Local Union’s Ad Falls in Herald, Doesn’t Make Sound

September 4, 2019

Memo to IBEW Local 103: Next time, just set your money on fire.

Because this time, the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers spent its dough promoting, well, womanhood with this full-page ad in today’s Boston Herald.



Body copy:



This disclaimer appeared at the bottom of the ad: “Paid for by IBEW Local 103. We are not asking any individual to stop performing any work or services, or to refuse to pick up, deliver, handle, or transport any goods.”

Don’t want to get confused with the recent labor-related mishegas at Boston City Hall, now do we?

Either way, here’s the thing: Does anyone at Wellesley College actually read the Herald?

Our educated guess is . . . no.

As for #WhatAboutMeWellesley, a search of that hashtag yields exactly four tweets, the most recent one from June 8.

New memo to IBEW Local 103: If you include a hashtag in your full-page newspaper ad, at least put something there yourselves.



Boston City Haul: Plaza Redesign #Umpteen Plus One

June 10, 2015

So how many times has the hardworking staff at our kissin’ cousin Campaign Outsider written about a Boston mayor calling for proposals to redesign City Hall Plaza? At least this many. And they’re sick of the topic over there.

So it falls to the hardreading staff to chronicle the latest chapter in this emptiest of exercises, compliments of today’s Boston Herald.


Calls to designers for new City Hall plan

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plans to reinvigorate Boston City Hall and City Hall Plaza took another step forward this week with a call for designers interested in creating a master plan and programming for the hulking concrete building and its vast, barren brick-and-concrete outdoor space.

The cost of the master plan is expected to run about $500,000. It follows the mayor’s informal request in March that went outside the design community and used a Twitter campaign to solicit the public’s suggestions for the redesign of the plaza and new potential uses.


And etc.

Last Saturday the Boston Globe showcased a sort of interim step – Adirondack-style chairs on the Plaza.


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Regardless, it’s still a red-brick barbecue pit in the summer. Here’s hoping this time Walsh cooks up a plan he can actually serve.

Boston Dailies Play Wedding Bell Walsh

November 7, 2013

Now that Marty Walsh is mayor-elect of Boston, what does that make his longtime girlfriend Lorrie Higgins?


Whatever the label, both local dailies popped the question today: Is there a Boston City Hall wedding in our future?

First, Stephanie Ebbert’s Page One Boston Globe piece.

Eyes turn anew to woman who has long been at his side


The newly elected mayor of Boston had just shouted out his thanks, calling Lorrie Higgins “the love of my life and my best friend” in his victory speech.

She was right beside him onstage — as she has been for the past eight years, and is expected to be when he takes over City Hall.

“Eight years, she’s been at Thanksgiving, at Christmas,” said Martin J. Walsh’s first cousin, Joe O’Malley. “When [Marty’s father] passed away, she was the rock. She might as well be the next first lady.”

But will she be?


Ebbert got the brush-off when she tried to interview Higgins. “[A] campaign spokeswoman took offense at the Globe’s efforts to interview friends and coworkers for a profile about Higgins. ‘Stop harassing Lorrie,’ Kate Norton, spokeswoman for the campaign, demanded of the Globe. The request, she said, was coming directly from the mayor-elect. ‘His family is off limits,’ she said.”

Uh-huh. Until it’s not.

Margery Eagan had a slightly different take in her Boston Herald column.

Marty Walsh can get to ‘yes,’ but what about ‘I do’?


We heard Marty Walsh say it over and over. When it comes to tough union negotiations, “I know how to get to yes.”

My question: When is the man who gets everyone else to “yes” going to get his longtime girlfriend there?

Can he really “get to yes” with cops and firefighters when he can’t “get to yes” with the lovely Lorrie Higgins? I hear he’s asked her to marry him maybe a half-dozen times. She’s still not at the bargaining table.

She remains: Ms. Not Just Yet.

Should city taxpayers be concerned?


Not surprisingly, the Herald commentariat had a few questions of its own.

margie the “progressive” that wants lesbian priests and dogs marrying cats is hung up on a heterosexual monogamous relationship without marraige. Now that’s wierd! When did margie turn into an ultra-social-conservative?


Marge, “What difference does it make now?”


Is this the inside Track?


Comments in the Boston Globe were, for the most part, slightly more measured.

