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Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Information:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters will be covering for the 2016 Presidential Election begins on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from coast to coast in all across the 50 states including our home state of Massachusetts and our community here in the City of Quincy.

 

Residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens of Quincy will have to go out and cast their early vote on the following these dates are following at City Hall and North Quincy High School during the normal business hours of operations here in the City of Quincy.

 

The Early Voting is now under the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 54, Section 25B, the City of Quincy has been directed to notify voters of the Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, and United Independent parties of the time of period and locations of Early Voting.

 

Early Voting will be held at the following locations:

Monday, October 24, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016:

Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m. & Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

City Hall: 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

 

**Extending Hours:** 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. at North Quincy High School: 316 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

 

Here's the candidate contenders on the ballot for the presidential election:

Electors of President and Vice President:
Candidate Party
Clinton and Kaine Democratic
Johnson and Weld Libertarian
Stein and Baraka Green-Rainbow
Trump and Pence Republican
Representative In Congress:
Candidate Party
Stephen F. Lynch  Democratic
William Burke Republican
Councillor:
Candidate Party
Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. Democratic
Senator In General Court:
Candidate Party
John F. Keenan Democratic
Alexander N. Mendez Independent
Representative In General Court:
Candidate Party
Bruce J. Ayers Democratic
Tackey Chan Democratic
Ronald Mariano Democratic
Daniel J. Hunt Democratic
Sheriff:
Candidate Party
Michael G. Bellotti Democratic
County Commissioner:
Candidate Party
Francis W. O'Brien Democratic
Joseph P. Shea Democratic

 

The 2016 presidential election results will be delivered on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to get a full confirmation of these candidate contenders on the ballot throughout the evening and primetime hours.

 

For more information about the 2016 presidential election early voting, please contact City Clerk's office can be connected directly to the Election Division by phone or e-mail with any questions or concerns during the normal business hours of operations.

 

City Clerk's Office: Election Division Contact Information:

Christine Chaudhary: (617) 376-1144 or cchaudhary@quincyma.gov

Vincent Au: (617) 376-1142 or vau@quincyma.gov

Amanda Sousa: (617) 376-1143 or asousa@quincyma.gov


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Support for edX MicroMasters Programs:

 

Boston, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration and public higher education leaders announced support for the efforts of edX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, which recently launched 19 MicroMasters programs to help students advance their careers and offer a path to an accelerated Master's program. These courses are designed to be an easily accessible, faster way to build targeted professional skills and pathways to credits. The Baker-Polito Administration plans to work with the Department Higher Education and University of Massachusetts to develop recommendations, such as a pilot program within the administration, to support this effort and bolster skill-building and more affordable education choices.

 

"Lieutenant Governor Polito and I are excited about the opportunity edX's MicroMasters program presents for investing in one of the Commonwealth's strongest assets -- our talented workforce," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This partnership will allow our great public and private colleges and universities to employ the latest technology to offer students more choices, curb the cost of higher-education, and ultimately strengthen our position as a national leader in online education."

 

Governor Baker is directing Secretary of Education Jim Peyser and Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore to coordinate with the Department of Higher Education, the University of Massachusetts, and the Commonwealth's Human Resources Division to develop recommendations for the following areas:

 

1. Piloting structured professional development opportunities in 2-3 state agencies through edX MicroMasters programs, to build team skills and provide qualified staff with a head start on a full Master's degree;

 

2. Encouraging and supporting individual state employees to build their professional skills and credentials through job-relevant MicroMasters programs;

 

3. Evaluating the feasibility of the Commonwealth's public universities accepting MicroMasters credentials as credit for prior learning in applicable graduate programs;

 

4. Co-sponsoring with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the University of Massachusetts, and edX, a working group or forum, involving leaders from higher education, major employers, and education entrepreneurs to consider how Massachusetts can accelerate the development and adoption of stackable "Micro-credentials," at both graduate and undergraduate levels, to address critical skill shortages in the workforce and to improve the accessibility and affordability of post-secondary credentials.

 

"I am thrilled to work with higher education leaders from both the public and private sectors to explore ways we can offer more flexible and affordable choices for students, as well as build relevant career competencies to ensure a more effective workforce," said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. "Massachusetts is already a leader in education and educational technology, and these programs will be one more tool to prepare students and employees for the 21st century workplace."

 

"This innovative program will allow us to provide new learning opportunities to the Commonwealth's workforce," said Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore. "We look forward to piloting some of edX's new offerings to help build the professional skills of our state employees while offering a valuable credential that could lead to a graduate degree."

 

"Massachusetts is a world leader in both higher education and in technology-based innovation, and we are excited to collaborate with the new offerings created by edX," said Board of Higher Education Chairman Chris Gabrieli. "We look forward to working with stakeholders across the Commonwealth including both private and public higher education as well as employers and residents to harness the most powerful ways to help all of our citizens gain the skills they need and want.

 

"This is an innovative approach to education, and we are proud to have it come from within Massachusetts," said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. "We are always looking for new and effective ways to prepare students for high-skilled opportunities in Massachusetts, and I look forward to working with higher education leaders to discuss how we can use these new programs to our full advantage and the benefit of students and the academic community across the Commonwealth."

 

"As a leading provider of online education, UMass understands how dynamic this emerging market is," said UMass President Marty Meehan. "We look forward to exploring opportunities for collaboration with edX in order to increase the rate of innovation in this field and to strengthen Massachusetts' position as a global leader in higher education."

 

"As a global edtech company founded and based in Massachusetts, we are passionate about education innovation, and honored to be working with the Commonwealth to help Massachusetts residents improve their lives and advance their careers," said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and MIT Professor. "This new collaboration will help further our mission to offer flexible and affordable education to learners, employees, and employers in Massachusetts and beyond.

 

About EdX:

EdX is a nonprofit, open-source learning destination offering online courses from more than 100 member institutions, composed of both leading global universities and colleges, and a diverse group of prominent organizations from around the world. Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and based in Cambridge, MA, USA, edX is focused on transforming online and classroom learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like educational experiences and cutting-edge research on an open-source platform.

 

About MicroMasters:

MicroMasters is a series of courses designed to launch or advance careers and offer a path to an accelerated Master's program. Faster, flexible and free to try, MicroMasters provides access to advanced education for everyone, everywhere. Created by prestigious universities and offered in the most in-demand fields, MicroMasters programs are recognized by companies like Wal-Mart, GE and IBM for real job relevancy and provide deeper learning in a specific career area. MicroMasters are offered on edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT.

 

For more information can be found at: www.edx.org/micromasters.


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If You See Something, Say Something Campaign:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office have been monitoring on the terrorist attacks were occurred on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the state of Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.

 

There will be no credible threat level for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the time of moment per order by the United States Department of Homeland Security officials.

 

The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit is working very closely with the law enforcement agencies: Quincy Police Department, Weymouth Police Department, Milton Police Department, Braintree Police Department, Boston Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department, Massachusetts Environmental Police Department, Norfolk County Sheriff Department and Suffolk County Sheriff Department around in the clock throughout the day and night for an additional public health, safety, security and transportation matters in the order to keep the community safe, keep the citizens safe, keep the streets safe and keep the peace right here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

We are extremely encouraging the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public should be remain in the vigilant and be aware of surrounding in the public places or public transit areas in the order to report for any suspicious activity or packages, please dial 911 for an emergency numbers to connect with the law enforcement agencies immediately.

 

The public are extremely encouraging to download the mobile app device on the Android or iPhone such as: MYPD, MassSP and MBTA See Say on your smartphone in the order to submit your information to provide with video and photo can be send directly to the appropriate law enforcement agencies which it would be very helpful for our law enforcement officers can do their jobs to conduct with an ongoing investigation at the time of crime activity in our community.


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Governor Baker, MBTA Launch RIDE Pilot Program with Uber, Lyft:

 

Innovative ride-share partnership offers on-demand options for paratransit customers

 

Watertown, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker joined Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, MBTA managers, disability advocates, and executives with Uber and Lyft today to launch a first-of-its-kind innovative pilot program with ride-share companies to save costs and deliver customers of the MBTA's, THE RIDE, options for on-demand service through their smartphones.

 

"The reliability of our transportation system depends on the MBTA's ability to improve its core infrastructure and provide efficient, innovative transit options that meet the needs of the system's one million daily riders," said Governor Baker. "This initiative represents the MBTA's efforts to increase accessibility in a more cost-effective and efficient way that also delivers more convenient service for its paratransit customers."

 

The On-Demand Paratransit Pilot Program will allow the MBTA to learn and understand the opportunities and challenges of incorporating on-demand paratransit options into public transit, and follows a program launched in January with multiple Boston-area taxi providers to subsidize trips for RIDE users via cab. Customers unable to use a smartphone or without access to one can book rides by using a phone-in option from Lyft or obtain a smart phone from Uber on a limited basis.

 

The pilot is also part of the MBTA's efforts to deliver more efficient and cost-effective service. Current RIDE service comes at a variable cost of $31 to the MBTA, a $3.15 set fare for customers and a minimum of one day advance notice required. Ride-share pilot participants will have on-demand service available via their smartphone app or the phone-in option and pay the first $2.00 of the trip. The MBTA will pick up the next $13.00 of the trip, with the customer picking up any remaining trip costs.

 

Today's event was held at the Perkins School for the Blind which helped initiate the pilot, working closely with disability advocates and the MBTA. Joining Governor Baker and Secretary Pollack for the announcement were MBTA Interim General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, Perkins President and CEO Dave Power, Perkins Chief Financial Officer Lisa Calise, (who was appointed to the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board by Governor Baker last year). and the Boston General Managers for Uber and Lyft.

 

"This collaborative effort between the MBTA, our partners at Uber an Lyft, Perkins, and so many others shows how we can use private market innovation and emerging technology to enhance service and accessibility for our riders," said Interim General Manager Shortsleeve. "The MBTA will continue to explore opportunities like these to reduce costs and provide flexible transit options while investing in the core system."

 

As part of the pilot, Lyft will partner with a local Americans with Disabilities Act/Non-Emergency Medical Transportation firm to provide wheelchair accessible rental vehicles to Lyft drivers. To Incentivizes the supply of wheelchair accessible vehicles on the road, the MBTA will offer an additional $12 per completed trip to those Lyft drivers using an accessible rental. Uber currently has wheelchair accessible vehicles through its UberACCESS program that will be available for the MBTA pilot.

 

"We are honored to be working with the MBTA to improve convenient and reliable transportation options for their customers, our riders," said Uber Boston General Manager, Chris Taylor. "Uber's technology has helped expand access to convenient transportation options, while improving mobility and independence for thousands of people across the Commonwealth."

 

"Lyft is proud to bring on-demand transportation to customers of the RIDE," said Tyler George, General Manager of Lyft Boston. "This partnership with the MBTA marks an exciting next step in enhancing and expanding The RIDE's service by reducing passenger wait times and increasing access to jobs, education, errands, and social activities."

 

Driver-partners will undergo third-party safety screenings, vehicle and criminal background record checks and receive educational materials on providing service for RIDE customers with accessibility needs. Uber and Lyft will also offer sessions to train driver-partners to better serve pilot customers.

 

"Independent, reliable transportation is critical for people with disabilities to get to work, school or other community activities on time," said Dave Power, President and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind. "Para-transit riders can now access the same on-demand services enjoyed by people without disabilities -- bringing us another step closer to inclusive public transportation."

 

Interested RIDE customers are encouraged to participate by visiting the MBTA's website for more information and signing up with both Uber and Lyft to maximize participation. RIDE-eligible users approved for the pilot will receive app access to request on-demand services.

 

"We are excited to see THE RIDE expand customer options and efficiencies, with a commitment to long-term accessibility options," said Bill Henning, Director of the Boston Center for Independent Living.

 

"Thousands of seniors who are no longer able to use fixed route service rely on The RIDE for their transportation needs but as costs have escalated it has become important to explore new options to meet those needs," said Carolyn Villers, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council. "This pilot is an important step forward because it has the potential to improve access to responsive service while also providing a more cost-effective model."

 

"AACT is looking forward to working with Lyft/Uber and the MBTA in providing an additional transportation resource to the disability community on the RIDE program," said James White, Chairman of the Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA.

 

The RIDE provides an average of 7,000 daily trips, with demand set to grow as the senior population continues to expand. Customers over 65 years of age account for about 60% of RIDE users and 9% require wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The RIDE currently provides door-to-door transit service for individuals in a 712-mile-square area that includes 60 cities and towns and over 2.5 million people unable to access or use the MBTA's fixed-route system. Users of the RIDE are required to book trips one day in advance.

 

For more information on The RIDE paratransit program, including service area, click here.


