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Charlie Baker bans utility shutoffs during COVID-19 crisis » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is banning utility companies from shutting off gas, electric and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay a bill during the coronavirus state of emergency, otherwis…

Why Widespread Coronavirus Testing Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon » The New Yorker This past Thursday, Donald Trump visited the National Response Coordination Center for a teleconference with the nation’s governors about how to handle the covid-19 pandemic.…

Tax Deadline Shift Could Deepen Revenue Crunch » State House News Service The last time Gov. Charlie Baker resorted to using his emergency powers to slash spending from the state budget, it was late in 2016 and the Republican governor sparked a feud with legislative Democra…

Eight Firms Top $2 Mil in 2019 Lobbying Receipts » State House News Service Smith Costello & Crawford continued its run as Beacon Hill's top-earning lobbying firm by hauling in $643,000 more than any other agency in the second half of 2019, according to state records.…

Testing, Tax Measures in New Muni-Relief Bill » State House News Service Restaurants would be able to sell beer and wine with to-go orders, requirements around MCAS tests could be changed, and municipal governments could give residents more time to make tax payments, under…

Good news: State hitting target for COVID-19 tests » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION appeared to exceed its target goal for daily COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, reporting that 4,827 patients had been tested over the previous 24 hours.…

The coronavirus puts child care sector in need of a bailout » Boston Globe The closure of child care centers due to COVID-19 has forced a profound reckoning about the state of the American child care system.…

Joe Biden's business allies are pushing Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar as potential VP picks » CNBC Joe Biden is in the process of narrowing down his list of potential running mates, and his allies in the business community are weighing in with their favorite choices.…

Michael Dukakis hospitalized in California for pneumonia, tested negative for coronavirus » Boston Globe Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis has been hospitalized in Los Angeles with bacterial pneumonia but has twice tested negative for the new coronavirus, his son said Tuesday night.…

With courts closed, pressure grows to release many prisoners » Boston Globe A coalition of defense lawyers and advocates has asked the state Supreme Judicial Court to order the release of inmates from state prisons and jails to protect them and others from COVID-19, whose spr…

Homeless shelters work to stay afloat as coronavirus worries increase » Boston Globe Karen LaFrazia is pelted with questions as soon as she hits the lobby of St. Francis House, one of Boston’s largest daytime shelters for the homeless.…

Baker Announces COVID-19 Advisory Group Members » State House News Service The man who pioneered the effort to sequence the human genome, the head of Mass. General Hospital's Center for Disaster Medicine, and a former head of the Food and Drug Administration are among those …

"My mother is not expendable. Your mother is not expendable. We will not put a dollar figure on human life. We can have a public health strategy that is consistent with an economic one. No one should be talking about social darwinism for the sake of the stock market.'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Speaking about the balance of economy and health during the worldwide pandemic.

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Beltway Politics

Coronavirus has forced Biden far from his comfort zone — and it shows » Boston Globe Through no fault of his own, the Democrats’ likely nominee is blocked from campaigning in the only way he’s used to due to COVID-19.…

We will remember Dems’ stimulus holdup » Boston Herald Some of our leaders have acquitted themselves well during the coronavirus pandemic, like Gov. Charlie Baker, who issued a stay-at-home advisory this week in Massachusetts to curtail the disease’s sp…

Business

Beer, wine can be sold with takeout, delivery, Lt. Gov. Polito says » WCVB It may not replace meeting your friends for an adult beverage at your favorite bar or restaurant, but now the state is allowing some alcohol to be sold with takeout or delivery.…

Baker files bill that would allow temporary sale of take-out beer, wine in Massachusetts » Turn to 10 Beer and wine might soon be available for take-out at restaurants across Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic.…

Attorney general warns Bruins owner she has her eyes on him » Universal Hub State Attorney General Maura Healey is warning Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs he better not try to weasel out of that $1.5-million fund he says might be used to pay out-of-work Garden employees - like the…

TD Garden ushers laid off three days after Bruins announce fund for workers » Boston Herald Three days after the Bruins announced a $1.5 million fund for arena workers, contingent on the final six Bruins home games being canceled, TD Garden has started to make staffing cuts.…

Law firms were already ramping up for bankruptcy work. Then the coronavirus hit. » Boston Business Journal The past few years, a booming economy has thrown off lots of transactional work to Boston law firms, powering many of them to record financial performances.…

