend northeaster that tore into the region last Friday afternoon might have been a close cousin.
The storm dumped more than two feet of wind-driven snow onto Boston’s neighborhoods by Saturday afternoon, disrupting the drumbeat of daily life, forcing school cancellations and prompting a record number of service calls to City Hall. By mid-week, Boston was still in recovery mode, but a return to normalcy was at hand, with schools re-open freeing house-bound families from a five-day stretch of severe cabin fever.
“Our snow removal teams did great work throughout the night last night,” Mayor Menino said on Tuesday. “Our crews will be out there all day and again tonight as we continue to widen roads, make our schools safe for students, and respond to residents’ concerns about residential areas.” Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 49 Mather St. late last night quickly went to three alarms and sent two residents and two firefighters to the hospital. One resident was rescued from a top floor of the multi-family building via a department aerial ladder. Read more
Feb. 8, 2013
A snow emergency and parking ban will begin at noon today as the region braced for what could be a blizzard of historic proportions. The National Weather Service is also advising people not to travel after noon on Friday.
“This is going to be a very serious storm,” Mayor Menino said in a press conference on Thursday. “Safety is our number one priority, I want to stress that the best thing everyone can do Friday and Saturday is to stay home. Stay off the roads, stay safe and let our Public Works crews work.”
The city of Boston issued the following information: Read more