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Governor Baker Signs Climate Change Strategy Executive Order:

 

Order Works to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Protect Residents and Municipalities, Build More Resilient Commonwealth

 

Boston, MA -- Building on the Baker-Polito Administration's strong leadership to mitigate and adapt to climate change, Governor Baker today signed an Executive Order which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth. The Order, Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth, represents the collaboration between the Office of the Governor, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and key state, local and environmental stakeholders.

 

"Combating and preparing for the impacts of climate change will require a holistic approach across state and local government and collaboration with stakeholders from all corners of the Commonwealth," said Governor Charlie Baker. "By signing this Executive Order, our administration is taking an important step to protect public health and safety, local infrastructure, small businesses, and our state's abundant natural resources from the effects of climate change."

 

"Cities and towns across Massachusetts are on the front lines of climate change and our administration stands ready to help them meet this challenge," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Building on our administration's commitment to municipalities through the Community Compact and Green Communities programs, the Executive Order signed by Governor Baker continues to enhance strong state and local partnerships, and provides direct support and technical assistance to help cities and towns adapt to climate change."

 

"The Baker-Polito Administration, in addition to cities and towns across Massachusetts, continues to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change," said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. "This Executive Order builds on those innovative efforts to ensure the Commonwealth is collaborating in a proactive, strategic manner across state government and with our local partners and stakeholders to address this challenge."

 

The Executive Order ensures that Massachusetts will continue to lead by example and collaborate across the state government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency within government operations. The Order also directs the Executive Offices of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Public Safety and Security to lead the development and implementation of a statewide comprehensive climate adaptation plan that will provide a blueprint for protecting the built and natural environment of the Commonwealth, based on the best available data on existing and projected climate change impacts. Additionally, each Executive Office within the Baker-Polito Administration will required to designate a Climate Change Coordinator who will work to complete a vulnerability assessment for each office, and assist with implementation and coordination of adaptation and mitigation efforts across state government.

 

"Addressing the challenges of climate change requires a broad and comprehensive strategy," said Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack. "This Executive Order will ensure state and local officials have the resources and support needed to promote sustainable growth and development that protects communities and natural resources across the Commonwealth."

 

Recognizing the need to strengthen the resilience of communities throughout Massachusetts, the Executive order directs the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to coordinate assistance to cities and towns as they prepare for the impacts of climate change.

 

"Communities are currently dealing with the impacts of a historic drought and the effects of extreme weather events," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. "This Order will enhance state and local collaboration, helping communities to more quickly recover from violent storms and extreme weather."

 

"Worcester has adopted a comprehensive clean energy program and will build the region's largest municipal solar array on a capped landfill, because we recognize that we all have a stake in the health of our planet," said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. "I look forward to continue working with the Baker-Polito Administration to make the Commonwealth a leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gases and safeguard our children's future."

 

"The Governor's Executive Order on climate change will have a positive impact on communities across the Commonwealth by giving municipalities the resources and capacity to assess local climate risks and plan for a changing climate," said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. "Salem is already preparing for the effects of climate change with a variety of planning efforts and capital investments, and this Executive Order will enable municipalities to work toward long-term solutions to protect the safety and well-being of residents, as well as our infrastructure and economy."

 

To further position Massachusetts to meet the state's environmental requirements under the Global Warming Solutions Act, the Executive Order directs the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to engage stakeholders, examine emission limits from a range of sectors, and outline a timeline to promulgate regulations to ensure the Commonwealth meets statewide carbon reduction targets. In addition, the Baker-Polito Administration will work with state and regional transportation leaders, and environment and energy agencies to outline additional steps necessary to develop regional policies to reduce transportation sector emissions. The work will concurrent with efforts to continue to lead on reform of regional electric energy markets so that power generators can all compete to meet the state mandates for clean energy. The state will also complete a comprehensive energy plan that will enable forward-looking analysis of energy demands and strategies for meeting these demands that include conservation, energy efficiency and other demand-reduction resources.

 

"As directed by the Governor, MassDEP will work with stakeholders to develop the needed rules to ensure meeting 2020 emission limits mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "These rules will be completed per the schedule in the Executive Order and in the immediate future, MassDEP will have its website up and running for people to comment and learn the latest about the development of these rules."

 

"With the stroke of a pen, Governor Baker has moved the Commonwealth's conversation about GWSA implementation and climate change from legal quibbling to getting the job done, while also acting to protect our economy and communities from climate threats that are now unavoidable," said Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell. "CLF looks forward to working with the administration to develop meaningful, effective regulations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions as the law requires and change destructive patterns of development that ignore climate risk."

 

"We applaud Governor Baker's leadership in making the Commonwealth more resilient to the impacts of climate change," said Wayne Klockner, State Director of the Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. "We look forward to working together to better prepare the Commonwealth's citizens and natural assets for the impacts of a changing climate."

 

The Executive Order, which will be reviewed again in 2019 and every five years thereafter, builds upon significant efforts already ongoing across the Baker-Polito Administration to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Initiatives and programs underway across state government include vulnerability assessments and resiliency plans within the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, and MassPort. To address mitigation, the Commonwealth has been working since 2008 to implement the Global Warming Solutions Act, and has numerous policies and initiatives in place to help meet emissions reduction limits. Other existing initiatives and grant programs include the Dam and Seawall Repair Fund, the Coastal Resiliency Grant Program, the Lead by Example Program, the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. Climate change initiatives are also currently underway at regional planning agencies and in inland and coastal communities across Massachusetts.

 

"Massachusetts has long been recognized as a frontrunner on protecting the environment from the disastrous immediate and long-term dangers of climate change," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "As communities continue to prepare for climate change, this necessary measure will undoubtedly bolster the Commonwealth's commitment to undertaking more efforts to combat climate change in the future."

 

"Crafting and implementing an effective response to the challenges posed by climate change requires an ongoing, collaborative effort between state and municipal officials," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). "The Baker-Polito Administration's Executive Order will help to ensure the Commonwealth is taking the steps necessary to address the problems associated with climate change, not only over the next three years, but well into the future."

 

"Building coastal storm resilience and an environmentally sound energy future demand that we carefully plan today to take effective action now and in the future," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester). "This Executive Order is a critically important tool for making that happen, and we have no time to waste."

 

"We must protect our Commonwealth from the harmful effects of climate change. If we do not, the costs will be astronomical," said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), Founding Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. "Climate change is happening now; we see it through our current drought, as well as extreme weather events throughout the country. And in addition to establishing this comprehensive climate adaptation plan, we cannot forget that we have an obligation to meet the emissions reduction requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act. I commend the Baker-Polito Administration for using science as the basis for the executive order, and I look forward to seeing these plans come to fruition across our state government. This is a good first step to ensuring that these commitments will be made, and now the legislative branch must step up in the next session to codify a climate adaptation management plan in statute, as well as pass a comprehensive energy plan."

 

"Climate change is already harming communities across the Commonwealth," said State Representative Frank Smizik (D-Brookline), Chairman of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. "By coordinating adaptation planning on the state level, we can make resources and information accessible for all regions to prepare for the economic, health, and safety impacts of climate change. Governor Baker's Executive Order is a critical first step in addressing our state's vulnerabilities and protecting our communities.


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Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Transit Officials Provide Update on MBTA Reforms and Winter Resiliency Upgrades:

 

$18.5 million second phase to upgrade 9.9 miles of exposed T infrastructure along Red Line South

 

Braintree, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack today visited the MBTA's Caddigan Yard near the Braintree MBTA stop as work commences this weekend on the second phase of Red Line winter resiliency upgrades and as the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) continues to make improvement reforms to service, accountability and reliability for taxpayers and riders.

 

"The MBTA continues to improve its infrastructure and strengthen its ability to perform for riders during severe weather by investing in the core system," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This resiliency work and the Fiscal and Management Control Board's efforts to deliver meaningful reforms, transparency and cost-effectiveness, will ultimately mean a more accountable and reliable transit system for the Commonwealth's commuters and taxpayers."

 

The $18.5 million resiliency contract was awarded in July by the FMCB to Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., and will implement upgrades along 9.9 miles of the Red Line's Braintree and Ashmont Lines, including the replacement of all third rail and heating systems, track and tie renewals, signals, track structure and conduit installations.

 

"These investments in preparation for another New England winter are important to the riders who depend on the system every day to get to and from their jobs and school," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Since historic snowfall and temperatures hampered the MBTA last year, leaders at the T have focused on the reforms and investments in the core system to ensure greater reliability."

 

The Governor, Lt. Governor and Secretary were joined by MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Gonneville and Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who was appointed to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) new Board of Directors when it was expanded as a result of reform legislation filed and signed by Governor Baker last year.

 

"The MBTA's goals continue to be the safety of our passengers and the ability to provide reliable service to those customers, especially during severe weather," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "The next phase of winter resiliency work reflects the type of investments we are making, and that need to be made, in order to improve the system in the short and long term."

 

The $83 million MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan announced by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015 focused on infrastructure, equipment, and operations improvements on the Red Line and Orange Line to more effectively mitigate the frequency, length and magnitude of system disruptions to public transit during severe weather. The first phase, implemented last year, included third rail and rail heater improvements along 13.6 miles of the Red Line from the Andrew Station to Quincy Adams, while the second phase which began this summer and will continue through December completes the improvements along the entire length of the Red Line.

 

"This work is key to keeping the system operating no matter what challenges Mother Nature throws at us," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "In addition, investments have already been made to secure specialized snow removal equipment to increase our snow removal capacity and ensure passenger vehicles operate on schedule."

 

"These Red Line improvements underline the importance of reliability for our public transit system," said Braintree Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan, member of the MassDOT Board. "When people have confidence in the dependability of our system, ridership will grow. That's a good thing."

 

To accommodate the winter resiliency work, buses will replace train service two weekends this month on the Braintree Branch:

 

* Saturday, September 10, 2016 and Sunday September 11, 2016 between Braintree and JFK/UMass Stations, from start to end of service.

 

* Saturday, September 24, 2016 and Sunday, September 25, 2016 between Braintree and JFK/UMass Stations, from start to end of service.

 

More dates will be announced for weekend dates from October through November.

 

Governor Baker appointed the FMCB in 2015 to oversee the system's operations and finances and increased the Commonwealth's additional assistance payments to the MBTA's operating and capital budgets to $187 million, a 50% increase over Fiscal Year 2015. The FMCB, MassDOT and MBTA reduced the Fiscal Year 2016 budget deficit from $170 million to $86 million and have cut the projected Fiscal Year 2017 budget deficit by 50%. Also in Fiscal Year 2016, MBTA recorded its lowest level of operating expense growth in more than 15 years through cost control, increased own-source revenues by more than $10 million, and reduced operator absenteeism by nearly 20% and weekday dropped bus trips by over 30%. The MBTA is the fifth-largest transit agency in the U.S., serving over 1 million riders a day.


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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Drought Emergency Loan Fund:

 

New fund will provide affordable working capital to family farms and other small businesses impacted by historic drought conditions

 

Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund, which has the capacity to provide up to $1 million in Administration's coordinated response to five consecutive months of abnormally dry weather across the Commonwealth.

 

"Small businesses are the bedrock of the Massachusetts economy, and our administration is deeply committed to maintaining the health and vibrancy of family-owned businesses," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Like the emergency loan fund we launched following record snowstorms, this Drought Emergency Loan Fund will provide affordable working capital to small businesses grappling with the aftermath of extreme weather."

 

"Massachusetts family-owned farms play an integral role in our state's broader economy, by providing jobs, driving regional tourism, and conserving land," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "This new loan fund is one important component of our comprehensive effort to help family farms and other agriculture-related small businesses recover from this summer's prolonged drought."

 

"Farms around the Commonwealth are a vital part of our state's economy, and continue to ensure residents have access to healthy, locally-grown culinary products," said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. "The Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund will allow Massachusetts' farmers to seek financial relief during this period of prolonged dry weather as they continue to offer fresh, nutritious products to consumers."

 

"We are pleased to offer this support to struggling family farms and related businesses hit hard by the drought," said Larry Andrews, President of MGCC. "Our team will provide prompt review of each application and work to help local farmers in need."

 

"This affordable, flexible loan program will help agricultural businesses regain financial stability and recover quickly from lost revenue due to the drought," said Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham.

 

For more information about the loan fund, and to access an online application, visit www.massgcc.com.


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Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Primary Election Results:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters have an official 2016 presidential primary election results on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public have already cast their vote on the ballot at the polling stations.

 

The Quincy's Election Headquarters have been already projected winner for the candidate contenders are currently running in the public office to serve as role of: United States Congressman for the District 8, Fourth District Governor's Councilor, State Senator for the Norfolk and Plymouth District, State Representative for the First Norfolk District, State Representative for the Second Norfolk District, State Representative for the Third Norfolk District, State Representative for the Thirteenth Suffolk District, Norfolk County Commissioner and Norfolk County Sheriff during the 2016 presidential primary election cycle.

