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  • How immigration killed the tax deal

    Immigration politics and Democratic infighting come together.

    November 26, 2014 4:44 PM EST
  • Executive reaction

    Democrats are planning in case Republicans pass an immigration bill.

    November 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST
  • Turkey with a side of lobbying

    Turkey producers have lobbied intensely for less government oversight.

    November 26, 2014 11:53 AM EST
  • Franksgiving

    The time FDR moved Thanksgiving up a week--and set off a political firestorm.

    November 26, 2014 10:10 AM EST
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  • Massachusetts restaurants, eateries ready for new labeling requirements

    Massachusetts chain restaurants may have to start putting calorie counts on their menus, but they aren't too upset about it. Just days before America's biggest food feast of the year, the Food and Drug Administration handed down regulations requiring chain restaurants, grocers and movie theaters to post calorie content on menus and on single-servi...

    November 26, 2014 2:14 PM EST
  • Verizon pushes back: We're not the Fox in the henhouse

    Despite reports that Verizon plans to pull the plug on WFXT Fox25 from FiOS TV on Thanksgiving Day, a Verizon spokesperson points out that the station's new owner, Cox Media Group, is the one doing the pulling. As in pulling the wool over viewers' eyes. "Cox has the ability to remove their station from our network. We can't pull the plug; only the...

    November 26, 2014 1:51 PM EST
  • Massachusetts turkey farmers are gobbling up 'buy local' business

    The "buy local" movement among food consumers appears to be helping otherwise beleaguered turkey farmers across Massachusetts, home to the nation's very first Thanksgiving. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources reports that there were about 176 large and small turkey farms across the state as of 2012, down from about 198 farms in ...

    November 26, 2014 1:47 PM EST
  • Decades-old Merrimack Valley contractor and developer files for bankruptcy

    A decades-old contractor in the Merrimack Valley filed today under chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy code — a step that usually results in liquidation. L.J. DiPalma Inc. listed assets of $407,996 and liabilities of $2.58 million. An entry in a bankruptcy schedule included in today's filing indicates a major source of potential debt for L.J. DiPa...

    November 26, 2014 1:31 PM EST
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  • Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, dies at 71 - Boston Globe

    Boston GlobeThomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, dies at 71Boston GlobeThomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn't need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston's economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall ...Farewell to Me...

    October 30, 2014 9:15 PM EDT
  • Mayor Walsh names top environmental manager - Boston Globe

    Mayor Walsh names top environmental managerBoston Globe“It has been an honor and privilege to serve Boston in the Walsh and Menino administrations,” Swett said in a statement. “Working with talented management and staff, I am proud of our efforts to make the city greener, healthier, safer, and more climate ...and more »

    November 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST
  • Mayor Walsh Urges Peaceful Boston Protests After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision - WBUR

    WBURMayor Walsh Urges Peaceful Boston Protests After Ferguson Grand Jury DecisionWBURBOSTON — Mayor Marty Walsh is calling on people in Boston to express themselves peacefully when a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decides whether to indict police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.Live video: Mayor of...

    November 22, 2014 5:07 PM EST
  • The Mayor Who Solved Boston - Politico

    PoliticoThe Mayor Who Solved BostonPoliticoBack in 1993, when Tom Menino was first running for mayor in a crowded field, the Boston Globe wanted to help readers get to know the candidates better by asking them to reveal their favorite movies, what they carried in their wallets, the names of ...Across the city, tears and memories of Menino flowBosto...

    October 30, 2014 8:41 PM EDT
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  • Mayor Marty Walsh Goes For a Bike Ride - Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)

    Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)Mayor Marty Walsh Goes For a Bike RideBoston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)But within a block from the neighborhood park space, and with the guidance of seasoned riders, Mayor Marty Walsh steadily pedaled along the busy streets of Boston with relative ease for a full four miles. It was the first time in years th...

    November 22, 2014 2:32 PM EST
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh fires eight City Hall employees - The Republican - masslive.com

    The Republican - masslive.comBoston Mayor Marty Walsh fires eight City Hall employeesThe Republican - masslive.com... Cascino, the city's director of recycling. The six additional employees that were removed held positions in the traffic, property management, parks, and human resources departments. A request for comment from Walsh's office was not ...

    November 18, 2014 2:47 PM EST
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh sees Gov.-elect Charlie Baker as an ally in the war ... - The Republican - masslive.com

    The Republican - masslive.comBoston Mayor Marty Walsh sees Gov.-elect Charlie Baker as an ally in the war ...The Republican - masslive.comBOSTON — Boston Mayor Walsh said he looks forward to teaming up with Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to defeat a likely marijuana legalization initiative in 2016. "Absolutely," Walsh said when asked if he would work wit...

    November 14, 2014 4:24 PM EST
  • Mayor Walsh Urges Peaceful Boston Protests After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision - WBUR

    WBURMayor Walsh Urges Peaceful Boston Protests After Ferguson Grand Jury DecisionWBURBOSTON — Mayor Marty Walsh is calling on people in Boston to express themselves peacefully when a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decides whether to indict police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.Protesters fill stre...

    November 22, 2014 5:07 PM EST
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  • ABCD rolls out Fuel Assistance Program
    Posted by Frank Conte November 21

    Thousands of children, families and seniors helped
    BOSTON—Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. is grateful to announce the beginning of the fuel assistance program as part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program helps thousands of low-income children, families and seniors lead lives of dignity - helping them afford climbing cost of basic utilities as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency. Already 14,000 applications have been received, only 2 weeks into the program. New and past participants are encouraged to apply.