Arts shutdown cost $58 million » Commonwealth Magazine THE SHUTTERING OF the arts in Massachusetts due to COVID-19 has affected an estimated 8,000 jobs so far and cost arts-related nonprofits $55.7 million and individual artists $2.8 million, according to…

Are you essential or not? » Commonwealth Magazine GOV CHARLIE BAKER’S list of essential businesses that can remain open for the next two weeks is a statement about what’s important in our society.…

Small businesses plead for government help at all levels to stay afloat » Boston Globe Event planners such as Chris Sinclair were among the first small-business owners to feel the pinch.…

Baker wants construction work to continue, despite the pandemic » Boston Globe While Boston, Cambridge, and several other municipalities have halted construction projects to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he believes most such work …

Layoffs hit Sun Chronicle as coronavirus hammers newspapers » WPRI.com The Sun Chronicle has been forced to lay off employees as the rapid economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic hammers the already beleaguered newspaper industry.…

Coronavirus triggers layoffs, pay cuts at Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder » The Republican The coronavirus pandemic has forced layoffs and reduced hours or pay cuts for retained staff at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Greenfield Recorder and Athol Daily News.…

In weighing safety against the economy, Trump offers a false choice, experts say » Boston Globe The president’s apparent focus on the stock market appears misguided, economists say, because the economic consequences of inaction are dire.…

Charlie Baker seeks to allow beer and wine delivery, flexibility for municipalities » Boston Herald Desperate restaurateurs are toasting Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill that would allow the sale and delivery of beer and wine with to-go meals.…

‘We’re going to lose the gems that make our restaurant scene so wonderful’ » Boston Globe Amid the chaos, generosity: Food industry professionals reflect on life during COVID-19…

SouthCoast officials expect businesses will comply with closures but are on the lookout just in case » South Coast Today SouthCoast officials said police and other municipal workers will provide the teeth to Gov. Charlie Baker’s order of the closure of non-essential businesses effective at noon on Tuesday and they wil…

Grocery stores install plexiglass at checkout to protect cashiers, customers from coronavirus » Boston Herald Multiple grocery store chains across Massachusetts are installing plexiglass barriers at checkout counters in order to protect both cashiers and customers from the spread of coronavirus.…

Gov. Charlie Baker to announce new safety guidelines for construction workers » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to roll out new safety guidelines for construction workers who continue to work during the coronavirus outbreak.…

'It's Very Tough': Retailers Across Mass. Shut Down Under State Order Worry About Future » WBUR Retailers across Massachusetts are closing their doors Tuesday, after Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to close for at least two weeks.…

Restaurant Closures Create Ripple Effects, Leaving Suppliers Feeling The Sting » WGBH When Gov. Charlie Baker ordered restaurants across the state to close their dining rooms to sit-down patrons as a way to enforce social distancing and to slow the spread of the coronavirus last week, …

Marty Walsh: Businesses ignoring coronavirus order will be ‘reminded’ to close » Boston Herald Non-essential businesses in Boston that ignore Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency order and continue to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic will be “reminded” to close, Mayor Martin Walsh said…

Mass. manufacturer borrows $80M in face of coronavirus » Boston Business Journal Already facing cash flow issues, Burlington-based manufacturer Circor International Inc. has borrowed $80 million from banks to help it during the coronavirus outbreak.…

DeLeo Taking Orders on To-Go Restaurant Drinks » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo is gathering feedback from state representatives on Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow to-go beer and wine sales while restaurants are barred from serving meals on-site,…

Cannabis

Marijuana dispensaries turn to making hand sanitizer » Boston Business Journal At least 14 marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts have agreed to make hand sanitizer as part of efforts to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.…

Domestic Relations

Coronavirus isolation: Fertile grounds for domestic violence » Boston Herald Since Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement of a state of emergency, officials have enforced strict social distancing measures that are keeping people socially isolated. But what if it puts victims of s…

Education

WGBH Distance Learning Center » WGBH As schools and students, families and educators adapt to the current health crisis, WGBH — in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and WGBY/New England…

Western Mass. Educators Seek Solutions For Chronic Shortage Of Teachers Of Color » New England Public Radio Public schools in Massachusetts are closed for at least the next two weeks, very likely longer. But when they do reopen, one persistent problem will remain: a shortage of teachers and administrators o…

Teachers, parents urge state to cancel MCAS testing » Boston Globe A growing number of teachers, education advocates, and parents are urging state education officials to cancel this year’s MCAS testing, arguing the prolonged closure of schools will likely create si…