 

The winner will advances into the presidential election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

Here's an unofficial 2016 presidential primary election results:

United States Congressman for the District 8:

Stephen F. Lynch (D-Massachusetts)

William Burke (R-Massachusetts)

 

Fourth District Governor's Councilor:

Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. (D-Massachusetts)

 

State Senator for the Norfolk & Plymouth District:

John F. Keenan (D-Quincy)

 

State Representative for the First Norfolk District:

Bruce J. Ayers (D-Quincy)

 

State Representative for the Second Norfolk District:

Tackey Chan (D-Quincy)

 

State Representative for the Third Norfolk District:

Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy)

 

State Representative for the Thirteenth Suffolk District:

Daniel J. Hunt (D-Dorchester)

 

Norfolk County Commissioner:

Francis W. O'Brien (D-Massachusetts)

Joseph P. Shea (D-Quincy)

 

Norfolk County Sheriff:

Michael G. Bellotti


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Statewide Safe Medication Disposal Program with Walgreen's to Fight Substance Misuse:

 

Take-back program allows safe and convenient disposal of unwanted medications in Walgreen's Pharmacies across Massachusetts

 

Quincy, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker, joined by state and local officials, today announced that Walgreen's is the first pharmacy in Massachusetts to launch a new safe and convenient medication disposal program to reduce prescription drug misuse while a new kiosk at the Walgreen's Quincy Avenue store in Quincy. Walgreen's installed 13 drug take-back kiosks in pharmacies throughout Massachusetts for easy disposal of unwanted, unused or expired medications at no cost and no questions asked.

 

"Opioid misuse and addiction can often start at home in our own medicine cabinets, and today we are pleased to partner with Walgreen's to take more steps toward combating this public health crisis," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Increasing drug take back opportunities and installing free safe disposal kiosks in pharmacies across the Commonwealth is another step in the right directions as the Commonwealth works collaboratively to bend the trend on opioid and heroin misuse."

 

Installation of the statewide kiosks is another step forward in the Commonwealth's commitment to battling the opioid and heroin epidemic that has impacted communities from Cape Cod to Western Massachusetts. Take-back kiosks are located at Walgreen's stores in East Boston, Fall River, Framingham, Gloucester, Lowell, Malden, Quincy, Randolph, Roxbury, Stoneham, Stoughton, Springfield and Worcester.

 

"We applaud Walgreen's for responding to our call for safe, convenient ways to dispose of unused medications," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. "People aren't always sure how to safely dispose of unneeded medicines. Having these receptacles readily accessible to the public will help to reduce misuse of medication and safely eliminate unneeded prescription medication."

 

In addition, Walgreen's, as well as several other pharmacies statewide, have made naloxone available without requiring a prescription from a physician. Naloxone is a life-saving drug which is administered in the event of an overdose and immediately reverses the effects of heroin or other opioids.

 

The kiosks are heavy metal containers with a top, one-way opening drop slot and lock that will be mounted to the ground or wall with direct or video surveillance while the pharmacy is open. Individuals can dispose of all prescriptions including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications. The kiosks at Walgreen's pharmacies will be available for use during regular pharmacy hours.

 

"We need to make the safe disposal of medication easier, and these kiosks do just that," said Walgreen's Regional Vice President for Massachusetts Brad Ulrich. "Using a safe medication disposal kiosk at a participating Walgreen's is the one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used -- or intentionally misused -- by someone else."

 

To date, Walgreen's has installed take-back kiosks in more than 500 of its stores in 35 states.

 

"Governor Baker's commitment to tackling the tragedy of substance abuse affecting so many of our families across the Commonwealth has been unrelenting since the day he took office, and I applaud Walgreen's for echoing that commitment with this new program. There is much we must continue to do, but every new tool like this is vitally important," said Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch.

 

"With the number of overdose-related deaths on the rise, the legislature has made tackling the opioid epidemic a priority. Partnering with Governor Baker and his administration, we have enacted landmark legislation aimed at fighting this public health crisis. It's also important to partner with the private sector, and having a business like Walgreen's join us in this fight is a big step. These free, anonymous drug take-back kiosks for unused medications are a positive development in some of our hardest-hit areas, like the city of Quincy," said State Representative Bruce J. Ayers.

 

"We're pleased today to see another ally join the fight against prescription drug misuse, an issue that has fueled the crisis we face today," said State Senator John F. Keenan. "The Commonwealth is asking every stakeholder to join this fight. We are preparing to implement the nation's first statewide drug takeback requirement at the manufacturer level, and I commend Walgreen's for this step to make that program successful."

 

Fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic has been a priority of the Baker-Polito Administration since day one. Earlier this year, Governor Baker signed landmark opioid legislation into law to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth. The law includes numerous recommendations from the Governor's opioid working group, including prevention education for students and doctors, and the first law in the nation to establish a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions. It also requires that doctors check the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database before writing a prescription for a Schedule 2 or Schedule 3 narcotic.

 

In 2015, the Governor's Opioid Working Group released recommendations and a comprehensive Action Plan aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic. These short and long-term recommendations focus on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support. Approximately 90 percent of the initiatives in the Governor's action plan are complete or underway.

 

More information is available at: mass.gov/stopaddiction.


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If You See Something, Say Something Campaign: 2016-2017 School Year:


Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office would like to welcome back to the students, staff and the families of Quincy Public Schools in the 2016-2017 school year here in the City of Quincy.

 

The 2016-2017 school year will be stepping up in the plate and in the gear to make sure that our students, staff and the families of Quincy Public Schools are safe and sound in the school buildings with a full supervision by the security officers from Quincy Public Schools Security Department and the school resource officers from Quincy Police Department here in the City of Quincy.

 

The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will be working very closely with our partners: Quincy Public Schools, Quincy Police Department, MBTA, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department, Norfolk County Sheriff Department, Quincy Fire Department and the Brewster Ambulance throughout the school year with any emergency situation at any school districts in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy.

 

We are also asking the students, staff and the families of Quincy Public Schools should be remain in the vigilant where you are surrounding in the public places on the busy street intersections and on the school grounds throughout the school year in the order to report for any suspicious activities, please contact the law enforcement immediately by dial 911 for an emergency number so that we will send our law enforcement officer will dispatched and responded as quickly as possible.

 

Here's the contact number and e-mail address directory:

Quincy Police Department: DARE Division

Quincy Police DARE Officer John Grazioso: (617) 745-5735 or e-mail: jgrazioso@quincyma.gov

Quincy Police DARE Officer Don Sautter: (617) 745-5735 or e-mail: dsautter@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Police Department: Community Policing Unit:

Lieutenant Tim Sorgi, Supervisor: (617) 770-4993 or e-mail: tsorgi@quincyma.gov

Officer Roger White (Quincy Square): (857) 342-0523 or e-mail: rwhite@quincyma.gov

Officer Bill Mitchell (Ward 1): (617) 594-2082 or e-mail: wmitchell@quincyma.gov

Officer Matthew Miller (Ward 2): (617) 594-2070 or e-mail: mmiller@quincyma.gov

Officer Timothy Simmons (Ward 3): (339) 235-6662 or e-mail: tsimmons@quincyma.gov

Officer Jimmie Whedbee (Ward 4): (617) 483-0599 or e-mail: jwhedbee@quincyma.gov

Officer Jim Silcox (Ward 5): (339) 237-1575 or e-mail: jsilcox@quincyma.gov

Officer Greg Mar (Ward 6): (617) 594-2028 or e-mail: gmar@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Police Department: School Resource Officers:

Officer Gregg Hartnett (Middle Schools): E-mail: ghartnett@quincyma.gov

Officer Steve Burgio (Quincy High School): E-mail: sburgio@quincyma.gov

Officer Matt Pantazelos (North Quincy High School): E-mail: mpantazelos@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Public Schools Security Department:

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: 

E-mail: michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: shielacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

 

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

 

Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

E-mail: stevemcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: tonymcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: johnhacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

Please enjoy for the rest of 2016-2017 school year and get a good education for your children in the classroom!


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Governor Baker, MassDOT/MBTA Leaders Mark Milestone in Springfield Rail Car Factory Construction:

 

Springfield, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today joined local elected officials and state transportation leaders to recognize a major milestone in CRRC MA's construction of its $95 million factory in Springfield by signing the last beam to be hoisted atop the factory as part of a "Topping Off" ceremony. Once completed, the factory will manufacture 284 subway cars for the MBTA: 132 for the Red Line, and 152 for the Orange Line.

 

"Replacing cars nearly four decades old will help deliver a more reliable and comfortable rider experience," said Governor Baker. "We remain focused on investing in the core infrastructure at the T to improve our transit system that so many people rely on and we are pleased to celebrate this that also creates local jobs and supports Springfield's economy."

 

"This facility will have multiple benefits to all sectors of Massachusetts' economy, from new manufacturing jobs in Springfield to service improvements for the riders who rely on the MBTA to get to and from where they need to be every day," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

 

"The T has needed these cars for decades now," MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said of the MBTA's aging fleet of Orange Line and Red Line vehicles. "Relying on old equipment makes it harder to bounce back from incidents of severe weather."

 

"It is a great pleasure to be here today for the opening of this state-of-the-art factory, which will be assembling state-of-the-art vehicles for the MBTA's Red Line and Orange Line," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Replacing old rail cars is part of a comprehensive plan to improve the Red and Orange Lines that include improvements to aging tracks, signals, and other infrastructure, with the goal of providing a first-class transit system that meets the needs of our customers."

 

"Topping Off" is the term used by ironworkers to indicate that the final piece of steel is being hoisted into place on a building, bride, or other large structure, and in this case the factory has now reached its maximum height. As part of the ceremony, Governor Baker will lead officials in the signing of the last beam to be hoisted atop the facility, signifying the completion of a significant portion of its construction.

 

Construction of the factory is running ahead of schedule, with other projects including a 2,240-foot dynamic test track, and staging/storage area. The project is projected to be completed in the fall of 2017.

 

"We are very appreciative of the largest railway car manufacturing company in the world, CRRC, building their North American base right here in Springfield," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. "The creation of hundreds of good paying jobs, the spin-off benefits to our vendors, the linkage to our students at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, Western New England University and the use of our labor unions' workforce spreads the wealth. Also, I'm very thankful to Governor Baler, state and city officials for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield."

 

Once completed, the 204,000-square-foot factory will employ 150 workers. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered in 2018.


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Governor Baker Signs Animal Safety and Protection Legislation:

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker ceremoniously signed An Act Preventing Animal Suffering and Death (S. 2369), which prohibits the confinement of animals to vehicles where they are subject to danger from extreme weather conditions, limits the length animals can be tethered outdoors, and enables first responders and bystanders to assist in their rescue.

 

"While we hope and expect no one should ever have to act to save a pet or child from such dangerous conditions, we understand those situations unfortunately do arise and lives can depend on a quick response," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am pleased this legislation gives first responders and bystanders the tools to take reasonable actions to rescue pets in imminent danger."

 

The legislation allows animal control officers, police or firefighters to enter vehicles to rescue an animal and allows citizens to act similarly in rescuing an animal in imminent danger after first calling 911. All first responders will be given immunity from civil or criminal liability and violators will be subject to fines for such conduct.

 

"This legislation helps ensure the well-being of the pets that many of us consider companions and family, strengthening state laws that prevent the mistreatment of animals in the Commonwealth," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

 

"Too many animals have suffered from neglect, whether in a dangerously hot car or chained outside for interminable lengths of time, this bill is an important step in ensuring that in addition to our empathy they have the weight of our laws to defend them," said Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules, the Senate sponsor of the bill. "This legislation will ensure that reckless and abusive owners face stiff penalties and empower local authorities and the general public to contribute to the well-being of our four-legged friends."

 

"Most of us treat our pets like family members -- some even better. However, for the poor animals that are neglectfully left in hot cars or tethered inappropriately, this new law is for them," said State Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) the House sponsor of the bill, "For the safety of those who cannot save themselves, I'm proud to have proposed and helped pass this bill."

 

The legislation reduces the number of hours each day during which a dog can be tethered outside from 24 hours to 5 hours, limits tethering to 15 supervised minutes during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and prohibits any outdoor tethering during severe weather. The bill increases the fines for second offense tethering violations from $100 to $200 and $300 to $500 for subsequent offenses.


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Baker -Polito Administration, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants and Community Health Centers Expand on Core Competencies to Combat Opioid Epidemic:

 

Core Competencies Aimed at Properly Training Students and Professionals on Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration, in partnership with the state's Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN) programs and professional organizations, physician assistant programs, the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and all affiliated community health centers have agreed to expand the reach and use of the pioneering core competencies established previously for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse.

