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HOPE!
2021

Love to all,
Denise
Local Updates
  • In Needham, the Public Health Division is closely monitoring the state’s vaccine distribution efforts. As the vaccine becomes more widely available to the public, information will be posted to the Town’s website and social media. Click here for the Public Health Division’s website.
  • In Dover, the FY2021 tax rate has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Revenue. The first of two final payments is due on February 1, 2021. To learn more, click here.
  • In Medfield, the Cultural Alliance and Medfield TV came together to create the Winter Lights Display at the Medfield State Hospital Property. This event was made possible because of the support from many volunteers, community members, and local businesses in Medfield. To watch the highlight reel, click here.
Statewide Updates
  • The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation will be accepting applications for sector-specific COVID-19 relief grants starting today, December 31, 2020. Applications will be open until January 15, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Starting Tuesday the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Treasury began delivering the second round of economic impact payments to Americans. Payments will be rolled out over the coming weeks through direct deposit, physical checks, and debit cards. For more information, click here.
  • Today, “An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth,” was signed into law. This legislation makes significant structural reforms to policing in Massachusetts by implementing changes to training, establishing certification of law enforcement officers, and providing for continued assessment of the role of race in our state institutions. To learn more, click here.
  • Starting Monday, January 4, the states will launch a new, interactive version of the daily COVID-19 data dashboard. This will give users the ability to look at data for specific time periods. To access the current dashboard, click here.
Reopening Updates – Phase 3: Vigilant
  • Massachusetts is currently in Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts Reopening. This reduces capacity for many sectors and tightens workplace restrictions. Additionally, restaurants, gyms, and offices have additional guidelines to follow. 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.
Resources
  • 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:
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.
Phone: 617-722-2380