Archive for November, 2013

November 29, 2013

Oak Square: it takes a village

Mayor of Oak Square Charlie Vasiliades tips us off to a new website that includes a focus on the history, as well as the present, of his realm, Squares & Corners. Lots of great stuff.

November 29, 2013

What’s going on at 128 Newton Street?

A proposed development at 128 Newton Street, Brighton will be the topic of a meeting Monday, December 2 at 6:30PM at the Oak Square YMCA, 615 Washington Street. That’s the location that was on the anonymous flyer that was distributed. It’s difficult to figure out the precise parcel of land it refers to, since the city of Boston website does not recognize the address. It may be this one, or maybe this spot. It may also involve this property and the one adjacent to it on Bigelow Street, at the foot of Hardwick Street. We can find out at the meeting on Monday.

November 7, 2013

Palace Spa seeks to add beer & wine to the keno & cigars

The venerable Palace Spa, 419 Washington Street in Brighton Center, is seeking a license to sell beer and wine. It’s not clear if this is for retail sales or on-premise consumption. These days the place is an amalgam of convenience store, cigar shop and keno hall. They will present their plans to the Brighton Allston Improvement Association tonight at 7PM. As always, the meeting will be at the Elks, 326 Washington Street, Brighton. The rest of the agenda is here, although the presentation by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly for a possible development on Chestnut Hill Avenue has been canceled. Still up, a preliminary discussion for an apartment building at 1650 Commonwealth Avenue, currently the home of a gas station and Cumberland Farms.

November 6, 2013

Mayor: Connolly locally, but Walsh citywide

Allston Brighton gave a 894 vote margin to John Connolly in the race for mayor that was won by Marty Walsh. Connolly garnered 5097 votes (54.8%) to Walsh’s 4203 votes (45.2%), winning all but three of the twenty-six precincts. Walsh won three: 22-1 and 22-2 (North Allston) and 22-12 (roughly, Brighton’s Faneuil Square area), but by less than a dozen votes in each. Those narrow margins played out in many sections of the community, with Connolly only hitting 55% or above in four of Ward 22’s precincts. His margins were better in Ward 21, but even there, it was an edge of ten or fewer votes in three precincts. Usually, the residents of senior housing in Ward 21 vote en masse for one candidate, but that vote split this time.

Four years ago, Tom Menino had his worst showing in a final election in Allston Brighton. He won Ward 22 by a mere 58 votes, while Ward 21 put him up by 705, due to the big margins he racked up in any section with senior housing.

WBUR has a nifty map of yesterday’s results.

Congratulations to Marty Walsh and kudos to John Connolly for their dedication and hard work.


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