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NECN: Menino makes pitch for fifth term

Last updated Aug 10 2009 05:08 PM


Boston Globe: Stumping to newer roots

 

Menino joins his mayoral competitors in trying to woo younger voters

 

By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff  |  August 3, 2009



As the after-work crowd at Tia’s sipped mojitos and clutched aluminum bottles of Bud Light, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, tie firmly knotted and cuffs buttoned, worked his way through the packed patio, shaking hands and posing for iPhone photos.

“I got more energy than everyone put together!’’ Menino, a 66-year-old incumbent seeking a fifth term, declared with vigor after grabbing a microphone last Tuesday. “How many folks in this room here tonight was out riding a bike at 5 o’clock this morning? Raise your hand. I’m the only one.’’

Women in outsized sunglasses and men with open collars hooted and whistled. Most were younger than Menino’s children.

In the most competitive election of Menino’s tenure, his chief opponents are two city councilors, Michael F. Flaherty and Sam Yoon, who were still in graduate school when he took office. They are trying hard to paint the incumbent as a relic from Boston’...

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Last updated Aug 03 2009 10:03 AM


NECN: Bostonians go on "low car diet"

Last updated Jul 16 2009 05:09 PM


NHL.com: Mayor Menino is excited to have Winter Classic

By Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- In addition to being the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, Thomas M. Menino also might be the city's biggest sports fan.

Menino, the city's 53rd mayor and the first non-Irish-American mayor since 1930, has had an excellent feel for the likes and dislikes of his citizens throughout his 16 years in office. But he's never had a day like Wednesday, when he took the podium at Fenway Park during an NHL news conference to announce that the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic will be staged in the shadow of the Green Monster.

The third annual New Year's Day contest will feature the Boston Bruins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers.

"The Bruins plus Fenway Park really equals a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our city," Menino said. "Boston is a perfect fit for the Winter Classic. The Bruins are an Original Six team, rich in history and championships. Hockey is a global game and Boston is a global city, so I look forward to the Winter Classic and having the opportunity to showcase this event and our city to the world. I can't wait to come back here in January with little snowflakes coming down."

The 66-year-old mayor stressed the significance of the game and how it will showcase the city and its famed ballpark to the world.
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Last updated Jul 16 2009 05:02 PM


Boston Globe: Municipal complaint? There’s an app for that

Tech-savvy staff bridges a gap

 

By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff  |  July 6, 2009


Boston City Hall, a drab concrete monument to 1960s Brutalism run by a self-described urban mechanic who despises voice mail, isn’t exactly known as a hotbed of technological innovation.

But within, a few young, tech-savvy aides are trying to drag municipal government into the age of mobile gadgetry. And they think they’ve hit on something big: a “killer app’’ that marries 21st-century technology with Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s old-school devotion to pothole politics.

City officials will soon debut Boston’s first official iPhone application, which will allow residents to snap photos of neighborhood nuisances - nasty potholes, graffiti-stained walls, blown street lights - and e-mail them to City Hall to be fixed.

City officials say the application, dubbed Citizen Connect, is the first of its kind in the nation. It was designed as an extension of the city’s 24-hour complaint hotline for the younger set, making the filing of complaints quicker and easier for iPhone users.

“If I’m just walking along the sidewalk and I have a complaint - maybe a storm knocked downed a tree - I could take a photo and send it immediately,’’ said Christopher...

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Last updated Jul 06 2009 09:52 AM


Boston Herald: Sprout it from the rooftops, green’s on the scene

By Benjamin Bell  |   Sunday, July 5, 2009  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  Local Coverage


The traditional asphalt, slate and tar on Bay State rooftops is beginning to give way to grass, arugula and artichokes - a trend spurring a proposed “green roof” state tax credit.

“We can turn our unused space into a beautiful space with so many functions,” said Karen L. Weber, president of Earth Our Only Home, a Boston-based green consultancy that has installed green roofs on private residences and businesses including WGBH. “It’s just a matter of saying this needs to happen.”

