Considering a repair or remodeling project for your home or property? Know your rights. The local CBS affiliate in Boston, WBZ-TV reported about problem consumers experienced with a national home-improvement chain:
“… the I-Team took a closer look at the Lowe’s home improvement contract, which required Sullivan to pay for her deck in full before work began, more than $12,000. “I was told that was the only way that they would do business,” explained Sullivan.
Ivy Schutt of Littleton said she was told the same story when she handed over $41,000 before any work began on her kitchen remodel. “I thought it was one-third, one-third, one-third. And they said that’s not Lowe’s policy,” said Schutt. Same story from Susan Bartzak-Graham of Newton…”
WBZ-TV didn’t stop there. It investigated further:
“The I-Team took the Lowe’s contract to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation to ask if it was legal. “As written now, no it is not,” said John Chapman, the Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs. “What was wrong with it, is that it was requiring consumers to pay 100-percent upfront and that’s not what the law states,” said Chapman.
The law states “any deposit… cannot exceed one-third of the total contract price” before work begins. Consumer Affairs immediately reached out to Lowe’s and Lowe’s agreed to make changes.”
The news report includes links to several important resources for consumers: the Massachusetts Home Improvement Contract Law, Required Home Improvement Contract Terms, how to check if a contractor has a license, and more.
Good. Kudos to WBZ-TV for looking out for consumers.
The new list of Merchant Members for 2017 is available. These businesses have invested in our community. Please show them the same courtesy by shopping in their stores, eating in their restaurants, and using their services.
According to the Dorchester Reporter:
“The McCormack civic group held a meeting last Thursday at the Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12 Hall on Massachusetts Avenue, which was attended by about 40 people… A proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary on Clapp Street was met with some trepidation by community members… Attendees expressed worry about safety, proximity to children, and protecting the increasingly desirable areas of Dorchester… Aidan O’Donovan and his company, Natural Selections, have tested the waters on the neighborhood’s openness to the project over the past week. They hope to lease the property at 50 Clapp St., a free-standing building of about 6,000 square feet, and operate for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.”
Fair Foods: Two-Dollar-A-Bag
Fair Foods operates the Two-Dollar-A-Bag program, which distributes food at more than 20 sites — churches and schools — around Boston. Residents can buy as 12-pound bag of seasonal, mixed produce, ranging from potatoes and organic bananas to fresh spinach and mangoes, for $2. The Two-Dollar-A-Bag program is located every Friday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the First Parish Dorchester Church (next to Mather School).
For details and other locations, visit the Fair Food site.
Image of menu at Honeycomb Cafe. August 8, 2017
The Honeycomb Cafe is open! Located on Savin Hill Avenue in the former site of the Savin Scoop ice cream store, this new restaurant offers a variety of coffees, teas, breakfast items, and sandwiches with fast, friendly service.
The food is delicious. I had the O-T-B BLT sandwich. Tasty! Food components are sourced from local farms and partners. The menu (items may vary) also contains gluten-free options.
Be sure to visit soon!
Local farms and partners. Interior image of Honeycomb Cafe.
I am happy to announce that the Resident Resources page has been revised. The update includes current information, new resources, and a more mobile friendly format. Where possible, links to related sites have been included. For maximum convenience and usefulness, some resources and sites also offer mobile apps.
According to The Dorchester Reporter on June 14:
“Tom English’s bar and the adjacent Dorchester Market— two longtime businesses on a prominent Dot Ave corner in Columbia-Savin Hill— are under agreement to be sold this summer with the next owner eyeing a mixed-use project for the site. The buyer is Adam Sarbaugh of Cornerstone Real Estate, who discussed his plans with the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee on Tuesday evening.
Sarbaugh will purchase 951-959A Dorchester Avenue, a roughly 11,500 square foot parcel including the bar, the Dorchester Market, and a lot in between. Discussions started “a few weeks ago,” said attorney Joseph Hanley of McDermott Quilty Miller, who is representing Sarbaugh.”
Read the rest of the news story.