Albert Leo "Dapper" O'Neil was an American politician who served as a conservative member of the Boston City Council for twenty-eight years. Prior to joining the council, he served on the Boston Licensing Board and was an operative for the legendary Mayor of Boston James Michael Curley. O'Neil graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School in 1937, attended Suffolk University Law School, but left before graduating to serve in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, he graduated from the Staley School of the Spoken Word with a degree in oratory, he worked with a railroad company and was employed by the state housing board. In a 1978 interview, O'Neil explained that he got his nickname because his mother was meticulous about how her children dressed, where he grew up "everybody had a nickname." From 1948 to 1961, O'Neil ran for office five times, three times for state representative and once apiece for City Council and School Committee, losing all five races. He chauffeured for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Endicott Peabody.
After Peabody was elected Governor of Massachusetts in November 1962, he considered appointing O'Neil as his patronage secretary. In October 1963, Peabody appointed O'Neil to the Boston Licensing Board. In 1967, O'Neil ran for Mayor of Boston, finishing eighth in the preliminary election with only 0.95% of the vote. In January 1971, O'Neil was appointed to the Boston City Council after the resignation of Louise Day Hicks, elected to the United States House of Representatives, he was subsequently re-elected each term being two years. While on the Council, O'Neil thrice ran for Suffolk County Sheriff, he lost the Democratic nomination to Thomas Eisenstadt in 1974, Dennis J. Kearney in 1978, Robert Rufo in 1986. In 1992, he was elected Council President after the death of Christopher A. Iannella. In November 1999, O'Neil finished fifth in an at-large race. In a story published in The Boston Globe after O'Neil's loss, Boston historian Thomas H. O'Connor wrote, "This is the last hurrah not for a man but for the politicking he represents."
O'Connor went on to say that O'Neil's career endured "largely through the kinds of loyalties he built up over thirty years, from people for whom he'd done favors, they'd never forget him, they'd talk about him to their relatives. He built a political career on a system of local patronage." O'Neil was a longtime supporter of the right to bear arms. I'll protect people against anyone who comes through that door."In January 1999, O'Neil confirmed he was a supporter of Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group, leading to a heated exchange with fellow councillor Gareth R. Saunders. O'Neil called supporters of integration "suburban liberals", suggested they were "Communist dupes", he was fond of quoting the alleged saying of Nikita Khrushchev, "We will bury you from within," reflecting his belief that integration or desegregation was "a Communist plot against Boston". O'Neil was an outspoken supporter of the white minority governments of South Africa and Rhodesia. At least in part because of his explicit rejection of race-based grievance and identity politics, he was much admired and praised by Boston columnist and radio talk show host Howie Carr.
In 1995, Boston newspapers reported that harassment complaints had been filed against O'Neil by a female city worker and a female college student. A 1984 recording by O'Neil of the song "The Irish Belly Dancer" can be found online. In 1996, he won $50,000 from a Massachusetts Lottery scratch ticket. O'Neil never married. After treatment for prostate cancer in 1992 and 1993, O'Neil had cancer surgery in January 1998; as of 1997, he was blind. O'Neil died in December 2007—his funeral was held at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury. Derjue, Amy. "Dapper O'Neil Puts Globe and Herald On the Same Page". Boston. English, Bella. "Dapper's guilty of bad taste". The Boston Globe. P. 17. Retrieved March 8, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com. Vennochi, Joan. "The things we shouldn't forget about Dapper". The Boston Globe. White, Diane. "When Dapper made me kiss him". The Boston Globe. P. 65. Retrieved March 8, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com. "Dapper O'Neil at Mapplethorpe exhibit". Bostonlocaltv.org. August 1, 1990. Dapper O'Neil at Find a Grave
Thomas Michael Menino was an American politician who served as the 53rd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1993 to 2014. He was the city's longest-serving mayor. Before becoming mayor, the Boston native was President of the Boston City Council. Menino was President of the United States Conference of Mayors and co-chair and co-founder with Michael Bloomberg of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In January 2014, he was appointed Professor of the Practice of Political Science at Boston University, he served as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on Cities, an urban leadership research center based at Boston University. Menino was born on December 1942, in Readville, a part of Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood, he was the son of both of Italian descent. Menino's father was a factory foreman at Westinghouse Electric, his grandparents lived on the first floor of his parents' Hyde Park home. After graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Jamaica Plain in 1960, Menino enrolled in three night classes at Boston College and began working at Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Much to his father's dismay, Menino decided. Carl Menino once recalled his son's reasons for opting out of higher education: "Truman didn't go to college," the younger Menino would tell his father. President Harry S. Truman was Menino's favorite president and was his personal hero. Menino received an Associate degree in Business Management at Chamberlayne Junior College, now Mount Ida College. During his terms as Boston City Councilor, Menino received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Planning at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1988. Prior to running for office, Menino worked as a housing relocation specialist for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, was a research assistant for state legislative committee on housing and urban development, served an aide to state senator Joseph F. Timilty. Menino was elected Boston City Councilor for the newly created District 5 in November 1983, capturing 75 percent of the vote against Richard E. Kenney, he served the Hyde Park district for nine years.
