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Veteran snared in federal budget battle 

2/27/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance sequestration

By Adrian Walker |  GLOBE COLUMNIST     FEBRUARY 27, 2013

John MacPherson is an 86-year-old World War II veteran with a problem, one that Washington isn’t helping one bit this week.

While his six children raise families of their own across New England, he lives alone in his home in Dorchester, not far from his childhood home in South Boston. His problem: The fact that he receives fuel assistance probably means he is about to become a victim of the so-called sequester budget cuts.

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Mass. congressional delegation says sequester cuts would hurt children, the elderly, and the poor  

2/26/2013 Categories: sequestration

By Brian Ballou, Globe Staff
02/25/2013

Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation spoke out passionately this morning against upcoming automatic federal spending cuts, portraying them as potentially devastating to children, the elderly, and the poor.

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Sen. Warren calls automatic budget cuts ‘just plain dumb’ 

2/25/2013 Categories: sequestration

February 25, 2013
By Marie Szaniszlo / Boston Herald

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the automatic cuts in federal spending slated to take effect Friday “just plain dumb,” but the Bay State’s newly minted, but still senior, senator said it’s largely up to congressional leaders to reach a compromise.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey to speak at anti-sequestration rally 

2/25/2013 Categories: sequestration

By Shira Schoenberg, Political Correspondent on February 25, 2013

The state’s top Democratic politicians will speak out Monday morning at a rally opposing the automatic budget cuts referred to as “sequestration.”

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senate hopefuls Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch, both sitting members of Congress, all plan to speak at a Boston rally sponsored by the human services agency Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano will also speak, as will representatives from a number of area social service agencies.

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'Sequestration' could mean cuts in heating assistance Programs face cuts if Congress goes through with sequestration  

2/20/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance sequestration

BOSTON —Thousands of Bay State residents could be left in the cold after heating assistance runs out, and now, major cuts that could come next week on Capitol Hill may make their situation worse.

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Fuel aid may dry up for many unless state helps 

2/20/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance

By Beth Healy |  GLOBE STAFF     February 20, 2013

As many as 50,000 Massachusetts families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter are at risk of running out of fuel assistance unless the state steps in to help, according to a community agency in Boston.

John Drew, head of Action for Boston Community Development, said the agency is asking the Legislature to approve $21 million in funding for its fuel assistance program.

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Home Heating Assistance Runs Out For Many Boston Residents 

2/19/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance

By Lauren Leamanczyk, WBZ-TV
February 18, 2013

BOSTON (CBS) – Federal Assistance has run out for nearly everyone who uses home heating oil to heat their house...

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US spending cuts could hobble social services 

2/4/2013 Categories: ABCD

By Megan Woolhouse |  Globe Staff  
February 03, 2013

As president of Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, John J. Drew oversees more than 100 different community and social service programs — from food pantries to fuel assistance programs to two high schools for students who might otherwise drop out.

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Whole Foods Hosts Food Drive to Benefit ABCD’s West End Food Pantry 

2/1/2013 Categories: ABCD

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happily ready to greet shoppers, staff and volunteers from the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), gather around a table with a display of some of the most requested food items needed for families of need for The Whole Foods Food Drive Event at the Charles River Plaza.

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