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United Way Honors Sen. Edwards as Legislative Champion Advancing thriving, Equitable Communities   

United Way of Massachusetts Bay recently recognized State Senator Lydia Edwards as one of the organization’s seven inaugural Legislative Champions for her exceptional leadership and steadfast commitment to advancing  thriving, more equitable communities.       In recognition for her initiatives to further economic justice in the Commonwealth, United Way of Massachusetts Bay honored Senator Lydia Edwards as a Legislative Champion for her…

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Local teacher teams with students to revive Houghton’s Pond stand

For many years, visitors to Houghton’s Pond in Milton were able to get a snack at the concession stand near the playground equipment while enjoying their time outdoors at the recreation area. The stand closed, however, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a Milton couple has reopened the stand by creating a nonprofit, Rise & Thrive Education, Inc. They also…

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So far, the Boston Tax Help Coalition (BTHC) has served over 11,000 clients and completed nearly 11,500 tax returns during the 2024 tax season, a 12% increase from last year. The tireless work has put over $17 million back in the pockets of low to moderate-income Boston area families. This effort was carried out across 31 community-based tax sites with seven of our sites still preparing…

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ABCD University High School hails graduates

UHS Head of School & Director Sherann Jackson-Alkins, the UHS class of 2024, and ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler. ABCD photo On June 14, seniors from ABCD’s University High School (UHS) crossed the graduation stage at the ABCD Thelma D. Burns Building in Roxbury with diplomas in hand and plans for the future in mind. The alternative high school for Boston students…

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Gov. Healey  Appoints ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler to New Office of Energy Transportation Advisory Board

The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced the formation of the Energy Transformation Advisory Board to advise and guide the state in the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The Advisory Board will include a broad range of stakeholders, including labor, business, finance, environmental justice advocates, utilities, technology providers, building owners, developers, and generators, among others. ABCD President and CEO Sharon…

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ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler talks SummerWorks, WorkSMART, and more on Java with Jimmy

Houghton’s Pond pavilion gets new look

Ever passed by the Houghton’s Pond concession stand in the summer and just wished you could get something to eat, especially on a hot summer day? Well, one Milton resident had the same exact thought whenever he looked at the concession stand. Joe Cain would walk by the Houghton’s Pond concession stand regularly in the warmer months and would think…

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Joseph Slavet, ‘fearless’ and thoughtful watchdog of Boston government, dies at 104

Turning down a lucrative offer to become a professional saxophonist at the end of the Great Depression, Joseph S. Slavet decided to finish his studies at Boston University instead — only to trade classrooms for combat while serving in the Army during World War II. Determined to make a difference after the war, he worked at first in Philadelphia and…

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ABCD’s tax preparation program yields $7 million in state and federal refunds

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) secured more than $7 million in state and federal tax returns for residents of Greater Boston and the Mystic Valley during the 2024 tax season that ended on April 17th. This is a $1.6M increase from last year. Of this $7 million, $685,000 was returned to filers via the Child Tax Credits (CTC), $186,529…

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ABCD’s Walnut Grove Head Start takes part in ‘African Explosion’

ABCD’s Walnut Grove Head Start participated in the African Explosion that featured cultural dance by performer Sir Taylor, a self defined peacemaker and an original member of the Jesse White Tumblers in Chicago – a training program that provides a positive alternative for urban youth ages 6-16. The African Explosion closed out ABCD University High School’s ( UHS) Light Saver week, a  component of their Commonwealth…

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