    Families who qualify for heating assistance also can benefit from the ABCD weatherization programs and qualify for repair or replacement of faulty heating systems. ABCD also helps clients reduce energy usage.

    ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew explained how thousands of Boston’s most vulnerable residents benefit from the program, which keeps children, seniors and working families warm. “It is a way to help low-income residents afford basic needs as they work toward reaching their own economic independence.” said Drew. He noted that he is concerned that the 30 to 40 percent hike in electric rates will put a strain on families and that the cost of heating with oil and gas is also out of reach for those who juggle bills and try to manage on very low incomes.

     

    “There are increasingly more families living in poverty in Massachusetts and winter puts harsh demands on the budgets of those struggling to survive,” he said. “Right now, in Massachusetts, the maximum fuel assistance benefit for the poorest families is $1,025 with oil at $3.37 per gallon, which gives a household only a little more than one tank of oil. Those who applied in November will use up their benefits right in the midst of the holiday season.”

     

    Drew continued, “We are grateful to our New England congressional delegation for their efforts to advocate for full funding.” ABCD urges the President and the entire congressional delegation to restore LIHEAP funding to the fiscal year 2009 level. “The LIHEAP budget has gone from $5.1 billion authorized by Congress in 2009 to $3.4 billion this year,” Drew said.

     

    You Can Help!

     

    ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign

    Children’s wishes, toy drives, snow boots and comforters, warm coats and turkey dinners; there are hundreds of ways your help can directly make the holidays and the winter months a more hopeful and affordable season for those in need.

    The ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign reaches some of Boston’s most vulnerable families in a time where even winter coats and boots are an expense many families struggle to afford. Through the campaign, individuals and corporate donors contribute gifts of school supplies and toys for children, winter clothing, holiday meals, as well as funds to help those in need. Additionally the ABCD Adopt-A-Family program matches donors with some of Boston’s most vulnerable and impoverished families – helping fulfill wish lists with items of basic need and holiday gifts for children.

     

    For more information on the ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign and the ABCD Fuel Assistance Program please visit www.bostonabcd.org.

    The ABCD Fuel Assistance program serves Boston, Brookline and Newton. Applications for fuel assistance and information on all our energy programs are available at ABCD’s downtown office and at neighborhood sites or by calling the ABCD Fuel Assistance Hotline at 1-617-357-6012.

     

    For a list of ABCD neighborhood locations please visit: http://www.bostonabcd.org/service-centers.aspx

     

    About ABCD:
    ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents annually through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; management of the Combined Federal Campaign, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston employee giving campaigns; advocacy and consumer services.

  • ABCD opposes medical marijuana dispensary: A threat to public health in a city devastated by addiction and overdose deaths
    Posted by Frank Conte November 13

    (Boston, Nov. 13, 2014)  – ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew today voiced opposition to the proposed location of medical marijuana dispensary in Boston. Patriot Care Corporation is slated to open the location at 21 Milk Street – an area in close proximity to the St. Francis House, the New England Veterans Shelter, and the ABCD William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School - where dozens of youth attend class as they recover from substance abuse. ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew urges the Department of Public Health to reconsider their approval.

    “To open a marijuana dispensary in the heart of Boston causes an immediate threat to some of our city’s most vulnerable populations.  As we urgently try to find solutions for homelessness and addiction, the proposed location is an avoidable threat to these issues. In the same way that opiates are sold as a controlled substance in pharmacies and hospitals, there other safer ways to provide medicinal marijuana beyond opening a dispensary in downtown Boston.” Drew explained.  “Those struggling to recover from substance abuse live and work in the immediate area of the proposed dispensary including the ABCD William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School where our youth find refuge to continue their high school education in an academic setting designed to encourage drug-free living.”

    Additionally with the recent closure of both the Long Island shelter and the addiction treatment centers, the city has been flooded with hundreds of additional homeless persons and those struggling to recover from addiction.  To ignore the high-risk location proposed for the dispensary indicates shocking disregard for the public health epidemic of addiction.

    In a city still grappling with ways to address the tragic rise in overdose deaths among young persons, the proposed dispensary location poses a threat to those valiantly working to recover from addiction. With high drug activity and homelessness immediately surrounding Milk Street, Drew urges the Department Public Health to take these alarming factors into consideration.

    About ABCD:

    ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; management of the Combined Federal Campaign, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston employee giving campaigns; advocacy and consumer services.

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  • Personal Income and Outlays, October 2014

    Personal income increased $32.9 billion, or 0.2 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $23.4 billion, or 0.2 percent, in October, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $27.3 billion, or 0.2 percent. In September, personal income increased $24.6 billion, or 0.2 percent, DPI...

    November 26, 2014 3:30 AM EST
  • Gross Domestic Product: Third Quarter 2014 (Second Estimate); Corporate Profits: Third Quarter 2014 (Preliminary Estimate)

    Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.6 percent. Full ...

    November 25, 2014 3:30 AM EST
  • Local Area Personal Income, 2011-2013

    Personal income grew in 2013 in 2,695 counties, fell in 390, and was unchanged in 28, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. On average, personal income rose 2.0 percent in 2013 in the metropolitan portion of the United States and rose 2.1 percent in the nonmetropolitan portion. The metropolitan and nonmetrop...

    November 20, 2014 3:30 AM EST
  • Gross Domestic Product for Guam, 2013

    The estimates of GDP for Guam show that real GDP - GDP adjusted to remove price changes - increased 0.6 percent in 2013 (see Table 1.3). For comparison, real GDP for the U.S. (excluding the territories) increased 2.2 percent in 2013. The growth in Guam's economy reflected an increase in private fixed investment that was partly offset by a decrease ...

    November 19, 2014 3:00 PM EST
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