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Thursday, March 7, 2024



District Updates



  • The Needham Community Council hosts “Nurturing Hope and Resilience in Children and Teens During Troubled Times” on Wednesday, March 13th. This FREE event will be held from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Broadmeadow School. This workshop will be presented by Dr. Robert Brooks, a clinical psychologist, faculty of Harvard Medical School, and former Director of Psychology at McLean Hospital. To register for the event, click here.


  • Celebrate Women’s History Month as the League of Women Voters of Needham makes history. The event will take place on Sunday, March 10th at 2 PM at the Needham History Center and Museum. 80 years of League of Women Voters of Needham historical documents will be on display at the museum, along with LWVN timeline and exhibits. To register for the event, click here.


  • Congratulations to Needham Author, Carmen Fields for “Going Back to T-Town” being nominated as Best Biography/Autobiography of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. The full list of nominees and honorable mentions can be found here.


  • Register by March 15th to participate in The Needham Free Library and Neighborhood Forest’s 15th Annual Free Tree Program for children. This program celebrates Earth Day and teaches children about the importance of environmental stewardship through planting and watching trees grow. Through the program, free tree saplings are available during Earth Week which runs April 22nd through April 26th. To register for the free program, click here.


  • On Monday, March 11th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Dover Town Library will be holding an English Conversation Group. This program is a casual English conversation group to practice English speaking skills. No registration is required for the event. The Dover Town Library holds many events throughout the month, to view programs, click here.
  • Save the Date! On March 16th from 9 AM to 11 AM, the Dover Board of Health and Town Clerk will be sponsoring low cost rabies vaccine and dog licensure event. You can take your cat or dog to the Dover Highway Department, located at 2 Dedham Street in Dover, to get them vaccinated at a cost of $15 each (cash only). Additionally, the Dover Town Clerk will be present to license dogs for the year 2024. To learn more, click here.
  • Persons over the age of 65 may qualify for tax relief exemption programs. Property Tax Exemption for Person Over 65 (Clause 41c) administered by the Assessor’s Office may qualify seniors for an exemption that discharges a taxpayer from the legal obligation to pay a part of the tax assessed for the fiscal year. Other property tax relief exemption programs are available. Applications are due April 1, 2024, for fiscal year 2024. Contact the Assessor’s office at 508-785-0032 ext. 241 for an application or additional information.



  • The Medfield Musical Association is seeking volunteers to serve on the board for the 2024-25 school year. Candidates must be willing to commit to a 2 year term, attend monthly board meeting (September to June), and have an active interest in enriching kids’ music education in Medfield Schools. Interested applicants should email mail@medfieldmusicassociation.com.
  • The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund has announced that applications are now being accepted for its 2024 Community Impact Grants. Up to $40,000 in grants will be awarded, and any Medfield-based nonprofit or Town department is eligible. Applicants are welcome to submit a grant request online by March 25th. for more information, click here.
  • Medfield Parks and Rec is hiring Camp Counselors and Lifeguards for the summer. Camp Counselor positions are starting at $16 an hour and Lifeguards are starting at $18 an hour. Please submit Lifeguard applications to Katie Walper at kwalper@medfield.net and Camp Counselor joonley@medfield.net. Deadline for applications is March 25th. To find applications, click here.



Statewide Updates



  • Registration is now open for Disability Connections, Mass Office on Disability’s networking event for the Massachusetts disability community held on Wednesday, April 10th. The event will be held at Suffolk University Law School from 10 AM to 1 PM. Connect with leaders in the disability community and to honor the named plaintiffs in the Daniels-Finegold Settlement Agreement for their work in improving accessibility in Massachusetts public transit. The event is held both in-person (limited seating available) and livestreamed on Zoom, it is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and CART services will be provided. To register for the event, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced the agency is accepting applications for lifeguards, swim instructors and other pool and waterfront roles across the state for the 2024 summer season. Qualified candidates, who apply early and work through the end of the season, can earn up to $1,250 in bonuses, in addition to a competitive hourly rate of between $22 and $27, dependent on the position and associated certifications. For more information, click here.
  • More than $165,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 80 Massachusetts municipalities, public colleges and universities, and nonprofits to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for emergency response vehicles. This program will help increase access to this lifesaving equipment during medical emergencies when every second matters. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation community grant program for substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, recovery, and treatment. The administration is investing more than $5 million annually in this grantmaking program, with the goal of increasing the equitable allocation of Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund (ORRF) grants to organizations and municipalities that otherwise could not apply for funding. RIZE, a public-private partnership focused on ending the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, has been selected to build and operate the program. To learn more click here.
  • The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced new eligibility guidelines for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), formerly the MassHealth Senior Buy-In and Buy-In programs. The new guidelines allow for more Massachusetts residents to enroll in the program and save up to $3,000 per year. To learn more, click here.
  • The third round of the MA Repay Program is now open. The additional $16.5 million will be available to support health and human service workers across the state. The MA Repay Program helps people enter and stay in the healthcare field, addressing workforce shortages. Through this additional investment, MA Repay will provide educational loan repayment to direct care professionals and supervisors of direct care professionals who provide treatment, support, or services to clients or their families in a home-based or community-based human service organization. To learn more about the Repay Program, click here. For more information about how to apply, click here.
  • The Biden administration continues to offer up to four free Covid tests per household. At-home testing is essential to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases across the Commonwealth. To place an order, visit COVIDTests.gov.
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