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100+ Tenants Caught In Lead Limbo

by Thomas Breen | Nov 15, 2018 1:54 pm

Thomas Breen photoSyreeta Nicholson’s second-youngest son Marque already had an elevated blood lead level two years ago when his family first moved into the single-family home at 489 Sherman Pkwy.

Marque’s blood lead level quintupled after just five months of living at the property.

It turns out at least 100 renters like Nicholson have moved into federally subsidized apartments without promised lead paint inspections.

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The Dentist Comes To School

by Christopher Peak | Oct 31, 2018 1:45 pm | Comments (4)

Christopher Peak PhotoTracey Oberg applied a mint-flavored fluoride to the surface of 9-year-old Nashelley’s chompers, strengthening the hard enamel against the sticky layer of bacteria that causes tooth decay. She then swabbed a plastic protective sealant over the back molars. Nashelley said it tasted “kinda spicy.” Oberg sent the fourth-grader back to class in less than 20 minutes.

Compare that to average dental visit, which causes students to miss an estimated two hours of class.

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2 Agencies, 2 Tacks On Lead Paint

by Thomas Breen | Oct 24, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (4)

Thomas Breen photoThe health department dragged its feet, failed to follow up. Then the housing authority swept in and took action.

Now a West River mom can move to a new apartment where she needn’t worry about her toddler getting lead paint poisoning.

Meanwhile, her current landlord is asking why she never got notice of a lead problem in the first place so she could fix it.

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1st Responders Honored For K2 Life-Saving Efforts

by Allan Appel | Oct 22, 2018 12:23 pm

Paul Bass PhotoThe municipal response to the 120-plus “K2” synthetic cannabinoid poisonings that took place on the Green on Aug. 15 and 16 drew national attention.

Monday morning, the police, fire, and ambulance service emergency responders who kept people alive that day earned local recognition, too, celebrated for what they did on those two frenetic mid-August days against “overwhelming odds.”

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