The administration is scared to death of this site, both now, and in it's prior incarnation. Why else do you think XXXXXX banned access to it, a practice that continues to this day?
Noah Hano with seven tablets he later donated to local hospitals. –Maddy Allen
Many patients dying of COVID-19 never get to say goodbye.
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In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, hospitals are not allowing family and friends to visit and comfort their loved ones in their final hours. One volunteer is trying to give families those final moments back — using tablets.
For the last two weeks, Noah Hano has been buying tablets to donate to local hospitals, so that dying coronavirus patients can connect with their families. He has purchased, set up, and delivered roughly 50 tablets to eight hospitals around New England, including Brigham and Women’s in Boston, Mercy Hospital in Springfield, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton.
The idea came from Hano’s friend who works as a nurse practitioner at Beverly Hospital and posted a call for donations of tablets, phones, or anything else that would enable families to communicate with isolated COVID-19 patients. Some doctors and nurses have also called for cell phones and chargers. Hano initially bought seven tablets and set them up with basic video calling platforms, like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. He delivered them to the hospital the next day, and decided to use the momentum he’d already gathered to start a fundraising campaign to purchase and distribute more tablets. Hano’s goal is to raise $30,000.
“People are all alone when they arrive at the emergency room, because there aren’t any visitors allowed in the hospital, and some come with phones that the battery might be dead, or they might not come with a phone at all, especially some of the elderly patients,” said Hano. “There’s no way for families to communicate…[a video call] really is the only way to say goodbye to their loved one.”
Hano says that he’s heard of nurses in some hospitals using their own personal phones to facilitate these goodbye calls. He says this is an imperfect solution, as sharing their personal phones with patients could increase their own risk of infection. Using donated tablets also means that hospitals can conduct some internal operations virtually — for instance, a doctor inside a contaminated zone could use it to consult with a doctor outside the contaminated zone without having to remove or waste personal protective equipment.
Currently, Hano is using the funds from his Facebook campaign to purchase Amazon Fire 7 tablets, which he can get for $49 and set up himself, occasionally with some help from his daughters. He’s ordered over 150 tablets, and has also connected with volunteers in Washington state and New Jersey who are interested in replicating his donation efforts. Hano works as a real estate developer, and he says this is the first time he’s organized a charity campaign like this.
“If we’re going to make it through this, everybody can do something. We’re not powerless,” said Hano. “Whether it’s staying at home and that’s the most important thing, or reaching out to somebody that’s elderly that might be alone — everybody has something to give, and that’s kind of what I’ve learned from this process. And just give it a shot.”
When is the so-called Mayor ever going to give a straight-forward, honest answer to a question?
The midweek update by the MA DPH of COVID cases by town/city (Melrose is listed with 206 cases, an increase of > 30% over last week, and ~ a rate of 712 per 100,0000):
And the MA DPH's daily dashboard - MelWake's COVID census has declined noticeably to 33:
When you’re out socially distanced, wear a mask,And when you get behind the wheel, slow down.Yes that car you drive.
Oh, you mean the CAR I drive. Thank you for clarifying that. I thought you meant the wheel of fortune.
True partnership is all of us helping each other at this time.It is not easy being home everyday.Many people been followed from the jobs or layoffs. No one wins when you have no jobs are lost. This is about time it something that none of us been through .Yes employment checks don:t cut it.Life changes Go from working everday to no work.Not easy on anybody.Check on your neighbors.Call or text your neighbors.Especially elderly neighbors to make sure they"re doing will. make sure to stay socially connected.Wake around your neighborhood.Develop a support system within your community.Reach out but do it safely.Not easy going what"s next.How do you know if you are doing the right thing?Doing whats right is never easy.Does doing the right thing ever lead to worse overall circumstances than doing ?
Rolling Shock’ as Job Losses Mount Even With Reopenings
Nearly three million new unemployment claims brought the two-month total to more than 36 million, even with some still frustrated in seeking benefits.
