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Governor Baker Signs Legislation to Bolster Public Fire Safety:
New commission tasked with working to prevent tragedies like the 2014 Beacon Street fire
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed H.4455, An Act creating a special commission studying cutting, welding and hot work processes regulated by the State Fire Code, to prevent the loss of life resulting from tragedies such as the deadly nine-alarm brownstone fire on Beacon Street in March 2014. That fire, caused by welding on the building next door, put residents lives at risks and took the lives of two Boston firefighters, Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.
"Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy faced an enormously complex situation when they bravely entered the brownstone to fight the fire that tragically took their lives," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am proud to sign this bill into law to set in place appropriate regulations and licensing requirements for the safety of the public and our first responders."
"Firefighters don't always have complete information about the fires they are called to fight, so it is incumbent on us to take steps to reduce the risks they faced by enacting sensible regulations in areas that can pose a serious threat to their safety," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "The work that this commission undertakes is of the utmost importance to combatting deadly fires and ensuring the future safety and well-being of firefighters and citizens across the Commonwealth."
Under the new law, a special commission will be charged to investigate and study the current requirements for any licensing or permits governing cutting, welding, and other hot work processes that are capable of initiating fires or explosions to determine if the industry is adequately regulated to protect the public. The commission will study the use of supervised details and fire watches, adequacy of fees for inspection and oversight, the deterrent effect of penalties for violations of rules and regulations, along with potential cost recovery and assessment for damages resulting from failure to comply with rules and regulations.
"Boston will forever remember the heroic acts of Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, and I am hopeful that recommendations from this commission will help us prevent future tragedies," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I thank Senator Donnelly and Representative Collins for their partnership on this legislation and the Governor for signing it into law."
"Today, an individual can purchase a welding unit and go into business for himself without any education or certification requirements," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Recommendations from this commission will be extremely helpful to public safety as to whether training and certification should be required, whether we can strengthen or improve existing regulations or should increase penalties for violations."
“This statute is the first step in ensuring that workers, the public and those whose job it is to protect the public are safe on jobs where welding and hot work takes place,” said State Senator Ken Donnelly. "The commission will determine the proper requirements and safeguards necessary in performing welding and hot work and I appreciate the support of the legislature and the governor in moving this important bill forward."
"The safety of our first responders must always be a top priority," said State Representative Nick Collins. “It is my hope that this new fire safety commission will identify flaws in existing law and make recommendations to ensure oversight and restrictions are improved so tragedies like the 2014 Back Bay fire don't occur again."
The 11-member commission will include legislators, public safety professionals, and individuals in related construction trades. It will consist of two members of the Senate, two members of the House, the State Fire Marshal, the Commissioner of the Fire Department of the City of Boston and five members appointed by the Governor, with each appointee required to possess certain professional qualifications.
Governor Baker Signs Executive Order to Promote the Testing and Deployment of Automated Vehicles:
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed Executive Order 572, "To Promote the Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Driving Technologies." The Executive Order recognizes recent innovations in sensing and computing technology which have resulted in the rapid advancement of motor vehicle automation and creates a special working group on autonomous vehicles (AV) comprised of the Commonwealth's Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Public Safety, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Highway Administrator, and four members designated by the Senate President, Speaker of the House, Senate Minority Leader, and House Minority Leader.
The group, to be called the "The AV Working Group," is to consult and convene with experts on motor vehicle safety and vehicle automation, collaborate with members of the Massachusetts Legislature on proposed legislation, and support "Memorandum of Understanding" agreements which companies will need to enter into with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and affected municipalities or state agencies when plans are proposed for conducting testing of self-driving vehicles in Massachusetts.
The Memorandum of Understanding is to include a process for companies to follow in order to obtain approval from MassDOT for testing. The process will include submitting an application which demonstrates the vehicle to be tested has passed a Registry of Motor Vehicles inspection, can be operated without undue risk to public safety, and at all times will have a human being inside the vehicle while it is traveling.
"The Commonwealth is home to many world-class innovation companies and academic institutions intimately involved in autonomous vehicle technology, which makes Massachusetts uniquely qualified to responsibly host this emerging field to foster innovation and economic growth," said Governor Baker. "The guidance the AV Working Group provides will be instrumental in ensuring companies can further develop autonomous vehicle technology in the Commonwealth and do so while maintaining the safety of our roadways."
"Executive Order 572 embraces an innovative technology that has the potential to create jobs across Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "We look forward to working with the developers, municipalities, the City of Boston, neighboring state and our federal partners to host and develop autonomous vehicle technology responsibly and effectively."
Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack added that the AV Working Group's goal will be to help advance innovation in autonomous vehicle technologies while ensuring that testing is conducted safely. "Public Safety will be our top priority," Secretary Pollack said. "As we collaborate with municipal and private sector partners, the Memorandum of Understanding will enable safe testing with people ready to take the wheel on pre-approved routes."
"There is no doubt that autonomous vehicle technology will play a large part in the future of transportation," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. "By taking proactive steps such as this Executive Order we will be more fully prepared to take advantage of these advances in technology in ways that are as safe and efficient as they can be."
"Massachusetts is pioneering the new technologies that are enabling autonomous vehicles, including robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced materials, and internet-enabled sensors," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. "This executive order will allow Massachusetts to harness autonomous vehicle technology as a driver of economic development, by increasing investment in research and development, creating a predictable legal framework for autonomous vehicle developers, and positioning Massachusetts companies to fill key supply chain roles in this rapidly growing industry."
"Autonomous vehicles have the incredible promise to deliver safer streets and a more equitable, reliable, and sustainable transportation system, but that will only occur with the right technology and right policies in place," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "For that reason, Boston is ready to lead the charge of self-driving vehicles, supporting the development of the technology and policies that ensure this innovation will benefit all of our residents."
Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed and announced his own executive order today that establishes that the Boston Transportation Commissioner, Gina Fiandaca, will lead oversight of autonomous vehicles in the City of Boston, and the Boston Transportation Department (BTD), in coordination with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), will publish guidelines for the testing of autonomous vehicles. In addition, the BTD, with support from the MONUM, will publish policy recommendations with respect to autonomous vehicle technology, business models and supportive changes concerning the use of the public right of way.
Governor Baker Signs Legislation Requiring Preservation of Sexual Assault Evidence:
Will require forensic evidence be preserved for as long as statute of limitations
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed H. 4364, An Act relative to the preservation of evidence for victims of rape and sexual assault, to ensure that potentially crucial forensic evidence is preserved and retained for at least as long as the 15 year statute of limitations for sexual assault and rape. At a signing ceremony and press conference led by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in the State House, members of the Baker-Polito Administration, legislators, members of the non-profit organization RISE and advocates celebrated passage of this legislation and significant progress for survivors of sexual assault and ape who have faced significant challenges and trauma from the burdens of the prior policies of our criminal justice system.
"Trauma can have a devastating effect on a person's health and well-being. A survivor of sexual assault or rape should not be burdened with a short timeframe and constant reminders from our criminal justice system, and I am pleased this new law will allow survivors to focus on healing," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Extending the retention period for evidence to match the statute of limitations is a commonsense change that will help survivors seek justice when they are ready to pursue a criminal justice response."
"Removing the burden from the victim to keep evidence from being destroyed is a very important step for our criminal justice system, and most of all, for the well-being survivors of sexual assault and rape," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. "We want to thank our colleagues in the legislature for collaborating on this legislation because preserving this type of evidence could make all the difference in convicting defendants on trial for sexual assault or rape."
The new law requires governmental entities, such as local police departments, to retain forensic evidence obtained through the investigation of a sexual assault or rape for a minimum of fifteen years, which is the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual assault and rape. Previously, such evidence was only required to be retained for a period of six months unless victims petitioned every six months to have it preserved.
"In a criminal prosecution there are few better ways to achieve a conviction than by presenting conclusive forensic evidence linking the defendant to the crime," said Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett. "By extending the period that such evidence must be kept we are improving our ability to bring criminals who have committed such heinous crimes to justice."
