Bulletin Board




Thank you to the BBA Members who have donated bags to the library for our curbside service.  We have found that the most popular size we need is 10x8x4.  If any BBA members could provide a supply of bags of this or similar size to the library, we would be grateful.  We will acknowledge your donation on our library Facebook page.  If you would like to put your business card or company name anywhere on the bags, we are fine with that. Thank you!  For your convenience I’ve included the attached link as an example of the kind of bag we are looking for: 

https://www.amazon.com/x4-75-50-Shopping-Retail-Natural/dp/B00KZPGIXS 

Bernadette D. Rivard

Library Director
Bellingham Public Library
100 Blackstone Street

Bellingham MA  02019
508-966-1660

508-966-3189 fax

brivard@bellinghamma.org

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light."
George Washington, Letter to Charles M. Thurston, Sunday, August 10, 1794



 


FREE Announcements on MyFM Extended for 60 Days!!

GREAT News, SENIOR PARADE!! Great if the BBA could put up CONGRATS wishes on their signage to help them CELEBRATE!!

Plan for your Business Opening!

The Town of Bellingham is seeking eligible businesses to begin planning for a safe reopening. As the Governor begins to reopen the State, we ask that you review the attached handout and look at ways you can improve operations to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you believe you fall under the expanded essential business list contact the Town to review your options at COVID19Business@bellinghamma.org 


Plan for your Restaurant Opening!

The Town of Bellingham is seeking eligible restaurants to begin planning for a safe reopening. As the Governor begins to reopen the State, we encourage restaurants with excess outdoor space to think creatively as to how you may expand outdoor table service in a safe manner to limit exposure to COVID-19.

The Town anticipates restaurants will be required by State officials to limit their interior capacity this summer. So in order to recoup some capacity the Town is looking to provide an opportunity to strategically place outdoor seating in areas not typically used such as sidewalks, parking lots, grass area, etc.

The expansion of outdoor seating unfortunately takes some time to permit so we are requesting interested businesses to reach out now to start the process so once the Governor gives you the green light to open you are ready to go!

To learn more contact the Town to review your options at COVID19Business@bellinghamma.org





Dear Friends and Family,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and well.   This spring has turned out to be very different from what any of us could have imagined and continues to present challenges that range from the highly personal to those on a global scale. One consequence of the coronavirus and social distancing is that Jeff's Place had to cancel our annual spring fundraiser on which we rely heavily to fund free programs for children and their families grieving the loss of a parent or sibling. Yet now, more than ever, we are painfully aware of the increasing need to offer hope and healing to those in grief. And so true to our vision - No One Grieves Alone - our dedicated team has reimagined this event and created an online fundraiser in which 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to Jeff's Place. If you would like to help, here are some things you can do:

  1.   Learn more about Jeff's Place -   One of the greatest privileges of my life has been to serve on the Board of Directors at Jeff's Place.   Check out these three short videos made specifically for this online event and hear directly from our Jeff's Place Founder<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFay6KXs8wk>, Clinical Director<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLFGWEN94fY>, and Lauren<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Tsr5WKbss&feature=youtu.be&blm_aid=23710>, a sixteen-year-old who came to Jeff's Place after her father died by suicide.

  2.   Donate and Participate in our Online Auction - Take part in our silent online auction<https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php>  where you can access a variety of fun auction items and packages. Or, you can make a donation<https://cbo.io/d/donate.php?slug=jeffsplace>  with a financial contribution that will go 100% directly to our program services.

