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If You See Something, Say Something Campaign: Summer of 2017:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office would like to wish you and your family to have a wonderful summer season in the order to enjoy a beautiful weather such as: bright sunshine and blue skies right here in the City of Quincy.

 

As for the school year comes to an end here in the City of Quincy, the North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will be working very closely with our partners from: Quincy College, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy Public Schools, Quincy Police Department, Quincy Fire Department, Brewster Ambulance, Quincy Recreation Department, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department and the MBTA throughout the day and night during this summer season.

 

We are extremely encouraging the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public should be remain in the vigilant where you are surrounding in the public places: restaurants, hotels, churches, stores and/or medical facilities or public transit areas on this busy street intersections, public parks or playgrounds or on the school grounds from Quincy Public Schools, Quincy College or Eastern Nazarene College to report for any suspicious activities or packages, please contact the law enforcement agencies 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 in the event of emergency situation in all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy.

 

This summer season, we wanted to keep the City of Quincy safe environment in our neighborhoods and keep the peace as long as we want to be treat a good neighbor, a good citizen and a good Samaritan in our community.

 

Our School Resource Officers from Quincy Police Department will be provide a full coverage of the summer program to assist with the Quincy Public Schools, Quincy Recreation Department and South Shore YMCA for an additional public safety efforts to keep our youths and teens safe in all across the citywide throughout the day here in the City of Quincy.

 

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

Quincy Police Department: DARE Division

Officer John Grazioso: (617) 745-5735 or jgrazioso@quincyma.gov

Officer Don Sautter: (617) 745-5735 or dsautter@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Police Department: Community Policing Unit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quincy Police Department: School Resource Officers:

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

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

Officer Paul Holland (North Quincy High School): pholland@quincyma.gov

 

Quincy Public Schools Security Department: Summer Program of 2017:

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation: michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

North Quincy High School Security Officers:

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer: sheilacalabro@quincypublicschools.com

Rick Palumbo, Security Officer: richardpalumbo@quincypublicschools.com

Kevin Keith, Security Officer: kevinkeith@quincypublicschools.com

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer: johnhyacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

Jake Mullaney, Security Officer: jakemullaney@quincypublicschools.com

 

Quincy High School Security Officers:

Steve McGowan, Security Officer: stephenmcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

Tom McInnis, Security Officer: thomasmcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

Joseph Mulvey, Security Officer: josephmulvey@quincypublicschools.com

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer: markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

Please enjoy for the rest of this summer adventures in all across the citywide and have a good time to visit the home of the City of Presidents in our wonderful city that we love!


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Driver & Pedestrian Safety Public Service Announcements:

 

Mayor Tom Koch, The Quincy Police Department and The Quincy Community Access Television have partnered to produce a series of Public Service Announcements addressing both driver and pedestrian safety issues across the City of Quincy. These video PSA's will be released each Wednesday, over the next 5 weeks on the City of Quincy's website (www.quincyma.gov), the Quincy Police Department homepage within the city's site, Quincy Community Access Television and all associated Social Media platforms. These PSA's will address issues such as, bicycle safety, school zone safety, emergency vehicle procedures, crosswalk signals, pedestrian awareness safety, distracted driving, mobile phone use and more. All 10 video PSA's are hosted by Quincy Police Officer Paul Coughlin.

 

Mayor Koch commented on the motivation for producing the PSA's stating, "Improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers is a major priority for us a City of Quincy, and education is a key element of that. We hope these public service announcements will get people thinking about their surroundings whether they are walking, riding on a bike or in a car."

 

Quincy's Chief of Police Paul Keenan added, "As Chief of Police, I am dedicated to making the City of Quincy a better and safer place for all the thousands of people who live, work or visit this great city. It is important as a City of Quincy that we provide and allow safe and convenient transportation choices whether it's walking, riding or driving. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclist should practice their due diligence to follow the rules of the road by obeying all traffic signs, signals, crosswalks and lane markings to ensure everyone stays safe. We can enforce the laws and give advice, but ultimately, it's the people of this City of Quincy who must help us by doing their part to keep themselves and others safe from accidents. As we head toward the warmer months of the year, it is my hope that by educating the public on safety, we reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in our great City of Quincy."

 

Quincy Community Access Television, Executive Director; Elizabeth Campbell remarked, "One of the roles of Quincy Access Television in the community is to inform and educate the citizens on issues pertaining to their well-being. We take our role seriously and partner with many organizations to achieve our mission. The following public service announcements, produced in cooperation with the Mayor's office and the Quincy Police Department, reflect the philosophy and commitment of all the participants towards making Quincy a peaceful and safer place to live."

 

The first 2 video PSA's being released today are primarily focused on bicycle safety and school zone procedures.

 

Video #1: Click here for Quincy Police Department Bicycle Safety PSA

 

Video #2: Click here for Quincy Police Department School Zones PSA


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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Opening of Boston Landing Station:

 

$20-million commuter rail station to serve Allston-Brighton community, Framingham/Worcester Line

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration, state transit and local elected officials, and New Balance executives today celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new $20-million Boston Landing Commuter Rail Station, privately financed by New Balance, and restoring commuter rail service to the Allston-Brighton community for the first time since the 1960s, effective for riders on Monday, May 22.

 

The ceremony was attended by Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Members Steven Poftak and Monica Tibbits-Nutt, MBTA Chief Administrator and Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, MBTA Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gonneville, Keolis Commuter Services General Manager and CEO David Scorey, Representative Michael Moran, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, New Balance Chairman Jim Davis, and other state and local officials and private partner executives.

 

“The opening of Boston Landing Station highlights a successful collaboration between the state, city, and New Balance to expand development and transit opportunities for the Allston-Brighton community,” said Governor Baker. “Rewarding projects such as this one spur local economic development and community growth as we continue to prioritize investments that make our public transit system more reliable for riders.”

 

The station, located adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike on Guest Street, will be the seventeenth on the MBTA Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line, which has undergone additional infrastructure improvements, including restored double-tracking and the replacement of more than 50,000 rail ties, to increase performance reliability and reduce heat-related speed restrictions. The MBTA's private Commuter Rail operator and partner Keolis Commuter Services helps to identify infrastructure upgrades and implements many of these enhancements throughout the network in close coordination with the MBTA.

 

“Strong public and private partnerships are working together to improve reliability and transit options for the communities served by this line and the whole system,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “The addition of Boston Landing Station, along with infrastructure and schedule improvements, will help deliver greater performance for residents and employees of this neighborhood, and all along the Framingham/Worcester Line.”

 

Construction of the $20-million station began in October 2015 and was financed by New Balance, who will continue to pay for all maintenance costs of the station for the first ten years of its service. A successful example of public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development, Boston Landing Station comes as part of the 15-acre, 2.15 million square foot Boston Landing Development site, which will at full build-out include new office, lab, retail, restaurant and open space, a 295-unit mixed-use residential complex, a 175-room hotel and the practice facilities of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. Significant improvements to local public roadway and infrastructure are also planned.

 

“We are extremely proud that Boston Landing Station will now provide a vital transportation link for Boston Landing and our Allston-Brighton neighborhood with Boston and key points westward,” said Chairman of New Balance Athletics, Inc., Davis. “We hope Boston Landing will serve as a model for future public-private partnerships with the Commonwealth to help drive economic development and improve the transportation infrastructure for our state’s citizens and visitors.”

 

“Skanska is proud to have served NB Development and the MBTA to construct the new Boston Landing train station, and to deliver sustainable, efficient infrastructure that matches the aesthetic appeal of New Balance’s world headquarters campus,” said Vice President of Operations at Skanska USA Paul Pedini, who leads the firm’s civil practice throughout New England. “Unique to construction companies in the Boston marketplace, we were able to combine our complex building management capabilities and MBTA-pre-qualified self-perform heavy civil expertise to safely complete this project, while facilitating the commuter and freight rail needs of the Framingham/Worcester Line.”

 

“MBTA and MassDOT, with the support of Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito, are committed to collaborating with external partners such as New Balance in order to provide the public with transit options,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Pollack. “Boston Landing Station is an example of a private-public partnership that will generate jobs, encourage mass transit use, and serve as a catalyst for more economic activity in this neighborhood.”

 

“As Boston continues to grow and thrive, we need transportation that matches our City’s needs,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston Landing is a big step for transportation in our City, and a big day for Allston-Brighton. I'd like to thank the Commonwealth and New Balance for making this public-private partnership possible.” 

 

The station features a high-level, canopied single platform centered between the eastbound and westbound tracks and includes accessible, redundant elevators and ramps. The Station is designed to provide easy access for employees, visitors, and residents of the Boston Landing development and surrounding Allston-Brighton neighborhood.

 

“We’re excited for the completion of Boston Landing Station and to open it to the Allston-Brighton community,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Shortsleeve. “Through this public-private partnership and the use of pre-existing rail infrastructure, we’re able to provide a new transit option that makes it easier than ever for people to travel to and from downtown Boston.”

 

“Boston Landing is the latest example of how public-private partnerships can enhance the Commuter Rail offering for our passengers and benefit the community,” said Keolis Commuter Services General Manager and CEO Scorey. “Together with the MBTA, we look forward to continuing to dedicate resources and time to further improve both reliability and convenience. This includes initiatives such as the creation of this new station and other improvements and upgrades across the network that will help make the Commuter Rail an even more attractive option for people in the greater Boston area.”

 

Six morning peak hour inbound trains and six afternoon peak hour outbound trains will stop at Boston Landing Station Monday through Friday and trains running on Saturday and Sunday will make station stops. Trips between Boston Landing and South Station are a Zone 1A fare, $2.25 for a one-way ticket and $84.50 for a monthly pass. 

 

For more information on Boston Landing Station and the Framingham/Worcester Line, please visit mbta.com.


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Governor Baker, House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg Declare June as LGBT Pride Month:

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg declared June as LGBT Pride Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. LGBT Pride Month celebrates the impact and contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies have had on Massachusetts’ rich and diverse history and culture.

 

“Massachusetts is proud to be a welcoming state and a champion for supporting equal rights of all of our citizens across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Baker. “Along with our administration and our colleagues in the legislature, we are pleased to declare June as Pride Month to celebrate the LGBT community and its allies.”

 

“By commemorating June as LGBT Pride Month, Massachusetts is proud to celebrate the LGBT community who have fought for justice and equality,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “This proclamation represents a statement of unity from our administration and the Legislature as the Commonwealth reflects on the progress made on diversity and civil rights.”

 

“Pride Month is an invaluable opportunity to recognize the gains we’ve made in ensuring civil rights and to celebrate LGBTQ culture, while reflecting on the work ahead of us,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “I thank all involved in Massachusetts Pride Month for their tireless work in the pursuit of justice and solidarity.”

 

“As a member of the LGBT community I am grateful and proud to live in a state that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the human family,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “Nothing is more precious than to live freely and without fear in an accepting community. Thank you to the people of Massachusetts for making that possible for me and countless others.

 

"From its earliest days as a courageous act of resistance to the revelry that will fill the streets this weekend, Pride honors how very far we've come -- while marking the work left undone,” said Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “Too many LGBTQ people still face fear, isolation, and hardship. Yet many more LGBTQ people are affirmed and thrive thanks to the legacy of 'out' pioneers and allies, like those who led the way right here in Massachusetts. Let Pride Month remind all of us -- LGBTQ or otherwise -- to celebrate resilience, creativity, disruption, freedom, and love."

 

“It is important that we recognize the great strides we have made in the name of equality for all our citizens, especially among our LGBTQ community,” said Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham).

 

“Pride Month represents an opportunity to both recognize and celebrate the hard-fought rights achieved by LGBT individuals, as well as to remind us there is still more progress to be made in ensuring full equality,” said Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “As our President wavers on recognizing this important tradition, I couldn’t be prouder that Massachusetts has been - and continues to be - a leader nationwide in welcoming and supporting our community.”

 

“I wish to thank Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for this Proclamation declaring June as Pride Month,” said Representative Sarah K. Peake (D-Provincetown). “This reinforces what we know to be true, that Massachusetts celebrates diversity and is made stronger because of it. Now more than ever, this statement is an important affirmation of our shared values. As a member of the LGBT Community, I am personally grateful to the administration for speaking out in support of our community and for using this strong statement as we celebrate Pride Month in Massachusetts.”

 

"I am proud to join the Baker-Polito Administration and my colleagues in the legislature in declaring June as Pride Month to celebrate the LGBT community. Here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we respect and appreciate diversity and the civil rights of all our citizens," said Representative Susannah Whipps (R-Athol).

 

“We recognize Pride month as both a celebration of resiliency and a call to action, rooted in the legacy of the Stonewall riots and more,” said Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth Chair Michel Anteby. “As the Commission honors the long history of LGBTQ youth movements in Massachusetts, we are determined to push forward with the unfinished work of building a Commonwealth where all LGBTQ youth thrive.”

 

In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last year, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law, An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination, to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition at Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development:

 

Secretary Walker to depart, Rosalin Acosta named incoming Secretary effective July 1st.

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the upcoming departure of Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II, and introduced Rosalin Acosta, a financial and banking service professional with over thirty years of experience, as incoming Secretary, effective July 1st.

 

“Since taking office, we have been committed to growing Massachusetts’ economy, creating jobs and ensuring our workforce has the opportunity to gain the skills and education necessary to meet the demands of employers today and into the future,” said Governor Baker. “Our success in doing so is a testament to the Commonwealth’s already highly-skilled and educated workforce, and Secretary Walker’s ability to empower employers, educators and advocates to collaborate. We are grateful for Ron’s strong contributions and efforts to lead the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and wish him well in his future endeavors.  Our administration welcomes Rosalin to pick up where he left off, bringing her devotion and experience to the cabinet to make Massachusetts’ communities stronger.”

 

“Across the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, employers and educators are communicating and collaborating at a deeper level on regional strategies for workforce development and economic growth thanks to Ron’s leadership and his hard work on important initiatives like the Workforce Skills Cabinet,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We welcome Rosalin’s experience and passion for community and public service as she joins the administration and begins her work to continue bolstering Massachusetts’ workforce.”

 

Under Secretary Walker’s management, the Baker-Polito Administration has made many advancements in the development of the Commonwealth’s labor workforce, including a focus on addressing the workforce skills gap and investing in equipment and capacity building for training programs which included:

 

* Established the Workforce Skills Cabinet under the leadership of the Secretaries of Labor and Workforce Development, Housing and Economic Development and Education, and the task force to address Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment to develop recommendations and implement strategy for bridging the gap in employers’ demand for skilled workers and the training for residents to obtain successful careers, especially among chronically unemployed or underemployed populations.

 

* Established the Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program, which as of this afternoon will have awarded over $26 million to 67 different vocational schools, community colleges and traditional public high schools to purchase vocational technical equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries. This included economic development legislation signed by Governor Baker last legislative session authorizing $45 million for the program over three years.

 

* Developed and passed legislation establishing and streamlining the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board to meet federal requirements and advise the administration on improving the public workforce system and aligning policies to strengthen regional economies.

 

* Modernized the Department of Unemployment Assistance to help improve services for the unemployed, including bringing down wait times for assistance, significantly reducing the backlogs of claims, improving customer service, and catalyzing programs into federal compliance for the first time in 10 years.

 

* Created a new Regional Planning Initiative aimed at addressing the skills gap by bringing together regional teams of employers, educators, and workforce and economic development professionals to create a statewide blueprint for growth strategies across every region of the Commonwealth, and $2 million in support for 14 regional partnerships preparing unemployed or underemployed residents.

 

* Awarded over $37 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants to advance the job skills of 28,934 of Massachusetts’ workers.

 

* Secured over $9 million in federal funding to increase apprenticeships in education and healthcare and improve job opportunities for women, minorities, lower-income populations, those with disabilities and the unemployed.

 

* Launched an Opioid Alternative Pathway pilot with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to help injured workers who have settled workers’ compensation claims coordinate alternative pain management treatment, aimed at limiting the use of opioids or other narcotics.

 

During Secretary Walker’s tenure the unemployment rate has dropped from 5.1% to 3.9%, 142,300 jobs have been added to the economy, unemployment has been reduced by 41,302 residents, and today the Massachusetts labor force is the largest it has ever been since they began taking records in 1976.

 

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve the Commonwealth and the Baker-Polito administration. I’m particularly proud of our efforts to improve services for the unemployed and address the workforce skills gap” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II. “Ensuring that employers have access to a talented workforce, and that employees have the skills they need to get a good paying job in the new economy, is of vital to the welfare of Massachusetts. I have every confidence in Rosalin’s unique ability to take the Baker-Administration’s modernization efforts at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to the next level.”

 

“I am honored by the opportunity Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito have extended to me to join this administration, serve the Commonwealth and build on the progress that has been made thus far under Secretary Walker’s stewardship,” said incoming Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “I look forward to working with the dedicated public servants throughout the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, its agencies and advising bodies to advance the development and strength of Massachusetts’ workforce.”

 

About Rosalin Acosta:

Rosalin Acosta recently stepped down as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Enterprise Wealth Management at Enterprise Bank in Lowell, where she oversaw the operations of the bank’s Wealth Management and Brokerage divisions since 2013. A widely respected financial and banking service professional with over thirty years of experience in Greater Boston financial institutions, Acosta has also worked in senior executive roles at TD Bank and Sovereign Bank (now Santander). Acosta serves in many community and civic capacities, including as a Board Member of The Boston Foundation, a Board Overseer at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2009, where she was a founding member of Milagros Para Ninos, and a 14-year Member of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). Acosta is a Director and Planning Member of the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board and was appointed a Northern Essex Community College Trustee by Governor Baker in 2016. Acosta has been named one of Boston’s Most Influential Women by the Women of Harvard Club in 2014, where she serves on the Leadership Committee, and El Planeta’s Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Massachusetts for three consecutive years. Born in Cuba, Acosta earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey Team. She is the proud mother of five children and an avid traveler, runner and cyclist.


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Baker-Polito Administration Proposes State IT Infrastructure and Security Modernization:

 

Legislation reorganizes the service, delivery and security of information technology through MassIT under streamlined secretariat of Technology Services and Security.

 

Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation to modernize and secure the Commonwealth’s information technology (IT) infrastructure and services, re-establishing the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT) as the Executive Office of Technology Services & Security (EOTSS). Led by a Secretary of Technology, EOTSS will centralize IT infrastructure service across the executive department and review and update policies and procedures governing state cyber security, digital platforms and data management.

 

“The pace of technology innovation is accelerating, led by many of the world-class IT and cyber security organizations that call Massachusetts home,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “To better serve our constituents and secure their information, we are pleased to file legislation elevating the mission of MassIT and streamlining the digital platforms and services state government provides.”

 

“This legislation will help simplify IT management and allow agencies to focus on improving their delivery of services to constituents,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Creating the Executive Office of Technology Services & Security will support the Commonwealth’s continued focus on providing constituents and state workers with modern, secure, and stable technologies.”

 

“EOTSS will drive an enterprise approach to our technology architecture and procurement, making the Commonwealth more secure and efficient,” said MassIT Executive Director Mark Nunnelly. “By concentrating on infrastructure and architecture, EOTSS will enable the rest of the executive office to focus on constituent service.”

 

As with any large operation, the Commonwealth must continually protect against threats to its digital infrastructure and empowering EOTSS to strengthen the executive department’s digital operations through standardization and centralization will help reduce overall risks.  State governments across the country have engaged in similar efforts to standardize and consolidate technology assets in recent years, resulting in increased efficiency and security.  Governor Baker filed the proposal under Article 87 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which authorizes reorganization of executive branch agencies and requires a legislative hearing within thirty days of filing.


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Baker-Polito Administration and City of Boston Announce Historic Tuition-Free College Program:

 

Tuition-Free Pilot Program launched for 2017 High School Graduates in Boston through City-State Partnership

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh today launched a new college affordability pilot program for Boston high school graduates, which will enable low-income students to complete a four-year degree without having to pay tuition and mandatory fees.

 

The new pilot program, known as The Boston Bridge, will be open to all 2017 high school graduates who live in the City of Boston, including students from Boston Public School, charters and parochial schools.

 

The City of Boston and the Commonwealth together will cover students’ tuition and fees, after taking into account federal Pell grants, from the time a student enters community college to when they graduate from a four-year public college or university.

 

The new tuition-free college program builds on the City of Boston’s Tuition Free Community College initiative, and the state’s Commonwealth Commitment, both launched in the spring of 2016.  The City’s Tuition Free Community College program currently provides free tuition to low-income BPS graduates who attend Bunker Hill Community College, Mass Bay Community College or Roxbury Community College. The Commonwealth Commitment offers deeply discounted tuition and fees to Massachusetts residents who earn a Bachelors’ degree at any public four-year institution after first earning an Associates’ degree at any one of the state’s community colleges, while maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and graduating within four-and-a-half years. Through this partnership, students from Boston who qualify to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment will not have to pay tuition or mandatory fees to earn their Bachelor’s degrees.

 

“College affordability too often serves as a barrier for students in the Commonwealth seeking to complete a degree, and this program is intended to provide more opportunities for a quality education,” Governor Baker said. “We are pleased to partner with the City of Boston on this important pilot and will keep pursuing ways, like the Commonwealth Commitment, to create a runway for all students to get a quality and affordable education that can unlock a bright future.”

 

College students who go to school full-time in Massachusetts earn degrees at more than twice the rate of their peers who go part-time, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Center. Nationally, fewer than 20 percent of Pell-eligible college students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, and for first-generation college-goers, the number falls to 11 percent, according to the Pell Institute.

 

“This is an exciting partnership between the City of Boston and the Commonwealth that we hope will change the lives of many Boston high school graduates,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said.

 

“Since launching our program in 2016, we have helped fifty Boston Public Schools graduates attend community college,” Mayor Walsh said. “As we come up on the end of the second semester, 94% of those students are on track to finish the first year and 73% have earned transferable credits. We are also pleased that 16 of our students are from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. This partnership means that a free bachelor’s degree is within reach for all of Boston’s low-income high school students.”

 

Eligible students must meet federal Pell grant income standards to qualify for the tuition-free program, and must enroll full-time at either Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, or Mass Bay Community College. They will be required to complete their associate’s degree within two-and-a half years, before transferring to a Massachusetts public college or state university.

 

“We hope this college affordability program will create a powerful incentive for more students to attend college full-time and complete on-time,” Education Secretary James Peyser said. “The Baker-Polito Administration is very pleased to partner with Mayor Walsh to offer this program for all low-income Boston high school graduates.”

 

“We built The Boston Bridge to take students all the way from high school to college commencement,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago. “Our message to students is clear – If you commit the time and do the work, we’ll be beside you every step of the way to help you complete your college journey while avoiding burdensome debt.”

 

"Our core mission at the Boston Public Schools is closing opportunity and achievements gaps,” Superintendent Tommy Chang said. “Expanding this program will help ensure that this crucial effort extends well beyond our schools. By providing our most underserved students access to a debt-free college education, we are opening up doors that might have been closed to them due to the heavy financial burdens of getting a four-year degree.”

 

Students who enroll in The Boston Bridge must major in one of the Mass Transfer pathways, which ensures that credits earned in any community college are accepted at any public four-year institution.

 

While students attend community college, the City of Boston will cover the costs for tuition and mandatory fees, after taking into account Pell grants and discounts and credits from the Commonwealth Commitment program. Once a student earns an associate degree, they can transfer to a Massachusetts public college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree within two years. While they are enrolled in a public four-year institution, the City and the Commonwealth together will cover the costs for tuition and mandatory fees, excluding room and board.

 

Importantly, The Boston Bridge will also leverage the resources of the Success Boston College Completion Initiative, which supports students in getting to and through college by engaging a network of non-profit and business partners to coach, mentor, and employ thousands of first-generation college-goers.  According to a recent study by Abt Associates, Success Boston has helped to raise the college completion rates of BPS graduates to over 50 percent.

 

Background:

City of Boston Tuition Free Community College (TFCC): In April 2016, Mayor Walsh’s office launched Tuition Free Community College for Boston Public School students. It is run through the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, with support from the City’s Neighborhood Jobs Trust.

 

Tuition Free Community College pays for up to three years of tuition and mandatory fees for income-eligible graduates of Boston Public Schools. Students can attend Roxbury, Bunker Hill and Mass Bay community colleges.

 

As of March 2017, 50 students were enrolled in TFCC, with 94% completing their first semester of community college. Of that group, 73% earned college credits they can transfer to a four-year institution.

 

Commonwealth Commitment: In the spring of 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration launched Commonwealth Commitment, providing community college graduates who transfer to a state college or university discounts, rebates, and a freeze on all mandatory student charges. Students who complete their bachelors’ degree within 4 1/2 years, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA, can see a savings of 40% or more on the typical sticker price for a four-year degree. As of April 2017, 80 students statewide are enrolled in Commonwealth Commitment.


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Baker-Polito Administration Authorizes MBTA Control Board Extension, Board and Staffing Transitions Announced To Continue Reform Momentum:

 

Effective July 1st, Acting GM Shortsleeve to step down and join FMCB, as Vice-Chair Poftak temporarily steps down to serve as Interim GM.

 

Boston, MA -- Acting to maintain momentum toward improving the MBTA for riders, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today announced that the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) will extend its governance by two years as allowed under authorizing statute.

 

Personnel and board changes, were also announced as the MBTA continues its search for a permanent CEO and General Manager.

 

Effective July 1st:

* MBTA Acting GM and Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve will vacate both positions and join the FMCB.

 

* FMCB Vice-Chair Steve Poftak will temporarily vacate his board position to serve as Interim GM.

 

* MBTA Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeffrey Gonneville will be promoted to Deputy GM.

 

* MBTA Chief Financial Officer Michael Abramo will be promoted to Chief Administrative Officer.

 

Effective at a future date upon the hiring of a permanent GM:

* FMCB Member Lisa Calise will vacate her seat to focus on new job at UMASS, when Vice-Chair Steve Poftak will rejoin the board.

 

“In the last two years, the FMCB has made measured and substantial progress on reform and investments in our public transit system to deliver a more reliable service for riders,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are grateful to Brian Shortsleeve, Lisa Calise, Steve Poftak and the other Board Directors, Joe Aiello, Monica Tibbits-Nut and Brian Lang, MBTA management and staff for their service, and look forward to having their continued direction. As the MBTA nears the hiring of a permanent CEO and GM who can cement its turnaround, we are confident the T will have the knowledge, skills and resources to continue making successful improvements to service and performance.”

 

Comprehensive and bipartisan transportation reform legislation first proposed and later signed by Governor Baker in the wake of the T’s collapse in the winter of 2015, authorized the FMCB for an initial three-year term that would have expired in June 2018. In February, Governor Baker recommended the board request the two-year extension of its term as allowed by statute and is today approving their request to extend its governance through June 30, 2020.

 

“We are proud of the work that has been done under the leadership of Brian and the hardworking members of the FMCB and look forward to the progress they will continue to make before handing the reins to a new GM,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The achieved cost savings and investments being made in core infrastructure are resulting in a system riders can more readily count on to safely get to work, school or wherever they may need to go.”

 

Secretary Pollack enlisted the assistance of a GM Search Advisory Panel and an executive search firm for a permanent MBTA CEO and GM, which she will name pending final candidate interviews and a selection which are in their final stages. Today, the Secretary also announced the promotions of MBTA Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Gonneville and MBTA Chief Financial Officer Michael Abramo.

 

“We are pleased to have the interest of several experienced professionals and hope to make a decision soon on the next leader and chief executive who can lead the next stage of the MBTA’s transformation into a world class public transit system,” said Secretary Pollack. “We thank Brian for his service and look forward to continuing to work with him as a board member, and Steve for putting his experience to work in this interim capacity before he returns to the board. The MBTA, Steve and new GM will be well-served by the expertise of Jeff Gonneville and Mike Abramo in their elevated roles.

 

Under the leadership of the FMCB and Shortsleeve over the last two years, the MBTA has made progress to get its fiscal affairs in order, reducing a projected Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget deficit of $335 million to $30 million and improving T management in ways that are already enhancing the rider experience. Operating expense growth has been curbed to the lowest amount in 15 years, and Shortsleeve collaboratively worked with the MBTA’s largest union, the Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589, to reopen negotiations on its collective bargaining agreement to save $80 million over the next four years and over $750 million over the next 25 years. The MBTA is spending $675 million in savings and capital investments this year on system-wide upgrades and improvements to the state of good repair, a 59% increase over FY’ 2016 capital spending.

 

A focus on core infrastructure investments and $100 million in winter resiliency improvements have seen the installation of 23.5 new miles of third rail, 21.5 miles of new heating infrastructure and 3,600 linear feet of snow fencing along the Red and Orange Lines. Capital investments in fleet vehicles will see the delivery of 375 new busses by this fall, and 252 new Red Line cars and 152 new Orange Line cars in the future.

 

“With strong support from Governor Baker, Secretary Pollack and the FMCB, we have made significant progress in reducing the operating deficit and accelerating the capital spending that is necessary to improve service across the transit system,” said Shortsleeve. “I look forward to assuming my new role as an FMCB director, and helping to keep the MBTA on a path to long term financial stability.”

 

FMCB Vice-Chair Steve Poftak will vacate his position on the board temporarily and be replaced by Brian Shortsleeve. Poftak will rejoin the board upon the hiring of a permanent CEO and GM and when Poftak rejoins, FMCB Member Lisa Calise will vacate her position to focus on her new role as Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance and Treasurer at the University of Massachusetts.

 

To serve as Interim GM, Poftak will take a leave of absence from his current post as executive director of The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to assuming the leadership role at the Rappaport Institute, Poftak was Director of Research and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Previous roles include serving at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where, among other roles, he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget.

 

“Brian Shortsleeve is a very tough act to follow, even for a short period of time,” said FMCB Vice-Chair Poftak. “But with the support of T employees, including Mike and Jeff, I look forward to maintaining the momentum we have all worked so hard to achieve. Once a new CEO and GM is in place, I look forward to returning to the FMCB with an even greater understanding of what the T needs to succeed.”

 

Gonneville, a 17-year MBTA veteran, has served as the T’s Chief Operating Officer for the past two years, working in the public and private transportation realm for more than 20 years and previously as the T’s Chief Mechanical Officer responsible for the maintenance, oversight, long-term strategic planning and all other related tasks for maintaining a state of good repair for the Authority’s light rail, heavy rail, bus, and non-revenue fleet. 

 

Prior to becoming the Chief Financial Officer for the MBTA in 2015, Abramo served as CFO for a number of companies. His previous roles include Director of Finance and Business Development at Ascend Learning, Director in the Transaction Advisory practice at Alvarez & Marsal and Director in the Transaction Advisory practice at Price Water House Coopers. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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Baker-Polito Administration, Senator McGee Highlight Support for Enhancing Annuity Benefit Eligibility for Gold Star Families:

 

Statute change will allow for $2,000 benefit payments retroactive to eligibility

 

Boston, MA -- In recognition of Memorial Day, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña, State Senator Thomas M. McGee and other members of the Legislature joined Gold Star Families at the State House to highlight bipartisan efforts enhancing the $2,000 annuity benefit available to Gold Star families.

 

The change would allow benefit payments retroactive to initial eligibility upon the death of a servicemember, supporting those who may miss an application deadline, or be unaware of the benefit while supporting their family after a loss. Current statute provides payment retroactive only to the date a family member first applies.

 

“The Commonwealth is grateful for our devoted servicemembers and their families, and this gesture represents a small token of appreciation to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending our country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As we approach Memorial Day, our administration is proud to join Senator McGee and the legislature to honor our veterans and Gold Star Families and ensure they are properly supported during a most difficult time.”

 

“The Gold Star Family annuity benefit is currently provided to approximately 2,400 spouses or parents each year,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.  “It is an honor to support our Gold Star community by proposing legislation to ensure that those who have lost a loved one receive the full annuity they deserve.”

 

“As a Commonwealth, we must stand firm with our allegiance to our service members and their families,” said Senator Thomas M. McGee, who filed the language that makes this change as an amendment to the Senate budget. “We must always choose to do the right thing for our service members, veterans, and their families whenever possible, and I am glad to work with my colleagues in the Senate, with the support of the Governor and his Administration, to take this first step to make these changes a reality as part of this year’s budget.”

 

The $2,000 annuity is provided annually by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Department of Veterans' Services in recognition of service to the parents (Gold Star Parent) or spouse (Gold Star Wife or Husband) of Massachusetts’ residents who gave their lives in the service of their country, beginning the year the veteran died.

 

“Enhancing this benefit demonstrates our commitment as a Commonwealth to those who have served our country,” said Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. “It is another way our Department of Veterans’ Services can serve as a resource for not only our fallen heroes, but their spouses and families in a time of need.”

 

"This proposal and these efforts are commendable, recognizing and correcting a flaw in current statute to ensure the families of the fallen receive the proper benefits,” said Veterans’ Secretary Francisco Ureña.

 

"Many Gold Star Families are often unaware of the benefits available to them as they experience the most difficult time in their life,” said Peggy Griffin, President, Greater Boston Chapter of Gold Star Wives. “This is especially true for widows who do not have service officers working with them or a designated representative to assist them through the maze of paperwork.  For those families without help, this bill will be welcome.  The Greater Boston Chapter of Gold Star Wives of America supports this proposal and actions like it, that help Gold Star Wives and their families."

 

The Gold Star Parent Annuity Program began on July 1, 1998 and the Gold Star Spouse began on November 11, 2005. More information and application to apply for the benefit can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/veterans/benefits-and-services/bonus/annuity.html.

 

Last November, Governor Baker signed an Executive Order reaffirming and restructuring the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services, appointing members charged with advising the administration on how to best support the Commonwealth’s veterans through improved access to employment and job training, healthcare and well-being services, affordable and accommodating housing choices and educational opportunities.

 

Earlier in May, Governor Baker announced the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget Plan will include a $8 million investment to begin constructing a new long-term care facility at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home for veterans, a $199 million project in conjunction with the federal government. The facility is one of two state operated soldiers’ homes that provide both long-term care and domiciliary residential services.


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Governor Baker and Boston Mayor Walsh Announce Expanded Early College Program:

 

Expansion of dual enrollment program between John D. O'Bryant Math and Science High School and Massachusetts Maritime Academy guarantees admission; financial aid.

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Boston Public School officials to announce the expansion of a dual enrollment program that will guarantee admission to the maritime college. College officials also pledged to fully-fund financial aid needs for qualified students from the John D. O’Bryant High School who are enrolled in the partnership program and admitted to the Academy.

 

The announcement comes as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing education series, as state officials are highlighting various education programs, initiatives and funding opportunities from early education to college level, all aimed at providing a quality and affordable education for every student in the Commonwealth.

 

“Exposing Massachusetts students to college-level courses while they are in high school will create more opportunities for them and improve their overall educational experience,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “The expanded partnership between Mass Maritime and the John D. O’Bryant will strengthen both schools and all students involved and could serve as a model for similar programs across the Commonwealth.”

 

“We are very pleased that Mass Maritime Academy and the City of Boston launched this innovative partnership to expose Boston Public School students to STEM college courses before they graduate from high school,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “Encouraging more students to pursue studying STEM subjects through programs like this will ultimately lead to an even stronger Commonwealth.”

 

“The City of Boston and Mass Maritime have a long, historic relationship that has grown even stronger with this partnership that brings more opportunities to our students," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We’re focused on providing Boston Public School students the education and resources that will lead to successful, rewarding careers, and I’m proud this partnership will allow graduates to bring their unique strengths to Mass Maritime.”

 

Mass Maritime Academy and the John D. O’Bryant High School first launched dual enrollment courses in the fall of 2015, aided by a $30,000-a-year state dual enrollment grant. Academy faculty travel to the high school in Roxbury once a week to teach classes in coastal navigation, emergency management, and introduction to engineering. Students can earn up to 12 college credits, and receive mentoring and college counseling. They are also eligible for scholarships to attend the Academy’s summer academic camps, Sea, Science and Leadership.

 

Since the program’s inception, nearly 100 students have completed at least one dual enrollment course. School officials hope to greatly increase that number with the expanded partnership.

 

Mass Maritime was recently ranked #3 in the nation in a list of “best value” colleges – looking at tuition and fees versus the average starting salary, according to a recent ranking by SmartAsset.com Mass Maritime made the list for having an average starting salary for graduates of $58,900 and in-state tuition costs at $7,127.

 

“Successful dual enrollment and early college programs make college more accessible to low-income students by giving them opportunities to earn college credits while still in high school, at no cost to them, which could help ease the financial burden for them later,” Education Secretary James Peyser said. “Dual enrollment also exposes students to career pathways they may not have thought about before.”

 

“One of the most exciting aspects of this partnership is its potential to impact Boston students and their families. The college counseling, mentoring, experience with college-level courses in STEM subjects is extremely valuable, particularly for some first-generation college-goers,” Massachusetts Maritime Academy Rear Admiral Francis McDonald said. “We launched this program, with help from the state, because we wanted to impact students’ lives. By expanding this opportunity we hope to make an even bigger impact on more students.”

 

“I want to congratulate Admiral MacDonald and the staff of Mass Maritime for building this partnership with the John D. O’Bryant,” Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education, said. “This is exactly the kind of engagement that closes opportunity gaps and demonstrates that our public campuses are committed to their primary mission of serving the students of our state and providing employers with the high-skilled talent they need.”

 

“This is a great example of how a thoughtful partnership can benefit our students,” said Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang. “This partnership truly breaks down barriers to success by providing students hands-on career readiness skills for college credit, and eliminating a financial burden for families. We look forward to growing this partnership and are grateful for the support of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.”

 

The Baker-Polito Administration has proposed increasing spending on all K-12 schools by more than $318 million dollars since taking office in 2015. In March, Governor Baker announced a commitment to significantly increase the number of students in designated early college programs across the state over the next five to 10 years. Successful Early College programs make college more accessible to low-income students, and give them the opportunity to learn in college-level courses while at the same time earning college credits, at no cost, which helps ease financial burdens later. Earlier this year, after years of nominal increases for providers, Governor Baker proposed a 6% rate increase for early education providers, worth more than $28 million dollars, and includes plans to increase annual support for infant and toddler providers by more than $9 million. Massachusetts was recently ranked #1 in the country for education by U.S. News and World Report, and also tops the list for best performing states on Advanced Placement Exams.


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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 47 Cities and Towns:

 

Grants fund innovative IT projects, technology infrastructure upgrades and software or equipment purchases

 

Braintree, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today awarded $2 million to 47 cities and towns across the Commonwealth impacting 74 municipalities to drive local technological transformation and improvement projects through the Community Compact Information Technology (IT) Grant Program.

 

Lt. Governor Polito made the announcement after visiting the Braintree Fire Department, where funding from last year’s IT grant program has allowed Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) to be installed in fire vehicles. The Braintree Fire Department recently began testing the MDTs and used the software to identify a hydrant location prior to arriving on the scene of a fire, saving the crew crucial minutes in a dangerous situation.

 

“The Community Compact Cabinet is instrumental in strengthening our partnerships with cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Baker. “The cabinet’s IT grant program allows the state to support critical investments in technology projects and upgrades for municipalities seeking to streamline and improve their local services.”

 

“The Community Compact Cabinet’s three grant programs – Best Practices, Efficiency and Regionalization, and IT – are engines for improving local services in all 351 cities and towns across Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Polito, Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet. “The Community Compact Cabinet is proud to see the Town of Braintree using their grant money to protect first responders and provide a better service to their residents. The FY16 grants enabled communities to pursue important projects like modernizing financial systems, implementing wireless networks, and digitizing records.”

 

This year’s Community Compact IT Grant Program awards cities and towns or groups of multiple towns up to $146,000, and the expertise of the Office of Municipal and School Technology within MassIT, to implement and invest in one-time technology infrastructure, software and equipment upgrades.

 

"The administration is proud of our commitment to serve as a reliable partner to our cities and towns,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “Throughout our budget development process, we have prioritized supporting our communities, and we are pleased to have included $8.8 million between our FY18 operating and capital budget plans for Community Compact Cabinet related funding to continue investing in our communities.”

 

Examples of Community Compact IT Grant Program Initiatives:

* Georgetown will implement a shared reporting software for their Police and Fire Departments.

 

* Lenox and Lee will combine their respective town management positions into one shared Chief Administrator to serve both towns.

 

* Cohasset will implement enterprise software that will save money and reduce labor hours for document requests from the public and internal departments.

 

* North Andover will deploy technology to digitize paper documents, improving responsiveness to residents and create a more efficient internal process.

 

* Agawam will begin digitizing documents to improve their ability to share records across departments and respond to public record requests.

 

* Lynnfield and Wakefield will jointly modernize and improve their permitting system on a regional basis, allowing the public to apply for and track the status of permits online.

 

* Easthampton will consolidate the IT departments of the Easthampton Public Schools and the City of Easthampton, improving and expanding the support options for both the school district and the city.

 

* Springfield will implement an online Pre-K through 12th grade pre-registration and enrollment system that will expand on the district's development of a Pre-K through 12th grade longitudinal data system with early warning indicators.

 

For a full list of awardees and projects, click here.

 

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, 285 compacts have been signed.


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Baker-Polito Administration Opens Seventh MassWorks Infrastructure Award Round:

 

Funding will support public infrastructure improvements that unlock housing creation and economic growth

 

Worcester, MA -- Today Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the opening of the seventh annual MassWorks Infrastructure Program award round. The program invests in local community infrastructure that can leverage private funding and unlock commercial, industrial, or residential development.

 

“Our support for local infrastructure and development priorities is important to the Commonwealth’s continued economic success and growth,” said Governor Baker. “We were pleased to secure hundreds of millions in new funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which provides cities and towns the investments and flexibility they need to drive job growth and build stronger communities.”

 

In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years, investing $168 million for 82 projects across 69 communities.

 

“We are proud of the strong partnerships we have built with all 351 of Massachusetts’ cities and towns, allowing them to embrace local priorities and strengths,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We look forward to working with them in the upcoming MassWorks round to identify and invest in these important local infrastructure projects.”

 

The 2017 grant round will fund housing and commercial growth opportunities that contribute to the long-term strength and sustainability of Massachusetts, with a particular emphasis on projects that support the production of multi-family housing in appropriately located mixed-use districts and projects that support economic development in weak or distressed areas. In addition, the Program will hold an inaugural grant round during the summer for public dredging projects that support growth opportunities for the Commonwealth’s blue economy.

 

“MassWorks makes strategic investments in public infrastructure, at the local level, that generate private investment in new housing and job creation,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “It’s a powerful tool for community development, because MassWorks empowers communities to deliver on their own unique local economic development vision, in truly dynamic ways.”

 

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking funding to support housing, economic development and job creation. In addition, the Program supports municipalities with a population of 7,000 or less that may seek grants for roadway improvements to enhance public safety.

 

The MassWorks Program encourages municipalities to apply with projects that have been well planned, exhibit prompt and predictable permitting, and have implemented zoning that supports future growth.

 

The reference materials for the 2017 MassWorks grant round, the electronic application system, application guidelines, FAQs, and other relevant materials are available online, giving public entities a 12-week head start to gather the information they need in order to submit their applications between Monday, July 24th and Friday, August 4th 2017. Applicants will have access to previous MassWorks grant round submissions. All decisions will be rendered within approximately 8 weeks after the application deadline.

 

Since its inception in 2011, the MassWorks Program has invested over $418 million through competitive grant rounds, in 215 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The 2016 competitive grant round awarded $85 million to 34 projects in 33 communities.

 

To learn more about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how it is supporting job growth and long-term, sustainable economic development, please visit the MassWorks webpage.


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Baker-Polito Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget Plan:

 

$2.26 billion plan focused on maintaining and modernizing existing assets, and making strategic and affordable investments across Massachusetts

 

Chelsea, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced an $8 million investment for the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home for veterans as part of a $199 million project included in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) capital plan. The complete capital plan includes additional investments to maintain and modernize state assets and targeted funds for future growth. The plan will be funded with $2.26 billion of General Obligation Bonds.

 

The FY18 plan continues to make investments in housing, higher education, transportation infrastructure and information technology upgrades. Significant funding is also included for grants that promote economic development, enhance workforce skills, create affordable housing opportunities, support critical environmental infrastructure and reinforce the Baker-Polito Administration’s role as a strong partner to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.

 

The $8 million investment for the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home will begin the process of constructing a new long-term care facility in conjunction with the federal government, pending final approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The facility is one of two state operated soldiers’ homes that provide both long-term care and domiciliary residential services. The long-term care facility in the Quigley Memorial Hospital opened in 1949 and offers long term care beds for veterans who served as far back as World War II. The current facility also provides independent living in the domiciliary for close to 200 veterans. 

 

“The Commonwealth’s capital plan is an important tool to fund critical state assets, like the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home which supports our veterans and their families,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is pleased to release this plan to continue investments in affordable housing options, transportation infrastructure, and workforce development initiatives that will have positive impacts throughout cities and towns across the Commonwealth.”

 

“This capital plan provides reliable and substantial support for Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns,” said Lieutenant Karyn Governor Polito. “We are pleased to propose essential funding to our cities and towns for repairing local roads and bridges, upgrading IT infrastructure, improving ADA accessibility and restoring inland dams and seawalls.”

 

“The administration’s third capital budget plan remains focused on maintaining and modernizing our existing assets to ensure we are meeting the long-term needs of the Commonwealth,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “Our capital budget is a strategic and affordable plan that invests in every community in the Commonwealth.”

 

The $2.26 billion bond cap represents a $70 million (3.2%) increase over FY17, which is in line with the recommendations of the Debt Affordability Committee. The total capital investment for FY18, after accounting for non-bond cap funding sources, will total over $4.3 billion.

 

Link to the FY18 Capital Budget: www.mass.gov/capital

 

Projects in the FY18 Capital Plan will:

Maintain: 48% of projects in FY18 prioritize maintenance by repairing, reconstructing, or reconditioning existing assets to bring condition or performance to a safe and acceptable level.

 

Modernize: 28% of projects in FY18 renew existing assets to improve functionality, useful life or enhance service, capacity, or performance while limiting the expansion of the state’s asset footprint.

 

Target Growth: 24% of projects in FY18 address strategic objectives through creation of select new assets, or increase investment in priority areas to create value without expanding our state asset footprint.

 

Within the three strategic parameters that guided the development of this year’s plan, the projects funded focus on five major themes

 

Maintaining and Modernizing Existing State Assets:

The administration recognizes that it is important to take care of our current capital assets, which decreases the liability of potential costly large-scale repairs in the future. To achieve this goal, the administration has prioritized deferred maintenance projects across state agencies.

 

* $836 million in bond cap for maintaining and modernizing the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure.

 

* $161 million for renovation projects at public higher education campuses.

 

* $90 million to support maintenance at over 45,000 local housing authority units.

 

* $47.1 million for energy renewal projects, leveraging additional $12.5 million of borrowing covered by projected energy savings.

 

* $34.6 million for deferred maintenance for state facilities and systems.

 

* $15 million to preserve affordability at private developments.

 

* $11.4 million to help municipalities repair and improve inland dams and seawalls.

 

Enhancing Workforce Skills and Economic Vitality:

* Projects will support economic growth initiatives in communities as well as programs to better equip the Commonwealth’s workforce with the skills needed for jobs in today’s economy.

 

* $80 million for MassWorks grants that foster economic growth and help communities deliver on their economic development priorities.

 

* $56 million for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

 

* $15 million for high schools, community colleges, and non-profit organizations to purchase equipment that supports workforce development skills.

 

Engaging and Supporting Communities:

A key priority of the Baker-Polito Administration is serving as a strong partner for our cities and towns. Since taking office, the administration has significantly increased local aid and Chapter 70 education funding in the operating budget, and provided critical capital funding to support local projects.

 

* $200 million in Chapter 90 funding for local road and bridge repairs.

 

* $47.4 million for community grant programs led by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs that support land protection, coastal resiliency, land use planning, and climate change adaptation efforts.

 

* $11.5 million to support the Complete Streets and Municipal Small Bridge programs.

 

* $2 million for Community Compact grants.

 

* $1 million for municipalities to increase accessibility and comply with ADA regulations.

 

* $350,000 for a bulletproof vest matching program for municipal police officers.

 

Optimizing the Value of Our Investments:

The FY18 capital plan leverages significant outside funding sources from federal and local governments, and private sources, to maximize return on investments.

 

* $343 million of state dollars paired with $579 million through the Federal Aid Highway Program will be used to maintain over 10,200 state lane miles.

 

* $30 million in state capital funds ($75 million over the life of the project) for Boston Harbor dredging, which will be matched by $55 million from MassPort and $220 million from the federal government over the life of the project.

 

* $8 million in state funding ($70 million over the life of the project) to build a new long-term care facility for veterans served at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home. The total project cost is estimated to be $199 million, of which 65% is expected to be reimbursed by the federal government, pending final approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Driving Government Performance:

As part of its goal to more efficiently deliver services to constituents, the Baker-Polito Administration’s FY18 capital plan significantly funds projects that drive government performance.

 

* $195 million for technology system upgrades across state government, including $44 million for technology modernization projects at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and $15 million in upgrades to the Commonwealth’s cyber security system.

 

* $29.6 million to maintain and improve state-owned parks, campgrounds, pools, and rinks.

 

* $13.1 million to replace 370 state police cruisers and associated data terminals.

 

* $3.9 million for strategic plans across agencies.


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Governor Baker, Local Officials Celebrate Opening of Dorchester's Finnegan Park:

 

15 Acre Former Industrial Site Converted to Open Recreational Space for Massachusetts Families

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today announced the opening of Senator Joseph Finnegan Park at Port Norfolk on the banks of the Neponset River, which will provide the families and residents of Dorchester with a 15-acre recreational site built upon the remains of a longtime industrial property. The governor was joined by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy and elected city and state officials, who were on hand to celebrate the hard work by neighborhood advocates over the past 30 years to re-purpose state property into a close-to-home state park.

 

“We are proud to have converted this waterfront property along the Neponset River into open space for Dorchester’s residents to enjoy,” said Governor Baker. “A fitting tribute to Senator Finnegan and his family’s service, this park will honor his legacy and provide local families a recreational space in which they can grow and thrive.”

 

“I’m grateful to the many people who worked to make the Neponset River Greenway, and now this park, a reality,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I'd like to thank all the elected officials, neighbors and supporters who created a Neponset River waterfront that everyone can take pride in and enjoy.”

 

In 2014, the DCR identified $4.25 million in capital funding to acquire, clean and rehabilitate the location that would eventually become Finnegan Park. Located in lower Neponset and adjacent to Pope John Paul II Park, the site formerly housed two lumber companies that loaded wooded products onto the Old Colony Railroad for distribution and for construction of many structures around Dorchester. As a result of prior land uses, the space became contaminated by uncontrolled releases of hazardous wastes. The neighborhood, consisting of well-organized and concerned citizens, eliminated its industrial usage following a takeover by the state in 1986. After remediation and debris removal, the site sat fallow for decades until recently.

 

“The opening of Senator Joseph Finnegan Park at North Point is the result of the commitment of many to ensure access to open space in an urban setting,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “By providing the residents of Dorchester with a newly refurbished park, we are continuing our commitment to environmental protection while honoring the legacy of Senator Finnegan.”

 

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation is pleased to add this urban parkland to our collection of nearly half a million acres of protected spaces across the Commonwealth,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “Natural settings like Finnegan Park are important to the health and vitality of urban families and residents, and we look forward to bringing this park the attention, and attendance, that befit its name.”

 

“Senator Joseph Finnegan Park is a new beginning for the Port Norfolk community of Dorchester that came to fruition after the hard work and tireless activism by the Port Norfolk Neighborhood Association and dedicated residents in the area,” said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester). “I was proud to work with my colleagues Representative Dan Hunt and City Councilor Frank Baker, as well as Patrick and Baker Administrations to ensure that this community’s vision became a reality. This collaborative effort transformed a formerly polluted eye sore into the jewel of our neighborhood that families can enjoy for generations to come.”

 

“The entire Dorchester Community is so proud of this new vista of the mouth of the Neponset River,” said State Representative Dan Hunt (D-Boston). “This new $4 million dollar project has been years in the making and we appreciate the work of the administration. We will continue to work with the neighborhood and other stakeholders for progress on what is truly one of the jewels of the city.”

 

“The opening of Senator Joseph Finnegan Park is a welcome addition to the Port Norfolk neighborhood and the surrounding communities, and is a tremendous step forward in the completion of the Neponset River Greenway,” said Boston City Councilor Frank Baker.

 

With connections to surrounding parkland, Finnegan Park will be a key continuation of the reservation’s Neponset River Trail for cyclists and walkers, and features expansive green spaces with trees and rolling hills. Its name was established by legislation in 1987 to honor the memory of State Senator Joseph Finnegan, who represented Dorchester during the Great Depression.