A green roof, which can cost anywhere from $8 to $15 per square foot to install, consists of a series of layers - including a waterproof membrane, a root barrier, a water retention layer, a planting medium and plants - laid atop a traditional roof. The end result is a roof that looks more like a lawn or garden.

Advocates say they protect roofs, provide sound insulation, manage storm water and provide fresh oxygen, reduce ambient air temperature and absorb pollutants.

“I am ecstatic about the roof and it is really more than I expected,” said Alex Macalalad, 42, a Newton doctor who had Weber’s company install a green roof filled with low-maintenance plants...

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Last updated Jul 05 2009 12:56 PM


Boston Globe: Vouchers double value of food stamps at Boston farmers' markets

June 25, 2009

By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff


A new city program designed to expanded access to locally grown fruits and vegetables will give people vouchers to double the value of food stamps at 14 farmers' markets in Boston.

 

The vouchers, dubbed Boston Bounty Bucks, are now available at 14 of the city's roughly 22 farmers' markets. Shoppers will be able to swipe their benefit cards on portable credit card readers at the market to receive up to $20 in vouchers by spending $10 worth of food stamps.

"It makes it easier for low-income residents to make healthier food choices and share in the bounty of Massachusetts grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables," said Jim Greene, who works in the office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Boston will join more than a half dozen communities across the country with similar double-voucher programs, including Atlanta, San Diego, Providence, and Holyoke. This afternoon at the Brigham Circle farmers' market in Mission Hill, Menino will introduce Boston Bounty Bucks as he outlines several health initiatives, including a new Food Policy Council...

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Last updated Jun 26 2009 01:03 PM


Boston Globe: Boston to begin no-sort recycling program July 1

 

By Jenna Nierstedt, Globe Correspondent  |  June 24, 2009


Boston will launch a recycling program July 1 that will no longer require residents to separate paper and plastic waste items and is expected to save the city approximately $1 million annually, city officials said yesterday.

The no-sort program, better known as single-stream recycling, was detailed yesterday at the Curtis Hall Community Center in Jamaica Plain by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and city environmental officials. It is expected to increase recycling by making it simpler for residents, officials said. More recycling will translate into more cost savings, the officials said. It is about $40 less expensive to recycle a ton of waste than to send it to landfills or incinerators, according to the mayor and the city’s environmental services team.

Over the next year, the city will deliver about 55,000 new 64-gallon wheeled barrels to residents living in single-family homes and buildings with six or fewer residential units.

Residents can place all their recyclables in the barrels, including paper, plastics, glass, and cardboard. Jamaica Plain and Roxbury residents will be the first recipients.

Boston began considering a conversion from its dual-stream system, in which paper and plastic items are separated...

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Last updated Jun 26 2009 12:39 PM


Left Ahead Podcast: Boston Mayor Ready for Anything

Mayor Menino joined the Left Ahead podcast today to discuss education, jobs, the economy, bikes, the environment, housing, violence prevention, and more.

 

June 23, 2009: Left Ahead

Last updated Jun 23 2009 06:07 PM


Boston Globe: Wise stewardship of new Greenway

By Yanni Tsipis  |  June 22, 2009


FIFTY YEARS ago this month, the Central Artery opened for business. Envisioned as the panacea for Boston’s ages-old traffic ills, Mayor John B. Hynes described the new skyway as “a bright new highway in a bright new city.’’

The new expressway saved downtown Boston. The economic malaise that plagued the old city since the Depression faded fast, as public investments in the new highway and new public parking garages gave the “New Boston’’ an image makeover and increased downtown land values. The nexus between this public investment in infrastructure and the private investment that followed was unmistakable: The same year the Artery opened, two new corporate headquarters rose in the Financial District. More quickly followed.

It was not long, however, before signs of trouble emerged. Less than a decade later, rush-hour traffic jams became commonplace. As new development continued to embrace downtown Boston, the highway became increasingly overburdened and eventually failed altogether, choking on too much of a good thing that its planners had not foreseen. Ultimately, the Central Artery was a victim of its own success.

Fast-forward 50 years. Billions of federal dollars, Swiss-watch engineering on a grand scale, and...

