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Sandra Larson

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Gubernatorial candidates address Latino audience at forum

A gubernatorial candidate forum hosted by Northeastern University and El Mundo Media last week elicited lively exchanges on immigration reform, increasing access to education and creating a Latino-inclusive administration.

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City hosts summit on lead paint danger

With ninety percent of housing units in Boston were built before lead paint was banned, lead is a pervasive danger in the city, yet many landlords and renters do not fully understand the laws around lead paint removal.

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Walsh announces financial empowerment initiative

Mayor Martin Walsh has announced the opening of the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment in Dudley Square as part of a new initiative to address income inequality and poverty in Boston.

Coalition calls for wage guarantees for construction on Roxbury projects

A coalition of labor activists secured an agreement from the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee to push for higher minority participation and higher wages on any new construction on public land in Roxbury.

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City councilors hear testimony on City Realty

Owners of City Realty defended their firm against allegations of doubling rents and forcing out tenants in properties they have acquired during a City Council hearing Monday.

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Hub linkage fees fund $1 million in job training grants

The City of Boston’s Jobs and Community Services (JCS) Office recently awarded over $1 million to 19 community-based employment and workforce development programs.

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Walsh administration calls for 50,000 new units of housing in Boston

The Walsh administration unveiled a sweeping new plan to meet Boston’s growing housing needs.

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Anti-racism bloggers share insights in Ford Hall Forum discussion

Bloggers Spectra Asala, of Spectra Speaks (spectraspeaks.com), Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine (illdoctrine.com) and Andrew Ti of Yo, Is this Racist?, spoke about anti-racism blogging during a panel discussion hosted by the Ford Hall Forum.

Councilor Tito Jackson to hold hearing on corporate landlords

City Realty has caught the attention of housing activists and the City Council, purchasing dozens of apartments and raising rents.

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Forum pushes gubernatorial candidates on human service issues

The Providers’ Council, a statewide organization of human service providers, held a forum on human services with gubernatorial candidates.

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Roxbury workers stunned by hospital closure

Radius Specialty Hospital is closing its Townsend Street facility, the former Jewish Memorial Hospital.

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Marvin Gilmore celebrates 90th birthday with 200 friends, family members, supporters

World War II veteran and developer Marvin Gilmore celebrated his 90th birthday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston.

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Former Massachusetts man raises funds to help ailing Mississippi blues musicians

Edgar Smith, who spent much of his career working in Boston, created a foundation to provide financial assistance to aging blues musicians.

Minority- and woman-owned firms get boost from pilot program

A pilot project of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association has brought nearly $39 million in economic opportunity to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in its first year.

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Circle the City street fair celebrates vitality of communities along Blue Hill Ave.

In its second year, Circle the City will host a street fair on a mile-long stretch of Blue Hill Avenue September 28.

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Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center expected to create 150 jobs

The Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center, part of a $100 million redevelopment on Quincy Street, serves as an incubator for new food businesses and is expected to create 150.

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New website for Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee

The Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee has launched a new website providing information on development projects for Roxbury residents.

Court rules McDonald’s responsible for wage theft, worker’s rights violations in franchises

McDonald’s employees in Boston rallied last week after a judge found that McDonald’s is responsible for setting wages and employee policies for its franchises.

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Mayor, local activists break ground on new Roxbury farm plot under city’s new commercial farm zoning

A new zoning law allows for commercial farming in Boston. City officials, local businesses and activists turn out to Harold Street plot to break ground on new farm site.

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Family, friendship rule the day at Roxbury homecoming

Thousands of people with Roxbury neighborhood ties gathered in Franklin Park for the annual Roxbury Pride Day/Juneteenth Celebration.

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Mayor Martin Walsh addresses resident questions in Roxbury forum

Mayor Marty Walsh fielded many questions Monday at a Roxbury town hall meeting. Attendees wishing to ask questions submitted their names at the start; if their names were drawn, they were called to the microphone during the hour-long Q&A session.

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Roxbury forum examines 1960s anti-highway fight

A recent Roxbury Community College forum brought together a newly minted Yale doctor in American studies and two elder statesmen of local activism to discuss the victorious 1960s grassroots action to block an eight-lane highway that would have torn through Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Cambridge.

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Roxbury neighbors spar over affordable housing

In many ways, the Bartlett Place development plans capture the many different aspirations of its Roxbury neighbors, with affordable and market-rate apartments and townhouses, retail shops and a public space for art and commerce.

