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Thursday, February 8, 2024

2024 Report to the Community

Happy, healthy new year to you and yours!

Please join me for my annual “Representative’s Report to the Community”. I will share the work for constituents, our Towns of Needham, Dover, and Medfield, and the Commonwealth. Most importantly, I will listen and learn as we discuss your issues and concerns and plan for

the work of 2024.

See you soon!

District Updates

 

Needham

  • On Monday, February 12th, I will be holding my annual Report to the Community at 7 pm at Powers Hall. I will be sharing a recap of our work and accomplishments for the Town of Needham and listening to your concerns. The event will be held both in person and virtually. To register for the virtual stream, click here.

 

  • The Bierman Autism Center will be hosting Valentine’s Critters: a free sensory-safe reptile encounter on Saturday, February 10th. The event will be held at the Bierman Autism Center (145 Rosemary St) from 10 am to 2 pm. RSVP is required for this event. To RSVP, 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. 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.
  • Registration for a plot at the Needham Community Garden Beds is now open for the 2024 season. All registrations include a 4 x 12 feet garden bed filled with compost, unlimited daytime access to the Community Bed area, and use of supplies such as tools and wheelbarrows. There are 150 beds for lease. Priority will be given to Needham residents. To register, click here.

 

 

Dover

 

 

  • Last Monday, I held my annual Report to the Community in Dover. Thank you to all who attended in person and virtually. If you have any questions or issues that were not addressed, please feel free to contact me at (617) 722 2070 or denise.garlick@mahouse.gov.
  • A special town election will 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 person on the day of March 5th. To vote in the March 5th election, voters must register no later than Saturday, February 24th. Nomination papers for Selectman are due to the Clerk’s Office on Friday, January 12th by 1 pm. 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

 

 

  • TONIGHT! Join me for my annual Report to the Community on Thursday, February 8th at the Public Safety Building at 7 pm. I will be sharing a recap of our work and accomplishments for the Town of Medfield and listening to your concerns. The event will be held both in person and virtually. To register for the virtual stream, 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.
  • The Medfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) announced new programs in 2024. The new programs aim to strengthen the support network for parents and caregivers of children with special needs while recognizing outstanding efforts within the Medfield Public School District. To learn more, click here.
  • The Sands for Seniors program provides free 5-gallon buckets of sand to seniors to prevent slip and falls. The sand is made available thanks to a partnership between The Center at Medfield and Willis Hardware Inc. Limited quantities are available. If you’d like to learn more, please call the Center at (508) 359-3665.
  • Enjoy a sound and light instrument installation at the Bellforge Arts Center on Friday, February 3rd. The sound sculpture will be open to guests from 5 pm to 9 pm. The event is free and open to all ages. Tickets are required for entry. To reserve free tickets, click here.
  • Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. 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 25th. To view open positions, click here.
  • The Blue Moon Bagel Cafe and Medfield Lions Annual Coat Drive will continue through February! 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 28th. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

Statewide Updates

  • $5 million in awards will be allocated to fire departments across the Commonwealth. These grants will provide reimbursements for crucial equipment and tools. The Town of Dover received $9,896.22 and the Town of Medfield received $19,000. 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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