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Colleges and universities across western Massachusetts are considering how to hold classes this fall, and whether in-person learning is a feasible idea amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few weeks ago, Susan Bonner noticed some new signs in her building, urging residents to wear masks. Not a bad idea, she thought. Except that we didn’t all have masks, yet, at that time, she recalls. Bonner, who is 78, lives in a senior public housing development in Nahant; shes also one of towns housing commissioners. Eventually, she says, residents in her building all got masks but it took some doing. Some people got a number of them and gave them out, Bonner says. And then the housing...
Memorial Day usually means parades and other public ceremonies honoring those who died while serving the armed forces. With COVID-19 restrictions, some western Massachusetts communities are changing how they mark the occasion.
During World War II, nylon stockings disappeared from store shelves as the valuable synthetic material was diverted to make critical wartime supplies such as parachutes, flak jackets and aircraft fuel tanks. Now, new research suggests that nylon stockings could once again play a critical role in a national battle — this time by making homemade cloth masks significantly more protective. Researchers at Northeastern University have found that adding an outer layer made from nylon stockings to a...
Since the pandemic started, the number of people visiting food pantries in New England has jumped. In Northampton, Massachusetts, the Survival Center is serving more than three times as many households, from across 18 communities.