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Thursday, March 28, 2024

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Spring! The months of March, April, and May bring us sun, showers, and Town Elections.

I wish to express appreciation to every voter who takes the time to contemplate issues and concerns, evaluate candidates, and vote!

I also wish to express gratitude to the individuals, incumbents, and newcomers, whose names in the ballot indicate their commitment to the community and to public service.

Our Country and Commonwealth are only as strong as the foundational building blocks – the community.

Our community is strengthened by our commitment and the ways we participate in good government.

Yours in service,

 

 

District Updates

 

 

Needham

  • The voter registration deadline for the Town Election is Friday, March 29th. A special voter registration session will be held on March 29th from 9 AM to 5 PM in the Town Clerk’s office at Needham Town Hall. Early in-person voting begins on Saturday, March 30th. Registered voters may cast their ballots before the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, April 9th. Early voting for all registered voters of Needham will be available in the Select Board Chambers at Needham Town Hall. To learn more, click here. Early in-person voting hours are as follows:
    • Saturday, March 30th: 10 AM – 2 PM
    • Monday, April 1st: 10 AM – 2 PM
    • Tuesday, April 2nd: 10 AM – 2 PM, 7 PM – 9 PM
    • Wednesday, April 3rd: 10 AM – 2 PM
    • Thursday, April 4th: 10 AM – 2 PM
    • Friday, April 5th: 10 AM – 2 PM
  • The Town will host its third and final Housing Needham Advisory Group (HONE) community workshop on Thursday, March 28th. The workshop will be held in a hybrid format, in-person at Powers Hall at the Needham Town Hall and via Zoom from 7 PM to 9 PM. All residents are encouraged to review HONE’s draft multi-family zoning requirements and provide feedback. This is the final opportunity for residents to weigh in on the Town’s MBTA Communities zoning before HONE finalizes its recommendations to the Planning Board in April. To learn more about the event, click here. To register for the virtual stream, 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.

 

  • 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

  • Celebrate Easter weekend with Powisset Farm’s Peter Rabbit Spring Egg Roll. The event will be held on Friday, March 29th from 12 PM to 3 PM. This is an event for all ages and will feature an old-fashioned egg roll competition. Crafts and food will also be available at the event. 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.
  • Applications for tax relief exemption programs for persons 65+ are due Monday, April 1st. 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. Contact the Assessor’s office at 508-785-0032 ext. 241 for an application or additional information.

Medfield

  • Fire hydrant flushing will take place from Sunday, March 31st to April 12th. For the full list of dates and corresponding flushing zones, click here.
  • The Town of Medfield announced the launch of its new electricity supply program, Medfield Community Electricity, to launch in June 2024. The program seeks to offer new electricity supply options that provide more renewable energy and stable prices for all Medfield residents and businesses. To learn more, 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.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

 

  • The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Massachusetts’ State Digital Equity Plan, which was formally submitted to the federal government in December 2023. The Executive Office of Economic Development (EOED) and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at Mass Tech will utilize new eligible funding to continue its work with Massachusetts communities to address the digital divide. This includes addressing digital skills training, access to devices, and internet affordability, including increasing access to low-cost options. To learn more, click here.

 

  • Massachusets received bids from three companies in its fourth offshore wind solicitation. Massachusetts received bids from Avangrid Renewables, South Coast Wind Energy, and Vineyard Offshore. The Healey-Driscoll Administration will review bids over the coming months, and coordinate with Connecticut and Rhode Island to evaluate multi-state projects that would increase benefits for the region, lower costs, and enhance project viability. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced plans to award $10 million in grant funding over three years to strengthen maternal health and family planning services in Massachusetts. The grant program, administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH), builds on the administration’s health equity initiative. The program will invest in access, workforce, and infrastructure for organizations that provide a variety of women’s health services, including prenatal care, Post-Partum Depression (PPD) care, post-miscarriage mental health care, midwifery services, and reproductive health care. To reduce maternal health disparities, DPH will prioritize applicants based in communities with the most extreme inequities. To learn more, click here.
  • The Office of the Attorney General announced that in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national non-profit organization founded and led by family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. This collaboration will expand access to school-based violence prevention training for young people in up to 75 schools across the Commonwealth. To learn more, 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.
  • 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 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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