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Mayor Walsh says city trying to help residents facing eviction stay in their homes

Walsh also addressed reports of a video of a Black jogger stopped by men sporting ICE badges on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.

“It was a disturbing video to watch. It was unacceptable in so many ways,” said Walsh. He said ICE has “not confirmed or denied” whether their agents were in Boston, and that he spoke with the jogger Wednesday morning depicted in the video.

“Incidents like this have no place in our city” or nation, Walsh said, adding that he’s reached out to Boston police with a request that they contact federal authorities to see what’s happening.

“Clearly he was shaken up yesterday,” Walsh said of the jogger. “It’s still unclear why this happened.”

Walsh was joined at the news conference by city Health and Human Services chief Marty Martinez, who reported that the rate of positive coronavirus tests has crept up to a level the city hasn’t seen since early June.

For the seven-day period ending Oct. 3, the average number of positive tests per day has spiked from 65.6 the prior week to 73, out of about 1,800 people tested per day, Martinez said. He said the average positive test rate for the week ending Oct. 3 was 4.1 percent, the first time the city had hit that mark since June.

“We continue to see an increase in COVID activity week after week,” Martinez said.

He said city officials continue to take steps to mitigate the spread, including mobile testing in hard hit areas. He said officials are also working to determine whether the 4.1 percent reading represents a trend or “simply a bump in the road.”

Asked what’s driving the spike in cases, Martinez said “unfortunately it’s a combination of a lot of different things.”

He said “most neighborhoods are seeing an uptick,” with

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Banned contractor Orange Crush, embraced by Rosemont, has given Mayor Bradley Stephens nearly $170K

It’s been more than two decades since the Palumbo family’s construction companies were caught up in a corruption investigation that found widespread fraud committed by two of their businesses.

The family’s late patriarch Peter Palumbo and sons Sebastian and Joseph Palumbo were convicted in a related case and sent to prison.

And the Palumbo family’s companies were forever banned from getting state- or federally- funded work, though not municipally funded projects.

But a Palumbo family business that wasn’t involved in the 1990s scandal but faced the same bans has continued to get contracts from the village of Rosemont, records show. Orange Crush, LLC, has been paid more than $25 million by Rosemont since Bradley Stephens became mayor in 2007, records show.

Since the convictions, Orange Crush has given nearly $170,000 to campaign funds controlled by Stephens — who’s also a Republican state legislator seeking to hold onto that post in the Nov. 3 election — or funds benefiting him, campaign finance records show.

That includes $5,000 that went this year to Stephens’ legislative campaign fund, another $5,000 this year to the Stephens Political Action Committee NFP, $5,000 given last year to the campaign fund covering Stephens’ activities as Leyden Township’s Republican Party committeeman and $5,000 that went to his mayoral campaign fund in 2017, the records show.

Orange Crush’s political contributions to Stephens account for about 30% of the $575,000 the company has given to local politicians and political organizations over a span of more than 20 years, records show.

Stephens will face Democrat Michelle Darbro, a Chicago firefighter/paramedic backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, in November to represent a legislative district covering parts of Chicago’s Northwest Side and the northwest suburbs.

The Palumbo-run companies convicted in the corruption case were Palumbo Bros. Inc. and Monarch Asphalt Co. They

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EHC Mayor lists PD improvements and swears in new police officers | Galloway Township

EGG HARBOR CITY — Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti outlined improvements that have taken place in the city’s police department due to an order from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013 and then proceeded to swear in four police officers during the Thursday, September 24 city council meeting.

“We have worked cooperatively to complete all 26 of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office mandates to improve police operations and policy,” Jiampetti said.

The mayor listed the improvements that have taken place. Included are an updated police rules and regulations manual, yearly performance evaluations, established an employee recognition program, increased staffing and rank, purchased body cameras with grant funding and increased accountability and communication between the police department and council.

“Staffing has been increased to include 15 full-time officers, two part-time special officers and two class-three officers to serve as school resource officers,” Jiampetti said. “We also promoted four sergeants, one lieutenant and one detective who is also training to serve on the Atlantic County S.W.A.T. team.

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Brian Sluss vies to take seat of longtime Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller

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WAITE PARK — Political newcomer Brian Sluss is taking on longtime Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller on Election Day. 

Miller, who has spent nearly three decades in city government, is campaigning on experience with goals to improve roadways, invest in the city’s capital expenses without raising taxes, and get the long-awaited amphitheater up and running. 

Sluss, if elected, said he would also prioritize road improvement projects, as well as work to attract businesses and reduce crime in the city. 

Both candidates have lived in Waite Park most of their lives. 

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Rick Miller, left, and Brian Sluss are candidates for mayor in Waite Park. (Photo: Dave Schwarz, [email protected])

Miller, 72, graduated from Technical High School and worked as a network technician for the telecommunications company now known as Lumen Technologies. He retired in 2001 and is married with two children and four grandchildren. 

Sluss, 52, graduated from McKinley Area Learning Center and studied automotive technology at Hibbing Community College.

He owned Green Cab for nine years and has worked at the construction equipment supplied Ziegler CAT for the past two years. He is married with seven children and 14 grandchildren. 

While Sluss has never run for elected office, he is active in American Bikers for Awareness Training and Education and Bikers Against Child Abuse. 

Miller served on Waite Park City Council from 1986-1995 and as mayor from 1996-2001, when he was unseated by Carla Schaefer. He then waged a successful write-in campaign in 2007 and has been re-elected five times since. 

Candidates eye road improvements

Sluss and Miller said they’d prioritize improving roads as mayor. 

“I would like to see the roads worked on a little bit better. Our city workers need updated equipment, I know that,” Sluss said. “It’s Minnesota so I understand it, but some of

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Design Home By Former St. Pete Mayor

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — Experience beautiful and refreshing nature right outside the doors of this home that is described as a masterpiece with its updated interior and Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design.

There is nothing ordinary about the designs inside this five bedroom home that sits on lush landscape that offers privacy.

Take the virtual tour and experience the luxurious and dream qualities of this $2.5 million home in Snell Isle.

A Frank LLoyd Wright inspired design, this contemporary home was built in 1968 by master architect and former mayor of St. Petersburg, Randolph “Randy” Wedding.

In 2006, with the help of architect Jovica Millic, the interior was renovated into the masterpiece it is today in Snell Isle Estates, on half an acre with lush landscape that offers complete privacy. This stunning 5,878-square-foot home offers five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths with floor to ceiling windows that brings in plenty of natural light.

Enter through the etched copper double doors into the first level that features a guest suite & entertainment room with a massive fireplace. A distinguished staircase leads to a dining room with floor to ceiling glass panels with views of the garden and golf course. A brand new custom-made modern kitchen with Quartz counter tops, soft close cabinets, Bosch appliances, a Monogram refrigerator and a service elevator.

A separate living room with wide picture windows invites the beauty of the outdoor space. An additional three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths are also located on this level. The master suite encompasses the entire third level complete with custom designed details. The master bath has a striking dual sink design, cabinetry and oversized jetted tub and a shower that can transform into a steam bath.

Brand new floors throughout the interior and freshly painted on the outside. Enjoy the outdoors and

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