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Last updated Jun 22 2009 11:48 AM


Metro: More Charter Schools

Mayor to file legislation to help students receive better educations

 

Mayor Thomas Menino announced yesterday he will file legislation aimed at transforming the city’s lowest performing public schools into “in-district” charter schools.

In a speech delivered before high-powered executives at the Boston College Citizen Seminar Luncheon, Menino expressed a new-found support for charter schools he hopes will provide flexibility needed at the bottom levels of the education system.

“I am frustrated with the pace of our progress, especially in our low performing schools,” Menino said.

Staff at the new schools would be able to unionize, but no union sign-off is necessary. Flexible work rules would be in place to attract top-notch teachers and school days would be tailored to students’ needs.

If the bill fails to pass, Menino still plans to lift the funding cap on charter schools to allow for more students to enroll, and provide performance pay for teachers who elicit improved results at the lowest performing schools.

Menino has been reluctant to back charter schools in the...

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Last updated Jun 10 2009 12:24 PM


Boston Herald: Just Plain great

Magazine ranks J.P. in top ’hoods

By Benjamin Bell  |   Saturday, June 6, 2009  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  Local Coverage

It doesn’t have the posh boutiques of Back Bay, the gaslights of Beacon Hill or the lattes of the South End, but the funky southwestern corner of the Hub affectionately known as J.P. has taken the prize as one of America’s Best Neighborhoods.

“In a city built on history, Jamaica Plain holds tradition dear but refuse to conform,” said the June issue of Men’s Journal, which terms the ’hood “Boston’s Cool Outlier.”

The kudos came as small surprise to local business owners and pols. “One of the most remarkable aspects of J.P. is its diversity,” said Rhythm & Muse music/bookstore owner David Doyle, 45, who counts the lush 250 manicured acres of Arnold Arboretum and pastoral, swan-filled Jamaica Pond among his favorite parts of the neighborhood. “I think the community still likes to think of itself as very supportive of artists and the arts, and that distinguishes it from other neighborhoods in Boston.”

Saluting J.P. as one of the city’s best-kept secrets, the magazine notes a diverse population of immigrants, yuppies, young families and artists who live amid gritty triple-deckers as well as majestic...

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Last updated Jun 06 2009 01:31 PM


Boston Globe: Menino, Davis tour Roxbury's Dudley Square area

Quality of life issues are focus

 

By Matt Byrne, Globe Correspondent  |  June 2, 2009


About a month after a 15-year-old was gunned down during the day near Dudley Square, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis toured the neighborhood last night to address quality-of-life issues that have dogged this crime-stricken section of Boston.

Accompanied by staff from numerous city departments, Menino spent more than an hour pointing to darkened street lights, unkempt and overgrown lots, and cracked sidewalks, while city employees scribbled notes. Before the night was out, public works crews were out addressing some of the issues.

"When you have a street that's not lit properly it becomes more of a haven for people to do illegal things, and we're trying to make sure our streets are safe," he said.

"It's not about votes," Menino said, who is running for an unprecedented fifth term of office, "it's about talking to people, listening to people, getting grief from people."

The mayor and the commissioner also stopped at Nunez Market, near the...

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Last updated Jun 02 2009 01:08 PM


Metro | Mayor: Video games aren’t always for kids

Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched a new campaign Thursday to educate parents on the power of video game ratings at the University of Massachusetts Boston GoKids Center.

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“Our mission is simple —some video games are for kids, some aren’t,” Menino said in the gym filled with interactive games like “Wii Fit” and “Dance Dance Revolution.” “There are a lot of fun and entertaining games out there, and we want parents to check the ratings and help their children pick the right ones.”

The campaign is the first in the country to partner with the nonprofit Entertainment Software Ratings Board, arming Boston parents with the tools to choose appropriate games for their children.


“Video games have never been easier to be informed about,” said Patricia Vance, president of ESRB, explaining that nine out of 10 times parents are involved in the purchase of their children’s games.

Vance and Menino unveiled the public service announcements showing Menino playing video games with children of various ages and explained...

