Friday, March 29, 2013
Menino said he feels humbled and grateful to have served as mayor of Boston "during its best days."
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election. Menino, who after two decades is the city's longest-serving mayor, announced his decision in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," Menino said. "I can run, I can win, and I can lead, but not 'in-the-neighborhoods-all-the-time,' as I like," he said.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Thomas Menino is the longest-serving mayor in Boston history. But does his reign deserve inclusion among the city's greatest?
Mayor Thomas Menino will not seek a sixth term, according to at-large Boston politics journalist David Bernstein. Menino reportedly told Fox 25 this morning that it was a tough decision to make. So ends the longest mayorship in Boston history, and one of the longest in American history (To give you some perspective, long-time Chicago Mayor and political boss Richard J. Daley served 21 years and his son Richard M. Daley has currently served 24 years). But does a long career guarantee a spot in the Boston mayoral Hall of Fame, like Carlton Fisk's long career landed him in Cooperstown? Or has Mayor Menino's accomplishments guaranteed him a slot on the short list of Boston's greatest mayors? There are 53 elected mayors in the city's history, …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The 6th annual St. Patrick's Day weekend street hockey event is taking place today in the Temple Street neighborhood.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is scheduled to attend today's 6th annual Shamrock Shootout in West Roxbury. While Boston Mayor Thomas Menino hasn't declared whether he'll be seeking re-election - the Temple Street area, where the shootout takes place - is a big John Connolly neighborhood. Connolly, an at-large city councilor, announced his mayoral candidacy earlier this month, lives in West Roxbury. Connolly has hammered the Menino administration on the recent student assignment plan, calling it "a lost opportunity for our children". And the Shamrock Shootout will be packed with families with elementary-aged children. The Shamrock Shootout begins at 10:30 a.m. at Temple and Sherbrook streets in West Roxbury. So is this a campaign move for …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
City Councilor John Connolly on Tuesday announced his campaign for mayor. Current Mayor Tom Menino, meanwhile, has remained mum about whether he'll run for another term. If these two Boston powerhouses were matched up in the fall, who'd get your vote?
At the very least, it'll be interesting. Boston City Councilor John Connolly threw his hat into the ring Tuesday and announced his candidacy for mayor. Connolly, a city councilor since 2007, has been raising money at an accelerated clip, according to the Globe. That money haul and speculative tweet made this the worst kept secret in the city. Menino, on the other hand, is no shrinking violet, either. A prolonged illness late last year led to speculation that the longest-serving mayor in city history would step down at the end of this term. The Globe notes, however, that a return to health has led to whispers among the cognoscenti that Menino will run again. What do you think? Should Menino run again? Does Connolly have the political …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
At-Large City Councilor John Connolly is gathered community leaders' perspectives to gauge whether he should run for Boston mayor come fall.
On Wednesday At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly tweeted that he was considering running for mayor of Boston and for people to contact him with ideas and questions. With all signs pointing to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gearing up to run for a record sixth term - does that mean Connolly is ready to take on the Menino Machine? "I haven’t decided yet," said Connolly to Patch. So what was the goal of his announcement with an article in the Globe and a follow-up interview with WCVB? "I think mainly to see what the response is. Also to call and reach out to a lot of supporters and opinion leaders and to gauge their sense. That’s the process I’m in right now. I’m making calls and asking people what they think, and if they would be …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Due to continued cleanup up of the fifth worst storm to hit Boston, public schools are closed on Monday, February 11, 2013.
Boston Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 11, 2013, due to continued cleanup of one of the worst storms to hit Beantown. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino tweeted on Sunday: "Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11. #bosnow" The snow emergency parking ban remains in effect. Menino also tweeted: "Our #1 priority today is getting to side streets. Thank you for patience as we recover from 5th largest storm to ever hit Boston. #bosnow"
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The External Advisory Committee was scheduled to make a recommendation this weekend, but Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has asked them to take more time on their decision.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has asked the External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice to delay their recommendation on one of three proposals scheduled for this weekend. But he did say he would like the committee's recommendation by the end of February. In a letter written written on Feb. 5 (attached) Menino spoke of the public process, "You are coming to the end of an extremely thoughtful process. To date, there have been over 70 public meetings on improving school choice, and you have heard from 4,000 families." The External Advisory Committee was formed after Menino requested Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson to create the group in 2012. The committee offered three student assignment proposals in January. …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Kalember Dune's Shirley Walsh, owner of the block of Fairview Corner, thrilled about Mayor's charge for pay equity.
One of the main points of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's State of the City address was gender equality. Menino announced the forming of "Women on Main”, a new networking forum for women-owned businesses in Boston’s Main Streets districts. Women-owned businesses like the block of Fairview Corner, which touts a row of all women-owned businesses: Kalembar Dune, Top It Off, Fabutique, and BakerBaker. The block is owned by Shirley Walsh, who also owns Kalembar Dune. Menino's speech really struck a chord with Walsh. "As a woman, mother of two daughters, and business owner in Boston, grateful for being educated at one of the premier all-girls public schools in Boston (Girls' Latin School - now sadly demised) I am thrilled by the focus and …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Since the Newtown school tragedy, 14 Massachusetts mayors have joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition today as they continued their push on Congress to enact national legislation that will decrease gun violence. “Earlier this week, I asked the City of Boston to stand with us on guns and say enough is enough,” said Menino at the Parkman House on Beacon Street. “As Mayors, we have a responsibility to our residents to do all we can to make our neighborhoods safer. Today, we’re calling on every community in Massachusetts to stand with us. We must keep the pressure on Congress to take swift action.” Menino praised the Massachusetts federal delegation for signing onto the Fix Guns Check Act, which would require background checks for …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Did Mayor Thomas Menino's speech hit the mark? Do you think the speech's tone signals his intent to run for another term?
Mayor Thomas Menino delivered an optimistic and ambitious state of the city address Tuesday night, offering broad outlines for improving schools, achieving py equity for women and workforce development through partnerships between MIT, Harvard University and city community centers. What did you think of the speech? Did the Mayor address your concerns? Do you think the themes presented offer a blueprint for the city's future, or was it too broad and general? And don't forget your crystal ball: Many political observers hoped Menino would give some sign about his future plans. Given the speech (which you can watch on the city website), do you think the mayor laid out his platform for another term, or was it his valedictory after 20 years in …