Senator Sal DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature passed $627 million in funding for a sweeping economic recovery and development bill, providing critical support to businesses, investments in infrastructure, and creation of new jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was signed into law on January 14, 2021.
An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth is a COVID-19 relief and recovery package that provides support to the restaurant and tourism sectors, small businesses, and those who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The bill also creates a Future of Work Commission, establishes protections for student loan borrowers, and ushers in zoning reforms to encourage affordable housing development in our communities.
Everett is undergoing a revamp in its demographic, with more Latinos flocking to the city than ever before, according to local business owner Elmer Melara,
For this reason, he felt there was no better time than now to introduce the city’s residents to what he believes is the only Central American bakery in Everett: Roxy’s Bakery & Café located at 614 Broadway.
“In Everett, there’s plenty of Brazilian bakeries but there’s not an exclusive Central American bakery,” said Melara, a native El Salvadorian who moved to the U.S. 12 years ago.
Residing in Malden, Melara stated his desire to set up shop in Everett stemmed from the heavier Latino presence here now.
“Everett, for me, is a better place for business than Malden. There’s more of a Latino representation here than in Malden. From what I’ve seen, over the last five years, a lot of Central American families are coming to live here,” said Melara, who also owns NEON Graphics at 608 Broadway, just a few doors away down from Roxy’s, specializing in a variety of different web design and printing services.
The city has so far distributed $216,000 in rent and mortgage assistance to those qualifying for it since December, according to the mayor’s chief of staff, who reported the official figure to the city council last week.
Ironically, that amount for rent and mortgage assistance is $53,000 less than what the mayor’s office approved to spend for Christmas decorations and in fact paid for.
More $838 wreaths (about 250) were placed on light poles than applications processed (70) for working people behind on their rent and mortgages because of being laid off from their jobs.
The report from the mayor’s office produced the predictable amount of gushing and perfunctory thank you’s from the mayor’s obedient city government.
“I’m really glad at the great job you’re doing,” Councilor Stephanie Martins gushed.
She told the mayor’s chief of staff at the council’s Zoom meeting she couldn’t say enough about the mayor’s effort.
We wish the president and vice-president good luck.
They are going to need it.
The nation is rather hopelessly divided without much unifying force to bring people together for the general good.
The nation is languishing during an era when science is trashed, when leadership is missing, when there are no heroes. Biden and Harris will find exercising leadership difficult to impossible in such a jaundiced national social and political environment.
The divisions between the rich and the poor continue to grow. They will be hard pressed to do anything to change all that.
Bringing the nation together is a fantasy at this point. Certainly, they know this. What can they do?