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Last updated May 29 2009 06:27 PM


Boston Globe: Computer system quickens city response to complaints

By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff  |  May 27, 2009

Boston residents who report broken sidewalks and burned-out street lights are getting faster action from City Hall, thanks to a new computer tracking system that has improved response time to citizen complaints, according to city tracking data.

The length of time it took city workers to deliver new recycling bins, for example, decreased from a month on average last fall to just one week earlier this month. City workers now fix burned-out street lights within a week, down from an average of 17.5 days last year. And park maintenance requests, which took an average of 10 days to be fulfilled last fall, are now being addressed within six days.

The improvements are a direct result of a $5 million computer system that allows officials to track the fate of resident complaints, making it easier to hold city managers and workers accountable for their responsiveness and take corrective action if a complaint is in danger of falling into a bureaucratic black hole, city officials said.

"All of a sudden, [department managers] were getting a little embarrassed. The mayor started asking. People started to realize this was real," said Patrick Harrington, special assistant to the mayor who spearheaded the launch...

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Last updated May 27 2009 11:06 AM


Boston Globe: Boston builds a playground for ALL its kids

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West May 21, 2009


Just in time for the summer, Boston will christen a new all-access playground today at Haramabee Park in Dorchester.

The Harambee Boundless park is one of a small, but growing, group of playparks that are designed to be just as fun for kids with limited mobility and/or wheelchairs.

The new parks -- there are several around the state -- have easier-to-navigate surfaces, so that even kids who don't climb easily can get to the elevated parts. They also offer swings with better back support, waist-high sand tables, and better communal spaces where kids of all levels can gather to play side-by-side.

Mayor Thomas Menino is scheduled to turn out for the 11 a.m. event, along with local families and the folks from CVS Caremark's All Kids Can program which donated $250,000 to the project.

There are already similar all-access playgrounds in Waltham, Fairhaven Pittsfield, New Bedford, Longmeadow and West Dennis. Parents in Sudbury are in the process of building one now.

While we're on the topic, here's a another list of fun universal access parks, trails and sports activities for kids (and adults) of all abilities from the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Got other tips for good spots or fun stuff for differently-abled kids? Leave us a comment here at Moms Are Talking About or email me at enoonan@globe.com

Last updated May 21 2009 12:08 PM


NECN: It's official: Boston now 'storm ready'

Last updated May 20 2009 03:20 PM


Boston Globe: Bocce players on a roll in North End

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Last updated May 19 2009 04:41 PM


NECN: How Do Bostonians Feel About Menino?

Last updated May 19 2009 10:05 AM


Signs of a turnaround on a troubled street

 

By Meghan Irons, Boston Globe Staff  |  May 12, 2009


A Dorchester street that has been the epicenter of foreclosures in Boston got a lift yesterday.

A crew from the PBS home improvement series "This Old House" filmed renovations at a house on Hendry Street, where Mayor Thomas M. Menino stopped by for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Menino and the city's Foreclosure Intervention Team marked the revival of the first two of four three-decker houses that had been in foreclosure on the street.

The city acquired the four Hendry Street three-deckers, a total of 12 apartments, from banks last year and sold them to Bilt-Rite Construction for development.

The other two homes, at 19 and 21 Hendry St., are scheduled to be ready for homebuyers by midsummer, the city said.

The mayor said in a statement that the city has made noticeable progress on the street, but that "we still have work to do."

By targeting Hendry Street, he said, "we have been able to make a difference in restoring our neighborhoods that have been troubled by foreclosure-related blight and crime."

Early last year, the Hendry Street area was plagued by as many as 16 foreclosed properties and a host of crime. The street had the highest concentration of foreclosed houses in the city and came to symbolize the local mortgage crisis....

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Last updated May 12 2009 01:01 PM


Hendry Street gets makeover

Hendry Metro







Rehabs nearly done; troubled street transformed

Tony Lee

 

Once a disturbing reminder of the foreclosure crisis and all of its effects, Hendry Street in Dorchester is now on the mend.

City officials marked the rehabilitation of two triple-deckers yesterday on this maligned dead-end that once saw over a dozen troubled properties and a heavy dose of crime.

