Top 5 Stories: MBTA Advisory Board Proposes New Plan to Address Budget Woes and More

The top headlines from the past week.

New Proposal Would Avoid Service Cuts on MBTA

Reading commuters fearing the potential impacts of two proposals put forth by the MBTA that would substantially raise fares and dramatically cut service, may have some new reason for optimism.

The MBTA Advisory Board, which provides public oversight of the transit authority, has presented another solution—a third plan—for dealing with the MBTA’s $161 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2013.

VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren Addresses Reading Democratic Caucus

The debate concerning contraception and national health care reform came to the Reading Public Library as Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren addressed the Reading Democratic Caucus. Warren used her time to speak out concerning this hot button issue in regards to her opponent, Senator Scott Brown, and his recent endorsement of a Missouri Senator's bill that opposes Obama's new mandate.

Archstone Lawsuit Strikes Blow for Renters

If you live in an apartment and you have been forced to pay an “amenities fee,” you may be entitled to get that money back from your landlord, and a lawsuit that originated in Reading is the reason why, according to a report last week by WHDH News.

Better Late Than Never: Reading Sex Offender Behind Bars

Back in August, Reading Patch reported on a resident who was charged with four counts of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing it. Recently it was brought to our attention that we may have left our loyal readers hanging somewhat with regards to the outcome of this disturbing case, a situation that, we feel, merits immediate redress.New

How a Friendly Rivalry Became a Fundraising Force

Their story may be the very definition of “healthy competition.”

What started out as a friendly rivalry at the gym, between Reading’s John Bogosian and Stoneham resident Michael Krasco, has evolved into fundraising powerhouse that has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.

Bogosian and Krasco’s fundraising team, Johnny’s Angels, fielded 37 runners for this past December’s Jolly Jaunt 5K road race in Boston and raised $11,636—eclipsing Bogosian’s goal of 30 runners and $10,000.


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