Gov. Charlie Baker says his administration is intentionally taking a “go-slow” approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy.
Some local lawmakers are still worried he may be going too fast.
In a letter Friday, seven state representatives called on Baker to extend his stay-at-home advisory and order requiring nonessential businesses to close their workplaces until “at least” June 1, citing concerns that the coronavirus outbreak is not adequately contained.
With a total of 83,421 COVID-19 cases and 5,592 reported deaths due to the disease as of Friday afternoon, Massachusetts is one of the hardest-hit states in the country. Baker’s shutdown orders have been in place since March 24.
“While we are cognizant of the hardships people continue to endure, we think it would be premature to allow the Stay-At-Home Advisory to expire on Monday, May 18,” read the letter Friday, led by Rep. Mike Connolly, a Cambridge Democrat.
This morning, I joined with House colleagues to call on @MassGovernor to extend the #StayAtHome advisory and to do more to prioritize the needs of those most impacted by #COVID19. Because of the urgent nature of the situation, we didn't have time to do a broad call for sign-ons. pic.twitter.com/debqzIBBpg
— Mike Connolly (@MikeConnollyMA) May 15, 2020
Baker’s reopening advisory board is expected to release a report on its four-phase approach to gradually relaxing restrictions Monday, which is the same day that the stay-at-home advisory and nonessential business closure order are scheduled to expire. And while the Republican governor announced new mandatory safety standards for businesses earlier this week, it remains unclear what — or when — businesses and activities the report will allow to resume.
In a technical fix, Baker did announce Friday that the business closure order and stay-at-home advisory — which were set to expire at midnight Sunday — will be extended 24 hours, through the end of Monday.
But the governor gave no indication of what his plans were beyond that. During a press conference Friday, he said officials would have “a lot more to say” about the stay-at-home advisory Monday.
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“That has to be dealt with in the context of the rest of the report,” Baker said.
The letter was co-signed Northampton Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, Somerville Rep. Christine Barber, Brockton Rep. Michelle DuBois, Boston Rep. Nika Elugardo, Framingham Rep. Jack Lewis, and Framingham Rep. Maria Robinson — all of whom were part of a group that called on Baker to issue a stay-at-home order in mid-March during the early days of the outbreak. Connolly suggested that they were hardly the only lawmakers who supported the new letter.
“Because of the urgent nature of the situation, we didn’t have time to do a broad call for sign-ons,” he tweeted Friday
While they recognized that Massachusetts has seen positive downward trends when it comes to the rate of positive COVID-19 tests and hospitalizations, the letter echoed some scientists’ fears that relaxing rules too soon could result in a worse, second wave of infections and deaths.
The seven Democrats also noted that the 12 percent, seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests in Massachusetts remained slightly shy of a the 10-to-1 ratio of negative tests to positive tests that the World Health Organization says is a benchmark for sufficient testing. Federal guidelines say that states should not begin reopening until they have seen a “two-week downward trajectory of documented cases or positives as a percent of total tests,” which Massachusetts appears to have met, despite day-to-day variations in the numbers.
Baker has repeatedly stressed that his administration will “follow the data” before it reopens, with an emphasis on hospitalizations and the percent of positive test as the most meaningful trends to follow. Asked about that on Friday, Baker said that the state has had “very positive tracking.”
“For some of those measures, it’s been for almost a month,” he said.
Still, the governor stressed that Massachusetts is already taking a cautious approach. Other New England states — which have seen fewer COVID-19 cases — have already announced plans to begin easing business restrictions and lifting stay-at-home orders.
“Part of the reason we’ve talked about a phased reopening and go-slow reopening is because we want to be conservative and careful and cautious with respect to the way we do this,” Baker said Friday, adding that the state’s plans to ramp up testing and contact tracing were key parts of the equation.
“We’ve said from the beginning that you need to respect the virus,” he added.
Despite the overall positive trends, Connolly’s letter highlighted the fact that some cities and towns are still struggling with disproportionately high rates of COVID-19.