  3.   Share this information with your networks -   Help spread the word by visiting our website<https://u7909656.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=3fEYGmi31XGgDsS74mYbGnagdO3tHziJZtyL-2B8EcIXFJ4Nyhx4fmVSER5W72KSh8phH3vL8WCVse5VMkqUwE-2Bg-3D-3DU8WS_xGRFRHG-2BjDiOkWIi-2BmEypH2XJxgBV7J0jYXN9HTYFl6dxptxp5OD1dhYUpFXd-2BF67PyHH3KUt64W1hWvzgIWvDmfm5lQD-2BAugGSdM5lzZ3WV-2BJD75bfBIwexqv853MHWhIWOQ1lqo6UQmpCqfwyhizTCKRmM6rtd-2Fn7uYJuXmPspgn-2FZd1ANMObmTuiMTDFMiX7YdwQ37V0MtQUWCUeq2UOV6gRY4AV30mwd4ep7R9WzI8ZFzwysnFnnCMOengpcvS-2FjgQ4mRS1Eg79IcCcMOvofWtFjDEgz3FxgpqoH3zfVjJgESuIS9naxd2A4FwRl-2Bnk8v2r6AoS7WLW7hngOsnDOkGXEYlGJOGyqjjNWn6qJ-2BJ68URuHSy72ZRK-2BWsMFmw4zymRAH9EwQJRXRN4n2w-3D-3D>, and following and liking us on Facebook<https://u7909656.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=3fEYGmi31XGgDsS74mYbGh7T4EX3yvROs6drCSYWSHPEEljdVGgdeZOdfR-2FN0G43BexKMWbEha2FKXurPhM3-2FEAQLzQUJyCFJKa8rwGpSNk-3DGkTv_xGRFRHG-2BjDiOkWIi-2BmEypH2XJxgBV7J0jYXN9HTYFl6dxptxp5OD1dhYUpFXd-2BF67PyHH3KUt64W1hWvzgIWvDmfm5lQD-2BAugGSdM5lzZ3WV-2BJD75bfBIwexqv853MHWhIWOQ1lqo6UQmpCqfwyhizTCKRmM6rtd-2Fn7uYJuXmPspgn-2FZd1ANMObmTuiMTDFMiX7YdwQ37V0MtQUWCUeq2UOV6gRY4AV30mwd4ep7R9VrB2YU-2B4y-2BMu5WIBq8udm-2Fi-2BIu5d3BNU9V12kpqPAx2MUvP3HVol2GTuKUva7QAa7wPzmAnYkSqr8LXquu2JLEsn6kG6-2FBbKA-2FXXwnNuHJmMz6lJUMueyGiIWZlouTxMhW4zuqzPpZu3RDadVV1XF73B4OuGO9GPE0-2BSfCntUpAg-3D-3D>  and Instagram<https://u7909656.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=3fEYGmi31XGgDsS74mYbGkgDlTSgS-2F2756GqiwO-2BpxBJaoSTrceCesRu0b8YojmMBvGTW6zxYpIN0vTanYFoZlQocqsIMyQ7bNpFnKgSqec-3DCfvS_xGRFRHG-2BjDiOkWIi-2BmEypH2XJxgBV7J0jYXN9HTYFl6dxptxp5OD1dhYUpFXd-2BF67PyHH3KUt64W1hWvzgIWvDmfm5lQD-2BAugGSdM5lzZ3WV-2BJD75bfBIwexqv853MHWhIWOQ1lqo6UQmpCqfwyhizTCKRmM6rtd-2Fn7uYJuXmPspgn-2FZd1ANMObmTuiMTDFMiX7YdwQ37V0MtQUWCUeq2UOV6gRY4AV30mwd4ep7R9XfI8HPJRpfPALTavDKi94iEjrg5CitBmIqcQK8kv4Tg2kWzCjWxZ1zBH8DnzOURd4fgKO1oExLvSK5uffC3rRWu50MB-2FTmvonx0UBNe6102zlwwJYssO-2Fl1nvKoPk-2BLa8Y5NS90qjc95uGCBMyuKQy-2BidXTBHmzJJY0ifmMO9bLA-3D-3D>.

I know that times are tough for everyone right now and I cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support.   Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more about Jeff's Place. Please remember that the auction closes on May 3rd.

With deep gratitude,

Rick Kaplan

508-561-0445

Board Chair

Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center

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The following message is from the Board of Selectmen ~

Hello Bellingham Restaurants and Other Businesses!

We hope you are all staying safe and practicing social distancing.  We are actively looking to spotlight your business during our daily 10:00 show on ABMI.  To date, we have created a forum for grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies and some of the other larger scale businesses in town.  If you are interested in sharing what you are doing to continue to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic please send an email to me at cmcnulty@bellinghamma.org

Your participation will take place using Zoom.  We look forward to providing this platform for you.

