Festival of Lights special airing next Friday, MBTA/New Balance to provide masks, & more | November 18, 2020

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

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“Festival of Lights” special to air next Friday at 7PM on LCTV

The Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce, City of Lynn, and Lynn Community Television are partnering to host the second annual Festival of Lights event in Central Square virtually!

This is the annual tree & menorah lighting in Central Square. We will hear from business members of the GLCC, a performance by the St. Mary’s choir, messages from Mayor McGee and others, a visit from Santa, and much more. GLCC is encouraging people to stay local as we kick off the holiday season, and support local businesses while you shop.

This event will be aired on our Public Access TV Channel on Friday, November 27th at 7pm. It will be available to watch on TV (Comcast: 3 / Verizon: 38), on our website, YouTube channel, & Facebook page simultaneously.

LCHC’s COVID-19 Testing site will be closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving

Lynn Community Health Center’s COVID-19 Testing Trailers will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 & remain closed through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Plan ahead! Call 781-581-3900 for an appointment.

The above information was taken from the LCHC’s Facebook page.


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MassDOT schedules virtual info meeting for Statewide Exit Renumbering Project

Click to go to the project’s website

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing an upcoming virtual Public Information Meeting for MassDOT’s Statewide Exit Renumbering Project on Tuesday, December 1 from 6:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m. This project is converting all existing exit numbers on freeways to a milepost-based numbering system, per Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements.

The public meeting will cover information about the project and the upcoming construction schedule. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions. The meeting link is available through registration at this site.

Construction began on this project in mid-October of this year and is anticipated to end in the Summer of 2021. This is a statewide project; however, this public meeting will be focused on the scope and schedule of the following corridors:
  • Interstate 90
  • Route 2
  • Route 146
  • Interstate 84
  • Interstate 91
  • Interstate 190
  • Interstate 290
  • Interstate 395
  • Interstate 495
Project updates and corridor-specific construction schedules will be posted regularly on the project’s website. To learn more about the project, sign up for updates, and ask the project team questions, please visit www.newmassexits.com.
Thank you,
Jonathan L. Gulliver
Highway Administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation

MBTA and New Balance Team
Up to Ride Safer

Part of the T’s commitment to promoting the best public health practices.

The MBTA and Boston-based New Balance have partnered to provide transit riders with 100,000 of the athletic brand’s general-use face masks as part of the T’s Ride Safer campaign to educate riders and shift behavior to the new way of riding on the T. Earlier today, Transit Ambassadors and MBTA Customer Service Agents began distributing face masks to riders needing them at Maverick, Forest Hills, Ashmont, and Haymarket Stations.

“I want to thank New Balance for working with us to promote public health on public transit. Ride Safer is a shared responsibility between the MBTA and our riding public, and New Balance’s contribution is appreciated,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “This effort is one of many that the T is taking to maintain the well-being and the safety of our customers and employees. The T asks riders to do their part, especially as we enter colder months, to defeat the pandemic by practicing safe hygiene, wearing face coverings, and distancing while on public transit.”

Last winter, New Balance complied with the direction in Massachusetts for non-essential businesses to close amid the coronavirus outbreak. No more than a week later, New Balance reopened its factory doors in Lawrence, MA, in order to manufacture general-use face masks for the healthcare community. The company has pivoted back to producing athletic footwear, but continues to donate a supply of its face masks for community benefit.

“New Balance is proud to help meet the continued needs for masks in Boston and its surrounding communities,” says New Balance Chief Operating Officer Dave Wheeler. “We are thankful that the innovative thinking of our associates, our long history of domestic manufacturing and the work of our highly skilled teams in our factories allowed us to quickly adapt to manufacturing masks earlier this year, and that we are able to join forces with the MBTA to distribute masks as part of the Ride Safer program.”

On November 2, the Baker-Polito Administration strengthened its order requiring people to wear face coverings in public places to require anyone older than five years of age to wear a face covering in public, including public transit, regardless of their distance from others.

“The evidence has become clear that wearing a face mask or face covering is important in preventing the spread of the disease,” said Brown University Dean of the School of Public Health and former Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dr. Ashish Jha. “When you wear a face mask, you are not doing it to protect your own health, you are doing it to protect the health of everyone around you. The way this works is that if everyone does that, we are all protecting each other and what we are doing is keeping everyone safe. It’s our unified front against the virus.”

Ride Safer first launched last June in conjunction with the MBTA increasing service as part of Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. Ride Safer consists of three components: providing face masks to riders in need at key stations during peak travel times; signage and messaging to promote the importance of keeping a safe distance and wearing face coverings while on the T; and the Ride Safer webpage atmbta.com/RideSafer that provides travel tips and a behind-the-scenes look at the MBTA’s expanded efforts to clean and disinfect stations and vehicles.

At Maverick, Forest Hills, Ashmont, Charles/MGH, Downtown Crossing, Central, Haymarket, and South Station, the MBTA will also promote wellness and passenger distancing through signage and messaging on its digital screens. These stations were selected, in part, because the communities served by these stations represent the routes that have remained relatively steady throughout the pandemic.

For more information, please visit mbta.com/RideSafer or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook /TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.

The above info. was provided to us by the MBTA.

From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 1,098 with 117 new cases today. 5,615 Lynn residents have recovered and 128 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 6,841. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st

Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until December 31st.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).

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