Thursday, May 23, 2013
The five-year plan includes funding for a new accessible playground near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and other projects across the city.
The mayor last week announced a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next five years in capital projects across the city, including $1.6 million for a new park near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard. At a press conference held Friday, May 17 outside the recently opened hospital, Mayor Thomas Menino discussed some of the 341 projects included in the city’s five-year capital plan for fiscal years 2014-2018—projects that will improve and maintain the city’s roads, buildings, technology and play spaces. The five-year capital plan will "create 460 construction jobs in FY2014" and will "transform city neighborhoods, learning, recreation and streets,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office. “Our city …
Tuesday, May 14, 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 …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The annual event was sponsored by Mayor Menino and the Boston Parks Department and provided free refreshments, resources and flowers to Charlestown residents.
Mayor Tom Menino wasn't able to make the Mayor's Neighborhood Coffee Hour on Friday, May 10 at Charlestown's John Harvard Mall park, but residents were still able to enjoy a beautiful morning outdoors, along with free refreshments and coffee. At the event sponsored by the Mayor's Office and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Parks and Rec Commissioner Toni Pollak and the mayor's Chief of Public Property Mike Galvin welcomed the large group of Charlestown residents and discussed some of the resources available to residents interested in learning more about the city's park system. Whole Foods provided fresh fruit and Dunkin' Donuts provided coffee and doughnuts for local residents, while Parks and Recreation staff handed out …
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…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The city services-mobile will be at John Harvard Mall park from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Boston's City Hall To Go truck will be back in Charlestown on Friday, May 10 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. during Mayor Tom Menino's Neighborhood Coffee Hour at John Harvard Mall park. The bright red mobile City Hall has been visiting the neighborhoods of Boston since it was launched in December, giving residents an opportunity to take care of city business right in their communities. There is no need to schedule an appointment; just drop by to: For more information, including a list of services and required documentation, visit cityofboston.gov/cityhalltogo/menu.
Friday, May 3, 2013
The mayor will be at Charlestown's John Harvard Mall on May 10.
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 Charlestown meetup will be held Friday, May 10 at John Harvard Mall, 29 Harvard St. from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents 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, Menino looks forward to hearing how the City of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services. All participants will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market…
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 …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The Boston official returned to the office this week.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is back in City Hall and running the city as he was before being hospitalized for two months. "The mayor’s doing great. He’s working. He’s been in City Hall a couple times this week to check in with his staff," said John Guilfoil, city spokesman. Menino celebrated his 70th birthday at City Hall on Dec. 27, Guilfoil said. "He was at his Cabinet meeting yesterday (Jan. 2), to see all the Cabinet secretaries. They were all excited to see him. And we’re getting back to normal," Guilfoil said. Menino, who's known for being in the neighborhoods, is not back to running that part of his mayoral routine yet. "The neighborhoods are where he wants to be, and he’s very eager to get out there," Guilfoil said. The five-term …