“The improvements we’ve seen in our state have not been felt in all communities — some of the most vulnerable communities in our state continue to face alarming circumstances that demand more of our attention,” they wrote
The letter added that reopening advisory board “largely consists of corporate executives and CEOs” and lacks representation for frontline workers and lower-income groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including people who are homeless, incarcerated, or do not have legal status.
The 17-member board is composed of three public health officials, three municipal officials, and 11 members of the business community, including six CEOs. The advisory group has previously been criticized for its composition, though Baker says it is soliciting input from a wide variety of stakeholders. During the press conference Friday, he said the board had met with between 50 and 70 different groups.
The letter also criticized the current plan, which Baker has refused to preview ahead of the May 18 report, for being “confusing to many of our constituents and businesses” that could result in “poor public health choices.” The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has also repeatedly called on Baker to provide more details so that businesses can prepare.
The governor has remained unswayed. During a press conference Wednesday, he didn’t want the proverbial “starting gun” to go off ahead of the report Monday.
“I want this to be done in a deliberate way, and you don’t do something in a deliberate way if you start leaking it out and issuing it out before you actually release the report,” he said.
While nearly half of Massachusetts residents have seen their incomes diminished in the wake of the pandemic, more than 85 percent said they support Baker’s decision to extend his business closure order and stay-at-home advisory until May 18, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe/WGBH News poll last week. The same decision also attracted a vocal group of protesters outside the State House.
Baker said Friday that he thought the board’s reopening report was “a tremendously well-developed and well-thought out piece of work.”
He also said he expected criticism.
“I absolutely know that people who think we’re going too fast are going to say we’re going too fast and people who think we’re going to slow are going to say we’re going too slow,” he said. “I mean, that’s kind of where we are here, folks — and that’s where we’re going to be for a while.”
This week's midweek update on a per town/city basis - Melrose is listed with 216 cases (cumulatively counted since March) at a rate per 100K of ~747, an increase of only 10 cases over last week):
And MelWake's census has declined from 33 to 21 in the last week, about 40% of its sustained peak during the surge:
When you woke up this morning, if you're like me, you thought about your kids right off the bat. Where are they, are they safe, are they feeling loved, and what can I do to help them.
For my kids:
-They're at home.I shower them with love and kisses everyday
But what can I do to help them? As a parent, what can I do to ensure my child's success and safety in Melrose? What do they NEED from me?
Please don't just be rubbers stampers . On this City Budget for The City Melrose.We are going through the Coronavirus a lot of people are at home not going to work.That is the state of Massachusetts and many other states. Coronavirus affecting all life.May be not you Politicians.
We are getting together on a zoom meeting to discuss the plan for a second Override this November. The pandemic has created needs for the City that require additional revenue. Respond to this thread with your email and I will get you the invite.
"Needs", I'm sorry, but that's not even a funny joke!
Maybe the bigger question is recession going to us city and all us her in melrose and the businesses?
Zip it, Ted. I hear enough of you at the darn public comment periods. Your shtick is tiresome.
Counselor are you part of the ministration.You"re in for a rude awakening.All this is about understanding what;S GOING ON ...... NO LONGER PARTICIPATING.
MAY 28, 2020.....Long-shuttered stores may unlocking their doors. And manufacturers are starting to hire employees back to the assembly lines. But the economic recovery might not be a quick one, a state fiscal watchdog group warned Thursday.
The hopes for a sharp and immediate rebound from the COVID-19 shutdown in Massachusetts are no longer realistic, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is now predicting a long and slow climb that will strain state resources. State revenues may not fully recover until 2025, MTF said.
The impacts of the economic downturn could be mitigated by tapping into the state’s $3.5 billion reserve fund or if Congress sent more relief funding to states like Massachusetts, but even with stimulus the group said past recessions have proven that the state could be in for a multi-year period of austerity.
