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Schools, economic equity, infrastructure and public safety prioritized in third State of the City Address:
Boston, MA -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address at Symphony Hall, sharing historic progress in broadening economic opportunity, keeping Boston accessible for all residents, and expanding opportunities to high-quality education. In his address, Mayor Walsh reaffirmed his commitment to lead "a city that lifts everyone as it rises," and announced plans to invest in new and existing schools, allocate more money for affordable housing and open space, upgrade infrastructure to fix traffic and double down on community-driven public safety.
"Because of our work together, Boston is stronger than it has ever been in our history," Mayor Walsh said. "We are a city that believes every single person deserves an equal chance to thrive and when we stand together, there's nothing we can't achieve."
Investing Equitably in Public Education, Eliminating the Opportunity Gap:
In his remarks, Mayor Walsh stated that public schools are the foundation of equal opportunity and recalled barriers that faced students as recently as three years ago, including lack of pre-kindergarten seats, the shortest school day in the country and aging school facilities. Since 2014, the Walsh Administration successfully prioritized expanded access to high-quality education by extending the school day in 57 schools serving over 23,000 students, investing in hundreds more pre-kindergarten seats across the city and launching a free college tuition program for BPS students at Bunker Hill, Roxbury and Mass Bay Community Colleges.
In his address, the Mayor announced:
* $1 billion investment in new schools to support BuildBPS, the unprecedented school facilities master planning process that will help transform school buildings in every neighborhood into state-of-the-art educational facilities.
* Comprehensive legislation to bring an estimated $35 million of increased investment in education to Boston by fixing the charter school finance model and fully funding the cost of educating the highest need students.
* Legislative proposal to eliminate the opportunity gap in early childhood education by offering high-quality, free pre-kindergarten for every four-year-old for the first time in Boston's history by redirecting existing tax revenue produced in Boston back to is residents.
Bringing Opportunity to the Entire City:
A comprehensive effort by the Walsh Administration to create jobs and broaden opportunity for all residents has resulted in an additional 60,000 jobs and cut the unemployment rate to 2.4%, the lowest on record. A record 7,400 homes were built for low and middle income families and 1,052 formerly homeless were housed and provided the services they need to succeed.
* Proposing $100 million from the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage downtown to revitalize public housing in East Boston and South Boston; to improve Franklin Park and Boston Common, and to complete the original plan for the Emerald Necklace.
* Bringing library services back to the Chinatown neighborhood, located at the China Trade Center, which will provide services such as computer access, book-checkouts and educational support.
* Making the entire 8-mile Fairmount Line a jobs corridor with affordable housing.
* Filing legislation this week to protect residents from displacement.
Making a Stronger, Safer City through Community:
Mayor Walsh is committed to creating safer neighborhoods by doubling down on community-driven public safety strategy. Since 2014, violent crime is down 9%, property crime is down 16% and arrests are down 25%. Last year, shootings were down 6%, which is a drop of 16% from the 10-year average. In an effort to increase diversity, Mayor Walsh funded the return of the Police Cadet program, with 70% people of color, 33% women and 100% Boston residents in the first class.
* Creating Neighborhood Trauma Teams in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston and Jamaica Plain to coordinate immediate response and sustained recovery for all those affected in the aftermath of violence.
Upgrading Infrastructure to Fix Traffic:
Safe and reliable modes of transportation are key to a strong economy. To address traffic challenges, Mayor Walsh has upgraded Uphams Corner, broke ground on a redesigned Commonwealth Avenue from Brighton to Allston to Fenway, and focused on completing Central Square in East Boston.
* Secured $300 million to address traffic challenges citywide and working with residents to transform traffic flow.
* Cutting-edge traffic-light technology to Boston's busiest streets that allow for adjusted signal timing at intersections based on real-time traffic conditions and results in fewer stops at red lights, less traffic congestion and reduced emissions.
* Called for a comprehensive, fully-funded plan to move the T into the 21st century with better commuter rail service, bus routes and dependable trains.
Governor Baker Signs Electric Vehicle Promotion Legislation:
Bill Encourages the Purchase and Use of Zero Emission Vehicles in the Commonwealth
Boston, MA -- Today, in a bipartisan effort to promote the sale and use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption. The legislation works to increase access to ZEV charging stations for the general public by prohibiting owners of public charging stations from charging users a subscription or membership fee and requiring the use of payment options available to the general public. Further, the legislation allows municipalities and private businesses to restrict parking spaces specifically for ZEV use, and builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing commitment to adopting emerging clean energy technologies as the Commonwealth continues to add renewable energy generation into the Massachusetts’ diverse energy portfolio.
“Adopting clean technology and promoting additional zero emission vehicles is a critical piece of meeting our emissions reductions goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Today’s zero emission vehicle legislation makes major strides towards providing consumers with confidence that charging stations will be available to them, whether on a long trip or at work, a commonly cited hurdle in transitioning from traditional to zero emission vehicles.”
“Our administration is committed to improving the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure and this legislation will give electric vehicle owners the confidence they need to travel our state roadways with access to charging stations,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to working with our state and municipal partners to find increased opportunities to integrate more electric and fuel efficient vehicles into their fleets to save taxpayer dollars and reduce emissions.”
In 2016 the Baker-Polito Administration committed $14 million to the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV), more than doubling the historic funding of the MOR-EV program. Massachusetts automotive consumers can qualify for rebates ranging from $750-$2,500 on the purchase or lease of more than 25 qualifying new electric vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Since June 2014, the MOR-EV program has issued or reserved over $7 million for 3,355 vehicles, cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions output by an estimated 9,255 short tons annually.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to promoting clean transportation as one of the most direct and cost-effective ways to reduce emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “As the Commonwealth continues to make impressive strides towards increased electric vehicle adoption, this legislation gives our municipal, business and state partners the tools they need to build upon that growth.”
“The increased adoption of electric vehicles is a key component of our mission to create a clean and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “This legislation, paired with our nation leading MOR-EV rebate program, positions Massachusetts to further reduce emissions and meet our targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act.”
The legislation tasks DOER and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to study state fleet electrification opportunities and file a report with the Legislature by October 1, 2017 and for MassDOT and EEA to study the feasibility of levying surcharges on ZEVs to offset gas tax revenue losses by December 1, 2017.