 

This set of cross-institutional core competencies will ensure advanced practice nurses and physician assistants educated in the Commonwealth, as well as community health center employees, receive enhanced training in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies regarding prescription drug misuse.

 

"Agreeing upon and expanding these core competency standards is another major step for the prevention and management phases of fighting the opioid epidemic," said Governor Charlie Baker. "As we search for new ways to bend the trend in this public health epidemic, we appreciate the hard work and collaboration that prescriber and academic communities have demonstrated and look forward to continuing this partnership with our nurses, physician assistants and members of the medical community."

 

This first-in-the-nation partnership has been expanded with the establishment of cross-institutional core competencies for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse that will reach the approximately 2,000 enrolled APRN students, 900 enrolled physician assistant students, and the 50 community health centers representing the organizational membership of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

 

"Educating our clinicians on prescribing practices for opioids is critical to mitigating the opioid epidemic in the future," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. "We are pleased to stand with our health care partners to further advance the training and education of our current and future health care practitioners."

 

The agreement follows similar partnerships with the Commonwealth's three dental schools, Massachusetts Dental Society, the Commonwealth's four medical schools and the Massachusetts Medical Society on sets of groundbreaking medical and dental education core competencies for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse. Practitioner training about addiction and safe prescribing practices was a key strategy recommendation of the opioid working group.

 

"Substance misuse is a chronic disease, and we  must treat it as one, starting with education of our clinicians," said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. "We must approach the treatment of this disease taking into account the multiple needs of the individual, not just substance misuse."

 

"As nurse practitioners, we are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the Governor on this important initiative," said Stephanie Ahmed, DNP, FNP-BC, DPNAP, President, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. "Nurse Practitioners can play a significant role in mitigating the impact of the opioid epidemic through responsible prescribing, participation in the prescription monitoring program, educating and engaging patients around treatment options and behavioral therapy. We have made significant inroads on improving health through such targeted initiatives and I do believe we are on a path toward positive change with the implementation of the competencies and academic/practice partnerships."

 

"I am elated and very proud of the Physician Assistant programs in Massachusetts for taking this critical step toward addressing the opioid abuse epidemic and educating our future providers and prescribers," said Sheri Talbott MS, PA-C President, Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants.

 

"The state's growing opiate crisis is directly related to the challenge of caring for patients' physical and behavioral health needs in an integrated way," said James W. Hunt, Jr., President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. "The Governor's Core Competencies serve as an excellent framework for making sure clinicians are well equipped to provide the addiction prevention and treatment services patients need."

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Core Competencies:

 

Primary Prevention Domain -- Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse

Screening, Evaluation, and Prevention

 

1. Evaluate a patient's pain using age, gender, and culturally appropriate evidence-based methodologies. For pediatrics, the assessment should reflect an understanding of opioid neurobiology and the effect on the developing brain.

 

2. Evaluate a patient's risk for substance use disorders by utilizing age, gender, and culturally appropriate evidence-based communication skills and assessment methodologies, supplemented with relevant available patient information, including but not limited to health records, family history, prescription dispensing records (e.g. the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program or "PMP"), drug urine screenings, and screenings for commonly co-occurring psychiatric disorders (especially depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD).

 

3. Identify and describe potential pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options including opioid and non-opioid pharmacologic treatments for acute and chronic pain management, along with patient communication and education regarding the risks and benefits associated with each of these available treatment options.

 

Secondary Prevention Domain -- Treating Patients At-Risk for Substance Use Disorders

Engage Patients in Safe, Informed, and Patient-Centered Treatment Planning

 

4. Describe substance use disorder treatment options, including medication-assisted treatment, as well as demonstrate the ability to appropriately refers patients to addiction specialists and treatment programs for both relapse prevention and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

 

5. Prepare evidence-based and patient-centered pain management and substance use disorder treatment plans for patients with acute and chronic pain with special attention to safe prescribing and recognizing patients displaying signs of aberrant prescription use behaviors.

 

6. Demonstrate the foundational skills in patient-centered counseling and behavior change in the context of a patient encounter, consistent with evidence-based techniques.

 

Tertiary Prevention Domain -- Managing Substance Use Disorders as a Chronic Disease:

Eliminate Stigma and Build Awareness of Social Determinants

 

7. Recognize the risk factors for, signs of, opioid overdose and demonstrate the correct use of naloxone rescue.

 

8. Recognize substance use disorders as a chronic disease by effectively applying a chronic disease model to the ongoing assessment, management of the patient and communication across specialties and disciplines.

 

9. Recognizing the clinician's own and societal stigmatization and biases against individuals with substance use disorders and associated evidence-based medication-assisted treatment.

 

10. Identify and incorporate relevant data regarding social determinants of health into treatment planning for substance use disorders.


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Governor Baker Elevates State's Response to Widespread Drought:

 

Officials Outline State Response, Encourage Public Water Conservation

 

North Andover, MA -- Today, in response to the fifth consecutive month of abnormally dry conditions across the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker outlined continued actions to be taken by state agencies to assist Massachusetts' residents, farmers, and municipalities as the region continues to face the effects associated with prolonged drought conditions. Joined by state and federal officials at Smolak Farms in North Andover, Governor Baker's announcement follows the recent declaration of a Drought Warning for Central and Northeast Massachusetts, a Drought Watch for Southeast Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley, and a Drought Advisory for Western Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands.

 

"With much of Massachusetts continuing to experience extremely dry conditions, I am asking the public to administer best water conservation practices for the foreseeable future," said Governor Charlie Baker. "By minimizing water use, especially while outside, we will collectively take crucial steps necessary to enable ground water and reservoirs to rebound quicker as we work together to manage and reduce the effects of a statewide drought. Individuals should also check with their city or town officials to find out what local restrictions are in place as they vary from community to community."

 

"Our Administration continues to support communities across the Commonwealth to work in unison as we prepare for the very serious ramifications that a prolonged drought can have our economy and public safety," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "From farming operations to wild fires, droughts can have lasting effects, and it is incredibly important we all work together to conserve water while these dry conditions persist."

 

To promote public water conservation, the administration is encouraging the public to adopt water saving techniques into their daily routine to assist with extremely low groundwater and streamflow levels around Massachusetts. Outdoors techniques include limiting outdoor water use, covering swimming pools when not in use to prevent evaporative loss, sweeping driveways, walks, patios, and other outdoor areas with a broom rather than hosing them off. Indoor water conservation techniques include reducing shower times to five minutes or less, washing only full loads of laundry and dishes, turning off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving, and fixing water leaks in household items. Additionally, the Baker-Polito Administration has instructed all state-run and state-owned facilities to take appropriate measures to conserve water.

 

"Extended drought conditions can have far reaching, long term environmental impacts that affect us all, making it increasingly important that we work collaboratively and incorporate water conservation practices into our daily routines," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work with residents and stakeholders around the Commonwealth to support and protect our ecological, agricultural and recreational resources during this prolonged period of dry weather."

 

The Baker-Polito Administration is also reminding residents throughout Massachusetts to be cognizant of the extremely dry conditions and be extra careful when using grills, matches, candles or open flames outdoors, and to be especially mindful about disposing of smoking materials in proper containers. State fire officials remain engaged with dire departments and municipal water suppliers to ensure there is a heightened preparedness in case of a major fire, and have mutual aid plans in place to provide response for situations where water supply issues arise. Individuals are also encouraged to heed local orders and restrictions and take all necessary precautions to prevent fires that may spread quickly. Furthermore, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), together with other state agencies, is working to ensure that cities and towns have the necessary information and support so they can implement appropriate measures to conserve water and sure the water needs of the community are met.

 

"The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with state agencies and with cities and towns to ensure Massachusetts will be able to support local needs in the event drought conditions worsen," said Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett. "We have not reached the point where demand for water exceeds supply, but we are planning and developing the capacity to provide large volumes of bottled water to multiple communities and to provide tankers of potable water to replenish municipal tanks. We also working with local fire chiefs to ensure mutual aid agreements and plans are in place so adequate supplies of water are available to support firefighting needs."

 

Recognizing the adverse effect drought conditions have on the Commonwealth's agricultural industry and other crucial economic sectors, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development is refocusing a larger percentage of state small business technical assistance grants to Community Development Corporations in effected counties, and working with state and industry officials to develop a Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund that will provide working capital to family farms and small businesses affected by the drought, and bridge the gap to federal assistance for impacted agricultural businesses. Additionally, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to consult with the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency to determine the full scope of the drought's impacts on the Commonwealth's agricultural industry. Other measures currently underway include continued assessment of crop damage statewide, and developing a complete list of state and federal resources available for farmers with economic hardships as a result of the drought.

 

"Our new Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund will provide affordable working capital loans to small businesses, including family farms, grappling with a downturn in business caused by this prolonged drought," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. "Additionally, we are activating all of our business development channels, to remind consumers that Massachusetts farmers markets and farm stands still have top-quality produce for sale, and they have our full support."

 

The declaration of a Drought Warning, Drought Watch, and Drought Advisory requires the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force to meet on a regular basis to more closely assess conditions across the state, coordinate dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare any responses that may be needed in the future. The Task Force will next meet in September. For further information on water conservation and what you can do, visit the Department of Conservation and Recreation's drought management page and the MassDEP Water Conservation page.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Affordable Housing Development Awards:

 

Awards represent significant investment in affordable housing and will create or preserve 1,420 housing units across the Commonwealth

 

Boston, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards too fund the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the Commonwealth. This award round builds on the Administration's commitment to expanding affordable housing options for Massachusetts families.

 

"These affordable housing awards reflect our administration's commitment to a stronger, more prosperous, and more inclusive Commonwealth," said Governor Charlie Baker. "By increasing affordable housing production, and stabilizing working families, low-income senior citizens and homeless families or those at risk, these housing awards will strengthen communities across Massachusetts."

 

Governor Baker, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay made the housing funding announcement today at 48 Boylston Street in Boston, a historic rehabilitation project for formerly homeless residents sponsored by St. Francis House and the Archdiocese of Boston's Planning Office for Urban Affairs.

 

"Our administration is dedicated to improving economic and social outcomes for the residents of Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "By partnering with cities and towns, and the affordable housing development community, we are making targeted, impactful awards that will improve the lives of our state's most vulnerable residents."

 

The 26 projects awarded will create or preserve 1,420 rental units, including 1,334 affordable units, across 16 Massachusetts communities. The Department of Housing and Community Development is awarding over $31 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits, which will generate over $218 million in equity for these projects. Additionally, the administration is awarding over $59 million in housing subsidy funds, including federal HOME funds and state capital funds, across the 26 projects.

 

Projects will serve a wide variety of constituents, including individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. Four projects are focused on senior housing, five will provide supportive services to residents and all 26 will include deeply affordable units. Reflecting the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to creating more housing units for homeless residents, the administration prioritized applications that included a 10 percent allotment for individuals and families who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless.

 

"Affordable housing production serves as a catalyst for broad-based neighborhood revitalization efforts," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. "By connecting working families and at-risk populations to stable, affordable housing, we will ensure that Massachusetts remains a place where people succeed, and businesses flourish."

 

"St. Francis House is a perfect example of an organization committed to ending homelessness for individuals and families by providing safe and affordable housing and meeting the full needs of their tenants," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. "These awards will help support vulnerable citizens in the Commonwealth."

 

"Working families need income security in order to achieve economic prosperity," said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. "Through these affordable housing awards, we are creating new opportunities for families to sink roots into their communities, and thrive."

 

The 2016 affordable rental housing award round reflects the Baker-Polito Administration's ongoing commitment to substantially invest in housing across the Commonwealth. In May, the Administration unveiled a 5-year capital budget plan that includes a $1.1 billion commitment to increasing housing production, an 18 percent funding increase for mixed-income housing production, and affordable housing preservation. In May, the Administration and MassHousing committed $100 million, to support the construction of 1,000 new workforce housing units. Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has provided funding to create and preserve 2,856 units of affordable housing, including 874 deeply affordable units for at-risk populations.

 

Awardees:

 

Christopher Heights is an assisted living project to be developed in Belchertown by the Grantham Group. Located on the former Belchertown State School site, the project will feature 83 total rental units with services for frail seniors, including 43 affordable units, with 17 units reserved for seniors earning less than 30 percent of area median income (AMI).

 

132 Chestnut Hill Avenue is a senior housing development in Brighton, sponsored by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. When completed, 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue will be home to 61 seniors, all with incomes below 60 percent of AMI, with 22 reserved for seniors with incomes below 30 percent of AMI.

 

48 Boylston Street is a historic rehabilitation project located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. The sponsor is St. Francis House, Inc., in partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston’s Planning Office for Urban Affairs. The completed project will offer 46 single rooms and small units intended to serve homeless individuals earning less than 60 percent of AMI, with 26 units reserved for individuals earning less than 30 percent of AMI. The project sponsor will offer extensive services for the new residents.

