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Lanesborough's King Elmer Treated for Broken Limbs
Source:  iBerkshires News
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:45

The break can be seen in the center, where a hole in the trunk allowed a family of raccoons to take up residence last year.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — King Elmer lost part of his crown this week.   Once the tallest elm in Massachusetts, the more than 250-year-old tree is now missing at least 10 foot section from his topmost branches from a combination of a weak trunk and winds from Tropical Storm Isaias that blew through the region Tuesday.   "It is 107 feet and I think that was part of the highest section," said James Neureuther, chairman of the Lanesborough Tree and Forest Committee. "It's probably a little shorter than it was now. It'd be hard to know but we may have lost 10 feet."   That, he noted, was like losing a whole tree.   A central branch with a 2-foot diameter had cracked and was hung up on the other branches at least 75 feet in the air, Neureuther said, pointing to a another limb above Summer Street, "now, they're taking this down because that was also a bit of a weak spot for a number of years."    The top break occurred at a hollowed area where raccoons had been found nesting a year ago.   The surgery was being done by Race Mountain Tree Services of Sheffield, which had inoculated the tree just a couple months ago for Dutch elm disease. Owner and arborist Ron Yaple had assessed the situation for removal on Thursday.    The pieces were dropped to Summer Street, which was closed off Friday morning during the work. Some were being chipped up others but a pile of smaller branches were being saved for children at Lanesborough Elementary School.    "When we have Arbor Day with the third-grade class I always try to give them a piece of wood so they can count tree rings," Neureuther said. "So now I'll be able to saw those all up and give them a little slice of King Elmer."

Natick fire appears to have been intentionally set, authorities say
Source:  News - Milford Daily News
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:39

A firefighter bringing a hose into the building was injured when a coupling connecting the hose to a fire engine broke off and struck him in the chest.

Natick fire appears to have been intentionally set, authorities say
Source:  News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:39

A firefighter bringing a hose into the building was injured when a coupling connecting the hose to a fire engine broke off and struck him in the chest.

20% Of Harvard University Freshman Class Have Deferred
Source:  CBS Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:35

BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of students who were accepted to Harvard University for this fall are deferring their admissions. Twenty-percent of first-years will not start school.

All freshman students, except international students, were invited to live on campus. All classes will be taught online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harvard anticipates only 25% of its student body will be on campus.

Boston Hospitals To Test Cystic Fibrosis Drug On Severely Ill Coronavirus Patients
Source:  CBS Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:35

BOSTON (CBS) — Harvard University researchers are working with two Boston hospitals to try a new way to help the sickest coronavirus patients. Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital will test a drug approved by the FDA to treat people with cystic fibrosis on those experiencing severe COVID-19 pneumonia and respiratory failure.

The drug is called Dornase alfa, also known as DNase 1 or Pulmozyme, and it works to prevent lung infections by breaking up thick mucus. That may make oxygen easier to deliver via ventilator, researchers say.

There’s also hope that the drug might break up neutrophil extracellular traps or NETs, which the researchers say could be contributing to lung inflammation.

A neutrophil, blue, releases unwound DNA, the backbone of NETs. The dots show proteins modified during NET formation or released by neutrophils and bound to NETs. Image credit: Lucas de Meglio and Patrick Munzer/Boston Children’s

“We hope this drug, which is known to be safe, will help reduce the inflammation that contributes to worsening respiratory distress in COVID-19,â€� said the study’s lead investigator, Benjamin Raby, who is a Harvard Medical School professor and chief of pulmonary medicine at Children’s.

The goal of the 18-month randomized, controlled study is to find out how many patients are alive and off a ventilator after 28 days. It aims to enroll 60 adults and children who need mechanical ventilation.




‘Good working environment’: Belichick confident in safety protocols as Patriots prepare for season
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:33

A total of eight New England Patriots players opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to coronavirus concerns, but head coach Bill Belichick said Friday that he is confident in the safety protocols that are in place at Gillette Stadium as his team prepares for a new year of football.

“There’s a comfort level with what we’re doing and who’s doing it and how we’re doing it, and we’re being productive,” Belichick told the media. “”So, if concerns or problems come up, then we’ll address those. But right now, I think it’s a good working environment. We’re getting a lot done.”

Belichick confirmed that no coaches om his staff have opted out of the upcoming season.

The players who have opted out include starting offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, veteran safety Patrick Chung, and star linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

In an effort to keep players safe during training camp, Belichick said the Patriots are using the visiting locker room to space players out. Plexiglass has also been installed and masks are being worn.

Belichick noted that the Patriots are still in Phase 1 on camp, which consists of walkthroughs, meetings, and conditioning workouts.

Padded practices are no expected to take place until Aug. 17.

The Patriots are slated to open up their 2020 season on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins.


Memorial bench vandalized in Mashpee Wampanoag tribal cemetery
Source:  News - The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:29

MASHPEE — Standing by his daughter’s vandalized memorial, Michael Frye said he felt hurt. He inspected the cracks, noticing the granite had been struck four times, leaving a crack down the middle and a chunk missing.“It’s just evil and senseless,” said Frye, a Falmouth resident.Michael’s daughter, Taryn Frye, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe who grew up in Falmouth and graduated from Falmouth High School, died in 2017 at the age [...]

Historic Salem Inc. announces Preservation Award winners
Source:  News - Salem Gazette
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:29

Historic Salem Inc. recently announced nine Preservation Award winners for the year 2020. The awards give HSI a chance to celebrate how preservation in Salem is a community effort with many participants — from private homeowners to institutional giants and from city efforts to individual preservation heroes.The award winners are:• Mike Becker for quality renovation, fence restoration and landscape design of 14-16 Hodges Court. The team included Epsilon [...]

Video: Comfortable Friday, more humid for weekend
Source:  News South Of Boston
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:29

Get the full forecast from StormTeam 5.

Amazon publishes Acton teen's picture book
Source:  News - The Beacon
Friday, 07 August 2020 11:24

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