Two more properties on Hendry Street will be fixed up by midsummer and the city’s Foreclosure Intervention Team — which helped secure the properties from banks before selling them to a developer — is expanding its mission into other areas hard-hit by foreclosures, most notably Dacia and Woodbine streets in Roxbury.

The renovation at Woodbine Street is being featured on PBS’s “This Old House,” which was on Hendry Street yesterday to help highlight efforts to turn around such neighborhoods.

“It’s important to find homes that are worthy of being saved and I think we’ve done that in Boston,” said show host Kevin O’Connor...

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Last updated May 12 2009 12:36 PM


Fenway dedicates new headquarters

Fenway

Menino credits organization with saving friend’s life

by Ethan Jacobs
staff reporter
Saturday May 9, 2009


More than 200 people gathered at Fenway Health’s new 1340 Boylston Street headquarters May 7 to mark the formal dedication of the 10-story building, which Fenway Health President and CEO Stephen Boswell said is probably the largest building ever built for an LGBT-focused organization.

The 100,000 square foot health center is now poised to greatly expand its operations, said Boswell. Prior to the move Fenway operated out of a much smaller facility at 7 Haviland Street and several off-site offices. Boswell said Fenway cares for 15,000 patients and receives 70,000 patient visits each year.

"Within a few years we will double both of those numbers. This building makes that possible," said Boswell.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, on hand to do the official ribbon cutting, told the crowd that Fenway helped a close friend of his who was suffering from depression come out of the closet several years ago. Menino did not name the man but described him as "a good friend of mine for the last 30-some, several years...

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Last updated May 12 2009 12:12 PM


‘This Old House’ comes to Hendry Street

By Laura Crimaldi  |   Monday, May 11, 2009


Fifteen months after Hendry Street became a bleak symbol of how the national foreclosure crisis ravaged Hub neighborhoods, the recovering block starts fresh today with full-court press from City Hall and “This Old House.”


The watershed do-it-yourself program will visit Hendry Street this afternoon to film Mayor Thomas M. Menino for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the renovation of two triple-deckers on the foreclosure-battered street.


“This is a great example that there’s hope in those neighborhoods where foreclosure has devastated some of the properties,” said Menino.


Menino formed a Foreclosure Intervention Team and vowed to wipe out foreclosure-related blight in February 2008 after the Sunday Herald exposed how the national housing crisis had turned the block into a blighted ghost town.


Last year, the city spent $314,000 to buy four foreclosed triple-deckers there. Those properties were sold to Roxbury-based Bilt-Rite Construction, which has finished renovations on two of the triple-deckers.


The homes at 15 and 17 Hendry St. will be put on the market soon and are geared to owner occupants, said Bilt-Rite president John Sullivan. They have new high-efficiency heating, plumbing and electrical systems, and...

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Last updated May 12 2009 11:21 AM


State Street, city launch book event

Book Festival Announcement

Boston Business Journal - by Mary Moore

State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT) is teaming with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other city officials to sponsor the inaugural Boston Book Festival.

Free and open to the public, the event will feature authors representing many genres. It is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, in Boston’s Copley Square.

Venues will include the Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Trinity Church and Copley Square. Authors will be giving presentations and will participate in issue-driven panels. The speaker line-up will include fiction and nonfiction writers, scholars, critics and commentators. There will be a focus on technology as it relates to reading. Programs for children, teens and families, writing workshops and publishing seminars are among the other events.

Last updated May 08 2009 10:53 AM


Dancing Deer CEO completes mission to fight homelessness

Today, Boston Mayor Tom Menino congratulated Trish Karter.

 

Last updated May 07 2009 11:28 AM


Mayor says he keeps closest touch

By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff  |  May 6, 2009


He greeted a steady stream of well-wishers: a doctor from Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a young woman whose friend at Ropes & Gray had met with the mayor in his office, an elderly Greek immigrant with a battered fedora. Mayor Thomas M. Menino could barely take a bite of his omelet and turkey sausage breakfast before another constituent interrupted him with words of encouragement at his tiny table at Sorella's restaurant in Jamaica Plain.

"I haven't lost touch with people," he said, smiling and taking a bite. "You saw the people here."

