What was this guy doing in Apartment 615 of Salvo House at three in the morning?

Brandon LaFreniere’s body was discovered on the front lawn of the Salvo House last  Saturday night, April 26th. He either slipped from the balcony or was pushed off it.  It’s still an open case and the police are not saying anything.  Neither are the neighbors.  The police are tightlipped because it’s their job to  follow … Continue reading What was this guy doing in Apartment 615 of Salvo House at three in the morning?

Truth in Advertising

An old friend of mine from my days working at Yankee Hill Machine. He’s not doing too well these days, but he has kept his sense of humor.   For a story I wrote about those times, click here.  My friend in the story has been renamed  Clancy.  Continue reading Truth in Advertising

The door ‘s locked and I’m home in my pajamas and bathrobe.

The sign on the wall next to the door on apartment 105 at the Salvo House invites you to drop in and meet John McKemmie, NHA’s Mixed Population Coordinator. A nice friendly sign. But John never seems to be there. About a month and a half ago I went down to Salvo House looking for … Continue reading The door ‘s locked and I’m home in my pajamas and bathrobe.

Crack is Back Part Three : The Death of a Dealer

A crack pipe purchased for 99 cents at Pop’s Liquor The first article I wrote for Kirbyontheloose was “Crack is Back” in March of 2008.read it here. It was a two-part story of a young woman who was beat up at a local rooming house and thrown out of the window by her boyfriend, a … Continue reading Crack is Back Part Three : The Death of a Dealer

The Meadowbrook Chronicles: Part One

For some time, a number of tenants and former tenants of Meadowbrook have been after me to write something about the housing complex and the agency that runs it. As you may remember, a 2004 agreement preserved the development as affordable. Brokered by the Mayor, this deal sold the development to the Boston-based nonprofit, Preservation … Continue reading The Meadowbrook Chronicles: Part One