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Dudley Square entrepreneurs seek retail opportunities in Ferdinand building

The Dudley Municipal Center rising on the long-neglected Ferdinand site is already having a dramatic effect on the Dudley Square skyline. When the building opens in 2015 as the new Boston Public Schools headquarters, a new streetscape will also emerge, as retail and restaurant tenants set up shop in 18,500 square feet of first-floor retail space.

Mass fair housing groups receive $1.6 million from HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1.6 million in grants to four Massachusetts groups working to reduce housing discrimination. The grants are part of $38.3 million awarded nationwide through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

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BUILD promotes teen entrepreneurship

Anthony Nin of Roslindale and Angel Soto of Dorchester have good reason to feel confident as they reflect on the first year of their startup business, called ReVamp’D, which won the BUILD Youth Business Plan Competition.

‘Inner City 100’ honors list of fastest-growing urban companies

Ten Massachusetts firms were named to the list

Ten Massachusetts firms, headquartered in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Worcester, were named to the 2013 “Inner City 100” list unveiled recently by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The list recognizes the fastest-growing companies located in urban cores across the United States.

Workshop on US fair housing act stresses equal access for all

he federal Fair Housing Act turned 45 last month, but vigilance, enforcement and education are still needed to ensure full housing access to all.

The federal Fair Housing Act turned 45 last month, but vigilance, enforcement and education are still needed to ensure full housing access to all. This was the message at “Fair Housing Wrongs and Rights,” a workshop presented April 30 by the Boston Fair Housing Commission (BFHC) and the Boston NAACP Housing Committee as part of the agencies’ observation of Fair Housing Month. About 35 landlords, housing agency representatives and tenants attended the event, held at the Boston NAACP office in Roxbury.

Workshop on US fair housing act stresses equal access for all

Sandra Larson The federal Fair Housing Act turned 45...

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Melnea Cass widening project raises resident questions, concerns

t a public meeting hosted by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) last week, Roxbury residents, activists and local elected officials raised sharp questions about a plan to widen Melnea Cass Boulevard in order to add new center median bus lanes and stations.

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Melnea Cass widening project raises resident questions, concerns

Attendees listen during a question-and-answer session at a March 6 meeting on the Melnea Cass Boulevard...

Restaurant, shops anticipated for first floor of Ferdinand site

Restaurant, shops anticipated for first floor of Ferdinand site

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Protesters demand more local jobs at Ferdinand

Protesters march on Washington Street near the Ferdinand construction site to demand more hiring of...

Mass. Senate passes jobs access bill

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed Senate Bill 2386, a modified version of a bill...

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Cleaning up Blue Hill Ave., block by block

Darryl Smith (L) and the Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team in front of Blue Hill...

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Passions flare at Dudley Vision meeting

BPS spokesperson says “no” to Skylab Carleton Jones, executive director of capital and...

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Ferdinand redevelopment design nearing completion

A rendering of the Warren Street corner of the new municipal building that will occupy the...

Dudley Square survey results unveiled

‘Social gathering spots’ high on list of desired businesses Sandra LarsonSit-down restaurant, live music...

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BUILD preps students for entrepreneurship, college

Entrepreneurship students from Charlestown High School receive their prize money for winning the BUILD Youth...

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City council hears minority contractors’ business problems

Joint hearing with GBIO focuses on bidding, payment system  Sandra LarsonThe Boston City...

Developers present Tremont Crossing plans

Cultural, retail, entertainment destination envisioned for Lower Roxbury Sandra Larson A team of developers...

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African American veterans honored at Rox ceremony

The Color Guard of the William E....

City seeks strategies for Dudley parking woes

Study suggests BPS workers may need 200-plus spaces Sandra LarsonA preliminary parking analysis for the Ferdinand...

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Jackson Square project officially breaks ground

Representatives of labor, city and state government...

Federal grant spurs MBTA bus stop improvements

Faster transit time, accessibility, comfort are key goals Sandra LarsonUsing a $10 million dollar federal grant...

Task force hears Dudley projects updates

The Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force recently heard an update from Ferdinand project planners and...

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‘Tremont Crossing’ plans unveiled

A rendering of the proposed Tremont Crossing development across from Boston Police Headquarters. (Source: BRA Project Notification Form)...

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WriteBoston opens students’ eyes

City program marks its 10-year anniversary Sandra Larson  ...