More than any policy or bold vision, this is why Menino believes he deserves a record fifth term: He thinks that he alone knows the city in all its rich complexity, from the downtown business community to the new families moving into Charlestown to the longtime residents of Dudley Square.

During a wide-ranging interview with the Globe, his first since announcing his bid for reelection, Menino offered no soaring rhetoric or splashy new proposals. Instead, he made clear that he believes that his opponents, Councilors Sam Yoon and Michael F. Flaherty and businessman Kevin McCrea, lack...

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Last updated May 06 2009 07:04 PM


Menino: 'I will debate three times'

Last updated May 05 2009 06:48 PM


Boston slowly shedding its 'dirty water' image

 

Nonprofit gives grant funding for beach events

 

By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Correspondent  |  May 3, 2009


With water once so filthy that solid waste regularly washed up on its shores, Boston is slowly shedding its "dirty water" image. In fact, public officials say the Boston area coastline - Nahant to Nantasket, Southie to Eastie - could have the cleanest urban beaches in the United States by 2011.

Yesterday morning, one local nonprofit behind many of these efforts gave grant funding to community groups to help local residents enjoy the fruits of this labor.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay issued $30,500 in grants to 13 local organizations to sponsor events at beaches all over the Boston area. These events, part of the Better Beaches initiative, are all free and include concerts, bird watching, family reading nights, sporting events, and a whimsical pirate festival on Revere Beach.

"This is about more than picking up trash," said E. Bruce Berman Jr., director of strategy, communications, and programs for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. "Events and programs could bring people together on our beachfront communities."

The grants range from $500 to $4,000, and will help launch events like a beach festival in Dorchester and an "Endless Summer Waterfront Festival" in Hull the day after Labor Day....

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Last updated May 05 2009 03:24 PM


Kickoff event shows Menino's strength

Yawu Miller

The campaign organization backing Mayor Thomas M. Menino filled the auditorium at Dudley Square’s Hibernian Hall last Wednesday with an army of supporters who came together to mark the four-term incumbent’s official entrance into this year’s Boston mayoral race.

With scores of supporters shouting, “Four more years,” Menino pledged to build on the record his administration has amassed during his 16 years in office.

“I want to be there four more years,” he said. “Working together, we will move Boston forward.”

That theme of “moving Boston forward” appears to be the core of Menino’s campaign message.

It’s a decidedly simple message — stay the course — and not particularly ambitious. But then, with a campaign organization as broad and deep as the one showcased at Menino’s kickoff, message is not as important as machine.

The Menino machine, which has at its core the 20,000 city workers who form the largest voting bloc in Boston, was in evidence at Hibernian Hall.

“I think it’s a clear choice,” said Darryl...

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Last updated Apr 30 2009 08:45 AM


Familiar face, different view

By Adrian Walker  |  April 24, 2009

Meet Thomas M. Menino, the candidate of change.

His campaign blitz began with a series of announcements Wednesday and continued with an ad that begins airing today.

In the ad, he is seen tossing a football around with a group of kids, as the text tells us he is "moving Boston forward."

In his announcement speech he spoke boldly of "urban innovation" and referred to his longevity almost dismissively. "A record may be something to run on, but it's not something to run for."

Voters will decide whether they buy a 66-year-old who has yet to embrace voicemail as a force for change. Certainly, his credentials as an innovator are open to question. But give him credit for recognizing that voters are looking for more than mere stability.

Any longtime incumbent would be foolish to think that tenure is an unmixed blessing. In the past two elections, Bostonians have embraced Deval Patrick and Barack Obama, candidates who promised a break from the politics of the past. Here, as elsewhere, voters have shown an eagerness to turn the page.

Menino is part of the political establishment that voters rejected in those races. He was, in fact, on the losing side in both campaigns - he supported Tom Reilly and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It is already clear that Menino views this race far differently than...

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Last updated Apr 24 2009 08:53 AM


Menino launches early volley as first ad hits airwaves

Doesn't mention rivals in TV spot that debuts today

By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff  |  April 24, 2009

Facing what could be his toughest reelection campaign, Mayor Thomas M. Menino wasted no time deploying his vast fund-raising advantage to launch a television commercial that will begin airing today, a dramatic departure from past campaigns when he has waited until October and November to take to the airwaves.

