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Thursday, March 14, 2024

 

 

District Updates

 

Needham

  • Registration for the Go with the Flow Mosaic Workshop on Tuesday, March 19th is now open. The workshop will be held at the Center at the Heights from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The workshop will help create a public art installation for a plaza in Needham. The project will be led by Artist Tova Speter and designed by Needham High School students. The workshop is intended for ages 11 to 18. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. To register for the event, click here.

 

  • Join the Bierman Autism Center for a sensory-friendly Easter event on Wednesday, March 20th. The Easter Bunny’s Spring Bash will be held at the Bierman Autism Center in Needham from 5 PM to 7 PM. The event is free but RSVP is required. To learn more, click here.
  • Registration is now open for Plugged In Band Program’s Dirty Water Music Festival. The music festival will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 7 PM – 11 PM at Powers Hall in the Needham Town Hall. The event will feature live music, dancing, and a beer and wine cash bar. The event is age 21+ only and free with advanced registration. All proceeds from the festival will support the Plugged In Band Program Scholarship and Inclusion Fund. To learn more, click here.
  • Register by this Friday, March 15th to participate in The Needham Free Library and Neighborhood Forest’s 15th Annual Free Tree Program for children. This program celebrates Earth Day and teaches children about the importance of environmental stewardship through planting and watching trees grow. Through the program, free tree saplings are available during Earth Week which runs April 22nd through April 26th. To register for the free program, click here.

Dover

  • Registration is now 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.
  • Teens aged 12 to 17 years old are invited to join the Dover Library Teen Advisory Board meeting. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours and have the opportunity to discuss library programs and materials. No registration is required for the event. For any questions, email tbentley@doverma.gov. The Dover Town Library holds many events throughout the month. To view programs, click here.
  • This Saturday, March 16th from 9 AM to 11 AM, the Dover Board of Health and Town Clerk will be sponsoring a low cost rabies vaccine and dog licensure event. You can take your cat or dog to the Dover Highway Department, located at 2 Dedham Street in Dover, to get them vaccinated at a cost of $15 each (cash only). Additionally, the Dover Town Clerk will be present to license dogs for the year 2024. To learn more, 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

  • All are welcome to view Art ‘N Bloom from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th. Art ‘N Bloom will display flower themed artwork from Medfield High School and flower arrangements from the Medfield Garden Club members. For more information, click here.
  • The Medfield Musical Association is seeking volunteers to serve on the board for the 2024-25 school year. Candidates must be willing to commit to a 2-year term, attend monthly board meetings (September to June), and have an active interest in enriching kids’ music education in Medfield Schools. Interested applicants should email mail@medfieldmusicassociation.com.
  • The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund has announced that applications are now being accepted for its 2024 Community Impact Grants. Up to $40,000 in grants will be awarded, and any Medfield-based nonprofit or Town department is eligible. Applicants are welcome to submit a grant request online by March 25th. For more information, click here.
  • Medfield Parks and Rec is hiring Camp Counselors and Lifeguards for the summer. Camp Counselor positions are starting at $16 an hour and Lifeguards are starting at $18 an hour. Please submit Lifeguard applications to Katie Walper at kwalper@medfield.net and Camp Counselor joonley@medfield.net. Deadline for applications is March 25th. To find applications, click here.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

 

  • $335.4 million in federal funding was awarded for the Allston Multimodal Project in Boston. The project will replace the Allston Viaduct, which carries the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) from the Allston Interchange to the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and makes transportation infrastructure improvements to nearby roads and the railroad corridor. Additionally, the project will create new and improved access to expanded waterfront parks and open space in an Environmental Justice community. It includes construction of the MBTA’s West Station along the Worcester Commuter Rail Line, a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge, and four acres of new parkland. To learn more, click here.

 

  • A new statewide climate change media campaign launched to raise awareness about climate change and promote ways individuals can take action. “Climate Action is for All of Us” encourages residents to explore ways to participate in state initiatives such as energy efficiency, weatherization, electric vehicle adoption, and residential solar programs. To view the new media campaign, click here.
  • Governor Healey has formally appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of her request for a Major Disaster Declaration to support ongoing recovery of Massachusetts communities impacted by severe weather and flooding in September. To read an excerpt from Governor Healey’s letter to President Joe Biden and FEMA Regional Administrator, click here.
  • Registration is now open for Disability Connections, Mass Office on Disability’s networking event for the Massachusetts disability community being held on Wednesday, April 10th. The event will be held at Suffolk University Law School from 10 AM to 1 PM. Connect with leaders in the disability community and to honor the named plaintiffs in the Daniels-Finegold Settlement Agreement for their work in improving accessibility in Massachusetts public transit. The event is held both in-person (limited seating available) and livestreamed on Zoom and it is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and CART services will be provided. To register for the event, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced the agency 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.
  • 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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