High speed internet now available to North, Central Queens County residents | Provincial | News

Christel Deskins

Reliable high-speed fibre internet service is now available to more than 1,250 properties in Central and North Queens County.

During the spring and summer, Bell Canada crews and their contractors have worked to install internet cables on poles in areas of North and Central Queens County that haven’t had internet or had substandard internet speeds. Bell Aliant is now ready to connect the service to homes.

“Today is the day we have been waiting to see for a long time,” said Region of Queens Municipality Mayor David Dagley in a press release on Sept. 3. “As of today, 1,273 new premises in North and Central Queens now have access to high-speed internet with another 74 premises expected in the coming weeks for a total of 1,347 premises, which is more than originally planned for in Phase 1.”

Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps are now available to 411 premises

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Free high-speed internet available for K-12 students who qualify | Mobile County Alabama News

Christel Deskins

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has committed CARES Act funding to deliver free internet access to eligible K-12 students in their homes this fall, according to the Mobile County Public School System.

School officials say families of eligible students will receive a letter after Aug. 24 which will include a prepaid voucher number and a list of service providers to contact to set up free high-speed internet service through Dec. 30, 2020.

MCPSS officials say this is perfect timing for the district’s remote learning plan.

“If your student does not have reliable internet access, be on the lookout for this letter. If you qualify, contact one of the listed service providers as soon as you can; the sooner you call the sooner your student will be ready for a successful remote learning experience,” MCPSS said. 

For further assistance and more information, contact the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for

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With face shields and sanitizer, this El Dorado County school gets ready to open its doors

Christel Deskins

Days before some El Dorado County schools are set to open, teachers at Rescue Elementary School are preparing their classrooms for students. Like every year, colorful borders line the walls, cubbies are labeled, and classroom rules are prominently displayed.

Some of those rules now include, “I can sit 6 feet away,” and “I can clean my tools.”

Plexiglass, used for personal protective equipment, is placed between desks in some classrooms.

That’s because most of the 500 students at Rescue Elementary will return to school on Monday, in person, visiting classrooms for the first time in five months.

Rescue Union School District, home to 3,700 students at its five elementary schools and two middle schools just outside of El Dorado Hills about 30 miles east of Sacramento, is able to open since the county has remained off of the state’s monitoring list and complied with the long list of requirements to

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L.A. County offering money to renters affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Christel Deskins

Rodolfo Cortes, 30, of El Monte and other tenant rights activists assembled in March at El Monte City Hall to demand that the City Council pass an eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Rodolfo Cortes, 30, of El Monte and other tenant rights activists assembled in March at El Monte City Hall to demand that the City Council pass an eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County renters who’ve suffered financial setbacks because of the COVID-19 pandemic can soon apply for thousands of dollars in assistance to help them get on top of their payments.

The application period for the income-based L.A. County COVID-19 Rent Relief program opens Monday and will remain open until Aug. 31. Up to $10,000 will be given to households that meet the program’s income guidelines.

The emergency rent relief is financed through $100 million in federal CARES Act money. Its goal is to help about 9,000 households.

Half of the available money will be directed to residents who live in specific ZIP Codes the county identified where residents are at higher risk

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Oakland County Names Winners Of Online Coronavirus Safety Contest

Christel Deskins

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI — Four Oakland County residents this week were named winners of the ‘Oakland Together’ COVID-19 Safety Video and Art Contest.

The winners were chosen by a public vote and created videos and art projects that delivered the message that everyone should do their part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Oakland County is so fortunate to have such wonderfully talented artists and story tellers in our midst,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Their collective message is simple and to the point. We have an obligation to our families, those we care about, our coworkers, classmates and friends, and even those we don’t know to wear a facial covering to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

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The contest

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HCPS Virtual Learning Plan Approved By Harford County Board Of Ed

Christel Deskins

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — The Harford County Board of Education approved administrators’ proposal to hold the first semester online while also establishing in-person learning centers. The plan presented by Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson was approved, 8-1.

The dissenting vote came from Tamera Rush, who represents Council District D, which includes the northern part of Harford County.

Approval of the virtual learning plan came after hours of discussion, with board members asking questions of school system leadership on logistics.

While a hybrid model consisting of in-person and virtual instruction had been considered in recent months, Bulson said it would not be feasible to educate the more than 37,000 students enrolled in Harford County Public Schools in that format.

“We were not going to be able to deliver logistically to provide a good instructional program” and deliver on safety, Bulson said.

Coronavirus data in recent months showed an increase

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What Each King County School District Is Doing This Fall: LIST

Christel Deskins

KING COUNTY, WA — Earlier this summer Washington’s schools had reason to be optimistic: as coronavirus case counts and transmission rates dipped, the state superintendent ordered schools to prepare to reopen their classrooms for in-person learning in the fall. However, a second surge of the coronavirus has been slamming Washington over the past month, forcing districts to reconsider if they will reopen or resume remotely in the fall.

In late July, Public Health — Seattle & King County voiced support for districts that had already announced extended remote learning plans, citing concerning coronavirus trends.

“When it comes to COVID-19 activity, schools have been put in a position of having to make decisions based on the actions of our entire community, ” said Patty Hayes, the director of public health. “No educator, parent, or public health professional would choose to limit face-to-face interaction that we know is so critical for our

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Five Democratic candidates battle for two House District seats in northern Miami-Dade County

Christel Deskins

An open Aug. 18 primary with no Republican candidates running will decide which Democrats will represent House District 107 and House District 108 in northern Miami-Dade County.

Two Democrats are seeking to replace term-limited incumbent Barbara Watson in House District 107, which runs from North Miami to Miami Gardens.

And in House District 108, which covers parts of Miami-Dade County that include Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and part of downtown Miami, incumbent Dotie Joseph is looking to fend off two challengers — including the former state representative she defeated in the 2018 primary.

The novel coronavirus has forced the candidates to find non-traditional ways to reach voters in the predominantly Black districts, both of which lean heavily Democratic. Some candidates are using technology to host virtual events. Others are placing door hangers and fliers outside of voters’ houses — but staying socially distant — and one candidate is using a

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The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school has ordered private schools to stay closed until October

Christel Deskins

The Maryland school where Barron Trump attends will remain closed until October due to a Montgomery County, Maryland mandate.
The Maryland school where Barron Trump attends will remain closed until October due to a Montgomery County, Maryland mandate.

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  • The Maryland private school that Barron Trump attends will not be permitted to open for in-person classes until at least October under a countywide mandate ordering private schools to remain closed.

  • As The New York Times previously reported, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, previously planned a virtual-only return to class or a hybrid model that would have allowed students in classrooms.

  • President Trump and his administration have for weeks been adamant that schools reopen to students for the upcoming school year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Maryland county home to the school attended by President Donald Trump’s son, Barron, has ordered private schools to remain closed through the month of September.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we

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34,373 Coronavirus Cases In Orange County: Where They Are

Christel Deskins

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Orange County health officials reported 420 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths Sunday, bringing the county’s totals to 34,373 cases and 564 fatalities.

One of the deaths reported Sunday resided at a skilled nursing home, while the other was not living in a care facility.

The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Orange County hospitals rose slightly, from 685 Saturday to 687, while the number of patients in intensive care units dipped from 203 to 201, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Of the county’s total cases, 1,516 were skilled nursing facility residents, 464 were jail inmates, and 130 were homeless. Of the total deaths, 248 were skilled nursing facility residents, 21 lived in assisted living facilities, and one was homeless.

The county has administered 391,207 coronavirus tests — with 1,826 reported Sunday — and documented 19,121 recoveries, the HCA

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