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Thursday, March 21, 2024

 

 

District Updates

 

Needham

  • Plugged In is hosting a free Pathways to Music monthly Open Mic on Thursday, March 21st from 6-8:30 PM at the Center at the Heights at 300 Hillside Ave in Needham. All ages, all abilities, and all musical skills are welcome. There will be free pizza, along with puzzles and crafts to encourage collaboration and conversations. This is a great opportunity to make music and friends. Plugged In will provide a full backline with drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums. To view the flyer, click here.
  • Parents of Needham students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to complete a survey on substance use. The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN) in collaboration with the Needham Public Health Division wants to learn more about parents’ beliefs and perceptions regarding underage drinking and substance use and misuse among youth. Feedback from the survey will remain anonymous and will help inform the direction of SPAN’s prevention initiatives. To complete the survey, click here.

 

  • Needham HEARTSafe working group is looking for interested and passionate individuals to assist the town in meeting the criteria to become a HEARTSafe Community. Communities must be recognized as “ultimate coronary care units” to effectively increase survival and improve outcomes from sudden death. Community-wide interventions that will improve overall quality and increase the likelihood of early bystander-initiated CPR and prompt defibrillation are critical aspects of any effort to reduce death and disability from cardiac arrest. If you are interested, reach out to Hanna Burnett at HBurnett@NeedhamMA.gov. To view the HEARTSafe Community criteria, click here.

 

  • The Bierman Autism Center is hosting a free webinar for caregivers on Tuesday, March 26th. The topic of the webinar is “Rest Assured: Unlocking the Key to Sleep with Behavioral Approaches”. The webinar will be held from 7 PM to 8 PM. The goal of the webinar is to empower individuals and families with the tools needed for everyone to enjoy the rest they deserve. To register for the event, click here.
  • Registration is open for the Plugged In Band Program’s Dirty Water Music Festival on April 6th. The music festival will be held 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 for ages 21+ only and is 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.

Dover

  • See the Full Worm Moon on a guided hike on Powisset Farm on Saturday, March 23rd. The event will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. The hike will be along the farm trails where your guide will share an informal discussion about the significance of March’s Full Worm Moon. To register for the event, click here.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • The Medfield Transfer and Recycling Committee will hold a foam collection on Saturday, March 23rd where residents may drop off packing foam that is used to ship electronics, foam coolers, egg cartons, etc. The collection will be held from 9 AM to 2 PM in the SWAP area of the Transfer Station. For more information on accepted items, 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 deadline to submit applications for Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2024 Community Impact Grants is Monday, March 25th. Up to $40,000 in grants will be awarded, and any Medfield-based nonprofit or Town department is eligible. For more information, click here.
  • Apply to be a Medfield Parks and Rec Camp Counselor and Lifeguard for the summer by Monday, March 25th. 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. To find applications, click here.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

  • Applications for the 2024 Community Ambassadors 2.0 Program are being accepted through March 27th. The program is run by the Office of Economic Empowerment aims to create a network of community spokespeople education and increase the number of Massachusetts residents who have a deep understanding of financial foundations. The program is seeking to accept seven Ambassadors across Massachusetts for an eight-month term. Ambassadors will receive a stipend, specialized training, and a certificate of completion. To learn more or access the application, click here.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new tool called Direct File that allows eligible taxpayers to securely file their taxes online directly with the IRS for free. During the 2024 pilot, Direct File will support most simple tax returns. To check your eligibility and learn more about Direct File, click here.
  • Massachusetts establishes the Nation’s first Office of the Energy Transformation. This office is charged with the hands-on execution of the clean energy transition, including ensuring the availability and readiness of electrical infrastructure, electric and gas transition coordination, and a just transition for impacted workers and businesses. To learn more, click here.
  • MassDOT launches National Work Zone Awareness Week billboard design contest for Massachusetts college students. The contest aims to raise awareness of work zone safety and encourages drivers to exercise caution while passing through active construction and maintenance projects. The contest is open to all students who are currently enrolled in Massachusetts colleges. The winning designs will be selected based on creativity, impact, and relevance to the NWZAW theme. The contest ends on April 19. For more information, click here.

 

  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has launched a strategic plan to advance racial equity in all the work DPH undertakes and oversees. This plan provides an action-oriented roadmap to address underlying concerns that have perpetuated health inequities across the state. DPH’s plan recognizes the pervasive and destructive impact of racism on health and centers racial equity across all its work, programs, practices, and initiatives, from the Department’s efforts on emergency preparedness and response to strengthening the public health workforce to modernizing the public health infrastructure and enhancing public service. To learn more, click here.
  • Registration is open for Disability Connections, the 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) 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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