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For the food insecure, dietary restrictions pose an additional challenge

For the food insecure, dietary restrictions pose an additional challenge

January 19, 2020

By Deanna Schwartz and Mike Puzzanghera The day her 12-year-old son was diagnosed with Celiac disease, Nicola Harrington went to the grocery store to buy gluten-free bread and pasta to jumpstart his new diet — and was shocked by what she found. All of a sudden, the cost of buying food for her famil...

Legislators set to push for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in 2020

Legislators set to push for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in 2020

Elizabeth Torres

January 2, 2020

Maybelline Perez, 21, remembers how complicated it was to move her belongings from her home in East Boston to her dorm on Northeastern University’s campus without a family car. Her brother Ben, 16, a boarding student in Andover, uses a combination of MBTA buses, subways and commuter rail to go betwe...

Environmental injustice: Pollution poses greater threat to vulnerable communities

Environmental injustice: Pollution poses greater threat to vulnerable communities

Nolan Piccola

December 30, 2019

Damali Vidot, Chelsea’s city council president, faced the window overlooking the coast of Chelsea Creek. She shifted in her chair, and talked about the air pollution currently affecting the city, located just north of Boston. “I see it in the health of myself and family and neighbors and friends...

Book club brings theater to all audiences and makes arts more inclusive

Book club brings theater to all audiences and makes arts more inclusive

Amaya Williams

December 18, 2019

The first Play Reading Book Club meeting of the season took place recently on a chilly afternoon in the senior lounge at the BCFY Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. Inside the teal wainscotted room, new and returning members settled at the round table in the middle of the room. That day they’d be sta...

Patients with substance abuse histories suffer pain and misdiagnosis

Patients with substance abuse histories suffer pain and misdiagnosis

Katarina Torres Radisic

December 17, 2019

Christine Gardner has lived on Cape Cod her entire life. She used to love walking on the sand, but she will never do that again. Or cook a meal for herself. Or teach her two sons how to drive.   “The simplest things I can't do. I have to have help all the time. I went from being a completely self-suf...

Boston bike collective builds community and empowers DIY mechanics

Boston bike collective builds community and empowers DIY mechanics

Carro Halpin and Huilin Li

December 13, 2019

At the end of September, Allston-Brighton’s DIY bike repair organization, CommonWheels, invited the community to a “yard sale” of approximately 120 donated and abandoned bikes, in an effort to empty their storage space in preparation for its demolition by a developer. People of all ages picked through...

Boston students face food insecurity over the holidays

Boston students face food insecurity over the holidays

Maria Aguirre Torres

December 12, 2019

Brandon McPherson, 19, remembers his freshman year at UMass Boston as the time he was homeless and when most lunches were half-sandwiches his girlfriend was willing to share.  During the fall of 2018, McPherson lived in a friend's house in Fall River and drove an hour every day to class. "I didn’t have...

Journalism students put Massachusetts’ Public Records Law to the test

Journalism students put Massachusetts’ Public Records Law to the test

November 20, 2019

This story was reported by Northeastern University School of Journalism students Jordan Baron, Rhiya Bibby, Matt Hersey, Aidan McGovern, Nolan Piccola, Asher Rappaport, Calli Remillard, Ivy Saltsman, Naomi Silver, Elizabeth Torres and Amaya Williams. Northeastern journalism students recently visited n...

How public transport leaves riders in Roxbury stranded

How public transport leaves riders in Roxbury stranded

November 11, 2019

  A window into one resident's daily commute Bill Tony, an older man who declined to give his age, was waiting for his bus home at Dudley Station on a cold, windy Sunday in March. He works near Hynes Convention Center and lives between Dudley and Field’s Corner, which means he takes multiple buses just to get to...

New non-profit law center provides lifeline for New England’s immigrant communities

New non-profit law center provides lifeline for New England’s immigrant communities

Avery Bleichfeld

September 12, 2019

By Avery Bleichfeld Matt Cameron sits on the floor of his office in East Boston Shipyard. One floor below him is a SCUBA shop and across the street is a modern art museum. But here, stacks of files teeter beneath the window. The floor is sprinkled with Ikea box sawdust. A partially-finished constru...

Developing for Diversity: Could these Roxbury apartments be the future of Boston housing?

Developing for Diversity: Could these Roxbury apartments be the future of Boston housing?

Madelaine Millar

September 4, 2019

The North End shouldn’t work.  It breaks all the traditional rules of city planning. It’s very densely populated. There’s little to no green space. And for decades it could have been considered a slum.  Anyone who’s actually visited Boston's North End, though, knows that it’s a vibrant, energetic and healthy neighborhood. A ten-mi...

Jamaica Plain ballerino beat the odds to captivate Boston Ballet audiences

Jamaica Plain ballerino beat the odds to captivate Boston Ballet audiences

Paige Stern

August 28, 2019

Growing up, Isaac Akiba was a well rounded athletic machine. If he had chosen a typical path, he would have likely gone on to play high school football and to graduate with the rest of his peers.  But that never happened.  Instead, at nine years old, Akiba auditioned for the Boston Ballet’s Citydance ...

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