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28th Annual Cleaner, Greener In Quincy 2017:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy will be hosting 28th Annual Cleaner, Greener In Quincy event begins on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. in all across the citywide to opens for the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens, elected officials and the public are welcome to sign up and register throughout the day.

 

There will be clean up such as: beaches, marshes, parks, playgrounds, playgrounds, schools and much more in all across the citywide including our neighborhood area here in the City of Quincy.

 

Following after the clean up, please come and join with Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy are inviting you for the free cookout at Pageant Field at 12:30 -- 2:00 p.m. with a small token of appreciation!

 

To register for the event, please click here.

 

For more information, please contact Paul Doherty can be reached at (617) 376-1251 or e-mail: pdoherty@quincyma.gov with any questions or concerns.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Programs:

 

Programs Follow Release of Inter-Secretariat Working Group Report

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a suite of six new programs aimed at increasing affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency programs. The programs build upon the efforts of the Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Final Working Group Report, also released today, and are the final component of the Baker-Polito Administration’s $15 million Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy (AACEE) Initiative. The announcement was made by Governor Baker at a tour of a Newton Housing Authority complex that has been upgraded with clean energy technologies as part of the Commonwealth’s Earth Week celebration.

 

“These new programs will allow for more low-income families in Massachusetts to access more affordable clean energy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The report shows continued collaboration across state government is crucial to the Commonwealth building upon the success we have achieved in reducing the energy burden for low-income communities.”

 

“This kind of collaboration between state agencies and regional and municipal partners on the front lines of clean and efficient energy across the Commonwealth will effectively help families gain access to clean energy technology,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This suite of programs will help unleash the full potential of Massachusetts’ clean energy programs by expanding access at all economic levels.”

 

Among the programs launched today is Affordable Clean Residential Energy (ACRE), which seeks to fund six awards for up to a total of $3 million to nonprofits that serve low income residents focusing on housing or supplying energy services. The awards aim to provide lifetime energy cost savings of up to $4.5 million for low income residents by funding programs that support the installation of solar electric and air-source heat pump systems in homes that contain one to four housing units. Further, the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Division will offer Affordable Access Regional Coordination (AARC) grants to Regional Planning Authorities and Councils of Government to build in-house expertise around energy efficiency and clean energy through programs that provide training, education, and coordination services to municipal or community organizations that support low income populations.

 

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working across municipal, state, and federal agencies to break down barriers to affordable, clean energy and maximize program impact for Massachusetts’ residents,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “DOER continues to lead the charge to ensure that residents across the Commonwealth have local access to clean and efficient energy technologies.”

 

In order to build upon the intergovernmental cooperation that is the cornerstone of the AACEE, DOER will continue to work with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to identify and support renewable energy improvements in state-sponsored public housing that provide significant energy savings for the Commonwealth’s housing authorities.

 

“The Commonwealth continues to be a national leader in solar installations and energy efficiency programs, but our efforts will only continue to be successful if all residents have access to the same clean energy opportunities,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “As DOER works to implement our next solar incentive program, the efforts of AACEE initiative focus our efforts on expanding access to more residents to increase their energy savings.”

 

“Our administration is committed to collaboration, and this working group is creating exciting new programs that work across agencies to improve the quality of life of low-income residents,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. “Ensuring low-income residents can access reliable, low-cost clean energy is a benefit to the community, the environment and working families across the Commonwealth.”

 

DOER is also announcing the Zero-Energy Modular Affordable Housing Initiative (ZE-MAHI) grant program, which will help Massachusetts achieve significant replicable improvements in the energy performance of mobile and manufactured housing in the Commonwealth through the replacement of existing manufactured homes with new modular zero energy housing.

 

“By expanding access to clean energy resources for residents across the Commonwealth, we are able to increase adoption and grow the state’s renewable energy portfolio,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “This program will increase options for low-income families to access clean, renewable energy, providing new opportunities to meet their energy needs with innovative, cost-effective solutions.”

 

DOER recently released the final design for the Commonwealth’s next solar incentive program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART. SMART will continue Massachusetts’ nation leading solar growth with widespread access for all ratepayers, including low income residents and community shared solar. Once a new solar incentive has been approved and goes into effect, DOER will provide a $300,000 competitive grant for a low income community shared solar project that demonstrates an effective project design and use of the new incentive. 

 

“Massachusetts has been the most energy efficient state in the nation for the past six years,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), founding chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. “Making it easier for folks of all income levels to take advantage of new technologies and more sustainable programs makes sense not only for our environment, but our economy as well. We need to do all we can to keep our energy bills low, and this grant program will help many more residents take advantage of a clean energy future.”

 

“I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for expanding opportunities for low-income families across the state to utilize cost-saving clean energy technologies like solar panels and heat pump water heaters,” said State Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. “Under the leadership of Speaker DeLeo and Governor Baker, we have made great strides towards our shared goals of energy efficiency, clean energy jobs, and emissions reductions for Massachusetts.”

 

In addition to the many programs released today, DOER is also releasing an RFI to develop a whole building incentive program for multifamily subsidized affordable housing. The whole building incentive program will identify demonstration project opportunities and support energy- and cost-saving solutions that utilize both energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

 

Governor Baker continued the Administration’s commitment to preparing for and combating climate change by signing an Executive Order which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguards residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth. The Executive Order emphasizes the importance of intergovernmental cooperation and public-private partnerships to the overall mission of combating climate change.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million Grant for New WPI Laboratory for Smart, Secure Medical Device Innovation:

 

PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an integrated engineering/healthcare research and development center that will accelerate the creation of smart, secure digital health technologies and support workforce development for the industry.

 

Worcester, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $5 million matching grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), to support the launch of a new landmark healthcare research and product development initiative called PracticePoint at WPI. The new award from MassTech’s Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Program will match contributions from WPI and private sector stakeholders, including GE Healthcare Life Sciences, and fund new integrated research and development labs focused on the commercialization of secure healthcare devices and systems.

 

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the grant this morning at a ceremony in Worcester, alongside WPI President Dr. Laurie Leshin and Ann R. Klee, Vice President of Boston Development and Operations at GE.

 

“PracticePoint at WPI will help ensure Massachusetts continues as a global leader in digital healthcare and the innovation economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Along with our administration’s existing investments in advanced materials, smart devices, data and cyber security, this new public-private research and development partnership will deliver new advancements that create jobs and improve the lives of patients across the globe.”

 

“This exciting new facility will offer space for researchers to explore new opportunities and technology like never before,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “By integrating medical labs with manufacturing and testing, PracticePoint at WPI will deliver new innovations and make the Worcester region a leader in delivering the next generation of healthcare advancements and jobs.”

 

Located at Gateway Park at WPI, the PracticePoint facility will provide simulated healthcare settings and integrate them with advanced research and development infrastructure, enabling companies large and small to test and evolve their technologies. Multidisciplinary academic and industry teams will conduct pre-competitive research at PracticePoint to advance the entire field. The center will also offer a range of educational and training opportunities for workforce development to support the growing digital health industry in Massachusetts, which already boasts over 350 companies. 

 

PracticePoint at WPI will focus on the development of cyber-physical healthcare systems and products. These systems and products could include any device that intelligently interacts with people or things, such as robotic diagnostic tools, image-guided surgical robots, sensor-enabled and personalized therapeutics, smart rehabilitation devices, smart orthoses and prosthetics, or home healthcare proxy devices. These smart and secure devices can help improve surgical procedures, rehabilitative care, and independent living, while ultimately enabling highly personalized precision therapies, procedures, and diagnostics to deliver truly personalized care.

 

The center will feature four settings -- surgical, clinical, rehabilitative, and home healthcare -- in a single research and development facility. The facility will accelerate digital health product development cycles by providing rapid point-of-practice testing that co-locates healthcare practitioners and technical teams, advanced manufacturing infrastructure, and testing technologies, while integrating secure data analytics and equipment to test technologies for cyber security vulnerabilities. 

 

The Commonwealth’s investment in PracticePoint will be matched by nearly $9.5 million in funds from WPI, as well as $2.5 million from GE Healthcare Life Sciences in both capital investments and imaging equipment. 

 

“Imagine new ways to treat inoperable tumors, new systems that allow elders to remain at home safely, or smart devices that speed rehabilitative care—these are just some of the extraordinary technologies we hope will emerge when we bring together creative engineers, scientists and clinicians to work in the novel setting that PracticePoint provides,” said WPI President Laurie Leshin. “I want to thank Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito, and the administration’s economic development team for partnering with WPI and GE to make this new initiative a reality.”

 

“The contribution of direct, in-kind and equipment totaling $2.5 million from GE Healthcare Life Sciences strengthens our longstanding connection with WPI, an important business, research and recruiting partner for GE. It also reinforces GE’s commitment to investment and innovation throughout Massachusetts in conjunction with the move of our headquarters to Boston,” said Ger Brophy, General Manager at GE Healthcare Life Sciences. “Worcester Polytechnic Institute prepares the next generation of scientists and engineers that we need at GE and GE Healthcare Life Sciences to continue our work of enabling clinicians and researchers to discover, develop and deliver life-changing therapies.”

 

The Commonwealth’s participation in PracticePoint at WPI advances the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, a statewide public-private economic development partnership the Baker-Polito Administration launched in January 2016. The administration has also formed a public-private Digital Healthcare Council, to accelerate the discovery and deployment of digital health technologies; launched a marketplace program, to connect early-stage digital health firms to pilot opportunities; led an economic development mission to Israel, focused on digital health and cyber security technologies; and supported the opening of a new digital health accelerator in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, PULSE@MassChallenge.

 

“We are proud of our ongoing work to develop regional technology clusters, and harness emerging technologies as drivers of regional economic development,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Worcester is already a leader in robotics, healthcare delivery, and the life sciences. PracticePoint at WPI will build on that expertise, and create a vibrant new economic engine in the heart of Massachusetts.”

 

“By making direct investments into innovation infrastructure, we are expanding the innovation capacity at our universities, and in turn, supporting the growth of industry clusters that are vital to the Commonwealth’s future economic growth,” said Tim Connelly, Executive Director/CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “WPI has a strong track record of bringing together faculty and students with leading companies to advance research. We are confident that this investment will continue that track record, while boosting the competitiveness of our Massachusetts companies and students as they engage with the global economy.”

 

This is the sixth award made by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative under the Commonwealth’s Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program, which makes high-impact capital grant awards in promising areas of technology innovation. Through the matching grant program, MassTech is also supporting the growth of regional emerging technology clusters in big data and cyber security, nanomanufactured smart sensors, printed electronics, marine robotics, and cloud computing.

 

The Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program was established in 2012, with a $50 million in capital authorization, to spur additional research and development activity in the Commonwealth’s regions. The Baker-Polito Administration secured an additional $15 million in capital authorization through the 2016 economic development legislation. Proposals funded under the program are reviewed by an Investment Advisory Committee composed of executives from academia, industry, and the venture capital communities.

 

About MassTech:

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is an innovative public agency working to enhance economic growth, accelerate technology use and adoption, and harness the value of research by engaging in meaningful collaborations across academia, industry, and government.  From improving our health care systems and expanding high-speed internet across the state to fostering emerging industry clusters, MassTech is driving innovation and supporting a vibrant economy across the Commonwealth.  www.masstech.org.

 

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 40 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

 

About GE Healthcare:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. 

 

For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.


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Baker-Polito Administration Establishes Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts:

 

State's first advisory council on aging will guide administration policy to support healthy aging

 

Cambridge, MA -- Today, at MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order establishing the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. The Council will develop a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts, to achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and they will make up 23% of the Commonwealth’s population by 2035.

 

“The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 65 is inconsistent with what I see around Massachusetts every day,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Many of our older adults still have ample time, energy and talent available to start a second or third career, volunteer in their community, become a mentor or pursue an unfulfilled passion. I look forward to the council’s work considering ways for the state to improve public and private means for supporting and engaging with older adults.”

 

The council will be co-chaired by two social workers, philanthropist Eileen Connors and Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, and is comprised of leaders across the business community, health care, technology and innovation, advocacy organizations, caregivers, and municipal leaders.

 

“Each municipality across the Commonwealth must be prepared to support an aging population,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “I look forward to the council’s recommendations on what the state can do to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of older adults, while protecting their right to live in respectful, inclusive communities, free of ageism.”

 

“Many older adults work, volunteer, and contribute to their communities through civic engagement,” said Eileen Connors, Council Co-Chair. “One in four people 65+ volunteer in a variety of capacities and continue to contribute to our state.”

 

“The Council will identify current effective and efficient practices, gaps in services and opportunities to support healthy aging,” said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services and co-chair of Council. “The Council’s plan will also include recommendations on improving public awareness of and access to services for older adults and family caregivers.”

 

“Healthy aging requires actively engaging with older adults as contributors to the social, economic, and civic fabric of our communities and encouraging physical and psychological health and well-being,” said Alice Bonner, Secretary of Executive Office of Elder Affairs. 

 

“Increased longevity is among humankind's greatest achievements,” said Joseph F. Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab. “The challenge we now face is to live not just longer, but also better. Innovations being developed here at MIT and throughout the Commonwealth promise to improve life for older adults and their families. Moreover, these new technologies, services, and related businesses are fast positioning Massachusetts as the global leader in the fast-growing longevity economy.”

 

The Council will be supported by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The full list of Council members  is below:

* Eileen Connors, Philanthropist, Co-Chair

* Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Co-Chair

* Bill Caplin; Retired, Insurance & Financial Planner, Transamerica Life Companies and Trans America Financial Advisors, Inc.

* Ruth Moy, Executive Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

* Joseph F. Coughlin, Director, MIT AgeLab

* Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc.

* Kevin J. Dumas, Mayor, City of Attleboro

* Tom Grape, Chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living

* Dan Henry, Chief Culture Officer, Bright Horizons

* Laura Iglesias M.D., Geriatric Medicine, Bay State Medical Center

* Steven Kaufman, Clinical Psychologist

* Brian O’Grady, Ph.D, Director, Williamstown COA & MCOA President

* Janina Sadlowski, Head of Quality & Regulatory Philips Home Monitoring

* Amy Schectman, President and CEO,  Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

* Tom Riley, President & CEO, Seniorlink

* Ger Brophy, Chief Technology Officer, Life Sciences, General Electric Healthcare

* Beth Dugan,  Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School, UMass Boston

* Betsy Howell-Hampton, Vice President, Population Health at Reliant Medical Group

* Nora Moreno Cargie, President, Tufts Health Plan Foundation

* Alicia Munnell, Director, Boston College Retirement Research Center

* Kate Fichter, assistant secretary for policy, MassDOT

* Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs

* Ron Walker, Secretary of Workforce Development 

* Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development

 

The Council is expected to deliver a preliminary report to the Governor by the end of 2017.

 

MIT AgeLab description:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab is a multidisciplinary program that works with businesses, governments, and NGOs to conduct research that improves the quality of life of older adults and those who care for them. The AgeLab applies human-centered systems thinking to understand the challenges and opportunities of 100 years of longevity. Research focuses include emerging technologies, business models, and emerging generational lifestyles that have the potential to catalyze innovations in transportation, home and community, care, and retirement planning. Working with Member organizations, the MIT AgeLab seeks to invent life tomorrow.

 

More information at: agelab.mit.edu


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Baker-Polito Administration Files "Fine Time" Legislation:

 

Bill to improve fairness will reduce the number of people incarcerated for their inability to pay a fine

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito proposed legislation that will create an opportunity for individuals to complete community service rather than paying a fine or serving jail time for failure to pay the fine. “Fine time” is the informal name for the process by which criminal defendants who fail to pay fines, fees and assessments may be incarcerated until their debt is satisfied – at a rate of $30 per day. Providing the option to complete community service, rather than pay a fine, will create a fairer system where punishments ultimately better align with their crimes.

 

“The ‘fine time’ legislation we filed today will incarcerate fewer people for simply being unable to pay a fine, while ensuring that penalties are still repaid in a more timely fashion,” said Governor Baker. “If enacted, this bill will improve the fairness of how fines, fees and assessments are administered for criminal defendants, while upholding our laws and the meaningful penalties associated with breaking them.”

 

“The current system for imposing fines or serving jail time is capable of negatively compounding a situation well beyond its original intent if an offender can’t afford to pay their penalty obligation,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We appreciate the hard work already done by the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee on this issue and look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature to enact this law to make the system more fair for those involved.”

 

The legislation filed today allows defendants who cannot afford to pay a fine to fulfill their debt to the court and community by performing community service. Should certain extenuating circumstances prevent a defendant from either paying a fine or completing community service, the law sensibly empowers judges to grant waivers and establishes a thoughtful procedural process for determining whether someone has the ability to satisfy their obligations.

 

A court may incarcerate a person only after a hearing and a written finding is issued demonstrating a defendant’s willful choice not to satisfy their obligations. The legislation also ensures a counsel is provided for indigent defendants before a prison sentence is imposed. Should a person be incarcerated for failure to pay a debt to the court, this legislation triples the daily rate from $30 per day to $90 per day, reducing the amount of time someone would need to serve to satisfy their obligation.

 

“The Senate report confirms the disturbing persistence of ‘fine time’ in Massachusetts. Now comes the hard part: fixing the system,” said Senator Mike Barrett (D – Lexington). “I’m pleased the governor and lieutenant governor agree that something needs to be done. I look forward to working with them very much.”

 

In November 2016, the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee released a report entitled Fine Time Massachusetts: Judges, Poor People, and Debtors’ Prison in the 21st Century.  The Committee’s report reveals that the present system lacks adequate procedural safeguards to protect individuals’ rights and leads to unjust outcomes. This legislation incorporates several of the Committee’s ideas and recommendations. 


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition to Improved Patient Care at Bridgewater State Hospital:

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that state officials oversaw the transition to a cultural change and new levels of patient care at Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) as outlined earlier this year. Early on Sunday, April 9th, Correct Care Solutions of Tennessee began providing mental health, medical and patient safety services at the forensic psychiatric facility for males and BSH correction officers were re-assigned to prison facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

 

The transition brought about significant reforms, such as an increase in the number of clinical staff and the closing of the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) in favor of providing treatment in the housing units. Correction Officers will continue to provide perimeter security at the BSH facility and transportation services for hospital patients, but will not have day to day interaction with patients.   In addition, two specialty mental health units were opened at the Old Colony Correctional Center on the Bridgewater Complex to provide continued intensive mental health services to the state criminally sentenced population who were once treated at the Bridgewater State Hospital.  As part of Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, the administration has prioritized $37 million for the clinical services contract at Bridgewater State Hospital to ensure all patients receive appropriate clinical care.

 

“This administration is committed to real change and to improving the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness at Bridgewater State Hospital,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This significant transition means that patients at the hospital facility will receive the care from staff with behavioral health expertise while correction officers will continue to provide perimeter security.” 

 

“The handover of patient care as laid out in our contract with Correct Care Solutions is an important milestone in the history of Bridgewater State Hospital and we are proud to be partners in this successful transition whose intent is to bring about a culture change that results in a new level of care,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. “This would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Massachusetts Corrections Officer Federated Union (MCOFU), the Bridgewater State Hospital Administration, and continuing support from the Governor’s Office.” 

 

“The administration prioritized funding the new clinical contract at Bridgewater State Hospital to better address the clinical health needs of patients,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore.

 

“Inpatient management services are now provided by clinically trained, trauma informed, non-uniformed direct care staff as part of DOC’s contract with Correct Care Solutions,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “This smooth transition of care is a welcome change at Bridgewater and the Department of Mental Health will continue to  consult with DOC on all aspects of mental health care and treatment for patients.”

 

Correct Care Solutions (CCS) was selected based on its extensive experience in treating individuals with serious behavioral health needs and for its specific knowledge of the Bridgewater State Hospital facility. The company is recognized as a national leader in the reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint and has significantly reduced rates of seclusion and restraint at other psychiatric hospitals where it oversees patient care. The contract was awarded to CCS earlier this year.

 

About Bridgewater State Hospital:

Bridgewater State Hospital was created by statute as a prison and mental health facility and is designated by statute for commitment of men with mental illness who require treatment in a strict security environment. BSH is accredited by the American Correctional Association and Joint Commission as a behavioral health facility and receives more than 700 admissions per year and the campus consists of 12 buildings on nearly 22 acres. The hospital serves only men who are involved in the criminal justice system – either have been charged with a crime and require evaluation, or have been convicted and sentenced, but require inpatient psychiatric treatment.  The current population is 209 men: one third committed for evaluation (e.g., competency to stand trial, determination of criminal responsibility); two thirds committed for treatment (commitment periods range from six months to one year ordered by court, and may be extended at the end of each period).  All are deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others by reason of mental illness, and require the strict security of BSH.


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City of Quincy Capital Improvement Plan:

 

The City of Quincy's Capital Improvement Plan is a strategic planning document that sets the community's investment goals for major public infrastructure projects and other improvements for a five-year period. The plan does not exist as a single expenditure item or a single all encompassing guideline for every investment in the next five years. It is instead a living document that changes from year-to-year as projects are started, completed and new ones are contemplated.

 

To view the Capital Improvement Plan, please click here.


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Mayor Walsh releases 2018 recommended budget:

 

The budget proposes data-driven investments and builds on the City's strong record of proactive fiscal management.

 

Boston, MA -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today presented his Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal, a plan that balances sustainability and increases investments in key initiatives and more fully supports Boston's neighborhoods. The proposed budget builds on the Walsh Administration's strong fiscal management record, maintains high levels of support for educating Boston's students and keeping the City of Boston safe, expands upon strategic initiatives to achieve cost savings, and positions the City to manage through instability at the national level.

 

Through thoughtful reform that achieves cost savings, and improved utilization of existing funds, Mayor Walsh's FY18 budget is able to make targeted investments towards achieving a thriving, healthy and innovative City. The recommended operating budget totals $3.14 billion, and represents an increase of $143.7 million or 4.8% over FY17.

 

"I am proud to put forth a budget that makes strategic investments to support Boston's neighborhoods, and builds on our strong record of fiscal management," said Mayor Walsh. "This proposal represents a smart, responsible, and sustainable fiscal strategy that is forward-looking and will achieve maximum impact by investing in our people. Together, we will continue to put the City of Boston in the very best possible position to thrive this coming year, and in the years ahead."

 

"Because of careful stewardship of taxpayer resources that has earned us four straight years of perfect bond ratings, this budget is able to propose targeted investments in key areas to improve quality of life and deliver world-class services to the people of Boston," said David Sweeney, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Boston. "I am proud that the City's strong management and unprecedented growth is paving the way for smart investments that will contribute to our city's prosperity."

 

"This budget builds on Mayor Walsh's successes across the City, including investing in research-driven reforms - like extending the school day - to closing achievement gaps, moving homeless individuals into permanent housing, building a pipeline for a diverse police force, and focusing on basic city services to make our streets cleaner and safer,"  said Katie Hammer, Budget Director for the City of Boston. "These data-driven investments are made possible due to our smart savings and revenue maximization initiatives across City government."

 

Strong Fiscal Management:

Mayor Walsh today presented a balanced budget that maintains a high level of support in critical areas because of the Administration's achievement of efficiencies and savings. The City's data-driven managerial approach was recently validated by the affirmation of Boston's AAA bond rating for the 4th year in a row. In February, Moody's Investor Services said that "Boston's AAA reflects the city's strong fiscal management and stable financial position as well as the large and growing tax base," while S&P Global Ratings said that they viewed "Boston's management environment as very strong."

 

In order to invest in the areas that will keep Boston thriving, the City has implemented a number of cost saving reforms in FY18 that will save the City a total of approximately $60 million, including:

 

* Departments will continue overtime reforms, saving almost $13 million in FY18;

 

* Long-term vacant positions will be eliminated;

 

* Health care cost containment reforms from the 2015 PEC agreement will achieve $10 million in annual savings in FY18;

 

* The City will save $5.8 million in energy costs due to 18,551 streetlight LED retrofits.

 

It is only because of consistent diligence in pursuing these reform efforts that the City is able to continue to expand investments in FY18.

 

Education:

The Boston School Committee approved a $1.061 billion budget for the Boston Public Schools (BPS) , which is projected to increase to $1.081 billion once collectively bargained cost increases are added, the largest appropriation in BPS history. That represents a projected $40 million increase since last year, and a $143 million increase since Mayor Walsh took office. Funding directed to schools (including district and charter schools), will increase by almost 4 percent, a $25 million increase over FY17, even before employee collective bargaining increases are negotiated. In total, with this budget, staff levels at BPS will have increased by approximately 250 since Mayor Walsh took office in 2014.

 

This budget includes a groundbreaking $14 million in additional investment to give 15,000 more students, from K-8, 120 hours of additional learning time, or the equivalent of 20 more school days per year. In addition, the budget supports numerous research-driven education investments and reforms, including expanding Excellence for All, adding pre-kindergarten (K1) seats, and providing supports to 3,000 students that have been identified as experiencing homelessness, in an effort to close achievement and opportunity gaps.

 

Housing:

Implementing Boston's Homeless Action Plan

To support the Mayor's Action Plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness, Boston's Way Home, the FY18 budget includes an increase of $150,000 in general funds to provide support services for veterans not eligible for veteran's affairs programs, and an investment of $50,000 in federal funds to modify the City's Homebuyer Financial Assistance Program to provide down payment assistance to veterans.

 

Improving Homeless Shelter Service and Safety

As a response to federal funding cuts, the City will provide additional resources to BPHC to ensure that the city's homeless shelters continue to operate 24/7. Moreover, in recognition of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's "Housing First" approach to ending chronic homelessness, the FY18 budget will support rapid re-housing programs that focus on helping households obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible.

 

Delivering Exceptional Basic City Services and Safer Streets:

Mayor Walsh's Administration will continue ensuring that city streets are clean, with a full-time hokey (street cleaner) in every Public Works District, to help patrol neighborhoods, empty our litter baskets, and pick up trash. In addition, to improve safety and expand access to our streets, Boston is launching a citywide, multi-year campaign to bring all crosswalks, lane markings and bike lanes into a good state of repair.

 

Health and Safety:

Improving Addiction Services & utilizing data-driven solutions to maximize impact

 

This budget builds on the success of the PAATHS (Providing Access to Addictions Treatment, Hope and Support) program by enabling it to expand services to evenings and weekends.

 

Mayor Walsh will launch a data-driven initiative to change the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are deployed to improve patient outcomes and ambulance utilization. EMTs will be deployed on rotating schedules in non-transport vehicles to triage call types in Downtown Boston and Recovery Road area.

 

Prosperity and Equity:

Recruiting a Diverse Police Force

 

Building on the success of recruiting a diverse class of 42 officers in 2016, representing 74 percent cadets of color and 36 percent female cadets, Mayor Walsh's FY18 budget adds another class of 20, for a total of about  60 cadets.

 

Promoting Firefighter Health and Safety

The FY18 budget will include $50,000 for a pilot program to provide industrial level cleaning for firehouses to improve health outcomes for firefighters.

 

Open Space:

Consistent with previous investments in making Boston's open spaces among the nation's most equitable and accessible, this budget invests in a rotation of small renovations to neighborhood ball fields to keep them safe and playable.

 

Expanding Access for All:

This budget allows for library services to be restored to Chinatown after 54 years, providing easy access to a community gathering space, a play for teens and children to study and learn, and a location to access critical 21st century services, including internet and computers. In addition, the FY18 budget proposal offers support for local artists through grant making and residencies.


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Workforce Skills Cabinet Kicks Off New Regional Planning Initiative:

 

Seven teams to develop regional plans to address skills gap, spur economic growth

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a new regional planning initiative aimed at addressing the skills gap by bringing together regional teams of educators, workforce, and economic development professionals to create a statewide blueprint for growth strategies in every region of the Commonwealth.

 

The regional planning initiative, launched by the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, will better align work across different state and local agencies to fuel job growth and address employer demand for talent by region. The regional approach will help build strong regional economies to ensure all residents benefit from the state’s economic successes.

 

Seven regional teams will devise local strategies for a statewide plan used to inform policy-making and investments targeted at strengthening the Massachusetts economy. 

 

“While the Massachusetts economy continues to thrive, these regional initiatives will help ensure the state is continuing our work to match skills with employer demand,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The regional teams have an opportunity to specifically tailor our regional economic strengths, needs, and investments in a way that will shape the entire Commonwealth.”

 

“We believe this work will be important for connecting local and state government to improve economic growth,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “These regional strategies will help inform our decision-making at the state level, so we can better help communities strengthen their local economies, and make strategic investments as a state to close the skills gap.” 

 

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito announced the new initiative at Worcester Technical High School, along with the Workforce Skills Cabinet - Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II and Education Secretary James Peyser.

 

The regional teams will use local labor market data to identify industries and occupations that are growing in their regions, and develop action steps to address gaps in talent and skills for those jobs. The regional planning initiative is aimed at helping more residents gain credentials, education and job skills in high-demand career pipelines.

 

“This is the first time the three sectors – education, economic development and workforce – have come together at a regional level to make joint decisions,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “The goal for this state-regional planning process is to bring together multiple local organizations to create consensus on high-demand industries and occupations, and then identify strategies that regional partners can collectively advance.” 

 

“The Regional Planning Initiative will provide a vital bridge between local and state policy makers on how to maximize our workforce development programs across Massachusetts,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker. "We look forward to furthering these partnerships and helping to ensure that workers and employers have access to resources which fit their unique employment environments.”

 

“A deep dive into regional data will help us solve outstanding challenges in our workforce pipeline,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “We need fresh strategies to pull more residents into high-performing community college and training programs, ensure their completion and accelerate matching graduates and qualified workers with open job opportunities.”

 

Since Governor Baker established the Workforce Skills Cabinet by Executive Order in February, 2015 the three Cabinet Secretaries have worked closely to create partnerships to respond to businesses’ demand for skilled workers and develop plans to help residents get the skills they need to fill jobs in the Commonwealth.

 

Through the Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $24 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 63 different vocational technical schools, community colleges and traditional public high schools to upgrade vocational technical equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries, impacting more than 7,100 students per year.


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Baker-Polito Administration Provides Gateway Cities Additional Support to Combat Heroin and Opioid Abuse:

 

Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced seven awards for local law enforcement departments from Massachusetts Gateway Cities to fund additional support for their efforts in combating the heroin and opioid epidemic. The awards will assist law enforcement investigations, local drug prevention programs, and provide mental health and treatment wraparound services for those struggling with addiction.

 

“The heroin and opioid epidemic has shattered the lives of far too many Commonwealth families and our administration is committed to eradicating the epidemic at every level to support our communities and address this public health crisis,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased that these grants will serve as another important tool to support our gateway cities from law enforcement investigations to critical treatment services.”  

 

“I’m incredibly proud of the work currently being done within our municipalities and spearheaded by our local leaders,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This funding will provide much needed resources to these law enforcement departments as they investigate and apprehend those who traffic and distribute drugs illegally.”

 

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) will distribute over $250,000 in federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds to local law enforcement departments of Gateway Cities who submitted a competitive proposal for financial assistance.  In the past 24-months, Pubic Safety Secretary, Daniel Bennett has made available over $7M in JAG funding awarded to EOPSS by the Department of Justice to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in the fight against substance abuse and violence.  

 

“These awards will support our public safety officers who are on the front lines tackling heroin, fentanyl and prescription drug abuse every day,” said Secretary Bennett. “Providing these much needed resources at the local level is an important first step in making communities safer for all.” 

 

“The City of Quincy police are pleased to receive this grant funding as it will give us the opportunity to increase education, awareness, and enforcement around addiction issues,” said Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan. “It will also help us develop a strategic plan to make a positive difference to combat illegal substance abuse in our community.”

 

“This grant will greatly assist us as we try to mitigate the impact of deadly opiates in our community,” said Taunton Chief of Police Edward James Walsh. “Through outreach we are able to work with our community partners to provide assistance to users and families and help end the stigma of addiction.”

 

“This department will use grant funds to focus limited resources on areas in which drug activity is occurring or likely to occur based on data and intelligence,” said Fitchburg Chief of Police Ernest F. Martineau. “Increased enforcement in hot spots for drug activity and other criminal activity associated with drugs will reduce drug traffic, property crime, violent crime, and may increase overall arrests.”

 

2017 EOPSS Heroin and Opioid Local Crime Reduction Gateway City Awardees:

Attleboro Police Department $49,920.00

The Attleboro Police Department will be adding a trained addiction counselor to be available at both the police department as well as making home visits to individuals seeking treatment services.

 

Brockton Police Department $50,000.00

The Brockton Police Department will be partnering with Gandara Health center to provide treatment and wraparound services to individuals struggling with addiction.

 

Fitchburg Police Department $49,881.15

The Fitchburg Police Department will be increasing drug interdiction and investigation to identify sources of opiates. Their officers will also partake in Street Level Narcotics training.

 

Leominster Police Department $45,815.84

The Leominster Police Department will hire a recovery advocate to assist the department with wrap around services for addicts, as well as track individual cases to build stronger data and lower recidivism.

 

Quincy Police Department $44,760.00

Data and analysis is used to drive law enforcement strategies to reduce crime, solve community problems, and improve operational effectiveness.

 

Salem Police Department $27,773.02

Salem Police Department will be partnering with the Boys and Girls club to implement new training and early intervention tools for at risk youth.

 

Taunton Police Department $21,600.00

Taunton Police Department will be increasing their community outreach in high risk areas.


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Governor Baker Files Legislation to Increase Penalties for Assault of Police Officers:

 

Proposal would make assaulting an officer and causing serious bodily harm a felony

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker renewed his call for stronger court procedures and penalties for individuals charged with assaulting a police officer, upgrading the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony when causing serious bodily harm. The proposal would improve the court’s ability to deal with the cases of individuals who have demonstrated disregard for law enforcement and pose a threat to the public’s safety.

 

“Under current law, sufficient penalties do not exist for individuals who assault police officers and cause serious harm,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The absence of such penalties makes the job of law enforcement that much harder and more dangerous, and illustrates the need to increase those penalties and ensure the punishment can meet such an offense."

 

“Our system should have the ability to respond strongly if an individual attacks and harms one of our police officers,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Those with such a disdain for the rule of law must know that the Commonwealth will take their actions seriously.”

 

“Having the option to hold individuals who have committed a serious assault on a police officer means we could keep dangerous individuals off the streets as they await trial, a move that would benefit law enforcement and the public at large,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Dan Bennett.

 

First filed in June, 2016, during the previous legislative session, Governor Baker’s legislation would make three changes in the way that courts could respond to people who commit assaults and batteries on police officers: 

 

1. In cases where the person causes serious bodily injury to the police officer, the penalty will be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony and the maximum sentence will be increased to ten years in state prison. The current maximum is set at two and a half years.

 

2. In cases where an individual causes serious bodily injury to a police officer, judges will be precluded from continuing the case without a finding, placing the defendant on probation, or giving the defendant a suspended sentence. These are not appropriate punishments when a person breaks a police officer’s jaw or arm, blinds an officer, or causes an injury that result in a substantial risk of death. Instead, judges will be required to impose a sentence of at least one year of incarceration in cases involving this sort of serious injury.

 

3. The governor’s proposal would allow judges to consider whether individuals charged with this offense present a danger to the community and, in appropriate cases, hold the person pretrial. Under current law, judges are required to release a person charged with assaulting a police officer in the line of duty without considering whether that person is a danger to the community. While not every person who commits this offense necessarily presents a danger to the community such that he or she should be held pretrial, the nature of the offense is such that a court should at least be permitted to ask the question.

 

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Baker-Polito Administration Creates New State Public Service Award To Honor Former Governor Paul Cellucci:

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the opening of the Commonwealth’s 33rd annual Performance Recognition Program application period, which will include a new award created for the 2017 program titled the “Governor Paul Cellucci Award for Leadership and Mentoring in State Government.” The Cellucci Award will be open to any Executive Branch or Higher Education employee who has been in state service for 2 years and are leaders in the area of mentoring in the workplace and the fostering of a supportive and learning environment amongst colleagues.

 

"Paul took enormous pride in the team he built to work by his side in public service with integrity and determination,” said Jan Cellucci, wife of the former Governor. “It also gave Paul enormous joy, even as he faced the realities of ALS,  that many members of his Administration were inspired to continue to serve the Commonwealth.  Our family  remains indebted to their service and is so grateful that others will be encouraged to follow Paul's example through this award."

 

“Working with and for Governor Paul Cellucci for eight years allowed me to learn and benefit tremendously from his insights and collaborative spirits,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Like so many others, I was able to advance because of his interest in my growth and development and willingness to teach others what he already knew.” 

 

“Governor Paul Cellucci was my friend and mentor and I'm proud and honored to have his portrait hang in my office as a reminder of the strength and power of bipartisan leadership and state partnership with local government,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “A true public servant, I am inspired by his example and strive to incorporate the values of respect and civility in my work today and am pleased to see his legacy recognized through the works of others employed by our Commonwealth.”

 

“I had the tremendous honor of working for Governor Cellucci, who was one of the nicest and most genuine persons I have ever met,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff under Governor Cellucci.  “This award will preserve his legacy and set the bar for future state employees who choose to follow in his footsteps and serve the Commonwealth.”

 

Argeo Paul Cellucci of Hudson served as Governor of the Commonwealth from 1997 – 2001, when he was appointed Ambassador to Canada by President George W. Bush. Cellucci had previously served the Commonwealth as Lieutenant Governor (1991 – 1997), a State Senator (1985-1991), and a State Representative (1977-1985). Governor Cellucci spent his career engaging others to embrace public service and instilling a philosophy of “paying it forward.”  He was known for his commitment to keeping taxes low, maintaining fiscal discipline, supporting higher education standards, and combating domestic and sexual violence.

 

The Commonwealth will honor all Performance Recognition Program award winners at a State House ceremony in the Fall, date to be determined.  Other awards to be given out will include Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, the Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award, and the Commonwealth Equity in Governance Award.


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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Pilot Domestic Violence Assessment Tool for Local Law Enforcement:

 

Quincy, MA -- Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the launch of a pilot initiative in partnership with the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) to provide local law enforcement with tools to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and assist in gathering history and identifying risk and re-assault factors.

 

“Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito, we are pleased to launch this pilot program to provide a proven toolkit to more law enforcement officials to better respond to tragic cases of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is devoted to eradicating domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities and will continue to pursue more ways to crack down on perpetrators, improve prevention and enhance support for our families and communities.”

 

“Tools like these worksheets are critical in addressing violent crimes against women, and in improving our response to them,” said Lt. Governor Polito, chair of the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. “Our Council is committed to working together to develop more solutions, to provide support for survivors, and to end domestic violence and sexual assault here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” 

 

In April 2015, Governor Baker signed Executive Order 563, re-launching the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Last fall, the Council announced this year’s priorities with the launch of work groups in five priority areas identified by the Council and the administration. The Response and Assessment work group of the Council created Domestic Violence Assessment and Strangulation worksheets.

 

The Domestic Violence Assessment and Strangulation worksheets were developed to assist municipalities, who are not part of high risk teams, by providing tools, training, and guidance in gathering the appropriate information in domestic violence cases. 

 

The worksheets will inform basic safety planning and services, bail decisions, conditions of probations, probation conditions and sentencing of an offender. These tools will also help Intimate Partner Abuse Education programs, assist in custody, visitation, 209A and any other civil matters where safety of adults and children should be considered. The worksheets give guidance on important information for law enforcement to gather when they are responding to survivors of domestic violence and provide them with protocols on disseminating information to those survivors on where they can get support, as well as document important information that may influence the ability to hold offenders accountable and increase safety for survivors and children.

 

“This pilot program and the related training around the Domestic Violence Assessment Worksheet is a prime example of specialized programming that will add another layer to MPTC’s already robust Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training Programs, and we are proud to take part in this initiative to assist law enforcement and the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, ” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett.

 

“The next steps are to update the assessment tool and training based upon feedback from these departments and then to put this toolkit into the hands of all police officers statewide, along with providing them with the related training,” said Dan Zivkovich, MPTC Executive Director.

 

The four pilot communities the work sheets are being launched in are Foxboro, Greenfield, Quincy and Woburn. Training for the program will begin at each police department in mid-April.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Consolidation of Division of Professional Licensure:

 

Consolidation will bring activities formerly run out of the Department of Public Safety into DPL

 

Boston, MA -- Effective Monday, March 27th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the consolidation of the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and the Department of Public Safety. This consolidation will create The Office of Public Safety and Inspections within DPL, a regulatory agency under the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business regulation.

 

In January, Governor Baker filed the reorganization plan under Article 87 of the Massachusetts Constitution, to streamline licensing functions that were previously split across separate secretariats. The reorganization transfers all non-fire related functions of the Department of Public Safety to the Office of Public Safety and Inspections. These responsibilities include building codes and building-related functions, and functions related to public events and amusements. This is the first Article 87 reorganization initiated under the Baker-Polito Administration.

 

“This consolidation will result in better oversight and accountability to our core mission of ensuring public safety,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Bringing all of our non-fire related building inspections and functions under the Division of Professional Licensure will eliminate redundancies and increase coordination.”

 

“Our administration charged every secretariat, every department, to think creatively about how we serve constituents and how we can improve,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This reorganization will streamline interactions between constituents and government, improving customer service and convenience.”

 

“This is an important and positive change for consumers, the construction and building industry, licensees, and the numerous boards of the Department of Public Safety and the Division of Professional Licensure,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Consolidation will lead to clearer standards and better services to the building and construction industry.”

 

“This reorganization creates efficiencies for members of the public holding construction-based, professional licenses who previously had to visit multiple agencies to complete the licensure process,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. “This reform also transfers certain programs and responsibilities to the agencies that are the best equipped to carry out those missions.”

 

This reorganization consolidates the regulation and licensing of more than 180 trades and professions in Massachusetts. Before the reorganization, individuals holding licenses across multiple trades may have to interact with both DPS and DPL to obtain licenses and inspectional services. Consolidation will also reduce the need for multiple inspections by multiple agencies, allow for better coordination of inspections of state-owned buildings and resolve cross-jurisdictional issues that may have previously involved DPS and DPL more efficiently.

 

In addition to the newly created Office of Public Safety and Inspections, the Division of Professional Licensure is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process to protect public health, safety, and welfare. The Division oversees 28 boards of registration and 50 trades and professions. The Division also licenses Private Occupational Schools. The Department of Public Safety also has current oversight on a variety of licensing areas, including amusement devises, elevators, construction supervisors and security system installation. Together, these two agencies license over 500,000 individuals, business, and schools, and generate approximately $60 million dollars in revenue.

 

“The burden on the construction and trade professions in the Commonwealth will be substantially lessened by moving the licensing and oversight under the jurisdiction of one agency,” said Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Undersecretary John Chapman. “Many of these individuals also have to be registered as Home Improvement Contractors with my office and, working with Commissioner Borstel we will look for additional opportunities to modernize and simplify government.”

 

“The Division has given significant thought and careful consideration into the Governor’s plan,” said Chuck Borstel, Commissioner of the Division of Professional Licensure. “We have the organizational structure, management, and expertise in place to ensure a smooth transition for all licensees.”

 

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation along with its five agencies work together to achieve two goals: to protect and empower consumers through advocacy and education, and to ensure a fair playing field for all Massachusetts businesses.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Rate Increases For Early Education And Care Programs:

 

Department of Early Education and Care will also increase access to child care for low-income families

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a 6 percent rate increase for all early education programs that provide care for low-income families, worth $28.6 million, which represents the largest rate hike for subsidized early education and care programs in 10 years.

 

The Administration also plans to reinvest an additional $9.3 million on an annual basis to provide further rate hikes to some infant and toddler care providers to ensure they are paid the median reimbursement rate.

 

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will also increase access to child care - serving approximately 1,100 more children during FY’18 - by reissuing vouchers from families that no longer need subsidized care during the year, which would have gone unused otherwise.

 

The significant investment in rate increases will support early educator salaries and benefits at early education and care programs in order to improve hiring and retention issues faced by programs that serve families receiving state subsidies.

 

Along with the rate increases, EEC plans to ensure income-eligible children receive access to at least 12 months of continuous care, regardless of changes in family status.

 

“We are pleased to work with the Legislature to provide these rate increases for providers who care and educate our youngest residents,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is vital for these programs to be able to train and retain experienced staff, and these rates increases will help them accomplish that important aspect of any high-quality child care program.”

 

“This significant investment will ensure our state’s early education and care programs are able to pay good teachers more, and help improve the quality of programs by maintaining continuity of staff,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

 

The rate increases depend on legislative approval to move available funding from Fiscal Year ’17 to Fiscal Year ’18.

 

“These rate increases represent a historic investment in our early education workforce, which in combination with other initiatives and policy reforms, lays a strong foundation for meaningful quality improvements in this crucial sector of our education system,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.

 

“With today’s announcement, the Commonwealth moves one step closer to universal access to high quality early education services. The Senate has long prioritized funding to expand access to those services, as well as supporting efforts to boost quality and rates," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "There are few items in the state budget where the return on investment is as great as early education and care services.”

 

"Teachers are at the heart of a high-quality early education and care system,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber. “I am thrilled that the Department is able to make this important progress to help early education programs provide better compensation for our workforce and recognize their important work and valuable contribution to our Commonwealth."

 

“Promoting children’s healthy development starts with investing in the adults who care for them,” said Board of Early Education and Care Chair Nonie Lesaux. “We know from decades of research that rich, rigorous, and fun learning opportunities are more likely when educators are well-trained and are able to stay and grow in their professional roles. This rate increase is an essential investment in those who are so vital to the Commonwealth’s youngest citizens.”

 

"The tentative agreement reached by our union SEIU Local 509 and the Baker-Polito administration is a positive step forward in our fight for fair wages and quality training for all individuals in our state,” said President of SEIU Local 509 Peter MacKinnon. “I am proud of the work that our union has done to secure a contract that directly invests and supports our educators and families of the commonwealth while also developing the workforce.  We would like to thank the Department of Early Education and Care in working with us to reach this tentative agreement and are especially grateful to the Commonwealth's leadership -- Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg, and the entire Legislature -- for making early education, and those that provide it, a priority."

 

“These funds will help programs attract and retain qualified educators, which will help ensure that children receive high-quality early education and care," said William Eddy, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Early Education & Care. "An early education workforce in crisis deeply appreciates the efforts of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg to recognize and address this issue by investing in our educators, families, and future.”

 

The new funding will extend the 3.6 percent rate increase to state-subsidized family child care programs, who are represented by the Service International Employees’ Union Local 509 (SEIU 509). Earlier this year, center-based early education and care programs received a 3.6 percent increase in reimbursement rates.

 

Funding for these initiatives is available due to the full implementation of the state’s Child Care Financial Assistance System (CCFA), a new technology platform for managing $500 million awarded annually in early education and care subsidies.

 

CCFA provides improved accuracy for verifying subsidy eligibility through real-time data validation at each step of the award process and stricter enforcement of financial assistance policies and regulations. All subsidized care providers are required to use CCFA for documenting subsidy eligibility, authorizing awards, reporting child attendance, and submitting billing requests to the Department of Early Education and Care.

 

Currently the state subsidizes approximately 4,200 early education and care programs to provide high-quality care at minimal - or no-cost for families who are low-income, or in-need of assistance.  Collectively, the subsidies provided to these programs support the enrollment of approximately 56,000 children daily.  The funding for the subsidized child care programs is provided through the state budget and is administered by the Department of Early Education and Care.


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Governor Baker Signs Legislation Doubling Line of Duty Death Benefit:

 

$144 million mid-year supplemental budget includes provision supporting families of first responders

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed H.3448, which will double the line of duty death benefit for the families of first responders from $150,000 to $300,000.  Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito were joined by State Fire Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey, State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo to sign the bill. 

 

“The Commonwealth is grateful for the devoted service of our first responders and their families who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is pleased to increase this benefit as a small token of our appreciation and gratitude for those who sadly make the ultimate sacrifice and hope it will provide some relief for their loved ones.”

 

“Further supporting the families and loved ones of our fallen heroes is the least we can do to express our gratefulness for the brave men and women protecting our Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We thank the legislature for including this important and timely provision in the legislation.” 

 

Increasing the line of duty death benefit was included in a mid-year supplemental budget bill that will provide additional funding for several state programs. This benefit is afforded by statute to any firefighter or police officer, whether their status is full-time or reserve, as well as public prosecutors, municipal or public emergency medical technicians and correction officers who are killed in the line of duty or who sustain injuries that were the direct cause of his or her death. The $300,000 benefit was made retroactive to March 15, 2017.

 

“I am very pleased that this increase to help the families of our first responders was included in the supplemental budget, along with necessary funding for other essential accounts,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore.

 

"Individuals who pursue inherently dangerous careers represent a special kind of public servant, and the respect we have for them is especially strong," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. "Increasing this benefit is one more way to honor the sacrifice that they and their family have made in order to keep the rest of us safe." 

 

“I often hear first responders talk about their trade as a brotherhood, in triumph and in sorrow, they come together and selflessly put others first,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “And while I’ll never fully know the bonds of that brotherhood, I believe that public officials must find ways to support those bonds, especially for the families of the heroes who are tragically killed in the line of duty.”

 

“We can never do enough to thank those that put themselves in harm's way to protect our residents,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “Increasing the line of duty benefit will not make the pain of losing a loved one go away but it will hopefully help take care of those family members that are left behind. The Commonwealth stands with our first responders and their families."

 

"No amount of money will bring back Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano," said Rich MacKinnon, Jr., president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. "But by increasing the line of duty benefits for him, and anyone in the future that makes the ultimate sacrifice, we are sending a strong message to their families that they are not forgotten. Like all of our proposed legislation, the goal is to see that our families are taken care of in the event that something happens to us. I applaud the Governor and legislature for their swift action on this legislation."

 

The supplemental budget also included funding for a new contract providing clinical patient care for patients Bridgewater State Hospital, home care services for seniors, the Department of Developmental Services’ Turning 22 program, and homeless emergency assistance family shelters.

 

To simplify the tax filing process for business taxpayers, the bill also includes a provision aligning 2018 state tax filing dates for certain business organizations with applicable federal deadlines.


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Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $850,000 in Community Compact Grants:

 

Second round of Efficiency and Regionalization Grants awarded to 38 communities

 

Boston, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $850,000 in Community Compact Cabinet grants to 38 municipalities and 8 school districts across the Commonwealth. These grants will assist municipalities in exploring and implementing efficiency and regionalization initiatives. In December, the administration awarded more than $1 million to over 70 municipalities during the first round of Community Compact Cabinet’s efficiency and regionalization grants.

 

“Our administration formed the Community Compact Cabinet, led by Lieutenant Governor Polito, to solidify state government’s role as a reliable partner for cities and towns,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to announce the second round of grants to help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth work together on improving their regionalization and efficiency efforts to better serve their residents.”

 

“We are pleased to continue supporting our municipalities through this effective grant program,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet. “As former local officials, Governor Baker and I understand the importance of maintaining strong relationships with our 351 cities and towns and we believe these grants will increase efficiencies and maximize taxpayer dollars to make every corner of the Commonwealth a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

 

“Supporting our cities and towns and giving them the tools to best deliver services has been a priority since the administration has taken office,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “The $2 million in regionalization and efficiency grants awarded over the last four months will help the Commonwealth’s cities and towns better serve their communities in a more efficient way, and I am pleased that we once again are able to provide this important funding.”

 

The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency & Regionalization grant program is a new initiative for Fiscal Year 2017 that provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering  forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.

 

The Governor’s FY18 budget proposal filed in January, 2017 includes $2 million for the Community Compact Best Practices program and $2 million to continue supporting these thoughtful efficiency and regionalization grants. Also previously announced, the Governor’s third capital budget, released this upcoming spring, will provide another $2 million for the Community Compact IT Grant program.

 

Grant Recipients:

Regionalization / Shared Services:

* Rural Economic Development Planning (Chester, Blandford, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell) - $100,511

 

* Joint Economic Development (Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville) - $100,000

 

* Shared Town Administrator (Lenox and Lee) - $86,000

 

* Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) On-line Permitting Platform and Shared Permit Data Standard (Ayer, Milton, North Reading, Westborough) - $70,619

 

* Regional Animal Control (Fitchburg, Lunenburg, Townsend) - $42,257

 

* Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) Economic Development Planning Services (Clarksburg, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, and Lanesborough) - $22,735

 

Municipal / School Shared Services:

* Wareham Town and School HR Functions - $72,499

 

* Carver Town and School Facilities Department - $41,500

 

* Easthampton City and School IT Department Consolidation - $38,000

 

* Southbridge Town and School Facilities Management Team - $35,000

 

* Norwell Town Hall and School Administration Building Consolidation - $25,000

 

School Regionalization:

* Exploration of further consolidation of the Quabbin Regional School District - $100,000

 

* Exploration of  further school regionalization (Orange Elementary School District and Petersham Center School District to the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District) - $53,000

 

* Exploration of forming a Regionalization School District (Acushnet Public Schools and Fairhaven Public Schools) - $40,000

 

* Exploration of further consolidation of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District - $28,000

 

About the Community Compact Cabinet:

Formed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and comprised of the secretaries of Housing & Economic Development, Education, Transportation, and Energy & Environmental Affairs, the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services, and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities.  The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners.

 

As of today, 266 compacts have been signed.


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Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation Seeking Federal Delegation of Water Protection Efforts:

 

Proposal Ensures State Oversight of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems Program

 

Boston, MA -- Continuing its commitment to protect the waters of the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today filed An Act to Enable the Commonwealth’s Administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The legislation will allow the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to join forty-six other states in administering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for federal water quality protection. Additionally, the proposal will allow the Commonwealth greater oversight of water quality monitoring, assessment, and water quality standards programs as well as increased data availability to ensure development of scientifically based permits that protect Massachusetts’ water bodies. Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal includes a $1.4 million commitment as an initial investment in NPDES to support program development and build robust water quality monitoring and analysis programs.

 

“Massachusetts has a proud history of working to protect and improve water quality, and this legislation will provide greater certainty for the Commonwealth once federal authority for this program is placed into the hands of our state experts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By joining 46 other states with the federal delegation, the Commonwealth will be able to implement a strong, science-based program focused on protecting our natural resources. With its comprehensive knowledge of the Commonwealth’s waterbodies and communities, MassDEP is uniquely suited to write permits that will protect our state’s waters.”

 

“The Commonwealth has a proven-track record of implementing federally delegated programs, and this legislation will align water quality efforts with priority programs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System delegation will empower state government to work even more cooperatively with our cities and towns to preserve and protect our environmental resources.”

 

Under the federal Clean Water Act, EPA administers numerous water quality programs across the United States, including efforts like NPDES, which regulates public and private discharges of wastewater and storm water. As states have the option of applying to the EPA for authorization to administer the program at the state level, subject to federal oversight, the legislation filed by the Baker-Polito Administration will make changes to the Commonwealth’s Clean Waters Act, which is needed for MassDEP to make an application to the EPA.

 

“The administration of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System by the Commonwealth will significantly enhance the management of our water resources,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “State control over the permitting process will result in permits being written and issued in a timely way to keep pace with changing environmental conditions and ensure that local resources are directed to areas that will result in the greatest environmental improvement.”

 

Massachusetts, through MassDEP, has a decades-long history of effectively and successfully administering other federal environmental programs in areas of drinking water, hazardous waste, and clean air, as well as other state water programs such as Title 5, wetlands, and water management. In seeking authorization from EPA to administer the NPDES program, MassDEP will continue to promote the use of science-based water monitoring information during permitting decisions and will provide ongoing effective technical assistance to permittees, while ensuring compliance with permit requirements.

 

MassDEP will also embrace the concept of integrated planning and will work closely with local partners to establish a program that takes a holistic view of clean water requirements and implementation schedules.

 

“Adding the NPDES program to MassDEP’s portfolio will promote an integrated process in which a single agency can work with communities that have requirements in wastewater, storm water and other water resource programs,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Using sound science, current water quality information, and our close working relationship with cities and towns, the Commonwealth will be able to protect our water quality, while minimizing the number of permit appeals and legal challenges.”

 

The proposed $1.4 million in seed funding will enable MassDEP to hire 12 new staffers to phase-in NPDES program development, and conduct associated technical assistance and water quality analysis. This appropriation will increase in Fiscal Year 2019, as the program is fully implemented.

 

“I’m glad to see the administration taking this step,” said State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin). “This proposal is an important first step in giving MassDEP the authority to work with cities and towns who are important partners in storm water permitting and management efforts.

 

“As a State Senator representing many coastal communities, I am pleased with the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to protect and restore our water resources,” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport). “The Administration and MassDEP have done a great job in leading the effort to create partnerships with local cities and towns to ensure our water supplies are clean and preserved.”

 

“Maintaining and enforcing strong water quality standards is critical to protecting the Commonwealth’s natural resources for both current and future generations,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). “By giving MassDEP greater control over the issuance of permits and encouraging continued cooperation between state and local officials on wastewater management issues, the proposal filed today by the Baker-Polito Administration will deliver enhanced environmental protections for all of our cities and towns.”

 

“Protecting water quality is an important task that requires the type of focused effort that the DEP can provide, with the agency’s local knowledge and working relationship with cities and towns,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester).

 

“Worcester is a leader in affordable and quality waste water treatment,” said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “The Governor’s legislation will help to streamline processes and management and allow us to continue providing first class service. The legislation has the support of the city’s Director of Water, Sewer and Environmental Systems and his expertise coupled with that of Secretary Beaton underscores the value of adopting a policy already in use by 46 states.”

 

“The Connecticut River Watershed Council supports creating a top-notch water quality program that administers the federal Clean Water Act at MassDEP,” said Connecticut River Watershed Council Executive Director Andrew Fisk. “The Governor’s budget proposal is a strong first step to begin creating such a program. We stand ready to work with the Administration and the Legislature to enact legislation that will create a program based on strong and achievable standards, timely and fair permitting, robust enforcement, and widely available technical assistance.”

 

An Act to Enable the Commonwealth’s Administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, if passed, will be part of a submission made by MassDEP to EPA’s New England Regional Office in Boston. As part of its application, MassDEP will be required to demonstrate that it has developed an effective plan for managing the NPDES program, that its legal authorities are sufficient to meet federal requirements and that a plan for funding is in place. While the formal submission cannot be made until the Baker-Polito Administration’s proposal receives legislative approval, MassDEP is continuing to consult with EPA on delegation requirements and will develop other elements of the plan for submittal.


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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.8 Million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants:

 

20 educational institutions receiving first-time awards for equipment upgrades, expanded career and skill-building programs

 

Lowell, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $11.8 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 32 vocational schools, community colleges, and traditional public high schools, which will use the funds to purchase vocational technical equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries. Twenty institutions are first-time recipients of the Workforce Skills Capital Grants.

 

“These investments have a major impact for the educational institutions training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Strengthening relationships between educational institutions and local industry as this program seeks to do is crucial to the success of our communities and Commonwealth as a whole.”

 

The Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses’ demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally.

 

“We are pleased these investments are already benefiting students and adult learners across our Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The training students receive on the most up-to-date equipment purchased with these grants makes all the difference to them when they go into the workplace.” 

 

To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $24 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 63 different institutions, improving programs that impact more than 7,100 students per year. The economic development bill signed by Governor Baker last year includes $45 million for the awards over the next three years to increase the capacity and quality of vocational educational programs.

 

Governor Baker today visited Greater Lowell Technical High School to announce the latest round of grant awardees. Greater Lowell Technical received $466,000 to create an Agile Digital Fabrication/Maker Space where high school and adult education students will engage in technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping.

 

The Governor was joined by the Workforce Skills Cabinet he established shortly after taking office, consisting of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. The Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies and improve job opportunities, worked to establish the Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program.

 

“In the Workforce Skills Cabinet, we are focused on making sure residents have access to education and training that aligns with industry demand so all Massachusetts residents have an opportunity to be successful,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II. “These grants enable educational institutions to partner with local businesses to give their students a jump-start on careers.”

 

“The goal of these grants is to update capital equipment, expand capacity, and launch new programs at educational institutions in order to create high-quality career pathways for more people across the Commonwealth,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “These grants give students and adult learners more opportunities to be successful through training, education and experience in fields that are growing and in-demand.”

 

“The best way to support our local and regional economies, and to grow our companies, is to foster a workforce that is ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “These grants will help us to continue training the nation’s most competitive workforce, by training students on industry-standard equipment and processes, and creating new employment opportunities for students and adult learners throughout the Commonwealth.”

 

Workforce Skills Capital Grant Awardees:

* Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District: $500,000 - The school will upgrade equipment used in 12 programs, including health services, manufacturing, and multi-media communications.

 

* Brockton High School: $495,674 – The school will purchase equipment for computer aided design, 3-D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

 

* Bunker Hill Community College: $386,540 - The College will create a new laboratory dedicated solely to engineering.  The new laboratory will make it possible to expand the program’s academic offerings, including the Engineering Transfer Option Associates degree program. 

 

* Cape Cod Community College: $350,059 – Cape Cod Community College will expand the Nursing and Allied Health Learning Center in partnership with Cape Cod Health Care, including $1.15 million in a private match funding.

 

* Center for Manufacturing Technology: $167,296 - The Center for Manufacturing Technology will purchase a new milling machine and add upgrades to existing equipment.  The new machinery will provide capacity to increase enrollment and will ensure students gain experience with state-of-the-art equipment during training.

 

* Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School: $492,519 - The school will expand a “green” lab instructional space. This lab space will contain a variety of “energy” centers that allow students to manipulate interior and exterior climate environments, and these relationships, to a variety of building materials, surfaces and outdoor environments.

 

* Essex Technical High School: $244,219 - The school will provide capacity to expand enrollments in the EMT/CPR day and evening programs.  The equipment will support students to obtain industry recognized certifications that prepare them for jobs as nursing assistants, dental assistants, as well as post-secondary educational opportunities.

 

* Franklin County Technical School: $55,000 - The school will upgrade its welding program to industry standard by purchasing digitalized readout and gauges, safety technologies, and instructional equipment.  The funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the schools’ member towns.

 

* Gloucester High School: $499,634 – Gloucester High School will revamp its machine technology program by updating equipment to industry standards. The equipment will also be integrated into computer science, CAD, robotics, and engineering classes.

 

* Greater Lowell Technical High School: $466,000 – The school will create an Agile Digital Fabrication/Maker Space where high school and adult education students will engage in technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping. This space will provide high production, finish level, and product design 3D printing capability.

 

* Greenfield Community College: $496,113 – The college will upgrade its Manufacturing and Engineering Science, Engineering Technology, and Computer Science and Networking programs. New equipment will be purchased for the advanced manufacturing computer lab, acoustic engineering lab, as well as a coordinate measuring machine, electrical controls, materials testing, and CNC simulation and 3D printing equipment.

 

* Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative: $410,230 - The educational collaborative will  integrate the Graphics and Visual Design programs, allowing students to explore and understand the entire industry continuum from design to press and online production.

 

* Lynn Vocational Technical Institute: $333,293 – The school will modernize its current Advanced Manufacturing-Machine Technology program, as well as create a new Information Technology program. These new high-level skills training programs will be offered to high schools students and adult learners. Additionally, the programs will serve as a resource to introduce younger students in middle school to career pathways.

 

* Mass Bay Community College: $318,547 – Mass Bay Community College will purchase equipment to train students in engineering, advanced manufacturing, nursing, emergency medical services, and automotive technology career fields. Students in these programs represent not only traditional college-aged students, but are also unemployed and underemployed adult workers, career-changers, and others seeking new skill sets.

 

* Massasoit Community College: $500,000 - The College will purchase equipment for an updated engineering lab that supports four engineering degree options: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical program tracks.

 

* McCann Technical School: $131,976- The school will upgrade equipment for the carpentry, electrical, and machine programs.  The equipment will support students to prepare to take the MACWIC Level I certification examinations.

 

* Medford Technical High School: $500,000 – The school will expand the existing Culinary Arts, Engineering, Robotics, and Metal Fabrication programs and add a Hospitality program. As part of this expansion, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program will double the size of its space and add a full-service dining room, executive conference center, café, and commercial kitchen.

 

* Middlesex Community College: $489,750 – The College will increase capacity and improve equipment in computer science, engineering, and engineering tech/CAD programs. Students prepare for Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) exams, and graduates may transfer to bachelor degree programs.

 

* Minuteman High School: $500,000 – The high school will increase machining and ancillary training simulator capacity used to teach Advanced Manufacturing.  The new equipment will support student instruction in bio-manufacturing, digital fabrication, precision measurement, and quality control.

 

* Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School: $435,857 – The school will build upon its existing machine technology program capacity by adding two certificates, outfit a quality control lab, and offer evening courses. The equipment will support the school in becoming one of the first NC3 Manufacturing Certification Centers in Massachusetts.

 

* Mount Wachusett Community College: $340,781 – The College will purchase equipment needed for a simulated veterinary technician training laboratory. Students will benefit from simulator-based instruction, and the discipline of a sterile classroom environment focused on animal anatomy and physiology prior to interacting with live animals during their clinical and internship rotations.

 

* Nashoba Valley Technical High School: $500,000 – The school will create an innovative training environment with a specific focus on collaborative robots (collabots) for students in the Robotics & Automation program.  Equipment will also serve as an instructional resource for students in the Engineering, Biotechnology, and Manufacturing programs.  New equipment will provide capacity for students to become certified in the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council production technician program as well as Fanuc’s collaborative robot system.

 

* North Shore Community College: $111,455 - The College will purchase equipment to create a health care technical education program, including a universal health lab at the Lynn campus. The lab will be used for various degree, and workforce training health care certification programs, such as Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide, Dental Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy.

 

* Northern Essex Community College: $500,000 – The College will launch a new Advanced Manufacturing program in Mechatronics and a new Culinary Arts program.  NECC has developed a partnership with Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in manufacturing and with Endicott College to offer a hospitality and culinary arts career pathway.

 

* Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District: $362,860 - The school district will upgrade both the Machine & Tool Technology and House & Mill Carpentry programs.  The equipment includes both in classroom and portable equipment for use on remote job sites. 

 

* Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School: $235,000 - The school will purchase new equipment for the Machine Technology program, and will offer a new evening training program to provide instruction to the unemployed and underemployed individuals in three countries. The evening classes will prepare students to take the MACWIC Level 1 certification exam.

 

* Plymouth Public Schools: $52,844 – The school district will purchase medical assisting and health assisting instructional equipment including a 'Nursing Anne' patient simulator.  With the equipment, the school will be able to provide instruction to award eight types of industry credentials.

 

* Quincy Public Schools: $74,712 - The school district will establish a new Information Technology Program.  New equipment will help train students for entry-level computer repair, technical and help desk support, and network associate careers.  Students will be prepared to pass the CompTia A+ Certification Edam, OSHA General Safety, and CISCO CCENT industry certification exams. 

 

* The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical: $500,000 - The school is conducting a major modernization of its Machine Technology program.  The equipment includes 3D printers, and vertical machining centers each equipped with simulators. 

 

* South Regional Technical School District-Keefe Technical High School: $397,150 - Keefe Regional Technical School will roll out a new Dental Assisting Program, purchasing dental chairs, panoramic X-ray technology, including development capability, Sterilizers and autoclaves.

 

* Whitter Regional Vocational Technical High School: $500,000 -  The school will transform its current Machine and Tool program into an Advanced Manufacturing program to better support regional workforce needs. The school is partnering with Northern Essex Community College, and with the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, for evening adult programs.


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Baker-Polito Administration Proclaim White Ribbon Day to Prevent Gender-Based Violence:

 

10th annual campaign encourages men and boys to participate

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today joined members of the administration, public officials and advocates from across the Commonwealth at Fanueil Hall in Boston to commemorate the 10th annual White Ribbon Day in Massachusetts, issuing an official proclamation and enlisting men and boys to commit to being part of the solution to end violence against women and all gender-based violence.

 

"Massachusetts must continue our steadfast approach to prevent sexual and domestic violence, and men and boys have a key role to play in raising awareness and ending gender-based violence," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Respect, compassion, and non-violence should be the focal point of all relationships, and I welcome all men and boys to join us in finding solutions to end violence and abuse."

 

Jane Doe Inc., the leading statewide sexual and domestic violence advocacy organization, launched the state White Ribbon Day prevention campaign in 2007. Since 2015, Governor Baker has served as honorary chairperson of the White Ribbon Day campaign. There are now more than 774 men who have signed on as White Ribbon Day Ambassadors, as well as 115 city, town and organization affiliates.

 

"I am encouraged by the incredible response to the White Ribbon Day campaign in the Commonwealth and I am especially proud of the role our administration has played in its growth these last two years," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. "Families, children, and individuals across the Commonwealth deserve a life free of sexual and domestic violence, and it is exciting to see so many of our towns and cities become White Ribbon Day affiliates."

 

The Governor and Lt. Governor were joined by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Keith Motley, and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, along with leaders from Jane Doe Inc. and other domestic violence advocates. Sheriff Koutoujian and Chancellor Motley serve at co-chairs for White Ribbon Day. Jane Doe Inc. also debuted a new “Reimagine Manhood” public service announcement featuring Tom Leydon from Fox25, Joe Ambrosino from TV7, Steve Burton from WBZTV-4, and Mike Lynch from Channel 5 that will air on all four stations during the first commercial break of the 5:00 PM newscast.

 

Following the speaking program, participants marched to Boston City Hall for the first-ever raising of a White Ribbon Day Flag. With support from Presenting Sponsor Banker of America and in partnership with the Office of Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, Jane Doe Inc. has sent more than 50 White Ribbon Day flags to middle schools, high schools, college campuses and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth.

 

“I am proud that the House’s 2014 domestic violence law is one of the strongest and most comprehensive in at least a generation. Because of the courageous survivors we heard from while crafting that law – many of whom lend their voices to White Ribbon Day – we know that these provisions have and will continue to save lives. With the uncertainty in Washington threatening the security and livelihoods of women we, as public officials must do everything in our power to stem the tragic tide of violence against women,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop).

 

"We can have a society free of domestic violence if we keep working for it. I am very encouraged when I see how far White Ribbon Day has come in its first 10 years," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "We won't stop until we end domestic violence once and for all." 

 

“I am proud to stand with Governor Baker, Chancellor Motley and so many others to highlight the important role men play as fathers, sons, brothers, friends and mentors in ending violence against women,” said White Ribbon Day Co-Chair Sheriff Koutoujian. “By standing up and taking the pledge today, we are saying to the world that a man’s strength is shown though his character and moral judgment - never through the use of force and violence.”

 

“Kofi Annan once argued that violence against women is the worst and most common human rights violation,” said White Ribbon Day Co-Chair UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “That sentiment captures the urgency of this plague. And it is with that urgency that I, and no doubt every male member of the UMass Boston community, proudly stand with Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and others on this White Ribbon Day.”

 

“The White Ribbon Day Campaign advocates a clear message, violence against women, or violence in any domestic partnership is not acceptable, and should not be tolerated,” said Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera. “I was proud to stand with the White Ribbon Campaign, Governor Baker, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and many other Elected Officials and men from throughout the Commonwealth as we take a pledge to end domestic violence.”

 

“The relevance of the White Ribbon Day Campaign remains as poignant today as when we started a decade ago. While we have made progress in addressing issues of sexual and domestic violence and gender equity and promoting healthy and safe relationships, we cannot take these gains for granted,” said Debra J. Robbin, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc. “The 780 individual male Ambassadors and 125 Affiliates - groups, companies, schools, municipalities and government agencies – who form the backbone of the White Ribbon Day Campaign are critical allies in our quest for safety and justice for all survivors and communities.”

 

In April 2015, Governor Baker signed Executive Order 563, re-launching the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Over its first year, the Council’s priorities included analyzing and reporting on the implementation of Chapter 260: An Act Relative to Domestic Violence, a report was issued providing updates on each of the 49 actionable provisions within the law. The Council has launched work groups in five priority areas, including child trafficking and prevention education in schools and universities, that have established year one deliverables and will report this summer.

 

Since taking office, the Baker-Polito Administration has nearly doubled funding at the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) for domestic violence specialists, which will allow DTA to double the number of specialists from 11 to 22. The administration has also added funding for four domestic violence specialists at the Department of Children and Families, bringing the total at DCF to nine. The administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal recommends $31.3 million at the Department of Public Health for domestic violence and survivor services, as well as $990,000 for the domestic violence court advocacy program.


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Governor Baker, MBTA Celebrate Expansion of The RIDE's On-Demand Paratransit Service:

 

As pilot celebrates 10,000 rides, MBTA extends participation to all RIDE users effective March 1st

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve celebrated 10,000 rides in the MBTA’s The RIDE On-Demand Paratransit Pilot Program with ride-share companies Uber and Lyft, and announced that effective March 1st, the program will be open to all eligible users of The RIDE. Launched in September 2016, the first-of-its-kind innovative pilot has expanded options for 400 customers with disabilities, providing improved flexibility and mobility while reducing fares and overall program costs.

 

“The success of this partnership with ride-share companies is changing lives and improving reliability for the MBTA’s paratransit customers who rely on The RIDE for their daily travels,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud the MBTA is expanding this program to all users of The RIDE, and providing individuals with disabilities greater flexibility and convenience that many of us may take for granted.”

 

Governor Baker highlighted the program’s ingenuity in his 2017 State of the Commonwealth Address last month, sharing the story of a pilot user and the benefits and flexibility the program has offered to customers. The on-demand pilot operates in conjunction with traditional RIDE service, offering reduced fares, lower wait times, faster trips without the need to share rides, and same-day booking (compared to The RIDE’s day prior notice) for RIDE service areas and hours of operation. The program includes options for wheel-chair accessible vehicles and includes access for MBTA paratransit customers without smartphones.

 

“The partnership with these two ride-share companies has been a game-changer for our paratransit customers,” said Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack. They have been able to take advantage of transit options which allow them to be spontaneous and travel directly to their destinations.  We believe the success of this partnership with Lyft and Uber will serve as a springboard for more performance-driven improvements."

 

“This is a win-win solution for our Riders and the MBTA,” said Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. “It’s an example of a way we can partner with best-in-class private companies to drive innovation at the MBTA.”

 

Governor Baker and Acting General Manager Shortsleeve celebrated the announcement at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where pilot user Joshua Boissoneau is an employee. A para-rower, Paralympic hopeful and RIDE user since 2015, Boissoneau joined the pilot in October 2016 and uses the on-demand service an average of six or more times a week to travel to his office, medical appointments and rowing practices along the Charles River from Brighton.

 

“Since my first day in the pilot program, I have shared with fellow rowers and friends how impressed I was with the benefits of the program, including reliability, user-friendliness, comfort, convenience and timing,” said Joshua Boissoneau. “The on-demand service has alleviated stress in getting to my medical appointments, work and practice in a timely way. I look forward to remaining an active participant.”

 

On-demand trips cost customers $2.00, with the MBTA subsidizing the next $13.00 and additional costs being assumed by the customer. The model resulted in an MBTA trip subsidy difference of 71% between traditional RIDE and on-demand trip costs ($9 for on-demand versus $31 using traditional RIDE). The average cost to the customer was found to be $4.38 for a same-day trip (versus $5.25 using traditional RIDE) with customers saving an average of 34 minutes with every pilot trip taken.

 

From October 2016 to February 2017, traditional RIDE trips reduced by 18% while total trips taken by the MBTA’s paratransit users (traditional RIDE and on-demand pilot combined) increased by 28%. The overall cost to the MBTA (traditional RIDE versus a combination of on-demand service and traditional RIDE) decreased by 6%. Expanding the pilot is anticipated to increase savings to the MBTA and allow full-scale testing of key pilot elements.

 

Customers interested in applying to the expanded pilot can learn more and be directed to sign up for Uber or Lyft accounts at www.mbta.com/paratransitpilot. After the MBTA verifies customer eligibility, further instructions and access to the program will be sent via e-mail from Uber or Lyft within 1-2 weeks of sign-up. Once contacted by Uber or Lyft, customers can book trips via a smartphone mobile app. Lyft also has a phone call-in option and a limited number of Uber customers can utilize Uber-provided smartphones for use on a limited basis specifically to book trips.

 

The pilot is a part of a larger transformation of the RIDE to improve the customer experience and reduce the cost of service.  Other initiatives include centralizing its call and dispatch functions and soon offering a revamped taxi subsidy pilot.

 

For more information regarding the pilot, please visit www.mbta.com/paratransitpilot.


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Quincy Police Department: DARE Division

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

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

 

Quincy Police Department: Community Policing Unit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quincy Police Department: School Resource Officers:

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

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

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

 

Quincy Public Schools Security Department:

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: 

E-mail: michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: shielacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

 

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

 

Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

E-mail: kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

E-mail: stevemcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: tonymcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: johnhacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

E-mail: markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

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


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Announcements:

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Quincy 400 Neighborhood Meeting Information:

 

Ward 6:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

Kennedy Center: 440 East Squantum Street, Quincy, MA

 

Ward 1:

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

Broad Meadows Middle School: 50 Galvin Road, Quincy, MA

 

Ward 3:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

Wollaston Elementary School: 205 Beale Street, Quincy, MA

 

Ward 2:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

McKay's Breakfast and Lunch: 144 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA

 

Ward 4:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

Quincy Elks of Lodge: 254 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA

 

Ward 5:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

Beechwood Knoll Elementary School: 225 Fenno Street, Quincy, MA


MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert

MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert:

 

Branches Affected: Ashmont/Braintree

Saturday, April 29, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

Due to the Floating Slab Project, buses will replace Red Line trains between Harvard and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, May 1, 2017. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops

* Alewife

* Davis

* Porter

* Harvard

 

Branches Affected: Ashmont/Braintree

Saturday, May 6, 2017 and Sunday, May 7, 2017

 

Due to the Floating Slab Project, buses will replace Red Line trains between Davis and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, May 6, 2017 and Sunday, May 7, 2017.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, May 8, 2017. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops

* Alewife

* Davis

 

Branches Affected: Ashmont/Braintree

Saturday, May 13, 2017 and Sunday, May 14, 2017

 

Due to the Floating Slab Project, buses will replace Red Line trains between Harvard and Alewife Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and Sunday, May 14, 2017.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, May 15, 2017. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops

* Alewife

* Davis

* Porter

* Harvard

 

Branches Affected: Braintree

Saturday, May 20, 2017 and Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

Due to the Winter Resiliency Improvement Project, buses will replace Red Line Braintree branch service between Braintree and JFK/UMass Stations in both directions from start to end of service beginning on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and Sunday, May 21, 2017.

 

Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday, May 22, 2017. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

Shuttling the following stops:

* JFK/UMass

* North Quincy

* Wollaston

* Quincy Center

* Quincy Adams

* Braintree


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Quincy Department of Public Works: Street Sweeping Information:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Daniel G. Raymondi, Commissioner of Quincy Public Works Department

 

October/November 2017:

Ward 1 and 2:

Monday, October 30, 2017 through Thursday, November 9, 2017

 

Ward 3 and 4:

Monday, November 13, 2017 through Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

November/December 2017:

Ward 5 and 6:

Monday, November 27, 2017 through Friday, December 8, 2017


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Quincy Public Schools: Instant Alert System:

 

Quincy Public Schools uses the Instant Alert System to let parents know about upcoming events, schedule changes, and school cancellations or delayed openings. You can update your Instant Alert preferences at any time to receive notifications at different times of the day on your home phone, work phone, cell phone or via e-mail or text.

 

Follow this link to update your Instant Alert account or enroll for the first time: https://instantalert.honeywell.com/.


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Quincy Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:

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

 

Update: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

School District

School Calendar

Last Day of Seniors (Day of 168) Thursday, June 1, 2017
NQHS Class of 2017 Graduation Monday, June 12, 2017
QHS Class of 2017 Graduation Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Friday, June 23, 2017*

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Boston Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:

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

 

** Update: Thursday, March 16, 2017 **

 

School District School Calendar
Last Day of School for Seniors Friday, June 7, 2017
Last Day of School for students (Day 179) Tuesday, June 27, 2017 
Last Day of School for students (Day 180) Wednesday, June 28, 2017*

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Boston Public Schools: 2017-2018 School Year Calendar:

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

 

School District School Calendar
First Day of the School for Students (Grade 1-12) Thursday, September 7, 2017
First Day of the Kindergarten Students Monday, September 11, 2017
Last Day of the Seniors (Day 170) Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Last Day of the School for Students (Day 179) Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Last Day of the School for Students (Day 180) Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018* (5 day of snow days)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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MBTA Bus, Red Line & Commuter Rail Service Advisory Alert:

 

The pedestrian bridge at the Braintree Parking Garage will be closed beginning on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 through Summer of 2020 due to the construction.

 

For access to Braintree Station during this closure, travel down to the first floor and use the pedestrian crosswalk to enter the station at the street level. This closure is due to the South Shore Parking Garages Improvements and Renovations Project. The pedestrian bridge will be replaced by a new garage lobby featuring elevators and stairwells.

 

Affected routes:

* Red Line

* Bus Route #210

* Bus Route #230

* Bus Route #236

* Commuter Rail: Middleborough/Lakeville Line

* Commuter Rail: Kingston/Plymouth Line


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Quincy Public Schools: 2017-2018 School Year Calendar:

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

 

School District

School Calendar

First Day of the School for Students (Grade 1-9)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First Day of the School for Students (Grade 10-12)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Day of the School for Pre-K & Kindergarten

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last Day of Seniors (Day of 168)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Quincy High School Class of 2018 Graduation

Monday, June 11, 2018

North Quincy High School Class of 2018 Graduation

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Last Day of School for Students (Day 180)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018* (5 days of snow day)

* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.


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Quincy's Election HQ: 2017 City of Quincy Election Calendar:

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

 

City of Quincy Primary Election: City Councilor and School Committee

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

 

City of Quincy General Election: City Councilor and School Committee

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.


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Quincy Police Department: Community Police Contact Information:

 

Name

Title

Phone #

E-mail

Lieutenant Robert Bina Supervisor (617) 770-4993 rbina@quincyma.gov 

Name

Location

Phone #

E-mail

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

Subject to change for the Community Police Officer contact information.


School Closing Information

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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.

 

Television Station

Radio Station

WBZ (CBS) Channel 4 & WSBK (MY) Channel 38 WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM
WCVB (ABC) Channel 5 & METV Channel 5.2 WRKO 680 AM
WHDH 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


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

 

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: 

michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

shielacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

 

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

 

Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

stevemcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

tonymcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

johnhacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

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


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Jimmy Hui's Message Blog:


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Quincy Access Television:


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Quincy Public Schools: