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Mayor Menino to Pen Memoirs

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By: David Ertischek

Boston's longest-serving Mayor Thomas Menino has tapped writer Jack Beatty to assist him in writing his memoirs scheduled for rel
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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 16, 2013 at 1:02 am

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Felix Arroyo Launches Official Campaign for Mayor

Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, At-Large

City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo officially kicked off his mayoral campaign on Saturday in the South End.

Arroyo outlined a series of goals that included improving Boston’s public schools, and having safe and affordable neighborhoods.

“My family, like many families, needed a leg up and needed affordable housing and that was provided for them right here in Villa Victoria,” he said. “Everyone deserves to have a place to live, and that doesn’t happen by accident, and that doesn’t happen because you wish it so. That happens by intention.”

Arroyo also noted he plans to support small businesses in the city.

“Boston has over a billion dollars in deposits in various banks, yet we don’t know that these banks invest at all in any of our neighborhoods,” he said. “As Mayor I would implement legislation that will ensure that we only do business with banks that are lending to small businesses, to qualified homebuyers, to development projects, and that are helping solve our foreclosure crisis.”

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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Things to Know in the South End Today: Mayor Menino Hosts Coffee Hour [Updated: Cancelled]

In this file photo, Mayor Menino speaks with JP residents during a "Coffee Hour" in Jamaica Plain's Mozart Park.

1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a cloudy day, with a high near 70 degrees, and a 70 percent chance of showers, including a possible thunderstorm. 

2. Coffee with Menino: Mayor Menino was slated to be in the South End today to host a neighborhood coffee hour this morning, but the event has been cancelled due to weather. The mayor will be in Mattapan tomorrow for another coffee hour. See here for more information. 

3. New Public Art: On Friday morning, the South End will get a new public art installation at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Brookline artist and resident Tony Lopes commissioned a 12-foot tall stainless steel and bronze sculpture, designed by Medford-based artist David Phillips. Titled “Dancing with Spheres,”  the sculpture will be unveiled at the League’s dog play yard at 10 Chandler Street on Friday, May 31 at 2 p.m. See here for more information.

4. Skin cancer screening: Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (1153 Centre St.) is offering a free skin cancer screening on Wednesday, May 29 from 5-7 p.m. The screening is open to all residents who have not seen a dermatologist in more than a year. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Community Health and Wellness Department at 617-983-7451. 

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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Mayor Announces $1.8 Billion Capital Plan

Mayor Thomas Menino speaks about his five-year capital plan for the city of Boston at a press conference held Friday, May 17, 2013 outside Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Also pictured are District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina (second from right) and Spaulding President David E. Storto (far right).

The mayor last week announced a plan to invest $ 1.8 billion over the next five years in capital projects across the city, including $ 1.6 million for a new park near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

At a press conference held Friday, May 17 outside the recently opened hospital, Mayor Thomas Menino discussed some of the 341 projects included in the city’s five-year capital plan for fiscal years 2014-2018—projects that will improve and maintain the city’s roads, buildings, technology and play spaces.

The five-year capital plan will “create 460 construction jobs in FY2014” and will “transform city neighborhoods, learning, recreation and streets,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

“Our city draws its strength from its neighborhoods, and this year’s capital plan will make our neighborhoods better for all of the families that live in our city,” Menino said. “The park here at Spaulding reflects my commitment to build a city that works for all of our people, not just some of our people.”

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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Mayor Menino: Don’t Let Candidates ‘Tear This School System Down’

Boston Mayor Tom Menino speaks at a ribbon cutting for a new playground at Harvard/Kent Elementary School in Charlestown. Menino cautioned residents not to allow candidates in the mayoral race to "tear down" the public school system during their campaigns.

Mayor Tom Menino cautioned Boston residents not to focus on negative portrayals of the Boston Public School system as the city’s mayoral race heats up.

Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown on May 10, Menino touted the progress public schools have made in recent years and asked residents not to allow anyone to “tear this school system down” in the coming months.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the Boston Public Schools in the last several years. It’s because of a lot of reasons—teachers, principals, the superintendent, the community—and I tell you, the graduation rate is up, dropout rates are down, more kids are going on to college,” Menino said.

He spoke of how the schools work to educate every child, from every background and learning level.