In 1984, he was named chairman of the council's Development Committee. Menino ran unopposed for re-election in November 1985. In 1986, then-mayor Raymond Flynn offered Menino the position of Recreation Commissioner. In response to Flynn's proposal, Menino said it "surprised" him, but that he does "think about all opportunities that come before." Menino did not assume the position. He was re-elected with 87 percent of the vote. In 1988, Menino became chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee; this committee was renamed the City Council Ways and Means Committee in 1990, a name that it continues to hold today. Menino remained chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for the entirety of his tenure as City Councilor. Menino was known to be a "vigilant watchdog of the city budget,", he was again re-elected in November 1989 and November 1991. He was a founding member of the City Council's Tourists and Tourism Committee, created in 1991. In 1992, Menino planned to run for the United States Congress seat that Rep. Brian J. Donnelly was vacating.
This 11th Congressional seat served a district that stretched from the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester through communities on the South Shore and into Plymouth County. After federal courts decided to allot Massachusetts only 10 congressional seats, Donnelly's district disappeared, Menino chose to not challenge Representatives from the other districts. In March 1993, President Clinton appointed Mayor Flynn to be the United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Mayor Flynn accepted the position making Menino, President of the Boston City Council at the time, acting mayor. On July 12, 1993, Menino became acting Mayor of Boston until the upcoming November 1993 election. Menino ran against James Brett, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Assistant Secretary of Energy, to secure his first mayoral bid after serving as acting mayor. Menino won 71 percent of the vote. Menino ran against Peggy Davis-Mullen, Boston City Councilor since 1994, won 76 percent of the vote. Menino ran against Maura Hennigan, Boston City Councilor since 1982, won 68% of the vote.
Menino ran against Michael Flaherty, Boston City Councilor and former City Council President, won 57% of the vote. On July 13, 2009, Menino became the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, securing an unprecedented fifth term. According to Menino's official biography, "Among his main priorities, are: providing every child with a quality education. On March 28, 2013, Menino announced. On April 25, 2006, Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a summit at Gracie Mansion in New York City, during which the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition was formed; the coalition, of which Menino remained co-chair until the finality of his mayoralty, stated its goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The initial group consisted of 15 mayors. That goal was met six months ahead of schedule, led to its current membership of more than 900 mayors, with members from both major political parties and 40 states. On July 19, 2012, Mayor Menino stated that he would work to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants within Boston, especially
Boston is a monthly magazine concerning life in the Greater Boston area and has been in publication since the 1960s. The magazine claims a publication of 500,000 issues per month, its percentage of newsstand copies sold is among the highest of any magazine of any kind in the United States, it has been named among the best city magazines in the nation nine times in the last ten years by the City and Regional Magazine Association. "Best of Boston" is an award given by Boston magazine in an annual issue, "the definitive guide to the city’s finest". This award is given in a wide range of categories. Recent awards include best clam chowder, day spa, jewelry store, mojito, pizza topping, teeth whitening, thai food, many more. Many area businesses display these awards proudly, in the form of a certificate or by using the award logo on company materials, store windows, advertising. Along with the annual awards, Boston magazine runs feature articles intended to quantify local resources, such as "Top Schools", "Top Restaurants", "Top Doctors".
