Month: September 2020

AAA: Lower Gas Prices Likely to Continue as Virus Reduces Travel

State House News – At $2.11 per gallon, Massachusetts gas prices this week are down four cents a gallon from a month ago and 49 cents a gallon compared to a year ago, according to AAA Northeast. Gas prices here dropped by a penny over the past week and are seven cents a gallon below…

Johnson & Johnson, Beth Israel Vaccine Shows Promise

WBUR – Researchers have reported hopeful results from an early clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johnson & Johnson. The company announced earlier this week it has moved forward to field test what could be a the first single-shot vaccine for the virus in a third and final…

Emergency Child-Care Centers Kept Virus in Check

The Boston Globe – As schools and day-care centers were shuttered last spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus, hundreds of emergency child-care centers stayed open to serve the children of essential workers, even amid concerns that little was known about the risk of infection and transmission among children. Now, newly released state data show…

US to Ship Millions of Tests in Push to Re-Open K-12 School

The Associated Press — President Donald Trump announced that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urging governors to use them to re-open schools for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The move to vastly expand U.S. testing comes as confirmed new COVID-19 cases remain elevated…

Boston Fed Chief Sees Need for Fiscal, Monetary Stimulus

Bond Buyer – A “fragile” economy and expectations for a more gradual-than-forecast recovery mean “fiscal- and monetary-policy stimulus are essential,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said Wednesday. “While I expect the economy to recover in time, my own expectation is that it will be more gradual than the median forecast of FOMC participants,”…

Bar Seating, Increased Group Sizes Take Effect in Restaurants

WHDH – Restaurant owners said they are eager to re-open bar seating for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but that more help from the government is needed to keep them afloat. Seating at the bar must be used for food service, not just alcohol service. Gov. Charlie Baker is also expanding…

Homeless Prevention Council Named DTA SNAP Outreach Partner

The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) is pleased to announce it has been named a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Partner with the Department of Transitional Assistance, becoming the second on Cape Cod and the only one to specifically serve the Lower and Outer Cape community. The SNAP Outreach Program is a joint effort between…

Here’s how MA policymakers can save our local restaurants

From love.live.local “The COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to many business sectors, and the hospitality industry is arguably taking some of the hardest hits. Cape Cod hotels and restaurants have been dealing with reduced capacity and reduced demand since the stay-at-home order was issued by Governor Baker in March, along with ever-changing guidelines on…

Cultural Nonprofits Invited to Apply to Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Arts Relief Fund

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) is opening grant applications for cultural nonprofits seeking financial assistance from the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund. “We know our creative community has been significantly impacted by the pandemic,” said AFCC Board Chair Kathryn Kayajan. “The Arts Foundation is committed to addressing this need by providing critical funding to…

Political Observer Says Crises will Bring About Reform

Noted political observer Bruce Mehlman told an audience of more than 150 business leaders at the AIM Executive Forum today that the generational crises of 2020 will pave the way for economic, social and political reform. Mehlman said employers must realize that trust is the most important brand attribute of this decade and that disruptive…
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