The Globe reports several black ministers endorsed John Connolly yesterday and notes how dramatic that was given that some of them were comparing him to, gasp, Louise Day Hicks just last year, after he publicly called for School Superintendent Carol Johnson to quit. The Globe says Connolly stopped saying that after meeting with one of the ministers and agreeing to try to work... Read more
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Sen. Sal DiDomenico and City Councilor Sal LaMattina all endorsed John Connolly yesterday. Michlewitz called him:
A progressive leader who understands the importance of keeping families in the city by transforming our schools, creating more affordable housing options, and building safe and healthy neighborhoods throughout the city.
Connolly has scheduled "an endorsement event" at his Roxbury campaign office at 5:15... Read more
Commonwealth Magazine reports Mel Miller has put his "his stunning New Hampshire vacation home" on the market to repay the the $278,000 or so he owes the BRA for a loan that helped keep his Bay State Banner afloat in 2009.
The loan was for $200,000, but, you know, interest.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by three Brighton residents against a major expansion plan by Boston College.
In their suit, residents said the BRA was a "quasi judicial" body and therefore violated the state constitution in approving a 10-year, $1.6-billion "institutional master plan" by holding private discussions with college officials and not swearing in people testifying in public on... Read more
"Throughout my life I have advocated and worked for an inclusive city," said Barros. "We need a Mayor who will not only work to improve our education system, but one that will work to ensure every child has a quality educational seat, one that will work to ensure every resident and neighborhood has opportunity for affordable housing, one... Read more
Former Mayoral Candidates John Barros and Felix Arroyo endorsed Martin Walsh for Boston Mayor today. Inclinations why these endorsements occurred had to do with Arroyo supporting Walsh because of his union support and Barros supporting Walsh due to his differences with Connolly regarding the Boston Public School system and Barros being a former School committee member.
I expect Charlotte Golar Richie to endorse Connolly later... Read more
New poll shows Connolly in lead, but with large number of undecideds.
Marty Walsh issued a high-school revamp plan that would include intensive "academies" for ninth- and tenth-graders, turning Madison Park into a good school, greater voke-ed opportunities for students at other schools who don't want to go onto college and more "alternative" schools for kids who don't do well in traditional settings.... Read more
Boston Police cruisers and community-center vans were pressed into service as impromptu school buses when school-bus drivers struck this morning over proposed work-rule changes - including a new bus tracker for parents.
BPS says the strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 caught it unawares:
Because of this, students will not be marked late and absences will be marked as “excused” in... Read more
Bianca spotted some scullers on the Charles as storm clouds moved in and the NWS issued a severe-thunderstorm watch.
The Ward 19 Democratic Committee will meet today, Monday, October 7, at 7:00 PM at the Roslindale Community Center. The Committee welcomes any voters registered as Democrats in Ward 19 who are interested in participating in Committee events, and contributing to our mission, to attend our meetings.
The previously planned forum for the mayoral candidates that was to be held October 8 has been... Read more
The Globe gets drenched covering the two mayoral candidates in yesterday's Roslindale parade; doesn't note that both were preceded by Rob Consalvo, staying dry in a trolley bus.
The Herald reports both Walsh and Connolly are running by running away from City Hall and that both camps are concerned voters might get distracted by a Red Sox World Series run.
The Globe... Read more
The famous non-profit organization is suffering at the (stage)hands of LocalOne.
See below for a couple of takes on the situation.
"Accepting Local 1's demand, Carnegie said in a statement, would 'divert significant funds away from the hall’s music education programs and into stagehand fees.'"
"This is a fight Carnegie Hall... Read more
Walsh's comment came as he defended his decision not to take the People's Pledge which would penalize a candidate if independent groups spend money to assist that same candidate.... Read more
Rivers admits to and apologizes for not having voted since 1983, says the causes he supports are more important than his single vote and says he'll vote again when Boston's black and brown communities "exercise electoral discipline" and unify behind a single candidate - no doubt the one he determines is best suited for the job. You know, like Nick Collins in the recent... Read more
WCVB reports some maintenance workers for Boston Public Schools seems to have a rather fuzzy idea of who's really paying their salaries, and that Boston Police are now investigating daytime work they were doing for their former boss, who retired in 2009 and who lives in Dedham - where Channel 5 found at least one BPS truck during the day several times this past... Read more
Boston Magazine's David Bernstein wanted to apologize for his tweet that he sent out poking fun at Former Boston Mayoral Candidate Charlotte Golar Richie on election night:
Election night, I was at the loud and crowded Marty Walsh event, where I saw but didn't really hear Richie's concession speech on screen. And knowing that by the end of the campaign she was pretty annoyed at... Read more
The Bostonian Society reports so many tourists are either calling or asking on the Freedom Trail whether the Old State House is open, it's issued a formal statement that the building remains open:
The Old State House is maintained and operated for the public benefit by the non-profit, non-governmental Bostonian Society, relying on the support of generous individuals, businesses, and foundations. Since 2005, the Bostonian... Read more
Today, Boston Mayoral Candidate John Connolly announced he will vote against the 25% pay raise awarded to the BPD through arbitration. A few days ago, Martin Walsh criticized outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino for acting irresponsibly in his negotiations with police.