College Awareness Month
Gov. Charlie Baker kicks off College Awareness Month at a ‘Go Higher’ event in Springfield to promote opportunities at the state’s public colleges and universities, Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, 10:30 a.m.
Holyoke school review
Gov. Baker joins Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioner Mitchell Chester and Holyoke public schools receiver Dr. Stephen Zrike, Jr. for a tour of Holyoke High School to highlight the district’s progress made over the past year in receivership, Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St, Holyoke, 12 p.m.
Board of Higher Education
The Board of Higher Education holds a meeting of its fiscal and administrative policy committee, One Ashburton Place, 21st floor, Boston, 1 p.m.
Question 4, which would legalize recreational marijuana, will be debated at an event hosted by WBUR, the Boston Globe and UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, McCormack Theatre, Second Floor, 2:30 p.m.
Bump at Nichols College
Auditor Suzanne Bump is the guest speaker at the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Nichols College, Davis Hall, Room 205, 129 Center Rd., Dudley, 6:30 p.m.
Vice presidential debate
Elaine Quijano of CBS News moderates the lone vice presidential debate between Republican Michael Pence and Democrat Timothy Kaine, Longwood University, Farmville, Va., 9 p.m.
More DCR fallout: Another deputy resigns, Baker ‘appalled,’ Healey rips away
We’ll go right to the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld and Matt Stout on this one: “Another high-ranking supervisor at Gov. Charlie Baker’s embattled Department of Conservation and Recreation has been forced out, the latest casualty in a growing scandal enveloping the Baker administration, the Herald confirmed. Michael D. Crowley, the director of DCR’s fleet operations and a personal friend of ousted DCR deputy director Matthew Sisk, turned in his resignation.” Sisk resigned last week after State Police received a complaint that he was using the lights and sirens on his state car to get through busy city traffic.
Baker said yesterday that Sisk, a GOP activist who worked on Baker’s 2014 campaign, displayed “terrible judgment” and that his resignation was the “appropriate thing to do,” reports Gintautas Dumcius at MassLive. “Look, I’ve known Matt Sisk for a long time and was appalled by what he did,” Baker said. “I certainly don’t think you’ll see anybody doing anything like that again.”
Attorney General Maura Healey reiterated on Boston Herald Radio yesterday that she would have fired the whole patronage-laden lot at DCR, which previously was embroiled in controversy over staffers using state resources for a bash hosted by a GOP bigwig. “This seems to be part of a pattern,” she said.
Ugly breakup: Gloucester police chief ousted by mayor
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, who gained national attention and a trip to the White House for his ‘Angel’ program that sends drug addicts to rehab rather than jail, has been ousted for allegedly destroying evidence during an investigation into his relationships with two women who investigators say “may have been in fear of their safety,” reports the Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie and Andy Rosen. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is accusing the chief of lying and said she fired him “with regret and a heavy heart.” But Campanello’s attorney is calling the city action a “witch hunt.”
As Sean Horgan of the Gloucester Times aptly put it yesterday: “Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello’s national ascent on the wings of his angel program was as rapid as the subsequent fall was steep and unyielding, the paths so incongruous that it’s difficult to know where exactly to begin.” He notes that the latest Campanello probe is “one of three investigations into the Gloucester Police Department that have gripped the city in recent weeks and given rise to a smorgasbord of rumors, innuendo and social media blitzes.”
Ayotte’s ‘role model’ regret
N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte scrambled to walk back an answer she gave during a Monday night debate with Democratic opponent Maggie Hassan in which she said that Donald Trump could “absolutely” be a role model for children. Paul Feely of the Union Leader reports that less than an hour after the debate ended, Ayotte issued a statement trying to undo her debate response, which Democrats—eyeing a chance to boost their odds to retake the Senate—had pounced on. “I misspoke tonight. While I would hope all of our children would aspire to be president, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn’t hold up either of them as role models for my kids.”
For Hillary, Walsh to boldly venture beyond Route 128
As the Globe’s Meghan Irons notes, Mayor Marty Walsh has gallantly offered to travel to New Hampshire and even Dorchester to campaign for Hillary Clinton. But Walsh is now headed to Pennsylvania and Ohio? Whoa. This is big time. “I’m going to be going around the country to certain swing states to advocate on behalf of Secretary Clinton – talking to union members, talking to people in general about the importance of this election,” Walsh said yesterday on Boston Public Radio.
