Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal

In 1902, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, faced a smallpox outbreak. In response, the local health board ordered the city’s residents over the age of 21 to be vaccinated against this disease. Violators faced a $5 fine. After a local pastor was fined for violating this vaccine mandate, he appealed...
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OUT MetroWest has finally found its new home in downtown Framingham

FRAMINGHAM — After two years of searching, OUT MetroWest has finally found its new home — and at a familiar venue. It’ll also be the first time in its 10 years that all its programs can be hosted under one roof, said Executive Director Whitney Retallic. In September, the Framingham-based...

Multi-racial coalition throws weight behind Janey

Yawu Miller is the Banner’s senior editor. VIEW BIO. Right to the City Vote Boston, a coalition of people-of-color led community-based organizations, threw its weight behind acting Mayor Kim Janey during an endorsement event Saturday morning in Nubian Square. “When Mayor Janey wins, communities of color win,” said RTTCV member...
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'We're a little ahead of the curve': Quincycles works to make Quincy a bike-friendly city

QUINCY — Fifteen years ago, Irene Lutts and her husband decided they were done having a car, even though their family of three was soon to be a party of four. The couple sold their vehicle and relied on biking and public transit as modes of transportation. They used ZipCar and other rental services when absolutely necessary, but, for the most part, they and their children moved around the city on foot, bicycle, bus and train.
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Massachusetts gym to require proof of vaccination to enter

BOSTON — As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise both in Massachusetts and in states across the country, more businesses are requiring proof of vaccination before you enter. Row Republic Boston used to ask for proof of vaccination for permission to remove the mask. Starting August 9, they'll...
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Will you be changing your behavior because of the Delta Variant?

Sixty-seven percent of Americans in a new poll said they were concerned about the Delta variant coronavirus strain that is fueling a rise in infections across the US. The last couple of months felt like a return to “normal.” People would be going out to eat, gathering with friends, going to concerts and ball games. The data suggests that if you’re vaccinated you still are protected against severe illness. Nevertheless, there do appear to be more “breakthrough” cases happening. I suppose not surprisingly the unvaccinated are the least concerned about the Delta variant.
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Tenants prepare for unknown as eviction moratorium ends

BOSTON (AP) — Tenants saddled with months of back rent are facing the end of the federal eviction moratorium Saturday, a move that could lead to millions being forced from their homes just as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading. The Biden administration announced Thursday...
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City Council pursues Duck Island improvement strategy

LOWELL — Following recent untreated sewage discharges into the Merrimack River, the City Council is asking for information on what it would take to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The council approved a motion by Councilor Sokhary Chau on Tuesday that asks City Manager Eileen Donoghue to investigate the...

City’s plan to remove old oak trees is hypocritical, says Vassal Lane graduate who got to enjoy them

City’s plan to remove old oak trees is hypocritical, says Vassal Lane graduate who got to enjoy them. My name is Luca Palma Poth, and I am a rising ninth-grader and a recent graduate of Vassal Lane Upper School. I am writing to strongly encourage the city not to remove the three mature trees on the Tobin/Vassal Lane property that the city currently intends to cut down. These trees have stood here for many decades and have always flanked the school proudly and provided shade. I know this firsthand because many a day I walked from recess to lunch under these trees. Whether I was having a good or bad day, I would always admire them. On sunny days those trees protected me from the sun, and on rainy days from the rain. You may be able to plant new trees, but it will take decades for them to get to the way the current ones are. Years worth of schoolchildren would not get the benefits of these trees the way I described them and instead will see concrete, traffic and a Mobil gas station.