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Friday, June 28, 2024

 

 

Legislative Updates

  • Yesterday, I joined my colleagues in passing the House economic development bill which feature major investments in our workforce, climate, and economy. The bill recognizes the needs of our community and invests in various projects to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth. It features $3.4B in long term bond authorizations and an additional $700M in tax credits.
  • I joined my colleagues and voted in the affirmative on H4791 – An Act relative to municipal tax lien procedures and protections for property owners in the Commonwealth. This bill offers protections for property owners facing tax lien foreclosure, which is a process through which someone can lose ownership of their property for the nonpayment of real estate taxes. To read my full letter, click here.

 

 

 

District Updates

 

 

 

Needham

  • Join the Bierman Autism Center for a free sensory-friendly petting zoo on Saturday, June 29th. The petting zoo will be held from 12 PM to 2 PM. The event will also feature sweet treats and arts and crafts along with the farm animals. RSVP is required for the event. For more information or to reserve free tickets, click here.
  • The Needham Exchange Club will be hosting Independence Day activities and fireworks at Memorial Park on Wednesday, July 3rd. Festivities will begin at 5:30 PM and end with a fireworks spectacular at dark. The event will feature food, children’s activities, and live music. For the full schedule of events, click here.

 

  • The Fourth of July Grand Parade will be held on Thursday, July 4th at the Town Common. The parade will begin at 9 AM. For the full parade route, click here.
  • The Needham Commuter Rail Line will be replaced by shuttle buses from Friday, June 28th to Monday, July 1st. The MBTA will be conducting routine maintenance and signal work in support of Positive Train Control (PTC), a federally mandated safety system. The Needham line shutdown will impact both inbound and outbound service. Shuttle buses will be available to commuters between Needham Heights and Forest Hills. For a full list of affected days and more information, click here.

Dover

  • Save the Date! The Dover Summer Concert Series begins Tuesday, July 9th. Concerts will be held on the Dover Town Common weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. The concert series features a variety of local artists playing different genres of music. For more information, click here.
  • The Dover Cultural Council is seeking rising high school juniors to join the Council. The Dover Cultural Council supports a variety of local art projects and activities. Those interested should contact Judy Schulz at jschulz@doverma.gov.

Medfield

 

 

  • The Medfield Town House will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and remain closed through Friday, July 5th. All offices will reopen on Monday, July 8th.

 

  • The Medfield School Building Committee is seeking public feedback on the site selection of a future elementary building project. To complete the survey, click here.
  • Medfield Community Electricity is now available to residents. The program offers new electricity supply options that provide more renewable energy and stable prices for all Medfield residents and businesses. The program is a Town-vetted alternative to Eversource’s default supply and other third-party electricity suppliers. To learn more, click here.

 

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

 

  • The Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities’ 2024 Employer Nomination form is now open. Employers will be recognized at the Commission’s National Disability Awareness Month Celebration on October 23rd in the State House. If your business is a model for disability employment, submit a nomination form here.
  • The Department of Higher Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance is accepting applications for loan repayment funds through Friday, August 23rd. Interested teachers and educators currently employed by a public or charter school in Massachusetts may submit an online application for consideration of loan repayment. Applicants must be a resident of Massachusetts and are required to provide proof of employment and documentation of their educational debt. To learn more, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the public comment period for the proposed Fiscal Year 2025-2029 five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) will be held through Wednesday, July 10th. This five-year plan includes approximately $16.5 billion in planned transportation investments. To learn more, click here.
  • Applications are being accepted for the 84 Movement’s Statewide Leadership Team. The 84 Movement’s Statewide Leadership Team is a dynamic group of young leaders from across Massachusetts. Each year, the team design and participate in the Spring Identity Series workshops, tackling hot topics such as identity, racism, and challenges faced by the BIPOC. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 8th. To learn more, click here.
  • A new public education campaign highlighting the dangers and potential harm of anti-abortion centers, also called “crisis pregnancy centers” has launched in Massachusetts. Established by the Healey-Driscoll Administration, this educational campaign is the first in the nation. The campaign aims to help individuals understand their full range of options with information on how to recognize anti-abortion centers and where to access unbiased, full-spectrum reproductive health care in Massachusetts. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll administration has launched a call center and website for patients as part of the next step in its Incident Command structure in response to Steward Health Care’s filing for bankruptcy. The dedicated Steward Health Care call center can be reached at (617) 468-2189 or toll-free at (833) 305-2070. The website can be accessed here.
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