“Don’t let anybody over the next several months, as this campaign heats up, tear this school system down. This is a great school system. We’re not perfect, but with the new assignment plan we can make that happen,” Menino said. “To all of you out there: Stay positive about what’s happening in the schools. The most important thing we can do in our society today is to educate our children, and I think over the last few years we’ve done an incredible job. We have some ways to go. Don’t have this become an issue of tearing down the schools, because these kids out here are the future of our city.”

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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Yancey Running for Boston Mayor, City Council

District 4, Charles C. Yancey.

 

District 4 Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey has pulled nomination papers for both the mayoral and district races.

Yancey was first elected to the Boston City Council in 1983 and is the longest sitting councilor. His decision to run for both positions is not unheard of, as past candidates have done the same.

Along with Yancey, some of the more noted mayoral candidates who have pulled nomination papers, according to Boston’s Election Department, include Boston District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross, Charles Clemons Jr., Will Dorcena, former state representative Althea Garrison, Barstool Sports website owner DavidPortnoy and former city councilor Gareth Saunders.

If Yancey chooses to run for his current council seat, the field could be tougher than what the incumbent has experienced in past years. Already several residents have pulled nomination papers for District 4 including Roslindale’sSteven Godfrey, Mattapan’s Jerina Harris and J.R. Rucker and Terrance J. Williams, both of Dorchester.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

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Mayor on Suspect’s Condition: ‘Who Cares’

Boston Mayor Tom Menino didn’t mince words when asked about the marathon bombing suspect currently under heavy guard at Beth Israel Hospital after Friday’s manhunt.

“Who cares,” Menino answered reporters when asked about the man’s condition.

When asked about the condition of the MBTA officer who was injured during Friday’s manhunt, Menino was softer in his response.

“He’s showing some improvement. It’s encouraging to us,” he said.

The mayor was attending a celebration marking the grand opening of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s new hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard Saturday night and spoke to reporters prior to the event.

When asked about the events of the past week, Menino said, “This city has never worked more efficiently than it has the past week.”

He commended public safety personnel, city workers, businesses and residents for their cooperation during the citywide shelter-in-place order on Friday.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 21, 2013 at 2:46 am

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Mayor on Suspect’s Condition: ‘Who Cares’

 

Boston Mayor Tom Menino didn’t mince words when asked about the marathon bombing suspect currently under heavy guard at Beth Israel Hospital after Friday’s manhunt.

“Who cares,” Menino answered reporters when asked about the man’s condition.

When asked about the condition of the MBTA officer who was injured during Friday’s manhunt, Menino was softer in his response.

“He’s showing some improvement. It’s encouraging to us,” he said.

The mayor was attending a celebration marking the grand opening of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s new hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard Saturday night and spoke to reporters prior to the event.

When asked about the events of the past week, Menino said, “This city has never worked more efficiently than it has the past week.”

He commended public safety personnel, city workers, businesses and residents for their cooperation during the citywide shelter-in-place order on Friday.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 21, 2013 at 1:17 am

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Governor, Mayor Extend ‘Shelter In Place’ Order Through Entire City

Governor Deval Patrick and Police Commissioner Ed David (Speaking for Mayor Tom Menino) have extended the “Shelter in Place” recommendation to all of Boston. 

“We’re asking people to shelter in place. In other words, to stay indoors with their doors locked and not to open their door for anyone other than a properly identified law enforcement officer,” said Patrick in a press conference in Watertown this morning. 

The order is an extension of the previous shelter recommendation, which included Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge and Allston/Brighton. The new order means there are approximately 935,000 people are now locked in their homes.

“Please understand we have an armed and dangerous person(s) still at large and police actively pursuing every lead in this active emergency event. Please be patient and use common sense until this person(s) are apprehended,” read a statement from the mayor’s office.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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Mayor Menino ‘Resting Comfortably’ After Leg Surgery

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino underwent leg surgery on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is recovering after undergoing surgery on Saturday to repair a leg fracture.

The injury occurred Friday while Menino was visiting a school in Dorchester. The mayor twisted his ankle and fractured his distal fibula—the smaller of two bones in his lower right leg, 7 News Boston reported.

Menino underwent surgery Saturday morning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The surgery involved the placement of a plate and screws to fix the broken bone, 7 News reported.

The mayor sent out an update on his Twitter account on Monday at around noon, writing: “Thanks to all for well wishes. Surgery to repair fracture of distal fibula went well & without complication. Mayor is resting comfortably.”

Menino will be wearing a walking boot and will require the use of crutches for a few months, 7 News reported.

There was no official word on when the mayor will be released from the hospital.

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Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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