Elderly Struggle to Pay Their Bills

Nearly 300,000 Massachusetts residents aged 65 and above are unable to cover the cost of basic necessities according to the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index. More than 60% of single older adults in the state can’t afford food, housing, or other living expenses, the second highest rate in the country. Women are more likely to be worse off financially than their male counterparts, with … Continue reading Elderly Struggle to Pay Their Bills

Governor Baker Makes Changes to Marijuana Law

Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law on Friday which made changes to the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law. The new bill sets up different procedures for cities and towns to follow if they want to restrict marijuana stores, depending on how their residents voted on the November ballot question. Opponents of the bill say the law is vulnerable to a constitutional challenge. The … Continue reading Governor Baker Makes Changes to Marijuana Law

4-5,000 People Evacuated in Cambridge

A gas leak at Kendall Square Friday morning forced around 5,000 people to evacuate from 11 buildings. A contractor operating heavy equipment accidentally punctured a gas line, disrupting the workday routine for thousands of people. Cambridge Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Cahill told reporters that “anytime you have construction, there’s always a possibility of any type of incident occurring.” Firefighters went building to building to check … Continue reading 4-5,000 People Evacuated in Cambridge

Boston Housing Boom Poses Challenge for MBTA

A new 1,600 housing unit and 15-acre development in South Boston is an example of a housing project that will put a tremendous amount of stress on the city’s public transportation. Already, Silver Line Buses are forced to skip stops, like Summer Street, due to overcrowding and this is likely to continue with the construction of more apartment complexes. The T has set aside $2 … Continue reading Boston Housing Boom Poses Challenge for MBTA

Fentanyl Deaths in NH and MA Lead Nation

Fentanyl has become an inexpensive and dangerous replacement to heroin which has ravaged families and communities in New England. New Hampshire and MA rank first and second in per-capita deaths caused by fentanyl, which has surpassed heroin as the leading cause of fatal opioid overdoses in those states. The drug is manufactured in China and shipped to Mexico where it is packaged and sent to … Continue reading Fentanyl Deaths in NH and MA Lead Nation

Beantown Rundown:

A dozen people were rescued near the Hog Island Channel Wednesday after a powerboat overturned with nine children onboard. More here. A group of teenagers estimated that the TD Garden owes $13.8 million for failing to comply with a 1993 state mandate to raise funds for the city’s recreation centers. More here. Dunkin Donuts reported that customer traffic to its U.S. stores has slowed during … Continue reading Beantown Rundown: