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Greater Boston Food Bank delivers 98 million pounds of food amid pandemic; donations needed for holidays

The Greater Boston Food Bank delivered over 98 million pounds of food through its distribution partners during the fiscal year that ended in September, a huge spike from the 68 million pounds the organization had budgeted for prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group said Tuesday.

“A big part of that obviously is from the pandemic,” said Gary Roy, a spokesman for the food bank, in a phone interview. “If you haven’t paid close attention to it, it is a little shocking to hear for the first time.”

Roy said the food bank is currently accepting donations for its annual Hunger Free Holidays drive to help families in need during the holiday season. A $25 donation, Roy said, is enough to purchase a holiday meal for a family.

And families are increasingly battling food insecurity nationwide, according to Feeding America, a national network of food banks that includes the Boston

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  • November 24, 2020

Bank donates nearly $100K to Contra Costa schools


Supplies are dwindling as schools across the Bay Area continue to offer online or in-person instruction during the pandemic.

The Fremont Bank Foundation responded to this ongoing crisis by donating nearly $100,000 to five Contra Costa County school districts. Acalanes Union High, Brentwood Elementary, Danville/San Ramon Valley Unified, Liberty Union High and Walnut Creek school districts plan to use the funds to buy disinfectants, personal protective equipment, handwashing stations, hotspots, tablets, software, specialized technology equipment and more. The resources also will be applied toward materials to support mental and behavioral health needs.

“The donation will help these school districts get the supplies they need now to keep educators, students and staff safe and healthy,” said Brian Hughes, the Fremont Bank Foundation’s executive director. “Fremont Bank and our foundation are committed to empowering youth to become productive adults. That promise remains steadfast in this pandemic. We support education

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  • November 15, 2020

Prince Charles Wears a Stylish and Symbolic Mask at the Bank of England

Ever since returning to work in September after her summer vacation, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has been ahead of the curve when it comes to making her PPE fashionable. Though she’s gotten some competition from Princess Anne and Kate Middleton, Camilla’s Liberty floral masks and face shields have made her the royal to beat, but ever since the beginning of this month, Prince Charles has also found a few masks to fit his singular sense of style. 

On Wednesday, the couple made a visit to the Bank of England, and while Camilla opted for an intricate floral pattern, Charles sent a subtle message with his protective gear. His turquoise silk mask was made by Turquoise Mountain, a charity he helped found in 2006. The charity works with artisans to preserve traditional crafts and provide job training, and since the beginning of the pandemic, they have partnered with weavers and

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  • October 28, 2020

Fed, FinCEN Seek Input On Bank Secrecy Act

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Federal Reserve Board are seeking comment on a proposed rule that would amend recordkeeping and travel rule regulations under the Bank Secrecy Act, the two agencies said in a joint statement.

The two agencies share joint authority on the recordkeeping rule and have together determined appropriate modifications. FinCEN has sole authority over the travel rule and will make its own suggestions for amendments.

Both rules are part of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) of 1970, which requires U.S. financial institutions to assist in the detection of anti-money laundering (AML) activities. The BSA defines the criteria for programs, recordkeeping, and reporting rules used by national banks, federal savings associations, federal branches and agencies of foreign banks.

The BSA compliance program also includes pertinent sections of the Patriot Act mandating that banks adopt a customer identification program.

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  • October 28, 2020

How To Spot and Avoid Hidden Fees at Your Bank, Hotel and Beyond

There’s nothing worse than reviewing your bank statement or hotel bill and seeing that you’ve been hit with unanticipated fees. But getting slammed with hidden fees is now par for the course for many people. Not only is the practice deceptive, but it also makes it difficult for consumers to compare prices, according to the Harvard Business Review.

While you just can’t avoid some fees, there are many hidden ones you shouldn’t be paying. Here’s how to avoid common fees that could be bleeding you dry.

Last updated: Oct. 5, 2020

How To Spot Hidden Fees on Your Cable Bill

You probably have noticed that the price you originally were quoted for your cable package and what you actually get billed are noticeably different. A 2019 Consumer Reports study found that company-imposed fees typically add a 24% surcharge to the advertised price. And if you feel like you’re paying much

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  • October 7, 2020

Grand Central Rail passengers told social distancing impossible ‘because it’s a bank holiday’

A passenger shot of the packed 5.05pm Grand Central Rail service: Twitter
A passenger shot of the packed 5.05pm Grand Central Rail service: Twitter

Furious passengers have slammed a train company after being crammed into packed carriages with no social distancing “because it’s a bank holiday”.

Travellers on the 5.05pm Grand Central Rail service between York and London King’s Cross on Monday evening boarded a packed and “uncomfortable” train, with many forced to stand for the journey duration despite pre-booking and reserving seats.

One passenger told Mirror Online that upon arrival at York station, a train worker announced to the packed platform that “they cannot ensure social distancing on this service due to the bank holiday”.

The woman, who asked not to be named, spoke of her disbelief at seeing the number of passengers waiting for the service at York.

“The journey was very uncomfortable and we had to stand up for the entire journey. God knows how it must have been

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  • September 2, 2020

Mississippi Development Bank — Moody’s assigns A1 to City of Starkville, MS’ GO Bonds

New York, July 27, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an A1 rating to the City of Starkville’s Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2020B (Starkville, Mississippi, Parks and Recreation General Obligation Bond Project). The bonds have an expected par value of $9.5 million. Moody’s maintains an A1 rating on the city’s outstanding GO bonds.

The A1 rating assignment reflects the city’s moderately sized but growing economy inclusive of an expanding tax base and below average resident wealth indicators. The city also benefits from the institutional presence of Mississippi State University (Aa2 stable). The rating is also driven by the city’s narrower than average but consistent reserves that we anticipate will remain stable through fiscal 2020. The city’s pension costs are elevated though the debt burden is manageable.

Since our last review in March, the city reports surplus operations for fiscal 2019 that are in line with our prior expectations. The … Read More


Airline companies raid the piggy bank amidst the coronavirus pandemic

With the International Air Transport Association predicting that the aviation industry will lose $84.3 billion due to the Covid-19 crisis, airline companies are finding new ways to make what little money they can.

That’s notably the case of British Airways, whose parent company IAG recently announced that it was losing cash at a rate of £27 million a day (around $33.8 million) in reaction to the pandemic.

In an effort to stem the bleeding, British Airways will auction 17 masterpieces from its corporate art collection across two auctions at Sotheby’s, scheduled for later this July.

Among them are Bridget Riley’s abstract “Cool Edge,” which is estimated to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million ($1 million and $1.5 million) during the “Rembrandt to Richter” evening sale on July 28 at Sotheby’s, London.

Formerly on view in a luxury lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport, this abstract masterwork was also briefly exhibited at

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10 Best Places to Buy Custom Wall Art (That Won’t Break the Bank)

When you’re putting the finishing touches on your home decor, finding the perfect wall art is often one of the last tasks to get checked off the to-do list. Art is not only an investment, but it can also be very personal, making it difficult to find pieces that resonate with you and match your individual style. If this rings true, then check out these amazing sources for custom wall art. Here, you’ll find personalized line drawings of your family, or a map that reminds you of your favorite vacation, or the night sky captured on the night you got engaged. This custom wall art will help tell your story—plus they make wonderful, personalized gifts for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and more.

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The Night Sky

The night you first fell in love. The night your child was born. The night you

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