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Fans Allowed Back At Massachusetts Stadiums March 22

By SCOTT JACKSON Massachusetts will allow spectators at its large indoor and outdoor stadiums starting on March 22, after those venues had been closed to fans for more than a year. Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced the state would enter phase three, step two of his four-phased reopening plan effective March 1. It will … Read more

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Baker Expects ‘Significantly Better’ Performance For State Vaccine Website Thursday

By SCOTT JACKSON Massachusetts residents who visit the state’s website Thursday morning to book an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine should see significant improvements over last week, when the site crashed amid high traffic. Some 50,000 appointments will be made available Thursday morning on the state’s website, mass.gov/covidvaccine. Those include appointments for the state’s … Read more

Massachusetts Leaders Want More Students Back In Classrooms Full-Time

By SCOTT JACKSON Massachusetts officials are pushing to bring more children back to the classroom on a full-time basis in April, starting with elementary school students. Education Commissioner Jeff Riley on Tuesday said he would ask the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to give him permission to begin ending districts’ remote and hybrid … Read more

Residents Over 65 And Those With Comorbidities Can Get COVID Shots Thursday

By SCOTT JACKSON Massachusetts residents over the age of 65 and those with two or more health conditions that put them at severe risk of severe COVID-19 complications can get vaccinated starting Thursday. Those two groups include more than one million residents, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference Wednesday. He urged patience and … Read more

Perdios Appointed To Open School Committee Seat

By SCOTT JACKSON Courtney Perdios was appointed to the open seat Quincy School Committee Tuesday evening, besting out three other nominees for the position. Perdios, who finished runner-up in the 2019 school board election, filled the seat left vacant by the departure of Anthony Andronico last month. Andronico left the school board after being appointed … Read more

State Public Health Officials Announce First Identification of South Africa COVID Variant in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)  announced Tuesday (Feb. 16) the first case of the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant identified in the Commonwealth. Genetic sequencing completed at the Broad Institute on behalf of DPH has confirmed the variant, which was originally identified in South Africa. The case is a female in her 20s who resides … Read more

Massachusetts Launches New Vaccine Appointment Finder

By SCOTT JACKSON State officials on Friday announced the launch of a new tool designed to make it easier for residents to find available appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine at certain locations. The tool, dubbed the COVID-19 vaccine finder, lets residents search for a vaccination site and view appointment availability before booking an appointment. … Read more

Companions Of Older Residents Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine

By SCOTT JACKSON Massachusetts is now allowing younger people to get their COVID-19 shots if they accompany residents over the age of 75 to certain vaccination sites. Effective Thursday, individuals accompanying residents ages 75 and up can now schedule their own appointment to get vaccinated on the same day at the state’s mass vaccination sites. … Read more

School Committee Seat To Be Filled At Joint Convention

By SCOTT JACKSON The runner up in the most recent Quincy School Committee election on Thursday said she would be interested in filling the vacant seat on the committee. There is now an open seat on the school board following the resignation of Anthony Andronico. Andronico left the committee this week after city councillors appointed … Read more