Friday, March 29, 2013
How has life changed for Lord Mayor Richie Gormley in the last year? He gets a lot of calls asking him to get streets plowed, get kids into local schools - and was honored at the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Breakfast.
Lord Mayor Richie Gormley of West Roxbury was officially crowned on March 30 of 2012. Since then the soft-spoken and understated funeral home owner has had quite a year chock full of honors, fun and constituent requests. "It’s been a whirlwind," said Tom "TD" Dougherty, Vice Mayor to Gormley's lordship, and some might say, sidekick. "We're never going to have another Lord Mayor. The first legislation he passed is he made it a lifelong appointment. No one represents West Roxbury better than Richie Gormley, the Lord Mayor of West Roxbury." Conversely, Gormley said that TD actually enacted the legislation to make it a lifetime appointment. But does it really matter? "It’s been great seeing Richie work his magic through the city of Boston, …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Stephen Smith was appointed to the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council by Mayor Ray Flynn in 1991.
West Roxbury's Stephen Smith chatted with Patch about the Neighborhood Council, the Red Sox and one of his favorite events - the annual Rosie's Place fundraiser (happening tomorrow in West Roxbury). Patch: You've been on the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council since 1991 - how has the Council changed since that time? Smith: I don’t know if the Council has changed much since 1991 as our role in terms of hearing issues that come up in West Roxbury still remains the same as it did when I came on to the Council in 1991 Patch: Do you think it's become more active, less active or stayed the same? Smith: I think the level of activity fluctuates as we deal with zoning variances. Things have slowed down in that area which is just reflective of the…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Join Lord Mayor Gormley for The Gathering 2013 in Ireland.
Have you ever been to Ireland? How about Ireland with the Lord Mayor of West Roxbury Richie Gormley? You can - on a nine-day eight-night tour of Ireland to celebrate The Gathering 2013. The Gathering is a year-long celebration of everything Ireland. Departing from Boston on June 5 and returning on June 14, the tour price is $2,499 per person, double occupancy including airfare. “As Lord Mayor of West Roxbury I am very excited to announce my Boston Ireland Gathering Tour for June 2013 in conjunction with Crystal Travel & Tours. I can guarantee you won’t find another tour of Ireland like this one. This will be an historical trip. In every county and city we go into the local mayor will be greeting us as American VIPs. We will even be …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The Westmeath Independent in Ireland provided a glimpse into Lord Mayor Richie Gormley's visit to Ireland.
Some have wondered about where Lord Mayor Richie Gormley has been during the last couple of weeks... and we've got answers from the Irish newspaper - The Westmeath Independent. Gormley told the newspaper: "It's a lot quieter here. I live on a busy street with a lot of traffic back home. It's a good getaway. It's got a fantastic view. You wouldn't get that in the States," he smiles before taking the Westmeath Independent from his modern house to the nearby ancestral home which he has lovingly restored from dereliction in recent years. "I want to keep my own heritage alive. I've thatched my ancestral home and I've made it liveable. A lot of people come from the States and they prefer to stay in the old house rather than the new home," he …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
With rumors flying up and down Centre Street about Richie Gormley's whereabouts, it's best to let the imagination run wild...
Several weeks ago I received a tip from a trusted source - that Lord Mayor Richie Gormley was going to be out of town for a while - and there rumblings about his reign being overthrown. So far, no one has reported any Saroufim tanks rolling down Centre Street. The Mary Mulvey Madness has not made its way from JP to Spring Street. And the Gormley Funeral Home has continued business as usual. Tom "TD" Dougherty, Gormley's appointed Deputy Mayor, said that Gormley has been away on an "international relations trip" for the last couple of weeks, but could not elaborate more. He said that he and the Lord Mayor have been in constant contact about West Roxbury, while Gormley has been abroad, possibly at a sheep farm in Ireland. TD added he has …
Monday, July 2, 2012
There was one article took hold of West Roxbury in the first half of 2012 - do you remember which one?
2012 is halfway done so let's take a look back at what stories have grabbed West Roxbury readers so far (based upon Patch statistics).
Friday, June 29, 2012
Lord Mayor Gormley's profile has grown considerably in recent months, as he is on a "tour" of Ireland today.
The celebrity status of Lord Mayor Richie Gormley grows by the day. Crowds cheer louder for his name than any other dignitary or noted person, when at local events. Gormley's reach is also being seen more and more outside of the West Roxbury community. He was asked to march in Dedham's June 14 44th Annual Flag Day Parade. Gormley was unavailable for comment at current time as he out of the country, visiting Ireland, no doubt to meet with leaders of that country. Earlier this year, Gormley met with Ireland's President
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The American Arabic Benevolent Association received $2,000 in donations from the unofficial mayor of West Roxbury event.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
To the Editor: On behalf of the officers and board members, I wish to extend a thank you to the Patch/AOL for their generous donation of $2,000. Tony Saroufim and myself designated AABA as our favorite charity. The concept of the “election” was great, done in fun, but most important brought the community of West Roxbury together. AABA was established in 1974 and to date, we have accomplished the following: The James M. Salah Family Housing at Cheriton Heights, our 70 unit residence for seniors, is under construction. Next year, the ribbon will be cut and the doors will be open to provide much needed elderly housing for seniors from all races and religions. The American Arabic Benevolent Association, Inc. stands proud to be Americans and…
Friday, May 4, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Irish President Michael Higgins met with Lord Mayor Richie Gormley today.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Irish President Michael D. Higgins met with Lord Mayor Richie Gormley today at the Parkman House on Beacon Street. This is Higgins’s first official visit to Boston. Higgins, the ninth president of Ireland after taking office in November of last year, will also speak at Faneuil Hall on Saturday and lay a wreath at the Irish Famine Memorial. West Roxbury's District City Councilor Matt O'Malley also was onhand and tweeted a photo and: "Honored to meet the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, with @mayortommenino today. #bospoli#mapoli #irepoli"
Friday, April 13, 2012
The unofficial mayor of West Roxbury Richie Gormley was honored on March 30, 2012. Relive the evening that was full of surprises, laughs, smiles and tears.
Friday, April 13, 2012
For more check out the Official Page for the Unofficial Mayor of West Roxbury here.