Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hill locals, leaders consider Menino’s legacy

March 28, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Many Mission Hill leaders, activists and residents are pausing to reflect on Mayor Thomas Menino’s legacy here and in the city. “Like watching a great ballplayer leaving the field or prizefighter exiting the ring, we’re watching a great mayor leave while he’s still on top,” said Richard...

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Menino officially announces he will not run again

March 28, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino officially announced this afternoon that he will not run again after a record 20 years in office at a Faneuil Hall event broadcast live by New England Cable News. Menino also said he has no desire to pick his successor. After arriving on stage to the tune of “My Way,” Menino...

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Ex-mayoral challenger Flaherty hints at run

March 28, 2013
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Former City Councilor Michael Flaherty of South Boston, who gave Mayor Thomas Menino his most serious electoral challenge ever in 2009, hinted at making another run for the office in a written statement praising Menino released today to the Gazette. “I of course ran against him in 2009,” Flaherty wrote, referring to the election...

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Local officials reflect on Menino, ponder running

March 28, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino’s decision not to run for reelection after 20 years has some local officials reflecting on his legacy while considering the possibility of running in election that suddenly looks like a free-for-all. City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Mike Ross, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Suffolk County criminal courts clerk Maura...

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Connolly: Today a day to respect Menino

March 28, 2013
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Mayoral candidate and At-large City Councilor John Connolly told the Gazette that Mayor Thomas Menino’s reported decision not to run for reelection took him by surprise. “I was floored,” Connolly said, adding he has not yet spoken directly with Menino about the move. “The suddenness of it surprised me.” “I was reflecting on...

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Source: Mayor Menino will not run for reelection

March 28, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino, who has served a record-breaking 20 years in office as perhaps the city’s most popular and influential leader, has told close allies that he will not run for reelection and will announce that later today, according to a source close to the mayor. “It’s a colossal moment,” said the source, who...

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Connolly pledges ‘new energy’ as mayor, blasts Menino

March 28, 2013
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City Councilor John Connolly pledged to improve everything from public schools to the arts scene, while blasting incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino’s City Hall as lacking vision and transparency, in Connolly’s first major interview about his mayoral campaign. “While I deeply respect the mayor’s commitment to the city, we need an infusion of new energy...

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As snow piles up, so do complaints

March 8, 2013
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With 7 inches of snow and counting coming down in a worse-than-expected snowstorm today, complaints from Gazette readers are also piling up, especially about the City’s decision to keep Boston Public Schools open. By early this morning, many side streets had not been plowed since last night. Driving was treacherous, many sidewalks were unshoveled,...

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NU to fund student housing study

March 8, 2013
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Northeastern University (NU) will pay for an in-depth student housing impact analysis of its surrounding neighborhoods as part of its Institutional Master Plan (IMP) process, currently under way with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA decided to require the study following community pressure for accurate information regarding NU’s impact on neighborhood housing, amid...

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Affordable units to stay at 75 St. Alphonus

March 8, 2013
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Following negotiations with City Councilor Mike Ross and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, the owner of 75 St. Alphonsus St. has agreed to maintain 13 units as affordably-priced for another 15 years. The retail apartment tower will also see five ground-floor units converted to offices targeted at local businesses. And its population of undergraduate students...

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