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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

 

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 

Today, in my office, I joined Town, state, and development stakeholders to discuss the proposed redevelopment of Medfield State Hospital. This 334-unit project will not only construct 85 affordable units but will also preserve parts of the historic Medfield State Hospital, including the restoration of historic buildings, enhance recreational open space that will remain open to the public, and renovate a regional performing arts and education center on the Medfield State Hospital campus. I look forward to working with the Town to make this a reality. To learn more about the Medfield State Hospital redevelopment, click here.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Denise

 

District Updates 

 

The walls in my office are looking a bit bare, so let’s get creative! We’re looking for you to submit a drawing of what you love most about your town. Submissions are open to all residents in the district and will be displayed in my office. To submit your drawing, click here.

  • In Needham, the annual Harvest Fair will be held on Sunday, October 2 from 11 am to 3 pm at Greene’s Field. The event will feature a variety of local businesses and community organizations with fun for the whole family. To find more information, click here.
  • In Dover, the New Life Furniture Bank is seeking volunteers or donations from the community. Some high-need items for donation include dressers, metal bed frames, silverware, microwave dishes, and much more. To sign up to volunteer or to see the list of donatable items, click here.
  • In Medfield, the annual Medfield Day will be held on September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event will feature over 150 booths by Medfield businesses and organizations. There will also have an entertainment stage and a kid’s alley filled with rides. I will be attending Medfield Day, feel free to stop by booth #60 to chat! To find more information, click here.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

  • The State General Election will be held on November 8, the following are important dates for the upcoming election:
                • Voter Registration Deadline: October 29
                • Vote by Mail Application Deadline: November 1
                • Early Voting: October 22 – November 4
                • Election Day Polling Hours: 7 am – 8 pm

 

  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars is hosting a student essay contest for middle and high schoolers. This is a local, statewide, and national competition with awards ranging from $200 to $35,000. The deadline for the essay competition is October 31, 2022. For more information and to access the application form, click here.
  • Millions of children return to school this fall, for some, returning to school brings feelings of anxiety and feeling unsafe. The Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma lists resources on how educators and organizations can help kids get ready for back to school when they feel unsafe returning. To learn more, click here.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has approved updated COVID-19 boosters. The updated COVID-19 boosters add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components which restore protections from previous vaccinations by targeting more transmissible variants. To find locations offering the vaccine, click here.
  • 3.5 million free at-home-COVID-19 tests to be distributed to Massachusetts residents. The Baker-Polito Administration plans to distribute free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to municipalities to make available to residents. For more information about COVID-19 testing, click here.
  • Children under five years old are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and now everyone six months and older can receive the vaccine. To find locations offering the vaccine, click here.
  • The Department of Public Health (DPH) has shared resources for protecting yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19. The best protection against COVID-19 and getting vaccinated and staying up to date on your vaccine, DPH also recommends six other tools you can use for protection. To view this resource, click here.