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3:00pm #EdEquityTalks: School Funding Amidst COVID-19 hosted by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Via Zoom

5:00pm Department of Early Education & Care Public Hearing, Via Zoom

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Must-Reads

To reopen high schools faster, vaccinate teens, says BPS superintendent » Boston Globe Teenagers 16 and older should be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine and schools should hold vaccination clinics, Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on …

FL: Report: Florida May Have Undercounted Its COVID-19 Deaths by Thousands » Vanity Fair If you found yourself in Florida at any point in the last 12 months and change, you might have felt like you stepped into a portal to an alternative universe…

Researchers show extent of lobbying against climate bills in MA » Dig Boston "Who’s Delaying Climate Action in Massachusetts?,” a first-of-its-kind report from Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab, details how powerful industry coalitions have been able to effe…

NY: The Andrew Cuomo Stories Somehow Keep Getting Worse » Vanity Fair In another pair of bad headlines for New York’s embattled governor, another woman is accusing him of unwanted kissing, and health officials allege he prioritized state-run COVID testing for his inne…

Democrats delay postmortem on 2020’s troubled caucuses and presidential nominating process » Washington Post The Democratic National Committee announced a new timeline Tuesday for reviewing the party’s presidential nominating process, after missing a deadline set by delegates at the party’s 2020 conventi…

Skills Coalition Launching With Big Goals » State House News Service A new business coalition launching Wednesday plans to pursue a suite of policies aimed at helping workers foster the skills that employers seek.…

Exclusive: Trust in tech craters » Axios Trust in tech — including companies specializing in AI, VR, 5G and the internet of things — fell all around the world last year, the Edelman Trust Barometer found in a massive survey of 31,000 peo…

Corporate Dems Show Progressives How To Play Hardball » The Daily Poster Progressives politely refused to wield power to secure a $15 minimum wage, now conservative Dems are wielding power to secure tax cuts for the wealthy.…

Republicans Horrified at Biden’s Plan to Fix the Country by Taxing the Rich » Vanity Fair Under Joe Biden, Infrastructure Week is finally coming to pass. But not everyone is going along with the plan.…

‘I wouldn’t want his job.’ Despite criticism, Baker gets high marks for pandemic handling in new poll » Boston Globe Most Massachusetts residents are satisfied with Governor Charlie Baker’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic even as his political foes have sharpened their knives, with strong majorities approving…

NY: Revenue still the sticking point as hopes for an on-time budget fade » Politico “That’s extremely ambitious. I think later in the week is more likely,” Senate Deputy Leader Mike Gianaris said early Tuesday afternoon. “Staff are working hard to get more bills in, but to ex…

Here’s how Democrats’ sweeping voting rights law would work » Boston Globe The far-reaching voting rights measure that Democrats are pressing to enact, known as the For the People Act, was more a political statement than serious legislation when lawmakers first proposed it i…

NY: New York City finally gets green light on crucial next step for congestion pricing » Politico After years of delay, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is one step closer to implementing a first-in-the-nation congestion pricing system.…

Prominent executive at NETA parent company fired after husband opens competing marijuana store » Boston Globe The Hempest clothing and accessories store that Jon Napoli founded on Boston’s Newbury Street in 1995, with other locations opening later in Harvard Square and Northampton, was a critical, early cen…

“Support that market that we’re trying to create here in the U.S. There are companies all over the U.S. that are trying to provide product for the protection of U.S. citizens, but that can’t happen if we continue to buy product from China. We need to get our act together.”

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Urging state and local governments, schools and businesses to use federal COVID-19 relief to buy PPE produced in the US, making the case that reliance on China represents a "gap in our security".

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Opinion: Romney’s courage is given its due » Boston Globe I would like to applaud the choice of US Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, for this year’s Profile in Courage Award to be given by the John F. Kennedy Library (“Romney gets Profile in Coura…

FL: Matt Gaetz Is Said to Face Justice Dept. Inquiry Over Sex With an Underage Girl » New York Times Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump, is being investigated by the Justice Department over whether he had a sexual relationship with a …

Keller @ Large: Biden Has Work Ahead Selling Price Tag Of Infrastructure Plan » CBS Boston What do you do for an encore after passing a massive pandemic recovery bill? For President Biden, the answer is to prioritize a comparably huge plan to “rebuild the infrastructure, both physical and…

Editorial: Website boosts Trump link with supporters » Boston Herald When they’re not excoriating him, Democrats have been doing their level best to pave over the accomplishments of former President Donald Trump. To hear them tell it, Dr. Anthony Fauci spearheaded th…

D.C. is obsessed with the filibuster. But Biden has already hinted at what will happen with it » Boston Globe During his first formal news conference last week, President Biden made some news on COVID-19 and on Afghanistan, but on two of the most-discussed topics that day — a growing problem on the Southern…

Biden to pay for infrastructure plan with 15 years of corporate taxes » Boston Globe President Joe Biden intends to pay for the $2 trillion package of infrastructure spending he will propose on Wednesday with a substantial increase in corporate taxes, people briefed on the plan said T…

Business

McGovern Foundation merges with Silicon Valley nonprofit to bring tech to philanthropy sector » Boston Globe Plenty of companies are using artificial intelligence and data science to solve problems more efficiently. Now, a Boston foundation has plans to bring those capabilities to nonprofits.…

New group seeks to boost Mass. fintech industry » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts financial services technology industry will soon have an organization advocating on its behalf in ways similar to how the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council boosts the state’s lif…

Attorney General Maura Healey sues four companies over asbestos work at former Springfield YMCA » The Republican Four companies are accused of improper removal, transport, and/or storage of asbestos during an abatement project at the former Springfield YMCA on Chestnut Street.…

‘No Required Human Interaction’: Checkout Free Stores Open At TD Garden » CBS Boston There are now two stores at the TD Garden where you can walk in, pick up something and then walk back out. The MRKT stores use Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology.…

How eight fancy Boston condos figure into a fight over the Saudi throne » Boston Globe A collection of condominiums at some of Boston’s swankiest addresses are part of a clash between warring factions of the Saudi regime, a power struggle with global political implications that also h…

A $1 billion company at home above a dollar store » Boston Globe Twin City Plaza is an L-shaped strip mall that straddles the Cambridge-Somerville line. If you’ve driven the elevated McGrath Highway, you’ve likely buzzed past its roofline.…

Cannabis

Opinion: Marijuana edibles and the risk to children » Boston Globe My heart racing, nearly every part of my body twitching, and my brain exploding with an inner fireworks show that felt like being zapped by electrodes while trapped on an accelerating roller coaster, …

Civil Rights

Biden announces actions to combat anti-Asian attacks » Boston Globe President Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out plans to address rising racism against Asian Americans, increasing accessibility to hate crime data, requiring new training for local police and establishing ne…

Hate Crimes Bill Awaits Assignment Amid Pressure to Pass It » State House News Service The physical assault of a 65-year-old Asian American woman captured on video in Manhattan earlier this week is the latest high-profile example of rising anti-Asian violence that should prompt an overh…

Education

US Education Secretary to Visit Boston as School Pool Testing Shows Low Transmission » NBC Boston Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will stop in Boston Tuesday to discuss best practices for returning to in-person learning as Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation pool testing initiative show low t…

Malden Students Will Return To Classroom After State Denies Waiver Request » CBS Boston Students in Malden will return to the classroom for the first time in a year, after the state denied a waiver request from the city. The goal all along has of course been to get students and staff saf…

Duxbury football anti-Semitism shows need for mandatory Holocaust education, antihate groups say » Boston Globe A high school football team’s use of anti-Semitic language on the field has renewed calls to mandate teaching about the Holocaust in Massachusetts public schools.…

Senator’s bill a step toward compensating collegiate athletes » Lowell Sun Fresh off conducting a virtual lesson about the Holocaust with members of the Duxbury High School football team, who trivialized that horrific episode in Jewish history, along with inserting other ant…

Duxbury school officials respond to lawsuit alleging rape that resulted in fatal overdose » Boston Herald In a response to a public lawsuit by Duxbury parents, the town’s senior school officials Tuesday issued a statement denying they “failed to take reasonable steps” to thwart repeated sexual assau…

Sex Ed Advocates Take Efforts Into Second Decade » State House News Service Students in public school districts would receive medically accurate, age appropriate sexual health education regardless of gender, race, disability status, or sexual orientation, under a refiled bill…

Colleges plan for tightly regulated commencements, but more normal fall classes » The Republican Commencements are rapidly approaching, but even as Western Massachusetts colleges and universities search for ways to make these events both safe and memorable, administrators are already predicting a…

Environment

Massachusetts new climate change bill 'worth waiting for' » Cape Cod Times Speaking at a signing ceremony Friday, state Senate President Karen Spilka said the new landmark climate change bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker was a long time in the making, but that “go…

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy looking at Cape sharks’ predatory behaviors, identifying high-risk periods » Boston Herald The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, following a groundbreaking study that shed light on great white sharks’ movements along the Cape, has a “bunch of different” ongoing studies about Cape shar…

Gaming

DraftKings acquires the sports-betting media firm VSiN » Boston Globe DraftKings has acquired Vegas Sports Information Network, a broadcasting company focused on sports betting. The transaction, announced Tuesday, comes as Boston-based DraftKings builds up its own sport…

Health Care

A woman, surrounded by friends and family, issues a heartbreaking, life-or-death plea to a big drug firm » Boston Globe It has become a mortal race against time. The fight of her life. A plea to a big pharmaceutical company in Massachusetts for a treatment that could extend precious moments with the people she deeply l…

Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective In Kids Ages 12 To 15 » CBS Boston Pfizer announced Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in…

Lawmakers to miss approval deadline for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home revitalization project » News 22 WWLP.com The revitalization project for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home may face a long delay as lawmakers are on pace to miss the approval deadline of April 1.…

Pfizer-BioNTech says its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in protecting teens ages 12 to 15 » Boston Globe Pfizer announced Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in…

Massachusetts health care providers can now be paid more than $45 per COVID-19 shot » Boston Globe After garnering national attention for its decision to pay unusually high rates to health care providers for administering COVID vaccines, Massachusetts is no longer an outlier.…

South Shore Health says it will stay independent after months-long search » Boston Business Journal Seven months after embarking on a hunt for a potential partner, South Shore Health announced on Wednesday that the organization will remain independent, but will continue discussions on further collab…

Housing

How eight fancy Boston condos figure into a fight over the Saudi throne » Boston Globe A collection of condominiums at some of Boston’s swankiest addresses are part of a clash between warring factions of the Saudi regime, a power struggle with global political implications that also h…

After call to help grouping of formerly homeless comes evidence of how elusive solutions can be » Cambridge Day There was trash in the sinks of the shared kitchens, cat litter in the toilets of the shared bathrooms. “Throughout the day and evening, howls, screams and curses of troubled inhabitants ring throug…

Gov. Baker to Make Housing Announcement in Quincy » NBC Boston Gov. Charlie Baker plans to visit Father Bill's and MainSpring in Quincy at 11 a.m. Wednesday "to make an announcement relative to funding for supportive housing for vulnerable populations," his offic…

Human Services

FL: Debate brews in Florida about parental consent over sex ed » AP News Culture-war politics over sex education could again erupt in Florida’s statehouse, as a Senate Committee advanced a measure Tuesday that would require public school boards to hold hearings on what s…

Report: Fall River Schools, DCF Could Have Done More To Prevent Teen’s Death » CBS Boston The state released a scathing report Tuesday night on the horrific death of a teenager in Fall River. Neglected and abused, 14-year-old David Almond died in his father’s custody.…

Child advocate cites ‘failure’ by DCF in Fall River teen’s death » Boston Herald State social workers never should have returned autistic teen David Almond and his brothers to the Fall River house of squalor kept by his father and his girlfriend where he died last October, covered…

Mass. Child Advocate identifies multi-system failure prior to death of Fall River teen with special needs » WHDH The Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate identified a multi-system failure prior to the death of a 14-year-old Fall River boy with special needs.…

Report: Abused Teen’s Death Followed Safety Net Failures » State House News Service In the several years before a Fall River teenager with autism died of alleged starvation and neglect last fall, child welfare agencies in Massachusetts and New York made a series of baffling decisions…

Judiciary

Biden announces diverse first slate of judicial nominees » Boston Globe President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled his first slate of judicial nominees, a racially diverse and mostly female field that is a sharp departure from the largely white and male picks during Donald T…

Northampton City Council wants to decriminalize psychedelic plants » Gazette Net After severe childhood trauma, Jahnava Jenkins experienced “debilitating PTSD, anxiety and depression, and also dissociative disorder,” she told the City Council at its March 18 meeting. Her cure?…

Brown Confirmed for Westborough District Court » State House News Service The Governor's Council unanimously confirmed Clerk Magistrate Whitney Brown to a Westborough District Court judgeship Wednesday, and received nominations from Gov. Charlie Baker for a pair of new cler…

Labor

Recent College Grads Search For Jobs Amid Pandemic, Start Virtually » CBS Boston Getting a new job — or your first job — during the coronavirus pandemic feels different than it has in the past. Barren parking lots and empty office buildings are reminders that many companies st…

Local Government

What Chelsea will do with additional stimulus funds » Fox 25 News Since the start of the pandemic, Boston 25 News reporter Malini Basu has been following hard-hit Chelsea; the city has remained in the red zone since the start of the pandemic.…

Politics

Jeffrey Turco wins 19th Suffolk special election to fill DeLeo’s seat » Boston Herald Winthrop and Revere voters are sending a self-described moderate Democrat who once voted for former President Donald Trump to Beacon Hill to fill the 19th Suffolk District representative seat vacated …

Conservative Democrat Jeff Turco Easily Wins State Rep Seat in Winthrop and Revere » New Boston Post A deeply Democratic district stayed Democratic on Tuesday — but it’s a lot less left wing than it was. The successor to former House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) in the Massachusetts House of…

Judge denies bid by senator, wife to block officials from referring probe into them to state prosecutors » Boston Globe A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday denied a request from a state senator that she temporarily block campaign finance regulators from referring an investigation into him, his wife, and other family membe…

Judge rules against Fattmans in campaign finance case » Commonwealth Magazine A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE on Tuesday refused to prohibit the head of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance from referring the results of his investigation of Sen. Ryan Fattman and his wife Stephan…

Boston mayoral candidates find new ways to reach an audience amid a pandemic » Boston Globe It was a Friday evening, the end of another workweek. Jacquetta Van Zandt tucked herself in at home, a vodka and blueberry spritzer in hand, and logged on to Facebook. Annissa Essaibi George settled i…

Ed Markey thanks ‘Gov. Bacon’ for helping land Hynes coronavirus vaccine pork » Boston Herald For the government pork being funneled into the state, Ed Markey saluted “Gov. Bacon.” Ouch. The slip of the tongue by the Bay State senator was a cringe-worthy moment during Tuesday’s celebrati…

Women’s History Month: A look at women in government » Lynn Daily News Item

Kim Janey Faces Challenges And Opportunities As 'Acting' Mayor In Boston » WBUR If you want to learn something about the challenges Kim Janey faces as an acting mayor in Boston, talk to Marvin Pratt.…

Public Health

CDC Director Walensky stresses ‘hope,’ not ‘doom,’ after touring Hynes Convention Center » Boston Globe There’s nothing like an “impending doom” warning from the nation’s top public health official to dampen a celebration of progress in the vaccination drive against the coronavirus.…

