Funny but true: Aaron Michlewitz didn't actually get elected state rep from the North End and the South End last month. He only won the Democratic primary, even though the local press seems to think he's already serving, at least based on the amount of coverage they're not giving the race.
Kevin McCrea isn't just a candidate for mayor. He's also a resident. Which means that when a city worker did a half-assed job fixing some loose cobblestones outside his South End job, he got to track and detail how the city responded to the problem - including the dispatching of six workers and three trucks to fix the two-foot-by-two-foot problem. What set off the burst of activity: McCrea asked the city lawyer in charge of public-records requests for the official city tracking reports on the cobblestones, not for a fix to the problem.
Boston Public Schools announced today it's shutting the Carter Development Center in the South End and the Louis Agassiz Elementary School in Jamaica Plain for a week due to high absenteeism that could be caused by Porky Pig's worst nightmare.
That makes 20 public and private schools that have been closed for a week due to the flu.
... After my initial visit, which went very well, I returned again yesterday afternoon for lunch, to try some more dishes. That second visit was as pleasing as the first time. There will certainly be a third visit, and a fourth, fifth, etc. ...
Prominent restaurants are dropping like flies now. Boston Food and Whine reports Icarus, a South End landmark, is closing forever on July 1, partly because of the economy, partly so owner Chris Douglass can concentrate on his two restaurants in Dorchester.
Also, for those who don't travel in online knitting circles, apparently they can be as ranty and flame-filled as every other discussions - as you'll see if you click on the first link and read the entire debate about whether the flowers are litter or not (really? yes, really).
The man charged with helping to beat four people walking down Columbus Avenue last Aug. 24 today pleaded guilty to nine charges against him - four for civil-rights violations - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.
Mike Mennonno finds evidence of their work at a bike rack on Carleton Street.
Channel 5 reports Harvard's football coach faces charges he harassed and tried to run down a former girlfriend in the South End.
Aaron Michlewitz won the Democratic primary today to replace Sal DiMasi, according to city election results.
Michlewitz got 2,116, compared to 1,945 for Susan Passoni, 103 for Lucy Rivera and 44 for Brian Ross. He will now face Republican David Trumbull and independent John Keith in a special election next month.
Today's the special Democratic primary to see who runs in the special election to replace Sal DiMasi in the 3rd Suffolk district.
Susan Passoni, Aaron Michlewitz, Brian Ross and Lucy Rivera face off on the Democratic side. Whoever wins will face independent John Keith and Republican David Trumbull on June 16.
Free from any primary responsibilities, and noting the battle between the North End's Michlewitz and the South End's Passoni, Keith recounts another North End/South End battle, back in the 1700s, when Protestant groups in the two neighborhoods would hold annual Pope's Day riots to see who could most show their hatred for Catholics. Fortunately, the social climate in Boston seems to have improved a bit since then.
Josh Dawson is a member of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee (Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village). And he's a bit perturbed over the way 3rd Suffolk state-rep hopeful Aaron Michlewitz may have gotten questions from a Ward 5/Ward 4 debate in advance:
... It's disappointing that our Committee's reputation could be tarnished for a short time because of this mess. As a member of the Executive Committee, I will push to have a meeting as soon as possible to discuss this situation and fix any problems with the forum/endorsement process, so we can get back to doing the things that make our Committee great ...
He also says that despite what ward Chairman Rob Whitney seemed to tell the Phoenix, neither he nor at least three other members got the questions in advance.
Hannah was having trouble concentrating, getting settled, in her yoga class. But then came her walk home:
... And as I turned down Shawmut, the lingering smell of lilacs suddenly wafted over me. I stopped, throwing my head back and breathing deeply, eyes closed, heart pounding, a smile spreading across my face. I thought of my father's lilac bushes at home and missed him, terribly. I thought how I was proud of myself for finishing that wacky yoga class. I thought how I've allowed loneliness to creep back in, just a little, like the thin thread of a weed trying to break through brick. I thought how lucky I am for moments like this, moments in which I am alone, yes, but also aware, alive, content, even if life confuses me.
The smell of those lilacs followed me down Shawmut and fed me, like supper, like a calm, yoga stillness, like a sweet, sweet taste of home. ...
Latest campaign reports show he's raised $115,000 so far in his race to replace his old boss, Sal DiMasi. Next in line: Susan Passoni, with $51,000.
If you want to see where the candidates are getting their money (and how they're spending it), click on PP next to their names on the link above.
[F]our Asian males forced their way in and began kicking and punching him in the common area of the building. While doing so, they stated, "Give me your money". One of the suspects was pulling at the victim's pants pocket and took approximately Twenty-five-Dollars ($25) from him.
Police say officers arrived and found the four still in the building. Arrested and charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (shod foot), unarmed robbery and threats to extort: Khoi Nguyen, 27, of Randolph, Ou Lan, 24, of Boston, Tung Nguyen, 25, of Lowell and Khoa Vo, 25, of Boston.
UPDATE: The 28X project is dead.
The state will use $114 million in federal stimulus funds to build enhanced bus corridors along Washington Street and Blue Hill Avenue over the next three years, officials announced at a Dudley Station ceremony today.
Most immediately, Dudley will get a direct Silver Line connection to South Station this fall - which brought exclamations of joy from state Rep. Bryon Rushing, because the plan does not involve a billion-dollar tunnel under the Common.
"The tunnel is dead! The tunnel is dead!" he yelled.
Boston Police report a man was shot around 4 p.m. Friday in the doorway to 133 Northampton St. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, expected to survive.