Senate Bill 2505 authorizes the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) to work with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to promulgate regulations around ZEV charging stations for residential and commercial buildings. It also allows electric distribution companies to submit proposals to the Department of Public Utilities for approval of cost recovery to construct, own, and operate publicly available electric vehicle charging infrastructure while tasking DOER with adopting interoperability billing standards for charging stations (effective January 1, 2018).
“Massachusetts is a leader in promoting clean technology and jobs,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “Encouraging the use of zero emission vehicles is another example of our commitment to a greener economy and culture.”
“Increasing access to charging stations for electric vehicles is critically important to shifting away from our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This bill moves the Commonwealth in the right direction to encourage the development and success of an important technology to help address climate change while also promoting alternative transportation technologies.”
“Under the Baker-Polito Administration, Massachusetts continues to position itself as a national leader taking innovative approaches to energy diversification,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). “Today’s bill signing represents another important step forward in the state’s ongoing efforts to promote the expanded use of environmentally-friendly zero emission vehicles.”
“Tailpipe emissions from vehicles represent a large portion of the generated carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases that are generated each day,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Taking affirmative action to reduce our environmental impacts while advancing the technologies of zero emissions vehicles will move us towards reaching our global warming benchmarks.”
“This legislation is a great step forward in reducing our state’s transportation emissions and helping fulfill our goal to have 300,000 zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025,” said Chairman Frank I. Smizik (D-Brookline). “Ensuring our state has reliable and accessible charging infrastructure will allow residents to make environmentally conscious decisions and move Massachusetts towards a sustainable future.”
“With this law, Massachusetts is taking a major step toward making EVs the new norm for driving in our state,” said State Representative Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown). “With predictable, convenient access to charging, consumers will find it easy to use the great new EVs manufacturers are bringing to market. Consumers will enjoy the low ‘fuel’ and maintenance costs of EVs and we will all benefit from the cleaner air and reduced GHG emissions.”
“Increasing the use of zero emissions vehicles would help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and I’m very pleased to have worked with my Senate and House colleagues to pass environmental legislation that will further help us reach the greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the Global Warming Solutions Act,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “We have taken significant steps this year to protect our environment, and I wish to thank Senate President Rosenberg, Chairwoman Spilka, and their staffs for their work on this legislation, as well as the Baker-Polito Administration and Secretary Beaton for their overall support of Zero Emissions Vehicles.”
In December, state energy officials announced that Massachusetts, along with Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, will share a portion of a $500,000 federal Department of Energy grant to assist in further collaboration between the Commonwealth and Plug In America to accelerate the deployment of ZEVs through the Mass Drive Clean initiative.
“Massachusetts is a leader in reducing carbon pollution from power plants and buildings. This bill shows we are serious about tackling the transportation sector, which now comprises 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Massachusetts Sierra Club Chapter Director Emily Norton. “A huge thanks to Governor Baker and our legislative leaders in the House and Senate.”
Begun in 2015, Mass Drive Clean is a highly successful pilot program that has resulted in over 1,000 drivers and passengers test driving one or more electric vehicles at employer sponsored and public events to date. The drives are a way for interested drivers to get behind the wheel of multiple makes and models of these clean vehicles. Each driver is surveyed before and after driving, with 83% saying that their overall opinion of a ZEV is better than before their test drive and 68% said that were more likely to purchase one now that they had experienced the performance of the cars. Plug In America has shown in California that about 10% of ride and drive participants will purchase a ZEV within six months.
Massachusetts Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education:
Commonwealth among recipients of New Skills for Youth grant from JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO
Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have selected Massachusetts as one of 10 states to receive a $1.95 million grant to strengthen and expand high-quality career-education pathways for students.
The grant, which will be distributed over the next three years, is part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE and aims to strengthen career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees and/or industry-recognized credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.
"Our administration has focused on aligning our K-12 schools and higher education system with the needs of our workforce so that our students, employers, and communities will share a stronger future," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Lieutenant Governor Polito and I are honored that Massachusetts and the potential of our students will be recognized through this grant."
"We thank JPMorgan, the Council of Chief State School Officers and other partners who have helped make this grant award possible," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "This New Skills for Youth grant complements our administration's prioritization of STEM-focused career education by developing more high-quality pathway programs and expanding the number of students who graduate from high school with college credits and real world experience."
"This important grant opportunity comes at an optimal time for the Commonwealth and perfectly aligns with our administration's career and technical education priorities for Massachusetts in this and coming years," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser. "Creating high-quality career pathways will not only offer our students and their families more opportunities to succeed in school and in their careers, but also help strengthen the Massachusetts economy."
"Constant changes in technology and globalization make it imperative for the Commonwealth to increase opportunities for skill acquisition for all our students," Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, said. "This grant will help us continue the work of creating effective career on-ramps for younger workers through education pathways."
"I am thrilled that Massachusetts students will be among the beneficiaries of this grant," said Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "I look forward to continuing our collaboration with educators and industry to set students on a clear path toward their own career goals."
"This grant will have enormous impact for some of our neediest students," said Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago. "We owe it to them to make sure that career exposure and training is integrated into a robust curriculum that will give them what every employer demands – a full box of workplace-ready tools, including quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to write well, to work as part of a team and to lead."
Massachusetts has received the grant from CCSSO for the New Skills for Youth initiative after a rigorous review process, which included examination of the state's plan to transform the process of designing and developing career preparedness education programs.
* Launching a major competitive grant program to fund the creation of high-quality career pathways that fully prepare students for high-skill, high-wage careers;
* Developing a comprehensive career advisement system in partnership with the Massachusetts School Counselors Association so that all students can make more informed college and career choices; and
* Creating clear guidelines to help high schools develop and implement high-quality career pathways that will better prepare students for success after graduation.
"Preparing our youth for high-quality and in-demand careers is critical to the future strength of our communities," said Rick MacDonald, head of commercial banking in New England for JPMorgan Chase. "This investment will help to open more career pathways and give more young people the chance to learn, compete, and succeed."
"Bunker Hill Community College is committed to creating clear pathways to fulfilling careers for our students," said Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, whose institution participated on the state team applying for the grant. "This grant will allow us to continue this important work through our partnerships with local businesses and corporations and well as high schools."
"As an employer, I know how critical career-focused education is, and it has been exciting to be part of the team pursuing this grant," said Susan Coghlin Mailman, president of Coghlin Electric Contractors, Inc. "I appreciate the coordinated effort that our state is putting forth in order to strengthen opportunities for our youth which will ultimately create a stronger and more qualified work force."
In March 2016, JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO awarded Massachusetts a $100,000 grant as part of the first phase of the New Skills for Youth initiative for planning and early implementation of long-term career readiness education programs that align with the needs of employers. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia received Phase I grants.
The grant awarded today represents the second phase of the New Skills for Youth initiative, which provides 10 of the original 24 recipients with funding to execute the career-readiness plans they developed during the first phase.
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. The organization provides leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues. It seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses members' views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress and the public.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.:
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5.7 Million to Combat Community Gang Violence:
Grants to 15 cities and 11 partners will support outreach to at-risk youth, gang task force personnel
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of $5.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts combatting gang violence. The awards were made to 15 communities and 11 research partners through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang violence in the Commonwealth.
“Shannon Grants support critical programming that provide education, training and employment direction for young people at risk of becoming involved in youth violence or gang activity,” said Governor Baker. “Our partnership with cities and local organizations enables crucial outreach to vulnerable youth, diverting them away from gangs and towards positive and productive futures.”
“The Commonwealth’s cities are on the frontlines of combatting gang violence, and the state-local collaboration supported by Shannon grants is an important tool to help them impact the lives of at-risk youth,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We all have a role to play in protecting our young people from gang activity, and this funding supports important outreach that can keep teenagers on a path to success.”
“This funding enables my department to continue working with at risk youth and make a difference on the impact of gang violence in Boston,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “I want to thank Governor Baker and Secretary Bennett for their continued support of the Shannon Grant Program and the work of the Boston Police Department.”
The grants provide funds to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang problems, a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies. Funded strategies include social intervention and opportunity provision programs, as well as gang task force personnel costs and overtime.
“We are thrilled to continue working in collaboration with law enforcement and community groups to support at-risk youth in the Metro Mayors communities,” said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which staffs the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC), a group of 14 cities and towns who collaborate in addressing common issues confronting urban core governments. MAPC manages the grant for the MMC communities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. “We thank Governor Baker and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for their ongoing support of this important program to prevent youth violence and crime.”
“The communities and partners who take part in this program have given themselves the tools necessary to make a serious impact on youth violence and gang activity,” said Secretary Bennett. “The disruption of illegal activity makes these communities safer while getting young lives back on track.”
Sites chosen by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to receive an award demonstrated high levels of youth violence and gang problems within their locality, submitted a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners, and committed to providing a coordinated prevention and intervention strategy.
The municipalities and research partners awarded are as follows:
Shannon Community Safety Initiative Grant Sites:
* Boston - $1,114,789.29
* Brockton - $329,190.60
* Fall River - $384,235.07
* Fitchburg (incl. Gardner) - $138,687.30
* Haverhill (incl. Methuen) - $82,667.60
* Holyoke (incl. Chicopee) - $413,071.88
* Lawrence - $221,216.37
* Lowell - $531,920.00
* Lynn - $189,851.22
* Metro Mayors Coalition (incl. Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop) - $335,735.89
* New Bedford - $382,068.35
* Pittsfield - $73,297.29
* Springfield - $552,526.23
* Taunton (incl. Attleboro) - $68,562.07
* Worcester - $494,824.84
Local Action Research Partners:
* Clark University - $42,481.00
* Community Resources for Justice - $ 42,492.39
* Institute for Community Health - $41,838.61
* Kelley Research Associates- $38,240.00
* North Shore Community College - $27,943.40
* Roger Williams University - $ 40,347.92
* Salem State University- $31,687.72
* University of Massachusetts, Amherst - $42,500.00
* University of Massachusetts, Boston - $ 42,500.00
* University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Haverhill/Methuen Site) - $ 24,993.83
* University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lawrence Site) - $ 24,993.83
* University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell Site) - $ 49,980.40
Massachusetts Selected to Partner in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation:
Public-private partnership will develop and commercialize new advanced manufacturing technologies, and train a skilled workforce
Boston, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to announce that Massachusetts will be a partner in the nation’s first manufacturing innovation institute in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation institute is the sixth Manufacturing USA project secured under the Baker-Polito Administration.
The $250 million biopharmaceutical innovation institute is a national public-private partnership, awarded through Manufacturing USA, a federally-authorized network of manufacturing innovation institutes. Federal matching funds for the manufacturing innovation institute will be provided by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. The University of Delaware convened this Manufacturing USA team.
Massachusetts will anchor the northeastern node for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing project, which will be known as the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). The NIIMBL project will be led regionally by a consortium of small, medium, and large biopharmaceutical industry partners from across the supply chain, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Quincy College, UMass Lowell, UMass Medical School, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
The Commonwealth is supporting NIIMBL’s collaborative research and development, and workforce training efforts, through a five-year, $20 million commitment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The Commonwealth’s matching contribution leverages $70 million in federal funds, awarded to the national project, and additional matching funds from private sector participants.
“Massachusetts leads the nation in the development and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies, and this new biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation institute will ensure that our globally competitive life sciences cluster continues to deliver cutting-edge therapies, while providing quality manufacturing jobs to the citizens of Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “NIIMBL continues our administration’s substantial investment in public-private research partnerships that open new advanced manufacturing pathways for workers across Massachusetts. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in the federal government, academia, and the private sector, as we continue to build a foundation for dynamic economic growth.”
“Our administration is harnessing advanced manufacturing and workforce development to build prosperity across Massachusetts, and NIIMBL advances these efforts in meaningful ways,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By strengthening the ties between academic research institutions, commercial biopharmaceutical research and development efforts, and the manufacturing community, we will create new capacity to manufacture modern biopharmaceutical therapies in Massachusetts, and continue to broaden the reach of the life sciences cluster throughout the Commonwealth.”
A shift in the delivery of medical treatments, from powder-based medicines based on chemistry and manufactured in large batches, to biologics, cell therapies, and gene therapies, presents new challenges for the manufacturing of biopharmaceutical treatments at scale. The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals is a public-private partnership that seeks to solve challenges related to the production, testing, and regulation of new treatments.
NIIMBL is a process innovation effort that aims to reduce the risks associated with manufacturing new therapies, improve efficiency in order to deliver new therapies to patients more quickly and at lower cost, and increase the quality and safety of new biopharmaceutical products.
The project will also train an advanced manufacturing workforce, capable of working in new biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies.
“Being selected as the Northeast node for the National Institute for Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, and the federal funding that comes with it, will further strengthen Massachusetts’s position as the world’s leading ecosystem for drug development, from discovery, right through to commercialization and fabrication,” said Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “This Institute will build connections between our biomanufacturing innovators in industry and academia, and will connect the innovation going on in manufacturing with the innovation going on in the lab. This will translate into technical innovations to improve the biomanufacturing process, allowing for new drugs to reach and help patients more efficiently, and at lower cost.”
“Biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation at MIT and in our region is reflected by the many small and large companies -- and talented faculty and students --- that have come out of such research,” said MIT Provost Martin Schmidt. “Those companies have settled in Massachusetts to be part of the growing innovation ecosystem anchored in Kendall Square but linked to vibrant regions across the entire Commonwealth. MIT looks forward to continuing to be a strong partner in NIIMBL's national efforts to de-risk manufacturing technologies for new biologic therapies, and to educate and train the future workforce of these companies.”
“The University of Massachusetts is proud to leverage the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center (MBMC) at Lowell and MassBiologics in Boston and Fall River as part of the NIIMBL effort,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “UMass has years of experience assisting biotechnology companies in developing GMP compliant manufacturing processes and in producing FDA-licensed therapeutics, offering solutions that improve productivity, quality and cost. NIIMBL reflects our commitment to expand these public-private partnerships that contribute to the research, innovation, economic development and workforce development needs of the Commonwealth.”
“WPI was founded more than 150 years ago to support education and workforce development during the industrial revolution, and we look forward to driving innovation, career development, and other techniques to support 21st century biopharmaceutical manufacturing initiatives,” said WPI President Laurie Leshin. “For the past decade, WPI has been home to three bioscience facilities that are instrumental to education and innovation in biomanufacturing. We are committed to making those facilities -- the Life Science and Bioengineering Center, the Bioprocess Lab, and the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center -- indispensable resources for organizations seeking competitive advantages in a global manufacturing economy.”
“Quincy College is proud to comprehensively teach the laboratory and critical thinking skills necessary to enter the growing biomanufacturing industry in Massachusetts and beyond,” said Bruce Van Dyke, Chair of the Biotechnology and Compliance Program at Quincy College. “Through lectures, seminars, and over 450 hours of hands-on laboratory experience, students earn an Associate of Science or Certificate in Biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practice, and are fully trained to begin working in the biomanufacturing industry at entry-level positions. As a partner in the NIIMBL Project, our role would be to train individuals to fill biopharmaceutical manufacturing positions in the local workforce.”
Manufacturing USA, formerly known as the National Network for Manufacturing Institutes, is a network of competitively awarded public-private innovation institutes. Manufacturing USA seeks to spur research into cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to advanced manufacturing processes. Bidders frequently form teams of universities across different states, with regional nodes supporting the lead bidder. The federal awards are leveraged several times over through a series of state and industry matches.
Massachusetts is convening a national effort to develop revolutionary fibers and textiles, and the state is a participant in regional manufacturing innovation institute nodes in photonics, flexible hybrid electronics, smart manufacturing, and rapid process intensification.
Governor Baker Unveils Workers' Compensation Pilot for Opioid-Related Cases:
Two-year pilot voluntarily expedites cases, pain management options for injured workers
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to announce a new voluntary program to assist injured workers who have settled workers' compensation claims get treatment for pain management, aimed at limiting the use of opioids or other narcotics.
"Coordinating alternative viable chronic pain management options between an injured worker and their insurance company can reduce the chance of addiction to prescription opioids," said Governor Baker. "Judges have seen a rising number of overdoses and deaths as these proceedings play out in the courts and this pilot will help resolve cases more swiftly as another tool for fighting the opioid epidemic."
The program seeks to resolve court cases more swiftly by assigning a care coordinator to mediate treatment options between an injured worker and the insurance company paying for medical care.
"This program is an important tool for changing behaviors and curbing the devastating opioid epidemic impacting Massachusetts," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Instead of sending injured workers home with prescription opioids to ease the pain in the short term, we can assist them in understanding the long-term repercussions and other pain management options available to them."
Workers compensation cases are handled by judges in the Department of Industrial Accidents, an agency within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
"This program can help to increase trust between injured workers and their insurers to ensure what's best for an individual's health and recovery," Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II said. "We hope the acceptance of this mediation process by both sides will offer opportunities that lead to better care and fewer cases of addiction."
Massachusetts is one of the first states to implement this type of program for worker's compensation cases involving long-term opioid use. Ohio launched a similar program in October, and in January, 2017, New York will begin allowing parties to request an expedited hearing before a judge for cases involving over-use of medication.
"It is important that we help individuals get effective treatment in order to recover from addictions and get back to work. We know that treatments can lead to recovery," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said. "Care coordination is especially important to guide workers to the appropriate treatment and recovery support services."
The pilot program is designed for individuals with settled workers' compensation cases, who are still being treated with opioids, but the insurance company seeks to stop payment for continued-use of opioids. These types of cases can take up to a year to settle while an individual is continually prescribed opioids.
"In my courtroom, I have seen too many people become addicted to drugs due to a work injury," Department of Industrial Accidents Senior Judge Omar Hernandez said. "We felt their frustration and were pleased to work toward a pilot that we believe will help these individuals find a better way to address their injuries."
The program will be voluntary for both the injured worker and the insurance company. There will be no additional costs to the state to implement the new process, which fast-tracks court proceedings to mediation and assigns a care coordinator. In developing the program, the Department of Industrial Accidents sought input from insurers, injured workers, physicians, and substance-use specialists.