"Someone who has experienced sexual violence needs time to heal. It is incumbent on us to support survivors by ensuring that they have the time they need to seek justice," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. "With this legislation, we take a big step forward in ensuring that the justice system works."
"With the National dialogue around sexual assault, I am pleased to see Massachusetts taking the lead in this small but important step in protecting the rights of survivors," said Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
"Sexual assault is one of the most traumatizing and emotionally devastating experiences an individual can go through," said State Senator Cynthia Creem. "We've extended the time period that evidence must be kept so that survivors don't have to revisit the assault every six months."
"We are thankful for Governor Baker and statehouse legislators for enacting this bill preventing the destruction of critical evidence for sexual assault survivors for the duration of time they have to file charges -- 15 years," said Amanda Nguyen, President and Founder of Rise.
Additional elements of the new law:
* Requires hospitals to inform survivors that sexual assault testing kits will be retained for a minimum of fifteen years;
* Stipulates that any evidence currently in the possession of a police department or other governmental entity be retained for the remainder of the statute of limitations for each case; and
* To ensure that forensic evidence is properly preserved, requires the State Police Crime Laboratory to promulgate regulations regarding minimum standards for evidence retention and chain-of-custody protocol.
Rise has already passed a federal Sexual Assault Bill of Rights, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Friday, October 7, 2016 and introduced legislation in California, Oregon and New York.
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
Saturday, October 29, 2016:
8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. at North Quincy High School: 316 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA
Presidential Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Ward 1 through Ward 6 Neighborhoods, Quincy, MA
Here's the candidate contenders on the ballot for the presidential election:
Electors of President and Vice President:
Clinton and Kaine
Johnson and Weld
Stein and Baraka
Trump and Pence
Representative In Congress:
Stephen F. Lynch
Christopher A. Iannella, Jr.
Senator In General Court:
John F. Keenan
Alexander N. Mendez
Representative In General Court:
Bruce J. Ayers
Daniel J. Hunt
Michael G. Bellotti
Francis W. O'Brien
Joseph P. Shea
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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.
Last day for the voting registration is no later than on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at City Clerk's office during the normal business hours of operations here in the City of Quincy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vincent Au: (617) 376-1142 or email@example.com
Amanda Sousa: (617) 376-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.8 Million to 39 Communities Combating Violence Against Women:
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett today announced more than $2.8 million in grant funding to help 39 community- based organizations and local and college campus police departments develop and strengthen prosecution strategies and victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.
The grants were made possible through the Violence Against Women Act's (VAWA) Services Training Officers Prosecutors (VAWA STOP) Program administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research.
"The Violence Against Women Act allows for collaborative approaches between community-based agencies, municipalities, and state agencies to address the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking," said Governor Charlie Baker. "These grants are critical to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, and victim services in cases of violent crimes against women."
"The VAWA grants are an opportunity to offer support for our community based agencies, police departments and state agencies that provide critical services for victims of domestic and sexual violence across the Commonwealth," said Lt. Governor Polito, chair of the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. "Through the diligent efforts of those receiving grants today and many other community partners, we aim to make Massachusetts a safer state to live in for all women."
In April 2015, Governor Baker signed Executive Order 563, re-launching the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Over the last year, the Council's priorities have included analyzing and reporting on the implementation of Chapter 260: An Act Relative to Domestic Violence. Last fall, a report was issued providing updates on each of the 49 actionable provisions within the law.
The Council today announced its priorities for the upcoming year and the future with the launch of work groups in five priority areas identified by the Council and the administration. Each group has established year one deliverables and will report back to the Council on their program next summer.
The work groups include:
* Response and Assessment: to develop recommendations for improving the Commonwealth's identification and response to domestic violence high risk cases;
* Housing Stability and Self Sufficiency: to cultivate housing stability and homeless prevention strategies for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence;
* Human Trafficking: Children: to design and initiative the development of a standard, best practice model for identifying and responding to child trafficked victims, with year one specifically focused on the sexual exploitation of children;
* Prevention Education Early Ed through Campus: to provide recommendations to the Administration on how to build a program focused on promoting healthy relationships through education and the prevention of harassment, stalking, dating and sexual violence for Massachusetts youth starting in pre-kindergarten and continuing through college;
* Veteran/Military Families: to develop collaborations amongst military, sexual assault and domestic violence resources to increase accessibility of appropriate supports for veterans and military families.