Thank you,

Cindy McNulty

Board of Selectmen


 

Further Guidance Relating to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

 

 

 

 

 

On March 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) offered further clarification of certain provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The complete list can be found here: 

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions 

Some of the significant clarifications for small to mid-sized businesses are as follows: 

Small Business Exceptions 

The DOL has clarified that small employers with fewer than 50 employees, including religious or nonprofit organizations, may claim an exemption from providing Emergency FMLA or Emergency Paid Sick Leave if their authorized officer determines one of the following applies: 

·     Providing the benefit would cause the business to incur expenses and financial obligations to exceed its revenues and cause the business to cease operating at a minimal capacity;  

·     The employee’s absence would entail a substantial risk to the business's financial health or operational capabilities because of specialized skills, knowledge of the business, or responsibilities the employee possesses; or  

·     There are insufficient workers who are able, willing, and qualified to perform the labor or services provided by the employee requesting childcare leave, and these labor or services are needed for the business to operate at a minimal capacity. 

The DOL indicates, however, that the school closures/childcare reasons for leave are the only reasons for which this exemption is available, and only if one of the above criteria is met.  

Business Size Requires Day-Of Calculation: 

The FMLA emergency leave provisions apply to private employers with 499 or fewer employees, but the law does not say what time period employers must use to make this calculation. The DOL clarified that employers should use the number of employees on the day the subject employee’s leave would start. 

Limits of FMLA Leave  

The DOL clarified that the Emergency FMLA provisions do not change the overall amount of FMLA leave employees can take during an applicable FMLA 12-month period. For example, if during an applicable FMLA 12-month period an employee takes 12 weeks of FMLA leave, Emergency FMLA leave is unavailable because the employee has exhausted 12 weeks of FMLA leave. 

Full Time vs. Part Time Employees 

The amount employees receive for emergency paid sick leave depends on whether they are "full" or "part" time. The DOL clarified that "full-time" employees for emergency paid sick leave purposes are those who normally are scheduled 40 or more hours per week. An employee who is not "full" time is "part" time, and that employee receives a number of emergency paid sick leave hours equivalent to the number of hours the employee works on average over a two-week period (using a six month average).  

Job Restoration After FMLA Leave 

The DOL clarified that employers can deny reinstatement to the same or equivalent position to an individual who qualifies as an FMLA "key" employee (salaried employee who is among the highest-paid 10% of all the employer's employees within 75 miles of the employee's worksite), or who works for an employer with 24 or fewer employees and takes school closure/childcare leave, and all four of the following hardship conditions exist: 

1. The position no longer exists due to economic or operating conditions that affect employment and are due to COVID-19-related reasons during the leave period;

2. Employer made reasonable efforts to restore the employee to the same or an equivalent position;

3. Employer makes reasonable efforts to contact the employee if an equivalent position becomes available; and

4. Employer continues to make reasonable efforts to contact the employee for one year, beginning on the date COVID-19 leave ends or the date 12 weeks after leave began (whichever is earlier). 

Emergency Leave Counts Toward Health Coverage Eligibility 

The DOL clarified that, for employees completing an eligibility period before they can receive employer-provided group health coverage, the time they take Emergency FMLA leave instead of actively working counts towards satisfying the eligibility period requirements. 

Definition of Health Care Provider & Emergency Responder for Employee Exception 

Employers of health care providers and emergency responders can elect to exclude the following employees, among others, from coverage: 

·     anyone employed at any doctor’s office, hospital, health care center, clinic, post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction, medical school, local health department or agency, nursing facility, retirement facility, nursing home, home health care provider, any facility that performs laboratory or medical testing, pharmacy, or any similar institution, employer, or entity. This includes any permanent or temporary institution, facility, location, or site where medical services are provided that are similar to such institutions, and any individual employed by an entity that contracts with any of the above institutions, employers, or entities. This also includes anyone employed by any entity that provides medical services, produces medical products, or is otherwise involved in the making of COVID-19 related medical equipment, tests, drugs, vaccines, diagnostic vehicles, or treatments.  

If you have questions or would like to discuss COVID-19 concerns, please contact Attorney Michael P. Doherty, Attorney Andrew M. Kepple, Attorney Gabriel W. Bell, or one of our other employment attorneys at 508-541-3000.

This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal advice. All those who read this article should seek the advice of a professional before taking action based upon any information provided herein.

© 2020 Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, P.C.


 

 

DDCRW Law | (508) 541-3000 | ddcrwlaw.com

 


 

Paycheck Protection Program

Under the CARES Act

 

 

 

 


 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. One important aspect of the CARES act is the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), a program which authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to businesses across the country. This program will be accepting applications from businesses beginning on April 3, 2020.  

