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Friday, March 19, 2024

 

 

 

 

Next Wednesday, April 24th marks the beginning of the House budget debate for the Fiscal Year 2025 budget (we are starting on a Wednesday to allow for the observance of Passover). This budget cycle, 1495 amendments were filed in the House. The House Ways and Means Committee budget is funded at $57.9 billion, a $1.9 billion or 3.3% increase over last year. My staff and I are preparing for the debate by logging communications from constituents and advocacy groups to prioritize items that are important to our district. I will continue to announce budget process updates here on Garlick Press and my social media accounts. To learn more about the budget process, click here.

 

 

 

District Updates

 

 

Needham

  • The Bierman Autism Center is hosting a seminar on “Teaching Compassion Skills to Students of Behavior Analysis: A Preliminary Investigation” on Wednesday, April 25th from 3 – 4 PM. The purpose of the event is to foster comprehensive growth among future behavioral analysts by discussing empathic and compassionate care skills and preliminary investigation insights. To learn more about the event, click here.

 

  • Plugged In’s Pathway to Music Open Mic has been moved to Thursday, April 25th. The event will be held from 6 PM – 8:30 PM at the Center at the Heights (300 Hillside Ave). All ages, all abilities, and all musical skills are welcome. This is a free event held monthly by the Plugged In Band Program. To learn more about Plugged In and their events, click here.
  • Next Saturday, April 27th, is Needham Drug Take Back Day at the Needham Police Station from 10 AM to 2 PM. Unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be accepted. They will not be accepting needles, thermometers, inhalers, medical waste, or illegal drugs. There will be drive-thru and drop-off options available. For more information, click here.
  • The Town of Needham is seeking your input! Complete the biennial survey that will measure community livability, assess residents’ needs, evaluate the impacts of governmental programs, and gauge resident sentiment and satisfaction with key service areas and programs. The survey will close on Monday, April 22nd. To access the survey, click here.

Dover

  • Join Dover Unplugged in packing 18,000 meals for Ukrainian and Haitian migrants on Friday, April 26th. The event will take place at St. Dunstan’s Church (18 Springdale Ave) with multiple volunteer shifts throughout the day. The meals will be distributed and shipped to Kyiv, Ukraine, and The Immigrant Family Service Insitute to help recent Haitian migrants in Massachusetts. To find more information or to sign up, click here.
  • The Dover Parks and Recreation’s Spring and Summer Brochure is now available. The brochure includes various spring and summer programs as well as events offered throughout the warmer months. To view the brochure, click here.
  • Registration remains open for Dover’s April Spring Clean-up. In 2023, 400 residents participated in this effort to clean up 100% of the 159 streets and parks. All Dover residents are invited to help achieve this goal again. All local clubs and organizations are encouraged to join the clean-up. To register, click here.

Medfield

 

  • Medfield is seeking volunteers for their clean-up days on Saturday, April 20th, and Sunday, April 21st. Clean-ups on both days will begin at 8 AM and end at 3 PM. Clean-up sites will be held in neighborhoods, parks, schools, and public buildings throughout Medfield. Trash bags are available for pickup at the Department of Public Works Office at Town Hall. To volunteer, call the Medfield DPW office at (508) 906-3003.
  • Save the Date! Celebrate Medfield History Weekend with several events throughout town from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th. The weekend will offer a mix of free and paid attractions, with proceeds benefitting Medfield’s non-profit historical preservation organizations. For a full schedule of attractions and events, click here.
  • The Town of Medfield is seeking public feedback on the Medfield Industrial-Extensive district. Help the town plan the Medfield IE district by filling out the survey on what types of businesses and amenities you would like to see in the district. To complete the survey, click here.
  • Support the Medfield Library by purchasing a Friends of the Medfield Library Spring Tote Bag. The tote bags cost $15 each and proceeds go to supporting the Medfield Public Library programs and services. Bags are available to purchase at the library circulation desk. For more information, click here.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

 

  • The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that the Department of Higher Education (DHE) has moved the priority deadline for its largest state financial aid program, MASSGrant, from May 1st to July 1st, 2024. This later deadline gives Massachusetts students more time to complete their FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year. MASSGrant is a need-based financial aid program that helps to cover educational expenses at state public and private colleges and universities. During FAFSA Week of Action, the administration is encouraging students to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible. “I join with my colleagues in the House of Representatives as we welcome all tools available to aid students and their families to meet the challenges of financial concerns and, more importantly, the great opportunities of higher education,” said State Representative Denise Garlick, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. To learn more, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) are awarding nearly $10 million in student loan repayment to 221 DMH direct care staff and clinicians across the state as part of the MA Repay Program. The MA Repay DMH Student Loan Repayment Initiative, implemented by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC), accepted applications from September 20th, 2023, to November 1st, 2023. Eligible applicants included clinical behavioral health professionals and case managers in DMH state-operated programs. In exchange for four years of providing direct care or case management services in a designated DMH site, DMH providers were eligible for loan repayment awards ranging from $12,500 to $300,000 based on provider type and full-time or part-time status. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced the implementation of the Blue Envelope Program, an initiative to foster a safer and more understanding environment during traffic stops for drivers with autism. The voluntary program provides individuals on the autism spectrum with specially designed blue envelopes to carry their driver’s licenses, which informs police officers about their diagnosis and other essential communication guidelines to ensure more effective and sensitive communication during the interaction. The Blue Envelope Program is the result of a partnership between the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, The Arc of Massachusetts, and individuals with autism and their families. To learn more, click here.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to alert health providers to the global and domestic increase in measles cases. It is recommended that children in Massachusetts and those traveling internationally 6 months and older are current on the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. To view the full alert, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) 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.
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