Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The one-time aide of former Mayor Richard Howard pleaded guilty to larceny and accessory after the fact to a felony, in a deal with prosecutors.
A one-time city solicitor and aide to former Mayor Richard Howard could face large fines and 5-7 years in prison under a deal struck with prosecutors this week, the Boston Globe's Jarret Bencks reported Monday. Charles Toomajian, 55, pleaded guilty to larceny and accessory after the fact to a felony in Middlesex County Superior Court this week. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a number of other charges facing the Malden lawyer, including conspiracy and receiving stolen property. His sentencing is scheduled for May 28. The original indictment was part of a larger sting against a reputed organized crime ring run by Mark Rosetti of East Boston. Prosecutors said Toomajian was involved in a scheme with Charles Davis, of Salem, N.H., to …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Watch the presentation offered by a group of 34 Master in Urban Planning students from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Mayor Gary Christenson was joined by Harvard Professor Ann Forsyth to discuss a recent report prepared by grad students on improvements for Malden Center.
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation. The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business. What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Buses will replace trains five nights a week for a month from mid-May
As work continues on the Orange Line's station at Assembly Square in Somerville, service will be impacted five nights a week for a month starting May 19. According to the MBTA website, buses will replace trains between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square stations starting at 9 p.m. each Sunday through Thursday from May 19 to June 21. The diversions will last until the end of service, according to the MBTA. All stops will be serviced by buses between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square, including Medford's Wellington Station. There will be no diversion on Sunday, May 26, as a result of the Memorial Day holiday.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Mayor's office plans 3 p.m. event today on the Commercial Street side of city hall.
The mayor's office told residents to expect a surprise announcement about a new business coming to the city this week, but were keeping the lid tight on specifics until Monday afternoon. Curious readers can drop by for the news at 3 p.m. today on the Commercial Street side of City Hall.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
City hall released this video of the demolition on Main Street near the Melrose line.
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.