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FTC Warns Scams Are Much More Common Than You Think

By Olivia Bornstein, bostonese.com

Boston, August 6, 2018, — Have you ever received a phone call from someone claiming to be an authority, saying that you owe money, and threatening to sue, arrest or deport you?

Picture from a recent FTC briefing on scams in Boston (photo by Olivia Bornstein).
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Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Will Lead National Night Out

Boston, August 3, 2018, — Mayor Martin Walsh today announced that he will join Boston Police Superintendent in Chief William Gross, who is set to be sworn in as Police Commissioner on Monday, elected officials, community leaders, clery and residents for the 35th Annual National Night Out celebrations in the City of Boston. The events are focused on celebrating and raising awareness of community policing throughout the City.

Tai Tung Village management team received award at last year’s National Night Out event in Chinatown.
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Mayor Walsh Appoints BPD’s First African American Commissioner

Boston, July 23, 2018 – Mayor Martin Walsh today announced the appointment of William Gross as the City of Boston’s first African American Commissioner of the Boston Police Department (BPD), who will assume the duties and responsibilities of Commissioner William B. Evans who is set to retire from the Boston Police Department on Saturday, August 4. Gross currently serve as as Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department.

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Interview with Michelle Wu on Boston City Council’s Short-term Rental Ordinance

By Olivia Bornstein, bostonese.com

Boston, June 20, 2018, — There will soon be new rules surrounding nightly rentals in Boston. You might have heard this on radio as Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu spoke about her support for these new rules on local radio stations.

On June 13, the Boston City Council voted 11 to 2 to approve a new ordinance, regulating corporate home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb.com. Mayor Walsh signed the bill two days later. On January 1st, 2019, the bill will be put into practice, effectively limiting short-term rentals to owner-occupants of the properties.

Senator Elizabeth Warren introduces Boston City Council President Michelle Wu (Jan. 2016 file photo).
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Mayor Walsh Appointed to Leadership Position with USCM

Boston, June 11, 2018, — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced he has been appointed to be a member of the Board of Trustees, the top tier of leadership positions within the US Conference of Mayors, which is currently hosting its 86th annual meeting in Boston. The Trustees guide the organization’s work for the coming year, from connecting mayors to share ideas and tackle common challenges, setting a robust policy agenda at the national level, and elevating mayors’ voices on issues that face cities every day.

Mayor Walsh (middle) with two attendees of USCM pose for a picture.
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Mayor Walsh Announces School Closures as Blizzard of 2018 Batters Bay State

BOSTON – Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced continued preparations for the ongoing winter storm, which is expected to bring a total of 12-18 inches of snow by midnight, with 9 inches already fallen.


Mayor Walsh holds news conference at City Hall this afternoon (photo credit: @MikeRNBCBoston on Twitter).
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Boston Public Schools Closed on Thursday as Second Winter Storm in a Week Arrives

BOSTON – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City’s continued preparations for the winter storm, which is expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow with most snow accumulating after 8pm tonight and ending around 6am Thursday morning. A winter storm warning will be in effect until 1pm Thursday afternoon. Sustained winds of 10-20MPH are expected throughout the duration of the storm, with wind gusts up to 40MPH.


Boston Public Works helped cleanup streets in Quincy after the March 2 winder storm caused significant damage in Quincy.
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Councilor Wu Named a Finalist of 2018 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Boston, March 2, 2018, — Boston City Councilor was named as one of the six finalists of the Emily List Rising Star Award. Served as president of Boston City Council in 2016 and 2017, Wu has led the council over the turbulent 2016 presidential elections and the first year of President Trump’s administration.

Mayor Walsh and Councilor Wu at the lion dance performance.
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Randolph Man Convicted for Trafficking Multiple Women for Sex in Greater Boston

Boston, Feb. 20, 2018 – A Randolph man has been convicted by a jury and sentenced to six to six-and-a-half years in state prison for trafficking multiple women for sex in Greater Boston and on Cape Cod, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. He kept the money from the sexual encounters and would instead provide the women with drugs, primarily heroin.

Mass. AG Maura Healey (file photo).
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Mayor Walsh and Community Members Celebrate the Opening of Boston Public Library Chinatown

Boston, Feb. 3, 2018 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and library community members today celebrated the opening of Boston Public Library Chinatown at 2 Boylston Street in the China Trade Center. The event marked the return of library services to the neighborhood for the first time in more than 50 years, and a $1 million investment in library services in Chinatown. Regular library hours will begin on Monday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m.

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MEMA Issues Statement on First Major Winter Storm of 2018

Boston, Jan. 3, 2018, — MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (MEMA) SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT DATE: January 3, 2018 TIME: 12:00 PM SUBJECT: Significant Winter Storm Thursday; Dangerously Cold Weather This Weekend (Update #2)
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a strong but fast-moving coastal storm on Thursday that will bring accumulating snow across the entire state, with the eastern half of the state seeing the greatest amounts. Strong to damaging winds are also expected across much of the state; however the Cape and Islands will experience the strongest winds. These winds combined with wet, heavy snow in areas, bring potential for scattered to widespread power outages, particularly in southeastern MA. In addition, there is the potential for moderate and pockets of major coastal flooding, primarily in areas south of Boston along the coast of Plymouth County and in Cape Cod Bay. Following the storm, bitterly cold weather, with wind chill values of -15 to -35, will return on Friday and persist into the weekend.
Thursday Forecast:

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Mayor Walsh Issues Tips for Residents in Advance of Bitterly Cold Weather

BOSTON – Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a set of tips and guidelines in advance of this week’s forecast of bitterly cold weather. Forecasters are predicting low temperatures throughout the week with the coldest period Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. With the wind chill, frostbite can occur within 30 minutes.

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Secretary Acosta Presents Awards to MA Businesses Offering English Language Classes

Oct. 24, 2017, Boston, — Last week, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta, spoke to a packed room of business leaders, immigrants, and English language program providers at Northeastern University. She was there to present awards at an event organized by English for New Bostonians to businesses that provide English classes for their immigrant workers, but she also had a personal message to share.

Secretary Acosta(first from left) joins panel discussion (provided by English for New Bostonians).
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