Bill Linehan, Boston City Councillor for District 2: I was standing on the photo bridge overlooking the finish line of the Boston Marathon taking pictures with my cell phone. Having run the race five times it was such a treat to be above it all. As I descended the bridge stairs, heading to meet friends at Abe and Louie’s, a powerful blast went off. At first I thought it was a dozen muskets of a Patriot reenactment, but the crowd noise did not subside, but began to grow and the high pitch of screams were apparent, and our beautiful Boston day turned bad, very bad.
The Gee How Oak Tin Family Association of New England celebrated the Year of the Snake during its annual banquet Feb. 16 at the China Pearl and Hei La Moon restaurants with 107 tables. The family association represents Chinese individuals with the surname of Chan, Woo and Yuen, including “Uncle Bill” and “Uncle Frank” Chin.
After more than a year of public testimony, internal debate, and two vetoed proposals, Boston City Council adopted a new district map on October 31 of this year. The new map passed the council by a vote of 11 to 2. Councilor Bill Linehan of District 2, who chaired the Committee on Census and Redistricting, voted in opposition.
Riled and united by the Committee on Census and Redistricting’s first proposed map which, first seen before Thanksgiving, split Chinatown in half, many residents of Chinatown, as well as Mission Hill and South Boston, turned up to the latest redistricting hearing on December 9 to look at Councilor Linehan’s newest proposed map (Docket #1591), as well as voice their concerns and opinions, mostly on the speed at which the process is happening.