Generally, the PPP will benefit smaller businesses with 500 or fewer employees. PPP loans to small businesses will be forgiven (and will not have to be repaid) under certain circumstances. As an initial matter, the loan money must be used only for certain allowable costs, including the following: 

·        covering payroll costs and benefits;

·        mortgage interest on obligations incurred before February 15, 2020;

·        rent costs pursuant to leases entered into prior to February 15, 2020;

·        utilities that began service to the business prior to February 15, 2020. 

Also, the amount of loan forgiveness will be reduced if a business cuts employees or reduces wages by more than 25%.  The PPP includes more details about forgiveness and a formula for determining potential loan forgiveness amounts.   

Businesses can apply to borrow up to 2.5 times the company’s average monthly payroll costs, up to a maximum of $10 million.  Loan payments can be deferred for six months and the interest rate for the loans will not exceed 4%. The loans will not require security or personal guarantees and can be repaid over a period of up to ten years.  

Information about the timeline and process for applying, the businesses that are eligible, and other information about PPP Loans can be found at the following link to the SBA’s website:  

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp 

A PDF version of the application can be found on the SBA’s website at the following link: 

https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form--paycheck-protection-program-ppp-sample-application-form 

If you have questions or would like to discuss COVID-19 concerns, please contact Attorney Michael P. Doherty, Attorney Andrew M. Kepple, Attorney Gabriel W. Bell, or one of our other employment attorneys at 508-541-3000. 

This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal advice. All those who read this article should seek the advice of a professional before taking action based upon any information provided herein. 

© 2020 Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, P.C.

 

 

 

DDCRW Law | (508) 541-3000 | ddcrwlaw.com

 


The SNL in Bellingham Event for May 15th and 16th has been POSTPONED!!



Hello BBA Members,

At the December BBA Breakfast hosted by the Friends of the Library we discussed opportunities for Bellingham businesses in assisting the Friends of the Library in supporting the library's programs.  One of the outcomes of that discussion is the opportunity for sponsorship of the Museum & Attraction Passes that the Friends pay for and supply to the members of the community.  Below is a list of the passes and their annual cost.  We hope you will consider becoming a sponsor of one of these passes.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  You can reach me at this email or call my direct line, 508-657-2776. 

Thank you for considering!

Bernadette 

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Bernadette D. Rivard

Library Director

Bellingham Public Library

100 Blackstone Street

Bellingham MA  02019

508-966-1660

508-966-3189 fax

brivard@bellinghamma.org<mailto:brivard@bellinghamma.org

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light."

George Washingon, Letter to Charles M. Thurston, Sunday, August 10, 1794


 

Dear Friends- 

I joined Musicians On Call 3 years ago and the experience has been incredible! I’ve made 45 visits to the Boston VA Hospital and played bedside for over 1,600 patients. I was honored to play for our veterans again this Christmas and made bedside visits to more than 50 patients. 

I'm hosting a special fundraising event for Musicians On Call at CraftRoots Brewing on Sunday, February 9th from 5pm until 8pm. The night will be very special to me as it will be the CD release party for Agona Hardison’s “This Is The Year” which I helped write and produce. 

Tickets are $25 and includes a copy of Agona’s CD, a glass of CraftRoots beer, and live music from Agona and me and other musical guests, plus food and raffles! All proceeds go to Musicians On Call to help us provide more services to our veterans at more locations around the country. Please join us for this amazing night of live music, great beer and friends! 

CraftRoots Brewing

4 Industrial Rd

Milford, MA 01757

5pm to 8pm 

If you can't make it, help me support Musicians On Call via the link below. Any size donation would be appreciated! 

https://donate.musiciansoncall.org/scornavaccaMOC 

I hope you'll join us in delivering the healing power of music! Thanks in advance for your support!  

All the best, 

-Jeff 

PS: You can find out more about Musicians On Call here: https://www.musiciansoncall.org



A unique way to be part of Bellingham’s History. Makes a great gift too. Officially accepting orders, however through the mail only at this time. Finalizing on-line procedures and will update everyone once those are available. For now, orders can be placed by returning the form to the 10 Mechanic St. address with a payment. Please mark the envelope “300th “ and include your name and a phone number in case there are any concerns with your order we can contact you. Thank you. Next year is going to be epic!!

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