Whitey Bulger’s appeal hits SCOTUS dead end
No surprise here: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear James “Whitey” Bulger’s rather unique appeal that jury members who convicted him of all-around gangsterism (our description, not the court’s) should have heard that a now-dead federal prosecutor had granted him immunity from prosecution, the Associated Press reports at WGBH. The justices refused to take the case without comment.
Opponents of Children’s Hospital expansion: ‘It isn’t over till it’s over’
Critics of Boston Children’s Hospital’s $1 billion expansion are vowing to continue the fight, even though the state Department of Public Health is poised to approve the project based on a staff recommendation to proceed with the controversial plan. Backers of Longwood’s Prouty Garden, which would be wiped out by the expansion, say they will appeal any state ruling. “It isn’t over till it’s over,” said attorney Greg McGregor, reports the BBJ’s Jessica Bartlett. Meanwhile, insurance companies are making a late bid to block the expansion, saying they’re worried the expansion could drive up pediatric medical costs in the area, reports the Globe’s Priyanka Dayal McCluskey .
Also at the Globe, Joan Vennochi recalls Gov. Baker’s past comments about how replacing low-cost community care with more expensive downtown Boston care could pose mathematical problems in terms of health-care affordability. “The same math applies today,” Vennochi notes.
New Orange line station coming to Malden?
A new MBTA Orange line station could be built in Malden, but only if private developers—especially Wynn Resorts, which is building a $2 billion casino in nearby Everett—kick in substantial funds to the estimated $85 million to $95 million project, Nicole Dungca of the Globe reports. The new stop—dubbed River’s Edge—would be part of a larger transportation enhancement plan for the area around the casino that also includes an extension of Silver Line bus services.
Galvin, Morgan Stanley square off
Secretary of State Bill Galvin is going after Morgan Stanley Smith Barney with an administrative complaint that charges the financial powerhouse with running high-pressure and unethical sales contests, reports Greg Ryan at the Boston Business Journal. In a statement, Morgan Stanley said it strongly objects to Galvin’s claims. According to Ryan’s report, the firm ran a contest for financial advisers in Wellesley, Waltham, Worcester and Springfield to win cash prizes in exchange for selling securities-based loans, under which clients borrowed money using securities in their accounts as collateral.
Lawrence in ‘lawsuit mode’ over trashed football stadium
Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said the city will shift into “lawsuit mode” to recoup the costs of cleaning, fixing and possibly replacing the turf at the city’s football stadium following a Brazilian festival held there over the weekend, Jill Harmacinski of the Eagle-Tribune reports. Organizers of the festival, who paid $20,000 to rent the facility, said they were under the impression they could return Monday to clean up the stadium, which sits next to the city’s high school. Sounds like the field needs more than a little tidying up: “The entire field turf and track at Veterans Memorial Stadium will ‘most likely’ need to be replaced after the area was left filthy, heavily littered and damaged.”
Quincy to replace lead water lines
Quincy will use an interest-free loan from the MWRA to replace about 140 privately owned water lines that contain lead, Patrick Ronan of the Patriot Ledger reports. The city expects to use the $1.5 million loan to replace lines at a cost of $7,000 to $10,000 each. Once the project is completed, the city’s water system will be entirely lead-free, officials say.
Mayor has prizes for wicked good Boston drivers
Mayor Marty Walsh kicked off a new program that enables Boston drivers to earn cash prizes for driving safely on city streets. Isaiah Thompson of WGBH reports that the new program is a collaboration between the mayor’s Office of Urban Mechanics and Cambridge-based Mobile Telematics. Users who download a smartphone app will have their driving tracked and earn points for following the rules of the road. The contest is a piece of Walsh’s Vision Zero push to reduce traffic-related injuries.
Vocational schools: ‘Tarred by stigma’
MASSterList posted another item yesterday on our Facebook page, this one on the growing demand for vocational-school trained workers in Massachusetts – and yet there’s still an unfortunate stigma attached to those attending vocational schools. Check it out.
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