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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

 

It is an honor to stand with such good men… Senator Paul Feeney – and MDTC Chair Steve Teehan – thank you for your service to the people of Medfield, your support, and friendship!

 

District Updates 

 

The temperatures are dropping and many of us are thinking about turning on the furnace. I share your concern about high heating costs this winter and would like to share with you information that may help ease the financial burden of paying heating costs this winter. For more information and resources, click here.

  • In Needham, Mass General will be holding a blood drive at the Needham Masonic Hall on Sunday, December 4 from 8 AM to 1 PM. Moses Michael Hays Lodge, AF & AM will be providing free breakfast to blood donors. To learn more about the event, click here, and to make a blood donation appointment, click here.
  • In Dover, Powisset Farm is bringing back its Pop-Up Holiday Markets beginning Saturday, December 3rd. The Powisset Farm Store Pop-Up Holiday Market will be open the first three weekends of December. The Pop-Up Holiday Market will feature crafts and products from local businesses. For more information about the event, click here.
  • In Medfield, the annual Holiday Stroll will be held on December 2nd from 4 pm to 9 pm. The event will be held at three indoor sites all within walking distance of each other (United Church of Christ, Medfield Public Library, and Zullo Gallery). The festive event will feature over thirty artists and a variety of food options. For more information on the event, click here.

 

Clothing and Textile Recycling

 

Effective November 1, 2022, MassDEP has prohibited the disposal and transfer for disposal of all clothing and textiles in Massachusetts as part of their 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan. Organizations, manufacturers, and retailers are offering take-back programs for residents to recycle their unwanted clothing and shoes. For a list of donation and recycling programs and more about the new textile ban, click here.

Needham:

The Needham Recycling and Transfer Station offers drop-off of clothing and other textiles for recycling or disposal. Residents are encouraged to recycle clothing and textile regardless of rips and stains, although dirty and moldy items should be disposed of. To learn more, click here.

Dover:

The Dover transfer station and Dover-Sherborn High School have designated recycling textile bins to place unwanted clothing and other textiles. Exceptions that should not be placed in the textile recycling bin include clothing contaminated with unsanitary or hazardous substances. For more information, click here.

Medfield:

The Medfield SwapShop is holding a clothing and household goods drive on Saturday, November 19. The clothing and household items drive will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters, MADD, and St. Vincent DePaul. For more information on the event or to stay updated on Medfield SwapShop events, click here.

 

Statewide Updates

 

  • Advocates is celebrating National Family Caregivers Month by awarding a caregiver with an appreciation giveaway. The winning ten caregivers will receive a $100 Visa gift card. Nominations for the giveaway are being accepted until December 15th, and winners will be announced on December 16th. To learn more about the giveaway and to find the nomination form, click here.
  • The Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association is seeking new Municipal Engagement Initiatives Lite Communities. The Municipal Engagement Initiative works with residents to support existing local efforts in favor of more affordable housing. Through MEI Lite, CHAPA will help a community to create a stakeholder list, begin outreach, hold and facilitate a launch meeting, and guide the coalition through the next steps. Municipal governments and community organizations are encouraged to apply. To learn more about MEI Lite and to find the application, click here.
  • Biz-M-Power is a crowdfunding-matching grant program offering education and assistance on the tools and strategy of crowdfunding. This program is available to small business owners and organizations who have never used crowdfunding or have experience running a campaign. The program strives to empower small businesses and organizations and to guide them toward economic success. Program applications are open until June 30, 2023, or when funds are exhausted. To learn more about the Biz-M-Power program, click here.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) expands updated COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 – 11. 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.