 

Quincy Tower Apartments is a housing preservation project located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, sponsored by Beacon Communities. The project will offer 161 affordable housing units, including 16 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Harmon Apartments is a new construction project located in Dorchester, sponsored by The Boston Home in partnership with Affirmative Investments. The project will be built near the existing Boston Home facility, and will include 36 units for persons with disabilities. Of the 36 units, 30 will be reserved for households earning less than 60 percent of AMI, with 8 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Paris Village is a new construction project located in East Boston and sponsored by the East Boston Community Development Corporation. Paris Village will offer 32 units of affordable family housing, with 4 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

The Residences at Fairmount Station is a new transit-oriented housing project located in Hyde Park and sponsored by the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation. This project will offer 27 units of affordable family housing, with 6 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Walker Park Apartments is a new construction project located in Roxbury and sponsored by Urban Edge Housing Corporation. This project will offer 49 units of affordable family housing, with 8 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Wayne at Schuyler is a housing preservation project located in Boston and sponsored by Cruz Development. When completed, this project will offer 74 units of affordable family housing, with 8 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Canal Bluffs Phase III is the final phase of a new construction project located on a 17‑acre site off Route 28 in Bourne. This phase of Canal Bluffs will offer 44 units of townhouse-style affordable housing, with 7 units affordable to households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Chelmsford Woods II is the second phase of a new construction project located in Chelmsford. The sponsors are the Chelmsford Housing Authority and Stratford Capital. Chelmsford Woods II consists of 58 units of affordable family housing for households earning less than 60 percent of AMI, with 6 units affordable to households below 30 percent of AMI.

 

Village at Lincoln Park Senior is the second affordable housing project to be built on the site of a former amusement park in Dartmouth. Village at Lincoln Park Senior will provide 48 units of affordable senior housing, with 10 units reserved for seniors earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Goshen Senior Housing is a new construction project located in the town center of Goshen, sponsored by Hilltown Community Development Corporation. The project will offer 10 affordable housing units for seniors, with 3 units reserved for seniors earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Forest Springs is a new construction project located in Great Barrington and sponsored by Construct, Inc. This project will offer 11 affordable family rental units in three buildings, with 2 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

The Kennedy Building is a mixed-income historic rehabilitation project located in Hanover and sponsored by the Planning Office for Urban Affairs. This project will offer 37 units of family housing, with 27 units reserved for families earning less than 60 percent of AMI, including 4 units reserved for families earning less than 30 percent of AMI. The remaining 10 units will be workforce housing units.

 

Tenney Place Phase II is the second phase of a new construction project located in Haverhill and sponsored by Dakota Partners, Inc. Tenney Place II will offer 72 mixed-income housing units: 56 units will be affordable to families earning less than 60 percent of AMI, with 8 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Ivory Keys Apartments is a historic rehabilitation project located in Leominster. The project will provide 41 units of affordable housing for families, with 9 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Jeweled Crossing is a new construction and rehabilitation project located in North Attleboro. The project will offer 66 affordable units, with 8 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

New Home Sewing Apartment Complex is the redevelopment of a vacant mill building in Orange. The project will offer 63 affordable family units, with 7 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Boston Street Crossing is a rehabilitation project located in Salem and sponsored by Harborlight Community Partners. The project will offer 26 affordable units for formerly homeless individuals. All units will be reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

E. Henry Twiggs Phase II is a scattered-site preservation project located in Springfield and sponsored by Home City Housing. The project will offer 61 units of fully rehabilitated affordable housing, with 16 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Maple Commons Apartments is a preservation project located in Springfield and sponsored by First Resource Companies. Maple Commons will offer 173 fully rehabilitated affordable housing units, with 18 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

St. James Commons Apartments is a preservation project located in Springfield, and sponsored by Valley Real Estate. St. James Commons will offer 42 affordable units for families, with 9 units reserved for families earning than 30 percent of AMI.

 

The Blanchard School is the redevelopment of a former school in Uxbridge into 25 units of affordable housing, with 5 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.

 

Noquochoke Village is a new construction project that will provide affordable family housing in Westport. Noquochoke Village will offer 50 total rental units, including 5 market-rate units and 45 affordable units.

 

Union Hill Rental Housing Initiative II is a preservation project located in Worcester and sponsored by Oak Hill Community Development Corporation. The project will offer 24 rehabilitated housing units affordable to households earning less than 60 percent of AMI, with 5 units reserved for households earning less than 30 percent of AMI.


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Quincy Health Department Urges Rabies Protection:

 

The City of Quincy Health Department received word from the State Laboratory Institute today that a raccoon from Quincy was determined to be positive for rabies. In response, the Health Department is urging residents to practice rabies protection this summer and throughout the year by avoiding contact with wild animals that display unusual or aggressive behavior, and to insure their pets are vaccinated against the disease.

 

Specifically, we recommend the following:

* Avoid wild animals, especially bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons. Do not feed or pet strays. Avoid any animal, wild, or domestic that you do not know. Report any animal activity that behaves oddly to your local animal control official.

 

* Teach your children to avoid wildlife, strays, and all other animals that they do not know well.

 

* Do not handle sick, dead or injured wild animals yourself; call the animal control officer. If you MUST handle the animal, use heavy gloves, sticks or other tools to avoid direct contact.

 

* Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies and that their shots are up-to-date. By law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies.

 

* Feed pets indoors and keep them indoors at night. If they are outside during the day, keep them on a leash or fenced in so they cannot wander.

 

* Fasten trash can lids tightly. Store trash and garbage in durable covered containers. Garbage can attract wild and domestic animals looking for an easy meal.

 

* It is against state law to keep wild animals such as skunks or raccoons as pets. There are no rabies vaccines for most wild species.

 

* Cap your chimney with screens and block openings in attics, cellars, and porches to keep wild animals such as bats, raccoons and skunks out of your home. If you have bats in your house, talk to a professional about bat-proofing in your home.


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Quincy Recreation Department: 46th Annual Quincy Tennis Tournament 2016:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Barry J. Welch, Director of Recreation and the staff at Quincy Recreation Department are hosting their 46th Annual Quincy Tennis Tournament with a full sponsored by Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy and Quincy Credit Union begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 through Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Quincy High School Tennis Court: Edgefield Road, Quincy, MA to opens for the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens of Quincy and the City of Quincy employees are welcome to sign up and register.

 

The Quincy Tennis Tournament was established in the fall of 1970 to host by Mayor James R. McIntyre and the City of Quincy.

 

2016 Tennis Tournament Rules and Information:

* All players must be Quincy residents. Players must show their driver's license or other proof of Quincy residency before their first match.

 

* Weather permitting, matches will be conducted in all events weekdays from 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m. -- 9:00 p.m. Players should be prepared to play nights and weekends. 1st and 2nd round matches must be played within 24 hours of the posted time upon approval of the tournament director. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

* Matches are played at the tennis courts behind Quincy High School.

 

* Registration Fee: $20.00 which includes all events plus a commemorative t-shirt. Children who are entering the Boys and Girls 16 & Under event ONLY have an entry fee of $10.00. No application form will be accepted unless accompanied by fee. Checks to be made out to: Quincy Recreation Department.

 

* All players must furnish a can of U.S.T.A. approved tennis balls. (White or Optic Yellow ONLY).

 

* The Draw will be posted at the tennis courts behind Quincy High School on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 and Thursday, September 15, 2016 at between the hours of 6:30 -- 8:00 p.m..

 

* The draw boards are the only notification of match times. Participants WILL NOT be notified by phone. Check the draw boards regularly!

 

* Events will begin on Friday, September 16, 2016 and it is the participant's responsibility to know the match days and times.

 

* 2016 Quincy Tennis Tournament Registration & Brochure Information: Click Here.

 

* Online Registration is now available at: QuincyRec.com with the details to sign up & register for 2016 Tennis Tournament.

 

The 2016 Quincy Tennis Tournament Events: Men's Singles, Men's 35 and Over Singles, Men's 50 and Over Singles, Men's 60 and Over Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Women's Singles, Women's 35 and Over Singles, Women's Doubles, Boys 16 and Under Singles, Girls 16 and Under Singles and City of Quincy Employees.

 

For more information about the 2016 Quincy Tennis Tournament, please contact Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or e-mail: office@quincyrec.com with any questions or concerns during the normal business hours of operations.


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Governor Baker Signs Bill naming Cruiseport Boston in Honor of Former Mayor Ray Flynn:

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed legislation naming the Massachusetts Port Authority's Cruiseport Boston in honor of Raymond L. Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Vatican.

 

"Mayor Flynn has answered the call to represent both the people of Boston and the United States throughout his career and private life," said Governor Charlie Baker. "He is the epitome of what a public servant should be, always a consummate professional, and a dedicated family man. It gives me great pride to sign legislation that will ensure Mayor Flynn's legacy is honored in his native South Boston forever."

 

"The Port of Boston first welcomed millions of our immigrants families to America," said Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Vatican. "It is where our military troops arrived home from war, and a place that helped build a strong maritime economy and created millions of jobs for hard working Americans. They are the people we honor today and I'm proud that my name will forever be part of this remarkable American story."

 

"A proud son of South Boston, Ambassador Flynn's connection to the Port of Boston runs deep," said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston). "From his time as Longshoreman to his years as Mayor, Ray Flynn was passionate about growing the maritime industry and helping the Port achieve record-breaking success. Ambassador Flynn's ongoing work and proud legacy will be forever honored in his beloved South Boston as we name the Cruiseport the Flynn Cruiseport Boston."

 

"Ray Flynn worked on the waterfront for years as a longshoreman, as did his fathers and brothers," said Representative Nick Collins (D-South Boston). "While a state representative for South Boston, he led the House's Boston Harbor Cleanup Committee and oversaw one of the most important and successful environmental efforts in our state's history. Renaming the Cruiseport in his honor is a fitting tribute to his years of dedicated service and his commitment to helping make the South Boston waterfront the urban oasis that it is today."

 

"What a suitable tribute that the Cruiseport located in South Boston will be known as The Raymond L. Flynn Cruiseport at Black Falcon Terminal," said State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester). "As a son of South Boston, Ambassador Flynn served as Mayor, City Councilor and State Representative and dedicated his life to public service."


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Governor Baker Signs Legislation Investing in Local Transportation Infrastructure:

 

Establishes $50 million small bridge program, broadens Complete Streets authorization, leverages $750 million in federal highway funding

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker has signed legislation supporting major new investments in the Commonwealth's local transportation infrastructure, including a $50 million Municipal Small Bridge Program, the broadening of the Complete Streets Funding Program to support projects in more municipalities, and a $750 million authorization for federal highway aid.

 

"We recognize the important role transportation infrastructure plays in the strength of our communities and economy," said Governor Baker. "I am pleased to sign this legislation providing additional support for our cities and towns to focus on important local projects and accessibility."

 

The legislation, An Act providing for the financing of certain improvement to municipal roads and bridges (H. 4424), authorizes $50 million in investments over five years for the Municipal Small Bridge Program, first introduced by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this year to support approximately 1,300 bridges on municipal roads across Massachusetts spanning lengths between 10 and 20 feet. The program targets small bridge projects not eligible for federal aid under existing replacement or rehabilitation programming and are at high risk for full or partial closure due to present condition, at up to $500,000 per year, per municipality for administration, design and construction.

 

"Since taking office, we have prioritized local investments and flexibility and thank the legislature for authorizing funding for critical small bridge repairs and municipal improvements," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Consistent with the Community Compact Program, I have been proud to champion on behalf of the administration, the expansion of Complete Streets encourages cities and towns to plan and adopt best practices for safe travel across all modes of transit."

 

The bill broadens the authorization of the Complete Streets Funding Program. Launched with $12.5 million in funding by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this year, Complete Streets provides up to $500,000 for technical assistance and up to $400,000 in construction costs for communities to plan and incorporate best practices into the design and build of safe modes of travel for the public, including pedestrians, cyclers, drivers and users of mass transit.

 

"Some projects can be game changers for citizens, and the Baker-Polito Administration aims through these programs to help communities preserve, refurbish, and rebuild small bridges or invest in accessibility for the people who live, work and attend school nearby," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "These programs are among the many examples of the administration's partnership with cities and towns to ensure positive local impacts and vitality."

 

"This legislation enables us to continue to make important investments in infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner," said Executive Office of Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. "The legislation expands on the already strong relationships the Baker-Polito Administration has with our municipalities and will greatly assist communities across the state address their deferred maintenance needs."

 

"These bridges are critical pieces of infrastructure and posting or closing them can have major impacts on the lives of residents and business owners," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin. "We look forward to continuing our work with community partners on repairs to local infrastructure and investments that can prioritize these projects."

 

The legislation signed by the governor includes a $750 million authorization request for the federal aid highway program of which the Commonwealth will be responsible for $135 million and a change bringing bonds issued for the Rail Enhancement Program in line with similar projects like the Accelerated Bridge Program by making them exempt from the statutory debt limit.


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Governor Baker Signs Economic Development Legislation:

 

$1 billion initiative will advance community development, workforce training, and innovation

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed comprehensive economic development legislation into law, providing up to $1 billion in new investments in communities, workforce training, and innovation across Massachusetts, and deepening the state's economic competitiveness.

 

The new economic development law, An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), advances job creation by expanding the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to building a skilled workforce and connecting residents to economic opportunities, strengthening community and housing development efforts, and investing in the emerging technologies that will underpin the Commonwealth's economic future.

 

"This legislation unleashes valuable opportunities for investments in the development of revolutionary new technologies and community-based innovation, connecting every region of the Commonwealth to the innovation economy," said Governor Charlie Baker. "By pairing those investments with a growing commitment to workforce development in high-demand fields like advancing manufacturing, computer science, and robotics, we will deepen our efforts to build the nation's most competitive workforce. I am proud this bipartisan legislation will support the grown of our state's nationally-leading innovation economy, and help develop the jobs of tomorrow."

 

"Strong communities are the cornerstone of our Commonwealth, and this economic development legislation provides a robust set of tools that will allow state government to partner with communities, and advance our common goals," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "By providing critical funds for public infrastructure, site cleanup, and Gateway City redevelopment, this legislation will unlock local and regional economic development priorities, and connect citizens across Massachusetts to economic opportunity."

 

"This bill will help our communities and businesses work together to build our economy," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. "More and better jobs are on the way."

 

"The 2016 economic development law will help Massachusetts remain a national leader and position us fro growth," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "This programs in this bill complement one another and, in doing so, support residents from all backgrounds, encourage growth in every region of the Commonwealth, and provide opportunities for businesses in diverse industries. Additionally, I believe the college savings plan will provide vital support to our students and families as they prepare for a bright future."

 

An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development provides new capital funding for local infrastructure, Brownfields site cleanup, Gateway Cities development, site assembly and site readiness, workforce development, emerging technologies, and community-based innovation. The legislation also reforms the state's smart growth housing toolbox, streamlines the state's Economic Development Incentive Program, and allows for the expansion of Boston's Conley cargo terminal. And it updates obsolete liquor laws, ensuring that Massachusetts farmer-wineries will continue to be able to sell their products on their own premises.

 

"This legislation reflects the collaborative spirit that drives our economic development efforts," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. "It is the result of more than a year of conversations with scores of legislators and administration officials, as well as thousands of conversations with business leaders, municipal officials, educators, community advocates and other stakeholders. And it reflects our shared vision of creating economic opportunities, economic prosperity, and economic mobility throughout the Commonwealth."

 

"The Workforce Skills Capital grants established in this legislation will make a vital difference to many of our education institutions across the state, which are training and educating tomorrow's workforce," said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II. "These grants will enable vocational schools, career and technical schools, community colleges and other organizations focused on skill-building to purchase the most up-to-date equipment. These investments will lead to more skilled workers who are able to get good-paying jobs, and help our businesses meet their increasing needs for a pipeline of trained workers."

 

"This new Workforce Skills Capital Grant program will help give schools and community colleges the equipment and infrastructure they need to train students and current workers in high need occupations on the latest technology," said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. "We've already seen the impact this year's capital investments have had on our ability to increase institutional collaboration and industry partnerships and we are thrilled to be able to expand this critical programs thanks to this important piece of legislation."

 

"Smart growth housing helps build stronger communities, and stronger families," said Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. "This legislation contains several powerful new levers for supporting the creation of workforce housing in all types of communities, from Gateway Cities, to town centers and urban neighborhoods, to suburban communities. I'm proud that this legislation will help working families across Massachusetts access more moderately-priced housing."

 

An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development is organized around four main themes: community development, workforce development, innovation, and economic competitiveness. Highlights of the legislation include:

 

Community Development:

* MassWorks ($500 million capital authorization): Reauthorizes a capital grant program that will provides municipalities and other public entitles with public infrastructure grants to support economic development and job creation.

 

* Transformative Development Initiative ($45 million capital authorization): Supports the revitalization of Gateway Cities, by enabling MassDevelopment to make long-term patient equity investments in key properties in Transformative Development Initiative districts, with the goal of accelerating the maturation of private real estate markets.

 

* Brownfields Redevelopment Fund ($45 million capital authorization): Moves funding for the state's Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to the capital program, providing a reliable long-term funding stream for a fund that is the Commonwealth's primary tool for facilitating the redevelopment of contaminated properties.

 

* Site Readiness Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Advances regional job creation by creating a new fund for site assembly and pre-development activities that support regionally significant commercial or industrial development opportunities.

 

* Massachusetts Food Trust Program ($6.4 million capital authorization): Capitalizes a financing program to support rural agriculture and increase food security in low- and moderate-income communities.

 

* Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Moves funding for the state's Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund to the capital program, providing a reliable long-term funding stream for a fund that is Commonwealth's primary tool for facilitating smart growth housing development.

 

* Starter Home Zoning: Incentivizes the creation of smaller, denser, and more affordable single-family homes by creating a new starter home option under the Chapter 40R smart growth housing program.

 

* Housing-Related Tax Increment Financing: Supports housing production in town centers and urban neighborhoods by reforming a seldom-used local-only smart growth tax incentive program, removing onerous regulations, and allowing communities to set their own affordability requirements.

 

* Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) Reform: Supports the development of market-rate housing in Gateway Cities by allowing credits to support new construction, and by raising the formula that sets housing development incentives.

 

Workforce Development:

* Workforce Skills Capital Grants ($45 million capital authorization): Establishes a new grant program for workforce development training equipment, to strengthen workforce skills, and create strong employment pipelines.

 

The Massachusetts Innovation Initiative:

* Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) ($71 million capital authorization): Provides matching grants to establish public-private applied research institutes around emerging manufacturing technologies. The state's capital funds will be matched with federal and private industry funds.

 

* Scientific and Technology Research and Development Matching Grant Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Reauthorizes a capital grant program that funds nonprofit, university-led research collaboratives working to commercialize emerging technologies, thereby supporting the development of emerging industry clusters.

 

* Community Innovation Infrastructure Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Creates a new fund for making capital grants that support community-based innovation efforts, including co-working spaces, venture centers, maker spaces and artist spaces.

 

* Digital Health Care Cluster Development: Broadens the statutory charge of Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) to include digital health cluster development.

 

* Angel Investor Tax Credit: Promotes startup activity and job creation in the Gateway Cities, by incentivizing investment in early-stage life sciences and digital health firms.

 

Economic Competitiveness:

* Conley Terminal Rehabilitation ($109.5 million capital authorization): Permits the Massachusetts Port Authority to pursue the reconstruction of South Boston's Conley Terminal including berth construction and crane procurement, to accommodate new, larger cargo ships.

 

* College Savings Tax Deduction: Provides Massachusetts residents with tax deductions for making deposits into prepaid tuition or college savings accounts.

 

* Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) Reforms: Builds accountability in the state's primary job-creation incentive program by strengthening the link between the issuance of tax credits, and job creation that would not otherwise occur; adds flexibility to the incentive program by eliminating obsolete, formula-driven incentive categories.

 

* Liquor Law Reforms: Protects the ability of farmer-wineries, farmer-breweries, and farmer-distilleries to serve products on their own premises; supports consumer choice and access to markets by allowing retailers who sell alcohol to also serve alcohol in in-house cafés; liberalizes restrictions on the sale of alcohol around certain holidays.

 

* Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) Modifications: Shifts the focus of nonprofit regional economic development nonprofits toward systems-based efforts to stimulate economic growth, including strengthening the regional skills pipeline, and executing regional industry cluster development strategies.

 

* Fantasy Sports: Legalizes daily fantasy sports contests operated in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Attorney General.


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Governor Baker Signs Legislation Enhancing Partnerships Between State and Municipal Governments:

 

New law is the product of extensive outreach and input from municipal officials

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation improving critical components of the partnership between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility. The legislation, An Act Modernizing Municipal Finance and Government (H.4565), reflects operational modernization and technological advancement at the local level, allowing municipalities to better address local issues.

 

"This municipal modernization legislation is a great example of some true weed whacking of outdated, clunky laws that will empower municipalities and support good-governing at the local level across the Commonwealth," said Governor Charlie Baker. "As two former local officials ourselves, the Lieutenant Governor and I have a true appreciation for the independence and flexibility created by this commonsense bill, allowing municipal officials to better serve all of our constituents and create stronger communities in all of our 351 cities and towns."

 

"City and town officials across the Commonwealth know they have a reliable partner in the Baker-Polito Administration," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Whether through the working group we established shortly after taking office that generated over 1,300 suggestions from over 235 municipalities and school districts on how to deliver services more efficiently, or the more than 231 Communities that have signed a Community Compact, the ongoing dialogue we have had with local officials and our partners in the legislature is what made this effort possible."

 

The Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to support and partner with local municipal governments remains a strong priority. As a part of the Building Stronger Communities tour, Lt. Governor Polito has met with officials from over 130 municipalities and professional associations. Since the establishment of the Community Compact Cabinet, Lt. Governor Polito has signed over 230 compacts to strengthen partnerships between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. These initiatives facilitate better communication and collaboration with local officials to further implement best practices in municipal governance.

 

"When we introduce these reforms in December we did so with four key themes aimed to help our municipal partners improve the way they conduct their day-to-day business," said Administration and Finance Secretary, Kristen Lepore. "These reforms eliminate and update obsolete laws, promote local independence, streamline state oversight and provide municipalities with greater flexibility to modernize ways in which our communities conduct their business."

 

"Like clearing out the cobwebs in an old barn, modernizing the way our municipalities are allowed to operate and streamlining state oversight by eliminating outdated requirements will make a difference at the ground level for people," said Dan Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence. "I want to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg and the Legislature for dedicating such a tremendous amount of time and effort on what may seem like small, mundane items, but that will an incredible impact on citizens lives throughout the Commonwealth."

 

"As former local officials the Governor and Lieutenant Governor recognize the challenges faced by municipal leaders as we strive to deliver the highest level of service to our residents and business owners," said Andrew Maylor, North Andover Town Manager. "Governor Baker's sponsorship of the Municipal Modernization Act as well the administration's comprehensive review of Executive Branch regulations, demonstrates support for our efforts and his commitment to cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth."

 

"Outdated bureaucracy and impediments to operational efficiencies negatively impact government services and our residents," said Ed Augustus, Worcester City Manager. "This legislation will allow the City of Worcester to be more nimble and better meet the expectations of our community and the fast paced and dynamic environment in which we live."

 

"The municipal modernization legislation signed today address a number seemingly small issues that can offer weigh on a local city and town, particularly those with limited resources," said Lisa Blackmer, President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). "The MMA wants to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Lepore, Speaker DeLeo, and President Rosenberg for their attentiveness to those issues and we look forward to more efficient and flexible local governments as a result of this key legislation."

 

The foundations of the Municipal Modernization bill are: eliminating or update obsolete laws; promoting local independence; streamlining state oversight; and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.

 

Eliminate or Update Obsolete Laws:

* Eliminate required reports on county government matters - Repeals provisions of the county finance statute that require DLS to review various aspects of county government finance.

 

* Electronic issuance of Civil Motor Vehicle Infraction (CMVI) - Adopts the necessary changes to the civil motor vehicle infraction law to allow cities and towns to issue citations electronically.

 

* Update OPEB Trust Fund Statue GASB compliant - This change clarifies current language to makes it easier for governmental units to create an OPEB trust fund that complies with the legal requirements for trusts with GASB.

 

* Creates a uniform and consistent deadline for taxpayers seeking personal exemptions - Sets April 1 as the deadline for personal exemption applications in all communities.

 

Promote Local Independence:

* Eliminates Statutory Caps on Stabilization funds, reserve funds, revolving funds -- Amends current law by permitting appropriations into the fund by majority vote and permits the municipality, without appropriation, to dedicate all or a portion of particular revenue streams to the fund.

 

* Expands a municipality's ability to make year-end budget adjustments.

 

* Liberalizes use of stabilization fund, reserve funds, revolving funds -- Broadens the resolving funds statutes to permit more flexibility in the use of such funds and to eliminate all caps.

 

* Increases threshold for payment of court judgments without appropriation and eliminate DLS approval -- Amends current law to reflect the current operating environment where obligations to make immediate payments based on various legal claims now are just as likely to result from decisions of administrative agencies rather than just court judgments.

 

* Eliminates certain reporting requirements to DLS.

 

Streamline State Oversight:

* Extends the certification review of local assessing practices from three to five years.

 

* Eliminates the four year state valuation and replaces it with a formula for the distribution of PILOT's (state-owned land).

 

* Updates statutes that dictate DLS duties to reflect changes in Division's mission over past 30 years.

 

* Eliminates DLS approval for things such as abatement of taxes on low-valued land and abatement of taxes on properties being made available for affordable housing.

 

* Eliminates requirements to print and distribute certain forms and approve use of electronic forms.

 

Provide Municipalities with Greater Flexibility:

* Simplifies, clarifies and increases state and municipal procurement thresholds -- Various reforms designed to give municipalities more flexibility in how they procure construction contracts.

 

* Simplifies and updates debt statutes - Increases short-term borrowing max from 5 to years, allows borrowing for a reimbursable state grant, and increases the de minimis surplus bond balance that may be used to pay debt service.

 

* Raises the ceiling on the residential exemption from 20 to 35% -- This change will greatly benefit cities and towns with large seasonal populations.

 

* Allows municipal committees to designate one of its own members, or a town manager/administrator, to review and approve bills and warrants.


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Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation:

 

Reduces Ratepayer Costs, Embraces Advanced Technologies and Diversifies Energy Portfolio to Include Hydropower and Other Renewables

 

Boston, MA -- Today, in a continued effort to stabilized electric rates, ensure a diversified energy portfolio for the Commonwealth, and embrace advanced technologies, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive energy diversity legislation into law at the State House with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, legislative leaders, and energy and environment stakeholders. An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H.4568) garnered bi-partisan support and promotes the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to reducing energy costs while strengthening the state's clean energy economy and progressing towards Massachusetts' greenhouse gas reduction requirements.

 

"Massachusetts is always at the forefront of adopting innovative clean energy solutions, and this legislation will allow us to build on that legacy and embrace increased amounts of renewable energy, including hydropower," said Governor Charlie Baker. "With our partners in the Legislature, the Commonwealth has taken another major step towards providing residents and businesses with a cost-effective and reliable clean energy future."

 

"The hydroelectric and offshore wind power generation authorized in this legislation will play a crucial role in securing clean and cost-effective energy for the Commonwealth's ratepayers," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "By utilizing renewable sources of power generation, Massachusetts will continue to lead the nation in embracing economic and environmentally friendly methods to generate electricity to meet the needs of our communities."

 

"The ability to procure clean hydroelectric power and off-shore wind is another important milestone in the Commonwealth's transition to a diversified energy portfolio," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "By embracing renewable energy generation technologies, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to make progress in achieving the emissions reductions targets set forth by the Global Warming Solutions Act."

 

Consistent with the Baker-Polito Administration's previously filed legislation authorizing the procurement of hydropower generation, An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H.4568) requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 megawatts (MW) of clean energy generation -- base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources. In addition to recognizing the necessity of hydropower generation to provide reliable generation to meet Massachusetts' energy demand and achieve the greenhouse gas emissions goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act, the legislation signed by Governor Baker allows for the procurement of approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind. The bill spurs the development of an emerging offshore wind industry to create jobs and represent the largest commitment by any state in the nation to offshore wind.

 

"Massachusetts is taking yet another important step towards a clean energy economy," said Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Chairman, State Senator Ben Downing (D-Pittsfield). "We are jump starting two industries - offshore wind & energy storage - that will shape our future, while recommitting ourselves to meeting our Global Warming Solutions Act requirements. More will need to be done, but this effort shows we are up to doing it."

 

"The conference report creates the pathway towards our clean energy future," said House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill). "By focusing on procurement this bill does the hard work of translating goals into a process that will make them a reality. The 2800MW of combined wind and hydro energy approved in the conference report will ensure that Massachusetts remains a national leader on clean energy and will help to secure a more reliable and sustainable future."

 

The bill also builds on Massachusetts' national energy efficiency leadership, providing additional support for the Commonwealth's business community by establishing a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The PACE program, facilitated by MassDevelopment and the Department of Energy Resources, will enable commercial and industrial property owners across the state to finance comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades that are repaid through a property tax assessment on their building.

 

"This legislation is another step forward in diversifying our energy supply while moving Massachusetts towards our green energy future," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "We must continue to work together to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while also addressing unacceptably high electricity rates."

 

"With this bill, the Commonwealth has taken an important step of expanding clean energy while looking out for ratepayers," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). "I thank my colleagues for crafting this smart strategy that will bring stability to costs while expanding opportunities for offshore wind and hydro. "I'd also like to thank the Baker Administration for its foresight in prioritizing energy legislation."

 

In an effort to enhance ratepayer savings associated with the procurement of renewable energy resources, the bi-partisan legislation authorizes the use of energy storage technologies paired with renewable power generation. Advanced energy storage technologies include batteries, flywheels, thermal and compressed air technologies that allow merchants, utilities, and electricity customers to store and discharge energy as needed instead of purchasing or generating more expensive energy during times of peak demand. The legislation also directs the Department of Energy Resources to determine if energy storage goals are prudent for the Commonwealth and, if is so, to set a procurement target for 2020. Recognizing the importance that energy storage technology holds for the Commonwealth's energy market, the Baker-Polito Administration previously announced a $10 million Energy Storage Initiative to study opportunities to support the Massachusetts energy storage market. Massachusetts is now only the third state in the nation to authorize an energy storage procurement goal.

 

"Energy storage technology has the potential to be a game changer for the Massachusetts energy market, further cementing our place as a national clean energy leader," said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. "By pairing renewable energy resources with energy storage technology, this legislation will allow the Commonwealth to lower energy costs for ratepayers, shave our peak demand energy usage, and reduce our state's carbon emissions."

 

"Today marks an historic occasion for the Commonwealth in creating a new industry via off-shore wind," said House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia A. Haddad (D-Somerset). "This legislation also provides us with a solid foundation from which we can further increase our renewable energy sources and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Governor Baker and Secretary Beaton have been good partners throughout the crafting of this bill and it has been a pleasure to work with them."

 

"This implementation of the omnibus energy bill will help Massachusetts meet its goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the expansion of clean and renewable energy resources, including hydropower and off-shore wind energy," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). "As a member of the conference committee that produced the final bill, I'm pleased we were able to reach a consensus that will move the Commonwealth forward in achieving a more diversified and environmentally-friendly energy portfolio."

 

"We need to make good choices now to ensure that Massachusetts has reliable energy for the future is cost-effective and environmentally sound," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester). "This legislation builds a clear framework for sources like offshore wind and hydroelectricity to play significant roles in that future."

 

"This is a monumental piece of energy legislation. This is a win for the environment, the economy and the people of the Commonwealth," said Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Chair Thomas A. Golden, Jr., (D-Lowell) and lead negotiator on the bill. "While this is a historic moment for the Commonwealth, there is still work to be done. However, this legislation will serve as the cornerstone of our clean, renewable future."

 

"I supported the passage of this energy bill because it advances offshore wind and hydropower in Massachusetts," said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton). "These initiatives will begin a new phase of clean energy procurement for the Commonwealth. Although this legislation is a good beginning, we have quite a long way to go to meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act and ensure a clean energy future for our state."


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Governor Baker Signs Legislation Supporting Innovative Transportation Options:

Includes strongest state background check system in the nation for Uber, Lyft drivers

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation creating a modern statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies (TNCs), prioritizing public safety and recognizing Massachusetts' role as a leader in transportation innovation. The legislation, An Act Regulating Transportation Companies (H. 4570) includes support for transparent pricing, properly marked and inspected vehicles, clear insurance standards, authorization of service at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the strongest state background check requirements in the nation.

 

"I am pleased to sign bipartisan legislation to ensure Massachusetts remains a leader for innovative new technologies, with safe and diverse transportation options and opportunities for hardworking individuals to earn a living," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This regulatory framework includes many of our own proposals to embrace disruptive technology and prioritize public safety to give consumers safe and reliable travel choices."

 

Governor Baker first filed TNC legislation in April, 2015. The bill enacted today provides for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to have regulatory authority over TNCs, establishes minimum disqualify offenses for drivers, and requires companies to maintain active rosters of their drivers who must undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, including sex offender registry status, and a bi-annual national commercial background check conducted by the TNC company. The legislation further closes existing insurance coverage gaps by setting adequate insurance liability and coverage requirements for TNCs and their drivers, including a guaranteed $1 million minimum coverage as soon as a TNC driver accepts a request for a ride.

 

"The strength of Massachusetts' economy relies on the diversity of our transportation network and our acceptance of innovation to better serve everyone," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "We appreciate the legislature's collaboration with our administration, local officials, law enforcement, advocates and industry, to accept the important role these companies play in our economy and adopt a modern statewide regulatory structure that includes some of the strongest background check requirements in the nation."

 

The legislation also establishes a ride for hire task force consisting of state transportation, regulatory and public safety officials, legislators, local officials, law enforcement, accessibility, advocates, and industry representatives to actively review ride-for-hire regulations and make recommendations to ensure consumer protection, public safety and economic competitiveness.

 

"The Department of Public Utilities looks forward to implementing one of the most comprehensive ride-for-hire laws in the country," said Department of Public Utilities Chairman Angela O'Connor. "The new division within the Department will support innovation and encourage the success of this cutting edge industry while ensuring a strong commitment to public safety."

 

"Massachusetts is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, and we want to foster an environment where great ideas and new technologies can flourish," said Senate Ways and Means Chair, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "Transportation network companies use innovative technology to provide a useful and needed service, yet they currently operate without any oversight or accountability to ensure public safety and consumer protection. This new law takes decisive action to oversee and regulate these companies, while allowing them to continue to thrive and innovate here in Massachusetts."

 

"With the signing of this bill into law, we in Massachusetts have created a framework for the TNC industry to continue to grow and thrive in the Commonwealth, while producing a bill that is second to none when it comes to public safety and consumer protections," said Joint Committee on Financial Services Chair, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston). "It is my belief that other states who have not yet dealt with this issue will look to Massachusetts as the model as they undertake their own legislation with regard to TNCs. I want to thank the Governor, my colleagues in the House and in the Senate for their leadership on this issue."

 

The law provides for a gradual implementation of one year for the promulgation of regulations and compliance by companies and drivers in order to ensure no interruption in existing TNC services and an assessment of TNCs that covers structure and oversight costs. A twenty-cent per-ride assessment collected from TNCs, that by statue shall not be charged to a rider or driver and sunsets after ten years, will provide support for state and local infrastructure impacts and assistance with new technology and service improvements for small businesses operating in the taxi, livery or hackney industries through MassDevelopment.


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Governor Baker Signs Bipartisan Pay Equity Legislation:

 

New law prevents wage discrimination on the basis of gender

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, passed unanimously by both legislative branches, to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities to earn competitive salaries in the workplace. The Governor was joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, State Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Ellen Story, Representative Patricia Haddad and members of the Legislature at a signing ceremony in the State House to enact S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which will go into effect on July 1, 2018 for Commonwealth employers and employees.

 

"I am pleased to sign bipartisan legislation to create a more level playing field in the Commonwealth and ensure that everyone has the opportunity too earn a competitive salary for comparable work," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I thank the Legislature for unanimously passing this bill and working closely with the business community to support women and families across the state."

 

"This legislation is an important step toward advancing more equal, inclusive and thriving workplaces throughout the Commonwealth for women and families," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "We thank the Legislature for their collaboration with the Commonwealth's employers and their commitment to creating more opportunities for Massachusetts skilled workforce."

 

The new law will prevent pay discrimination for comparable work based on gender. The bill allows employees to freely discuss their salaries with coworkers, prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer and authorizes the Attorney General to issue regulations interpreting and applying the expanded law.

 

"The House is proud to have brought together stakeholders to ensure that we created a workable solution that will be effectively implemented," said Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). "I want to offer my sincerest thanks to those who have raised their voices and tenaciously pursued this issue for decades. Your work will shape a better and more just future for women in the Commonwealth."

 

"The Senate put pay equity on the Legislative agenda in January and with the Governor's signature today we move Massachusetts forward by protecting women from discrimination in the workplace and closing the gender pay gap," said Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "I thank my colleagues in both the Senate and House for taking on this important issue for the people of the Commonwealth."

 

Under the new law, employers are permitted to take certain attributes of an employee or applicant into account when determining variation in pay, like: their work experience, education, job training, or measurements of production, sales, or revenue.

 

"This new law is an important step toward ensuring economic security for Massachusetts women and families," said Attorney General Maura Healey. "It makes vital updates that reflect our modern economy and balance the needs of workers and the business community. We thank the House and Senate for moving this bill forward, especially Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg, Ways and Means Chairs Dempsey and Spilka, Speaker Pro Tempore Haddad, Labor and Workforce Chairs Scibak and Wolf, and the bill's lead sponsors, Representatives Story and Livingstone and Senator Jehlen. We also thank Governor Baker for signing it into the law and the many business and advocacy groups who lent their support. Pay equity is not only a women's issue, it's a family issue, and with this new law on the books, we are closer to closing the pay gap in our state."

 

"The gender wage gap has a real impact on the lives of woman. It puts families at risk, and makes self-sufficiency in retirement more difficult," said State Auditor Suzanne Bump. "I commend the Legislature and the Governor for the recognizing the importance of the bill and passing it into law. This measure will ensure Massachusetts continues to be a leader in promoting equality and opportunity."

 

"The signing of the Equal Pay bill is a momentous occasion for Massachusetts," said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. "When women are paid what they are worth, families are stronger, our state is stronger, and our economy thrives."

 

"For too many generations women have done equally hard, equally skilled, and equally responsible work as men in the same workplace," said State Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville). "This is an important milestone on the journey toward equity for women and families all across this Commonwealth."

 

"I have been trying to get this bill passed since Senator Jehlen first filed it in 1998," said Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst). "But, there are some who have been waiting even longer. Marilyn Jancey and lunch ladies from Everett have been waiting since 1989. I am thrilled to help deliver this small slice of justice for those who have been waiting so long."

 

"This milestone legislation allows Massachusetts to, once again, lead the nation," said House Speaker Pro Tempore Representative Patricia A. Haddad (D-Somerset). "None of this would have taken place had not legislators on both sides of the aisle, the business community, the Attorney General's office and ordinary, everyday working citizens of the Commonwealth worked together to achieve this goal: equal pay for equal work."

 

The statute of limitations laid out currently under the Equal Pay statute will be expanded from one to three years and employees will no longer be required to pursue a general claim of intentional discrimination at the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination before filing a separate equal pay claim in court.


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Governor Baker Signs REAL ID Compliance Legislation:

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker has signed bipartisan legislation to ensure Massachusetts' compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, while adopting public safety standards so the Commonwealth's citizens can continue to enter federal buildings and board domestic flights and ensuring the state credentials are issued to residents and those who are lawfully present in the United States. The RMV will continue to update customers throughout its compliance efforts and anticipates REAL ID compliant cards will begin to be issued in the fall of 2017.

 

"I thank the members of the Legislature for their attention to the Commonwealth's compliance with federal REAL ID security standards and ensuring that all applicants must show proof of lawful presence in order to obtain any Massachusetts credential," said Governor Baker. "The security standards and proper federal documentation requirements set out in this bill are imperative as the Registry begins the gradual process of implementation so credential holders may continue to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings in the coming years."

 

Governor Baker first filed REAL ID compliance legislation in October of 2015, with the Legislature ultimately adopting the Governor's bipartisan amendment to make explicit that both a REAL ID-compliant license and a Massachusetts license will only be issued to individuals with proof of lawful presence, ensuring undocumented immigrants do not obtain either type of license under the new system. The REAL ID Act, the result of work by the 9/11 Commission, sets minimum standards that states must meet during the issuance and manufacture of driver's licenses and Massachusetts resident identification cards. Only a REAL ID carries certain benefits such as serving as a valid form of identification to enter federal facilities, and once enforcement begins, the ability to board domestic flights.

 

"A driver's license is one of the most important forms of identification in our society, and it must have accuracy and integrity. That's why, it's imperative that our state comply with the REAL ID Act as soon as possible, and without taking any chances that a license could be given to someone not legally in our state," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

 

"The legislation Governor Baker has signed into law is an important clarification that eliminates any doubt as to who actually qualifies for a driver's license," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). "By explicitly prohibiting the issuance of a driver's license to individuals who do not have lawful presence in the United States, we are not only upholding the security and integrity of our licensing system, but also moving Massachusetts into full compliance with the federal REAL ID Act."

 

Massachusetts credential holders currently are not subject to enforcement rules by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because the Commonwealth has a valid compliance extension, as do approximately half of the states in the country. At least 23 other states are already issuing REAL ID compliant credentials.


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MBTA Board Approves $18.5 Million for Red Line Winter Resiliency and Infrastructure:

 

Boston, MA -- The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today unanimously approved the awarding of a $18.5 million construction contract for the next phase of Red Line Winter Resiliency improvements announced by the Baker-Polito Administration last year, amounting to $30.4 million total for infrastructure upgrades in preparation for the upcoming winter.

 

"These critical investments in the resiliency of the MBTA's core infrastructure and preparation for severe winter weather allow for upgrades that ensure more reliable service for the over one million daily riders who depend on the system each day," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The Fiscal and Management Control Board continues to make significant progress on reforming the system, delivering transparency, cost-effectiveness and accountability for both taxpayers and commuters."

 

The $18.5 million contract awarded to Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., will deliver a series of significant upgrades along 9.9 miles of the Red Line Braintree and Ashmont Lines, including the replacement of all third rail and heating systems, track and tie renewals, signals, track structure and conduit installations. Total winter resiliency expenses for phase two efforts announced last year include the contract work awarded to Barletta along with MBTA staff work and costs for materials, engineering, and procurement.

 

"We look forward to building on the success of phase one during which miles and miles of new third rail was installed along outer portions of the Red Line," said Acting MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Working in tandem with Barletta, MBTA forces will continue to make the upgrades necessary to keep the subway operating no matter what Mother Nature throws at us."

 

The project beginning this summer through December will include the following work:

* Replacement of all 3rd rail and associated rail heating systems along 9.9 miles of the Red Line South

* Track and tie renewal between Savin Hill and Fields Corner Stations

* Signal trough and conduit installation between North Quincy and Braintree Stations

* Track structure replacement at Quincy Center, Quincy Adams and Braintree Stations

 

The first phase of Winter Resiliency Plan improvements completed in 2015 included new 3rd rail and Rail Heater improvements along 13.6 miles of the Red Line from Andrew Station portal to Quincy Adams. The next phase of work starting now will complete the 3rd rail and rail heater improvements along the entire length of the Red Line South.

 

To accommodate the winter resiliency work this fall, buses will replace train service on the following weekends:

 

Braintree Branch:

* September 10-12, 2016

* September 24-26, 2016

* October 1-3, 2016

* October 8-10, 2016

* October 15-17, 2016

* December 3-5, 2016

 

Ashmont Branch:

* October 22-24, 2016

* December 10-12, 2016

* December 17-19, 2016

 

As is customary, the MBTA will keep customers informed of service changes on mbta.com, through T-Alerts and on Twitter @MBTA.

 

The MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan announced by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015 focused on Infrastructure, Equipment, and Operations improvements on the Red Line and Orange Line to more effectively mitigate the frequency, length and magnitude of system disruptions to public transit during severe weather.

 

The next phase Winter Resiliency Improvement Program presentation is available on the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board web page at the following link: http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About_the_T/Board_Meetings/RedLineResiliency-072516.pdf.


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Announcements:

City View With Mayor Thomas P

City View With Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Courtesy of: City of Quincy & QATV

 

Quincy Access Television Channel 11 Program Schedule:

Date

Time

Friday, September 23, 2016

6:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

9:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

Monday, September 26, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Schedule is subject to change by the Quincy Access Television Production.


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Sound Advice With Attorney Thomas F. Williams

Courtesy of: Thomas F. Williams & Associates

 

Quincy Access Television Channel 8 Program Schedule:

Date

Time

Show

Friday, September 23, 2016 6:00 p.m. Sound Advice with Attorney Thomas F. Williams

Sunday, September 25, 2016

3:30 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change by the Quincy Access Television Production.

 

WATDS 95.9 FM Program Schedule: (Live Streaming Audio)

Date

Time

Show

Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. Sound Advice w/ Attorney Williams

Tune in on WATDS 95.9 FM to listen the Sound Advice with Attorney Thomas F. Williams to share with his legal advice and takes your call. Call in ahead at (781) 837-4900 with your questions throughout the show.


MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert

MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert:

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Saturday, September 24, 2016 through Sunday, September 25, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between Braintree and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, September 24, 2016 and Sunday, September 25, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, September 26, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* North Quincy Station

* Wollaston Station

* Quincy Center Station

* Quincy Adams Station

* Braintree Station

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 through Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. until the end of service on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Wednesday, September 28, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* JFK/UMass Station

* North Quincy Station

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Saturday, October 1, 2016 through Sunday, October 2, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between Braintree and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and Sunday, October 2, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, October 3, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* North Quincy Station

* Wollaston Station

* Quincy Center Station

* Quincy Adams Station

* Braintree Station

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 through Wednesday, October 5, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. until the end of service on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Wednesday, October 5, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* JFK/UMass Station

* North Quincy Station

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Saturday, October 8, 2016 through Sunday, October 9, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between Braintree and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and Sunday, October 9, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, October 10, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* North Quincy Station

* Wollaston Station

* Quincy Center Station

* Quincy Adams Station

* Braintree Station

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Saturday, October 15, 2016 through Sunday, October 16, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between Braintree and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, October 15, 2016 and Sunday, October 16, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, October 17, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* North Quincy Station

* Wollaston Station

* Quincy Center Station

* Quincy Adams Station

* Braintree Station

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 through Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and North Quincy Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. until the end of service on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Wednesday, October 19, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* JFK/UMass Station

* North Quincy Station

 

Branches Affected: Ashmont

Saturday, October 22, 2016 through Sunday, October 23, 2016

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Progam, buses will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and Ashmont Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and Sunday, October 23, 2016.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, October 24, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* JFK/UMass Station

* Savin Hill

* Fields Corner

* Shawmut

* Ashmont


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Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Information:

Nicole L. Crispo, City Clerk | Joseph J. Newton, Assistant City Clerk

 

Presidential Election:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.


Quincy Public Schools

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Quincy Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools 

 

School District

School Calendar

Last Day of Seniors (Day of 168) Thursday, June 1, 2017
NQHS Class of 2017 Graduation Monday, June 12, 2017
QHS Class of 2017 Graduation Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Monday, June 19, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Monday, June 26, 2017* (5 days of snow day)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Boston Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:

Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston | Tommy Chang, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools

 

School District School Calendar
Last Day of School for Seniors Friday, June 7, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 179) Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 * (5 snow days make up)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


School Closing Information

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School Closing Information: 2016-2017

 

Please do not call Quincy Public Schools or Transportation Office on the transportation issues for your child's school district such as private schools or public schools due to the weather permitting here in the City of Quincy or outside of the City of Quincy as well.

 

Quincy Public Schools parents and guardians, students, teachers and the employees should be encouraged to watch or listen their school cancellation update to find out if the school is open, closed, delay or cancellation from the local television stations and radio stations.

 

If you're college student, please watch the local news station or listen local radio stations to find out if your college or university is open, closed, delay or cancellation in your communities.

 

If the City of Quincy is declaring for the snow emergency or state of the emergency in the particular weather permitting.

 

Television Station

Radio Station

WBZ (CBS) Channel 4 & WSBK (MY) Channel 38 WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM
WCVB (ABC) Channel 5 & METV Channel 5.2 WRKO 680 AM
WHDH (NBC) Channel 7 & WLVI (CW) Channel 56 WATDS 95.9 FM (South Shore)
WFXT (FOX) Channel 25 WTKK 96.9 FM

 

Comcast Cable Provider for the Quincy Residents:

Quincy Access Television Channel 8

Quincy Government Access Television Channel 11

Quincy Education Access Television Channel 22


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Quincy Public Schools Security Department E-mail Directory: 2016-2017

 

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: 

michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

shielacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

 

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

 

Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

stevemcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

tonymcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

johnhacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

Subject to change for the 2016-2017 school year of e-mail directory.


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Quincy Police Department: Community Police Contact Information:

 

Name

Title

Phone #

E-mail

Lieutenant Tim Sorgi Supervisor (617) 770-4993 tsorgi@quincyma.gov

Name

Location

Phone #

E-mail

Officer Roger White Quincy Square (857) 342-0523 rwhite@quincyma.gov
Officer William Mitchell Ward 1 (617) 594-2082 wmitchell@quincyma.gov
Officer Matthew Miller Ward 2 (617) 594-2070 mmiller@quincyma.gov
Officer Timothy Simmons Ward 3 (339) 235-6662 tsimmons@quincyma.gov
Officer Jimmie Whedbee Ward 4 (617) 483-0599 jwhedbee@quincyma.gov
Officer Jim Silcox Ward 5 (339) 237-1575 jsilcox@quincyma.gov
Officer Greg Mar Ward 6 (617) 594-2028 gmar@quincyma.gov

Subject to change for the Community Police Officer contact information.


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