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Thursday, May 23, 2024

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass An Act honoring, empowering, and recognizing our servicemembers and veterans. This comprehensive bill partially includes H3499 – An Act relative to providing veterans survivor benefits, which I filed earlier this session in partnership with veterans at Needham VFW Post 2498, to increase the annuity benefit to $2,500 by 2026.

An annuity is an annual payment paid to disabled veterans and upon the veteran’s demise, it is paid to the parent or widowed spouse. This bill increases the annuity for the first time since 2005. A veteran serves and sacrifices for our country and we in the Legislature recognize that a family also serves and sacrifices. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. To view the bill, click here.

 

 

District Updates

 

 

Needham

  • The Town of Needham invites the public to a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27th at the Memorial Field at 11:45 AM. Prior to the ceremony, observances will be held at various memorials throughout Town. To view a full schedule of events and locations, click here.
  • The Bierman Autism Center will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 29th from 3 to 4 PM. This webinar’s theme is “Collaborating with SLPs to Improve Communication Skills in Children Diagnosed with Autism Through Play”. Explore the critical role of speech and language milestones in designing effective ABA interventions for early language development. To register for the event, click here.

 

  • Effective Monday, May 20th, Town buildings and facilities will have summer hours. Summer hours are in effect until Saturday, August 30th. For a full list of buildings and facilities and their summer hours, click here.

Dover

  • The Town of Dover’s Memorial Day Observance will be held on Thursday, May 30th. The observance will take place on the Springdale Avenue side of the Dover Town House at 6 PM.
  • The results from the 2024 Annual Town Election are now available. To view the election results, click here.
  • Dover COA’s Talk with the Town: Board of Health is Tuesday, May 28th. The event will be held in the Community Room at the Dover Library from 1 to 2 PM. The Dover Board of Health Director, Jason Belmonte will be present to share how the Board of Health supports Dover residents. To sign up, click here.

Medfield

 

 

  • Medfield’s Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 27th. The parade will leave from Janes Avenue at 10 AM and end at Vine Lake Cemetery. A ceremony will also be held at Baxter Park at 10:15 AM. For more information, click here.

 

  • The Medfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and Medfield Outreach present “Self Care for Summer Night” on Tuesday, May 28th. The event will be held at Blake Middle School Library from 6:30 – 9 PM. The engaging and informative event is dedicated to self-care practices and wellness. There will be local wellness vendors present as well as a facilitated breathwork session. To learn more about the event, click here.
  • The Medfield Swap Shop is looking for volunteers. The Swap Shop recently reopened and will be running until the end of September. The Swap Shop is run entirely by volunteers and is seeking more to help the shop run smoothly. Interested parties should email Nancy at n.nancyirwin@gmail.com or medfieldswapshop@gmail.com.

 

 

Statewide Updates

 

 

 

  • $12 million in Community Investment Tax Credits (CTIC) will support 54 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) across the state. The CITC Program was created by the Legislature in 2012. It was designed to improve economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income households and other residents in urban, rural, and suburban communities across the Commonwealth. The program works through Community Development Corporations (CDCs) partnering with nonprofit, public and private entities to accomplish these objectives. This is the 11th year of program funding, and today’s announcement will support 54 CDCs. To learn more, click here.
  • An investment of $13 million will be allocated to the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT) program, an in-school program supporting students who have fallen behind academically due to challenges with their mental health. This investment, part of the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s ongoing commitment to protecting youth mental health, will fund the creation of BRYT programs at more than 30 high-need schools across Massachusetts. This is the first time the state has provided funding to establish BRYT in schools; the program has historically only been available to districts with the economic resources to get it off the ground. To learn more, click here.
  • $37 million in new grant funding will support regional public transportation. The funding from three grant programs will go to Regional Transit Authorities (RTA), Councils on Aging, and other entities for vehicles, to support fleet electrification, to enhance and expand existing transit services, expand service hours, improve rural connectivity, and assist with operating and capital expenses. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll administration has launched a call center and website for patients as part of the next step in its Incident Command structure in response to Steward Health Care’s filing for bankruptcy. The dedicated Steward Health Care call center can be reached at (617) 468-2189 or toll-free at (833) 305-2070. The website can be accessed here.
  • The People with Disabilities Equity Dashboard is now published on the Mass.gov website. The data dashboard offers a comprehensive view of employment-related insights, encompassing disability type, geographic variations, remote work opportunities, unemployment rates, labor force participation, and more. To view the dashboard, click here.
  • MassDEP is now accepting applications for paid internship opportunities for the summer/early fall session. The internships are available for programs in MassDEP’s Boston headquarters as well as in all four regional offices. The positions are all important in helping environmental protection across the Commonwealth. To learn more, 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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