Boston magazine produces several ancillary publications: Boston Home is a quarterly publication geared towards readers with an interest in high-end interior design, home decor, architecture. Boston Weddings is a biannual publication for brides-to-be. Boston magazine has been owned by the Philadelphia-based company Metrocorp since 1971. WCVB-TV Channel 5, WBZ NewsRadio, Greater Media, WBUR, Magic 106.7 collaborate and cross-promote with Boston magazine. Boston magazine is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Official website
John R. Connolly
John R. Connolly is a former at-large Boston city councilor and candidate for mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, he was first elected in November 2007. Connolly is a resident of West Roxbury where he lives with his wife and children, Clare and Mary Katherine. Meg is former social worker, his mother, Lynda Connolly retired as a Massachusetts court judge. His father, Michael J. Connolly, is a former Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth During his high school years, Connolly attended Roxbury Latin School. After graduating he earned his B. A. cum laude from Harvard University and earned his J. D. from Boston College Law School. In 1998 he taught at the Boston Renaissance Charter School. After graduating from Boston College Law School, Connolly began his legal career with the firm Ropes and Gray, he started Schofield Campbell & Connolly, with two other Boston residents. On November 3, 2007 Connolly's campaign for City Councilor At-Large admitted to mailing literature about incumbent councilor Stephen J. Murphy which until that point came from an unknown source.
The acknowledgement came after a Boston Herald columnist accused the candidate of sending the unsigned, unattributed flyers. On February 26, 2013, Connolly announced. Connolly finished the second of twelve in the preliminary election in September 2013, behind State Representative Marty Walsh. On November 5, 2013, he lost the general election to Marty Walsh. Official City of Boston Website for John Connolly John Connolly for Mayor of Boston Campaign Website "What happened to those who ran for Boston's mayor", Boston Globe, November 21, 2014
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates 177 bus routes in the Greater Boston area, many of which were part of a large streetcar system. Some routes are for local transport within the city; the MBTA has a policy objective to provide transit service within walking distance for all residents living in areas with population densities greater than 5,000 inhabitants per square mile within the MBTA's service district. Much of this service is provided by bus; the MBTA operates a four-route bus rapid transit service branded as the Silver Line, as well as three crosstown routes that were intended to become the first part of the now-suspended Urban Ring project. Fifteen routes designed as key routes run with higher frequency at all times, including extended service hours on Friday and Saturday nights over some of these routes. Most MBTA Bus service is served by diesel, compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid buses. Silver Line routes running in the Waterfront Tunnel use dual-mode buses that operate as trolleybuses in the tunnel and as diesel-electric hybrid buses on the surface.
Four routes based out of the Harvard Bus Tunnel run with trolleybuses in Cambridge and several surrounding suburbs. All buses and routes are wheelchair-accessible. All buses have LED exterior headsigns displaying route and destination, with automated audio/visual stop announcements for passengers. After taking over operations in August 1964 from the former Metropolitan Transit Authority, the MBTA began rebranding many elements of Boston's public transportation network. After being found unsuitable for what is now the Orange Line because it did not show up well on maps, yellow was chosen for the color of bus operations; the Boston Elevated Railway and MTA operated overnight Owl service until 1960. From September 2001 to June 2005, the MBTA operated bus service on 17 routes until 2:30am on Friday and Saturday nights. Similar service on the key routes was operated from March 2013 to March 2014. In 2017, the MBTA Board considered a proposal to run all-night service on several routes with pulsed connections at a central hub.
This is the current bus roster for the MBTA as of December 2018. All buses are 102 inches wide. In February 2015, the MBTA was awarded a $4.14 million FTA grant to purchase five 60-foot articulated battery electric buses from New Flyer. These buses will arrive in 2019. An option orders for an additional 194 XDE40 hybrid buses from 2015-2017 New Flyer order was exercised in October 2018. MBTA buses are operated out of the facilities listed below. Notes: * = Route during evenings & weekends ** = Route during Sundays *** = Route 72 will return to trolleybus operation out of North Cambridge in early 2019 † = Route during evenings ‡ = 1 trip only, runs daily, serves Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Most local bus routes in Massachusetts outside the immediate MBTA operating area are operated by the state's other regional transit authorities. However, some routes that connect with MBTA bus or subway service are operated by outside private contractors with partial subsidy by the MBTA. Five routes – the 710, 712/713, 714, 716 – are numbered like other MBTA buses.