The 30-second spot, which makes no mention of his opponents, features the mayor seated at a desk, speaking about his plans for the city, while a series of black-and-white photos show him tossing a football with children in a playground and meeting a racially diverse group of residents.

"When other cities are going the wrong way, we're going the right way," Menino says in the ad, which is slated to run for two weeks on network and cable television stations, at a cost of "slightly over $100,000," the campaign said.

Menino's decision to begin airing an ad two days after he formally announced that he is seeking a fifth term may reflect his desire to quickly take the offensive against his opponents and discourage their donors, campaign observers said. Voters do not typically tune into the race until the fall.

"It's a shot across the bow," said John C. Berg, chairman of the Suffolk University government department. "It's telling everybody...

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Last updated Apr 24 2009 08:51 AM


NECN: Affairs of State

(NECN: Boston, Mass.) - Boston Mayor Tom Menino says he is the right choice to lead the city through this recession. Last night, he announced that he'll seek a fifth full term as mayor.

Menino has been in office for 16 years. He is on track to be the longest-ever serving mayor when this term ends in December.

Yesterday, his opponents reacted by saying that it is time for a change in leadership. All three requested debates, which the mayor has typically resisted.

Joining NECN with more on the challenges and challengers Menino will face is Dr. Maurice Cunningham of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

 

Last updated Apr 24 2009 12:50 AM


Menino is set to present loan to Geekhouse Bike Co.

The Boston Globe

March 19, 2009

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a sometime biking enthusiast, is scheduled today to present Geekhouse Bike Co. a check for a $70,000 loan from the Boston Local Development Corp., his office said.

Founded in 2004, Geekhouse is an Allston-based bicycle manufacturing business that produces bicycle frames for riders who seek a custom built product.

Geekhouse offers seven models of stock bike frames that can be customized by adding a variety of features, both mechanical and esthetic, and it sells those frames to individuals, retail stores, and international distributors, the mayor's office said in a media advisory.

"While our original frames were designed in-house and outsourced for manufacturing, our newest line of frames are now being both designed and hand-crafted by yours truly in our new work space in Allston, Mass.," Martin Walsh of Geehouse noted on the company's website.

Boston Local Development Corp. "provides loans of up to $150,000 for businesses in, orrelocating to, the City of Boston," a spokeswoman for the mayor wrote in an e-mail. "These loans can be used when buying a new business property, purchasing equipment and machinery, constructing an addition to an existing plant, making leasehold improvements, or providing working capital to grow your business."

Last updated Apr 22 2009 06:27 PM


Parkway Little League parade kicks off season

The Roslindale Transcript

By Rachel Lebeaux

Tue Apr 21, 2009,

On Saturday, last year’s Parkway National Little League All-Stars joined the proud tradition of Boston sports teams who have taken to the streets in a Duck Boat to celebrate their latest victory.

Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 2008 State Little League champs, nor any other of the Parkway youth baseball teams who walked in the annual Little League parade from Fallon Field in Roslindale to the Guy Cammarata Complex’s Praught Field in West Roxbury.

It was a celebration not only of accomplishments past, but a kickoff for what coaches and players expect to be another great season for the Parkway athletes.

“We have a lot of new kids, but I think we’re going to go all the way,” said Dylan Chalmers, 11, of Roslindale, who plays for the Dodgers.

“Very confident,” laughed Dodgers co-coach Walter Murray.

Christopher Estes of Roslindale, in his first year with the Dodgers, said that he was “just looking forward to playing.” But his teammates had higher praise, referring to him as “Speedy” and “Roadrunner.”

“If he hits it deep, it might be a home run,” said Dylan Hanifin of Jamaica Plain.

More than a dozen teams gathered at Fallon Field late Saturday...

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Last updated Apr 22 2009 01:32 AM


Roslindale students learn from Judge Coffey on Law Day at West Roxbury District Court

West Roxbury Transcript

By Benjamin Buday

Tue Apr 21, 2009, 01:32 PM EDT

Young faces perked to attention as the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums marched into the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Courts on Friday as the band’s fanfare marked the beginning of the 11th annual “Law Day.”