"We are pleased to provide these awards to agencies that have demonstrated expertise in their respective program areas of victim services, prosecution, law enforcement and the court system across the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. "We look forward to continuing this strong partnership to advance the critical missions that these organizations fulfill."
"VAWA funds are what fuels accessible services for survivors of crime in the community. Anyone impacted by a crime -- survivors, significant others, service providers, and the community in general -- deserve access to comprehensive services, resources, and information," said Katia Santiago-Taylor, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). "At BARCC, the VAWA funds have helped us form a multidisciplinary approach to provide accurate information to sexual assault survivors and their families statewide called Access to Forensic Information. VAWA funds have made cross-disciplinary services like the AFI and many others possible."
The Violence Against Women Act was passed by Congress in 1994 and marked a turning point in the federal recognition of the extent and seriousness of violence against women, and solidified a commitment by the government to address the problem by providing federal resources for the issue. Over the last three years, nearly $8 million in VAWA funds have been granted statewide to support domestic and sexual assault victims and their families.
Governor Baker's Workforce Skills Cabinet Opens $12 Million Workforce Development Grant Round, and Announces $1.45 Million in Advanced Manufacturing Training Awards:
Grants will fund workforce training for students, as well as unemployed and underemployed individuals
Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration's Workforce Skills Cabinet announced two grant programs aimed to improve economic and job training opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth. The first grant program will support the opening of a $12 million workforce skills capital grant round, to provide workforce training equipment to high schools, community colleges, and community-based nonprofits. The administration also awarded $1.45 million in Advanced Manufacturing Training Program workforce development grants, to eight regional workforce development teams from across the Commonwealth.
"We continue to make the Commonwealth's manufacturing base more competitive by building a highly-skilled workforce for employers so they can grow their businesses and support the economy," said Governor Charlie Baker. "These workforce development grant programs will equip students and workers in Massachusetts with the skills they need to connect with middle-class career pathways in key industries, including advanced manufacturing.
"By connecting unemployed individuals to the training needed to succeed in advanced manufacturing, these workforce development grants will give adults the skills to build a career, a life, on," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "The regional partnerships we're funding today will help open up new economic opportunities, from Pittsfield, to the South Coast and the Merrimack Valley."
"With a looming skills shortage that will be compounded by retiring baby boomers leaving the labor force, we are finding ways to invest in the skill development of individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those who are joining the labor force for the first time," said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II.
"With over $24 million in workforce skills grants which have been made available to high schools, community colleges, and community-based nonprofits this year and last year, we are making a significant investment in our technical education across the Commonwealth," said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. "The focus of the grants is to allow these institutions to not only expand their capacity, but also to strengthen regional partnerships with other education entities and the area workforce."
"These workforce development partnerships will empower residents to fully participate in our state's economy," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. "Collaborative solutions that bring educators, employers and workers to the table will help close the skills gap, and provide a foundation for job creation and continued economic growth."
The Workforce Skills Capital grant program seeks to increase the capacity and quality of vocational training and education by providing funds to eligible schools and institutions for the purchase and installation of vocational-technical equipment. The $12 million grant round the administration opened Tuesday will provide matching funds to allow educational and nonprofit institutions to invest in new vocational technical training equipment. The grants will allow high schools, community colleges and nonprofit organizations to meet employer hiring demands by modernizing and expanding vocational technical program capacity, creating new training programs that respond to industry needs, and increasing the availability of training equipment to mid-career learners.
The new grant round builds on $12.4 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded this year. In August, Governor Baker signed legislation that authorizes the Executive Office of Education to commit up to $45 million in workforce skills capital matching grants. The Executive Office of Education administers the Workforce Skills Capital grant program, on the behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet.
The $1.45 million in advanced manufacturing training grants that the administration awarded will equip unemployed and underemployed individuals with the skills to enter the advanced manufacturing field. Training programming emphasizes outreach to veterans, demographic groups that experience chronically higher rates of unemployment, and groups that are historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector.
