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Rising heating oil costs complicate staying warm in winter’s final weeks

Like gasoline, heating oil is selling at an all-time high, and that’s hurting people in the cold weather. John Drew heads Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD. The organization provides assistance to the needy, and their heating oil fund has run dry. “Two-hundred seventy-five gallons times $6 is a lot of money, and people don’t have it,” he said….

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Electric bills double for U.S. families with fuel costs surging

(Bloomberg) — U.S. consumers from New York to California are experiencing “rate shock” on their latest utility bills as the global energy crisis drives up prices for fossil fuels, forcing tough financial decisions for families getting squeezed on all sides. The increase is becoming a problem for Dave Croyle, 75, a San Diego retiree with multiple health issues that keep him largely housebound…….

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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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‘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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Wu deserves our support, and her neighborhood deserves quiet

As noted in Scot Lehigh’s column (“Demonstrations at their homes have crossed a line,” Opinion, Feb. 17), the courts have weighed in against disruption of homes and neighborhoods by loud protesters. The ongoing at-home intimidation of Mayor Michelle Wu over vaccine mandates for city workers — policy that is based on clear public health science — needs to stop. What other…

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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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ABCD, City’s EITC Program in Full Swing in South End and Chinatown

Most people don’t want to think about it but it’s the time a year to begin thinking about filing 2021 tax returns. For many working people in the South End and Chinatown there’s some relief from the confusing process of figuring out taxes. Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) South End Neighborhood Service Center, 554 Columbus Avenue; the Asian American…

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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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