Gov. Baker tours FEMA COVID-19 vaccination site with CDC director » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito toured the FEMA mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center with the head of the CDC Tuesday afternoon.…

Baker addresses rising COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod: ‘We’re paying a lot of attention to it’ » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday addressed rising rates of COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod, saying his administration is in constant contact with officials in the region and noting Barnstable County has t…

CDC adds Type 1 diabetes to priority list for coronavirus vaccination; condition under consideration in Massachusetts » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is facing renewed calls to add Type 1 diabetes to the list of medical conditions eligible for coronavirus vaccines in Massachusetts after the CDC put the rarer form of diabetes on i…

Baker: Feds sent more than 380,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Mass. this week » WHDH The federal government sent 382,980 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Massachusetts this week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.…

Short Term Predictions for Boston’s New Normal » Boston Magazine From grocery delivery and masks to dinner parties and the future of fun: Experts predict what you can expect in the new normal—and when to expect it.…

Howie Carr: CDC director’s ‘impending doom’ tour comes to Boston » Boston Herald Impending doom? I, too, have a feeling of “impending doom,” as Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the CDC so hysterically screeched on Monday.…

Can hallucinogenic mushrooms treat depression? New Mass. General center to study psychedelics’ potential » Boston Globe Nearly six decades after Harvard University fired psychologist Timothy Leary for his unorthodox experiments with psychedelics, the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital has launched a prog…

'I'd Be Really Cautious At This Time': Epidemiologist On COVID Uptick And Easter Week » WBUR This Easter week, millions of Americans are being vaccinated daily. But cases of COVID-19 are also on the rise — nationally and here in Massachusetts — and some public health experts are sounding …

Baker, Walensky Urge Vigilance as COVID-19 Cases Rise » State House News Service Touring the Hynes Convention Center where the Biden administration will begin delivering 42,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine a week starting Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledged rising infection ra…

Wishing Springfield a Not-Quite-Happy Coronaversary » Western Mass Politics and Insight Ranking at or near the bottom by various wealth metrics, the City of Homes looked like a sitting duck as the pandemic crashed upon the United States. In the weeks after the City Council’s March 16 m…

Mass. will get 100,000 doses of one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week » Boston Globe Massachusetts is set to receive more than 100,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine next week, Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday, a development he described as a “big deal…

‘We’re still reliant on China’ for COVID protective gear; Rep. Stephen Lynch urges state, local governments to bolster American PPE market » The Republican Rep. Stephen Lynch on Tuesday urged state and local governments, schools and businesses to use federal COVID-19 relief to buy personal protective equipment sourced and produced in the United States, m…

Berkshire reps concerned by vaccine supply » News 22 WWLP.com A trio of Berkshire County lawmakers wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders on Friday, flagging their concerns with declining numbers of vaccine doses allocated for their region …

1,683 confirmed cases, 18 deaths, and 73,642 vaccinations. See today’s COVID-19 data from Mass. » Boston Globe The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 73,642 to 3,483,277, state officials reported Tuesday.…

Public Safety

Former Boston police captain who oversaw evidence warehouse arrested for alleged overtime fraud » Boston Globe Federal authorities arrested and charged a retired Boston police captain on Tuesday with pocketing more than $12,395 in fraudulent overtime, escalating a yearslong probe into payroll abuse at the depa…

Editorial: Cutting low-level offenders a break really works » Boston Globe Just two years ago, when Rachael Rollins took over as Suffolk County district attorney and announced her office would take a new approach to handling 15 nonviolent misdemeanor offenses, opting against…

Police Dash Cams, Body Cams Remain The Exception In Massachusetts » WBUR When someone dies in a violent encounter with police, people have come to expect to see the video.…

Policing Commission Appointees Due Out by Thursday » State House News Service After public officials missed two deadlines in the landmark policing reform law, the public could learn this week who the governor and attorney general have selected to serve on a civilian-led commiss…

