The Globe reports a recount showed Bill Linehan really did beat Suzanne Lee - and that a council redistricting plan he authored would shift two precincts where he did really poorly out of his district.
South End Patch reports Suzanne Lee will formally ask the city elections department to recount votes in District 2, where officials said she lost to incumbent Councilor Bill Linehan by just 87 votes.
The fire, reported around 11:15 a.m., quickly traveled from the second-floor bathroom where the plumber was working to the third and fourth floors, the department says.
Damage was estimated at $400,000. No residents were injured.
A pair of alleged purse snatchers didn't get far after battling a woman for her purse - two Good Samaritans grabbed them and held them for police, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Derek Bouchard, 32, of Milton, and Sean Rumsey, 34, of South Boston, both had bail set at $1,500 at their arraignments in Boston Municipal Court yesterday, the DA's office says. Bouchard has breaking and entering convictions out of Fall River, Lynn, Roxbury and Woburn, Miller said, while Rumsey has Boston convictions for shoplifting and receiving stolen goods.
(Originally appeared at www.bostonbastard.com. This post reflects the opinion of the Boston Bastard and not that of UHub and Adam G.)
In September, Suzanne Lee had one thing that Bill Linehan didn’t – the element of surprise. No one expected a first-time candidate from Chinatown to give much trouble to an incumbent South Bostonian in “South Boston’s District.”
That all changed when Lee smacked Linehan across the face in the polls, Sept. 27, taking the top spot in the preliminary election.
All of a sudden, what was not expected to be a difficult battle for Linehan, has turned into one of two hotly-contested district races this year.
It remains to be seen how much support Linehan was able to drum up since coming in second, but it’s clear the race would not be a cake walk.
As far as campaign financing goes, both Linehan and Lee reported roughly the same amount of total campaign donations for the year at the time of the election, September 27. But on the Friday following the election, Linehan’s campaign deposited $23,630 in donations.
Linehan didn’t actually report any receipts in the first two weeks of October, but in that time, he did sink $ 17,936.18 into his campaign, predominately in local media advertising.
The actual exchange of drugs took place in the South End last night, after one of the three asked two undercover cops if they needed any crack, and when they said yes, he brought over a pal and they went for a walk, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Atu Austin, Lamont Daughtery and Thomas McLaughlin were arraigned today, the DA's office says.
The two suspects said they would have to walk to get the drugs because no one had any left in the encampment. The foursome began walking up Summer Street, eventually making their way to East Berkeley Street. At that point, the officers gave $80 to McLaughlin and waited at a nearby bus stop with Daughtery. Additional officers watched as McLaughlin met up with Austin and the two engaged in a transaction at 433 Harrison Ave. McLaughlin allegedly returned to the bus stop, where it was established that he and Daughtery would each get one of the bags for their troubles. The drugs were distributed among the group near the intersection of Washington and Herald streets. All three suspects were eventually arrested, with police recovering only $60 in buy money from Austin and the other $20 in McLaughlin's pocket.
BosGuy posts photos of the Apple and Steve Jobs-themed jack o'lanterns a Union Park Street resident carved and lit up last night.
The South End News reports the Parks and Recreation Department has rejected the Parish Cafe's plan to remove a tree on Tremont Street to make way for outdoor seating.
Last night, an alert citizen checked in from W. 3 Street in South Boston:
The block on W 3rd St. between A St. and B St. is very dark at night. There is no street lighting making it a safety concern.
The very next report came from E. Brookline Street in the South End:
Excessively bright floodlights installed today in the alley behind BMC's 85 E. Newton St Pavilion are shining into the residences on E. Brookline Street. No one on E. Brookline St was notified that we were going to be floodlit.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports several state reps are shepherding an "emergency" bill that would, immediately on passage, let Boston and other communities ban overnight commercial trash pickups. Legislators consider the ide at a hearing on Oct. 18 at the State House, Room A-1, starting at 10 a.m.
The proposal, backed by, among others, Marty Walz (D-Back Bay) and Aaron Michlewitz, would dovetail with an effort by city councilors Felix Arroyo and Mike Ross to limit commercial pickups because of noise complaints in neighborhoods such as the North End, downtown and the Back Bay. Current state law prohibits such bans.
