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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $6.7 Million in Shannon Grants to Combat Youth Gang Violence:

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of $6.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts to combat gang violence. The awards, made to 15 communities and 10 Local Action Research (LARPs) through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, are available specifically for the purpose of combating gang violence in the Commonwealth.

 

"The cities and local partners selected for these grants have demonstrated commitment and creativity in combating the gang violence that threatens the safety of the residents of their communities," said Governor Baker. "By using a multidimensional approach that employs a full range of diverse and effective techniques, these communities have empowered themselves to make a serious impact on youth violence and gang activity."

 

"The $6.3M awarded to the CSI sites provide funding to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang problems, a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners, and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies. Funded strategies include social intervention and opportunity provision programs, as well as gang task force personnel costs and overtime.

 

"This funding will allow cities and local partners to further enhance community outreach to at-risk youth and provide them with positive opportunities that divert them away from gang activity and toward a brighter future," said Lt. Governor Polito. "This effort is coupled with programming that provides education, training, and employment direction for young people at high risk for either youth violence or involvement in a gang."

 

"Monitoring the activity of gang-involved youth and other high impact players by police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other officers of the court can result in significant disruption of criminal activity," said Secretary Bennett.

 

"This funding has been a critical component to the City's strategy in addressing youth, gun and gang violence in Boston," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "With this funding we can provide involved youth with direct services through all our local partners," said Commissioner Evans. "I thank Governor Baker and Secretary Bennett for continuing to support the great work being done in Boston and across Massachusetts."

 

Shannon CSI Grant Sites

Award Amount

Boston

$1,365,434.46

Brockton

$425,692.00

Fall River

$450,754.68

Fitchburg (incl. Gardner, Leominster)

$169,274.72

Haverhill (incl. Methuen)

$111,788.51

Holyoke (incl. Chicopee)

$479,594.20

Lawrence

$254,271.69

Lowell

$563,778.45

Lynn

$194,519.69

Metro Mayors Coalition

(incl. Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop)

$343,991.69

New Bedford

$496.192.66

Pittsfield

$95,191.29

Springfield

$717,569.13

Taunton (incl. Attleboro)

$89,746.37

Worcester

$506,992.66

 

Local Action Research Partners assist the funded Shannon Community Safety Initiative sites by providing strategic, analytic, technical, and research support. These partners received grants totaling $470,000.

 

Local Action Research Partners (LARPs)

Award Amount

City of Brockton $46,600.00
Clark University $59,999.60
Community Resources for Justice $59,474.20
North Shore Community College $45,683.00
Roger Williams University $45,243.80
University of Massachusetts Amherst $43,721.80
University of Massachusetts Boston $58,425.50
University of Massachusetts Lowell (Haverhill/Methuen Site) $16,110.80
University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lawrence Site) $16,110.80
University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lowell Site) $59,996.20
Westfield State University $18,032.10

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million to Support Heroin and Opioid Crime Reduction Efforts:

 

Boston, MA -- Today Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of more than $2.5 million in federal grants to help District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and other criminal justice agencies strengthen and enhance their ongoing efforts to combat heroin and opioid abuse in Massachusetts.

 

"Law enforcement is on the front lines of the opioid crisis and it's incumbent on us to provide them with every available resource to save lives," said Governor Baker. "These grants provide yet another tool for us to begin bending the trend of overdoses and deaths as we combat this epidemic."

 

This competitive grant opportunity allows eligible state and county criminal justice agencies to solicit grant funding for services aimed at prevention, intervention, diversion, enforcement, and treatment. All proposals were required to include a law enforcement nexus and place a primary focus on targeting heroin and opioid abuse.

 

"These grant awards are great news for families across the state that have been negatively affected by drug use in their communities," said Lt. Governor Polito. "The Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester County District Attorney's Office will now be able to purchase an additional 1,100 doses of Naloxone (Narcan), which will help to reduce the number of overdose deaths associated with prescription opioid and heroin abuse."

 

"The law enforcement leaders receiving these grants were selected for the innovative approaches they recommend, for their compassion, and for their commitment to addressing the devastating effects of the addiction crisis that has ruined and taken so many lives," said Secretary Bennett.

 

These awards will complement the Governor's Opioid Task Force recommendations by expanding access to services for medicated-assisted treatment, development of a youth drug prevention curriculum, dissemination of educational materials as part of a public awareness campaign, treatment beds, and training for law enforcement personnel.

