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Drones, GPS Used To Measure Town Neck Beach

The condominium association, Sandwich Shores Condominium Association, argues, however, that the right-of-way no longer exists because the town beach has been washed away.  In addition, the White Cape Path residents say, they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to

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Survey Work Could Shed Light On Beach Dispute (MA)

The long-simmering right of way dispute came into sharp focus earlier this summer when residents living in a condominium association of seaside houses and cottages blocked a longstanding right of way, known as White Cap Path, with a five-foot pile

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Shawmut Properties trial continued again

Members of condo associations in the region will have to wait until late this year, at soonest, to see if two members of a Haverhill-based company are found guilty of stealing $100,000 from the associations.  The trial of the executives

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Condo residents thank Methuen (MA) firefighters for rapid response

A raging two-alarm fire in a condominium building at 15 Hampshire Road drove four families from their homes the early morning of June 27.  The first firefighters to respond faced an inferno and feared there might be fatalities, according to

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Firefighters battle multi-alarm fire in beachfront community (MA)

Firefighters battled a multi-alarm condo fire off Northern Boulevard in Newburyport Sunday night.  Read the article………….

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Why condo fees are worth further examination

True story. A couple walk into a “for sale” oceanfront condo that adjoins their good friends’ unit. The wife is awestruck by the stunning ocean views and smitten by the perfect staging job. She says to her husband: “I want

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Sandwich (MA) police receive reports of alleged assaults over beach access

A second person may be charged in connection with a dispute over a controversial fence at White Cap Path, according to police.  On Sunday, police were called to investigate the alleged assault. The fence was put up by the Sandwich

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Regan: soaked by condo board (MA)

George Regan thought he was expanding the offices of his PR firm when he acquired an additional condo unit at Union Wharf.  He ended up investing in a legal battle with his condo association.     Read the article………………….

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Dry your tee? Senate brings back the old way (MA)

To promote energy conservation, the State Senate has taken the surprising step of legally reaffirming residents’ rights to a traditional but increasingly threatened practice — the option of hanging laundry out to dry on a clothesline.     Read the article………….

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Neighbors battle over beach access in Sandwich (MA)

The Sandwich Shore Condominium Association has put up snow fencing on White Cap Path to prohibit access through the dunes, a move that has angered other homeowners in the area who say they have deeded rights to use the right

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Methuen (MA) condo fire destroys 4 families’ homes

Four families were displaced after a two-alarm fire early Monday morning left a 15 Hampshire Road condo building “uninhabitable,” Methuen Assistant Fire Chief William Barry said.    Read the article………….

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City of Lowell prevails in suit brought by Grand Manor Condo Association

The City of Lowell dodged a $5 million bullet on Thursday when a jury ruled that the Grand Manor Condominium Association and dozens of unit owners missed a three-year statute of limitations to sue the city after it was discovered

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Springfield (MA) condo complex evacuated due to carbon monoxide

About 100 people were evacuated from a downtown Springfield condominium tower Wednesday morning, due to high levels of carbon monoxide.     Read the article………..

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Grand Manor v. city of Lowell goes to the jury (MA)

The attorney for dozens of residents of Grand Manor condominiums, which were built on a contaminated city dump, argued his clients are entitled to millions of dollars in damages for lost value of their units.  “The city of Lowell refused

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Millions at stake in Lowell (MA) condos’ suit against city over devalued property

Millions of dollars are at stake in a 2012 lawsuit brought by the Grand Manor Condominium Association against the city, decades after the development was built on a contaminated former city dump.     Read the article…………

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State (MA) asks Danvers homeowners for permission to test for arsenic

Residents who live near Brown Pond and at the Winding Brook Village Condominiums in the area of Purchase and Ash streets are being asked by state environmental officials for permission to go on their properties to see how widespread arsenic

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2-Alarm Fire Breaks Out at Condo Complex in Taunton, Massachusetts

A 2-alarm fire broke out at a building Thursday night in Taunton, Massachusetts, according to fire officials.  Civilians were evacuated from the condo complex at 450 Somerset Ave. Crews had to fight the fire from the outside.    Read the

