On June 1, Gov. Charlie Baker released workplace safety standards for retail businesses in advance of the state's initiation of Phase 2 to allow businesses time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards. These workplace safety standards and the expanded opportunity they provide for in-store browsing and transactions will not be effective until Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan commences.
Gov. Baker will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data. These standards apply, until rescinded or amended by the state, to all retail businesses except for farmers’ markets, which shall continue to be governed by Department of Public Health Guidance. These standards supersede and replace existing Department of Public Health guidance governing grocery stores and pharmacies.
Retail businesses that have been defined as providing Essential Services pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 13 will be required to comply with these sector-specific safety protocols within one week of the date that retail businesses are authorized to open pursuant to the Governor’s Phase 2 reopening Order.
Due to the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment, first responders have been making due with limited supplies through the majority of this pandemic. As a result, Mechanics Cooperative Bank has made a direct effort on their behalf with the donation of 2,000 KN95 masks to the Taunton Police and Taunton Fire Departments. First responders such as police and fire are often put in harm’s way and must be trained to deal with a wide array of potential medical emergencies including contagion.
President and CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Joseph T. Baptista Jr. commented “As a business member of the Taunton community, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is proud to do our part in support of our local first responders and those on the front line facing this pandemic on a daily basis. It’s important that our police and fire departments have the proper personal protective equipment needed to keep themselves, and our community safe, and we are happy to be in a position to help. This is what community banking is all about. Thank you to both the Taunton Police and Fire Departments for all that you do for our community.”
Due to the high level of uncertainty associated with these positions proper face masks are the first step in personal protection. Even with such preparation, first responders face unique risks of being the first people to aid those with unknown circumstances.
Lieutenant Eric Nichols of the Taunton Police Department said “These masks are extremely helpful and will add to our ongoing internal effort to protect our Officers and our residents when they are in need of our support – something we take very seriously. We appreciate the support of Mechanics Cooperative Bank and their thoughtfulness to help make our City safer.”
The KN95 masks, valued at over $5,000 were delivered on May, 27 by President and CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Joseph T. Baptista Jr. KN95 is an industrial manufacturing standard that requires specific materials and manufacturing processes to significantly increase their effectiveness.
Chief Timothy Bradshaw commented “We appreciate the support from Mechanics Cooperative Bank and their President, Joseph Baptista. The Fire Department is not often thought of as first responders however we go on serval calls daily that require proper personal protection equipment for direct interaction with those in need. We can’t say thank you enough – these masks will help.”
About Mechanics Cooperative Bank
With total assets over $600 million, Mechanics Cooperative Bank offers a wide variety of personal and business deposit and loan products. As a Massachusetts co-operative bank, 100% of customers’ deposits are always fully insured. Established in 1877, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is Massachusetts’ second-oldest co-operative bank with eight conveniently located branches in Bridgewater, Taunton, North Dighton, Somerset, Swansea, Fall River and Westport. For more information, call 1-888-MECHANICS (632-4264) or visit Mechanics-Coop.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender.
The City of Taunton has established a Small Business Recovery Grant Program to assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses which have undergone significant business disruption due to COVID-19. This program is for eligible applicants that can demonstrate hardship induced by COVID-19 and meet U.S. Housing and Urban Development requirements of income eligibility and job retention. The City of Taunton, Office of Economic and Community Development will accept pre-applications starting May 29, 2020 and they must be submitted by 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 12, 2020. Eligible Grantees will be selected by a lottery to be held on June 15, 2020.
The Bank is proud to announce that the Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation, along with the Bank’s Board of Directors and Employees, joined forces to donate $30,000 to local food pantries to assist those in need.
The idea was simple, the Charitable Foundation would match donations made by the Board of Directors and Employees, hoping to provide much needed relief for our local food pantries who are having a difficult time meeting the record demand created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As one unified bank, we came together to support our communities during these challenging times. The funds will be distributed to food pantries within our markets and local pantries in the employee’s hometown.
“I am truly grateful for the support and generosity the Bank received from our Board of Directors and Employees,” said Peter Dello Russo, Bridgewater Savings Bank President and CEO, “It has never been more important to support the organizations that are providing aid to our neighbors in need. Together, we can make a difference!”
Bridgewater Savings Bank has been serving the Metro South communities since 1872. We are a full-service independent community bank offering commercial and residential loans as well as business and personal banking services with the most up-to-date technologies. Dedicated to cultivating the financial well-being of our community, we strive to deliver unique personalized service for each of our customers. It’s what we call “Uncommon Banking”. Bridgewater Savings is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). Bridgewater Savings is an Equal Housing Lender.