The five routes are commuter routes which connect with other MBTA services at their inbound terminals. They were taken over from various private operators. Five suburban municipalities contract with outside operators for local circulator routes, most with partial MBTA subsidy. Bedford and Dedham run single routes. Most are run by private operators, except for the Beverly Shuttle, part of the Cape Ann Transportation Authority system. Additionally, a nonprofit shuttle is run in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood; those 15 routes appear on MBTA system maps and connect with MBTA services at designated transfer points, but are numbered separately and do not accept MBTA passes. MBTA - Bus Schedules and Maps MBTA Bus Route Performance Indicators
Boston University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church; the university has more than 3,900 faculty members and nearly 33,000 students, is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates, medical, dental and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on two urban campuses; the main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston's South End neighborhood. BU is categorized as an R1: Doctoral University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. BU is a member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the Association of American Universities; the university was ranked 42nd among undergraduate programs at national universities, 46th among global universities by U. S. News & World Report in its 2018 rankings.
Among its alumni and current or past faculty, the university counts eight Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 48 Sloan Fellows, nine Academy Award winners, several Emmy and Tony Award winners. BU has MacArthur, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty. In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a BU lab; the Boston University Terriers compete in the NCAA Division I. BU athletic teams compete in the Patriot League, Hockey East conferences, their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. Boston University is well known for men's hockey, in which it has won five national championships, most in 2009. Boston University traces its roots to the establishment of the Newbury Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839, was chartered with the name "Boston University" by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869.
The University organized formal Centennial observances both in 1939 and 1969. On April 24–25, 1839 a group of Methodist ministers and laymen at the Old Bromfield Street Church in Boston elected to establish a Methodist theological school. Set up in Newbury, the school was named the "Newbury Biblical Institute". In 1847, the Congregational Society in Concord, New Hampshire, invited the Institute to relocate to Concord and offered a disused Congregational church building with a capacity of 1200 people. Other citizens of Concord covered the remodeling costs. One stipulation of the invitation was; the charter issued by New Hampshire designated the school the "Methodist General Biblical Institute", but it was called the "Concord Biblical Institute." With the agreed twenty years coming to a close, the trustees of the Concord Biblical Institute purchased 30 acres on Aspinwall Hill in Brookline, Massachusetts, as a possible relocation site. The institute moved in 1867 to 23 Pinkney Street in Boston, received a Massachusetts Charter as the "Boston Theological Seminary".
In 1869, three trustees of the Boston Theological Institute obtained from the Massachusetts Legislature a charter for a university by name of "Boston University". These trustees were successful Boston businessmen and Methodist laymen, with a history of involvement in educational enterprises and became the founders of Boston University, they were Isaac Rich, Lee Claflin, Jacob Sleeper, for whom Boston University's three West Campus dormitories are named. Lee Claflin's son, was Governor of Massachusetts and signed the University Charter on May 26, 1869 after it was passed by the Legislature; as reported by Kathleen Kilgore in her book, Transformations, A History of Boston University, the founders directed the inclusion in the Charter of the following provision, unusual for its time: No instructor in said University shall be required by the Trustees to profess any particular religious opinions as a test of office, no student shall be refused admission... on account of the religious opinions he may entertain.
Every department of the new university was open to all on an equal footing regardless of sex, race, or religion. The Boston Theological Institute was absorbed into Boston University in 1871 as the BU School of Theology. In January 1872 Isaac Rich died, leaving the vast bulk of his estate to a trust that would go to Boston University after ten years of growth while the University was organized. Most of this bequest consisted of real estate throughout the core of the city of Boston, appraised at more than $1.5 million. Kilgore describes this as the largest single donation to an American college or university to that time. By December, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 had destroyed all but one of the buildings Rich had left to the University, the insurance companies with which they had been insured were bankrupt; the value of his estate, when turned over to the University in 1882, was half what it had been in 1872. As a result, the University was unable to build its contemplated campus on Aspinwall Hill, the land was sold piecemeal as development sites.
Street names in the area, including Claflin Road, Claflin Path, University Road, are the only remaining evidence of University ownership in this area. Following the fire, Boston University established its new facilities in buildings scattered throughout Beacon Hill and expanded into the Boyls