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BOSTON – From food insecurity and staffing shortages to an unequal and “broken” local public health system, advocates and lawmakers on Tuesday said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in the state’s ability to meet the health needs of residents that should be filled with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Gov. Charlie Baker has […]
BOSTON – Home prices in the red-hot housing market exceeded $500,000 for the fifth straight month in August, but buyers aren’t scooping up the properties as fast as they did during the previous two years as single-family home sales declined for the second straight month, The Warren Group reported on Tuesday. Homebuyers purchased 6,318 single-family […]
BOSTON – Teachers, staff and many students at day care centers and after-school programs will be required to wear masks indoors after Labor Day, but Education Secretary Jim Peyser on Tuesday told the board that licenses early education providers that a vaccine mandate may be out of their control. The Board of Early Education and […]
BOSTON – Consistent with the new mask-wearing rules in public schools, the Baker administration on Tuesday will seek permission to impose a mask mandate for all staff and children age 5 and older enrolled in state-licensed pre-kindergarten, after-school and other early education programs. The policy would look similar to what Education Commissioner Jeff Riley rolled […]
LOWELL – Nursing students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will be assisting a federal effort to study the effectiveness of new rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tools and tests, the university announced Monday. The university’s Solomont School of Nursing received a grant of $935,000 from the National Institutes of Health to participate in its […]