Phillip passed away suddenly in Boston after having recovered from Covid-19 on June 15.
Phillip was born in Everett on November 18, 1962. Phillip was one of four children of the late Raymond and Mary (Smith) Auger. When Phillip worked, he was a horseman tending and caring for horses. Phillip worked with his father and brother tending to their horses at Suffolk Downs in Revere. During the racing season, they traveled all over the country.
It is my favorite holiday as it comes at the end of June and the beginning of July – at the beginning of summer.
In fact, on the Fourth of July there is much more summer in front of us than behind us. In New England, where the summers are fleeting, the Fourth of July is a moment to savor. It is as if winter is very far away. In fact, it is difficult to believe on the Fourth of July that winter even exists.
It is warm. It can be humid. Sometimes it rains.
This year, we are dealing with a pandemic, the Coronavirus.
The Fourth of July will come and go this year.
The general feeling among the people of Everett and in the cities and towns across this nation is that the virus supersedes the holiday. Many others believe the holiday has been ruined by all the restrictions caused by our response to the virus.
Those of us driving around and checking things out note the yearly display of flags waving everywhere.
Family members and friends are making plans for cookouts and parties although the celebration will be subdued for health reasons.
Block parties and large parties of all kinds everywhere well not be allowed.
Frankly, large gatherings are a bad idea.
There are other reasons the Fourth of July this year will be different from all other years.
Multiple options being drawn up for fall reopening guidelines
By JOSH RESNEK
On Thursday, the State of Massachusetts will be setting out a handful of possible solutions and options to aid and guide school systems in effecting a successful reopening of public schools in September.
It is expected the Baker Administration will be suggesting at least several reopening programs that will allow for virtual teaching for students done at home as well as in class teaching with strict social distancing and hygiene policies to stop the spread of the Coronavirus among students, teachers, and parents.
Everett Superintendent Priya Tahiliani will be carefully scrutinizing the state’s new guidelines.
She is likely to act affirmatively within the suggested framework to get education going in Everett again.
This we know right now.
Schools can and will likely reopen with safeguards in place, according to the state’s COVID-19 Command Center’s Advisory Board.
The state’s figures of infection have been falling as well as hospitalizations and deaths. They are within the CDC’s guidelines.
As many students as possible will be safely brought back to in-person school settings.
This will include measuring the risks associated with COVID-19 for in-person programs, but also the known challenges and consequences of keeping students out of school. The state is mindful that there is no substitute for in-person instruction.
The state is designing a social compact for reopening.
This provides for students and staff to stay at home if they are feeling sick or have any symptoms connected with COVID-19. School systems need enhanced protocols to monitor this.
Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito have carefully maneuvered Massachusetts away from the collapse of our state health hospital and health system by giving exceptional gravitas to the fight against the Corona- virus.
As of this week, only four states in the nation, are as well off as Massachusetts is in statistical Coronavirus categories – new cases are dropping, new hospitalizations are dropping, deaths are dropping while testing has increased dramatically.
The meticulous and very carefully and planned reopening of the economy is being accomplished. The cost for this has been excessive. Many smaller businesses have been hurt. About 900,000 Massachusetts residents are out of work.
But the virus has been dramatically shut down.
Many economists believe the virus cannot exist with a healthy economy.