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Massachusetts Wastewater Testing Shows Increased Presence Of COVID

BOSTON (CBS) – Wastewater testing in Massachusetts shows an increase in the presence of COVID, which could predict a possible surge of cases in the state. Medical experts have been tracking wastewater data throughout the pandemic to get a better idea of how prevalent COVID really is in the community. The latest numbers are up to levels we haven’t seen since late January, based on test results from a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority pilot study. Samples are taken at the Deer Island Treatment Plant three times a week. The wastewater tested flows in from 43 communities around Boston. Testing detects the virus from...
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Sharon bridge replacement expected to take two years

For years, a bridge in Sharon has been closed to traffic, forcing traffic into a wide detour around the closed road. That's about to change - but it won't be done overnight. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will replace the bridge on Maskwonicut Street over the Amtrak rails, a long-term project that will is scheduled to take more than two years.
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Former Marine pays tribute to Billerica's Patrick Corbett

Less than a month after the death of former United States Marine and Billerica firefighter Patrick Corbett, a fellow veteran, and musician paid tribute to Corbett's passing through song. Nathaniel Carroll of Winneconne, Wisconsin said he is on a personal mission to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice...

Hudson enjoys 18th Holiday Stroll

HUDSON – Recently-opened businesses joined established mainstays on Dec. 4 when the Downtown Hudson Holiday Stroll returned for its 18th year. Main Street’s vehicular traffic was closed from High Street to the rotary to make way for horse-drawn hayrides alongside throngs of residents and visitors. Businesses offered activities, refreshments, live...
Lowell Sun

Boston-area coronavirus wastewater levels are skyrocketing: ‘This is pretty worrisome’

The Boston-area coronavirus wastewater tracker is showing skyrocketing record levels as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across the Bay State. The virus wastewater levels were climbing quickly in the days after Thanksgiving, and now the wastewater viral levels are through the roof — at about the same record-high average levels as in January during the height of the winter surge.
Worcester Business Journal

Worcester is seeing a resurgence of minority-owned small businesses

To say the coronavirus pandemic impacted small businesses would be a serious understatement. Lockdowns, supply chain shortages, labor shortages, and inflation have hindered businesses and forced industries to quickly adapt or close up shop. For small businesses owned by people of color, the pandemic was downright apocalyptic. In 2019, 125,988...

First Case of Omicron Variant Detected in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Saturday that a woman in her 20s who had traveled out of state is the first known case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus detected in the state. The unidentified woman–a resident of Middlesex County–is fully vaccinated, has… .
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Medford City Council questions review, oversight of City Clerk's Office

The Medford City Council was told Wednesday that the review of the City Clerk’s office authorized by the administration is more about charting a path forward to avoid future election snafus — like the recent mass inactivation and reactivation of voters’ rolls — not a question of pointing fingers or assigning blame.
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Marshfield Community Christmas telethon set for Friday

The Marshfield Community Christmas Telethon will take place this year on Friday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. The format will once again be different than in the past, because the studio will not be open for live talent or an audience due to COVID-19. People will be able to call in to donate or bid on auction items by calling 339-793-0592 or 781-733-0462 during the telethon.

Baker: Vaccination surge could cut hospitalizations by half

If every unvaccinated person in Massachusetts got their COVID-19 shots, the state's COVID-19 hospitalization rate would drop by 50%, Gov. Charlie Baker says. Visiting a clinic at the Shaw's Center in Brockton with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan to get their COVID-19 booster shots, Baker repeated that figure multiple times Friday as he encouraged people to get vaccinated and to obtain a booster when eligible.

These Mass. Arts and Tourism Sites Are Set to Get COVID Relief Money

Massachusetts lawmakers set aside $135 million in the American Rescue Plan Act legislation they sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on Friday for the hard-hit sectors of cultural and tourism organizations. The legislation already lists dozens of proposed recipients for that funding, to be administered through a Massachusetts Cultural Council...
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Cohasset redistricts, adds third precinct as a result of Census data

Keep an eye out Cohasset residents, your voting booth may be changing for the next election. As a result of data collected in the 2020 Census, Cohasset will be redistricting and adding a third precinct. The town was forced to make the move due to federal regulations regarding precinct sizes...