State Finance

White House official stresses flexibility in spending federal money » Commonwealth Magazine WITH MASSACHUSETTS EXPECTING an influx of nearly $8 billion in federal stimulus money, many of the federal government’s guidelines for how the money can be used won’t be released until mid-May. Bu…

State Government

Our View: Time to rein in the governor's power » The Eagle Tribune A year ago, when it became clear the coronavirus was a major threat to public health, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency and took charge by using the executive authority of his position.…

Mass. AG Pays Law Firms $1M To Defend Ex-Prosecutors In Drug Lab Scandal » WBUR The Massachusetts attorney general’s office has spent nearly $1 million in legal fees defending three former prosecutors facing potential disbarment for their roles in one of the state's drug lab sc…

Rescue Act Spending Guardrails Not Going Up Until May » State House News Service State and local officials across Massachusetts know how much federal aid they can expect from the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act, but they likely won't know until the second week of May exac…

Taxation

Biden decides to shelve Warren’s wealth tax » Politico President Joe Biden will not call for a wealth tax to help pay for his multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better initiative, according to multiple people familiar with the White House’s thinking. In do…

State commission reports after deep dive into tax breaks » Worcester Business Journal A commission created under a 2018 law to review tax breaks for businesses and individuals released its first biennial report last week, flagging several items for potential legislative review.…

Transportation

Leaders call on MBTA to pick up pace on updates for commuter rail lines » Wicked Local Sixteen months after the MBTA Board voted to overhaul the commuter rail system starting with electrification and more rapid service on three lines, elected officials are growing frustrated with the pa…

Utilities

Classes on offshore wind may become an option for New Bedford High School students » South Coast Today The New Bedford School Committee will soon discuss the possible establishment of a program that will connect high school students with training for the offshore wind industry.…

Lawyers clash over $1B transmission lines to bring Canadian hydropower to N.E. grid » Boston Herald Attorneys for conservation organizations and an electric utility clashed Tuesday before a federal appeals court over the adequacy of environmental reviews of a project to bring Canadian hydropower thr…

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Recipe of the Week

Hot-Cross Buns

New York Times Cooking

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast

1 cup warm milk

5 tablespoons butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

3 ½ cups, approximately, all-purpose flour

¾ cup dried currants

3 tablespoons milk mixed with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cold milk (optional)

1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar (optional)

½ teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

Directions

Mix the yeast with 4 tablespoons of the warm milk in a small bowl and set aside about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cream 4 tablespoons of the butter and brown sugar and beat in the eggs. When yeast mixture becomes frothy, stir it in, along with the spices, salt and remaining warm milk. Beat in the flour a cup at a time until a soft ball of dough can be gathered together. Dough can be mixed by machine if desired.

Place dough on a floured work surface and lightly knead in the currants, adding more flour as necessary to keep dough from sticking. Kneading should take no more than a few minutes.

Using some of the remaining butter, grease a bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to butter all sides. Cover and set aside to rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

Butter two baking sheets with the remaining butter.

Punch the dough down, divide it in half, then divide each piece in half again. Divide each portion of dough into six equal pieces and shape each into a ball.

Place balls of dough on baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between them. Set aside, covered lightly with waxed paper, to rise until they have doubled in size, 45 minutes to an hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Carefully slash a cross into the top of each bun, using a very sharp razor blade and cutting through the skin of the dough at least one-quarter inch deep. Or snip a small cross in the top with sharp scissors. Try not to compress the bun as you cut.

Bake buns about 20 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Just before they come out of the oven, bring milk and sugar mixture to a boil. As soon as buns are done, brush them with milk and sugar glaze.

Allow the buns to cool for 30 minutes, then serve while still warm.

If desired, or if you have not cut the cross into the tops of the buns, the cross can be applied with icing. The buns must be completely cooled before the icing is applied. Mix the confectioners' sugar with the cold milk and lemon juice and, using the handle of a spoon or a chopstick, spread the icing to form a cross on top or to fill the cross-shaped cut.


Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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