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Court case continued until June for mother and son accused of stealing over $180K from Leominster (MA) condo association

A discovery hearing in District Court for a mother and son accused of stealing over $180,000 from a local condominium association was continued Thursday.  Judith R. Remy, 77, of 131 Litchfield Pines Drive, and Raymond R. Remy, 55, of 92

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Bylaws to limit development bite the dust (MA)

The transformation of multifamily houses into condominiums and the construction of market-rate housing developments will continue mostly unimpeded as a result of last week’s defeat of a condo conversion bylaw at Town Meeting and the planning board’s decision to withdraw

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Leominster (MA) condo owners stuck with big debt as ex-association president, son charged in theft

Last summer, Joe Butkiewicz was doing what he had been doing monthly since he and his wife, Kim, bought a condo at Pickwick Manor in 2007: paying their monthly condominium fees on time.  But this time, condominium manager Judith Remy

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Former condo manager ordered to pay restitution, placed on probation (MA)

A Dracut man admitted on Tuesday he stole more than $95,000 from the condo association of the Parkview Place Condominium Complex in Lowell to feed a gambling addiction.    Read the article…………

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Ex-treasurer sentenced for embezzling $175K from Framingham (MA) soccer club

Vermilya, an employee of ReMax/Destiny in Cambridge, commingled money from various condominium association accounts he oversaw, according to the district attorney. Prosecutors say Vermilya shifted money from one account to another without a “realistic” plan to replace the missing funds

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Condo records bill teed up for Senate vote Thursday (MA)

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday is poised to take up legislation aimed at addressing what critics call a “toothless tiger” – the state law requiring condominium boards to produce records for any condo unit owner who requests them.   Read the

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3-alarm (condo) fire in Roslindale (MA) sends one person to hospital

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire in Roslindale.  Fire officials say the fire started at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Dale Village condo complex on Harrison Street.   Read the article………..

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Oral Arguments re: Massachusetts Priority Lien

On January 7, 2015, Thomas O. Moriarty of Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C. argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Drummer Boy Homes v Britton. At issue on the case is the vitality and extent

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New flagpole at Wayland Gardens honors all veterans (MA)

Residents of Wayland Gardens condominiums and members of the American Legion Wayland Post 133 participated in the dedication of a new 25-foot flagpole to honor all veterans on Jan. 2.   Read the article…………..

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Buttermilk Bay (MA) man admits to targeting condo complex with late night, drive-by attacks

A Buttermilk Bay man has admitted to a series of random, drive-by shootings that terrorized a condominium complex bordering Route 3 in 2014.   Read the article………….

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Water service restored at the Meadowcrest Condominium Complex

Water service has been restored at the Meadowcrest Condominium Complex in Ludlow following a water main break Christmas night.    Read the article……………

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Falmouth (MA) selectmen decline to enter beach-access dispute with HOA

The Falmouth Board of Selectmen has declined to wade into a dispute over a stretch of beach in the Seacoast Shores neighborhood after the homeowners association was ordered to stop keeping nonresidents off the sand.   Read the article……..

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Condo Associations Resist Owners’ Bid To Update 64-Year-Old Consumer Protections (MA)

Condominium owners, who for years have tried to alter aging laws governing how housing associations make records available, brought their complaints to Beacon Hill Tuesday.  Molly Dunn testified that she’s spent “quite a bit of money” to force her association

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Former condo officer pleads guilty to embezzlement (MA)

Godsill, who served as a treasurer to the Hyannis condominium association, admitted to obtaining a credit card for the association’s bank account and stealing $73,870.91. He spoke clearly and took full responsibility.    Read the article……….

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Two displaced after Brockton (MA) condo fire

Several neighbors of the eight-unit brick apartment building at 226 Colonel Bell Drive had gathered outside to call 911 and see if anyone was still inside the building.    Read the article………….

