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Will Baker’s $171M Plan to Fight Evictions Be Enough?

Gov. Charlie Baker. Photo by Chris Van Buskirk | State House News Service

Expanded rental assistance, rapid rehousing efforts and streamlined application processes are cornerstones of a $171 million plan announced Monday by the Baker administration to keep tenants in their homes and support landlords after the state’s eviction moratorium expires on Saturday.

The plan represents an alternative to extending the moratorium, which Baker is authorized to do under a law passed earlier in the pandemic and is a path that many community activists and some lawmakers say is preferable for the safety of tenants struggling due to job losses and other COVID-19 pandemic hardships, but which landlord groups and a federal judge have warned may be unconstitutional.

At least 80,000 households in Massachusetts, including both renters and homeowners, will struggle to cover the costs of both housing and basic needs this month, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council concluded last

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CNY bakers launch new businesses from their kitchens amidst pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic kept people at home, navigating the unknown, four Central NY food entrepreneurs baked up new business ideas.



a plate of food with a birthday cake: Big Al's Vegan Bakery in Syracuse offers vegan sweets, including cookie cakes. Orders can be placed through their Instagram account @bigalsveganbakery.


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Big Al’s Vegan Bakery in Syracuse offers vegan sweets, including cookie cakes. Orders can be placed through their Instagram account @bigalsveganbakery.

In lieu of food trucks, farmer’s markets, or opening a traditional storefront, these business owners opted to launch on social media first. Using Instagram and Facebook to market their products and connect with customers, they have each forged a path into the food business world despite the challenges of 2020.



a person holding a donut in the hand: Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al's Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Big Al's cookies are the "size of your face" and are one of her biggest sellers.


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Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al’s Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Big Al’s cookies are the “size of your face” and are one of her biggest sellers.

These bakers and candy makers

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A baker’s hopes for the Jewish New Year start with a round challah

Like many other small, independent business people in this pandemic year, Elise Richer is tired.

She has been forced to rethink many aspects of her homey Tin Pan Bakery in the Nasons Corner neighborhood of Portland, from its packaging and pricing, retail sales and recipes to its menu options and online ordering system.

She has applied for loans, and she has lost staff – one “awesome” full-time employee who left for something more secure and one part-timer. Now it’s down to her and a single part-timer, Lindsey, who comes in to decorate the cookies and cakes that Richer bakes herself.

At 4 years old, Tin Pan Bakery was finally hitting its stride, getting steady birthday cake orders, a reliable wholesale business, and regulars who came for the unusual knishes and the old-fashioned cookies (molasses-ginger, nutella rugalach, sugar cookies …) that looked and tasted like something your blue-ribbon baking grandmother might

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