Sunday, August 23, 2020

In the News: Dean goes remote learning; post-pandemic Cape Cod maybe more unaffordable

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Under normal circumstances, Dean College would be getting ready to welcome students from near and far back to campus 
Not so in the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Instead, the campus in downtown Franklin will remain a quiet oasis as the college goes with a fully remote fall semester. 
In a statement posted on the Dean College website, President Paula Rooney noted that a lot of careful consideration was given to how the college would approach a return to classes for the 2020-21 academic year. 
“Throughout this process, the health and well-being of our entire community has been and will continue to be our primary concern,” she stated."
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Dean goes remote learning;
Dean goes remote learning; 

"Cape Cod officials said Thursday that the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial disruption it’s caused for many have shined a spotlight on connections between housing, health care and the economy.

On a call with other members of the Cape’s reopening task force, state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, said he’s worried that trends in the housing market linked to COVID-19 “will only exacerbate how Cape Cod is so profoundly unaffordable.”

Cyr said housing and the lack of affordable places to live was one of the biggest, most urgent issues facing the Cape and Islands region, where much new housing production caters to second-home buyers, before the pandemic hit.

“Cape Codders of my generation are struggling to make a life here,” Cyr said, adding that the crisis has revealed existing societal inequities to be “gaping fissures.”
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