Cambridge, Mass. — Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productions’ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8–Jan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit www.thefriendsofeddiecoyle.com
It is the winter of ‘69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting to stay alive and out of jail among his “friends” – cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddie’s making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.
George V. Higgins’ classic novel has been called the “best crime novel ever written” by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Boston’s underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the ’69-’70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.
South End Patch notes a proposed Dunkin' Donuts on Tremont Street (which would replace, gasp, a "modern furniture store") is "less than half a mile" from an existing Dunkin' Donuts.
Adam Castiglioni sees trouble brewing:
One wonders how the Dunkin Donuts proposal will fare after neighbor concerns have already caused the cancellation of redevelopment plans (that included new restaurants) for buildings at the corner of West Newton and Washington Streets and the corner of Washington Street and Worcester Square in the South End.
A roving UHub photographer who used to frequent Victoria's Diner reports:
Reading the weekly specials board on the way in, we decided the new owners don't want much business and certainly aren't getting ours.
Happened around 3 a.m. between Washington and Harrison, Brian D'Amico reports.
South End Patch reports the city holds a hearing on Oct. 18 on a request from Parish Cafe to chop down a couple of trees on Tremont Street so it can put in some outdoor tables and chairs.
Mike Ball considers last night's results in District 2, which saw challenger Suzanne Lee of the South End top incumbent Bill Linehan of South Boston:
Like those inconsiderate schlubs who stroll slowly while jaywalking to inconvenience as many drivers as possible, some Boston neighborhoods love a sense of power. South Boston has been one, as in returning the dreadful bigoted Jim Kelly to this seat numerous times. He was obnoxious, inefficient and a true insult to the district outside of Southie. They did it because they could.
Linehan is much more low-key and doesn't exhibit the worst of Kelly's traits, certainly not the anti-gay stance that Kelly finally recanted when he was dying. Yet, despite the incumbent's drabness, there is a clear choice here. Lee is an achiever, an idea and action person, with specific programs and goals to improve the lives of those in the district and whole city.
Voters in District 2 (South Boston, South End, Chinatown), District 3 (Dorchester) and District 7 (Roxbury, Fenway) will narrow down the field of candidates tomorrow for the November elections.
In District 3, seven candidates want to replace retiring Councilor Maureen Feeney: Frank Baker, Doug Bennett, Stephanie Everett, Craig Galvin, Marty Hogan, John O'Toole and Mary-dith Tuitt. Candidate answers to questionnaire.
The feel-good story of the day!
When I got home last night, there was a note taped to the building's door. Our neighbor around the corner wanted us to know that a red-tailed hawk was sitting on our back fire escape.
She and her husband were on their deck a couple days ago when they heard a loud noise and then noticed the hawk. She assumed he had flown into our building or was somehow injured and fell. (We didn't heard a thing.) After he hadn't moved from his spot for two days, she knew he needed to be saved.
I went upstairs and saw him from the roof. He was just sitting there, apparently alive, but somehow injured and unable to move.
I called the Animal Rescue League, but it just closed at six. I called the city's 24-hour constituent line. A nice man took my information and told me an animal control guy would come over. But he didn't.
At 10pm, I called back. A different person told me that the guy had come to our building, buzzed, didn't get an answer, didn't have a phone number to call, and left.
w/e. Obviously didn't happen. We were upset. Couldn't do anything. Slept.
BosGuy reviews El Centro on Shawmut Avenue in the South End.
A concerned citizen reports from 765 Tremont St. in the South End:
Dumpster in parking spot/MBTA bus stop, also blocking fire hydrant. A triple whammy! And graffiti on it to boot. This has been here for at least a week.
Boston Police tweet a pedestrian hit by a motorcycle at Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street around 9 p.m. Sunday has died:
Preliminary investigation indicates that this is a tragic accident and no charges have been filed.
Complaining to the Mayor's Hotline gets results. Roving UHub photographer Sean Connor forwarded this photo today of the excessively hot manhole covers on Harrison Avenue, a day after somebody complained one had burned his or her pet's paws.
A concerned citizen with a newly wounded pet reports on a manhole cover on the sidewalk on Harrison just outbound from E. Brookline:
Water and steam boiling out and cover is HOT. Burned dogs paws.