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Jan Devereux of the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance said in a Monday announcement she is running for office, after never thinking she’d “see the word ‘politician’ next to my name.”
City officials reported the death of Brian Murphy, assistant city manager for community development and a former city councillor, in a message Thursday.
Formal nomination papers aren’t filed with the Election Commission until the end of July, but lawyer Kim Courtney has announced that she is running and put up an extensive website explaining her platform.
City officials are closing municipal buildings to the public at 2 p.m. today because of an ongoing winter storm, as well as canceling all public meetings and programs – including the City Council meeting, for the second week in a row.
Two of our longest-serving city councillors – Mayor David Maher and state Rep. Tim Toomey – argued in favor of being a rubber stamp to the city manager on his power to appoint, against their own oversight powers and city law.
Limits on e-cigarettes and smoking in larger public parks were voted in Thursday by the City Council, but some exotic tobacco sales will still be allowed, and businesses offering outdoor hookah use can go on doing so.
The city has taken the rare step of delaying a City Council meeting, bumping it to 5:30 p.m. Thursday from the traditional Monday meeting night by a blizzard expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow.
Pearl Street needs to be redesigned as a livable corridor that includes raised intersections, wider sidewalks, a one-way protected bike lane and safe, welcome bus stops with bumped-out curbs.
A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.