Still waiting for laptops, some Boston students struggle to stay connected to teachers, school » Boston Globe Without a computer at home, Margalie Leveille worries her daughter may miss out on much of kindergarten.…

Environment

Marty Walsh suspends plastic bag ban for essential businesses in Boston » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh announced early Wednesday morning that the city is temporarily suspending its plastic bag ban for essential businesses, in order to promote health safety and give them flexibility a…

Backlash grows against reusable grocery bags as virus spreads » Boston Globe Four years after becoming the state’s first municipality to ban the use of plastic bags and impose fees for acquiring others at grocery stores, Cambridge this week issued an emergency order temporar…

Mass Audubon, Trustees, Closing Their Outdoor Facilities » WBUR Two organizations that have been providing an outdoor respite for Massachusetts residents feeling cooped up because of the coronavirus pandemic are closing their doors to visitors on Tuesday.…

Federal

White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill » Boston Herald The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care syst…

Americans will get coronavirus checks soon » Boston Herald The White House and Senate leaders announced agreement early Wednesday on an $2 trillion bill that will deliver direct cash payments to most Americans, bolster unemployment benefits and boost small bu…

Baker criticizes Senate, not Trump » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER harshly criticized the US Senate for failing to quickly reach an agreement on a stimulus package for the country but shied away from taking on President Trump for comments he made s…

Senate Reaches Historic Deal On $2T Coronavirus Economic Rescue Package » New England Public Radio Senate leaders have struck a historic deal to inject the U.S. economy with about $2 trillion in aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic.…

Health Care

Massachusetts hospitals scramble to get more ventilators before deluge of coronavirus patients » Boston Globe They seek to avoid the heartbreaking ethical question: Who gets one if there’s not enough?…

The country needs medical supplies. Will Trump compel companies to make them? » Boston Globe President Trump ran as a “builder” who would reopen America’s shuttered factories and preside over a manufacturing renaissance. But weeks after desperate governors have begged his administration…

Boston hospital workers test positive for coronavirus as nurses call for more help » Boston Herald At least 68 employees at Boston hospitals have tested positive for coronavirus, a trend that could further strain the stressed health care system as the virus continues to spread and Massachusetts nur…

Mass. Virus Fight Gets More Lab Testing, Equipment » State House News Service Ten more commercial laboratories are now testing for COVID-19 infections in Massachusetts and the state delivered hundreds of thousands of pieces of protective equipment to health care workers, Gov. C…

How Coronavirus Has Changed Senior Care In Mass. » WBUR Senior care facilities in Massachusetts have severely restricted visitors following a coronavirus outbreak at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. At least 129 people tested positive for the …

Health Experts Are Scouring The State For Places To Put Temporary Emergency Hospitals » WBUR Health experts are not overlooking any building if it might work as a converted hospital. Hotels, university dormitories, convention centers and gymnasiums are all being floated as possible locations …

James and Kim Taylor donate $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital to fight coronavirus » Boston Globe Singer-songwriter James Taylor and his wife, Kim Taylor, have donated $1 million to bolster Massachusetts General Hospital’s response to the novel coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic, t…

Mass. Nurses Association sounds alarm on lack of protective equipment tests » Boston Herald In a new letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Nurses Association said health care facilities continue to fall short on medical equipment supplies, coronavirus tests and employing vital staf…

House, Senate Differ on Bill Empowering Nurses » State House News Service When the Senate meets on Thursday, Democratic leaders expect to pass a bill that would seek to address the threat of a shortage of doctors to care for coronavirus patients by allowing a variety of adv…

Housing

One Boston landlord offers tenants relief as officials mull rent, mortgage moratoriums » Boston Herald Proposed mortgage and rent moratoriums could “cushion the blow” for people struggling to make ends meet amid unprecedented layoffs, but Tufts University economist Michael Klein says it will do lit…

Human Services

Dorchester minister hands out $800 to ‘people in need’ while East Boston soup kitchen provides vouchers » Boston Globe The Rev. Miniard Culpepper stood outside Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dorchester and a pair of stores in Roxbury Tuesday, handing out $10 in cash to anyone who needed it.…

Immigration

Activists cite Anne Frank in push to free ICE detainees as coronavirus spreads » Boston.com Local activists are urging Gov. Charlie Baker and governors around the country to use their authority to release people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid the spread of coronavi…

Judiciary

Howie Carr: While we’re stuck at home, hackerama works the system » Boston Herald Thousands are being laid off daily in Massachusetts, but at the State House hack hirings continue apace.…