A nine-person committee is being formed to oversee the pilot program, consisting of:
* Henry Bratcher, of Engelberg, Bratcher & Kenner, a Boston law firm
* Dr. Roberto Feliz, a specialist in pain management
* DIA Senior Judge Omar Hernandez
* Deborah G. Kohl, an attorney who represents injured employees
* Jessica Muradian, deputy chief of staff for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
* Tracey Nicolosi, assistant director of Quality Assurance and Licensing at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
* Judy Walden Scarafile, a registered pharmacist and a member of the Regional Substance Abuse Council for Barnstable County
* Dr. Tony Tannoury, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and director of spine services at Boston Medical Center
* AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman
Baker-Polito Administration Reaches Agreement with Transportation Network Companies to Begin Implementation of Nation's Most Comprehensive State Background Checks:
Voluntary agreements with Uber and Lyft begins implementation of public safety requirements of new TNC law one year ahead of schedule
Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts have entered into agreements with the state, ensuring the immediate implementation of the most stringent ride-for-hire background check system of any state in the country.
The agreements were executed individually between the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and Uber and Lyft. The agreements require the companies to begin background checks for all TNC drivers operating within the Commonwealth by January 6, 2017, and guarantees that every TNC driver in the Commonwealth will have passed the state background check no later than April 3, 2017.
“The safety and security of the riding public is our top priority, and I am pleased this agreement will set a national standard for the most comprehensive state background checks for TNC drivers in the country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With the signing of these agreements, consumers who take advantage of the innovative technology services provided by Transportation Network Companies can have confidence that the driver has undergone a thorough background check that includes both criminal and driving records.”
Background checks will begin a year ahead of schedule, highlighting the administration’s commitment to prioritizing the safety of consumers utilizing transportation network services in accordance with An Act Regulating Transportation Network Companies.
“It is incredibly important that drivers employed with Transportation Network Companies are fully vetted before transporting people, along with their families, to their destinations,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By taking proactive steps with Uber and Lyft, our Administration is underscoring our dedication to safe travel options for all.”
Under the voluntary agreements, background checks will be conducted by the DPU’s newly created Transportation Network Company Division. Drivers employed by Uber and Lyft will undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, including confirmation that the driver is not a registered sex offender. Additionally, drivers will be subjected to a bi-annual national commercial background check conducted by the TNC companies. Drivers who do not meet the suitability standards set forth in the agreements will not be permitted to operate in Massachusetts.
"Transportation network companies have driven a tremendous amount of change in this industry, and with that change comes a responsibility to make sure that passengers using these services are as safe as they can be,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “I am pleased that the leading transportation network companies have agreed to have their drivers undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check.”
In August, Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation that created a modern statewide regulatory framework for TNCs within Massachusetts. The legislation, H. 4570, includes several components for the protection of consumers including support for transparent pricing, properly marked and inspected vehicles, clear insurance standards, authorization of service at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the strongest state background check requirements in the nation.
“Public safety is the highest priority of the Department of Public Utilities’ Transportation Network Company Division,” said Department of Public Utilities Chairman Angela O’Connor. “By entering into these agreements, the TNC Division can immediately implement a comprehensive background check system that will protect consumers and enhance public safety, while allowing cutting edge technology companies to succeed here in the Commonwealth.”
As public safety aspects are implemented under these agreements, the DPU will continue to prepare draft regulations for public review and comment in 2017, ensuring that all remaining aspects of the TNC law are implemented on schedule.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Expanded STEM Internship Program for High School Students at Companies around the State:
STEM internships will address skills gap, develop future workforce to fuel Commonwealth's rapidly growing innovation economy
Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today launched an expanded initiative to connect high school students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internships across the Commonwealth. The announcement came during a MA STEM@Work event at Vertex headquarters in Boston, a company that’s developed a model high school internship program.
One of the greatest challenges facing Massachusetts’ rapidly growing innovation economy is the gap between available jobs in STEM fields and qualified workers to perform them.
“Massachusetts is home to one of the fastest growing innovation economies in the nation, and we need to do more to ensure we have a strong pipeline of skilled workers to fill critical job openings,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “That’s why we are making a simple but powerful request of Massachusetts business leaders – consider hiring a high school student for a STEM internship.”
The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, which is co-chaired by U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D. Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex, recently identified four priority areas to advance STEM education in the Commonwealth. They include developing more early college career pathways, broadening access to high quality computer science and engineering education, strengthening regional STEM networks and expanding work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields. This can be achieved by building a stronger network of employers offering career exploration and career immersion experiences to high school students, including job shadowing and paid internships.
“After traveling across the Commonwealth and meeting with companies leading the way in science, engineering, technology and math, it’s clear that a key challenge facing many businesses is finding enough qualified workers,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “STEM internships not only provide valuable career preparation for high school students, they enable companies to engage and develop future employees.”
The Council is working with Massachusetts’ School to Career Connecting Activities system to identify and develop STEM internship opportunities. The goal is to place more high school students in STEM internships by Spring and Summer 2017.
“Today's students are tomorrow's workforce and the key to a strong economy in Massachusetts. Our businesses have an important role to play in making sure our workers are the most talented anywhere in the world,” said Representative Kennedy. “This pioneering initiative will create an amazing opportunity for our students, our companies and our communities.”
More than 10,000 students worked with Commonwealth businesses last year, learning new skills and achieving greater career awareness and preparation. Several hundred of these placements were STEM-related, and the Council is looking to increase internship opportunities in these fields.
“As Boston’s innovation economy continues to grow and thrive, it’s important that our high school students gain exposure to the wide variety of STEM careers,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank all of Boston businesses who have joined our local efforts through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program over the years, and look forward to building on this successful model as we increase youth summer jobs within STEM related fields."
During the next decade, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimates that U.S. industries will need one million more STEM graduates than the system is expected to produce. Despite the need, the U.S. Department of Education estimates that just 1 in 6 high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in pursuing STEM higher education or careers.
Given this challenge, Massachusetts is working to connect high school students to internships at companies of all sizes across the state. The Connecting Activities system, which features dedicated staff who work with companies and high schools, provides assistance and support to businesses throughout the internship process. Since 2014, more than 250 STEM businesses from every region have hosted close to 1,000 high school interns a year. Participating companies include Vertex, which has established a model high school internship program in close partnership with the Private Industry Council and Boston Public Schools and hosted 30 high school interns this year.