The Advanced Manufacturing Training Program provides training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, minorities and women and that support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth's globally competitive advanced manufacturing cluster. In Fiscal Year 2015, the training grants provided training to 335 individuals. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development administers the training grant program, and on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet.
The Baker-Polito Administration's Workforce Skills Cabinet aims to close the skills gap and connect citizens to jobs by making workforce development efforts more employer-centric, and by identifying and bringing to scale successful training and education models. The Workforce Skills Cabinet is chaired by the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Ronald L. Walker, II, and comprised of the Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser, and the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash.
2016 Advanced Manufacturing Training Program Workforce Development Grant Award Winners:
* Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Pittsfield
* Center for Manufacturing Technology, Woburn
* E-Team Machinist Training Program, Lynn
* Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, Greenfield
* Granter New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, New Bedford
* Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Worcester
* Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, Lawrence
* Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Springfield
Overnight Adams-Hancock Green Road Paving Starts October 11, 2016:
Final Phase of Transportation Work
The final paving for the new roads associated with the Adams-Hancock Green is scheduled take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights beginning on October 11, 2016.
Night work will be taking place in the area of Washington Street, Temple Street and Hancock Street and there will be intermittent detours and lane restrictions on nights when the work is taking place.
Work will begin following the evening commute and continue through the overnight.
A second phase of the final work is scheduled to take place the following week.
Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Progress on Regulatory Reform Initiative:
Quarantine time aligned with national recommendations to improve lives for shelter animals, increase space
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) today to highlight significant changes in state regulations as part of the Baker-Polito Administration's extensive regulatory review process, including improving the lives of shelter animals and increasing space and flexibility for animal shelters.
"When we first began this review, our commitment was to providing exceptional service and making the Commonwealth a more efficient, competitive and safer place to live, to work and raise our families," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The streamlining of regulations to improve accountability to our citizens, municipalities, businesses, non-profits, healthcare providers and educational institutions was an extensive process. We are pleased to work with the stakeholders like the Animal Rescue League to allow them to more efficiently do their job, serving more animals in need, and allowing them to recover humanely."
Consistent with national recommendations, the changes reduced quarantine periods for unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed to rabies from six months to four months, allowing The Animal Rescue League and other animal shelters across the state to save and find homes for more animals in need. The changes were made as part of the Baker-Polito Administration's extensive regulatory reform review announced by Executive Order shortly after taking office, involving over 131 listening sessions and 1,000 stakeholder comments on roughly 1,700 Executive Branch regulations, the vast majority of which have been created since 1970.
"This administration has devoted itself to better serving our Commonwealth's cities and towns," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "This comprehensive review of over 1,700 regulations, in addition to municipal reform legislation enacted earlier this year, will ease restrictions and make it easier for them to do their jobs and serve their constituents."
Executive Branch agencies collaborated across Secretariats and with outside stakeholders to review each regulation, with the goals of easing regulatory burden through simplification or consolidation, rescinding outdated and unnecessary regulations, aligning with federal requirements when appropriate and establishing a regulatory code the speaks using one voice. During the review process, agencies were required to identify when each regulation would be reviewed again and establish a process to avoid the duplication of regulations in the future.
"The Baker-Polito Administration has made making Massachusetts a better place to live a key goal since taking office," said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. "This thorough review of our onerous regulatory environment will dramatically improve the business climate of Massachusetts as well as improve the quality of life for non-profits that do great work like the Animal Rescue League."
Like many animal shelters in the Commonwealth, The Animal Rescue League of Boston, has limited quarantine space, and physical capacity limits require difficult decisions to made about euthanizing of animals suspected to have rabies. Earlier this year, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians issued new recommendations in the 2016 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention advising reducing quarantine periods to four months due to evidence animals in isolation for an extended period of six months can become stressed and depressed, even with regular human socialization.
"I'm very pleased that Secretary Beaton and the Department of Agricultural Resources were able to work with the Administration and Finance to make our Massachusetts regulations consistent with the most up to date veterinary science," said Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. "Pet owners and their animals now will be able to resume normal activity significantly sooner with no adverse effect on public health."
