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Thursday, December 21, 2023

May these days of family, friends, and neighbors bring you joy and hope. May the days approaching the New Year bring some time for rest and reflection. In a country and world in turmoil, the problems seem so daunting but we can heal the world by working on our own piece and trusting that others will work on theirs.

With warmest wishes to all who celebrate the many holidays of this season from me and all my family.

Dinner Bell COA Community Dinner


Happy holiday spirits at the Center at the Heights! Good food – Good music – Good friends!



District Updates




  • Needham Affordable Housing Trust’s Small Repair Grant Program is accepting applications. The program provides limited financial assistance to income-eligible senior and disabled households to help repair and rehabilitate existing owner-occupied housing units in Needham. Grants up to $5,000 per applicant are available. Completed applications must be received by Friday, February 12, 2024. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click here.
  • Plugged In is hosting a free Pathways to Music monthly Open Mic on the third Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm at the Center at the Heights beginning December 21st, 2023. All ages, all abilities, and all musical skills are welcome. There will also be free pizza and activities. For more information, click here.
  • The Town of Needham announces the Needham Power Choice program, a municipal electricity aggregation, which is a type of group electricity purchasing program for Needham residents and businesses. Through Needham Power Choice, the Town will use its collective buying power to increase the amount of renewable electricity in the community’s electricity supply. Needham residents and business owners are encouraged to submit written comments via email to otm@needhamma.gov. To learn more about the program, click here. To view the Town’s draft Aggregation Plan for the program, click here.
  • Parking meters in town will be free for up to two hours at a time through Monday, January 1, 2024. This is to encourage and accommodate local shopping and dining this holiday season, Non-permit holders will also be permitted to park for free in permit spaces after 2 pm Monday through Friday. To view a map of the lots, click here.





  • Dover Parks and Recreation is offering ski and snowboard lessons at Blue Hills. Registration is now open through the Dover Parks and Recreation’s website and limited spots are available. To learn more and for registration, click here.


  • The Dover Recycling Committee encourages households to participate in the collection of food waste at the Transfer Station. This program is available to all residents with a RED transfer station sticker which is available at the Transfer Station or Town Garage. Help the Town’s goal of turning food waste into a renewable energy source. To learn more, click here.


  • Holiday Sopping is back at the Powisett Farm Store. Check out exclusive offerings from local vendors. The store will be open through December 23 on Thursdays through Saturdays. Each day will have different events including holiday face painting and special discounts. For daily hours and more information, click here.




  • What types of businesses or amenities would you like to see in Medfield’s Industrial-Extensive district? The Town is seeking public feedback for recommendations and ideas. The Town of Medfield is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to develop an economic vision to grow Medfield’s economy. To learn more and to access the survey, click here.


  • Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election are now available at the Town Clerk’s office starting on December 15th. Nomination papers are due back to the Town Clerk’s office by February 5th at 5 pm. The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, March 25, 2024. To view open positions, click here.
  • The Blue Moon Bagel Cafe and Medfield Lions Annual Coat Drive has returned for its 13th year! Bring your new or gently used coats to Blue Moon Cafe and drop them in the collection box located just inside the front door. Coat donations will continue to be accepted through February 2024. For more information, click here



Statewide Updates



  • Two organizations in our district were awarded grants from the Workforce Training Fund Program. Biotechnology and Volante Farms were awarded funds that will train a total of 104 workers and create 43 new jobs by 2025. The grant helps companies create new jobs, increase skills and opportunities for workers, and maintain the economic strength and viability of Massachusetts businesses. To learn more about the grant, click here.


  • Health Connector’s Open Enrollment payment deadline is December 23rd to secure health insurance coverage effective January 1st. Though Open Enrollment is open through January 23rd, anyone who needs coverage effective the first of the year will need to submit payment by December 23rd. To learn more, click here.


  • The Registry for Motor Vehicles provides an update on the first six months of the Work and Family Mobility Act (WFMA). Since the law went into effect on July 1, 2023, the RMV has issued 91,961 new learner’s permits and 54,952 new, first-time driver’s licenses to Massachusetts residents. To learn more, click here.


  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health urges residents to get vaccinated before the holiday season. Getting vaccinated (flu, COVID, and RSV) will maximize protection against respiratory illnesses. Protect yourself and the people you’ll gather with, especially older adults, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people, who are at a higher risk for severe complications. To learn more, click here.


  • $100 million will be distributed to 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth to support transportation improvements. The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment. Communities may use the awards for construction, preservation, and improvement projects such as highway projects and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. To learn more, click here.
  • The Biden administration has relaunched a website for Americans to order up to four free tests per household in anticipation of a potential increase in COVID cases during the fall and winter months. At-home testing is essential to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases across the Commonwealth as the weather gets colder and more events move indoors, increasing the risk of transmission. To place an order, visit COVIDTests.gov.
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