Today is Friday, Oct. 16. Here are some of the top stories we are covering.
A local news anchor lost her job after making a costumed appearance on Adam Sandler's new Netflix movie.
Now-former WHDH anchor Alaina Pinto on Thursday announced on Twitter she had been fired for appearing in "Hubie Halloween," which was filmed in Salem and released this month on the streaming service.
Pinto briefly plays an anchor on "Wake Up Boston," a fictional news show in the movie, where she talks about Halloween celebrations in Salem. She's dressed as Harley Quinn, a character from the Batman universe.
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Maria Mavrogiannis, a 76-year-old Needham tailor, hadn't missed a rent payment in 30 years before the coronavirus crisis hit earlier this year. Now, with a state ban on evictions set to expire, she may lose her business.
"No one needs tailoring, no one is buying dresses. I don't know what to do," Mavrogiannis said.
Massachusetts' moratorium on evictions, which prevents landlords from evicting most small business tenants during the pandemic, is set to expire on Saturday.
On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said a new $171 million plan will help renters and landlords as the state's eviction ban comes to an end this weekend, but tenants and landlords are still facing uncertainty.
If moving were an option, Mavrogiannis said she would take it, but she has too much equipment and inventory and no money to move it.
"Where can I move? I have the conveyor belt and machines," she said.
Noontime has long been a special time for Tan Tran and his son, Aidan, at the North Beverly commuter station.
That's the time of day when two trains coming in opposite directions pass each other in a rush to 3-year-old Aidan's delight. The father and son try to make it to the station to catch the magic moment in the eyes of Aidan each day they can.
"Our interaction was just waving at them," Tan Tran told Patch. "That was about it. We just wave at the trains and he gets excited. He does a little excitement dance."
Tran said a couple of weeks ago they noticed the conductor of the train started waving back.
"The conductor stuck out his head one day and said you guys make our day when we come by," Tran said.
Then on Wednesday it was the commuter rail crew's turn to make Aidan's day as they got out of the train at the stop and handed Aidan a toy train set.
Despite repeated requests for potential visitors to stay away from the city amid the coronavirus pandemic this year, the crowds keep coming to Salem in hopes of getting a little taste of Halloween in the city's unofficial hometown.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll once again urged those considering a trip to Salem in October to wait until next year — or, at least, next month — as she announced restricted access to the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall starting this weekend.
The city will close the Peabody Essex Museum entrance to the mall and put barricades in place to help control crowds that she said become stagnant and don't allow for social distancing. She added in a news conference Friday morning that there will be greater enforcement of the limit on lines waiting to get into restaurants.
"We here in Salem are trying really hard to cut down on the number of visitors who are here in our community," Driscoll said. "That's not ordinarily what we want to do in October. But this is certainly not a normal October."
The Patriots canceled practice Friday after at least one more coronavirus case on the team.
ESPN is reporting the team has another positive test and awaiting confirmation on what looks to be a second.
The news once again throws the Patriots game against the Broncos — already twice rescheduled — into flux. The game is currently set for Sunday afternoon; It had been originally scheduled for last Sunday and was moved to Monday, but positive tests in New England bumped it to this week.
Beach season may be over on Cape Cod, but great white sharks are still swimming and hunting for blubbery snacks in the region's waters.
According to police, $20,000 worth of fentanyl and $7,000 worth of cocaine were seized.
The School Committee announced Superintendent Sheldon Berman's resignation Thursday evening.
The 20-year-old Dorchester woman was taken by helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.