"We applaud Governor Baker and his team for taking swift action ensuring the humane treatment of animals and providing greater access to shelter space for more animals in need," said Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. "These newly revised regulations prove that Massachusetts takes welfare standards seriously and is willing to lead the country in adopting the National Association of Veterinary and Public Health recommendations."
"Our shelter staff and veterinarians are eager to comply with these new common sense regulations. While rabies is a serious public health concern, science proves that excessive quarantine for animals is not necessary and is potentially harmful to otherwise healthy animals," said Dr. Edward Schettino, Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services. "With these new changes, we look forward to getting our current feline, mischief, off quarantine and into a new home soon."
Governor Baker's Executive Order 562, signed March 31, 2015, initiated the first extensive top-to-bottom review of all state regulations enforced by the Executive Department since Weld-Cellucci administration in 1996 when Governor Baker was the Secretary of Administration and Finance.
The government agencies that conducted the review had to demonstrate that: there is a clearly identified need for governmental intervention that is best addressed by the agency and not another agency or governmental body; the costs of the regulation do not exceed the benefits; the regulation does not exceed federal requirements or duplicate local requirements; there are not any less intrusive or restrictive alternatives; the regulation does not unduly and adversely affect Massachusetts citizens and customers of the Commonwealth, or the competitive environment in Massachusetts; there is a formal process in place for measuring the effectiveness of the regulation is time-limited or provides for regular review. To assist in this process, A&F created a database to collect information on every regulation.
Beacon Hill Leadership Moves To Rename Brookline Avenue Bridge In Honor of David Ortiz:
Governor Baker, Senate President Rosenberg, Speaker DeLeo Propose Bridge Naming for the retiring Boston Red Sox legend
Boston, MA -- Massachusetts took the first official step toward naming a bridge in honor of legendary Red Sox player David Ortiz today.
As part of a joint-plan between the House, Senate and Governor's office, the House Committee on Ways & Means Committee put language out to poll as part of a supplemental budget that would rename the Brookline Avenue bridge, between Lansdowne Street and Newbury Street, and spanning the Massachusetts Turnpike, the "David Ortiz ("Big Papi") Bridge."
The legislation states the honor is "recognition of his athletic accomplishments during fourteen seasons as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and his personal contributions to the Commonwealth, notably, his charitable commitment to children in New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need, and in helping our city heal in the face of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy."
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will place a "suitable marker on the bridge bearing the destination in compliance with the standards of the department."
"David Ortiz's accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon," said Governor Charlie Baker. "As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting 'Thank You' to Big Papi through renaming of this bridge."
"I'm so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor," House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said. "David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause."
"David Ortiz has been a big part of our community both on and off the field," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "Whether is it leading the Red Sox to multiple World Series Championships or all of his charitable work, he has truly been the pride of Boston. I am proud that we can honor him by naming this bridge after him so his legacy can live on after his playing days have ended."
"David Ortiz has meant so much to the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all of Red Sox Nation," said Representative Brian S. Dempsey, House Chair of the Committee on Ways & Means (D-Haverhill). "Whether it be his clutch curse breaking hits on the diamond, his now legendary speech to rally the spirits of this city in the aftermath of the Marathon Bombing, or his prodigious charity work, "Papi" has left a lasting impact. I am proud that we can recognize his efforts and wish him well as he ends his career with what we hope is another memorable playoff run."
"As a Red Sox fan, I'm proud that the Commonwealth is taking this step to recognize one of our athletic legends," said Senator Karen E. Spilka, Senate Chair of the Committee on Ways & Means (D-Ashland). "David Ortiz is a major force in baseball, and he has also made significant contributions to our community over the course of his long career."
