Thursday, May 9, 2013
Team Brookline is preparing for next year's Marathon.
Nancy Vineberg of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center spoke at Tuesday’s Selectmen Meeting on behalf of Team Brookline, thanking the Board for their support. “With the tragic events that took place at the Marathon, the strength of the team is something we all can feel really good about,” Vineberg said. “Our mission was to create something greater than the sum of its’ parts and that worked out very well.” The 26 runners from Team Brookline each raised money for the Community Mental Health Center, the Teen Center, the Library Foundation and the Education Foundation. “We had a great program including our own coach, who worked with every single runner as an individual,” Vineberg said. “I think every runner benefited from being on our …
The following was sent to Patch from David Traub, Press Officer/Director of Communications from the Office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey
Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey was at the State House this week, standing with Rep. Tackey Chan to push their bill to force convicted predators to provide their email addresses and other online information when they register as sex offenders. “As we investigate crimes, we see cases where defendants started with electronic contact, under false names or false identities, with their eventual victims,” Morrissey said. “This is an effort to curtail that kind of activity from those previously convicted of sexual assaults.” Morrissey said the legislation should improve public safety in two ways. First, it will be useful for law enforcement. When a sex offender does comply with the new requirement, it will create a meaningful …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Here's a good sign that it's almost summer.
The Farmer’s Market will reopen their summer hours from on Thursdays June 13 until October 31. Economic Development Director Kara Brewton told the Board of Selectmen that the summer Farmer’s Market will be earlier than normal this year. “It’s going to be one week earlier than usual because the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday,” Brewton said. “The agreement will be pretty much the same as last year.” Selectmen Nancy Daly said that she was looking forward to the return of the Market. “I have heard people say that ours is the most successful in the state.” Brewton told the Selectmen that the Health Department researched farmer’s markets in the state and found that Brookline’s is one of the few non-profit markets in the …
Claims for One Fund Boston will be available May 15 to June 15.
One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberg led a Town Hall meeting on Monday to discuss how funds will be distributed to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Feinberg, who helped distribute the private funds for victims of 9/11, the Aurora, CO theater shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting, said the final protocol for fund distribution will be completed by May 15. The One Fund Boston currently has $28 million pledged, with $11 million in cash, Feinberg said in a publicly broadcast meeting from the Copley Public Library. Feinberg reiterated that it was possible the families of the four victims could be given a million dollars. Initial protocol listed different levels of compensation for double and single amputees. "Whatever we …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The bill will go before Gov. Deval Patrick for approval.
The Massachusetts Senate passed a $300 million transportation bond bill that, if approved by the governor, will help finance transportation needs across the state. The funds provided in the bill can be used by every municipality in the state for highway construction, preservation and improvement projects, and maintaining, repairing, improving and constructing town and county ways and bridges, according to a statement issued by Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex counties state senator Richard J. Ross. “This legislation provides much-needed funding to our cities and towns for transportation projects essential to keeping Massachusetts roads safe and efficient for residents,” Ross said in the statement. “During such troubling economic times, it is…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
As candidates continue to pull papers for the mayor race, some early contenders find themselves jockeying for position against their neighbors.
Five weeks ago, there was one declared candidate for mayor. John Connolly had his run of the city while current Mayor Tom Menino weighed his future. Now, fully two dozen men and women have pulled nomination papers for the mayor's race. A map of the current list of candidates finds some familiar patterns: Most candidates live toward south and center of the city, matching the city's overall population density. But that means candidates who live a mere blocks apart will tussle over the same turf and base of voter support. There are 11 candidates from Dorchester, four from Hyde Park, three from Roxbury, two from Roxbury and one each from East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill. The top two vote-getters in the primary will move on to the…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The two will face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head to head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month and a half of campaigning still to come we wanted to stop and ask you this question. If the Special Election were today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
In case voters weren't paying attention, and turnout suggested many weren't, his name is Gabriel Gomez. And now only Ed Markey stands between him and the United States Senate. "My name is Gabriel Gomez, and I'm a proud Republican," Gomez said, reciting his full name for the second time during a five-minute chat with reporters outside the new go-to, post-election Broadway T stop in South Boston Wednesday morning. The reporters already knew who he was, but part of Gomez's strategy now is to make sure everybody else does too. The newly minted face of the Republican Party captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday by defeating two better known names in Massachusetts Republican politics. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Dartmouth men joked with Tsarnaev about his resemblance to the FBI suspect photos, then “freaked out” when they concluded it was really him.
Here are the results from Tuesday's Annual Town Election.
The numbers for the Annual Town Election are in. Brookline has a new Selectmen, Neil Wishinsky, who ran unopposed. Wishinsky, who will be taking Jessie Mermell’s vacated seat, received 5,291 votes. In the School Committee race, Brookline residents reelected incumbent Susan Wolf Ditkoff with 4,992 votes and Helen Charlupski with 4,544 votes. David Pollak received 4,292 to fill the third open spot. Larry Onie received 1,606 votes. Michael Burstien, Jennifer Rees, Judith Vanderkay and Puja Mehta each were elected to library trustee positions.