SANDWICH, MA – It’s Monday July 19th. Here’s what you need to know this afternoon:
- Provincetown city officials have released news after more than 130 residents and tourists have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Bill to protect victims of violent crime and human trafficking from deportation was enacted on Friday
- Framingham City Council could repeal a two-week-old law that allows stores to charge customers for single-use paper bags.
- Jeanica Julce, 27, of Somerville, was pulled from the water by dive crews after more than nine hours after a boating accident at Boston Harboat.
Scroll down for more on these and other stories that Patch covered in Massachusetts today.
Reverend Tina Walker-Morin turns 40 next month and to celebrate, she asks the community of Sandwich to help her repair the church she serves.
Walker-Morin is a member of the clergy of the Nearly 200-year-old First Church of Christ. Just as the coronavirus pandemic struck, church officials discovered the church had major structural deficiencies, particularly where the building supports the steeple. Walker-Morin said the church community had not been able to pray at the shrine since before the pandemic.
âThe church is more than a building, this community is where a single mother can bring her two beautiful shy daughters and watch them blossom and grow in self-confidence surrounded by love and community. benevolent, âsaid Walker Morin. âIt’s a place where older people who have to move into a nursing home are visited and given cards and respond with words of thanks saying, ‘It’s nice to know that I haven’t been forgotten. “”
Rethinking paper bag fees in grocery stores: Framingham City Council may soon prove that the customer is still right. A new municipal law came into effect on July 5 that allows businesses to charge 10 cents per single-use paper bag. Barely two weeks later, a city councilor wants to repeal the fees after backlash from disgruntled buyers. The law allows businesses to charge 10 cents per paper bag and keep the money.
Boston Harbor Boat Crash Victim ID: Jeanica Julce, 27, of Somerville, was pulled from the water by dive teams after more than nine hours of searching on Saturday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The US Coast Guard said a small boat with eight on board reached the day mark around 3 a.m. on Saturday, throwing everyone on board into the water. Crews were able to get seven of the boaters ashore, but an eighth person was missing until his body was found around noon, Boston police said. Julce lived in Somerville and majored in finance at UMass Boston, dreaming of opening his own dance studio, and awas created by his family
The new MA law prevents the deportation of victims of violence: A bill to protect victims of violent crime and human trafficking from deportation, tabled by state representative Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, was enacted on Friday, Nguyen’s office said. The bill was tabled with Representative Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset and included in the FY2022 budget, which Gov. Charlie Baker signed on Friday. The bill “provides clear and consistent language for law enforcement to certify immigrant victims of domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and sex trafficking, who have helped prosecute their attackers,” according to A press release. “With this certification, these victims can then apply for a U or T visa, which would allow them to testify without fear of deportation.”
Police are asking for help finding a suspect in a serious hit-and-run accident: Wilmington Police are seeking information on a serious hit-and-run accident on Wednesday. At around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, there was an accident at the intersection of Middlesex Avenue and Clark Street that ended in a vehicle hitting a nearby house, police said. A brown or red vehicle fled the scene on Clark Street towards Church Street, police said. They are looking for witnesses and information on a brown or red vehicle with damage to the front.
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For the first time, a state commission is meeting to be tasked with reviewing and making potential changes to the state’s seal, flag and motto. The current Commonwealth emblem depicts a Native American, with the arm of a settler above him wielding a sword, and a Latin phrase that reads, in part, “By the sword we seek peace.” (Photo Shutterstock)