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Massachusetts & Hokkaido, Japan Celebrate 30th Anniversary Sister State Pact

Matsumae Castle Cherry Blossom Courtesy of Hokkaido Official Tourism Website  October 19, 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of a special Sister State Agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Hokkaido, Japan. The agreement became official in 1990. The connections between Japan and Massachusetts actually date back to the 19th century, […]

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Massachusetts public health officials offer tips for a safe and healthy Halloween

For residents planning to celebrate Halloween, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has provided safety tips to help limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. DPH is also reminding residents and communities to be aware that Halloween activities are subject to the current state gathering size limits as well as applicable sector-specific […]

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Massachusetts Announces COVID-19 Measures in Place to Ensure Readiness for Fall and Winter

The Baker-Polito Administration provided an update this week on a series of initiatives to support the residents of the Commonwealth in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the state’s readiness status heading into the fall and winter. Led by the COVID-19 Command Center, the Administration outlined today inter-departmental […]

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October is Officially Cranberry Month in Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker today declared October as “Massachusetts Cranberry Month,” continuing the Commonwealth’s support of cranberry farmers and encouraging Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced cranberry products. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said, “The cranberry industry is a significant driver for the Massachusetts economy, and the Baker-Polito Administration is […]

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Critical Drought Conditions Declared in Southeast Region of Commonwealth

Due to five months of below normal rainfall, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Southeast Region of the Commonwealth. The other six regions across the state — the Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Cape Cod, and Islands regions— […]

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Massachusetts Updates its Restaurant Regulations Starting on September 28

Starting on Monday, September 28, 2020, Massachusetts is updating its Restaurant regulations for following social distancing rules, including the increase in table size from 6 to 10 guests at each table. Here is the full document, Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Restaurants to address COVID-19, as of September 22, 2020 […]

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NEW EDIP PROJECTS IN MASSACHUSETTS EXPECTED TO LEVERAGE $42 MILLION IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Ocean Scout Glider, Hefring, LLC., Gloucester, MA Today, the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved six projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These six projects are expected to create 175 net new jobs and retain 135 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $42 million in […]

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Massachusetts Joins Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15

Today kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration in the United States that recognizes the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population […]

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