“To state the implications straightforwardly: the Commonwealth will have limited budgetary flexibility for the next several years as tax revenues slowly rebound, particularly if the demand for safety net services resulting from an ailing economy and an aging population drive up expenditures,” MTF said in the report.
The paper published Thursday was a follow-up to the foundation’s report earlier this month downgrading its revenue estimates for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to reflect an anticipated $6 billion drop in projected tax collections. The foundation’s newly pessimistic outlook on the length of the recovery is based on what it said was the severity of the decline and the widespread and fundamental changes the pandemic has wrought on pillars of the state’s economy, like higher education and tourism.
When is yard waste going to be on a regular schedule.Not pick up today June 3 2020?
Coming soon phone numbers City Council of Melrose and their name address and the ward that they repressent.This should be a good time to share this information.Because of the city budget Melrose.That way they can answer your questions.That way they are not invisible.
The recycling and yard waste calendar is no secret. It's up at the city website as it's been for years. Here's the 2020 version:
So, while April was omitted due to COVID-related problems, there are two weeks of pickup in each of May and June (the first of which is next week, not this week), one in each of July, August and September, and then autumn schedule.
Councilor John Tramontozzi has been asking every department if cuts could be had in their proposed budgets — including the City Council. (Meeting screenshot)
MELROSE, MA — An effort by one City Councilor and backed by another to cut Councilor salaries ahead of fiscal uncertainty didn't muster any more support than that.
Council salaries will remain $5,000 a year. The proposed cut — first at $500 each, then at $687.68 — came from Councilor John Tramontozzi, who has been asking every department head where even the most modest trims can be made during the weeks of FY21 budget deliberations.
"After all, we're all in this together," Tramontozzi told his fellow Councilors while making his case.
Tramontozzi's initial proposal was to cut $7,564.52 from the City Council's salary and wages line in the budget, with $2,064.52 coming from Clerk of Committee Kristen Foote's salary and $5,500 coming from the 11 Councilors — $500 apiece.
Councilor Leila Migliorelli said Foote is a full-time employee of the city, whereas Councilors are not, and they should absorb her cut in any such motion. Tramontozzi agreed and proposed to cut each Councilor's salary by $687.68.
Councilor Robb Stewart pointed out the Councilors' $5,000 salary is already a minimum for them to receive benefits, such as eventual health and retirement. So in addition to the decrease in salary, Tramontozzi's motion would cause the Councilors to forfeit at least some benefit eligibility.
Councilor Jeff McNaught had the most vocal opposition to the proposal, saying the raises in the City Council's department have been low enough. He recommended a raise for Foote.
"We're not obligated to cut what Councilor Tramontozzi is suggesting," McNaught said. "So taking it out of our own salaries is to appease Councilor Tramontozzi, and I say that with all due respect."
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Coronavirus Live Updates: With Cases Rising in 21 States, Washington Turns to Other Business
Health experts are worried about a second wave of infections while President Trump and lawmakers are looking the other way. Many developing countries are reopening even as cases rise.
The Ford Foundation plans to announce on Thursday that it will borrow $1 billion so that it can sharply increase the amount of money it distributes amid the downturn.
Infections were rising in 21 states on Wednesday, but Washington had other business.
Cases surpass 2 million in the U.S., with new hot spots emerging.
The Federal Reserve says unemployment will remain high as it leaves interest rates near zero.
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MASSACHUSETTS — The state Department of Public Health updated town-by-town data on the new coronavirus Wednesday.
It was the third week the department included expanded town-by-town testing data, including the total number of persons tested, the testing rate, and the positive test rate in addition to the case and infection rate for each of the state's 351 municipalities. Prior to last week, the department had only released the number of cases and the infection rate.
Related Story: Massachusetts Easing Lockdown Despite High Positive Test Rate
The data, which is updated weekly, includes confirmed coronavirus for all 351 Massachusetts towns and cities, except for communities with populations under 50,000 and fewer than five cases. The department said the stipulation was designed to protect the privacy of patients in those towns and cities.