“As leaders in the Commonwealth’s innovation economy, we have a responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to train the next generation of leaders in STEM,” said Dr. Leiden. “Vertex is proud to give local students the hands-on learning and professional development experiences that prepare them to succeed in college and career and unlock economic opportunity for the future."
GE, which recently moved its company headquarters to Boston and joined leaders at the MA STEM@Work event, also announced it will host high school interns for the first time starting next spring. “Developing the talent pipeline for the future lies at the heart of our business strategy. To help us stay ahead of the curve, as company and as a country, we must continue to invest in educating our youth and particularly opening their eyes to future careers in STEM,” said Ann R. Klee, vice president of Boston Development and Operations for GE and president of the GE Foundation.
To learn more or to participate, please contact Blair Brown, staff director at the STEM Advisory Council, at Blair.Brown@state.ma.us.
About the STEM Advisory Council:
The vision of the STEM Advisory Council is to ensure all students in the Commonwealth receive comprehensive STEM education from highly-qualified educators so they are better informed and prepared to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas. Members of the Council include individuals from academia, business, government and non-profits who are well positioned to provide elevated awareness to the benefits of a STEM literate and skilled citizenry ready to fill the ranks of the 21st Century workforce.
Building on earlier initiatives, the Governor’s Advisory Council on STEM is now authorized by Section 218 of Chapter 6 of Massachusetts General Law.
For more information, please visit http://www.mass.edu/stem/home.asp.
About Connecting Activities:
The Connecting Activities (CA) initiative has been a significant state mechanism for student career preparation and immersion since 1998. Funded annually in the state budget, Connecting Activities is funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the state’s workforce system. Connecting Activities is the state’s leading mechanism, outside of its career vocational technical education programs, for providing students with work-based learning experiences. Connecting Activities currently brokers and supports work experiences for an average of over 10,000 students per year, partners with about half of the state’s high schools to offer a wide range of career activities, and brings over 3,500 employers to the table annually for student career preparation.
Massachusetts Officials Announce Additional $750,000 for Drinking Water Tests at Public Schools:
Funds will Pay for Continued Technical Assistance, Lab Analysis of Water Fountain and Tap Samples
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced an additional $750,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT), enabling cooperative efforts to test for lead and copper within Massachusetts public schools. Additionally, the funds, which come on the heels of an April 2016 announcement that awarded $2 million for the program, allows the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to provide technical assistance for public school districts to sample water taps and fountains, and to identify results that indicate lead contamination over the federal action level.
"Ensuring every water tap and fountain is properly tested expeditiously is an important priority for our administration, the more than 900 schools, and the thousands of students attending them," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Making these critical funds available through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust is an important tool for providing students everywhere with access to safe drinking water in their schools."
"These additional funds allow for us to test more schools across the Commonwealth," said Treasurer Goldberg, Chair of the MCWT. "By leveraging our money and expertise we will ensure that our children are drinking safe and clean water."
"It is incredibly important that every school district throughout Massachusetts has safe drinking water for the Commonwealth's students," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "In the past three months, the Commonwealth and local school districts have worked together to collect hundreds of water samples, and this new funding will go a long way in protecting water quality within our schools."
The funding from the MCWT, which launched the assistance program last spring, provides for sampling to confirm drinking water levels are below action levels in public school water fountains and fixtures used for food preparation, and is utilized for the training of school personnel to assist in designing sampling plans.
"To date, approximately 26,000 water samples have been collected and analyzed at local schools throughout the Commonwealth," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "The additional funding from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust underscores the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to ensuring safe drinking water remains available to all of the Commonwealth's students."
"The Trust's vote to provide additional funds for our cities and towns to test their school district's water quality is another example of the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to working as partners with our municipalities to provide vital services to Massachusetts residents," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, who is also a member of the Clean Water Trust Board of Directors.
"We encourage our school districts to take advantage of these additional resources and thanks all the partners who have come together to support the safety and health of our Commonwealth's students," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser.
Working with technical assistance contractors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the MassDEP has completed sampling of 451 school buildings in 90 communities. Furthermore, another 21 school facilities in six additional communities are scheduled to be sampled over the next two weeks.
Of the 25,900 samples secured thus far, 164 school buildings have had one or more exceedances of the lead action level, while 76 school buildings have had one or more exceedance of the copper action level. A total of 73 school buildings have had no exceedance for either lead or copper. Information pertaining to school building water taps and fountain sample results reported to date can be found here.
"We are pleased with the participation of the schools, and as a result, have found many more taps to test," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg, who is also a member of the MCWT Board of Trustees. "When schools identify problem fixtures, they are quickly taking steps to fix the problem and providing timely updates to their students, families, staff and community."
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) has also provided assistance to schools in their Greater Boston service area. Utilizing the MWRA's own lab, they have analyzed more than 7,000 water samples from 240 school buildings since spring 2016. This analysis has included thousands of water samples from schools participating in the Commonwealth's program.
"We are collaborating closely with MassDEP on this testing program. It is critical to ensuring the health and safety of our children," said MWRA Executive director Fred Laskey.
The water sampling and technical assistance for all 930 school buildings enrolled in the program is expected to be completed by January 2017. Water supplied to schools is generally free of lead, but lead can be introduced into drinking water through plumbing and fixtures in buildings -- especially in facilities more than 20 years old. The assistance program also addresses copper, which can also enter drinking water through plumbing.
Historically, the majority of lead poisoning cases in Massachusetts are attributable to lead paint exposures; however, other sources including drinking water in schools continue to be an important concern for a child's health. Additional information on lead in drinking water and school-related issues can be found on the MassDEP's "Lead in Drinking Water" webpage.
The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust lends financial assistance to the Commonwealth under the State Revolving Fund program by providing subsidized loans to cities and towns for clean water and drinking water infrastructure development. Since its establishment in 1989, the Trust has loaned more than $6.6 billion to improve and maintain the quality of water in the Commonwealth. An estimated 97 percent of Massachusetts' citizens have benefited from the financial assistance of the Clean Water Trust.
Quincy's Election HQ: Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office extends with a full congratulations to President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R-New York) wins his first presidential election bid to become the next 45th President of the United States with a full election results from Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R-New York) have been already reached up to 270 votes in the electoral numbers during the 2016 presidential election as he gets 278 electoral votes from each states.
The presidential inauguration will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. where President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Michael R. Pence will be swearing-in ceremony to take an oath of the office.
