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Massachusetts family of four sick with coronavirus, two in ICU

BOSTON — A Salem family of four is battling the coronavirus, including a father and his 12-year-old daughter who are in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. The father, Mike DeCelle, and daughter, Mikayla, were unvaccinated and became seriously ill. They're both hooked up to breathing machines, but...
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Boston weighs solutions for addressing homelessness, tent encampments

The nation is contending with the growing issue of homelessness, made worse by the pandemic, as winter is coming. In Boston, a tent encampment that grew to hundreds of people over the summer has become a visual flashpoint in the debate over how to address public health concerns and access to housing.
Salem News

5 things to do this weekend

Let the season begin: On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Danvers Downtown Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting kicks off the holiday season with choral and band groups from Danvers High, starting at 2 p.m. at CVS, 1 Maple St. Dress in festive finery but keep it warm and toasty for three hours of holiday cheer ending at 5 p.m.
Wicked Local

Young Belmont residents helping friend battling cancer with ‘Operation Colby Claus’

Lexington fourth grader Colby Horvath has been battling cancer for the last 18 months and has found a way to help uplift the spirits of fellow patients at the Mass General Pediatric Oncology Clinic. Last year, he started a program called “Operation Colby Claus,” collecting toys and then dressing up as "Colby Claus" and delivering them to pediatric patients at MGH each week.
Wicked Local

Needham Blue Light Tree Lighting will be observed in person this year

After the halt on group gathering last year due to the pandemic, the annual Needham blue light tree lighting is back for an in-person ceremony this year. Last year, the blue light tree lighting ceremony was virtual to prevent spread of COVID-19 and alleviate any community concerns. This year, the...

Vigil to call on Moderna, Pfizer to change ways; It’s planned for Thursday afternoon in Kendall

Vigil to call on Moderna, Pfizer to change ways; It’s planned for Thursday afternoon in Kendall. Infectious disease doctors, politicians and activists plan a vigil at 4 p.m. Thursday near offices for Moderna, which organizers say “has become exceedingly wealthy supplying vaccines almost exclusively to high-income countries” but has “refused to share their vaccine manufacturing process and intellectual property with other companies that could help scale up vaccine production.”
Lowell Sun

Billerica students establish Youth Advisory Committee

BILLERICA — The town has a new governing board, but its members will look a little different from the traditional town committee. The Billerica Youth Advisory Committee was officially approved as a subcommittee of the Select Board Nov. 8. The committee will be comprised of youths ages 14 to 18 and will focus on the issues that affect teens the most.
Wicked Local

Cambridge extends meal program with restaurants, homeless shelters

A Cambridge program for feeding homeless residents with meals provided by local food establishments will continue until Jan. 30, the city announced on Thursday afternoon. In March 2020, the city launched an innovative project to contract with local restaurants to provide food to the city homeless community during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Holiday Lights 2021: Watch the lighting of Boston's official Christmas Tree

BOSTON — Boston's official Christmas tree was lit Thursday night on Boston Common. The annual event was part of an hour-long show with performances by Grammy Award winner, Darlene Love. Nova Scotia's Beolach, Heather Rankin, Keonte Beals, Boston's own Ball in the House, A Christmas Story: The Musical and Santa.

Prosecutors: Couple had 14-year-old 'in tow' at Capitol riot

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that a North Carolina woman deserves a prison sentence for bringing her 14-year-old child into the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot. Virginia Marie “Jenny” Spencer and her husband, Christopher, had the child “in tow” when they joined other rioters who overwhelmed a line of police officers, invaded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite and demanded entry to the House chamber, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo.
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Belmont Select Board approves proclamation

The Belmont Select Board approved the recognition of Dec. 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities and issued this proclamation in partnership with the Belmont Human Rights Commission to ask us all to honor the importance of ensuring an inclusive and equitable community for all persons with disabilities whatever they may be.
Sun Chronicle

It's a jolly weekend in the Attleboro area

A second straight weekend of major holiday events in the Attleboro area will be highlighted by Attleboro’s annual parade Saturday. There will also be tree lighting ceremonies scheduled on Saturday in Seekonk and on Sunday in Norton, and Santa will have to find time to appear in a parade Sunday in Norfolk.
Wicked Local

Holiday Stroll set for Belmonte STEAM Academy

The Saugus Public Schools issued the following press release. Unlike past years, the stroll will take place in one location -- the Belmonte STEAM Academy. This is an opportunity for the community to come together to support local vendors and the PTOs at Belmonte and the Veterans Early Learning Center.
Wicked Local

Mansfield boy donates weeks of food to local pantry

MANSFIELD — Belmond Schwartz’s efforts to help fill the Mansfield’s Our Daily Bread Food Pantry recently made national news. The Mansfield boy collected weeks’ worth of items in lieu of presents for his ninth birthday. His donation was featured Nov. 24 on ABC News. Belmond started recruiting neighbors and friends...