Eugene O'Flaherty sick of marriage debate

Bay Windows reports this week that state Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty says he will not support the current effort to amend the state constitution to ban civil marriage rights of same-sex couples:

"I want to try to dispose of this issue," he says. "It's occupied the last three years of my life; a lot of time, a lot of energy and I'd like to apply that to healthcare. I'd like to apply that to some of the other issues that we have in front of us, that as far as I'm concerned, are much more important to our constituents at this point."

O'Flaherty, who is House chair of the legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary, says "my recommendation to my members would be that that legislation ought not to pass . . ."

Obnoxious developers from Beacon Hill to Dorchester

Charles cannot believe a developer would be so stupid as to pull down a historic Beacon Hill building without a permit - and is equally amazed at what some builders are trying to foist on Dorchester, with the help of a lax city landmark code:

One Dorchester example is 40 Hancock Street, a five minute walk from my house, where a developer wants to replace a Colonial Revival house which had been used as a funeral home with ten residential and two commercial units on an approximately 13,000 square foot lot. The lot is zoned as a commercial subdistrict (which allowed the funeral home use), but the abutting residential zoning is 5000 3F, or a minimum of 5000 square feet to build a three family house. Needless to say, the scale of the project is inappropriate for an already dense urban neighborhood. ...

Bucolic West Roxbury once again under brutal reign of Fruits and Veggies?

After a spate of articles this past spring about the Fruits and Veggies Gang (good Westie lads who decided to have a bit of fun by beating up kids they didn't like after their jobs in the local produce departments), things seemed to quiet down. But the past few weeks, the police-blotter in the Roslindale and West Roxbury Transcript always seems to have had at least one item about somebody getting threatened or beaten up by a bunch of young men.

Last week, it was:

An employee of the Walgreens drug store at 1991 Centre St., told police that a group of 10 teens wanted to fight his son and "finish" him. ...

And today? The paper reports:

A 34-year-old West Roxbury man told police that as he was driving through the commuter rail lot on Elgin Street, his driver's-side tires suddenly blew out, flattening the tires and throwing off his hubcaps. As he went back to retrieve the hubcaps, he was attacked by three teenage males who punched and kicked him on his head and body and then fled on the train tracks toward Catholic Memorial ...

More details on the attack.

Generation Next for Rogerson Communities Makes This Holiday Season Hip

Generation Next for Rogerson Communities will put the “hip” in this holiday season with Next Stop: Hip Holiday, a hip hop-themed holiday gift drive to benefit elders from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, December 5 at Mario Russo Salon, 9 Newbury Street, third floor in Boston.

Enter to win cool raffle prizes and enjoy complimentary appetizers and a wine bar. Admission is $10 or free if you bring a gift for an elder. Order tickets online at or by calling (617) 469-5822.

Next Stop: Hip Holiday is Generation Next’s third annual holiday gift drive to benefit Boston's elderly and low-income residents. For more information about Next Stop: Hip Holiday or Generation Next, contact Rogerson Communities’ Special Events Manager Keri Aulita at (617) 469-5822 or [email protected].

Burying the lead

The Professional Media Critic finally weighs in on Theogate. For the most part, Mark Jurkowitz's long piece tells you absolutely nothing you couldn't have read last week on, oh, Boston Sports Media Watch, although it could prove useful as a handout for new immigrants from Kansas or Mars who don't know why local sports fans keep cursing this Shaughnessy guy. Curiously, though, the one thought-provoking new idea comes all the way at the end, in the very last paragraph:

... How come with all the manpower devoted to covering the Red Sox from spring training through the playoffs, we never really got a whiff of the serious - and ultimately decisive - tensions between Epstein and Lucchino until the contract talks blew up? Isn't that something that journalists in regular contact with the team for more than six months should get wind of and make part of the ongoing coverage? These days, the exploits and activities of the Red Sox regularly make page one, the business pages, and even the gossip columns. Where were the city's aggressive sports media on what turned out to be the most important off-field story of the year?

But at least he did finally write about it. The other people who get paid to write about Boston-area media, the little tyros at the Weekly Dig's Media Farm, once again ignored the biggest media story in Boston, preferring instead to pick on silly headlines and quotes in the Herald and the BU student newspaper.

My standard newspaper disclosure.