Note to Ms. Ebbert:  Next time your editor assigns you to write a story like this (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming you were told to write it) either: a) refuse; b) find a less demeaning angle (demeaning to you I mean).  Two 40 something adults are entitled to their private lives, and I, for one, admire their desire to keep theirs private.  I suggest the press respect their wishes.


It’s hardly unusual for a newspaper to profile the spouse/partner of a politician newly elected to a major position.  The people want to know — so, who’s that lady?  I would hardly call it “harrassment”; I mean, this is just a background profile.  Wait’ll the spotlight gets really, really intense.  These Mahty folks are awfully touchy.


Let the wild rumpus begin.

Boston Herald Redefines Exclusivity

September 17, 2013

The Boston Herald was on the proposal by state Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Boston Mayoral Race) to redevelop City Hall Plaza like Brown on Williamson.

Monday’s front page:


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Inside story:

Marty Walsh pushes City Hall redevelopment

Mayoral candidate state Rep. Martin J. Walsh is pushing a dramatic downtown development plan that would put a new City Hall under private ownership and open up Boston’s most coveted site to a hotel, apartments and stores.

“You could put a hotel boutique here. [We think he meant boutique hotel.] You could put a full hotel here. You could have an office building. You could put so much in this area,” Walsh told the Herald while walking through the vast, deserted brick plaza yesterday morning. “We could have shops … that would fit in with 
Faneuil Hall Marketplace.”

The Dorchester Dem­ocrat’s plan, which he 
unveiled exclusively to the Herald yesterday . . .


That is, of course, if by “unveiled exclusively to the Herald” you mean “also unveiled to the Boston Globe.”

From Monday’s Globe Metro front page (print edition headline):

Walsh proposes City Hall sale

Boston mayoral candidate state Representative Martin J. Walsh announced a proposal Sunday to revitalize downtown by selling City Hall Plaza to a private developer and moving government services somewhere nearby — an idea sharply criticized by some of his opponents.

“This area must evolve from a 9-to-5 weekday government-dependent culture to a culture economically driven to add value 24/7,” Walsh said in a statement from his campaign.


Apparently a nonexclusive statement.

Not to get technical about it.

Fun fact to know and tell:

Both dailies reported that City Hall could “fetch” between $125 million and $150 million. But the Globe added this:

The idea of moving City Hall has been discussed for decades. In 2006, Mayor Thomas M. Menino proposed selling the plaza to private developers for between $300 million and $400 million and using that money to build a new City Hall on the South Boston Waterfront.


So, wait – City Hall is now worth half as much as it was seven years ago?

Tom Menino has some ‘splainin’ to do.


Herald Serves Up Menino Leftovers

November 21, 2012

Yesterday’s Boston Globe featured the main course:  A front-page piece on the hospital room where Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s been holed up for a month with a Whitman’s Sampler of symptoms from blood clots to spinal cracks.

Hospital room is now Mayor Menino’s office

Top aides help mayor retain links to his city

A black accordion file sits on a desk outside Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s empty office on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall. Most days, city employees stuff paper work into manila folders in the compartments: One sleeve is reserved for documents Menino needs to sign, another for memos the mayor needs to read.

Normally, the bundle goes home with Menino to Readville. But for the past 25 days, the plastic file has been driven the 3½ miles from City Hall to Francis Street, where doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital continue to treat Menino for a variety of ailments.

The impersonal shuttling of documents to the Brigham — and verbal orders the mayor shares from his hospital bed through an inner circle of aides — has become the main link between Menino and roughly 20,000 city employees he has closely managed for almost 20 years. It marks a stark change for Menino, who so prides himself on personal connections that he has forbidden voicemail at City Hall.

Another stark change: Today’s slim pickins in the Boston Herald, which feel decidedly warmed-over.

A-list visitors call on ailing Boston mayor

Gov. Deval Patrick and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley have been among the visitors to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who has been at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a month and is expected to remain there through Thanksgiving.

Patrick and his wife, Diane, met with Menino for about 30 minutes at the hospital last weekend, while O’Malley, the Boston archbishop, visited on Friday, said Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce.

“He’s able to engage and have conversations,” Joyce said. “They’re not long visits.”

The hardreading staff hopes that soon those visits won’t be necessary, and Mr. Mayah can get back to not checking his voicemail at City Hall.