Please stay tuned for more information on the presidential inauguration ceremony until the further notice and check back in our official website at The Jimmy Hui Foundation for the latest developing updates.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Results:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters delivers an unofficial election results from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts throughout the final 2016 presidential election cycle.
The Quincy's Election Headquarters joins with a full partners by the FOX News Channel, WHDH 7 News, FOX 25 News, The Patriot Ledger and The Quincy Sun for the complete coverage of the 2016 presidential election throughout the night to deliver a full presidential election results right here in the City of Quincy and in the state of Massachusetts.
Please take a minute to look at the 2016 presidential election results so far from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 where the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public have already voted for their candidate contenders and answering the four questionnaire on the ballots from the Early Voting and the regular election day and night here in the City of Quincy and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
City of Quincy: Electors of President and Vice President:
Clinton and Kaine (D): 25,298 votes
Trump and Pence (R): 13,297 votes
Johnson and Weld (L): 1,454 votes
Stein and Baraka (GR): 554 votes
City of Quincy: Representative in Congress:
Stephen F. Lynch (D): 28,861 votes
William Burke (R): 10,880 votes
City of Quincy: Governor's Councillor:
Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. (D): Uncontested
City of Quincy: Senator in General Court:
John F. Keenan (D): 27,231 votes
Alexander N. Mendez (I): 10,643 votes
City of Quincy: Representative in General Court:
Bruce J. Ayers (D): Uncontested
Daniel J. Hunt (D): Uncontested
Ronald Mariano (D): Uncontested
Tackey Chan (D): Uncontested
City of Quincy: Sheriff:
Michael G. Bellotti (D): Uncontested
City of Quincy: County Commissioner:
Francis W. O'Brien (D): Uncontested
Joseph P. Shea (D): Uncontested
City of Quincy: Questionnaire Ballots:
Question #1: Expanded Slot-Machine Gaming:
No: 57% | Yes: 43%
Question #2: Charter School Expansion:
No: 66% | Yes: 34%
Question #3: Conditions for Farm Animals:
Yes: 80% | No: 20%
Question #4: Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana:
Yes: 51% | No: 49%
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Electors of President and Vice President:
Clinton and Kaine (D): 1,964,768 votes
Trump and Pence (R): 1,083,069 votes
Johnson and Weld (L): 136,784 votes
Stein and Baraka (GR): 46,910 votes
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Representative in Congress:
Stephen F. Lynch (D): 267,944 votes
William Burke (R): 102,146 votes
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Governor's Councillor:
Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. (D): Uncontested
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Senator in General Court:
John F. Keenan (D): 49,832 votes
Alexander N. Mendez (I): 20,332 votes
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Representative in General Court:
Bruce J. Ayers (D): Uncontested
Daniel J. Hunt (D): Uncontested
Ronald Mariano (D): Uncontested
Tackey Chan (D): Uncontested
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Sheriff:
Michael G. Bellotti (D): Uncontested
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: County Commissioner:
Francis W. O'Brien (D): Uncontested
Joseph P. Shea (D): Uncontested
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Questionnaire Ballots:
Question #1: Expanded Slot-Machine Gaming:
No: 61% | Yes: 39%
Question #2: Charter School Expansion:
No: 62% | Yes: 38%
Question #3: Conditions for Farm Animals:
Yes: 78% | No: 22%
Question #4: Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana:
Yes: 54% | No: 46%
The Quincy's Election Headquarters would like to extend a full congratulations to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D) and State Senator John F. Keenan (D) for their hard work effort paid off during the 2016 presidential election cycle to celebrate their victory celebration right here in the City of Quincy.
MBTA Launches New Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign:
Boston, MA -- The MBTA, as part of a coalition of organizations, today launched a new information campaign to enhance passenger safety and encourage the public to report incidents of sexual harassment. The campaign's message is that sexual assaults will not be tolerated on the T or anywhere else.
This year, the MASS Collaboration, a partnership with the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL), the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), the MBTA, and the MBTA Transit Police, developed the campaign with a focus on people with disabilities. MASS -- Movement for Access, Safety & Survivors -- is a collaboration whose goal is to insure that survivors and victims of sexual violence with disabilities in the Boston area have access to quality support services.
"The MBTA is proud to continue its groundbreaking campaign to address sexual harassment and to let the community of riders know that the MBTA cares that each rider has a safe ride," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve.
"One person victimized is one too many, and we are keenly aware that sexual harassment and assault are under-reported crimes," said MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green. "We implore our riders to contact us if they see or experience any type of sexual assault. Be assured we take these reports with the utmost seriousness, and you will be treated with dignity and respect throughout the reporting and investigatory process. You are not alone -- BARCC and the TPD stand with you."
"Findings show that people with disabilities experience sexual assault twice as often as those without disabilities. We have also been learning how people with disabilities can be active participants in preventing sexual violence against others," said BCIL Senior Advocacy Specialist Karen Schneiderman.
Boston's public transportation system is one of the oldest in the country and is widely used by people with disabilities. MASS Collaboration works to create a safe environment for all customers, one that includes the needs of people with disabilities, including ensuring that reporting and response mechanisms are accessible. The MASS Collaboration is also increasing the skill and comfort of employees at BARCC, BCIL and the MBTA with respect to working with victims/survivors with disabilities. Efforts at the T have included developing information and trainings on topics such as responding to reports of sexual violence from those with disabilities, and how to secure wheeled mobility devices in a manner that is safe and empowering to customers.
As in past campaigns, advertisements will be posted on trains and buses, and postcards will be handed out to riders at several stations. Postcards will be available in large print and the MASS Collaboration has also created an online website to make the information accessible to those who are blind or have low vision.
"By increasing visibility of an under-addressed issue, we hope to let all riders know that you can make a difference if you intervene when you witness sexual violence. Accessible services are available at BARCC for survivors and those supporting and assisting them," said Shelley Yen-Ewert, Director of the MASS Collaboration.
MBTA Urges Customers to "Stay Connected" this Winter:
Boston, MA -- The MBTA today launched its Winter Weather public information campaign, urging customers to stay connected during storms and inclement weather. Commuter Rail, bus and subway riders can go to MBTA.com/winter, download a transit app and follow the T on Twitter @MBTA, and sign up for T-Alerts. The campaign, employs digital, social and print media to encourage T riders to get the most updated service information available as they travel throughout the transit system. In addition to hundreds of signs inside trains and buses, winter weather messaging is being displayed on digital screens throughout the MBTA subway system.
