Lowell COVID Test Site Increases Capacity + Staffing Shortages

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Hey, Westford! Let's get you all caught up to start this day off on an informed note. These are the most important things going on in Westford today.

First, today's weather:

Times of clouds and sun. High: 38 Low: 29.

Here are the top stories in Westford today:

  1. Mass. school officials scrambling to alleviate staffing shortages amid COVID-19 surge following winter break| (Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News)

  2. Brandeis lands $10M donation for community engagement (Boston Business Journal)

  3. Plowable Snow Likely Coming To Massachusetts Friday (CBS Boston)

  4. Finishing touches put on first section of new Arlington High School (Wicked Local)

  5. New leadership in the new year at Sizer School (Sentinel & Enterprise)

  6. Harvard Will Move Ahead with In-Person Spring Semester Despite Rising Covid Cases | News (Harvard Crimson)

  7. State COVID testing site in Nashua drawing huge response, resulting in long wait times, temporary closures (Nashua Telegraph)

  8. VIDEO: Andover boys basketball downs North Andover | Multimedia (Eagle-Tribune)

  9. Podcast: Merrimack River Watershed Council Seeks Input on Recreational Use of Waterway (WHAV News)

  10. SLIDESHOW: Andover Celebrates First Night | Gallery (Andover Townsman)

  11. Massachusetts business owners help increase reward for info on missing New Hampshire girl to $33,000 (WCVB Boston)

  12. Testing capacity increased at Lowell Stop the Spread site (Lowell Sun)

  13. Emerson Hospital: what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (Wicked Local)

  14. Boston considers creating 'high-capacity' COVID-19 testing site (WCVB Boston)

  15. MassDevelopment awards grant for The Green @ UTEC (Lowell Sun)

  16. Governor swears in Lawrence city councilors, School Committee members (Eagle-Tribune)

  17. Framingham Schools Report 27 COVID Cases on January 4 – Framingham SOURCE (framinghamsource.com)

  18. 16,621 new COVID-19 cases, 94 additional deaths reported in Massachusetts (WCVB Boston)

  19. ‘Married at First Sight’ returns to Boston for a new season premiering Wednesday (The Boston Globe)

  20. Town of Maynard Installs New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (maynardtownadmin.org)

  21. CommonWealth Magazine (CommonWealth magazine)

  22. Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella sworn in by Gov. Baker on Monday as longest running mayor in the state (Sentinel & Enterprise)

  23. Boyfriend of slain Woburn woman now charged with her murder (Boston.com)

  24. Littleton Selectmen Review Warrant Articles, Budget For 2022 Town Meeting (Caledonian Record)

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Today in Westford:

  • Communications Advisory Committee - Town of Westford (10:00 AM)

  • Math Team League - Westford Academy (2:30 PM)

From my notebook:

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  • Westford Conservation Trust: "Hope you can join us this Saturday! Should be fun!" (Facebook)

  • J. V. Fletcher Library: "Coming up on January 20th! Register here: https://tinyurl.com/232ebx6u." (Facebook)

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Annie Sandoli

About me: Annie has been a Boston-based writer since 2018, after graduating with her BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass Amherst and ALM in journalism from Harvard University. She has worked as a freelancer throughout Massachusetts and as part of an editorial team in London, UK. Her interests include music and the arts, creative writing and literature, and topics of social and political justice. Annie covers Brookline, Newton, Waltham, Chelmsford and Westford. Email news tips to annie.sandoli@patch.com.

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