 

Last year, Governor Baker filed legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering form addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids and increase education about substance use disorder for providers and in the community. Over one hundred additional treatment beds have been made available across the Commonwealth, with more expected thanks to funding from this grant program.

 

More information about the Governor's Opioid Task Force is available at: www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma.

 

The agencies receiving a grant award from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security under the "Heroin and Opioid Reduction State Initiative" are as follows:

Agency Award Amount
Barnstable County Sheriff's Department $178,841.00
Berkshire County Sheriff's Office $105,657.00
Bristol County Sheriff's Office $237,820.00
Essex County District Attorney's Office $145,743.00
Essex County Sheriff's Department $157,134.00
Franklin County Sheriff's Department $133,000.00
Hampden County Sheriff's Department $188,841.00
Massachusetts Department of Correction $120,812.00
Massachusetts Parole Board $136,609.00
Massachusetts Department of State Police $46,000.00
Middlesex County Sheriff's Office $139,647.00
Norfolk County District Attorney's Office $39,310.00
Norfolk County Sheriff's Department $112,882.00
Northwestern District Attorney's Office $86,860.00
Plymouth County District Attorney's Office $165,904.00
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department $100,883.00
Worcester County Middle District Attorney's Office $105,981.00
Worcester County Sheriff's Department $189,968.00

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Governor Baker Signs Legislation Ending Civil Commitments at MCI-Framingham for Substance Use Disorder:

New Law Prohibits Women from Correctional Institutions to Improve Treatment Options

 

Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by the Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Ways and Means Chair Senator Karen Spilka and Attorney General Maura Healey for a bill signing ceremony to prohibit the civil commitment of women facing substance use disorders to MCI-Framingham and provide addiction treatment services at Shattuck and Taunton State Hospitals.

 

"With the support of the legislature and Attorney General, our administration is proud to have delivered on a promise that took more than 30 years to fulfill," said Governor Baker. "Now, women with substance use disorder who are civilly committed will not be sent to MCI Framingham and will have the opportunity to get treatment instead of jail time."

 

"Addiction is a disease and must be treated as such," said Speaker DeLeo. "By ending the practice of sending civilly committed women to MCI-Framingham we are taking one more step to helping residents -- our sisters, mothers, daughters, wives -- recover. I'm proud of the landmark substance addiction legislation we have passed and the unprecedented funding increases for treatment, and I pledge unwavering commitment to fighting this devastating epidemic."

 

"The bills ends the practice of treating women with substance abuse issues like criminals," said Senate President Rosenberg. "We need to treat substance abuse like the disease it is and provide access to treatment in an appropriate setting so these women have an opportunity to get on a path to recovery."

 

"People who are hooked on heroin and opioids need treatment and care," said Attorney General Healey. "This new law will end the practice of sending women struggling with addiction to prison without access to the treatment services they need. As we continue to battle this epidemic, it's critical we get people real help that will give them a fighting chance at a better life."

 

"This reform, which was recommended as part of the Governor's Opioid Working Group, will end the practice of sending women committed for treatment for a substance use disorder under Section 35 of Chapter 123 of the General Laws to MCI-Framingham. For the past 24 years, individuals committed under Section 35 have been sent to this correctional institution instead of a detox center -- preventing the proper treatment options for women. In the future, if the only appropriate setting for a civilly committed woman is a secure facility, women can only be committed to an approved facility by the Department of Public Health or the Department of Mental Health.

 

In the past year, the Baker Administration has added 28 dedicated section 35 beds at Shattuck and will add 15 beds at Taunton State Hospital next month, with an additional 30 beds at Taunton in the summer of 2016. Last July, Governor Baker allotted $5.8 million in a supplemental budget to move women civilly committed for substance abuse problems to Taunton State Hospitals.

 

Today's bill signing serves as the latest effort across state government to crack down on the opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth and claiming four lives a day. Earlier this month, the House passed a substance abuse treatment and prevention bill that is now pending in the Senate, and Governor Charlie Baker was recently joined by Attorney General Maura Healey, Representative John Fernandes and a representative from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police to sign a fentanyl trafficking bill into law, authored by Attorney General Healey, to increase the penalty for the possession and distribution of fentanyl to 20 years for distributing more than 10 grams.

 

Separately, numerous recommendations from the Governor's opioid working group have already been enacted to begin eradicating this public health crisis. The administration has budgeted more than $114 million in spending for substance misuse prevention, education and treatment, increased bulk purchasing of Narcan in municipalities and changed reporting requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program from 7 days to 24 hours. One hundred and thirteen treatment beds have opened in six communities (Quincy, Plymouth, New Bedford, Boston, Westborough, Fall River) with more expected in Greenfield this winter.


