in a nutshell
An overflow of people spilled out onto East Fourth Street in front of the Tynan School cafeteria on Monday, July 29th. The focus of the public safety meeting was to discuss the recent crime in South Boston, in particular the two assaults and the tragic murder of Amy Lord on July 23rd.
As expected, all the local elected officials were on hand including Representative Nick Collins, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and Councilor Bill Linehan. Also, in attendance were Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Suffolk County DA and mayoral candidate Dan Conley, and BPD Deputy Superintendent Billy Evans. On hand from Mayor Menino’s office, Michael Kineavy, Chief of Policy and Planning and South Boston Neighbor Coordinator Sean Regan.
- Commissioner Davis announced that the detective who “dropped the ball” in the Mission Hill assault case was demoted and “will no longer be doing investigative work in Boston.” He also announced that an additional BPD drug unit would be on patrol in South Boston.
- Dan Conley inferred that Edwin Alemany was most likely the person responsible for Amy Lord’s murder. “Edwin Alemany no longer poses a threat to South Boston.” He also stated that the women’s body that was found on M Street Beach was not a victim of homicide.
- Anthony Gilardi from the Boston Housing Authority stated that Alemany was not a resident of the BHA and the “head of household” at the address that Alemany did use is currently being evicted.
- Congressman Stephen Lynch spoke to the suicide epidemic in the 1990’s and praised the Cushing House and the Gavin Foundation for all the good they do for Southie.
- Deputy Superintendent Billy Evans has our back, Southie. “Nobody watches as close to what is going on in this neighborhood than me.”
- Councilor Linehan stated that the illegal sober house on East Fourth Street where Melissa Hardy was murdered in June will be closed as of August 31st
- Commissioner Davis urged people to be informed and follow Boston Police on Twitter @Boston_Police
Audience Q&A Highlights:
- A woman in the audience began by pointing out that there was only one woman on the panel of the Public Safety Meeting, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. She then went on to “man bash” and lecture the men on “keeping their zippers up” and stop exploiting women. She revealed that certain home contractors have promised to give her a “better deal if she would sleep with them.”
- Helen Allix – Administrator of the Tynan Community Center for the past 30 years – believes there needs to be more police officers walking the beat. She also believes the City of Boston gives out too many liquor and beer/wine licenses to stores like Bell’s Market, Foodie’s and American Provisions.
- An older gentleman began talking about “watching out for our women” and that drugs have always been a problem in South Boston. He began to ramble and then admitted, he lost his train of thought and forgot what his point was.
- Michaela Collins stated, “We need more police presence late at night and not just police giving out parking tickets.”
- White lapel ribbons where handed out to all those in attendance to wear in memory of Amy Lord
- Well-prepared people in the crowd on East Fourth Street brought their own beach chairs which caused much chair envy outside the meeting
Guinness Book of World Records:
This two and a half hour marathon meeting may be a contender for a Southie World Record for longest Public Safety Meeting ever.
Spotted in the crowd:
- John Connolly
- Rob Consalvo
- Marty Walsh
- Ayanna Presley
- Charles Yancey
- Annissa George
- Mike Ross
- Mike Flaherty
- Jeff Ross
- Garreth Saunders
- Charlotte Golar Richie
- Denis Conway and the Southie Shuttle
- Southie Rules reality star Leah Winters
Southie has had a tough summer when it comes to crime and violence. Last Tuesday, it finally came to a head with two assaults and the murder of Amy Lord in less than 24 hours. The Boston Police are doing their job to beef up police presence. The politicians are doing their job by organizing this meeting and coming together to alleviate fears in our community. The fact that so many concerned residents came out to this meeting tonight proves how solid we are as community. As always, be informed, get involved, and watch out for one another.
Stay strong, Southie!