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Needham / Newton
January 29, 2021
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What we should be doing while waiting for vaccines

Yes, Massachusetts’ vaccine roll out has been inadequate, frustrating and messy. Yesterday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined steps state plans to take (including opening a call center next week) to improve the process. Meanwhile, as we wait for supply to catch up with demand,...

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Needham / Newton
January 28, 2021
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A million here. A million there. Pretty soon, we don't have enough vaccines

Charlie Baker used simple math yesterday to try and explain why so many seniors weren’t able to book a vaccine appointment yesterday. He said there are one million residents in the state 75 years or older. On the other hand, the state has received less than one million...

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Needham / Newton
January 27, 2021
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Comm. Ave. will never look sweeter

Imagine being able to -- once again -- cheer runners on as they chug up Heartbreak Hill. Or picture the joyful return of the Scream Tunnel.   The Boston Athletic Association said it has “cautious optimism” the 125th run up Heartbreak Hill – better known as the Boston Marathon -- will...

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Needham / Newton
January 26, 2021
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Vaccine musical chairs

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So when Gov. Charlie Baker announced yesterday that he was moving residents 65 or older up on the COVID vaccination priority list, it meant pushing back workers in grocery, restaurants, transit, sanitation,...

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Needham / Newton
January 22, 2021
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Two things Charlie Baker just did for businesses

When history looks back at how many businesses were lost and how many found a way to survive this pandemic, one significant part of the story will be how many businesses were saved at the eleventh hour by a state grant or the PPP. Yesterday, the Baker administration...

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Needham / Newton
January 21, 2021
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Can Facebook help save restaurants?

Bars on the South Shore say they’re getting a major boost from a Facebook group focused on pizza pubs, the Brockton Enterprise reports. After a bumpy start, it feels like 2021 began for real yesterday. Here's the latest. Can Facebook help save our restaurants?   Bars on the South Shore say they’re getting...

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Needham / Newton
January 20, 2021
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Here's to new beginnings

We face overwhelming challenges. And the nation reached a devastating milestone yesterday. But I’m feeling optimistic today. Hope you are too. This morning, the Globe’s Larry Edelman offers this pragmatic and sobering look at the economy president almost-elect Joe Biden is inheriting, while...

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Needham / Newton
January 19, 2021
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Here's what we know

It’s opening day for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. While select lenders and applicants could submit applications last week, the portal officially opens this morning.   Today should also be “be patient with your local banker day,” because today will certainly be hectic and stressful as they -- and you...

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Needham / Newton
January 15, 2021
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Here's some things to feel good about

Gov. Charlie Baker’s signing of the $626 million economic stimulus bill last night is a big deal. The legislation includes millions for small businesses, establishes a dedicated restaurant relief fund, caps those third-party meal delivery fees, funds transit-oriented housing, ...

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Needham / Newton
January 14, 2021
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IRS fails to cover coverups

The CDC and virtually every infectious disease and public health expert on the planet will tell you about the well-documented medical benefits of wearing a face mask. Now someone needs to clue in the IRS.   That’s because -- for some reason -- the IRS does not consider paper and...

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