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Explosion, fire damages condo building, displaces 8 people (MA)

A reported explosion and fire has severely damaged a building at a Westerly condominium complex and displaced eight residents.  Residents of the four-unit structure at the Morningside Condominium Complex reported hearing a loud bang around 4 a.m. Friday.    Read

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Wild turkey terrorizes Massachusets condominium complex

As a native of Maine, Rachael Boudreau is used to all kinds of wildlife. But nothing could prepare the first-time homeowner for what has recently moved in with her and her neighbors at the Birchwood Pointe condominium complex.   Read the

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Lunenburg (MA) condo trust fined for water pollution

Woodland Village at Hickory Hills Lake Condominium Trust has been fined $5,565 by the state for violating state water pollution control regulations at its Northfield Road complex.     Read the article…………

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Trial set for heads of Haverhill company (MA)

Two executives of a Haverhill-based property management company charged with stealing from condo associations in the region will go to trial in March, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.  Andrew Raynor, 37, of Dover, N.H., and Matthew Dykeman, 51,

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Investigators look into fire code compliance after deadly Franklin (MA) house explosion

Investigators are now looking into fire code compliance after an explosion at a condo in Franklin on Saturday killed two people.  According to investigators, they were able to conduct interviews with workers and contractors and worked on their forensic scene

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Explosion, fire destroy Franklin condo (MA)

A raging fire in destroyed a condominium at an adult community in Franklin early Saturday morning and authorities say an explosion might have been involved, according to media partner WCVB.   Read the article………..

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Lewis Wharf Condo Board Questions Hotel Developer’s “As Of Right” Claims

Legal counsel for the Lewis Wharf Condominium Board has sent a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority requesting that “as of right” statements by the developer be clarified at public meetings regarding the proposed hotel complex.   Read the article………….

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CSI: Fido (MA)

A lot of people love dogs.  However, a lot of people do not love it when dog owners fail to clean up after their dogs. Some of them are even willing to use science to find out who is leaving

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CAI addresses concerns with senators and representatives

During the August Congress recess, CAI members around the country met with members of the senate and house of representative in their district (local) offices. Each year the August recess is a great opportunity for advocates to schedule in-person meetings

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Photos show the squalid Boston condo that ‘grossed out’ a state judge (MA)

It took a biohazard cleaning company three weeks to demolish the unit down to the studs. Empty sunflower seed shells were scattered throughout the condo, and the rats did not scamper when others tried to enter, suggesting that the occupant

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Condo association fights for its right to town garbage pick up (MA)

Months ago, The Village at Mattapoisett resident and condo association spokesman Daniel Deluz had requested a full board vote in order to modify their association covenant to allow town trash pickup in their association.  Read the article………..

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New Bill Would Regulate Airbnb, Short Term Rentals In Mass.

Many travelers are skipping hotel reservations and taking advantage of one of the hottest travel trends: short term rentals.  Airbnb is by far the biggest company matching travelers with rooms in private homes, but there are now a number of

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Short-term rentals irk condo groups (MA)

Piers and some other condo owners in Massachusetts who have made a second career of renting their homes on Airbnb, HomeAway, and its subsidiary, VBRO, are getting an unwelcome reception from their neighbors. Condo associations are scrambling to update their

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Second Hand Smoke

On Monday the Falmouth Board of Health discussed an issue that may become more pressing as the use of medical marijuana grows and more states legalize it.  “It’s an interesting case,” said board member George R. Heufelder. “People didn’t predict

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Meadow View Property Management indicted for larceny (MA)

A property management company with locations in North Andover and elsewhere is in hot water as two of its managers are accused of stealing from condominium associations.     Read the article………

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Cigarette blamed for Southie (MA) condo fire that forced out 20 people

“Careless disposal” of a cigarette caused an early morning rooftop fire that displaced about 20 people at a condominium complex in South Boston, a city fire official said.  The two-alarm fire that broke out on West 6th Street about 1:25

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Three-alarm fire hits Needham (MA) condos

A three-alarm fire swept through a condo complex in Needham Saturday morning.  The fire was reported overnight on Greendale Avenue.  The buildings, left charred Saturday morning, are currently under construction and no one is believed to have been inside at

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Haverhill Execs Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in $100,000+ Condo Larceny (MA)

Two Haverhill-based property management executives were arraigned today in Salem Superior Court on larceny and conspiracy charges following a joint investigation by the Essex District Attorney’s office and Haverhill Police.  Read the article……..

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