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Commissioner Announces 2018 Teacher of the Year:

North Quincy High School science teacher Cara Pekarcik receives state's top educator award

 

Quincy, MA -- Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester today announced that Cara Pekarcik, a science teacher at North Quincy High School in Quincy, is the 2018 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. The Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Program is the state's top award for educators and annually recognizes excellence in teaching across the Commonwealth by selecting a teacher who exemplifies the dedication, commitment and positive contributions of educators statewide.

 

State education officials used the occasion of Tuesday's National Teacher Day to make the announcement. Ms. Pekarcik, who lives in Weymouth, is the state's 56th recipient of this award and automatically becomes the state's candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Program.

 

Massachusetts' 2017 Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee, was recently named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Ms. Pekarcik will be in the running for 2018 National Teacher of the Year.

 

"Teachers like Ms. Pekarcik are what make our schools and communities such a great place to live, work and learn," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We congratulate Ms. Pekarcik on this incredible achievement and look forward to her continued success teaching Massachusetts students for years to come."

 

"Massachusetts cities, towns and students are fortunate to have teachers of Ms. Pekarcik's caliber working in our schools," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "It's a pleasure to recognize her commitment to continually improving her own teaching skills and her dedication to North Quincy High School students."

 

In September 2015, Ms. Pekarcik was chosen to become part of the 2016 cohort of PolarTREC teachers and live and work aboard an icebreaker near the Western Antarctic Peninsula with researchers from several universities and research institutions. While there, she kept a journal that was accessible to her colleagues and students and continued to communicate with them as she researched diatoms, a type of algae.

 

In class, she uses topics like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as starting points for students' research and debates. The GMO lesson teaches students "not only about food and genetic engineering, but most importantly, how to gather facts and make informed decisions," Ms. Pekarcik said.

 

"Ms. Pekarcik engages students in scientific discoveries and discussions that are relevant to their lives," Education Secretary James Peyser said. "Her students are on a path to becoming strong 21st century citizens, learners and scientists."

 

"I have met wonderful, devoted, creative teachers across the Commonwealth, and Ms. Pekarcik represents the best among them," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "She has worked hard to make learning in her classroom an interactive and inclusive process, and her enthusiasm and lifelong learning is a model for her students."

 

The selection process for the 2017-18 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year began last fall with a call for nominations from administrators, teachers, students, parents and others. An initial review of each nominated teacher's written application led to the selection of semifinalists, who then submitted additional supporting material. Six finalists were selected and interviewed by an independent review panel of experts, including past recipients of the recognition. That panel then recommended one finalist to be named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by Commissioner Chester.

 

The other five Teacher of the Year finalists for this year's award were:

* Martha Boisselle, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Brighton High School in Boston;

 

* Kathy Boisvert, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Millville Elementary School in the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District;

 

* Sarah Foster, a special education teacher at the Laura Lee Therapeutic Day School, which is part of the Lowell Public Schools;

 

* Todd Kefor, an English teacher at Norton High School in Norton; and

 

* Brian Sheehan, a music teacher at Salemwood School in Malden

 

Ms. Pekarcik will join other outstanding educators, including the Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, the finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Teacher of the Year finalists and semifinalists, for an awards ceremony at the State House on June 15, 2017.

 

"It is with pride that I congratulate Ms. Pekarcik on this recognition," said Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch. "She represents the best of what Quincy schools can offer."

 

"We are thrilled to have innovative teachers like Ms. Pekarcik work in Quincy," said Quincy Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro. "Her outstanding work has continued beyond the classroom and includes community service, working on system and site teams with her peers and advising North Quincy's National Honor Society."

 

"Ms. Pekarcik has spent 11 years at North Quincy High School, and she continues to adjust and improve her teaching every year," said North Quincy High School Principal Robert J. Shaw. "It's a pleasure to see her recognized with this honor."

 

About Cara M. Pekarcik:

Cara M. Pekarcik grew up in a rural area outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. She holds a bachelor's degree from Southampton College of Long Island University and a master's degree in secondary education (biology) from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has taught science at North Quincy High School since 2006. Prior to that, she worked at the Whale Center of New England in Gloucester.

 

Ms. Pekarcik's students are more diverse than the classmates she grew up with in Pennsylvania, and she values that diversity as an educator, she said.

 

"The opportunity to welcome language and cultural differences is an opportunity for both my students and me to broaden our understanding and acceptance of all members of the community," she said. "It is an opportunity to demonstrate kindness, patience and acceptance. These qualities are indicative of valued citizens in our world."


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MBTA: Test Track for New Red Line Cars:

 

Boston, MA -- The MBTA this fall will begin work on a piece of South Boston track that will be used for testing the new Red Line cars, beginning in 2019. As a critical step in the delivery and acceptance process, the track will be used to test the new cars after they come from the production facility in Springfield.

 

Every element of the cars' systems will be rigorously tested to ensure that the new trains operate safely and reliably upon introduction to passenger service. After the cars are fully tested and approved by an MBTA engineering team, the new Red Line trains will start serving customers on T's busiest subway line.

 

Adjacent to Haul Road and known as Track 61, the stretch of track meets the requirements necessary for proper testing:

* No less than 1,800 feet of straight track for test runs.

 

* Close proximity to the Red Line's maintenance facility.

 

* Ability to move cars from the Red Line's maintenance facility to the test track with no impact on the main line.

 

* Additional storage for vehicles in close proximity to the test track.

 

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and State Representative Nick Collins recently took part in a site walk after being briefed by officials from the MBTA on the need for Track 61 as a test site.

 

The South Boston-area legislators and the MBTA agreed to schedule a public neighborhood meeting next month to share further details on the upgrades and listen to any feedback from the community. The MBTA has already assured Senator Forry and Representative Collins that work will not be performed overnight during construction.

 

At a projected cost $32 million, upgrading of the track will commence in the fall after the MBTA solicits bids and awards a contract for the necessary work.

 

Currently on order from the CRRC MA Corporation, 252 new cars will replace the entire existing Red Line fleet by the end of 2023.

 

The MBTA estimates this replacement, along with minor speed code changes, will boost capacity by fifty percent, raising the current number of trains per hour from thirteen to twenty. The new cars also have the latest propulsion and braking systems, allowing the achievement of a three-minute headway target, reducing customer wait times. With a larger standardized fleet comprised entirely of new cars, the MBTA will also be able to implement a life-cycle maintenance program, resulting in better maintained vehicles, fewer disabled trains and breakdowns causing service interruptions, and an extended service life of at least thirty years.


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The City of Quincy presents Fiscal Year 2018 Budget:

 

The City of Quincy has posted its proposed FY 2018 City Budget.

 

* To view the Budget book, please click here.

 

* To view the Budget presentation, please click here.


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Governor Baker Signs $290 Million Transportation Funding Bill:

 

$700 million invested in Chapter 90 transportation projects during the Baker-Polito Administration; bill also funds software and mobility programs

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed An Act Financing Improvements to Municipal Roads and Bridges (H. 2783), authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities across the Commonwealth this construction season. Chapter 90 transportation funding supports reimbursing municipalities for road-related construction projects and comes from general obligation bond issuances. Also included in the bill is $60 million to fund the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ software platform, known as ATLAS, and $30 million to reauthorize the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP). 

 

“Local transportation funding for cities and towns across Massachusetts has been a priority for our administration since the first day we took office,” said Governor Baker. “State support to repair local roads and improve safety is critical for the people, businesses, and first responders of Massachusetts. We are also pleased this legislation includes funding to continue the state’s mobility assistance program for the disabled and elderly, as well as overhaul the Registry’s software system to improve operations and customer service.” 

 

“Across the Commonwealth, local officials count on this support for important transportation improvements in their cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We are pleased to provide $200 million in funding again this year and thank the legislature for their collaboration to authorize these funds in time for this upcoming construction season.”

 

In total, since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has released $700 million in Chapter 90 infrastructure funds.

 

Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.

 

Chapter 90 funds must be allocated to roadway projects, such as resurfacing and related work like preliminary engineering including State Aid/Consultant Design Agreements, right-of-way acquisition, shoulders, side road approaches, landscaping and tree planting, roadside drainage, structures (including bridges), sidewalks, traffic control and service facilities, street lighting (excluding operating costs), and for such other purposes as the MassDOT may specifically authorize.

 

“I am pleased that the administration is once again able to provide this important funding to our cities and towns,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “Chapter 90 funding is just one of the many ways that the Baker-Polito administration supports our communities through both our capital and operating budgets.”

 

“This funding underscores our administration’s commitment to work in close collaboration with municipal partners and support their economic development and infrastructure priorities,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We can continue to improve the quality of life in our communities and use transportation infrastructure as a tool to achieve economic goals if we continue to provide capital dollars to cities and towns and allow municipal officials to be empowered to improve their own infrastructure.”

 

The ATLAS software program will replace the increasingly outdated system known as ALARS and enable the issuance of Real ID compliant credentials, allow more online transactions for individual customers as well as business customers and government partners, and improve service delivery overall. 

 

The funding provided for MAP in this legislation will be used mainly to help Councils on Aging, Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs), and other providers purchase lift-equipped vans that will be used to transport elderly and disabled customers. MassDOT is able to combine MAP funding with federal support each year to fund 80% of the purchase price for 140 vans awarded to community and regional organizations across the Commonwealth. MAP dollars are also dedicated on an annual basis for MassDOT to provide technical assistance to RTAs and other grantees.

 

More information about the Chapter 90 Program is available by clicking here.

 

A list of Chapter 90 funding by municipality is available by clicking here.


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Baker-Polito Administration Awards Community Investment Tax Credits to 48 Community Development Corporations:

 

Community Investment Tax Credits allow non-profit CDCs to leverage private investments for housing and services

 

Boston, MA -- Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $6 million in tax credit allocations to 46 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and two Community Support Organizations under the state’s Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program.

 

The CITC program allows local residents and stakeholders to work with community development corporations, which partner with nonprofit, public and private entities to improve economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income households and communities. Since the program’s inception in 2014, CDCs across the Commonwealth have significantly increased their ability to raise funding from private investment: the CITC program has generated over $22.8 million in private investments across Massachusetts in the last three years.

 

“We are committed to working closely with local leaders and advocates to build stronger communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This program will enable Community Development Corporations to address important local issues, build foundations for economic growth and opportunities to support those who need it most in their regions and neighborhoods.”

 

“Encouraging community and private partnerships can spur local investment and solutions in Massachusetts’ cities and towns,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The increased community development capacity this program creates will drive growth across all zip codes in the Commonwealth.”

 

“Our municipalities have tremendous potential that Community Development Corporations help to leverage for sustained growth,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “This work, done across the Commonwealth, creates thriving communities with opportunities for all to participate in, and benefit from a growing economy.”

 

“Supporting our Community Development Corporations through the Community Investment Tax Credit helps them to help families find homes and jobs, grow businesses, and bring communities together,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. “This work helps our residents, supports our businesses, and grows our statewide economy.”

