Leadership meeting, committee hearings, and more
11 a.m. | Education Committee holds public hearing on a lengthy docket of bills aimed at altering curricula in public education.
11 a.m. | Ahead of preliminary elections scheduled for Tuesday in 15 cities, Secretary of State William Galvin holds a media availability. Galvin plans to discuss voter turnout, mail-in voting and options for voters who have not yet cast their ballots.
1 p.m. | About two dozen bills dealing with liquor licenses, license caps, access to craft beer and the definition of cider are up for a hearing before the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.
1:30 p.m. | Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee holds a hearing on about 15 bills dealing with anaerobic digestion, biomass and recycling.
2 p.m. | Gov. Charlie Baker a leadership meeting in his office with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Ronald Mariano, and other legislative leaders.
Get ready for a busy week ahead
It’s going to be a busy week. From the Boston mayoral preliminary election to a slate of legislative hearings, the next five days are shaping up to be long ones.
Residents in the state’s capital head to the polls Tuesday — if they have not already voted early or by mail — to pick two candidates to face off in the November election. As Boston Globe’s Milton J. Valencia and Meghan E. Irons report, no matter what happens on Tuesday, the race is set to make history and bring change for the city.
Of course, Boston isn’t the only city in Massachusetts with a preliminary election.
The State House News Service points out in their advances for this week that 15 communities have preliminaries on the calendar. Secretary of State William Galvin plans to preview the elections at a Monday morning press conference at the State House.
On Beacon Hill, the picture is no different. Lawmakers have scheduled a whole load of public hearings throughout the week focused on everything from curricula in public education to recycling. Associated Press’ Boston Bureau notes that on Wednesday lawmakers will take a look at bills related to public housing in the state.
Lowell Sun’s Alana Melanson reports that former Rep. David Nangle heads before Judge Rya W. Zobel for a sentencing hearing. Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month prison term.
So buckle up, make sure you’re stocked up on coffee, and get ready to ride through a whirlwind of a week.
A weekend of mourning and remembrance
Residents and elected officials across the state commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks Saturday with a slate of events and sharing of personal stories.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Kim Ring spoke to John Creamer, who lost his wife Tara Creamer that day. MassLive’s Stephanie Barry spoke to several Massachusetts residents who lost love ones — many say it feels as though no time has passed.
Andrew Brinker for the Boston Globe writes that the memory of the attacks still linger at Logan International Airport, where both American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175 departed from two decades ago. Lowell Sun’s Prudence Brighton spoke to Jim Ogonowski, the brother of American Airlines Flight 11 pilot John Ogonowski.
Here’s a different angle: Berkshire Eagle’s Jimmy Nesbitt spoke to several former and current Eagle staffers who were on duty Sept. 11, 2001 to see what was like in the newsroom that morning.
And Boston Herald’s Marie Szanislzo reports that Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, who was one of the 13 service members who was killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, arrived at Logan on Saturday in a flag-draped coffin.
Miscount? Cannabis Commission investigating possible violation of license cap
Too many? The Cannabis Control Commission is investigating whether private equity firm Gotham Green Partners has a controlling stake in more Bay State dispensary licenses than allowed by law, Jessica Bartlett of the Boston Business Journal reports, citing sources inside the commission.
Prosecutors want 11-year prison term for Jasiel Correia
Federal prosecutors are looking for an 11-year prison term for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia after he was convicted on felony fraud and corruption charges, reports the Associated Press’ Boston Bureau. Prosecutors also asked a judge to order Correia to pay $300,000 in restitution to investors, over $20,000 to the IRS, and give up $560,000.
Demand for COVID tests increase as Delta variant continues to stoke concern
People want more. Demand for COVID tests have increased quite a bit as a result of the dangerous Delta variant, reports Boston Herald’s Alexi Cohan, who notes that the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is processing nearly 100,000 tests on some days.
More from Cohan: “Demand for tests started to spike in early August, according to a Broad Institute real-time dashboard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified the delta variant as predominant on Aug. 6, and it’s remained so since.”
Hospitalizations on the rise at Baystate Health facilities
It doesn’t look good. The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 at Baystate Health facilities tripled in a month, reports MassLive’s Jeanette DeForge. At the moment, there are 104 people being treated at Baystate hospitals with 11 in critical care. That’s up from 35 patients hospitalized for the virus in mid-August and only five in mid-July.
Iced out: Plymouth Sheriff opts out of sharing information with federal immigration agency
Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald will terminate an information-sharing agreement with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, but he says the move is more about staffing issues than pressure from outside groups who have long railed against the program. Joe DiFazio of the Patriot Ledger and Sarah Betancourt of GBH have the details.
NTSB arrives at Cape Air plane crash site
The feds are now involved. Cape Cod Times’ Jessica Hill reports that an investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene of a passenger plane crash that left seven people in the hospital last week. NTSB plans to take the plane wreckage to a facility for further examination. The Cape Air plane was coming from Boston with six passengers and a pilot when it went off the runway it landed on at Provincetown Municipal Airport.
‘Disgusting:’ New Bedford council decries mayor’s Covid benefits veto
They’re not holding back. Members of the New Bedford City Council are excoriating Mayor Jon Mitchell over his veto of a measure that would guarantee line-of-duty death benefits to all city employees who die of COVID-19, Anastasia Lennon of the Standard-Times reports. Mitchell wants the ordinance to include a reference to vaccination status, a move some councilors see as a back-door “ploy” to get more employees to get vaccinated.
Weighing their options
For the Massachusetts companies that haven’t confronted the question of whether to mandate vaccination for employees, they now have to tackle the question after President Biden ordered private-sector businesses with 100 or more workers to require their employees to be vaccinated or get tested weekly, reports staff at the Boston Business Journal.
More from BBJ: “In Massachusetts, life sciences companies, universities and even government agencies overseen by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker have already mandated vaccines. The Democratic president’s announcement is forcing everyone else to confront the matter.”
Going for it: Nahant starts eminent domain proceedings to take Northeastern land
They’re ready for some push back. The Nahant Select Board has carried out the will of town meeting, initiating the eminent domain taking 12.5 acres of waterfront land owned by Northeastern University, Sam Minton of the Lynn Item reports. The task of determining compensation now begins, even as court challenges from the college — which wants to expand its marine science center in town — remain a possibility.
‘Thankful SROs are there’
Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda pointed to a fight that broke out in front of Burncoat Middle School at the end of last week highlights the critical role of resource officers, reports Telegram & Gazette’s Steven H. Foskett Jr. The city is in the process of developing a new safety plan that removes police from school. The fight on Friday led to assault and weapons charges for three teenagers.
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