Since the record-breaking winter of 2015, the MBTA has been working to upgrade our track and signal infrastructure, investing millions in new snow-fighting equipment, as well as stocking up on replacement parts for trains.
"We know how important it is our customers have the capability to access real-time information and be able to adjust their commutes accordingly," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Our team has been working very hard to make sure thousands of T riders can get the travel information they deserve quickly and easily."
To help ensure that customers stay connected, the MBTA recommends the following:
* Visit www.mbta.com/winter.
* Sign-up for T-Alerts.
* Download Transit app (endorsed by the MBTA).
* Follow MBTA on the Twitter: @MBTA.
* Call Customer Service at (617) 222-3200.
The MBTA is committed to keeping its customers better informed by providing the most updated service information quickly, accurately and when they need it.
For more information, on T-Alerts go to the website: http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/t_alerts/.
MBTA: Winter Weather Information:
During Severe Weather, the MBTA may operate reduced service schedules.
The MBTA works year-round to prepare for harsh winter weather. Our crews work to weatherize equipment and facilities to keep you moving when winter weather occurs. During inclement weather, check MBTA.com regularly for information on service impacts and delays.
During routine winter weather, including cold and moderate snow, the MBTA will operate regular schedules. In some instances, we may operate buses on snow routes or have minor delays. Remember to check service alerts regularly for updates.
When Severe Weather Hits:
This year, the MBTA will operate reduced service when severe winter weather hits. Check MBTA.com regularly to determine whether severe weather service plans are in place.
Full Service details for each mode are as follows:
The Red Line may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service.
During severe weather, commuter rail may operate on Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules. To determine if your route is operating on a Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules, check MBTA.com or media reports regularly for updates.
Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules are as follows:
Some bus routes may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service. Some bus routes, especially those located hills or narrows streets, may operate on "Snow Routes."
Full listings of buses with snow routes:
Bus Route 211:
Route ends at East Squantum Street at Dorchester Street and Omits Huckins Avenue, Bellevue Road and Dorchester Street.
Bus Route 222:
Omits Church Street and Essex Street. Walk to North Street or Middle Street for service.
Bus Route 236:
Omits Commercial Street, Elm Street and Franklin Street South of Independence Avenue. Use stops on Middle Street or flag bus on Independence Avenue or Church Street.
Bus Route 245:
Omits Hospital Hill (Quincy Medical Center) and Whitwell Street. No stops between Quincy Center Station and Granite Street.
During severe weather, commuter boats may operate reduced service. Check T-Alerts regularly for service updates and information.
During severe weather, The Ride strongly recommends that you check with your contractor directly as service may curtailed and customers should expect delays.
The numbers are as follows:
MBTA The Ride at (617) 222-5124 or TTY: (617) 222-5415
Greater Lynn Senior Services at (888) 319-7433 or TTY: (800) 621-0420
National Express at (888) 920-7433 or TTY: (888) 607-7787
Veterans Transportation at (888) 765-7433 or TTY: (888) 553-8294
Service Updates and Information:
* Visit MBTA.com for service alerts and winter schedules.
* Sign up for T-Alerts to receive service updates.
* Download Transit App (MBTA endorsed app).
New Quincy Center Lots Open:
Free after-hours parking for nearby restaurants
Two new temporary parking lots on Hancock Street in Quincy Center are now open and offering free parking for evening visitors to bars and restaurants such as the Iron Furnace, Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Paddy Barry's and all of the long-standing and new establishments in the Square.
A total of more than 140 spaces are available in the two lots. The first is located next to the condominium development at the former Quincy Fair Mall site and is accessible via Ross Way,. The second is directly across Walter Hannon Parkway right behind the Hannon monument.
The lots are within a block of the heart of downtown's burgeoning dining and nightlife scene, which continues to grow as development and construction projects move forward at the same time.
The Quincy Fair Mall parking area is set aside for permit parkers during business hours but is open to the public anytime after 4:00 p.m. and all day and night on weekends. The Walter Hannon Parkway lot is open to the public at all times.
Parking fees and rules have not changed in the primary municipal parking area, the Hancock Parking Lot.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quincy Police DARE Officer Don Sautter: (617) 745-5735 or e-mail: email@example.com
Quincy Police Department: Community Policing Unit:
Lieutenant Tim Sorgi, Supervisor: (617) 770-4993 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Roger White (Quincy Square): (857) 342-0523 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Bill Mitchell (Ward 1): (617) 594-2082 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Matthew Miller (Ward 2): (617) 594-2070 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Timothy Simmons (Ward 3): (339) 235-6662 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Jimmie Whedbee (Ward 4): (617) 483-0599 or e-mail: email@example.com
Officer Jim Silcox (Ward 5): (339) 237-1575 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Greg Mar (Ward 6): (617) 594-2028 or e-mail: email@example.com
Quincy Police Department: School Resource Officers:
Officer Gregg Hartnett (Middle Schools): E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Steve Burgio (Quincy High School): E-mail: email@example.com
Officer Matt Pantazelos (North Quincy High School): E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
School Closing Information: 2016-2017
**Update: Monday, January 2, 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 Channel 7 & WLVI (CW) Channel 56||WATDS 95.9 FM (South Shore)|
|WBTS (NBC) Channel 10||WTKK 96.9 FM|
|WFXT (FOX) Channel 25||WMEX 1510 AM|
Comcast Cable Provider for the Quincy Residents:
Quincy Access Television Channel 8
Quincy Government Access Television Channel 11
Quincy Education Access Television Channel 22
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: email@example.com (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 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.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Roger White||Quincy Square||(857) email@example.com|
|Officer William Mitchell||Ward 1||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Matthew Miller||Ward 2||(617) email@example.com|
|Officer Timothy Simmons||Ward 3||(339) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Jimmie Whedbee||Ward 4||(617) email@example.com|
|Officer Jim Silcox||Ward 5||(339) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Greg Mar||Ward 6||(617) email@example.com|
Subject to change for the Community Police Officer contact information.