The city and the fire union are currently locked in a dispute over drug and alcohol testing and other reforms that are critical for the future of the Fire Department. I am astounded by the union leaders' unwillingness to eliminate substance abuse and... Read more
The new year brings with it a new legislative session at the State House, and already legislators who represent the neighborhood have filed bills in a fashion that is impressively diverse in quantity (State Rep. Martin Walsh filed over 100 bills,... Read more
Boston City Councillor James M. Kelly died early Tuesday morning after a prolonged battle with colon cancer. Those who knew him for any of the roles in which he served &endash; as a city councillor, sheet metal worker, friend, or father &endash... Read more
Newly elected City Council President Maureen Feeney says she knows it will take time to adjust to the new role, added responsibility, and changing expectations that come with her new post.
"Yesterday was hectic &endash; today it became real... Read more
Between two pillars and an iron arch that read "Stanley Bellevue Urban Wild," Mayor Thomas Menino declared last Saturday that the ground upon which he stood would remain an urban wild in perpetuity. Neighbors delighted in what had been a long process... Read more
Several city councillors and voting rights advocacy groups have called for drastic reforms to the city's election operation after department policy led to ballot shortages in as many as 30 city precincts across Boston last Tuesday.
Many of the... Read more
At right: Bill Celester at a key crossroads of the Sixth Suffolk: Blue Hill Ave. and Morton Street. Photo for the Reporter by Don West
It would seem, at... Read more
A week after State Representative Shirley Owens Hicks announced plans to retire after 20 years of service in the State Legislature, only one Sixth Suffolk constituent has definitively entered the November contest to replace her.
By late Friday... Read more
With Boston voters still months away from turning their attention to it, the roster of candidates for the municipal elections this fall is sorting itself out, with mayoral and city council candidates turning in signatures in time for the May 24... Read more
Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced his budget for the next fiscal year Wednesday, aiming to balance spiking costs with continued services in the city's first ever $2 billion spending plan.
While the city has looked recently for ways to bolster its... Read more