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Jobless May Need Help Transitioning to Post-Pandemic Work

State House News – The state must invest in workforce development programs to help people transition into technical trades and other in-demand industries if they are unable to return to their old jobs eliminated during the pandemic, a new report from several statewide workforce organizations recommends. The paper, presented Monday at a virtual policy briefing for legislators,…

Baker Plans to Fully Open Vaccine Eligibility April 19

State House News – All Massachusetts residents ages 16 or older will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, the Baker administration announced. Residents 60 or older and certain workers became eligible yesterday. Residents 55 or older and those with one qualifying health condition will become eligible April 5 and the general public…

After a Year on Front Lines, Massachusetts Grocery Workers Want Vaccine Eligibility

NBC Boston – They remained open when most businesses were closed during the worst of the pandemic, and now, grocery store workers in Massachusetts are fighting to get the vaccine. As it stands, grocery store workers are next in line to receive the vaccine, but they are in a group with a bunch of other workers.…

State Easing Travel Rules with Next Re-Opening Step

State House News – The fourth and final phase of the state’s economic and social reopening plan began Monday, and rules around out-of-state travel were also relaxed. The July 2020 travel order that required people entering Massachusetts from most states to fill out a form and quarantine for 10 days, test negative for COVID-19, or…

Construction Schedule Update on Orleans, MA Wastewater Infrastructure Project Two-Week Look Ahead Starting March 22, 2021

Two-Week Look Ahead Starting March 22, 2021 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…

DeLude to Receive Visionary Award

The Cape and Islands United Way will present the second annual Visionary Award to Shawn DeLude, owner of Nauset Disposal and well-known community philanthropist. Tony Shepley and Shawn DeLude Sponsored this year by Today Real Estate, the Visionary Award recognizes an individual who “doesn’t see things as they are, but what they could be.” It…

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act establishes a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund within the US. Small Business Administration. This program is not yet up and running, but we will provide additional info as it becomes available.Here is a brief overview of the program: An eligible business may receive a tax-free federal grant equal to the amount of…

Construction Schedule Update on Orleans, MA Wastewater Infrastructure Project Two-Week Look Ahead Starting March 15, 2021

The contractor has revised the two-week lookahead schedule for this week. Work will now begin on Route 6A (near West Road) on Wednesday March 17th. 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…

Baker Seeks Tax Break for Business Owners

Salem News – Gov. Charlie Baker wants to tax certain businesses to help their owners skirt a federal cap on deductions of state and local taxes. Tucked into Baker’s preliminary budget is a proposed “workaround tax” allowing pass-through corporations — partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations — to get around the $10,000 federal cap on…

When are We Going Back to the Office? Big Employers Set Timelines but Remain Cautious

Boston Globe – After scrambling to shut down their offices last March, many top executives told their staffs that normal commutes would probably resume by sometime in September, if not earlier. But Labor Day 2020 eventually turned into New Year’s Day 2021, as the coronavirus surged and return-to-office timelines kept getting extended. Some of the area’s…