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Thursday, February 22, 2024

 

 

Presidential Primary Early Voting

 

 

Needham

Early voting for the Presidential Primary will be available in the Select Board Chambers at Needham Town Hall from Saturday, February 24th to Friday, March 1st for all registered voters of the Town of Needham. In-person Early Voting Hours:

  • Saturday, February 24: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Monday, February 26: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Tuesday, February 27: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday, February 28: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Thursday, February 29: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday, March 1: 9 AM – 5 PM

Dover

Early Voting in Person will be held at the Dover Town House, in the Great Hall located at 5 Springdale Avenue on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, February 24: 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Monday, February 26: 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Tuesday, February 27: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Wednesday, February 28: 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Thursday, February 29: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Friday, March 1: 9 AM – 1 PM

Medfield

Early Voting for the Presidential Primary will be at the Medfield Town House (2nd floor) from February 24th to Friday, March 1st for all registered voters. In-person Early Voting Hours:

  • Saturday, February 24: 11 AM – 5 PM
  • Monday, February 26: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Tuesday, February 27: 9 AM – 7 PM
  • Wednesday, February 28: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Thursday, February 29: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Friday, March 1: 9 AM – 12 PM

 

 

 

District Updates

 

Needham

  • Needham Public Health announces the results of the Town’s first Community Health Assessment (CHA). Needham’s assessment was compiled through the accumulation of data from several sources that provide an in-depth analysis of the health and safety needs of Needham. The Town’s priorities in the areas of public health that were identified include access to transportation resources for healthcare needs, the cost of living burden, mental health and substance use, as well as physical health which includes heart disease and other risk factors. The full report and executive summaries can be found here.
  • Needham Youth & Family Services is offering a free six-week after-school social group for 4th and 5th graders. “Candid Conversations” provides an opportunity for kids to come together and practice social building and developing self-awareness with friends in a fun and relaxing environment. They’ll play interactive games, do arts and crafts, and other activities while making connections with others. The group will run on Thursdays from 4-5 pm in the Highland Room of Town Hall, starting March 7th until April 11th. For questions, contact Ellen Whirley at ewhirley@needhamma.gov or (781) 455-7500 extension 266.
  • Save the date! The Online Safety Coalition and the Needham Community Council bring to Needham “Navigating A Digitally Demanding World: Get Simple Strategies for Teens and Families” on Thursday, February 29. This FREE event will be held from 6 pm to 8:30 PM at Powers Hall. This workshop will be presented by Joni Siani, a broadcast journalist, dynamic lecturer author, filmmaker, radio personality, and Media and Communication professor at Lasell University in MA. To register, click here.
  • The Babson College Needham Town Scholarship is now accepting applications. Applications are open to Needham residents as well as other Needham High School students and alumni who are interested in attending Babson College for the 2024-2025 academic year. Applications must be submitted to the Select Board by March 8th. The Needham Select Board each year selects recipients for the scholarships funded by Babson College. The scholarships are awarded based primarily on financial need and the number and dollar amount of scholarships may vary based on the pool of qualified applicants. To find the application or to learn more, click here.

Dover

  • Join a Dover-Sherborn Virtual Roundtable that Congressman Auchincloss will be hosting on Monday, February 26 from 12-1 PM. The Congressman will kick off the program with a brief Congressional update before opening the meeting to Q&A with attendees. This event is open to Dover-Sherborn residents. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom login link. To pre-register, click here.
  • Voters must register no later than February 24th to vote in the special town election to be held on March 5th to fill the unexpired term for Selectman. Polls will open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. Voters have the option to vote by mail, vote early in person, or vote in the March 5th election. For more information, click here.
  • Persons over the age of 65 may qualify for tax relief exemption programs. Property Tax Exemption for Person Over 65 (Clause 41c) administered by the Assessor’s Office may qualify seniors for an exemption that discharges a taxpayer from the legal obligation to pay a part of the tax assessed for the fiscal year. Other property tax relief exemption programs are available. Applications are due April 1, 2024, for fiscal year 2024. Contact the Assessor’s office at 508-785-0032 ext. 241 for an application or additional information.

Medfield

  • Join a Medfield Virtual Roundtable that Congressman Auchincloss will be hosting on Monday, February 28 from 9 – 10 AM. The Congressman will kick off the program with a brief Congressional update before opening the meeting to Q&A with attendees. This event is open to Dover-Sherborn residents. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom login link. To pre-register, click here.
  • The Blue Moon Bagel Cafe and Medfield Lions Annual Coat Drive ends on Wednesday, February 28th. Bring your new or gently used coats to Blue Moon Cafe and drop them in the collection box located just inside the front door. For more information, click here.
  • A list of candidates on the upcoming election ballot is now available. The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, March 25th. To view the Medfield residents that will be on the ballot, click here.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

  • The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that reservations for camping at parks across Massachusetts will open to the public on March 6, 2024 at 9 a.m. Visitors can make reservations for one of DCR’s campgrounds up to four months in advance of their arrival date through ReserveAmerica. Reservations are available for DCR’s 25 campgrounds beginning in April and running through October. To learn more, click here.
  • The Digital Accessibility and Equity Governance Board announced they will be seeking applications from members of the public to join the Board and fulfill its mission to strengthen and advance digital accessibility and equity within Massachusetts. The Board was formed as a result of Executive Order 614, signed by Governor Healey in July 2023 on the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It will advise the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) and the Chief IT Accessibility Officer (CIAO) on all aspects of policy, procurement and operations matters where accessibility must be strengthened to bring the services and information of state government to all residents. To learn more, click here.
  • The third round of the MA Repay Program is now open. The additional $16.5 million will be available to support health and human service workers across the state. The MA Repay Program helps people enter and stay in the healthcare field, addressing workforce shortages. Through this additional investment, MA Repay will provide educational loan repayment to direct care professionals and supervisors of direct care professionals who provide treatment, support, or services to clients or their families in a home-based or community-based human service organization. To learn more about the Repay Program, click here. For more information about how to apply, click here.
  • The new Massachusetts Application for State Financial Aid (MASFA) is now open. This form will allow currently enrolled undocumented college students in Massachusetts to apply for state need-based financial aid for the first time. The MASFA is an alternative form that provides students who cannot complete the Free Application for State Financial Aid (FAFSA) due to their immigration status a way to apply for state need-based financial aid. To access the application, click here. To learn more about MASFA, click here.
  • The Biden administration continues to offer up to four free Covid tests per household. At-home testing is essential to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases across the Commonwealth. To place an order, visit COVIDTests.gov.
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