The statewide infection rate is 1437.65 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents. The map does not include 275 of the state's 100,158 cases because state health officials could not determine which town the patient lived in.
Statewide, there were 267 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, as well as 46 reported deaths. Since the first reported death on March 20, there have been 7,454 coronavirus-related deaths in Massachusetts.
The state conducted 10,034 tests Wednesday, bringing the total number of completed tests to 668,092. The state also conducted 896 antibody tests, bringing the total to 53,040.
Fellow Citizens, Ask me any question...we have a lot of time alone so I want to keep the lines of communication open with the People. I know this is a great source of information for many of Melrose, so ask and you shall be answered! - Mayor So what happens if we dont receive all the state.Aid that we thought we going to get.Will that prevent layoffs for the city and the school department.Will we have a lot of layoffs?
The police department has had zero civil rights violations, the school department has had two I believe that were settled by the city, it actually got so bad at some point that the city hired an attorney that dealt only with school department litigation at probably a $100,000+ salary. Now we are talking about defunding the department with zero civil rights violations after giving the department that actually has civil rights violations a five million dollar over ride package (racist much melrose?) Would you like to explain this Mr. Mayor?
John Tramontozzi.A “Perfect storm” of economic uncertainty threatens the Budget of the City of Melrose.
Recently the Massachusetts Municipal Association announced that “Communities are at the Center of Three Waves:”
1. The murder of George Floyd has catapulted this nation into a defining moment, with sweepings calls to address the systemic racism that persists in our society and economy;
2. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our daily lives and businesses, and this deadly threat to public health is draining resources, straining families, and reshaping government services and operations;
3. The Massachusetts economy is battered by the Covid-19 emergency, and state and local governments face historically deep fiscal challenges and uncertainty that could last for years.
The citizens of our city have faced tremendous personal and financial burdens. These challenges have been met with a spirit of volunteerism, community investment, and activism. We have reached into our hearts and pockets to support one another. We have more challenges ahead as we address the Health economic security and social well-being of our diverse population of citizens
Many of our neighboring cities and towns have begun to face their budgetary challenges with deep cuts and, in some cases, immediate layoffs of municipal employees. The State is dealing with its own financial difficulties with deficits predicted to be in the area of 6-8 billion dollars, which means a certain drastic drop in reimbursed funds to the cities and towns.
I believe the impact of these uncharted times amid the coronavirus crisis and social adversity and reform are financially uncalculated. Members of the City Council and the Administration carry a responsibility not only to anticipate these financial burdens to our citizens but meet these challenges proactively. The city has, and will, be faced with unprecedented costs for which we cannot rely on State or Federal Government funding to support.
If we continue the current course taken in our deliberations on the FY 2021 budget, of refusing to stay the automatic raises (cost of living increases) we will be coming back to our citizens who are struggling through a pandemic with our hands out, inexplicably having funded an increase in salary for every employee of every department at City Hall. In the past several weeks I have consistently advocated that we must stay these raises, It is a misnomer to refer to this common-sense practice of level city funding at the Fiscal Year 2020 rates (where possible) as “cuts”. I am not proposing “cuts” in non-union employee salaries, I am proposing that there be no FY2021 raises. This is a reasonable, sensible, and fiscally responsible approach as we continue to serve an economically and socially diverse population.
It is our job, though at times uncomfortable, to face the fiscal realities on behalf of all of our citizens, our most vulnerable being the hardest hit in times such as these. I am joined by veteran City Councilor MacMaster in efforts to mitigate the inevitable impact on our citizens and city employees but have yet to gain support from the rest of the City Council,
I would encourage all residents and taxpayers of this City to reach out to the City Council to express your opinions on how we should address the FY2021 Budget.
Taxpayers need unobstructed view .“Visual Budget” figures to the actual budgets.
China’s capital canceled flights and shut schools as a new coronavirus outbreak raised fears of a broader contagion. The city’s experience points to what other countries including the United States face as they reopen their economies.
