Monthly Archives: October 2013

Politics as Unusual: Connolly’s law firm and its eviction case

October 28, 2013
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Over the past several months and particularly since the preliminary election, we’ve heard countless tales about the company and characters surrounding state rep. and mayoral hopeful Marty Walsh. The broad stroke is that he rolls with greedy union hacks and old-timers, Dot Ave. ruffians and their ilk. As for his opponent, City Councilor-At-Large John...

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Connolly, Walsh talk Casey, JPNC issues

October 25, 2013
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With Jamaica Plain a big prize in the Nov. 5 mayoral election, the Gazette asked candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh about local issues, including the Casey Overpass replacement and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s lawsuit (JPNC). An ever-flowing source of controversy in JP is the decaying Casey Overpass and the decision to replace...

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Walsh, Connolly battle in tight mayoral race

October 25, 2013
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Mayoral candidate John Connolly. (Courtesy Photo)

With polls showing an ever-narrowing Boston mayoral race, state Rep. Marty Walsh and At-Large City Councilor John Connolly will face off in a Nov. 5 general election to replace Mayor Thomas Menino, who is stepping down after 20 years in office. Walsh garnered about 18 percent of voters in the Sept. 24 preliminary election,...

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Pulitzer-winning author Díaz to visit JP today

October 25, 2013
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Pulitzer-winning author Díaz to visit JP today

Junot Díaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Drown,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” and “This is How You Lose Her,” will speak at the Footlight Club today, Fri., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. as part of the JP Reads event. “I started coming to JP because an ex-girlfriend of mine is a...

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Pond Lights

October 25, 2013
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Pond Lights

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Walsh, Connolly se enfrentan en la carrera para alcalde

October 25, 2013
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El Representante Marty Walsh y el Consejero Municipal “At-Large” John Connolly se enfrentarán en la elección general el 5 de noviembre para el título de alcalde. Thomas Menino se bajó de la candidatura después de 20 años de alcalde. Walsh ganó el 18 por ciento de los votos en la elección preliminar del 24...

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For O’Malley, quality of life counts in council race

October 25, 2013
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For O’Malley, quality of life counts in council race

Some people might not remember, having erased the memory with the warm summer sun, but last February a huge blizzard buried the city. City Councilor Matt O’Malley—who faces a re-election fight in JP’s District 6 against West Roxbury’s Luis Valerio—said he began getting complaints after the storm passed about the cleanup taking too long....

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City Council candidates talk tight parks budget

October 25, 2013
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City Council candidates talk tight parks budget

By Dan Schneider/Special to the Gazette PARKSIDE—Few would be surprised that when it comes to the importance of the city’s public parks and open spaces, the eight candidates for Boston’s four Boston City Council at-large seats mostly see eye-to-eye. But at an Oct. 15 forum at the Franklin Park clubhouse, each candidate sought to...

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36 units planned for Brookley Road lot

October 25, 2013
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STONYBROOK—A developer is planning 36 condo units—12 three-family buildings—at the long-vacant lot at 101 Brookley Road. “We’re working with the community, and they seem very happy with our plans so far,” said Yan Schecter, manager of Buildex Real Estate Ventures LLC, which recent bought the lot. “We’re in touch by phone and email, and...

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Politics as Unusual: For voters of color, an endgame or just photo ops?

October 25, 2013
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It’s hard to know what to make of our two Irish mayoral candidates and their heroic, if not clumsy, attempts to captivate voters of color. I’ve asked black, Latino and Cape Verdean friends about this, and, as expected, they offered nothing close to a uniform answer. Some are in the tank for Connolly, convinced...

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