Wednesday, May 22, 2013
District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo is a candidate for Boston mayor.
Last Thursday, when I officially announced my candidacy for Mayor of Boston, I called for reviving the Boston Compact to bring back businesses, colleges and universities, unions and non-profit organizations as partners in our efforts to improve the Boston Public Schools. The first Boston Compact was signed in 1982, back when the Boston public schools were facing a clear-cut crisis of confidence. Today, the schools are stronger and enrollment is growing. But the last Compact was signed in 2000 – 13 years ago. A lot of things have changed since then in Boston and in the world. Thirteen years ago, the city’s labor force was 20% smaller, jobs required less technical skills, and Mark Zuckerberg who invented Facebook was still in high school…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
So far the three concepts presented to the public do not include a public area for water - would you like one at the new Adams Park in Roslindale?
None of the three concepts presented to Roslindale residents to renovate Adams Park include a public drinking area. There's not a water fountain, a doggie drinking fountain, or a water spout to fill up refillable bottles in any of the plans. In recent years there has been a push to have more public water taps to provide residents with clean and safe drinking water. Environmentally-speaking, residents could use refillable bottles instead of continually buying new containers that need to be thrown away or recycled. So the question is -- would you like to see a public water drinking fountain included in the Adams Park renovation plans? If so, leave your comments below.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This week is Bay State Bike Week -- and while Boston has done a lot to improve the bicycling infrastructure, is Roslindale a bike-friendly neighborhood?
How bike-friendly is Roslindale? From May 11 to 19 is Bay State Bike Week. During the last couple of years Boston has focused on making the city more bike-friendly. Locally in Roslindale, think of the bicycling lanes on Washington Street that go into Roslindale Village. Do bicyclists feel safe riding on Washington Street? How are vehicle drivers when it comes to respecting bicyclists? And are bicyclists respectful of drivers? What local roads need to be improved to make Roslindale better for bicycling? Please leave your comments below. Also get pedaling with two events this week, including riding with RozzieBikes (click here for RozzieBikes' calendar of events). On Friday morning before work, nine group rides will end at Boston City …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Can't work your way out of a problem? Here are some fresh ways to find new perspective.
We’ve all experienced times where we feel stuck. We struggle to find a new way to approach a problem. It could be about money, relationships, career, family or even our schedule. In situations like this, we need an infusion of fresh energy around the issue as well as a new way of thinking. There is no way out of approaching a problem from the same perspective unless something shifts. Einstein said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So, how do we find this new way of thinking? 1. Exercise. When we feel stuck, we need to refresh our brain and move the stuck energy of feeling defeated through the body. The best way to do that is to move. Walk, run, practice yoga, hike…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
After Boston comes face to face with terrorism, mental health professionals say not to worry if your children aren’t as concerned as you are.
Never was Boston so grateful for a Monday: Back to work, back to school, back to routines, after a five-day ordeal shook the city and the world watched. Gone are most of the satellite trucks, the clusters of reporters and cameramen, the strands of law enforcement officers for every street on our normal path. By Wednesday, barricades and memorials for the victims of the April 15 bombings, bookending Boylston St., were moved and the street reopened. One week ago, my innocent concern was for the magnolias on Commonwealth Avenue, and whether they’d be at their showy peak when 23,000 marathoners rose up out of the underpass to greet the last six-tenths of their 26.2-mile race. Last year, the trees bloomed pink and white in March, and Patriots …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Parkway children's book author Suzie Canale wrote a poem about the Boston Marathon events.
Suzie Canale is a Parkway author including children's book - “The Land of Chocolate Cosmos" and she wrote a poem about the Boston Marathon. "Run, Run, Run" by Suzie Canale The sun was shining and the air was warm, As the runners took their place at the start, Lacing their sneakers and stretching their legs, While the thrill of the race pound each heart. Off they went, crowds of hundreds and hundreds, All set out on the exciting run, Joining together in the infamous race, Patriot’s Day Marathon Monday had begun. The fans were aroused as they cheered each one on, While the athletes passed by in quick haste, Although they competed to win the gold first, Themes of brotherhood were seen interlaced. No one expected such a tragic end…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Keith Shields said Parkway Running Club members used social media to make sure that everyone was safe and accounted for.
Parkway Running Club's Keith Shields, of Roslindale, was asked to share his thoughts, experiences, and where he was during the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion. All Parkway Running Club members are safe. Below is Shields' response, and this is a Q&A with him before this year's marathon: I did finish the marathon. I was in the first wave that left at 10 a.m. so I crossed the finishline around 1:15 p.m. I was home in the shower at 2:50 p.m. when the explosions happened. I got out of the shower and a friend had called telling me to turn on the TV, and an explosion had occured at the Boston Marathon. That friend had been standing very close to where the second bomb exploded, thankfully, he left after he cheered me on and wasn't close when it …
City Councilor Matt O'Malley ran several Boston Marathons, and said, 'It is beyond difficult to comprehend how some coward could commit the acts of today.'
Tuesday, April 16
The following was posted on Facebook by District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley about the Boston Marathon explosions. In 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, and 2012 I took a right on Hereford and then a left on Boylston. After running 26 miles, seeing the finish line of the Boston Marathon ranks among the greatest feelings in the world. Last year, in fact, I videotaped the final 2/10th's of a mile and uploaded it to Youtube. I wanted to record the feeling of pure bliss. I am equally sad and angry that someone has sought to destroy that. It is beyond difficult to comprehend how some coward could commit the acts of today. To understand how someone could attempt to destroy this uniquely Boston tradition strains all credulity. This is the only …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Parkway resident Kim Masterson submitted the following letter about Mayor Thomas Menino and the next Boston mayor.
Two weeks ago was a very sad day in the City of Boston...it was preceded by news I received Wednesday night via text message that our beloved mayor would not be running for re-election. Anyone who was born after 1993 has never known another mayor. The rest of us saw Mayor Kevin White and Mayor Ray Flynn. The city was bad. Then we got Tom Menino. In the past 20 years, we have seen our city do a complete 180! For that, we must thank Mayor Menino. This man has made himself visible to all the citizens of Boston. He has his hand in everything, making sure the city is a better place for its residents. How many mayors can you say are truly visible? Sure, there are a couple such as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of NYC and current mayor of NYC, …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Arm yourself with a strategy to save money and shop healthy!
Back in November of last year, my neighborhood of Charlestown lost its grocery store. As a result, instead of walking up the street and shopping in familiar surroundings, I’ve been relegated to shopping in a variety of locations, including some of the big superstore grocery chains. This has been an experience for me. Shopping in these big grocery stores is a chance to experience everything that frustrates me about the food industry; it’s loud, (can be) unhealthy, obnoxious and manipulative. Just look at the physical space when you walk in: it’s assaulting. Bright, loud and colorful, it’s meant to seduce you into buying things you don’t need. The busiest and often unhealthiest options are conveniently placed on the ends of the aisles or in …