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Mayor Martin Walsh told WBZ today that five additional people who live in Boston have died from COVID-19-related illness since yesterday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the city to 8. The city's website says that 1,057 people in Boston have... Read more
A legal aid advocacy group flagged concerns Wednesday that a housing security bill advancing in the Massachusetts Senate contains gaps that leave some tenants vulnerable during a state of emergency. While he praised the intent of the bill (S 2621) that... Read more
We are now three weeks into an unprecedented public health emergency. At the Reporter, we continue to publish and distribute the newspaper that many people in our community have known and read for decades. We are committed to continue publishing each week... Read more
A “Pay it Forward” lunch project aimed at supporting both Fields Corner eatery 50 Kitchen and staff at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s COVID-19 compound has hit its first month goal for April, according to co-organizer Ann Walsh. The... Read more
In the City Council’s virtual meeting last Wednesday, District 5 Councillor Ricardo Arroyo offered a resolution calling for a citywide moratorium on rent, mortgages, evictions, and foreclosures. District 3 Councillor Frank Baker blocked the resolution —... Read more
Housing activists continue to field urgent calls from tenants facing imminent eviction orders, even though a court-ordered pause on such removals will continue through mid-April. Meanwhile, as legislation to halt all evictions during the COVID-19... Read more
Tito Jackson, the former Boston city councillor who lives in Grove Hall, says he is “on the mend” after a harrowing bout with COVID-19 last month. He described his experience at a NAACP Boston branch meeting that was held online on Monday evening during... Read more
US Rep. Ayanna Pressley has tested negative for the coronavirus-caused COVID-19, her office announced last Friday. Pressley’s office had said on March 25 that the Boston congresswoman “sought professional medical treatment out of an abundance of caution”... Read more
Mayor Walsh has announced that the city would be adding hundreds more beds to house those who are homeless, allowing them a place to isolate and recuperate if they fall ill. That includes two new locations: a Suffolk University downtown dorm, with 172... Read more
School is closed, but the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is accepting applications for school-age children who live in Boston through its new online portal. The spring application window is open from April 1 -30, so parents and... Read more
Coming of age in the middle of a global pandemic presents some logistical challenges: How to celebrate a birthday when gatherings of any kind go against statewide safety restrictions? One Dorchester family found a solution. On Sunday, the Kazmouskis of... Read more
The last few weeks have been a crash course in “changing with the times” for Chris Skillin, who owns the Ice Creamsmith in Lower Mills along with his wife Sarah Mabel-Skillin. This time of year is normally joyous for the longtime Dot Ave establishment... Read more
Now in its third week, the coronavirus health emergency has touched every neighborhood in Boston as the number of known “positive” cases within the city grew to 938 — with 3 deaths— amid a worsening statewide and national crisis. Massachusetts will remain... Read more
State lawmakers are moving towards consensus on emergency legislation that would protect Massachusetts homeowners and tenants who have suffered financial hardships directly related to the COVID-19 crisis from penalties and evictions— at least for the... Read more
A trio of Boston city councilors pushed back Tuesday against a new agreement with state education officials, asking that it be put on the back burner while students, educators and families adjust to life during the COVID-19 crisis. On March 13, the same... Read more
The COVID-19 death count made its greatest jump yet Tuesday when the Department of Public Health reported 33 new deaths related to the coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities here to 89. The city of Boston has recorded three deaths through... Read more
A week after closing all non-essential businesses to workers and customers, Gov. Charlie Baker said he was extending his executive order beyond April 7 to keep most businesses physically closed through at least May 4. Baker said his order would also keep... Read more
Housing activists continue to field urgent calls from tenants facing imminent eviction orders, even though a court-ordered pause on such removals will continue through mid-April. Meanwhile, as legislation to halt all evictions during the COVID-19... Read more
Eight more people in Massachusetts have died from COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of deaths linked to the disease to 56, the Department of Public Health reported Monday. The number of confirmed cases in the state now stands at 5,752, up almost... Read more
To those gathering to play sports at the city’s parks, Mayor Walsh had this to say last Friday: “That's not social distancing. If this doesn’t change, I’m going to start naming locations in the city of Boston so that people know you shouldn't be there."... Read more

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