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Source:  News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Monday, 24 August 2020 22:21

You don’t have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021.Federal student loan borrowers were already in an automatic interest-free pause on payments as part of the original coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act. This pause was expected to expire Sept. 30, but an extension of the forbearance through Dec. 31 was directed in a memorandum signed by President Donald Trump on [...]

Bill interrupted
Source:  News - Milford Daily News
Monday, 24 August 2020 22:21

You don’t have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021.Federal student loan borrowers were already in an automatic interest-free pause on payments as part of the original coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act. This pause was expected to expire Sept. 30, but an extension of the forbearance through Dec. 31 was directed in a memorandum signed by President Donald Trump on [...]

Halak stops 35, Bruins hang on for 3-2 win over Lightning
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Monday, 24 August 2020 03:23

TORONTO (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots to win his fourth straight game since starter Tuukka Rask opted out of the playoffs, and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 to open their second-round series on Sunday night.

Charlie Coyle tipped in Brandon Carlo’s point shot to open the scoring. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand had a goal and assist apiece for the Bruins, who are suddenly resembling the team that led the NHL with 100 points and 44 wins in the regular season.

The 35-year-old Halak became the Bruins fourth goalie 35 or older to win four or more straight postseason games — and first since Tim Thomas won five in a row in 2009.

Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, with both goals coming in the final 11:10 of the game and after Tampa Bay fell behind 3-0. Both goals came on shots from just inside the blue line that tipped in off Boston’s Charlie McAvoy in front.

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots in a game that was supposed to feature a match up of two of the three Vezina Trophy finalists before Rask abruptly opted out to be with his family on Aug. 15. Vasilevskiy set a franchise record in making his 37th career playoff start, one more than Ben Bishop,

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series being played in Toronto is Tuesday.

The roles were reversed in a meeting of Atlantic Division rivals and the NHL’s top offensive and defensive teams. With 243 goals scored, Tampa Bay led the league in scoring for a third straight year, while the Bruins allowed a league-low 167.

Coyle opened the scoring with 68 seconds left in the first period, when he was parked in the right circle and deflected in Brandon Carlo’s shot from the point over Vasilevskiy’s right shoulder. Carlo’s shot otherwise appeared to be sailing wide of the net.

The Bruins went up 2-0 at the 4:34 mark of the second period, and with Hedman off for tripping. David Krejci patiently skated the puck up the right boards before threading a pass through the middle to Pastrnak, who one-timed it in under Vasilevskiy’s blocker.

With the assist, Krejci extended his point streak to seven games in which he has combined for three goals and seven assists.

Marchand then sealed the win, scoring 1:17 into the third period, and set up on a play that began with teammate Patrice Bergeron stripping Ryan McDonagh of the puck from behind in the Lightning zone.

Halak was particularly sharp in the second period when the Bruins were outshot 18-7.

His best save came with about four minutes left in the period, when he managed to get a piece of his glove on the puck to foil Barclay Goodrow, who was set up alone to the right of the net.

Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn had a goal immediately waved off midway through the second period. He scored after teammate Tyler Johnson had his stick well over his shoulders in batting down a rebound into the slot.

Both teams had three full days of rest after completing their first-round series in five games Wednesday. The second-seeded Lightning eliminated Columbus with a 5-4 overtime win, while the fourth-seeded Bruins eliminated Carolina with a 2-1 victory

The President’s Trophy-winning Bruins got off to a sluggish start to the playoffs by dropping all three preliminary round-robin seeding games, including a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay, and then splitting their first two games against Carolina.

Boston has since won four straight — the team’s best playoff streak since an 8-0 run, which included the Bruins four-game sweep of Carolina in the Eastern Conference finals.

NOTES: Brayden Point led the Lightning with seven points (three goals, four assists) in their 2018 five-game second-round series win over Bruins. … D Zdeno Chara appeared in his 146th playoff game with Boston, moving ahead of Wayne Cashman for second on franchise list. Ray Bourque is first with 180. … The Bruins announced during the first intermission signing now playoff backup goalie Dan Vladar to a three-year, $2.25 million contract extension. … Gerry Cheevers was 35 or older when he won four or more consecutive playoff games on three separate occasions, and Eddie Johnston had a six-game run in 1972.

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Choral Society announces new season, 'virtual rehearsals'
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Monday, 24 August 2020 03:00

NEWBURYPORT – The Newburyport Choral Society will take to Zoom this fall to hold virtual choral rehearsals for its 2020-21 music season.

Walk Back in Time rocks on virtually this year
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Monday, 24 August 2020 03:00

NEWBURYPORT — Buddy Lauder and his Reunion Band are back, raising money for local school music programs and keeping the 1960s garage band era alive with the annual Walk Back in Time fundraiser on Aug. 29.

Colleges and universities across US halt in-person classes after rising coronavirus cases
Source:  News South Of Boston
Monday, 24 August 2020 02:54

As colleges and universities try to settle into the fall semester, coronavirus cases continue to rise leading some institutions to cancel in-person instruction and implement strict rules to control the virus.