What a surprise!!!! I wonder how long it will be before bozo admits it.
The Melrose police will be getting new firearms despite a late request to reallocate money to fund implicit bias training. (Mike Carraggi/Patch)
MELROSE, MA — The city got its first real taste of what the "defunding the police" conversation might look like on a local level.
A fired-up City Council voted Thursday night to deny Mayor Paul Brodeur's request to reallocate $26,000 earmarked for the replacement of 14-year-old police firearms in favor of funding citywide implicit bias training.
The vote was 8-3 in favor of appropriating $195,714.85 in free cash to the police, which included money for the firearms. Councilors Jen Grigoraitis, Leila Migliorelli and Maya Jamaleddine voted against it.
The money had been included in the appropriation only 10 days prior at the request of Brodeur's office to replace the force's .40-caliber firearms with 9mm firearms.
Police Chief Mike Lyle told the City Council the new firearms are much more accurate and, between cheaper ammunition and fewer repairs, would save money over the long term.
The money would have gone to the Department of Human Resources to contract an outside vendor that would "provide the city with training, policy review or recruitment," according to a memo Brodeur sent earlier in the day to city councilors and obtained by Patch.
In the memo, the mayor cited the death of George Floyd and national conversation of defunding the police — which is largely a movement to reallocate police funds to other services to fundamentally change policing.
"Investing in police firearms right now while the City is in the midst of determining how to respond meaningfully to the ongoing systemic barriers Black people and other people of color face would be misguided," the memo reads. "This is not and must not be interpreted as a criticism of our police officers."
To which Councilor Jeff McNaught asked: "How else should we take it?"
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Brodeur told Patch after the vote that he saw silver linings in defeat: An important conversation has been started, and he saw an appetite among councilors for a real financial investment in solving the issue.
"I was trying to find an opportunity to address a very serious situation regarding racism and an expressed need by everyone that I heard from in the community that implicit bias training needs to be a priority," Brodeur said. "And that's absolutely correct."
Councilors questioned the timing of the request. Councilor Shawn MacMaster said Floyd had died a week before the funds were initially allocated to the firearm replacement. Thursday's request came 10 days later.
"The mayor's memo that was sent to us today does not adequately explain what changed between June 1 and today," MacMaster said.
Brodeur said the free cash conversation is always evolving, and it was not a straight line from buying the guns to putting the purchase off.
MacMaster, who said he supports implicit bias training, was unhappy with where the money was coming from.
"Does anyone really believe that the administration can't find $26,000 anywhere else within the $950,000 of free cash appropriations before us this evening?" he asked.
Brodeur said the data indicated there is a need for new guns, but not an urgent enough one that it couldn't wait a year. The department's previous firearm upgrade replaced 15-year-old weapons.
"If folks choose to believe that it was aimed at the police — probably by choice of words — they're wrong," Brodeur said.
The mayor stressed it was his decision to push for the reallocation, not the chief's. The administration will now try to find money elsewhere for the training.
"The urgency of getting the ball rolling, of making sure that we have some resources, to put a plan in action, once we are thoughtful about what we really need, what should a program really look like," Brodeur said.
Migliorelli said she regrets not having pushed for allocating the funds when Lyle recently presented the department's budget to the City Council. Such training was listed under future considerations, but recent events having changed things, she said.
Migliorelli noted the City Council doesn't get to decide where the money comes from, but the need for bias training was too great to pass up on what the mayor offered. The will of her constituents, she said, was for the training.
"I've made that perfectly clear that we need a greater investment," Migliorelli said. "This was the proposal that was put in front of me."
Councilor Jamaleddine also said the Council shares "the utmost respect and appreciation for the police department."
"The mayor cited the death of George Floyd and national conversation of defunding the police — which is largely a movement to reallocate police funds to other services to fundamentally change policing."
What kind of gun was used in the murder of Mr. Floyd? Oh, wait - no gun was used. The posturing and pandering by the Mayor leaves a really sour taste.