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Pandemic Carves Hole in State’s Cultural Sector

State House News – Cultural nonprofits in Massachusetts have lost $425 million in revenue from COVID-19 cancellations and closures, and face another $117 million in costs associated with reopening, representatives of the Massachusetts Cultural Council told lawmakers. “We know it’s staggering. We know it’s dire,” the council’s Bethann Steiner told senators during a listening session…

Enhanced Unemployment Benefit Set to Expire

WBUR – Gus Tarazona has been getting by on savings and $1,300 per week in unemployment payments since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the Westin Boston Waterfront, where he works. Now, the father of three is on the verge of losing much of his jobless benefit. Unless Congress acts, this is the last week for laid-off…

House Bill Would Commit Massachusetts to Telehealth

State House News – New House telehealth legislation aims to incorporate lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic into the state’s health care system, according to Majority Leader Ron Mariano, who said he expects representatives to vote on the bill this week. The bill is a Health Care Financing Committee redraft of legislation the Senate passed in…

Governor Signs To-Go Cocktail Bill

Governor Baker recently signed a bill that will allow restaurants to sell sealed containers of mixed drinks with delivery or takeout food orders. This law follows a law signed in April which allows restaurants to sell beer and wine with takeout or delivery. Mixed drinks must be sold in sealed containers and customers will be limited…

DOR Rule Aims to Maintain Taxes from Out-of-State Telecommuters

A Rhode Island resident who commutes to work at a Massachusetts company sees her or his income from that job taxed by the Bay State. But what if that employee is no longer commuting and is working for a Massachusetts company without ever leaving home in Rhode Island? In an emergency regulation put on file Tuesday, the…

Administration Extends Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures to October 17

Governor Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. The law’s limitations on evictions and foreclosures have allowed many tenants and homeowners impacted by COVID-19…

Orleans Chamber of Commerce Announces Small Business Hardship Fund

Officer Pat Cronin, Orleans Police Department, presents the donation to Lisa Simundson, Office Manager, Orleans Chamber of Commerce Funds received from the Orleans Police Relief Association ORLEANS, MA. – The Orleans Chamber of Commerce will administer grants to local small businesses as a result of the creation of the Hardship Fund with money donated by…

Cape Cod 5 Modernizes its Foundation Structure

Commitment to supporting communities continues through  Bank and Foundation Hyannis, MA – In its continuing efforts to modernize and enhance its ability to effectively support the communities it serves, Cape Cod 5 has converted its Foundation Trust to a 501(c)3 corporation. Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation Trust has given out over $12.4 million…

Eastwind Gallery features Alexandria Boudreau

Eastwind Gallery in Orleans, MA reopened for the 2020 season on June 11th with fifteen gallery artists displaying a diverse array of artwork including paintings, photography, and originally crafted jewelry. The gallery will feature artwork by artist Alexandria Boudreau July 14th thrugh the 18th.       Sandy is currently exhibiting her  artwork year round at the Eastwind…

Rescued Mini Donkeys Seeking New Home

Bonded pair seized from hoarding-type situation A pair of mini donkeys who have come from previously traumatic situation were recently transferred from foster care to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center, and are now searching for a new home. The donkeys, Brownie and Marshmallow, were seized from a…