This week on Urban Update, Host Byron Barnett will discuss a new phone app that has created a bit of a stir in Boston since its launching last week. The app is called “Haystack” and it allows users to hand off parking spaces that they occupy for a $3 fee. However, parking apps like “Haystack” have come under increasing scrutiny from local governments. Here in Boston, the Mayor is none too pleased, claiming that the company is selling a good which they do not actually own. Joining Byron will be “Haystack” founder and chief executive Eric Meyer who will provide his side of the story.
Next, Host Byron Barnett will talk about a new website which aims to empower consumers with the information needed to find the best lawyer at a reasonable price. Many Americans confront legal problems without ever consulting a lawyer because lawyers are often too expensive for many Americans to justify consulting. “JutiServ” launched this past Wednesday and publishes the prices which lawyers will charge for various legal services. The website also allows consumers to review attorneys and compare their fees. Ultimately, consumers can pay online via PayPal, too. Byron will be joined by “JutiServ” founder Michael Grant and UMass Law Professor and volunteer legal advisor to “JutiServ” Deborah Ramirez.
Next, Host Byron Barnett will discuss Friends of the Children-Boston, a unique organization that creates generational change by engaging children in 12 years of transformative and mentoring relationships. Friends of the Children-Boston is the only program in the Commonwealth that provides Massachusetts’ highest-risk youth with mentoring from 1st grade through high school graduation. Joining Byron will be Executive Director Michelle M. Harrington and Director of Program and Evaluation Jorge Santana.
Closing out the week, Host Byron Barnett will discuss Saint Rocco’s Feast, an integral part of Malden’s community for over 8 decades. On August 8th, 9th, and 10th, Malden will celebrate 85 years of tradition during their annual “Grande Festa” during which guests can try out some outstanding home-cooked Italian food. The event has grown significantly over the years and residents view the feast as an informal family reunion. Byron will be joined by Joyce Mover, feast President, and Peter Levine, the feast’s Entertainment Director.
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