Phase III to Begin on July 6th

Today, Governor Baker announced that on July 6, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13. The Department of Public Health (DPH) also issued updated guidance to mitigate the…

Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Now Available

Today, households facing difficulty making housing payments may apply to access a new $20 million, statewide rent and mortgage assistance fund. The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program will provide direct funding to eligible households who have suffered financial hardship during the State of Emergency put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. ERMA will…

DESE Releases Initial School Reopening Guidance

Today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released initial guidance for school reopening this fall that prioritizes getting students safely back to school in person, following a comprehensive set of health and safety requirements. The Department is also requiring schools to create hybrid learning plans to teach students in-person and remotely on alternating schedules, and…

Step Two of Phase II Begins June 22

Today, Governor Baker announced that Step Two of Phase II of the Commonwealth’s four-phase reopening plan, Reopening Massachusetts, will begin on Monday, June 22 to allow additional industries to resume operations under sector-specific guidelines. Businesses and sectors set to begin operating in Step Two of Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety…

Mary Jane McGlennon Recognized as a 2020 Commonwealth Heroine

Mary Jane McGlennon of Gloucester will be honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2020 class of Commonwealth Heroines. State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) recommended McGlennon for this recognition because of her tireless work on behalf of Cape Ann’s most vulnerable residents. “Mary Jane McGlennon embodies the spirit of…

One Step in the Work for Equality

Over the past few weeks, we have seen and heard voices calling for action to address and end police brutality, racial inequality, and inherent bias across our society. The peaceful demonstrations we have seen locally, some of the largest I have seen as a lifelong resident of Cape Ann, show how deeply our communities care about…

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