Marshfield elementary school closing for at least two weeks after COVID leaves not enough staff to continue hybrid model

An elementary school in Marshfield is returning to remote learning for at least two weeks after multiple positive COVID cases.

Daniel Webster Elementary School has six positive COVID-19 cases, the Patriot Ledger reported, leaving a number of staff having to quarantine due to close contact with the people with positive case.

“With six positive cases of COVID-19 at the DWS within the past five days, and the subsequent quarantine requirements of close contacts, we do not have the necessary staffing to safely keep the building open and adequately educate our students in the hybrid model,” Superintendent Jeff Granatino said, according to the newspaper.

The district administration will revisit the decision before the two week period is up to decide if it is safe to re-open the school, the newspaper said.

This is not the first time a Massachusetts school has moved to remote learning due to a lack of staff

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The Empress of The Style Invitational on this week’s ‘grandfoal’ contest and haiku results

Also back in May — as we’ve been doing every year since 2006 — we followed up with the “grandfoals” contest, to “breed” any two of the names that got ink that week. As usual, the entry pool diminished by almost half from the previous month, but 2,000 entries are still a ton for an Invite contest (remember, I’m the only person who judges the entries, and I do like the occasional hour of sleep).

But then sheez, I figured that Week 1382, Week 1386 AND Week 1400 would be enough horses for a while! So I ran one of our recurring Ask Backwards contests instead. But then sheez no. “When do we get to do the grandfoals for these horses?’ I was asked by some of the more dedicated members of the Loser Community as soon as I printed the Week 1400 results. After that, I even heard from

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Style Conversational Week 1404: The Empress of the Style Invitational on this week’s contest and results

But like just about everything else this year, the pandemic sent the Triple Crown schedule into cuckooland, with the Derby postponed from May to September, the Preakness till October, and the Belmont, usually last and longest, run first, but at a shorter length. What to do with the Invite: I wasn’t sure we’d get any Derby race at all, so back in May I went ahead with Week 1382, presenting a list of 100 previous Derby winners back to 1878 and putting them up for stud. The results were, as always, a delightful deluge of puns and other wordplay, sifted from almost 4,000 entries. And then, as usual, we had the encore “grandfoals” contest in which the inking entries were bred with one another, with similarly clever results.

But sure enough, the Kentucky Derby did go off on Sept. 5, and I couldn’t resist playing the ponies one more time

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Shopping once every 3 weeks slashed my grocery bill in half

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Grocery spending can add up quickly. Even though you might have the goal of saving money by cooking for yourself, it is easy to let your grocery bill get out of hand. 

I know this reality all too well — I’ve spent way too much on groceries in the past and blown my budget. But I learned a few tricks and I’ve been able to dramatically slash my grocery bill with a long-term meal planning strategy. Here’s how I made that happen. 

How I let my grocery spending explode

As a family of two, we were spending over $750 per month in groceries last July. Of course, it was a

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Thangs Grows to 10K Registered Users and 1 Million 3D Model Uploads in Six Weeks

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Physna, Inc., the world leader in geometric search technology, is pleased to announce the rapid continued growth of the Thangs community. In just six weeks, the Thangs community has surpassed 10,000 registered users, and more than one million 3D models have been uploaded by the fast-growing Thangs community.

Thangs, the world’s most powerful search engine and collaboration platform for 3D models, launched in mid-August to provide groundbreaking tools for 3D model designers, engineers and 3D printing enthusiasts around the world. The platform’s rapid growth and adoption rate have helped Thangs grow more powerful since its launch last month: Every 3D model uploaded to Thangs helps its core technology understand the physical world even better.

“Thangs was created to address a huge void in search, collaboration and productivity tools for 3D model creators, and the way it has resonated with that community in such

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UMass model predicts Mass. death tally to rise near 9,800 in four weeks

A University of Massachusetts model predicts the state’s coronavirus death toll could rise near 9,800 by Oct. 24.

The model says the state could tally 9,769 coronavirus deaths by that time, though researchers noted the number could range from 9,633 to 9,997.

The model numbers reflect both confirmed and probable cases. The state had tallied 9,423 confirmed and probable case deaths as of Tuesday.

The rate of deaths reported each day has slowed after a terrifying climb this spring. The model predicts the state will continue to see around 90 coronavirus deaths a week in the coming weeks.

The projection comes from a lab headed by UMass Amherst associate professor Nicholas Reich that collects various models and develops a combined forecast that is intended to reflect their collective wisdom.

It only creates the forecast for a four-week window ahead because scientists believe forecasts aren’t reliable enough after that.

Reich’s lab

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Milan Fashion Week’s Trends Featured At-Home Fashion At Its Finest

Whereas New York Fashion Week saw very few in-person shows, almost no street style, and nearly as many films as runway collections, Milan Fashion Week was about as close to “normal” as it gets mid-pandemic. Show-goers wore face masks, as did Pierpaolo Piccioli while he waved arrivederci at the end of the Valentino show, and collections included 2020-appropriate items like face coverings at Marni and elbow-length rubber gloves at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.

When it came to spring ‘21 clothes, Italy’s top designers were in the mood for romance — reimagined for today’s lifestyle. At Fendi, pieces printed with photographs taken by creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi during quarantine were presented on models including Paloma Elsesser, Mona Tougaard, and Jill Kortleve. At Valentino, co-ords crocheted with flowers warmed our hearts, while bags looked big enough to fit a blanket, gourmet snacks, and natural wine, for a day spent lounging at

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