Williamstown Zoning Board Issues Third Special Permit for a Pot Shop
Source:  iBerkshires News
Monday, 24 August 2020 02:34

The former garage at 1017 Simonds Road. Sparkboro Wellness plans to preserve the building envelope but eliminate the second floor, creating vaulted ceilings. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday issued the town's third special permit to operate a marijuana retail shop.   Sparkboro Wellness, which lists a Pittsfield business address and Steve Pennisi as president, obtained the necessary town permitting to operate a store in a former garage at 1017 Simonds Road (Route 7).   The town already has one cannabis shop in operation, Silver Therapeutics on Main Street (Route 2). A second applicant, operating under the business name Elev8, holds a special permit to open a second Main Street shop but still needs to come back to the ZBA for a site plan review.   Sparkboro still has to complete the approval process with the Cannabis Control Commission in Boston, but the local permitting was completed in a two-hour hearing and a unanimous vote by the board on Thursday night.   Sparkboro was represented in Thursday's hearing by Williamstown attorney Don Dubendorf and engineer Charlie LaBatt of Guntlow and Associates.   The testimony and the board's questions focused less on the nature of the business and more on the potential impact of developing the site and ensuring that development met town codes where possible and provided mitigation when not.   In other words, it was discussed as any other retail business might be.   One abutter did bring concerns before the board, but she said her comments stemmed from the potential impact of a retail operation next door to her home she rents as a residence.   "I'm not against cannabis," said Maura Taylor, who owns the home at 1025 Simonds Road. "But the activity … I could end up losing potential real estate income from this business being there. Prior to my purchasing this home, there was a family that lived [at 1017 Simonds Road]."   ZBA member Rob Matthews pointed out that while there may be impacts from revitalizing the commercial property next to Taylor's, both are in the town's Planned Business zoning district.   "That might be true, but [a business] is something allowed by right in that zone," Matthews said. "That could become a garage tomorrow."   Town Planner Andrew Groff told the ZBA that the area in question has been zoned planned business for decades.   The board was able to address some of Taylor's concerns by pointing to a site plan by the applicant submitted that shows Sparkboro's lighting plan abides by the town code by not allowing measurable light crossing the northern boundary of the 1017 Simonds Road property.   And although the applicant already had expressed a preference to use warmer, 3,000 Kelvin lighting that produces less glare, the ZBA specified the 3,000 Kelvin fixtures as a condition of Sparkboro's permit.   The board also was able to address Taylor's concern that vehicles entering the north entrance to Sparkboro's property might cut through an easement that 1017 Simonds Road shares with its neighboring parcel. The board included in its order that Sparkboro will use curbing or some other modification to ensure that does not happen.   The only other concern raised to the ZBA was a written communication from the counsel of Steinerfilm, Inc., which expressed a worry that cars pulling in and out of the Sparkboro lot would negatively impact employees entering and leaving the manufacturing facility by its access road, located at the south end of 1017 Simonds Road.   Nobody from Steinerfilm attended Thursday's virtual hearing to address the ZBA on the matter.   Dubendorf said there was ample evidence to show that Sparkboro would not exacerbate traffic problems on a stretch of a road where southbound traffic is transitioning from 45 mph to 35 mph.   He pointed to a recent Simonds Road traffic study taken south of the intersection with Bridges Road, the "Cozy Corner" intersection south of the 1017 Simonds Road, that showed 5,500 vehicle trips per day.   Dubendorf noted that since so many of the vehicles that travel that stretch of Simonds Road/Route 7 actually turn on and off the U.S. highway at Bridges, it is reasonable to infer that the number of existing vehicle trips past 1017 Simonds Road is even higher.   The applicant, meanwhile, estimates 224 car trips per day to the planned Starkboro location.   "Even if you double that number, you're below the 10 percent trigger under our bylaw of traffic addition," Dubendorf said.   In other business on Thursday night, the ZBA approved an enclosed mud room and carriage house-like storage building for a residence on Latham Street, which is in the Village Business District.   The homeowner was before the board because the single-family home represented a pre-existing non-conforming use in the zone.   "We normally deal with extensions of nonconforming uses by businesses in residential districts," Groff told the board. "This is the opposite."

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway to leave White House at end of month
Source:  News South Of Boston
Monday, 24 August 2020 02:06

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, is leaving the White House at the end of the month to focus on family matters.


POLICE LOG: Aug. 24, 2020
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Monday, 24 August 2020 02:00

Amesbury

Clean River Project grapples with river rubbish  
Source:  The Daily News of Newburyport - news/local news,news/local news/
Monday, 24 August 2020 02:00

METHUEN — Where can you go to find an old dock, discarded shopping carts, a grimy park bench, barrels of unknown origin, a rusty bicycle, miscellaneous car parts and a stop sign?

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