 

“We are grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for its strong commitment to the community development field, as evidenced by this remarkable investment in Community Development Corporations across the state,” said Joseph Kriesberg, President & CEO of MACDC. “These tax credit allocations are going to empower locally-driven, public-private partnerships that will expand economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in every corner of our state.”

 

The CITC program awards up to $150,000 in credit allocations to certified CDCs. CDCs apply for tax credits to support fundraising for the development and implementation of their community investment plan from the CITC program. Individuals, corporations and other entities that make a cash contribution resulting in a qualified investment to an awarded CDC will earn tax credits equal to fifty percent of the total qualified investment made by the taxpayer. CDCs were awarded credits based on the CDC’s demonstrated progress implementing its CIP and past utilization of previous credit allocations. 

 

2017 Community Investment Tax Credit Recipients:

* ACT Lawrence: $50,000

* Allston Brighton CDC: $150,000

* Asian CDC (Boston): $135,000

* Codman Square NDC (Dorchester): $150,000

* Community Development Partnership (Eastham): $120,000

* Community Teamwork Inc. (Lowell) : $129,615

* Dorchester Bay EDC: $79,615

* Downtown Taunton Foundation: $50,000

* Fenway CDC (Boston): $150,000

* Franklin County CDC (Greenfield): $129,615

* Groundwork Lawrence: $150,000

* Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly): $150,000

* HAP Housing (Springfield): $150,000

* Hilltown CDC (Chesterfield): $150,000

* Housing Assistance Corp. Cape Cod: $150,000

* Housing Corp. of Arlington: $129,615

* Housing Nantucket: $150,000

* Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) (Boston): $129,615

* Island Housing Trust (Martha’s Vineyard): $150,000

* Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp: $150,000

* Just-A-Start (Cambridge): $125,000

* Lawrence Community Works: $150,000

* Lena Park CDC (Dorchester): $50,000

* Local Initiatives Support Coalition Boston: $129,615

* Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (Boston): $150,000

* Madison Park CDC (Roxbury): $150,000

* Main South CDC (Worcester): $125,000

* NeighborWorks (Quincy): $129,615

* NewVue Communities (Fitchburg): $150,000

* Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (East Boston): $150,000

* North Shore CDC (Salem): $129,615

* Nuestra Comunidad (Roxbury): $150,000

* Oak Hill CDC (Worcester): $129,615

* Quaboag Valley CDC (Ware): $129,615

* Revitalize CDC (Springfield): $150,000

* Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council (Framingham): $150,000

* Somerville Community Corp.: $150,000

* South Boston NDC: $79,615

* Southwest Boston CDC (Hyde Park): $60,000

* The Neighborhood Developers (Chelsea): $150,000

* Urban Edge (Roxbury): $150,000

* Valley CDC (Holyoke): $150,000

* WATCH CDC (Waltham): $129,615

* WHALE (New Bedford): $129,615

* Worcester Common Ground: $150,000

* Worcester East Side CDC: $100,000


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Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Bill To Update Wiretap Law, Crack Down On Violent Crimes:

 

Statutory revisions would update wiretap law to fit the current criminal landscape

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today filed legislation to substantially update the Commonwealth’s wiretap statute to recognize the major evolution in communication technologies over the past 50 years and provide law enforcement with better resources to pursue violent and heinous crimes, including gang-related homicides and rape.  By making modest adjustments to a statute written in 1968, drafted with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office, this bill will give law enforcement and the courts the ability to solve more cases and was announced at a State House press conference with the support of the Attorney General, District Attorneys and members of the law enforcement community.

 

“Our priority is to keep our communities safe, and this bill is aimed at modernizing state law to give law enforcement more tools to investigate and prosecute some of the most heinous crimes, such as murder and human trafficking,” said Governor Baker. “As several state judges have noted, overhauling this law to address 21st century technology will help law enforcement better protect the people of Massachusetts.”

 

“This legislation overhauling our wiretap laws is a commonsense proposal to ensure investigators have the tools to solve some of Massachusetts’ most difficult crimes,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Just as law enforcement officers must adapt to evolving situations, our statutes should adapt to address the range of crimes being committed.”

 

Attorney General Maura Healey acknowledged the importance of updating the statute to assist law enforcement with criminal investigations while protecting privacy rights.

 

“This legislation has been a priority of my office for years, as we have long recognized that we need updated statutes and tools to match the organizations we face and to fight the most violent and egregious crimes in the 21st century,” Attorney General Maura Healey said. “I want to thank our partners in law enforcement, EOPSS, and the Governor’s Office for their commitment to this issue by filing this bill today, and to my team for their work in shaping the language reflected in today's revisions.”

 

The existing language of the state wiretap statute provides that electronic surveillance may only be employed when an offense is committed “in connection with organized crime,” phrasing which has dramatically restricted the Commonwealth’s ability to solve difficult cases. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) justices in two different cases have noted in their written opinions that amendments to the wiretap statute could have avoided the suppression of critical evidence.

 

* In 2011, the SJC suppressed recordings of incriminating statements made by a suspect in a Brockton shooting homicide, after ruling that the murder had not been committed “in connection with organized crime.”[1]

 

* In 2014, the SJC suppressed recordings of the suspect in a New Bedford shooting homicide admitting his role in the murder “without indication of remorse or even regret,” again because the murder had not been committed in connection with organized crime.[2]

 

“Making these changes to the current law is a necessary step that will allow law enforcement to effectively address crimes that are driving up violence in our neighborhoods,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “These updates will support our mission in addressing gang violence, reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our communities.”

 

“We are grateful for the leadership of the Governor and the Attorney General on the first reform of this statute since 1968,” said Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe. “The state’s district attorneys unanimously support this measure which brings our statute into the 21st century while continuing to safeguard privacy rights by restricting electronic surveillance to certain narrowly drawn offenses and only under judicial supervision.”

 

The Baker-Polito Administration’s proposal calls for expanding the list of “designated offenses” that may be investigated with a wiretap when they are committed in connection with organized crime: the illegal use, possession, theft, transfer or trafficking of firearms, including machine guns, or of silencers; money laundering; enterprise crime; certain illegal gambling offenses; violations of the Intimidation statute; and crimes involving the manufacturing or dissemination of child pornography.

 

The bill also specifically defines some of the most serious crimes as designated offenses even when they are not committed “in connection with organized crime,” including murder or manslaughter, rape, human trafficking, drug offenses involving trafficking, manufacture or distribution,  trafficking in weapons, civil rights violations causing bodily injury, intimidation of witnesses, and use or possession of explosives or chemical, radiological or biological weapons. The plot to carry out the Boston Marathon bombing, for instance, would not have been susceptible to a wiretap investigation under existing law, but would be under these revisions.

 

Additional aspects of the governor’s proposed legislation:

* Makes explicit that the Superior Court has the authority to issue a search warrant to monitor modern wireless and computer-facilitated electronic communications, and not merely traditional land-line telephones;

 

* Allows the Superior Court to authorize monitoring for up to 30 days prior to the submission of a renewal application, consistent with longstanding federal practice; and

 

* Allows a Massachusetts court to grant the authority to investigate a conspiracy to commit a designated offense in the Commonwealth, even if the conspirators themselves may be outside the Commonwealth when they are communicating (e.g., two individuals in New York plotting to import heroin into Massachusetts).

 

“In crafting this proposal we made sure it would bolster and modernize electronic surveillance law while still protecting individual privacy,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett.

 

The bill retains the requirement that the employment of electronic interception technology for the content of communications is allowed only as a last resort, when a prosecutor can satisfy a neutral judge that no lesser means will allow them to gather evidence of the crime. This requirement, referred to as “exhaustion,” requires that an applicant for a wiretap search warrant run down every other possible lead before filing their application with the court.  Unlike other search warrants, only a Justice of the Superior Court is authorized to issue this type of warrant, and an application can be made only with the personal authorization of the elected District Attorney or the Attorney General of the Commonwealth. 

 

[1] Commonwealth v. Tavares, 459 Mass. 289 (2011)

 

[2] Commonwealth v. Burgos, 470 Mass. 133 (2014)


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Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Modernizing the Laws that Govern Explicit Images:

 

Legislation will protect children, provide more tools for District Attorneys, and update state law

 

Boston, MA -- Today, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation modernizing the laws governing the distribution of sexually explicit images and empowering District Attorneys with additional tools to protect children. Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the filing of An Act Relative to the Harmful Distribution of Sexually Explicit Visual Material alongside District Attorneys, Police Chiefs, members of District Attorney Conley’s Youth Advisory Council, local legislators, and other key stakeholders from across the Commonwealth at Boston Latin Academy in Dorchester.

 

“As parents, Lieutenant Governor Polito and I are pleased to propose legislation to better protect the Commonwealth’s children and will seek to educate them on the dangers associated with sharing explicit images,” said Governor Baker. “We look forward to working with the Legislature to pass this bill in a timely fashion, so that Massachusetts can join several other states in recognizing the need to update our laws consistent with modern technology to best protect our most vulnerable.” 

 

“From the flexibility District Attorneys will now possess for educating minors, to the updates school districts will make to their cyber-bullying policies, this proposed legislation makes Massachusetts a better and safer state,” said Lt. Governor Polito, Chair of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Legislature, District Attorneys, and the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence to update state law concerning sexual explicit images.”

 

Under the legislation filed today, the first step in an explicit images case involving minors will be to enroll in an educational diversion program rather than go through the juvenile justice process and potentially be committed to the Department of Youth Services. While District Attorneys and the Attorney General will still have the right to bypass educational diversion programs in certain instances, the focus will now be on educational diversion rather than legal punishment.

 

“This is a very serious issue that causes emotional distress, humiliation, and has the potential to destroy people’s lives,” said Dan Bennett, Secretary of Public Safety and Security. “Through the collaborative efforts of the Lt. Governor and members of the SADV council, the Administration has crafted a bill that would create new pathways for protecting the Commonwealth’s children and offer sensible alternatives to involvement in the juvenile justice system.”

 

Massachusetts law as currently written, calls for minors who engage in peer to peer distribution of sexually explicit visual material to be subject to prosecution for the distribution or possession of child pornography. This legislation seeks to update the law consistent with our lives and 21st Century technology. Should a case proceed to the juvenile justice system, this bill affords District Attorneys the discretion to decide whether a minor should be charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony. The flexibility provided under this law will help ensure minors that do not belong in the juvenile justice system do not wind up there.

