Matt O'Malley, 31, today became Boston's youngest city councilor with a 60-40 win over Jim Hennigan for the 6th District seat that covers West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and bits of Roslindale and Mission Hill.
O'Malley's win in the special election to replace John Tobin, who quit earlier this year, comes on his third try for a seat on the council - he lost two earlier bids for a citywide at-large seat.
In addition to being the youngest councilor, O'Malley will be the city's only red-headed councilor. He'll take office just in time for a Dec. 1 hearing on whether convicted Councilor Chuck Turner gets to stay in office or should be expelled.
And bits of Roslindale and Mission Hill: It's the special election to replace John Tobin as District 6 city councilor. O'Malley vs. Hennigan.
Some are apparently content to travel to West Roxbury and steal tip jars from Chinese take-out places.
If court officers want to arrest you for missing jury duty, they're not going to call you on the phoneBy adamg - 11/8/10 - 12:00 pm
District E-5 reports somebody's calling West Roxbury and Roslindale residents threatening to have them arrested for skipping jury duty and then demanding they hand over their Social-Security and, sometimes, credit-card numbers, to "verify" who they area and to cancel their arrest warrants.
District E-5 has one word for this: Scam.
We advise residents to be aware of this and to HANG UP if you receive a phone call like this.
Yep, the 7th and 8th grade dance at Holy Name has just let out and parents of a couple hundred kids all have all converged on the rotary at the same time to pick their kids up.
Boston.com talks to Jim Hennigan and Matt O'Malley, one of whom will be elected on Nov. 16 to represent West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain on the city council. Both say they would vote to expel turner because of his corruption conviction last week. City Council President Mike Ross set the date so that whoever wins the election to replace John Tobin can join the expulsion discussion and vote.
UPDATE: More details on Andrew Higgins's alleged cross-town robbery trip.
The Hyde Park Savings bank branch at 1920 Centre St. was held up mid-morning, Boston Police tweet.
Two men were arrested not long after, the alleged robber in Savin Hill, his alleged getaway driver in Mattapan, we hear.
This is the second time in a little more than a month that a Centre Street bank was held up.
Fire and hazmat crews were at the West Roxbury Education Complex this morning, trying to figure out what made a small group of teachers and students nauseous. The Boston Fire Department reports the cause turned out to be diesel fumes from a truck left running for several hours next to the school yesterday.
The Boston Fire Department reports an elderly woman this morning somehow drove into the creek that separates Prime Motors from the abandoned McDonald's off VFW Parkway in West Roxbury at the Dedham line.
When fire crews arrived around 11 a.m., the car was sitting in about two feet of water, the department says. The woman was extricated and taken to a local hospital with back and neck injuries. A hazmat crew was summoned to ensure no gasoline or oil got into the creek, which feeds into the Charles River, the department adds.
That's currently a vacant space (left over from the renovations after the Tai Ho fire) right next door to the Upper Crust pizza place, a couple doors down from Himalayan Bistro, across the street from West and just down the street from Thai Spice, Fresh Catch to Go and Christo's.
So looks like Centre Street's only Middle Eastern eatery is being replaced by a Thai/sushi place, which will join Thai Spice (the original Thai place, really just takeout) and Phuket (which has a beer and wine license). At this rate, do Centre Street's pizza places have anything to worry about?
But looks like Jim Hennigan will have a lot of work to do to win in the Nov. 16 final election: In a five-person field in the preliminary today, O'Malley got 53% of the vote.
O'Malley is making his third bid for a seat on the council (his first two were for an at-large seat). Hennigan is scion of a family that's been active in politics in both ends of the district forever (most recently, his sister Maura held the council seat before giving it up in an unsuccessful bid to unseat Mayor Menino).
The final election is Nov. 16.
... at least according to today's Metro.
Election tomorrow! Well, for city council in District 6 (West Roxbury, JP and pieces of Roslindale and Mission Hill), at any rate. Will turnout get into double digits?
The Globe says Patrick should stop blaming Baker for MBTA fare increases. But at least Patrick didn't sign documents saying the Big Dig would only cost $7.7 billion when he knew it would cost more than $11 billion. The Herald reports Patrick took donations from gambling lobbyists.
The Herald also shows the sort of gritty courage we expect from a scrappy tabloid: It dares to compare the fashion sense of the three men running for governor:
The JPVoice posts video interviews with the five people running for John Tobin's old seat in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.
A preliminary election Oct. 19 will narrow the field down to two for a final election on Nov. 16 (Why the elections are separate from the state elections).
Jamaica Plain Progressives have posted videos of the five candidates in the Oct. 19 preliminary to replace John Tobin in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (and parts of Mission Hill and Roslindale).
Sean Ryan: Boldly leading Boston into the 1950s! We haven't had such a tuneful city-council campaign since Tito Jackson ran for the council last year.
Wicked Local West Roxbury reports on a debate among candidates for the District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill) city-council seat.
All the way in the back.
Two guys way old enough to know better got into a traffic dispute on Temple Street in West Roxbury the other day that ended with punches thrown, faces bloodied, shirts ripped. Or as Wicked Local West Roxbury put it: Finger raised, mother slandered in road rage beatdown.
Wicked Local West Roxbury reports that while councilors Ross, Consalvo and Connolly are backing Matt O'Malley in the race to succeed John Tobin, councilors Murphy and Arroyo are backing Jim Hennigan - whose sister, Maura, once represented the district. John Tobin, who quit the seat this year, is backing O'Malley.
West Roxbury Patch covered a candidates' night in Jamaica Plain last night for the District 6 seat.
Boston Police tweet Peoples Federal Savings Bank, 1905 Centre St., was held up first thing this morning by a white guy with a small build and black hair. He didn't show a weapon.
Ed. Note: Yikes: That's our bank. The tellers are all very nice.