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Thursday, May 9, 2024



“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a NURSE.”

– Rawsi Williams

District Updates



On Tuesday, I visited Temple Beth Shalom’s Children’s Center, an Early Education and Care center right in my hometown of Needham. I interacted with the young students and met with the dedicated team of educators. As a commonwealth, we uplift and support our early educators and their critical mission supporting young learners.


  • Attend a Mindful Community Event on mental health with special guest, Lynn Lyons on Thursday, May 9th from 7 – 8:30 PM at the Broadmeadow School. Lynn Lyons is the author of several books and articles on anxiety and appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Psychology Today, Good Morning America, and other media outlets. This event’s theme is “Model Matters: What Parents Need to Know (and Do) to Decrease Stress, Worry, and Anxiety in Kids”. This event is free and open to all. For more information and registration, click here.
  • The Bierman Autism Center hosts a free virtual caregiver webinar on Tuesday, May 14th from 7- 8 PM. The webinar, “Teamwork Makes the Dreams Work: A Fun Dive into ABA, SLP, and OT Collaboration” will feature a panel discussion on making therapy choices clear and more approachable for you and your family. Registration is required for the event. For more information or registration, click here.
  • The Needham History Center’s Spring Gala: Spring into Springtime is this Saturday, May 11th from 7- 10 PM. Proceeds will go to educational and community programs hosted by the Needham History Center & Museum. A variety of food trucks, desserts, gift baskets, and raffle opportunities will be available at the event. Local band, The Tear Downs will be performing at the event. For more information, click here.


  • On Saturday, May 11th, the Dover Recycling Committee will be holding a spring special recycling day at the Dover Transfer Station. The special event will offer shredding, special collections of bikes, wheeled suitcases, backpacks, duffel bags, paper and plastic bags for charity organizations, and up to 8 tires per household for disposal. The New Life Furniture Bank will also be present to collect furniture donations. These services will be available from 9 AM to 12 PM. A Dover Transfer Station red vehicle sticker is required for participation.
  • This weekend, May 10th – 12th from 3-6 PM, Powisset Farms will be holding its annual Spring Seedling Pre-Sale. Browse and shop a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers all nurtured in Powisset’s greenhouse. Admission to the sale is free with free parking on site. To learn more, click here.
  • The Dover Parks and Recreation’s Spring and Summer Brochure is now available. The brochure includes various spring and summer programs as well as events offered throughout the warmer months. To view the brochure, click here.



  • The Annual Town Meeting results are available for viewing on the Town website. 34 warrant articles were debated and voted on including passing the FY2025 Operating Budget and the approved MBTA Communities Multi-Family Zoning Article. To learn more, 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



  • 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.
  • Twenty organizations across Massachusetts were awarded $2.4 million to broaden Supportive and Social Day Programs, enabling awardees to meet the needs of historically underserved populations. Funded by American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Services, the grant program is designed to help community organizations expand or launch Supportive and Social Day Programs for older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in their community, enhancing the overall dementia-friendly infrastructure across Massachusetts. To learn more, click 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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