 

“All too often, technology outpaces the law’s ability to protect individuals and address harmful behavior. This is a smart, balanced bill that creates more appropriate and measured options,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. “Right now, prosecutors reviewing juvenile sexting cases usually find themselves with the poor choice of pursuing either extremely serious charges or no charges at all.  Victims of surreptitious recordings and revenge porn could find the evidence in their cases made part of the public record. This legislation provides meaningful, proportionate, and age-appropriate responses to emerging offenses, including an educational diversion option for most juveniles. It also improves confidentiality assurances for victims and maintains constitutional protections for free speech.  I want to thank Governor Baker and his team for working so closely with us to develop this bill and help bring Massachusetts law into the 21st century.”

 

"This legislation addresses juvenile sexting in a smart and progressive way," said Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.

 

The legislation filed by the Baker-Polito Administration today will also require schools to provide age-appropriate education on the risks and harmful effects of the creation, possession, and distribution of sexually explicit visual depictions of minors as they relate to cyber-bullying.  Schools will be given the autonomy to use their existing cyber-bullying policies as a framework to incorporate education for their students on the harmful effects of distributing explicit images and any bullying associated with it.

 

"I am honored to join the Governor and Lieutenant Governor on this legislation which will protect kids from the harmful effects from transmission of explicit images," said Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin). "Earlier in the session, I filed similar legislation which provides additional tools for law enforcement along with educational programming that brings a coordinated effort and holistic approach to address an increasingly prevalent behavior among teens. I look forward to partnering with the Lieutenant Governor in the effort to get both bills enacted in this session."

 

This proposal also seeks to close a loophole under current law by creating penalties for adults who distribute a sexually explicit image for purposes of revenge or embarrassment. While current law addresses non-consensual recording of an unsuspecting person, it does not address instances where someone distributes an image without consent regardless of whether the initial image may have been taken with consent.  This legislation closes the gap in our law by creating a new felony offense and empowering judges in criminal proceedings to ensure an explicit image in question is permanently destroyed.

 

If passed, Massachusetts will join states from over half the country that have enacted similar legislation to protect their citizens.


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Massachusetts Receives Nearly $12 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Epidemic:

 

Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that Massachusetts has received a federal grant totaling nearly $12 million to bolster its public health response to the opioid epidemic, particularly for outpatient opioid treatment, recovery services and expanded community overdose prevention programs.

 

“Our administration strongly supported the 21st Century Cures Act as an effort to advance Massachusetts’ leadership in biomedical innovation and expedite new ways to treat disease and addiction,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are grateful for the opportunity to use these funds for prevention and treatment activities to address the opioid crisis that has devastated families in every corner of Massachusetts.”

 

The grant, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the first round of annual funding authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law late last year. The funds will support an array of statewide prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery activities managed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's (DPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

 

“This Administration is intensely focused on ending this epidemic, which has claimed far too many lives across our Commonwealth,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders. “This new grant enables us to continue the fight and expand successful prevention, treatment and recovery programs throughout the state.”

 

The majority of the $11.7 million in funding will be used to increase outpatient opioid treatment and recovery services and expand community overdose prevention programs. The funding will also support new programs to promote treatment and recovery for at-risk populations, including pregnant and post-partum women and correctional inmates scheduled for release. The groundbreaking Chapter 55 Report, released last year, found that the risk of opioid-related death for individuals following release from incarceration is 50 times greater than for the general public.

 

“This funding comes at a critical time and supports our comprehensive response to this deadly epidemic,” said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Investing in prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery saves lives and this funding helps us in each of those areas.”

 

Key Components of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant:

Expansion of Overdose Prevention Initiatives:

* Expansion of the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND)  program in communities with a significant number of opioid overdoses

 

* Enhance, expand and evaluate community first responder initiatives to provide follow-up, in-person, outreach and support services after 911 calls for an overdose

 

* Overdose prevention training and technical assistance for health and human services providers throughout Massachusetts

 

* Improving access to naloxone at pharmacies throughout the state

 

Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Support Programs:

* Implement an Opioid Access to Recovery (ATR) program focused on individuals affected by opioid addiction in the cities of Boston and Springfield, and in two additional cities that will be determined following a competitive procurement process.

 

* Expansion of Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)  to at least seven new community-based sites

 

* Improving re-entry treatment and recovery support services for correctional inmates, including access to pre-release Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) , treatment and recovery planning, and post-release linkages to services and recovery support and case management

 

* New peer-support programming to assist pregnant, post-partum and parenting women with their recovery

 

To find out more about the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, and how to get help for substance use disorders, visit www.mass.gov/stopaddiction or contact the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline at 800-327-5050.


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Announcements:

Sound Advice With Attorney Thomas F

Sound Advice With Attorney Thomas F. Williams:

Courtesy of: Thomas F. Williams & Associates

 

Quincy Access Television Channel 8 Program Schedule:

Date Time Show
Friday, June 23, 2017 6:00 p.m. Estate Planning
Sunday, June 25, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change on the Quincy Access Television.

 

WATDS 95.9 FM Program Schedule: (Live Streaming Audio)

Date Time Show
Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. Sound Advice

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

 

Schedule is subject to change on the WATDS 95.9 FM.


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Quincy 400 Neighborhood Meeting Information:

  

Ward 5:

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

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


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QATV: Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony Program Schedule Information:

 

Quincy Access Television Channel 8:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017:

7:30 p.m.: Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017:

7:30 p.m.: North Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)

9:30 p.m.: Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017:

6:30 p.m.: Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)

8:30 p.m.: North Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017:

12:00 p.m.: North Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)

2:00 p.m.: Quincy High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Replay)


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Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2017 Midterm Election Candidate Contenders:

 

City Councilor - 2 years term (2018-2019):

Ward 1 City Councilor Candidate:

1. David McCarthy

2. Michael Falcione

3. Joseph Murphy

 

Ward 2 City Councilor Re-Elect Candidate:

Brad Croall

 

Ward 3 City Councilor Re-Elect Candidate:

Ian Cain

 

Ward 4 City Councilor Re-Elect Candidate:

Brian Palmucci

 

Ward 5 City Councilor Candidate:

1. Kirsten Hughes (Re-Elect)

2. Mary Lally

 

Ward 6 City Councilor Candidate:

1. Bill Harris (Re-Elect)

2. Ashly Eikelberg

3. H.A. "Allie" Shaughnessy

 

Councilor-At-Large Candidate:

1. Nina Liang (Re-Elect)

2. Noel DiBona (Re-Elect)

3. Margaret Laforest, Ward 1 City Councilor

4. Domenic Papile

5. Robert Howe

6. Anne Mahoney, School Committee Member

7. Dong Fang Xiao

8. Robert Ross

 

School Committee - 4 years term (2018-2021):

School Committee Candidate:

1. Emily Lebo (Re-Elect)

2. Anthony Andronico

3. David Jacobs

4. Doug Gutro

5. Mark Sauter

 

Subject to change for the candidate contender announcement in the campaign trail.


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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, June 8, 2017 **

 

School District School Calendar
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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Quincy Recreation Department: 2017 Summer Clinic Workshop Information:

Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Barry J. Welch, Director of Recreation

 

June 26-30, 2017:

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Tennis Clinic Elementary Week #1 @ Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Boy's Basketball Clinic @ North Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Sports & More Clinic Week #1 @ Merrymount Park

9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Softball Clinic Session #1 @ Mitchell/McCoy Field

12:30 -- 3:30 p.m.: Softball Clinic Session #2 @ Mitchell/McCoy Field

 

July 3, 5, 6 and 7, 2017: July 4 is closed for 4th of July

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Track, Field & Distance Clinic @ Faxon Park

8:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Volleyball Clinic (Co-Ed) @ North Quincy High School

9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.: Baseball Clinic @ Pageant Field

 

July 10-11, 2017:

8:30 -- 11:00 a.m.: Rock Climbing Clinic Week #1 @ Quincy Quarry

11:15 a.m. -- 1:45 p.m.: Rock Climbing Clinic Week #1 @ Quincy Quarry

2:00 -- 4:30 p.m.: Rock Climbing Clinic Week #1 @ Quincy Quarry

 

July 10-14, 2017:

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Boy's Soccer Clinic @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Tennis Clinic Middle School Week #1 @ Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Baking and Decorating Workshop Week #1 @ Quincy Park & Recreation Department

 

July 17-21, 2017:

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Tennis Clinic Elementary Week #2 @ Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Red Sox and Sports & More Clinic @ Merrymount Park

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Cheerleading Clinic @ Central Middle School

 

July 24, 26, 27 and 28, 2017: No Golf Clinic and Musical Theater Workshop on July 25, 2017

7:00 -- 11:00 a.m. Golf Clinic @ Furnace Brook Golf Club

1:00 -- 4:00 p.m.: Musical Theater Workshop @ Ruth Gordon Amphitheatre

 

July 24-28, 2017:

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Tennis Clinic Middle School Week #2 @ Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Girl's Basketball Clinic @ North Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Baking and Decorating Workshop Week #2 @ Quincy Park & Recreation Department

5:30 -- 8:00 p.m.: Football Skills Clinic @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium

 

July 31-August 1, 2017:

8:30 -- 11:00 a.m.: Rock Climbing Clinic Week #2 @ Quincy Quarry

11:15 a.m. -- 1:45 p.m.: Rock Climbing Clinic Week #2 @ Quincy Quarry

2:00 -- 4:30 p.m.: Rock Climbing Clinic Week #2 @ Quincy Quarry

 

July 31-August 4, 2017:

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Boy's Lacrosse Clinic @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Sports & More Clinic Week #2 @ Merrymount Park

9:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Dance Clinic @ Central Middle School

1:00 -- 4:00 p.m.: Musical Theater Workshop @ Ruth Gordon Amphitheatre

 

August 7-11, 2017:

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Girl's Soccer Clinic @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Tennis Clinic Middle School Week #3 @ Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Arts & Crafts Workshop @ Quincy Park & Recreation Department

9:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m.: TV Production Workshop @ Quincy Access Television

 

August 14-18, 2017:

8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: Tennis Clinic Elementary Week #3 @ Quincy High School

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Girl's Lacrosse Clinic @ Veteran's Memorial Stadium

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Sports & More Clinic Week #3 @ Merrymount Park

8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Competitive Swimming Clinic @ Lincoln Hancock Community School

 

**Schedule is subject to change from Quincy Recreation Department and weather permitting.**


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Quincy Public Schools Security Department E-mail Directory: 2017-2018

 

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation:

michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

sheilacalabro@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

 

John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at North Quincy High School: 

johnhyacinthe@quincypublicschools.com

 

Jake Mullaney, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:

jakemullaney@quincypublicschools.com

 

Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

stephenmcgowan@quincypublicschools.com

 

Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

thomasmcinnis@quincypublicschools.com

 

Joseph Mulvey, Security Officer at Quincy High School:

josephmulvey@quincypublicschools.com

 

Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School: 

markspendlove@quincypublicschools.com

 

Subject to change for the 2017-2018 school year of e-mail directory.


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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/.


Boston Public Schools

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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.


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