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WINTER ADVISORY REGARDING FACE COVERINGS

This Advisory has been updated as of December 21, 2021.COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine boosters are highly effective at protecting against serious illness, hospitalization and death and every individual who is eligible and works, studies or resides in Massachusetts is strongly urged to get vaccinated and boosted. The Department of Public Health urges all eligible residents…

Dr. Kirby-Madden buys the Animal Hospital of Orleans from Dr. Bohon

June 7, 2021 — The Animal Hospital of Orleans has been family-owned and operated for more than 25 years under the steady care of Dr. Karen Bohon. At a time when veterinary practices are being rapidly acquired by multinational corporations, Dr. Bohon began to search for an alternative option for AHO: an Associate Veterinarian who…

The Town of Orleans invites community members to join economic development focus groups

The Town of Orleans has engaged Streetsense to formulate an economic development strategy aimed at attracting and retaining a diverse year-round business community. Kicked off in early November, the project will be strongly rooted in community/stakeholder input and help inform the Town’s economic development efforts for years to come. All members of the local community…

Pandemic Drives Population Growth in the Berkshires

Berkshire Eagle – Berkshire County has been losing population since 1970, but new data compiled by the U.S. Postal Service suggests that trend is slowing and might even be in the early stages of reverse. Population shifts due to the coronavirus pandemic have left the Pittsfield metro area, which includes all of Berkshire County, with the sixth highest…

Is Boston Ready for In-Person Events?

Boston Business Journal – After a year of virtual conferences, Zoom networking sessions and shuttered venues, are businesspeople ready to return to in-person events? Nationally, it’s a 50-50 proposition now and looking brighter in the next two months, according to an exclusive survey by The Business Journals, which surveyed 8,299 past event attendees across its 44…

Booking COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Gest Easier

WCVB – All Massachusetts residents age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. After people have struggled to book a vaccination appointment, the process has appeared to become a bit easier since eligibility has expanded. “It was terrible,” a Brookline resident said of the early days of the booking process. “I went…

White House Offers Tax Credit to Spur COVID-19 Vaccinations

Boston Globe – The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. The move comes as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in…

Combating COVID Vaccine Hesitancy May Be Next Battle For Massachusetts

WBUR – All Massachusetts residents age 16 and older can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, but that doesn’t mean everyone eligible will want the shot. In the coming weeks, state public health officials expect demand to slow down, and the hardest push, many believe, will be reaching out to those who are reluctant. That…

Calls Grow to Relax Outdoor Mask Mandate; Governor Not Ready to Commit

Boston Herald – The push is on to relax the outdoor mask mandate. But Gov. Charlie Baker wouldn’t commit to any time frame as more people get the coronavirus vaccine. When people are not crowded outside, there is “barely any risk at all” to contracting COVID-19, epidemiologists say. But under the Bay State mask mandate, people…

Warren, Clark Press Biden to Up Child-Care Funding

Boston.com – President Joe Biden is planning to unveil a new bill next week to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in childcare, paid leave, and education. According to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Katherine Clark, it needs to include more money for childcare. The two Massachusetts Democrats led a letter Friday urging Biden to include “at least…
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