Coronavirus causes three Worcester County courthouses to shut down after judge tests positive for COVID-19 » The Republican Three Worcester County courthouses are being shut down temporarily after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, according to a notice sent to courthouse employees Tuesday.…

Labor

Partners Health offers wage plan for sidelined employees » Boston Business Journal Partners HealthCare has said it will provide up to eight weeks of paid leave for employees whose jobs have been sidelined by cancellation of elective procedures — a result of the coronavirus.…

Self-employed concerned over unemployment as coronavirus pandemic worsens » Western Mass News The forced shutdown of non-essential businesses in Massachusetts is leading to an uptick in the number of people filing for unemployment, during the coronavirus pandemic.…

Rush to collect unemployment benefits hits online roadblock » WCVB The coronavirus-driven rush for unemployment benefits continues and so does the frustration for many newly jobless people who have tried but failed to put in their claims through the state online syst…

In new poll, 16% of Mass. residents report losing their jobs since pandemic » Boston Business Journal In a new statewide poll, 16 percent of Massachusetts residents in a representative sample said they’ve lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Legislative

From a Distance, New Rep Joins Mass. House » State House News Service Rep. Kate Lipper-Garabedian's swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday was by all accounts a sign of the daily abnormalities brought on by COVID-19.…

Local Government

Friedman and Billerica's Lombardo support bill to empower cities and towns to reschedule municipal elections in the wake of coronavirus » Wicked Local Burlington Senator Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, and Rep Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, supported a bill that passed the Senate and House to authorize cities and towns to postpone and reschedule certain municipal el…

Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant expects schools will be closed until at least the end of April » The Metro West Daily News Mayor Arthur Vigeant anticipates that city schools will remain closed until at least the end of April due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.…

Newburyport committee recommends no changes to remote meeting policy » Newburyport News The City Council’s Committee on Remote Meetings recommended no changes to the council’s remote participation policy on Monday as the city continues to take protective measures during the coronavir…

Gov. Baker Says Parks Can Stay Open, But Cities And Towns Have Closed Them Anyway » CBS Boston A number of towns and cities across the state have closed parks and playgrounds amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a stay at home advisory, Gov. …

Public Health

Two more coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, state tops 1,000 cases » Boston Herald Two more people in Massachusetts have died from coronavirus, state health officials announced Tuesday as they also reported 382 new cases — a one-day record high as testing dramatically increases in…

Virus notes: Finding purpose » Commonwealth Magazine HOW DOES ONE find purpose in sitting at home? Speaking to reporters Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledged the emotional struggles that so many around Massachusetts and the nation are facing as gathe…

Harvard president tests positive for coronavirus » Boston Globe Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow said Tuesday that he and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus.…

A stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress » Mit News Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest.…

More state action sought to protect Vineyard, Nantucket » Cape Cod Times Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket not prepared to deal with widespread virus outbreak, legislators say…

Map: State Coronavirus Websites and Number of Reported Cases » GovTech As institutions shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, every state has set up a website to inform residents. Here we link to those pages, as well as give daily updates on the number of reported cas…

UPDATED: A Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders » GovTech The novel coronavirus has tested the durability of federal, state and local governments around the country and the world. This list of resources is meant to connect leaders with useful tools to aid in…

Boston Coronavirus News: Saying Goodbye for Now to Reusable Bags, the Olympics, and Nonessential Businesses » Boston Magazine Your daily dose of local COVID-19 coverage.…

COVID-19 cases at Bridgewater prison facility up to 10 » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT of Correction says eight prisoners, one staff member, and one medical provider have tested positive for coronavirus – all of them at the Massachusetts Treatment Center i…

Harvard’s Bacow, wife test positive for COVID-19 » Commonwealth Magazine HARVARD UNIVERSITY President Larry Bacow said on Tuesday that he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.…

Coronavirus Updates For Western New England: Region's Death Toll Rises To 31 » New England Public Radio Massachusetts public health officials are reporting two more deaths related to COVID-19, as the number of people testing positive in the state pushed to 1,159.…

Controversial BU lab is only one in New England with live coronavirus » Boston Globe It will test thousands of drugs in hopes of finding a treatment for the disease.…

382 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Mass. as state death toll rises to 11 » Boston Globe Confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts jumped by 382, the state reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number in the state to 1,159 — up from 777 on Monday.…

What could we do differently if we allowed our pandemic priorities to change us for the better? » Boston Globe What would the world be like if the things that have become most important to us during this pandemic remained so? How would our lives look, if our values and priorities were frozen, right here? If we…

