Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The outgoing Boston leader cautioned residents not to focus too much on the negative as the mayoral race heats up.
Mayor Tom Menino cautioned Boston residents not to focus on negative portrayals of the Boston Public School system as the city’s mayoral race heats up. Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown on May 10, Menino touted the progress public schools have made in recent years and asked residents not to allow anyone to “tear this school system down” in the coming months. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the Boston Public Schools in the last several years. It’s because of a lot of reasons—teachers, principals, the superintendent, the community—and I tell you, the graduation rate is up, dropout rates are down, more kids are going on to college,” Menino said. He spoke of how the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
"You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror."
Friday, May 10
A letter from Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino: Dear Selectman Llodra, On behalf of the people of Boston I thank you and the people of Newtown for sending me the banner filled with signatures and words of prayer and support. All of us were very moved by this kind and thoughtful gesture. As such, we have proudly displayed the banner in the lobby of Boston City Hall for all to see and appreciate. In the aftermath of the attack at the Boston Marathon, our city has been flooded with offers of support and prayers from around the world. None of them, however, meant as much as the banner you sent from Newtown. You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror. Your community…
Monday, May 6, 2013
The mayor will be at the South End's Ringgold Park on May 29.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 15th annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 8 to June 3. The South End meetup will be held Wednesday, May 29 at Ringgold Park, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The open hour is an opportunity to speak directly with the mayor about open space and other needs in their neighborhoods. Through these one-on-one discussions and a suggestion box at each site, Mayor Menino is looking to hearing how the city of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services, the city said. All participants will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market. In addition, each family in …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick are asking people to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims exactly one week after the tragic events.
The city of Boston and communities throughout Massachusetts are being asked to join in a moment of silence on Monday at 2:50 p.m.—the time the two bombs went off, within about 10 seconds of one another, near the finish line of the 117th annual Boston Marathon. The minute of silence at 2:50 p.m. will honor the victims and families of those injured and killed by the terrorist attacks. Following the moment of silence, bells throughout Boston and the state will ring, according to a statement from Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s office. “Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Governor Deval L. Patrick and One Fund Boston are calling upon Boston and all communities across the Commonwealth to join together in a Moment of Silence Monday afternoon, exactly one week …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Mayor doesn't mince words at Spaulding Rehab event.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino didn't mince words when asked about the marathon bombing suspect currently under heavy guard at Beth Israel Hospital after Friday's manhunt. "Who cares," Menino answered reporters when asked about the man's condition. When asked about the condition of the MBTA officer who was injured during Friday's manhunt, Menino was softer in his response. "He’s showing some improvement. It's encouraging to us," he said. The mayor was attending a celebration marking the grand opening of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network's new hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard Saturday night and spoke to reporters prior to the event. When asked about the events of the past week, Menino said, "This city has never worked more efficiently than it …
The rehabilitation hospital will mark the opening of its new location in the Charlestown Navy Yard—and the spirit of the city—with a special event for staff and officials.
Though a community open house on Sunday was postponed Friday in the midst of a citywide lockdown and manhunt for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center will go ahead with other plans to celebrate its grand opening in the Charlestown Navy Yard this weekend. Spaulding representatives had planned to hold a small thank you gala for donors, staff and local and state officials Friday night, but the event was canceled. Following Friday’s arrest, an even bigger celebration has been organized for tonight, with a performance by the Boston Pops, speaker Mayor Tom Menino and a “rousing sing-a-long” of “Sweet Caroline”—a special nod to the city’s “Boston Strong” spirit. “I’ve never been more proud to be part of Boston …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
After twenty years of leading the city, what will be Menino's greatest legacy in the South End neighborhood?
Mayor Menino announced on Thursday that he would not seek re-election this year, ending his 20 year career as the longest-serving mayor of Boston. He said in his farewell speech that the individual neighborhoods of Boston served as his focus over the last two decades, measuring his progress by growth in the neighborhoods and by meeting residents. "Being in the neighborhoods gives me energy," he said on Thursday in his speech. "Being with our residnets builds our trust. It may not be the only way to lead Boston, but it's the only way for me." What do you think were Menino's greatest contributions to the South End neighborhood? How should he be remembered here? Tell us in the comments. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Menino said he feels humbled and grateful to have served as mayor of Boston "during its best days."
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election. Menino, who after two decades is the city's longest-serving mayor, announced his decision in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," Menino said. "I can run, I can win, and I can lead, but not 'in-the-neighborhoods-all-the-time,' as I like," he said. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election.
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election. Menino, who after two decades is the city's longest-serving mayor, announced his decision in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," Menino said. "I can run, I can win, and I can lead, but not 'in-the-neighborhoods-all-the-time,' as I like," he said. Menino said that over the last few months, his health has greatly improved, but he's not still up to his normal pace and not able to spend the amount of time in the neighborhoods that he's used to. "I miss hitting …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The speech is expected to cover an 'aggressive agenda,' including a plan to sell tons of city property for middle-income housing.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will deliver his 20th “State of the City” address tonight, speaking to an anticipated crowd of around 800 people during the 7:30 p.m. event at Faneuil Hall. As part of the speech, Menino is expected to announce plans to sell more than 1 million sq. ft. of city-owned property for development of middle-income homes, the Boston Herald reported. Officials hope the housing plan, called the “Middle Income Housing Initiative,” will raise $550,000 annually in new property taxes, with the construction of between 200 and 300 single- and two-family homes. City-owned properties, including undeveloped land and areas containing abandoned homes, will be sold at lower prices as part of the plan, which is expected to roll out …