On May 19, The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Educaiton (MBAE) sent a letter to legislators in support of amendments #68, #73, and #95 to House Bill 4708. H.4708 is a more than $1 billion information technology bond bill that the House will consider during its session tomorrow, May 20. You can read our letter by clicking here.
We applaud the effort of the House to address some of the impacts and challenges that come with the delivery of remote learning to students through this bill. We believe that the three amendments, offered by House Education Chair Alice Peisch, will enhance and expand existing public school district efforts to invest in equitable access to broadband and remote learning.
Please consider contacting your legislators in support of these amendments and alerting public school stakeholders to the opportunity they present. We are happy to assist with outreach and provide more information.
Here’s a bit more detail on the relevant portions of H.4708 and the proposed amendments:
On May 18, Mayor Shaunna O’Connell announced that Taunton will be ready for the phased reopening of the Commonwealth.
“I know that this pandemic has been a terrible burden on families with the loss of life and loss of income. To help, we have been working around the clock at city hall to help area businesses with a safe reopening. Our goal is to keep people healthy while getting them back to work,” said O’Connell. “Now that Gov. Baker has released the details of the plan, we will be working to implement them as quickly and safely as possible.”
Governor Charlie Baker formally announced his reopening plan May 18. Manufacturing, construction, and places of worship are the first to be able to open, but there will be restrictions to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. There are new requirements for essential businesses already operating. On May 25, laboratories, offices, car washes, hair salons, pet grooming and some outdoor recreational facilities can re-open. Healthcare providers can provide high-priority preventative care. Salons and pet grooming will be by appointment only and most city buildings will remain by appointment only at this point. The continuation of remote work is strongly encouraged. Emergency childcare facilities that have been operating may be used to meet the needs of people with no alternative for care.
The stay at home advisory is now a “safer at home advisory.” Safety precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, limited outings, and no gatherings over 10 people are still in place. People are encouraged to stay home unless they need to make an essential trip to a newly opened facility.
“I am urging my fellow Tauntonians to use social distancing, wash their hands and wear their masks to stop the spread so the state will continue with the next phase of reopening. Also, I am encouraging everyone to help our businesses get back on their feet by shopping locally. They need our support to survive and to help rehire area residents. Let’s help our neighbors by shopping locally as much as possible,” said O’Connell.
Phase one will last for at least three weeks. Links to information released by the state regarding the phased reopening plan have been posted on the City of Taunton website. Residents can also call the COVID-19 hotline at 774.406.5898 with questions.
O’Connell is working with the Board of Health on implementing the new restrictions. Her office is available to help any business with questions. “We want to be a resource for businesses as they work to reopen, not a heavy-handed enforcer. Together we can keep Taunton safe, healthy, and thriving once again,” said O’Connell.
Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), headquartered in Taunton, Massachusetts, announces the promotion of Melissa F. Beauregard to the position of Indirect Loan Officer. In this capacity, Beauregard coordinates the underwriting and credit quality of indirect car loan applications from the Bank’s Main Office at 29 Broadway in Taunton.
Prior to her promotion, Beauregard held the position of Indirect Loan Underwriter for the Bank. Previously she served in a number of capacities with J.J. BEST BANC & CO in New Bedford, Massachusetts, including Senior Loan Officer and Loan Processor.
Beauregard is an animal rescue advocate, participating in numerous local events to raise awareness and funds for the cause. She is also a notary public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and earned her associate degree, with honors, from the New England Institute of Technology, Warwick, Rhode Island. Beauregard resides in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Bristol County Savings Bank Background Information:
Bristol County Savings Bank, a state-chartered savings bank and the wholly-owned subsidiary of Beacon Bancorp, is a full-service banking institution with approximately $2.3 billion in assets as of October 31, 2019. Founded in 1846, Bristol County Savings Bank has expanded its branch network to include 16 full-service offices in Attleboro, Dartmouth, East Freetown, Fall River, Franklin, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Raynham, Rehoboth and Taunton, Massachusetts, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island as well as a Loan center in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Bank also operates limited service educational branches at Taunton and Attleboro High Schools. In addition to traditional banking services, Bristol County Savings Bank offers wealth management services through its affiliate Bristol Wealth Group, as well as insurance services through its affiliate FBinsure, one of the region’s largest property and casualty insurance agencies. The Main Office and Corporate Headquarters of Bristol County Savings Bank are located on Broadway in Taunton, Massachusetts. For more information on Bristol County Savings Bank, visit www.bristolcountysavings.com.
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