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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Like all of you, I have learned a great deal during this pandemic. Some things that I never wanted to know but many others that give me strength and hope every day. March is “Women’s History” month. Often the contributions of women have been left out of traditional history. In the classroom, the dinner table and in our community we need to recognize women and their work in the past and present. Throughout this month, I invite you to share with me at Denise.Garlick@MaHouse.gov the stories of the words and work of women in Needham, Dover and Medfield so that we may recognize and honor them and their work which then will be part of history of the pandemic in our community.
Yours in Service,
Local Updates
  • In Needham, the Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN) and Natick 180 are hosting a virtual workshop on “Cannabis and the Teen Brain” on Tuesday, March 9 at 8:30 PM via Zoom. Dr Safdar Medina will provide current perspectives on cannabis and its impact on teen health and brain development. Click here to register.
  • In Dover, April is Spring Clean-up Month. After a long winter, the Town is seeking volunteers to assist in picking-up streets, parks, and recreational areas. To sign up, click here.
  • In Medfield, the Town Election is taking place on Monday, March 29 at the Center at Medfield. the Deadline to register to vote is Tuesday March 9. If you would like an Absentee/Vote by Mail ballot, you must fill out an application, which is available here.
Statewide Updates
  • Starting March 11, K-12 educators, school staff, and child care workers will be eligible to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Educators may register for appointments at any of the 170 sites current open to eligible residents. To learn more about the vaccine, click here.
  • The Department of Public Utilities has issued an order which extends the moratorium on utility shut offs for residential customers to July 1, 2021. The order prohibits investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to residential customers for failure to pay a bill or a portion of a bill. To learn more, click here.
Reopening Updates – Phase 3: Vigilant
  • Massachusetts is currently in Phase 3, Step 2 of the Massachusetts Reopening plan. Under this phase indoor performance venues and indoor recreational activities will be able to reopen at 50% capacity. In addition, capacity limits across all sectors will increase to 50% and restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit. 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:
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
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