Month: November 2020

Eastwind Gallery “Gifts of Winter” – A Group Exhibit

Eastwind Gallery presents “Gifts of Winter”, a Group Exhibit featuring works in Acrylics, Oil, Pastels, Photography, Watercolors and Jewelry. The exhibit runs from December 1st until 19th, our closing for winter. It is now open to the public; with free admission. Enjoy your visit and take advantage of special discounts on certain items. Stop by…

Massachusetts Jobless Rate Drops, but Remains Higher than National Rate

Boston Business Journal – The state’s unemployment rate fell again last month to 7.4 percent, moving more within the historic bounds of a recession instead of the record-breaking numbers seen earlier in the pandemic. The state’s rate is now only slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.9 percent. Earlier in the pandemic, there was a…

New State Metric Means 80 Communities Can Loosen Restrictions

WGBH – The latest weekly COVID report from the state shows 62 cities and towns in the high-risk “red zone.” A month ago, there were nearly twice as many on the map. But that doesn’t mean things are better now. In fact, they’re worse. The apparent reduction in risk is the result of a change three…

AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Up to 90% Effective in Late-Stage Trials

Wall Street Journal – AstraZeneca PLC and the University of Oxford added their vaccine candidate to a growing list of shots showing promising effectiveness against Covid-19—setting in motion disparate regulatory and distribution tracks that executives and researchers hope will result in the start of widespread vaccinations by the end of the year. AstraZeneca and Oxford said…

COVID-19 Precaution Campaign Built on “Things We Love”

State House News – Giving hugs, going out dancing, sitting in the stands at Fenway Park, traveling and seeing concerts are among the missed experiences highlighted in a new state public awareness campaign that makes the case for keeping up COVID-19 precautions as the best way to return to such activities. “To get back to…

Massachusetts to Require Visitors from New Hampshire and Maine to Quarantine

Boston.com – Massachusetts residents planning to visit family in New Hampshire and Maine this Thanksgiving will be required to quarantine for two weeks or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon their return, according to the latest change of the state’s out-of-state travel rules — and the same goes for visitors from two those states coming here…

Legislature Appoints Budget Negotiators

The Legislature appointed negotiators Monday to work out the differences between the House and Senate budget plans and to come up with a final fiscal 2021 budget, which is now nearly five months late. Legislative leaders cast the usual actors in the conferee roles. In the House, Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz, Vice Chairwoman…

Construction Schedule Update on Orleans, MA Wastewater Infrastructure Project: Two-Week Look Ahead Starting November 23, 2020

Two-Week Look Ahead Starting November 23, 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…

Senate Ways and Means Panel Releases Proposed Budget

Mass Insider – The House of Representatives this week debated their version of the state’s annual operating budget. On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means produced a $45.985 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021. The Committee’s budget recommends allocations to protect access to core essential services, address urgent needs, and support efforts to build…

Moderna Vaccine Appears to be 94.5 Percent Effective

The Boston Herald – For the second time this month, there’s promising news from a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the U.S. and around the world. Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary…
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