Some Mass. Prisoners Are Being Released In Response To The Coronavirus Outbreak » WBUR Some Massachusetts prisoners are being released because of the COVID-19 outbreak.…

Amid coronavirus, a surge in calls to Massachusetts suicide prevention hotline » Boston Globe The far-reaching fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread feelings of isolation and anxiety across the nation, and prompted a surge in calls to Massachusetts’ largest suicide prev…

Massachusetts COVID-19 Advisory Board created » News 22 WWLP.com Advisory Board to contribute to state strategic decision making body tasked with leading COVID-19 pandemic response…

Coronavirus Response Resources Guide for Government Leaders » Governing The novel coronavirus has tested the durability of federal, state and local governments around the country and the world. This list of resources is meant to connect leaders with useful tools to aid in…

Massachusetts coronavirus tests conducted at faster clip, but state’s lab still lags » Boston Globe Massachusetts for the first time has surpassed Governor Charlie Baker’s daily goal of completing 3,500 coronavirus tests, propelled by a commercial laboratory in suburban Marlborough that accounted …

Public Safety

Coronavirus response: National Guard delivering supplies to hospitals, tents to Massachusetts jails » The Republican The Massachusetts National Guard’s first few missions in helping the state ward off the novel coronavirus involve delivering supplies to hospitals and setting up screening tents at correctional faci…

State Government

Fed Stimulus Bill Looms Large for Massachusetts » State House News Service As federal lawmakers and the White House neared agreement Tuesday on a coronavirus economic stimulus package worth nearly $2 trillion, the message from Massachusetts was loud and clear: reach a deal t…

Keller @ Large: AG Healey On Coronavirus Scams, Bipartisan Collaboration » CBS Boston Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office is fighting the coronavirus on several fronts.…

Protecting the 2020 election starts with easing ballot access » Boston Globe Massachusetts should drop the number of signatures candidates must gather amid the coronavirus outbreak.…

Lottery tanks with everyone locked up inside » Boston Herald Massachusetts State Lottery sales have plummeted by $21 million in the last two weeks as Bay State residents have been grappling with the coronavirus, a stunning drop in state revenue that’s just on…

Governors Leapfrog Feds on Coronavirus Response » Governing Governors across the nation are enacting their own rules and guidelines as the federal officials lack strategy for the coronavirus pandemic. “People are gaining a new perspective on what their gover…

State hires local company to power coronavirus message distribution » WCVB Massachusetts has tapped a local company to power a new text alert system intended to distribute information about the state's coronavirus response.…

Relief Bill Could Deliver Big Stimulus to Mass. » State House News Service After Senate leaders and the White House struck a deal in the early-morning hours Wednesday, the U.S. Senate is on track to approve a massive coronavirus relief bill as the virus's impact on the count…

Editorial: Bite the bullet. Call for a lockdown now. » Boston Business Journal In the two weeks since companies and universities across the state started sending employees home en masse, to work or learn remotely, it’s increasingly clear how urgent the current health crisis ha…

Baker extends statewide school closure until early May, as coronavirus death toll rises to 15 » Boston Globe Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has extended the shutdown of state schools into early May, in the latest step to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Transportation

LRTA and MRTA reduce bus service » Lowell Sun Local transit authorities were deemed essential by Gov. Charlie Baker and will remain in operation, but with some service changes.…

RMV announces more changes amid coronavirus pandemic » Boston Globe The state Registry of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday instituted a temporary appointment-only system for certain in-person transactions amid the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼-oz. envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ tsp.)

  • 2 tsp. honey

  • 5 cups (625 g) all-purpose flour

  • 5 tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 Tbsp. Morton kosher salt

  • 6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for hands

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for pan

  • Flaky sea salt

  • 2–4 garlic cloves

Directions

  1. Whisk 1¼-oz. envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ tsp.), 2 tsp. honey, and 2½ cups lukewarm water in a medium bowl and let sit 5 minutes (it should foam or at least get creamy; if it doesn’t your yeast is dead and you should start again—check the expiration date!).

  2. Add 5 cups (625 g) all-purpose flour and 5 tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 Tbsp. Morton kosher salt and mix with a rubber spatula until a shaggy dough forms and no dry streaks remain.

  3. Pour 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil into a big bowl that will fit in your refrigerator. This puppy is going to rise! Transfer dough to bowl and turn to coat in oil. Cover with a silicone lid or plastic wrap and chill until dough is doubled in size (it should look very bubbly and alive), at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. If you're in a rush, you can also let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size, 3–4 hours.

