Mayor Menino will hold his annual neighborhood coffee hour in the North End on June 22, 2012 at 9:30 am. The event will be in conjunction with the opening of the newly renovated play area at “The Gassy” formally known as DeFilippo Playground at 135 Prince Street.
In recognition of his 20 years of service to the city of Boston as mayor, the Madonna del Soccorso Society of Boston will present Mayor Thomas M. Menino with their annual “Italian American of the Year” award during a presentation at the society’s headquarters at 9-11 Lewis Street on Thursday, Aug 15 at 6:00 pm. Read More…
Citywide media were on the scene for the latest City Hall employee indictment, but North End / Waterfront residents tried to get the Mayor’s attention on several community issues at Wednesday’s coffee hour. Neighbors came out in force to protest the closing of the North End Nursing Home and to stop the proposed developments at Harbor Garage and Read More…
Mayor Menino Releases 2010 Health of Boston Report
Mortality rates continue to decline, fewer drug and alcohol deaths
Fewer Boston residents are dying of cancer, heart disease, injuries, and stroke, four of the five leading causes of death in the city, and Asian residents in Boston have the highest average life expectancy of any racial or ethnic group, according to the new Health of Boston report released today by Mayor Menino.
The 399-page report prepared by the Boston Public Health Commission contained plenty of good news about the health of Boston residents: Fewer substance abuse deaths, high rates of cancer screening, fewer teen pregnancies, fewer adults smokers and salmonella cases, and the near- disappearance of children in Boston with elevated lead levels.
But serious challenges remain. The report found that Boston’s black and Latino residents continue to experience higher levels of chronic disease, mortality, and poorer health outcomes compared to white residents. In 2008, the asthma hospitalization rate for black and Latino children was more than three times the rate for Asian children and four times the rate for white children. That same year, the diabetes hospitalization rate for black and Latino residents was about four times the rate for Asians and whites. For Boston’s black residents the health inequities begin early in life and persist throughout the individual’s lifespan: In 2008, the black infant mortality rate was more than four times the white infant mortality rate, and black residents had the shortest average life expectancy.