Liars, age cheaters need to get back in line

By STEPHEN PINTO

Are you aware that people under 65 are lying about having underlying conditions?

Of course, you are.

But what are we to do in a society where it is every man and woman for themselves?

Go into a Walgreens and get vaccinated. No questions asked no proof needed.

Just another reason to have shortages and more importantly, gross, indifferent, scandalous inequities.

I think that’s pretty low on the humanity scale.

Those lining up and faking their way to get a vaccine shot are very likely to be taking a shot away from someone that really needs one.

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Everett still ‘hot spot’, despite declining virus numbers

FEBRUARY 12: A person walks down liberty Street. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


By JOSH RESNEK

Everett virus infections dropped last week to October levels.

The state Department of Public Health reported the same.

Hospitalizations and deaths are down…but the virus is not yet done with us.

The virus continues to paralyze the nation’s economy and health care system.

The effort to vaccinate the general public has sputtered.

There is not yet enough vaccine to go around.

And even if there was enough vaccine to go around, the ability to get it shot into everyone’s arms has revealed tremendous organizational difficulties.

In Everett and throughout Massachusetts the vaccine is being administered only to those over 75 or to those accompanying 75-year-old.

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Teacher vaccinations stalled by state’s age mandates

Signage outside Everett High School says it all, back to school on September 15, 2020. (File photo by Jim Mahoney)

Near-miss on effort to get schools open

By JOSH RESNEK

For several months, Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani and her administrators have been trying to get the Everett Public Schools reopened for classroom instruction.

Tahiliani has been leading the way for a hybrid program-type return to classroom teaching. On January 19, the School Committee voted to allow all the city’s school teachers to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines.

Everything was apparently set to go.

At the time, Tahiliani was hoping Everett’s teachers could at least get the first dose of the vaccine.

Then came the governor’s new instructions – only those 75 or older and first responders were to get the vaccine. That was at the end of January.

Despite 22 states across the nation already vaccinating their school teachers, Everett’s remain unvaccinated.

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EPS eyes March reopening some grades

FEBRUARY 6: Seniors 75 and older and others with specific health concerns where the first to get the Covid-19 vaccine at the former Pope John XIII school building over the weekend. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Vaccinations start at Pope John XIII


By JOSH RESNEK

Throughout the nation, a crescendo of interest in re-opening the public schools has taken on new energy and support.

In New York City and Chicago, the mayors of those two cities are taking seriously the outcry of parents and educators to get schools open again as soon as possible.

With the virus still running rampant across the nation and here in Massachusetts, reopening schools en masse for everyone is a daunting task.

In fact, Everett just began vaccinating its residents 75 and older at the former Pope John site.

More than 500 were vaccinated Saturday, according to officials.

In Everett, School Superintendent Priya Tahiliani is staying ahead of the curve about reopening the schools.

The Everett Public Schools are in fact tentatively scheduling the reopening of some of the lower grades partially in March, according to Tahiliani’s previous remarks at School Committee meetings.

What isn’t going to occur is a mass reopening with teachers and students inside classrooms while the virus is prevalent.

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Local vaccinations start Saturday despite weather

FEBRUARY 2: A man using a snowblower clears the parking lot at Stop and Wash laundromat on Ferry Street. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


By JOSH RESNEK

The pandemic and its hold on us continues.

Add to this, the snowstorm and the disruptions it has caused.

Nothing like an old fashioned February New England Nor’ Easter to slow down pandemic initiatives as well as the city’s business life.

Many small retailers, restaurant and deli venues have been hurt by the pandemic and the restrictions placed upon business here.

Again, the snowstorm didn’t help.

The city announced a parking ban Monday morning to last through the storm.

City hall and all public buildings closed at 1:00 p.m. Monday.

As the nation tries to roll out the vaccines, the virus continues to take its toll nationwide.

Nationwide figures have dropped.

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