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by Connie Sartini   Town Manager Mark Haddad updated the Select Board regarding Abatement Applications currently in the Assessor’s Office.      Principal Assistant Assessor Jonathan Greeno reported, “The Assessors had 45 Abatement Applications. They have dealt with 20 of these to date,...
On Sunday, March 22, The Town of Ayer received confirmation from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that an Ayer resident is the second person in Massachusetts to die from COVID-19 related illness. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that the individual, a 54-year...
Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation that could temporarily change customary and traditional Groton town governance practices, overriding local bylaws, in response to the governing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.      The legislation would permit towns unable to finalize a budget...
by Bob Katzen, Beacon Hill Roll Call   Gov. Charlie Baker filed several pieces of legislation last week relating to COVID-19. Only one has been approved by the Legislature.   Waive Waiting Period For Unemployment Benefits (S 2599)      The House and Senate gave final approval to and Gov...
by Connie Sartini   Policies, restrictions and official actions taken by the Town of Groton under the Emergency Declaration authority declared by the Select Board was released by the Town Manager and are summarized below.      “Based on a motion taken by the Select Board at an emergency...
After taking emergency action, the Select Board released a formal Declaration of Emergency dated March 16 and signed by Alison Manugian, chair of the Groton Select Board, justifying and explaining the rationale for the Board assuming emergency powers.      The declaration states that the Select...
by Connie Sartini   At their Emergency Meeting on Friday, March 13 regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Select Board unanimously adopted an Infectious Disease Policy, the purpose of which is to be prepared to implement workplace measures to protect employees and to ensure business...
by Nancy Cicco, UMass Lowell   A team of UMass Lowell researchers have created germ-killing fabric that could help stop the spread of communicable diseases.      On any given day, one in 31 patients develops an infection as a result of their hospital stay, according to the Centers for...
The First Of Many Actions In Evolving Public Health Situation The Massachusetts House and Senate gave final approval to and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a $15 million package to support the state’s monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention efforts against the coronavirus...
[Note: In addition to this article, there are several others in this week's Groton Herald on preparations for and advice about the Coronavirus in town. Here's a list: • Under SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS see: "Groton Board of Health Tips On Coronavirus Protection;"  "Senior Center Procedures To Reduce...

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