Auto Repair Shops In Greater Boston Feel The Pandemic : Patch PM

NEWTON, MA — It’s Tuesday, Oct. 27, which means there’s one week until Election Day. Here’s what Patch has been covering in greater Boston and across Massachusetts.

Traffic is down and that means the need to fix cars is down. Auto repair shops around Greater Boston are surviving, but owners wonder what happens if another significant surge is followed by another stay at home order.

“Probably like every industry, there’s just a lot of uncertainty,” said Molly Brodeur, president of the Massachusetts Alliance of Automotive Service Providers.

The critical drought in the area has resulted in significant environmental impacts, including issues for Brookline trees.

Waltham has been high-risk for three weeks and must move back to Phase 3, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan. Check out how two gyms are coping.

Home Break-Ins On The Rise In Belmont

The majority of break-ins are happening in the late afternoon or early evening, police said.


Across Massachusetts

‘Mattress Bandit’ Sought After 30+ Mattresses Dumped Near Merrimack River

This is a story for the ages. There’s a $1,200 reward for information for the person or persons who has dumped 30 mattresses off Route 110 during the past two weeks.

Westford Throws Support Behind Net Zero Emissions Task Force

The town passed a non-binding resolution to help reduce fossil fuel use help the commonwealth achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.


And finally today:

MA Weather: First Snow Of Season Possible This Week

I’ve been really enjoying the fall colors this season, so I, for one, am not ready for this. Depending on where you land on team winter, this could be good news or spooky news: Tropical Storm Zeta may bring wet snow Thursday into Friday, with some flurries possible as far east as greater Boston.


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