Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Boston mayor fractured his distal fibula after twisting his ankle on Friday.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is recovering after undergoing surgery on Saturday to repair a leg fracture. The injury occurred Friday while Menino was visiting a school in Dorchester. The mayor twisted his ankle and fractured his distal fibula—the smaller of two bones in his lower right leg, 7 News Boston reported. Menino underwent surgery Saturday morning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The surgery involved the placement of a plate and screws to fix the broken bone, 7 News reported. The mayor sent out an update on his Twitter account on Monday at around noon, writing: “Thanks to all for well wishes. Surgery to repair fracture of distal fibula went well & without complication. Mayor is resting comfortably.” Menino will be wearing a walking …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Boston City Council approved a third redistricting map on Wednesday, and now it awaits Menino's approval.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to approve the redistricting map approved by the City Council on Wednesday. A city spokesperson confirmed media reports that Menino would approve the redistricting map. Menino is currently staying at Brigham & Women's Hospital under treatment for a virus and a blood clot in his leg. This was the third redistricting map approved by Boston City Council, and Menino vetoed the first two citing "over-concentration of protected groups" in districts. On Wednesday, the Council approved the new redistricting map, 11-2, with only District Councilors Charles Yancey and Bill Linehan voting against the map. District 6 is the one that represents JP. In the new map, a precinct in Egleston Square that had been part …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Offers Tips on Consumer Protection & Home Repairs.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The following is a slightly edited press release from Mayor Menino's office: Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Tuesday announced City officials will work closely with home and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in an effort to reopen local businesses and get people back to work. In addition to providing resources to affected businesses, Boston Home Center staff will be working with homeowners and senior homeowners to help facilitate any necessary renovations due to the storm. “The Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center and Office of Business Development are your go-to resources for repairing any damages to your home or business," Mayor Menino said. “It’s so important that residents and business owners take care of …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was hospitalized on Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Mayor Thomas Menino was hospitalized late Friday with a virus and he will remain there at least through the weekend. Menino and his wife Angela recently returned from a two-week anniversary trip in Italy, and he didn't feel well after getting back, said Press Secretary Dot Joyce. He is at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Joyce said it's possible Menino will remain in the hospital for the "next couple of days."
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The city's top brass has put in a "crisis re-entry plan" for inmates released from prison as a result of the JP State Drug Lab scandal.
With as many as 600 convicted drug dealers up for early release from prison, city officials say they have a plan to limit the damage to Boston's neighborhoods. "This is an emergency," Mayor Thomas Menino said in a joint press conference with Boston Police Chief Ed Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. Menino outlined a plan for Boston to deal with the fallout from the alleged actions of a "rogue chemist" at the JP Drug Lab who may have tainted samples in thousands of drug cases. "We are concerned about the large number of individuals who will be released from state prison," Menino said, "with no plan for transition back into society, and just as concerned about those who may return to a lifestyle that can cause turmoil on …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Boston City Councilors Rob Consalvo and Charles Yancey both offered redistricting maps, with Yancey taking exception to not being invited to work on Consalvo's map.
District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey said he was upset that three of his colleagues met on Sunday morning to create a redistricting map he feels cuts up the district he represents. During Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting, Yancey said he'd welcome an invitation next time. The council is struggling to draw redistricting maps that will pass Mayor Thomas Menino's concerns about residents of color being unfairly concentrated. Menino has vetoed two of council's maps already. Yancey, who offered his own redistricting map at the meeting (attached map), provoked District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo to retort that Yancey didn't invite him to discuss Yancey's redistricting map. Consalvo added he hasn't been involved in many discussions …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Menino says the map creates an over-concentrated area of protected groups in District 4.
On Monday Boston Mayor Thomas Menino rejected the second redistricting map submitted by the Boston City Council, once again citing concerns of an "over-concentration of protected groups" in districts. Menino said District 4, currently represented by Charles Yancey, is especially over-concentrated. In his veto letter, the Mayor wrote: "Under both maps passed, almost 70 percent of District 4's voting age population is Black and almost 95 percent is Non-White. In a city where diversity is found broadly, I had asked that you to endeavor to avoid over-concentration of minority voters, and I make that same request again." (See attached letter.) District 4 includes Dorchester and Mattapan. Menino vetoed the first redistricting map on Sept. 6 (see…
Saturday, September 22, 2012
He gave his endorsement at a pro-Warren rally in Roslindale on Friday afternoon.
Mayor Thomas Menino endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren for United States Senate during a pro-Warren rally in Roslindale on Friday. Menino, a Democrat, said he did not endorse Warren right away because he "wanted to get to know her" first. And he came to his final decision by pretending he wasn't the mayor, he said. "What if I was just a guy from Hyde Park who had a job with the city, whose wife was an accountant and worried about their retirement savings," he said. "What if I was any guy who wondered how his two kids would send his six grandkids to college, and whether they would have good jobs on the other end. If I wasn’t the Mayor, who would speak up in Washington on my behalf? I thought to myself, if I was any guy from…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After a 27-month-long process, there's a tentative agreement on the table.
The Boston Teachers Union and the School Department reached a tentative contract agreement late Tuesday night that if approved, will lead to changes in class sizes, teacher performance evaluations, and a new pay raise structure, ending the 27-month long negotiations between the two parties. "The agreement is good for students, affordable to the city, and fair to our members," said Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union in a statement. "This contract is a big step forward in taking our school system to the next level – it’s what’s best for our students, it works for our teachers, and is fair to our taxpayers," said Mayor Thomas Menino. "Teachers will now have the support they need to perform, schools will have the …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The mayor and governor joined family members of September 11 victims on Tuesday morning in commemoration ceremonies.
Eleven years ago, on a cloudless day much like today, Anna Sweeney's father told her that "mommy's plane was taken by bad guys and a lot of people went to heaven." Anna's mother, Amy Sweeney of Acton, had been a flight attendant on Flight 11, the first plane to fly into the towers. She was one of 207 people from Massachusetts to die from the attacks. Anna, now a teenager, joined other families of victims Tuesday morning to honor the memory of those killed. "It's hard to believe that that terrible trajedy was 11 years ago," Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo told the crowd inside the House chambers, where they were assembled for the presentation of the Madeline "Amy" Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery. "We think of Amy Sweeney, who stood up…