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The Garlick Press – Monday, March 8, 2021

The Garlick Press – Monday, March 8, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It is a great privilege to represent the people of Needham, Dover, and Medfield in the State Legislature. As we begin this new legislative session - I wanted to share with you that I have been nominated by the Speaker and elected by my colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Bills in the Third Reading Committee. I...

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The Garlick Press – Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Garlick Press – Thursday, March 4, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Like all of you, I have learned a great deal during this pandemic. Some things that I never wanted to know but many others that give me strength and hope every day. March is “Women’s History” month. Often the contributions of women have been left out of traditional history. In the classroom, the dinner table and in our...

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The Garlick Press – Monday, March 1, 2021

The Garlick Press – Monday, March 1, 2021

Local Updates In Needham, Youth and Family Services and the Needham Community Council are hosting "Parenting During A Crisis" a virtual evening with Dr. David Brooks. This event will take place on March 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. To register for the event, click here. In Dover, the Board of Health issued a COVID-19 Update on Friday, February...

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The Garlick Press – Monday, February 22, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, On Thursday, February 25 at 11am there will be a live broadcast of the Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management hearing on the vaccine supply, vaccine roll out logistics and operations. I have been in discussion with Chair Bill Driscoll and I have shared the multitude of questions,...

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The Garlick Press – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Garlick Press – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As Massachusetts struggles with the vaccine rollout because of insufficient federal supply and overwhelming state operational deficiencies I share the concern for older adults in the early phases. Today I met with the Council of Aging Directors of the District I represent. LaTanya Steele (Needham) Janet Claypoole...

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The Garlick Press – Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Garlick Press – Thursday, February 11, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I share your anxiety, frustration and anger related to the long awaited and critically needed vaccine rollout. There are issues related to supply that properly belong to the federal government, but the issues related to phases, eligibility, registration, locations, respect for individual needs at sites and messaging...

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The Garlick Press – Monday, February 8, 2021

The Garlick Press – Monday, February 8, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 2-1-1 I wanted to share with you that the state has launched The Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line for individuals 75 year of age or older who are unable to or have difficulty with accessing the internet. Individuals calling the line will be able to speak to a representative live on the phone to assist...

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The Garlick Press – Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Garlick Press – Thursday, February 4, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Over the last week I have heard from many members of the Needham, Dover, and Medfield communities about the difficulty of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. One of the many challenges faced by individuals is the limited availability for locations close to home and concerns over finding transportation for...

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The Garlick Press – Monday, February 1, 2021

The Garlick Press – Monday, February 1, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I share you anxiety, frustration, fear, and anger with the present system of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. There are many things the Commonwealth can and should do to improve the logistics of registering including addressing their website and increasing the number of facilities that can...

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The Garlick Press – Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Garlick Press – Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Governor Baker released the Executive Branch's FY22 Budget recommendations, which marks the beginning of the process of crafting the Commonwealth’s annual budget. On my website there is a document on the many steps in development of a final State budget. The House of Representatives will review the Governor's proposals...

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