This Week In
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 21:10
Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Attorney General and a gubernatorial candidate, is bringing several individuals to court for posing as non-profit foreclosure prevention organizations. According to a press release from Coakley’s office, the accused are Obeilson Roosevelt Matos, Gailon Arthur Joy, Pricila Trancoso Silva, John Charles Schumacher, and Paula Carvalho. These individuals allegedly posed as the “Alliance for Affordable Housing (AFAH) and the Global Advocates Foundation Inc., both located in Everett as well as the Alliance for Hope Network, Inc., in Framingham,” and preyed on people who feared they would lose their homes. “We will continue our efforts to combat deceptive foreclosure rescue schemes that take advantage of struggling borrowers,” Coakley said in a statement. Echoing Coakley, mayoral hopefuls John Connolly and Marty Walsh vowed in the debate last night to work to improve relationships between lenders and borrowers.
Changes are coming to South Station, as four new leases have been signed. Construction will begin on the major transportation center at the end of the month. “These leases help fund the upkeep of New England’s busiest transit hub at no cost to the MBTA or taxpayers,” said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, according to BostInno. The additions will be a two-story CVS Pharmacy, a Tavern in the Square, a Starbucks, and Barbara’s Books. Barbara’s Books, however, is not exactly a new addition. The independent bookseller closed last spring after serving South Station for 20 years, but the bookseller will return to South Station with a new venue. The CVS Pharmacy is expected to open in March 2014. The Tavern in the Square will act as a smaller version of its other popular locations in Porter Square, Central Square, and Allston.
Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister to the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged perpetrators of the Marathon bombing, was released from a hearing in South Boston District Court in a case involving counterfeiting yesterday. Tsarnaeva, 23, currently resides in New Jersey and allegedly impeded an investigation into the use of counterfeit money in 2010. The Boston Globe reported that George Gormley, her lawyer, said that his client did not object with a provision demanding she check in with the Massachusetts probation office once a week. She was originally arraigned in January 2011 and has been sought on a default warrant since February 2011. The hearing concerned a 2010 incident in which Tsarnaeva allegedly picked up a person who passed counterfeit money to another individual at the South Bay Mall. She claimed she was present, but not cooperative.
Though Red Sox owner John Henry’s $70 million bid to purchase The Boston Globe and the New England Media Group (NEMG) was accepted by the New York Times Company on Aug. 2, it appears that the amount he will ultimately shell out for The Globe will be a less. The Boston Business Journal reported that the actual sale price will be closer to $65 million. According to The Journal, the change in price reflects the recent defection of a majority of The Globe’s auto-classified sales team to Cars.com, which this month terminated its partnership with the local newspaper company. While Henry’s purchase was supposed to close on Oct. 15, there were delays because of payroll considerations at NEMG. Further postponements, according to BostInno, are undesirable for Henry, as it is optimal for him to capitalize on NEMG’s more lucrative months in November and December.
A satirical blog at rottenscallop.com created some confusion for residents in New Bedford on Monday. The satirical blog claimed that residents in the area were planning a “Million Pajama Pants March” after the city council engaged in a deal “behind closed doors” to ban pajama bottoms during the day. The blog, however, was posted without a disclaimer, and thus many New Bedford residents began making angry comments on Facebook and trying to reach the city council, concerned that they would no longer be able to wear their comfortable pajamas during the day. The blog was actually making fun of a ban that a New Bedford District Court Judge placed on pajamas and revealing clothing during the summer’s court proceedings. The ban, however, was lifted in August.