Once the House Ways & Means Committee poll is completed, the House will act on the measure later on Thursday. The legislation will then go to the Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com
Quincy Police DARE Officer Don Sautter: (617) 745-5735 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quincy Police Department: Community Policing Unit:
Lieutenant Tim Sorgi, Supervisor: (617) 770-4993 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Roger White (Quincy Square): (857) 342-0523 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Bill Mitchell (Ward 1): (617) 594-2082 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Matthew Miller (Ward 2): (617) 594-2070 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Timothy Simmons (Ward 3): (339) 235-6662 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Jimmie Whedbee (Ward 4): (617) 483-0599 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Jim Silcox (Ward 5): (339) 237-1575 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Greg Mar (Ward 6): (617) 594-2028 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quincy Police Department: School Resource Officers:
Officer Gregg Hartnett (Middle Schools): E-mail: email@example.com
Officer Steve Burgio (Quincy High School): E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Matt Pantazelos (North Quincy High School): E-mail: email@example.com
Quincy Public Schools Security Department:
Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation:
Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Please enjoy for the rest of 2016-2017 school year and get a good education for your children in the classroom!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert:
Branches Affected: Ashmont / Braintree
Saturday, October 29, 2016 through Sunday, October 30, 2016
Due to the Floating Slab Project buses will replace Red Line trains between Harvard and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and Sunday, October 30, 2016
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, October 31, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
Branches Affected: Ashmont / Braintree
Saturday, November 5, 2016 through Sunday, November 6, 2016
Due to the Floating Slab Project buses will replace Red Line trains between Harvard and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and Sunday, November 6, 2016
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, November 7, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
Branches Affected: Ashmont
Saturday, November 12, 2016 through Sunday, November 13, 2016
Due to the Savin Hill Overpass Project, buses will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and Ashmont Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, November 12, 2016 and Sunday, November 13, 2016
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, November 14, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
* Savin Hill
* Fields Corner
Branches Affected: Ashmont / Braintree
Saturday, November 19, 2016 through Sunday, November 20, 2016
Due to the Floating Slab Project buses will replace Red Line trains between Harvard and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and Sunday, November 20, 2016
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, November 21, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
Branches Affected: Ashmont / Braintree
Saturday, November 26, 2016 through Sunday, November 27, 2016
Due to the Floating Slab Project buses will replace Red Line trains between Harvard and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, November 26, 2016 and Sunday, November 27, 2016
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, November 28, 2016. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
City of Quincy Winter Parking Rules Policy: October 15, 2016 - April 15, 2017:
Mayor Thomas P. Koch | DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi
* No Parking allowed on either side of Emergency Arteries during a Snow Emergency. Emergency Arteries are identified by signs.
* Residents on the side streets (not emergency arteries) are allowed to park on the EVEN side of the street, this winter season.
* Overnight parking is a prohibited without a Resident Parking Permit. Permits are available at the Quincy Police Department at (617) 479-1212.
* Vehicles in the violation of winter parking rules will be towed at owner's expense. Also, if your vehicle is hampering snow plowing operations (i.e. parked too close an intersection, etc). It will be towed.
* The average tow fee is $125.00, plus cost of storage. No Exceptions can be made for the short-term (10-15 minutes) per parking.
* To find out if a snow emergency has been declared:
* Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline: (617) 770-SNOW (7669) for a recording.
* Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (24 hours)
* Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline Telephone: (617) 376-1927 (24 hours)
* Quincy Access Television: QATV Channel 8 or QATV Channel 11 for an updates.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Information:
Nicole L. Crispo, City Clerk | Joseph J. Newton, Assistant City Clerk
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.
Quincy Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:
Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools
|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.
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: 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.
|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
Quincy Public Schools Security Department E-mail Directory: 2016-2017
Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation:
Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Subject to change for the 2016-2017 school year of e-mail directory.
Quincy Police Department: Community Police Contact Information:
|Lieutenant Tim Sorgi||Supervisor||(617) email@example.com|
|Officer Roger White||Quincy Square||(857) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer William Mitchell||Ward 1||(617) email@example.com|
|Officer Matthew Miller||Ward 2||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Timothy Simmons||Ward 3||(339) email@example.com|
|Officer Jimmie Whedbee||Ward 4||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Jim Silcox||Ward 5||(339) email@example.com|
|Officer Greg Mar||Ward 6||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Subject to change for the Community Police Officer contact information.