Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Over one million people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated. This extraordinary milestone represents the dedicated effort of the health care workers in our Commonwealth that are working around the clock to treat patients and administer this vaccine. As the number of people vaccinated continues to increase we must remain vigilant against the virus to continue to protect vulnerable members of our community including, social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing a mask in public.
To preregister for a vaccine appointment, click here.
Yours in Service,
- In Needham, the League of Women Voters and the Needham Channel have created a series of public service announcements encouraging voting in the Town Election on April 13, 2021. To watch these PSAs, click here.
- In Dover, the Recycling Committee, in partnership with New Life Furniture Bank of Walpole, will be accepting furniture and household goods for families transitioning out of homelessness. They will be at the Transfer Station on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of April and May. To learn more, click here.
- In Medfield, the Town is working with the state’s Local Rapid Recovery Program to develop a rapid recovery plan for businesses in Medfield. The first step is for businesses to complete a short survey to help provide input. For more information, click here.
- In Needham,
- the Needham Unite Against Racism Working Group is meeting tonight, Monday, March 22 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. The group will be discussing the Tidwell report and hear from Police Chief John Schlittler and Lt. Chris Baker. For the meeting information, click here.
- the Select Board is meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes a presentation on Solar Parking Canopies and a presentation on the Public Safety Building Project. For the meeting information, click here.
- In Dover,
- the Caryl Community Center Building Committee is meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The committee will be discussing and answering questions regarding performance space at the community center. For the meeting information, click here.
- the Planning Department is holding a CH.40B Affordable Housing Workshop on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM. This workshop will teach participants about the Comprehensive Permit Law and strategies communities use to maintain local control over housing development decisions. For the meeting information, click here.
- in Medfield,
- the Board of Selectmen is meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes a discussions on FY 2022 operating and capital budgets and financial policies. For the meeting information, click here.
- the Townwide Master Planning Committee is meeting on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. They will be discussing updates to the implementation plan and next steps. For the meeting information, click here.
- Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM, Representative Tackey Chan, Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey and Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI), are hosting an Anti-Asian Racism Forum. Police Cheifs from Brookline, Dover, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley will be available to answer questions. To learn more, click here.
- Today, Residents 60 and older and certain workers became eligible to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. You may pre-register for an appointment at the Mass Vaccination Sites here and you may search for available appointments at health care locations, local Board of Healths, and retail pharmacies here. To learn more about the vaccine in Massachusetts, click here.
- Today, the Massachusetts Travel Order was replaced with a Travel Advisory. Residents entering Massachusetts are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more. To learn more, click here.
Reopening Updates – Phase 4: New Normal
- Massachusetts is currently in Phase 4, Step 1 of the Massachusetts reopening plan. Indoor and outdoor stadiums, areas, and ballparks will be permitted to operate at a 12% capacity limit. Additionally, gathering limits for event venues and public settings will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Outdoor and indoor gatherings at private residences will remain at the same limit. Dance floors will be permitted at weddings and other event and overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate this coming summer. To learn more, click here.
- If you have questions, input, or comments regarding the Reopening Massachusetts plan, you can submit comments online. These comments can be used by the Administration to support efforts to methodically reopen the economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the form.
- If you are in need of resources, information, or support, please visit my website for a list of resources. Additionally, our local boards of health, the Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control are continuing to maintain websites with the most updated information regarding COVID-19 that you can access here:
- Needham Health Department Updates
- Medfield Updates
- Dover Updates
- Department of Public Health: Click here or Call 2-1-1.
- Reopening Massachusetts
- COVID-19 Travel Order
- Centers for Disease Control
Please remember social distancing and wearing a mask is the most effective tool to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to these updates, my office is still accessible so please continue to reach out and we will get back to you.