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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today, June 15, the Massachusetts COVID-19 “State of Emergency” ends. In a spirit of hope and resilience we move forward carrying the insights and tools that have served us well and foster our own healing. One of those tools was important and timely information. My staff and I shared 181 COVID-related communications focused on Needham, Dover and Medfield and included vital statewide information.
As we begin this period of hope, healing, and resiliency, we will continue our communication at least once a week via a “Fresh Garlick” communication.
Yours in Service,
Local Updates
  • In Needham, the Town of Needham has made available funding for qualifying seniors and those with disabilities to make health and safety improvements to their homes. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Completed applications must be received by June 30, 2021 with funding awarded by July 31, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • In Dover, there will be a Special Town Election on Monday, June 21. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the Great Hall at the Dover Town House. The last day to vote absentee in person is Friday, June 18 at 12:00 PM. For more information, click here.
  • In Medfield, Medfield Outreach, the Medfield Public Library, and Translate Gender are hosting a weekly summer workshop series for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies. The workshop includes book clubs, events, and art collaborations. For more information, click here.
Local Calendar
  • In Needham,
  • The Needham Commission on Disabilities will be meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at at 5:30 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes update on Library access issues and discussion on the diversity initiative. For more information, click here.
  • the Council for Arts and Culture will be meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes planning for the year and committee updates. For more information, click here.
  • In Dover,
  • the Technology Advisory Board will be meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at 8:00 AM. The agenda for this meeting includes a status update on works in progress. For more information, click here.
  • the Board of Assessors will be meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00 AM. The agenda for this meeting includes a review of departmental expenditures and year end items. For more information, click here.
  • In Medfield,
  • the Board of Selectmen will be meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM in Chenery Hall at Medfield Town Hall and via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes discussion on the Town Administrator Goals for FY2022 and the Federal Funds allocated for Medfield. For more information, click here.
  • the Medfield Energy Committee will be meeting on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 PM. The details and agenda for this meeting will be posted in advance of this meeting. For more information, click here.
Statewide Update
  • Tomorrow, at 12:01 AM the COVID-19 State of Emergency will be lifted. Masks will continue to be required on public and private transportation systems, in health care facilities, and in other setting hosting vulnerable populations. For more information on the mask advisory, click here.
  • From June 16 to June 20, CIC Health will take over an MBTA Commuter Rail train to operate the Vax Express. The train will make stops at stations in disproportionally impacted communities including, Mattapan and Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Lawrence, and Fitchburg. A Second round of vaccinations will take place from July 7 to 11. For more information, click here.
Reopening Updates – Phase 4: New Normal
  • Massachusetts is fully reopen as of May 29, 2021. For information on the Massachusetts Reopening Plan, click here.
  • 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 getting vaccinated, social distancing, and wearing a mask are the most effective tool to contain the spread of COVID-19. To learn where you can get the COVID vaccine, click here.
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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