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‘Living On The Edge’: Home Heating Oil Prices Soar In Massachusetts As Russia Invades Ukraine

BOSTON (CBS) – Experts say we can blame the current sticker shock over home heating oil bills on the Russia invasion in Ukraine. Organizers at ABCD Fuel Assistance in Boston say they’re paying about $1000 to fill a 250-gallon tank. “The only income I have is social security,” said 91-year-old Joseph Brooks who lives in Hyde Park. He’s among 15,000 people…

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Hey Teens, Apply now for ABCD SummerWorks! Mayor Wu praises program, calls it “essential experience”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2022  CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein at 617.875.3619 or Lee Phenner at 339.368.1140                                 An ABCD SummerWorks job is a prize! Don’t miss out!Put dollars in your pocket, obtain career skills, receive mentoring, social supportsIf you are ages 14 to 21, income-eligible, and live in Boston, you can earn and learn in the ABCD SummerWorks program this year! Plan now…

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‘How are you supposed to live?’ Spiking heat costs impact state’s vulnerable communities.

Nicholas Apodiakos, who takes care of his ailing 94-year-old mother in their home, sorted through this winter’s heating oil bills: a whopping $1,703 only four months into the season. “We go through oil like water,” Apodiakos said recently. Apodiakos, 55,does not work because he is caring for mother, Rose, full time. Her health complications — diabetes, cholesterol, frequent seizures, and…

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I am a Ukrainian

People around the planet should join the brave people of Ukraine! We must stand with and stand beside the brave but terrorized Ukrainians: children, papas, grandmothers, women… our human family that is being subject to a despicable onslaught by bullies and terrorists, the paranoid and delusional human forces that have complete control of RUSSIA. Countries around the world may hold…

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‘Everything’s going up’: Seniors struggle with the prices of food, fuel, and medicine

A key inflation measure grew at the fastest pace in 40 years The last time prices rose this fast, today’s seniors were in their prime and drawing paychecks. Now they’re older, retired, and feeling the crunch in a world where everything suddenly costs more. Higher rents and heating bills and steeper gas and prescription drug prices are pinching almost everyone….

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Melnea Cass, ‘First Lady of Roxbury,’ gave Boston her all

This Black History Month, the Globe is saluting people from Massachusetts who have made a difference. A large recreational complex. A community pool. And a boulevard winding through Lower Roxbury. The name of Melnea Agnes Cass, known as the “First Lady of Roxbury,” is emblazoned on public amenities across the neighborhood she called home, a testament to her legacy as…

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Boston Tax Help Coalition offers free tax services for low-earning residents

The Boston Tax Help Coalition (BTHC) launched its 20th tax season on Jan. 28 — once again providing free tax preparation services for city residents earning $60,000 or less per year. Mayor Michelle Wu made the announcement four days after the start of the nation’s tax season. The deadline to file taxes in Massachusetts is April 19.  “Boston residents can…

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Jamaica Plain Fuel Assistance Benefits Now at $1,650

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) kicked off the annual Fuel Assistance Program at the ABCD offices in Jamaica Plain.  ABCD ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew is now urging Jamaica Plain residents to apply for fuel aid now as federal funding to the program has increased.  Drew said with the new round of funding households at or below the federal…

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Fuel Assistance Now at $1,650

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) kicked off the annual Fuel Assistance Program at the ABCD offices in the South End and Chinatown. ABCD ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew is now urging residents to apply for fuel aid now as federal funding to the program has increased. Drew said with the new round of funding households at or below the…

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If You’re Struggling to Pay Your Heating Bills, Help May Be Available

Action for Boston Community Development says that while many are experiencing difficulty paying for heat this winter, there are resources to assist many people in need. Frigid temperatures and this weekend’s potential storm are concerning developments for people having a tough time heating their homes. “We haven’t maybe seen the snow accumulation that we’re used to, but everyone is still…

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