BERKLEY — A Berkley Street business owner’s plea for relief from what he called unsafe traffic patterns prompted the town to submit a last minute application for a grant to improve the streets.

Less than a week before the Sept. 22 deadline, selectmen decided to apply for a Massachusetts Department of Transportation Shared Streets and Spaces grant to improve the town’s streets.

The spark to apply for the newly created grant program so suddenly came after Richard Peterson, owner of Web Press Services, Inc., 541 Berkley St., described the traffic situation where his facility sits.

Peterson said the lack of space and frontage between him and the businesses adjacent to him, which include his son’s gym, Chaos Fitness, Dough Licious Pizza and the Berkley Farms Convenience Store, is creating a “crazy traffic flow” there.

He complained the problem that he has been struggling to contain since he first occupied the

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) on Friday denounced what it called “App Store Tax” on its initiative to support small businesses through online events.

What Happened

Head of the Facebook App, Fidji Simo, said  in a statement that the Mark Zuckerberg-led company had asked Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) to reduce its 30% App Store commission, or alternatively let it use Facebook Pay, so it could absorb costs on behalf of struggling businesses hit by the pandemic. 

“Unfortunately, they dismissed both our requests and SMBs will only be paid 70% of their hard-earned revenue,” the executive wrote, referring to small and medium-sized businesses. 

The Facebook initiative was launched Friday, and allows businesses, creators, and others to earn money by hosting online events on its platform.

Why It Matters

Apple’s policies of collecting a 30% cut have led to allegations of anti-competitive practices by several companies. Last week, Epic Games Inc., the maker

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