The event was a time for students, teachers and politicians to reflect on the freedoms granted to our country by the U.S. Constitution. Students from Dorchester, Roslindale, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain filled the courtroom to hear from local politicians and a local sports hero about what it means to make good decisions in life.

Fifth- and sixth-graders from the following schools were present on Law Day: the Richard J. Murphy School from Dorchester; the Henry L Higginson School from Roxbury; Our Lady of Lourdes from Jamaica Plain; the Mozart School from Roslindale; and the Charles Sumner School from Roslindale. These schools participated in the “Straight Ahead” program that is designed to teach students to deal with peer pressure and anger management.

Students listened attentively as First Justice Kathleen E. Coffey discussed the important of making good choices.

“All of you and all of us, even as grownups, are faced with different challenges and...

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Last updated Apr 22 2009 01:30 AM


Cities urged to take lead on fighting global warming

The Buffalo News

by Walter Simpson

First the good news. Barack Obama has moved into the White House. Finally we have a president who understands global warming and climate change and is committed to addressing this very serious problem.

The importance of this sea change cannot be underestimated. It’s cause for real hope and celebration this Earth Day.

The bad news, of course, is that we still aren’t doing enough about climate change and we’ve lost a lot of time.

We now need to catch up with the European countries that signed the Kyoto Protocol and used the George W. Bush years to become global leaders in energy efficiency and solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies. These technologies are the primary strategies for addressing climate change because they reduce reliance on coal, oil and natural gas, the main culprits in global warming. They are also key to the much-heralded green economy.

To put the brakes on climate change we need to do more than just replace our incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents—though everyone please do this! Success depends on implementing completely new energy policies and practices on all levels of our society. While citizen pressure on Congress and the White House is still needed, it is clear...

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Last updated Apr 22 2009 01:27 AM


Mayor Menino, former VP Al Gore trumpet greenhouse gas reduction

Boston Metro

Published 21:01, March the 30th, 2009

by Tony Lee

A “Renew Boston” initiative will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city to 7 percent below 1990 levels over the next three years, according to an announcement made yesterday by Mayor Thomas Menino and former Vice President Al Gore.

Through $6.5 million in funding from the federal stimulus package, the plan, if successful, would also take greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

A 21-member Boston Climate Action Leadership Committee has been formed to monitor implementation of the public-private partnership, designed to boost energy efficiency and alternative energy services to residents and businesses.

“We will take Boston’s leadership as a model green city to another level and foster a low carbon economy that supports investment and job creation,” Menino said alongside Gore at Boston Latin School.

Last updated Apr 22 2009 01:26 AM


Mayor Thomas Menino and Police Commissioner Edward Davis Honor Local Graphic Design Students for their Crime Prevention Efforts

Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis and MBTA Transit Chief Paul MacMillan honored 11 local graphic design students from the Boston Arts Academy for their efforts to assist with crime prevention. The students, enlisted by the Boston Police School Police, used their new-found graphic design skills to create posters to increase awareness of sidekick (cellphone) theft. The winning poster will be placed throughout Boston Public Schools and also on the MBTA.

The students who participated in this effort are learning Graphic Design in the 10th grade at the Boston Arts Academy. The students include: Joshua Pimental, Reginald Pinckney, Ricardo Reid (designed winning poster), Patricia Rizzo, Leah Robertson, Glendy Rodriguez, Yoselin Rodriguez, Samuels Takii, Jerome Shelton, Laura Tabares and Victor Trede.

“This partnership speaks to the essence of our community policing strategy,” Mayor Menino said. “Students are often the victims of these thefts, and I’m grateful that such a talented group of young people has stepped up to the plate to help the Police Department reduce these crimes. These creative posters will help send a message that such crime is not tolerated in the City of Boston.”

Police Commissioner Ed Davis stated, “The Boston Police Department is always looking for innovative and collaborative ways...

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Last updated Apr 21 2009 10:35 PM


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