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11.15.18 Housing Watch: Lynn Armory Building is in the Works to Become Housing for Veterans

Lynn’s 125-year-old armory is set for a new future.

In August, ownership of the historic building was transferred from the state to Neighborhood Development Associates Inc. (NDA), which is part of the nonprofit Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND). Three months later, planning is underway to transform the 38 South Common St. location into 35 apartments for veterans.

The sale was authorized with a ceremonial bill signing by Gov. Charlie Baker in August as part of his “Open for Business” initiative that launched in 2015, according to an LHAND press release. The initiative began after Baker recognized that the commonwealth is the largest landowner in Massachusetts and many of their assets were sitting idle, according to the press release.

More from The Lynn Item


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11.13.18 Local News: Airbnb Sues City of Boston Over Rental Rules

Airbnb has filed a lawsuit in an effort to overturn Boston’s new short-term rental law, and is asking a judge to block the stringent rules from taking effect on Jan. 1.

In a federal court filing on Tuesday, Airbnb claims that Boston’s regulations requiring online rental platforms to police their listings and share user information with the city violate state and federal laws.

More from The Boston Globe.


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11.9.18 Election 2018: Election Round-Up Across the North Shore

State Senate

Senators Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), Joan Lovely (D-Salem), and Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) were all unopposed and won re-election on Tuesday night.

State Representative

Representatives Dan Cahill (D-Lynn), Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), Paul Tucker (D-Salem), Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill), and Tom Walsh (D-Peabody) were all unopposed and also won re-election on Tuesday Night. Democratic nominee Peter Capano of Lynn ran unopposed and won election to his first term in office, filling the vacancy left behind by former Representative and now State Senator Brendan Crighton.

Competitive State Representative Races:

Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) prevailed over Independent challenger James Gardner of Rockport (71%-29%)

Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) bested Democratic challenger Allison Gustavson of Manchester (56%-44%)

Rep. Jerry Parisella (D-Beverly) defeated Independent challenger Donato Paglia also of Beverly (85%-15%)

Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) overcame a strong challenge from Danvers Republican Mark Mezzina (51%-49%)

Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) fended off challenges from Democrat Matt Crescenzo and Independent Michael Coller both of Saugus (62%-34%-4%)

Governor’s Council

NSAR Member and Governor’s Councillor Eileen Duff (D-Gloucester) sailed to victory over Republican challenger Richard Baker of West Newbury and Libertarian Marc Mercier of Boxford (60%-36%-4%).

Southern Essex District Register of Deeds

Register John O’Brien (D-Lynn) won re-election to his eighth six-year term in office as Southern Essex District Register of Deeds, prevailing over challenger Jonathan Ring of Rockport and Independent David Colpitts of Salem (65%-31%-4%). His re-election makes O’Brien one of the longest-serving elected officials in Massachusetts. He also announced that this will be his final term serving as Southern Essex Register.

For more info on the races, visit The Boston Globe’s Election Results page

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11.7.18 Election 2018: NSAR Member Eileen Duff Holds Off Challengers, Keeps Governor's Council Seat

Democrat Eileen Duff [who is a long-time NSAR member] has earned another two-year on the Massachusetts Governor's Council. Duff breezed into her fourth term on the nine-member, judicial-oriented panel Tuesday night by piling up nearly 70 percent of the vote in her home city, then holding onto a 60 percent lead across the rest of the sprawling 5th District while turning back Republican challenger Richard Baker and Libertarian Marc Mercier. 

With 100 percent of the votes totaled across the 38-community district early Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press figures, Duff garnered 198,834 votes (60%) to Baker's 120,454 (36%). Mercier, a first-time state office candidate from Boxford, lagged far behind at 11,844 (4%). 

More from The Salem News.

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11.7.18 Election 2018: Incumbent O'Brien Rolls in Register of Deeds Race

Longtime Southern Essex Register of Deeds John O'Brien defeated two challengers on Tuesday to win another six-year term in office. O'Brien, a Democrat from Lynn, knocked off Republican Jonathan Ring of Rockport and Independent David Colpitts of Salem. The victory was fuled by an overwhelming victory in Lynn, the district's largest community, where O'Brien took 76 percent of the vote. 

More from The Salem News.

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11.6.18 Election 2018: REALTOR® Party Live Campaign Coverage 2018 Tonight!

It’s a REALTOR® Party on Election Night! Join host Nobu Hata at the top of each hour for live updates and coverage from REALTORS® and staff across the country on candidate and issue campaign results.

Click Here for Live Coverage from NAR Headquarters in Washington DC!

Follow all the @REALTORAction on Twitter, and join conversation online from NAR’s Campaign Headquarter in D.C. using #REALTORSVote.

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