The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.
The Globe reports that several white city councilors in Everett, which has one of the state's highest Covid-19 rates, have demanded the councilor quit if she doesn't show up in person at meetings - where several of them refuse to wear masks - rather than Zooming in. She's refused because she lives with her father, who has diabetes, not good should she bring some coronavirus home. The DA is looking into how a section of the meeting at which this came up got deleted from a city server.
The Chelsea Record reports State and Everett Police busted up quite the shindig at the casino hotel early on Aug. 16 - some 110 people crowded into a suite with an occupancy limit of 10 and featuring a DJ and "adult dancers." The guy who rented the suite faces charges. The casino was also cited and vows it's now doing what it should have been doing to prevent such potential superspreaders.
NBC Boston interviewed a Dorchester man outraged that State Police busted up a party he threw at the Encore Casino, because it's been like six or seven whole months since the pandemic started and "a lot of people are kind of over it at this point." Read more.
Surveillance photo of Mubarak, with an arrow pointing to his distinctive gold-rimmed sunglasses.
The US Attorney's office in Boston last week announced the arrest of Mujab Jihad Mubarak, an Everett man with ties to Dorchester, on charges he built up quite the heroin and fentanyl ring in the Boston area. Read more.
Some 28 school districts announced today they are closing until March 27 because of the Covid-19 threat and despite Gov. Baker's plea to stay open unless they have confirmed cases in students, parents or staffers - including Everett, which had earlier announced a 30-day shutdown. Read more.
All around the Encore casino (like the city of Everett), everything's shutting down to Covid-19. Thank goodness, the casino has thermometer guns to point at incoming customers, so they can keep the money rolling in, even if they have to shut down the buffets and shows. Read more.