  4. Generously butter a 13x9" baking pan, for thicker focaccia that’s perfect for sandwiches, or an 18x13" rimmed baking sheet, for focaccia that's thinner, crispier, and great for snacking. The butter may seem superfluous, but it’ll ensure that your focaccia doesn’t stick. Pour 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil into center of pan. Keeping the dough in the bowl and using a fork in each hand, gather up edges of dough farthest from you and lift up and over into center of bowl. Give the bowl a quarter turn and repeat process. Do this 2 more times; you want to deflate dough while you form it into a rough ball. (We learned this technique from Alexandra Stafford, who uses it to shape her no-knead bread.) Transfer dough to prepared pan. Pour any oil left in bowl over and turn dough to coat it in oil. Let rise, uncovered, in a dry, warm spot (like near a radiator or on top of the fridge or a preheating oven) until doubled in size, at least 1½ hours and up to 4 hours.

  5. Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 450°. To see if the dough is ready, poke it with your finger. It should spring back slowly, leaving a small visible indentation. If it springs back quickly, the dough isn’t ready. (If at this point the dough is ready to bake but you aren’t, you can chill it up to 1 hour.) Lightly oil your hands. If using a rimmed baking sheet, gently stretch out dough to fill (you probably won't need to do this if using a baking pan). Dimple focaccia all over with your fingers, like you’re aggressively playing the piano, creating very deep depressions in the dough (reach your fingers all the way to the bottom of the pan). Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Bake focaccia until puffed and golden brown all over, 20–30 minutes.

  6. Hold off on this last step until you're ready to serve the focaccia: Melt 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Peel and grate in 2–4 garlic cloves with a Microplane (use 2 cloves if you’re garlic-shy or up to 4 if you love it). Return to medium heat and cook, stirring often, until garlic is just lightly toasted, 30–45 seconds. (Or, if you prefer raw garlic to toasted garlic, you can grate the garlic into the hot butter, off heat, then brush right away.)

  7. Brush garlic-butter all over focaccia and slice into squares or rectangles.

  8. Do Ahead: Focaccia is best eaten the day it's made, but keeps well in the freezer. Slice it into pieces, store it in a freezer-safe container, then reheat it on a baking sheet in a 300° F oven.


Press Releases

Cities, towns confront unprecedented budget challenges » Mass. Municipal Association

Senator Markey and Congresswoman Pressley Lead Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in Demanding Answers from FEMA, White House Coronavirus Task Force about Lack of Transparency, Equity Regarding PPE Distribution » Senator Ed Markey

Kennedy Urges Three Key Reforms for Families, as Country Enters Pivotal Month in COVID-19 Response » Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Startups Nationwide to See Job Losses Absent Urgent SBA Rule Fix » TechNet

Trump Steers Toward Climate Catastrophe by Rolling Back Vehicle Standards » Union of Concerned Scientists

COVID-19 and Our Business: Guidance and Call to Action » Mass. Flower Growers' Association

Berkshire Medical Center Nurses Call for Universal N95 Masking for Frontline Staff and Outside Patient Triage Area in Face of High Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exposure » Mass. Nurses Association

COVID-19 Response: Supporting the frontline » Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Actions To Expand Health Care Workforce, Other Actions To Support Providers, Business During COVID-19 » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

COVID-19 News and Updates » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Physicians Call a National Day of Action to Demand ICE Release ALL Detained People » Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Massachusetts Delegation Calls on Trump Admin. To Lift Visa Restrictions on Foreign Medical Professionals and Students to Help Fight Coronavirus Pandemic » Senator Ed Markey

Suspension of EPA enforcement puts our health at risk » Environment Massachusetts

Guest Post: Concerned About Youth Vaping at Home while Schools are Closed? » Office of State Senator Jason Lewis

Letter to Cape Cod Second Homeowners: » Cape Cod Healthcare

Massachusetts Announces State Income Tax Filing Deadline Being Extended to July 15 » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AG Healey Advocates for Paid Sick Leave for Ride-Share Drivers During COVID-19 Pandemic » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Reminds Public to Visit State Parks Responsibly » Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Online Portal for Personal Protective Equipment, Volunteers to Support COVID-19 Outbreak » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

The Arc’s COVID-19 Updates: The Arc Launches Weekly Webinar Series » The Arc of Mass.

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office COVID-19 Response – Update #11 » Middlesex Sheriff's Office


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