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Coworkers raising (funds) for man whose condo building collapsed (MA)

An empty space is all that remains of three condos from a South Boston building, more than a century old.  In the early morning hours of March 22, the side wall on the O Street triple decker suddenly partially collapsed.

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Condo owners want hydrant fee eliminated (MA)

About 100 local condominium owners packed a meeting Monday night to get the selectmen/water commissioners to rescind a fee for private hydrants in complexes.   The show of force at the selectmen meeting was spearheaded by Bill Greilich, chairman of

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Condo owners take stand against tree clearing (MA)

A group of owners at the Royal Park Condominiums at 147 Sylvan St. are taking a stand after a contractor for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company cut down at least seven trees at the front of their building to clear

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AG: Fitchburg man falsified wastewater reports (MA)

The president of a private wastewater-treatment company and an engineering firm in Fitchburg was indicted on dozens of charges in connection with allegedly falsifying wastewater samples and test results at three condominium facilities including the Village of Flat Hill in

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Students react to new fence around Townehouses (MA)

Patrick Kamins of Kamins Real Estate said it was the Condominium Association’s choice to put up the fences.  “We put them up to keep the unwanted guests away, to protect the property, to protect the people that live there and

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Royal Park Condominium owners say trees cut without notification (MA)

Several residents of Royal Park Condominiums parked their cars at the foot of the condo complex Wednesday morning, protesting trees being cut down on their property — trees they say they were never informed were coming down  “It’s shocking. Everybody

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Condo residents cope with aftermath of plane crash (MA)

On Friday, Jim Peyser and his wife, Diane Klein-Peyser, moved into the Residence Inn in Andover, their fourth temporary home since a small plane came crashing through the roof of their condominium building in Methuen on the last day of

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Condo owners weed out smoke (MA)

Pot may be legal in Massachusetts, but don’t even think about toking Afghan Kush or cultivating some Chronic buds if you live in certain buildings — including the ritzy Residences at The InterContinental in Boston.  That building’s condominium trust has

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Pilot killed when plane crashes into Massachusetts condo complex

A pilot was killed Tuesday when a small plane crashed through the roof of a condominium complex in Methuen, Massachusetts.  The crash happened at 1:25 p.m. at Prides Crossing Condominiums on Riverview Boulevard in Methuen, according to state police.  The

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Seawall Decision Divides Condo Owners, Legislators (MA)

A recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is causing friction between state legislators and a number of New Seabury condominium owners struggling with the effects of coastal erosion on Nantucket Sound.  In 2014, the Mashpee Conservation Commission and

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Child critically injured in ‘tragic accident’ outside condo complex (MA)

A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when his head got caught by the cover of a garbage bin outside a Taunton apartment complex.  The boy was playing around a Dumpster at the Taunton Gardens Condominium Complex at 819 County St.

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Committee backs trash collection ban for condos (MA)

The city will no longer pick up trash and recyclable materials for condominiums built after Dec. 31, 2016, pending a vote next week of the City Council.  The council’s Ordinances, Charter & Rules Committee this week voted, 4-1, to endorse

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Low-owner occupancy boosts condo loan costs (MA)

Q. Dear Rick: I’m thinking of buying a condominium this spring. One of the things I’ve been warned about is “low owner-occupancy” condo projects. Can you explain what those are, and why I should be careful of them?    Read

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Conservation Law Foundation fires again at controversial Seaport condo tower

One of Massachusetts’ top environmental advocates is asking state officials to reconsider their recent decision to bless a controversial condo tower in the Seaport District.  The Conservation Law Foundation Thursday sent a letter to Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton, urging another

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New Hampshire firm acquires Worcester condo company

Worcester condominium management services provider Rickman Companies announced it has been acquired by Great North Property Management of New Hampshire, a major New England provider of condominium management services.  Rickman Co-founder and CEO Jason Rickman said in a press release

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Leominster condo association treasurer, son accused of thefts (MA)

A 78-year-old Leominster woman and her son pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of stealing more than $180,000 from a condominium association in Leominster.  Judith R. Remy and her 56-year-old son, Raymond R. Remy Jr., were each arraigned Friday morning

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Lowell City Council OKs bill in tainted condo case (MA)

Lowell will pay more than $350,000 as a result of a court judgment last June on a lawsuit by residents of the Grand Manor condominium complex.  Residents sued the city seeking damages because the Centralville complex was built on a

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Leominster mother and son indicted by grand jury for larceny in connection with condo association theft

A Leominster mother and son, who allegedly stole more than $183,000 from a condominium association between 2010 and 2016 were indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 21 on several larceny charges, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph

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Stephen Marcus Receives Prestigious Gurdon “Don” Buck Lifetime Achievement Award

We are beaming with pride and excitement to announce that our own Stephen Marcus has been awarded the Don Buck Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given by CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Stephen will be accepting the

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City reconsiders trash policy for apartments, condos (MA)

Potentially reversing a policy that was instituted nearly 20 years ago, the City Council is considering legislation that would curtail municipal trash pickup at apartment buildings and condominium complexes with more than three units built after Dec. 31, 2016.   Read

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Condo fire leaves two homeless in North Attleboro (MA)

At least two people were left homeless late Sunday afternoon by a fire that broke out in a condominium unit at 16 Juniper Road. Residents of the 24-unit building said they were unaware there was a fire burning in the

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Judge: Homeowners Cannot Block Town Neck Beach Access (MA)

In granting the homeowners’ request for a temporary injunction against fencing and “no trespassing” signs barring their path to the sea, Judge Robert B. Foster ruled that an old right of way is still valid.  The decision, which was released

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Cooking fire caused evacuation of Springfield condo complex

Residents of a downtown Springfield condominium complex were evacuated due to a fire late Wednesday morning.  Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that food on the stove led to the fire at the Kimball Towers Condominiums

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Condo owners: Penalty for company too light (MA)

Two executives of a Haverhill-based property management company received probation earlier this month and were ordered to pay restitution to several condominium complexes they were accused of stealing money from.  The executives pleaded no contest to the thefts, which police

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City Condos May Receive Refund After Outside Managers Plea Bargain

The Essex County District Attorney’s office is still trying to determine if a Haverhill condominium development will share in $20,000 in restitution from a Haverhill-based property management firm.  Shawmut Property Management pleaded guilty and its two representatives pleaded no contest.

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Shawmut Properties of Haverhill guilty of stealing money from condo associations

Almost a year and a half after their indictment by an Essex grand jury, two executives of a Haverhill-based property management company pleaded no contest to stealing from several condominium associations.   Andrew Raynor and Matthew Dykeman of Shawmut Properties

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Luxury Condos in Seaport to Begin DNA Testing Dog Poop (MA)

A luxury condo tower in Fort Point has taken the nuclear option to solve its apparent problem with improperly curbed pooches.  The management at 315 on A, which opened in 2014, is requiring all incoming tenants to subject their dogs

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Cheshire Will Continue to Plow Private Roads (MA)

The Selectmen on Tuesday rejected a letter request to stop plowing and maintaining private roads.  The letter from a citizen had asked that the Department of Public Works end its maintenance of the privately held lanes until the issue could

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Charges dismissed in alleged Leominster condo theft (MA)

The charges against a mother and son, who allegedly stole more than $183,000 from a local condominium association, were dismissed Wednesday in Leominster District Court after the judge ruled against a request by the state for more time…..Tim Connolly, a

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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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