The New York Times has a long piece today about the way Annissa Essaibi George has ramped up her Boston accent, in her uniquely Anissa Essaibi George way (in which she admits to doing so then says it doesn't matter). The story quotes her, a HiPahk supporter of Michelle Wu, an accent coach and some guy who says he only started dropping his Rs harder when his mother told him to pronounce them if he wanted to get ahead in life.
The story relays an anecdote from one of the reporter's friends, a local film producer, on a birthday card she got recently from her sister:
You’re my SISTAH, you’re a PRODUCAH, and now you’re OLDAH.
The story originally began with an anecdote about Essaibi George on Preliminary Night:
The mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George was amping up her supporters, who had gathered in an Italian restaurant on the South Boston waterfront, a little punchy after a long day of getting out the vote.
That restaurant would be Venezia, which even a confused reporter such as ye faithful correspondent here knows is in Dorchester's Port Norfolk neighborhood. To its credit, the Paper of Record has since changed the reference to just "the waterfront," which is more accurate, especially for your typical Times reader on the Upper East Side chortling over provincial Bostonians and their accent, although these days, Bostonians who hear "the waterfront" tend to think of the area between Atlantic Avenue and the harbor downtown, not a quiet little area in Dorchester that is barely accessible from the rest of the city.
Anyway, in other news, Wu won the backing of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC:
Michelle is a bold visionary with a proven track record of building strong policies for a more equitable Boston. We are proud of her leadership when she served on MWPC's Young Professionals Executive Board, and are confident she will continue to act with urgency and in collaboration with Boston’s communities to build solutions to the city’s most pressing problems. As a woman of color and a daughter of immigrants, her election will empower Boston’s systemically underrepresented voices that are the backbone of the city.
Democratic ward committees in Jamaica Plain have organized a Zoom forum for all eight at-large council candidates. Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19.
The Dorchester Reporter talks with Michael Flaherty, who topped the preliminary ballot for one of the four at-large seats.
The Reporter also takes a look at the race for District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan and a bit of Roslindale), where Brian Worrell and former state Rep. Evandro Carvalho are competing for the seat Andrea Campbell gave up.
The West Roxbury Business and Professional Association hosts a forum for both mayoral and city-council candidates at he Corrib Pub in West Roxbury at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Voters next month will get to vote in a non-binding referendum on whether Boston should return to an elected School Committee. Boston Parents Schoolyard News begins a series on the question, starting with an interview with Jean McGuire, the first Black woman elected to the committee before it was replaced with a committee appointed by the mayor.