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Team of Mass doctors heads to Florida to help in wake of Ian

BOSTON - On Saturday, the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, will deploy to a hospital in Sarasota, Florida.The team of 37 Massachusetts doctors will set up an emergency department in the parking lot of a Sarasota hospital.Many doctors on the team have been helping people through the worst moments of their lives for more than 10 years."Any one of us could be in this circumstance. Certainly in Boston, we could be struck by a hurricane and that there are people who want to help and will show up in our greatest time of need and will lend a hand and, if I were working in a hospital, that I could go home and take care of my family and take care of myself for a little bit and come back to work -- that's what motivates me is to do the same thing that I think anyone would do for us if we were in the same situation," said Dr. Paul Biddinger.Biddinger said the team will be there to relieve doctors and nurses who have been working tirelessly since the storm hit and may not have had time to survey the damage to their own homes.
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Is Massachusetts ready for a hurricane like Ian?

By Mike Sullivan, WBZ-TVBOSTON - As emergency crews pick up the pieces of Florida neighborhoods following Hurricane Ian, the question can be asked, is Massachusetts ready for a hurricane like Ian? Some buildings in Florida were able to survive the storm surge thanks to building code changes that went into place following hurricanes Andrew and Charlie. Structures were changed architecturally and in terms of building elevation and window protection. Hurricane prevention experts say the high-pitched, gable roofs in Massachusetts are not built to withstand a hurricane. They are built for heavy snowfall. "I have a house across from me with...
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Massachusetts man breaks Topsfield Fair giant pumpkin record

TOPSFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts man broke the Topsfield Fair giant pumpkin record with the size of his gourd, measured as part of the annual New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Contest. Jamie Graham of Tyngsboro had his pumpkin top the scales at 2,480 pounds. The previous record was 2,294.5...

3 Breathtaking Beaches in Massachusetts

If you happen to live in Massachusetts and you want to explore new places, I have put together a list of three absolutely amazing beaches in this beautiful state that you should certainly visit if you haven't already. All of them are loved and highly recommended by both local people and travellers, so make sure to check them out.

Why are Massachusetts Residents Displaying Blue Porch Lights in September?

Over the past few months, we have been exploring why some Massachusetts residents are displaying colorful porch lights. You may remember in a previous post, I mentioned taking a trip down memory lane in some of the Berkshire County towns that I lived in including Pittsfield, Lee, Cheshire, and North Adams. I also mentioned how I was driving through the northern Berkshires and saw a blue porch light at one resident's home.

Mass. paramedic on assisting in Ian-ravaged Florida

The hurricane wreckage on Florida's west coast is now drawing in thousands of emergency workers from around the country to help. One of them is Jim Sheard, a paramedic at South Shore Health who is now assisting the federal disaster response team.

Lawmakers push bill to tax real estate transactions over $2 million

Massachusetts lawmakers pushed forward a bill last week that would impose a tax of up to 2% on real estate transactions over $2 million in the city of Boston. The Massachusetts House of Representatives advanced the bill Monday, which was filed as a home rule petition by Mayor Michelle Wu in February to be used to create and preserve affordable housing in the city. The measure was approved by the Boston City Council in March.

COVID-19 update: 3 deaths, 349 new cases on Cape and Islands

There were 9,047 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, increasing the total number of cases to 1,878,650 since the pandemic began, the state Department of Public Health reported on Thursday.      In their weekly report, state officials also noted 1,293 new probable cases of coronavirus for a statewide total of 172,292.      ...