Month: October 2020

Save Small Business Resource Center Connecting Main Street to Available Funding Programs, Advice and Tools for Survival

Earlier today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of its comprehensive new Save Small Business resource center—including federal, state, and local financial assistance programs, emergency financial relief resources, grant programs and more—to help provide the assistance and guidance small businesses need right now amid Congressional inaction to provide additional, much-needed financial relief to Main Street. Click here to view the new Save Small…

Construction Schedule Update on Orleans, MA Wastewater Infrastructure Project: Two-Week Look

Two-Week Look Ahead Starting October 26, 2020 Every week the construction contractors for Contract No. 2019-01 – Downtown Area Wastewater Treatment Facility and Effluent Disposal, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc. and Contract No. 2019-02 – Downtown Area Collection System and Pumping Stations, Robert B. Our Co., Inc. provide a “two-week look ahead” that summarizes anticipated construction…

Comcast Announcement to Help Small Businesses RISE

Comcast Corporation announced the launch of RISE, which stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment,” to help the hardest-hit small business owners get a fresh start and boost their operations as part of our larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative. RISE will help provide grants, computers, internet access, commercial production, media campaigns, website…

State Creates Vaccine Advisory Group

LAWRENCE — When a coronavirus vaccine arrives, Mayor Daniel Rivera will be among the first in the state to know about it. Rivera is one of 17 medical professionals, public health experts, elected officials, community leaders and others chosen by Gov. Charlie Baker to sit on a new COVID-19 vaccine advisory group, the Baker Administration announced…

Governor Says State is Prepared for Next Phase in Virus Battle

State House News – Expecting a rise in COVID-19 cases this fall, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that Massachusetts is prepared for the next stage of the months-long fight against the highly contagious coronavirus. Baker said he did not think a second surge of the virus had arrived in the Bay State at this point, though…

Isolation Compounds Virus Impacts in Long-Term Care

State House News – As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches now into an eighth month and the possibility of a second surge of virus activity becomes more of a reality, advocates for people living in long-term care settings said Tuesday another crisis is brewing. The coronavirus carved a devastating path through nursing homes and other long-term care…

Baker Administration Announces COVID-19 Measures for Fall and Winter

The Baker Administration provided an update on a series of initiatives that will continue to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the state’s readiness status heading into the fall and winter. The initiatives include: One of the most robust testing networks in the nationA first-in-class contact tracing networkInvestments and strengthened initiatives to provide appropriate…

Chair of Housing Committee Says More Money Need to Stave Off Evictions

State House News – As Governor Charlie Baker defended his $171 million plan to mitigate the threat of evictions and foreclosures, the House chair of the Legislature’s Housing Committee said he believed more than twice the amount the governor is prepared to spend on rental vouchers will be needed to avert a crisis. Rep. Kevin Honan,…

Baker, Courts Announce $171 Million Plan to Prevent Evictions

State House News – Expanded rental assistance, rapid rehousing efforts and streamlined application processes are cornerstones of a $171 million plan announced Monday by the Baker administration to keep tenants in their homes and support landlords after the state’s eviction moratorium expires on Saturday. The plan represents an alternative to extending the moratorium, which Baker is…

Study Minimizes Risk of Catching Virus on Flight

A Defense Department study of the risk of catching the coronavirus on a packed commercial flight concluded that a person would have to sit next to an infectious passenger for at least 54 hours to receive a dangerous dose of the virus through the air. Researchers concluded, assuming that passengers wear surgical masks continuously, very…
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