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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $6.8 Million for Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth in 16 High Need Communities:

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today awarded $6.8 million in grants to support Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success 2015 (SPF-PFS) programs for prescription drug misuse prevention in 16 Massachusetts communities significantly impacted by opioid overdoses and overdose deaths.

 

"This support for communities in need is an important resource for fighting opioid misuse and preventing further tragedy," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I look forward to our ongoing work with the legislature to pursue the tools necessary to curbing this public health crisis."

 

"This award is positive news for Massachusetts parents who are raising families in communities where the scourge of opioid addiction has taken its greatest toll," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "These families deserve our full attention as we strive to end opioid misuse across the state."

 

The Baker-Polito Administration has implemented numerous reforms aimed at curbing the Commonwealth's opioid epidemic, including $114 million in this year's budget for substance abuse prevention, bulk purchasing of Narcan by municipalities and the announcement of a new, vastly improved Prescription Monitoring Program Online System. Most recently, Governor Baker filed landmark legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering from addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids and increase education about substance use disorder (SUD) for providers and in the community. Over one hundred treatment beds have opened in communities across the Commonwealth, with more expected this winter. A full update on the Governor's Opioid Working Group's progress can be found at: www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma.

 

Funding for the SPF-PFS program is provided by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of the program is to implement evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices to reduce prescription drug misuse among persons aged 12 to 25 years old in high-need communities. The grant will provide $1.36 million in annual funding for a total of 5 years to partner programs in Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Everett, Fall River, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, New Bedford, Quincy, Revere, Springfield, Taunton, Weymouth, and Worcester. Each community will receive $85,000 per year.

 

"This grant is an opportunity to provide invaluable resources to the grassroots efforts of our partners fighting this epidemic on the ground," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. "Working together, we can implement proven strategies to address opioid misuse in ways that make sense for the specific needs of each community."

 

As part of the grant program, the DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) will work with funded communities to develop a prevention and evaluation plan that meets SPF-PFS requirements; build the implementation and evaluation capacity within these agencies; and select and deploy strategies and interventions that best address prescription drug misuse among young people within each specific community.

 

"In the world of public health, one thing we know for sure is that prevention works," said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. "We are delighted to be provide these communities with the tools and assistance they need to make a difference for the young people that they serve."


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Governor Baker Announces $700,000 in Naloxone Grants for First Responders:

Equips police and fire departments in 31 communities with resources to reverse opioid overdoses

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that $700,000 will be awarded to police and fire departments in 31 communities heavily impacted by the Commonwealth's opioid epidemic, facilitating the purchasing, carrying and administering of the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone.

 

"This grant will help save more lives as our administration continues to pursue new and wide-ranging tools to combat the opioid epidemic, including the ability for medical personnel to intervene with those who have overdosed," said Governor Baker. "We look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to pass meaningful reforms, and are pleased to support our first responders' access to immediate, life-saving resources."

 

Last year as part of comprehensive recommendations from the Governor's opioid working group, the administration established a bulk purchasing fund allowing first responders in municipal entities to access the state rate for naloxone purchases, and when available, receive an additional discount. Governor Baker has also filed landmark legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering from addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids and increase education about substance use disorder (SUD) for providers and in the community.

 

"Today's announcement, along with the creation of the bulk purchasing fund, will increase the amount of naloxone available in hot-spot communities where it is needed most," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "These resources will help ease the costs of medication, enabling our firefighters and police officers to save more lives."

 

Grants for $10,000 to $50,000 are being awarded to the following communities:

Municipality Received
Barnstable 16,000.00
Beverly 20,000.00
Brockton 45,000.00
Chelsea 20,000.00
Chicopee 11,319.80
Everett 20,000.00
Fall River 29,218.60
Falmouth 15,000.00
Fitchburg 12,750.00
Framingham 15,000.00
Haverhill 20,125.00
Lawrence 35,000.00
Leominster 20,000.00
Lowell 50,000.00
Lynn 9,469.85
Malden 10,900.00
Medford 25,000.00
New Bedford 45,000.00
North Attleboro 15,000.00
Plymouth 20,000.00
Quincy 16,100.00
Revere 25,000.00
Salem 11,296.00
Saugus 15,000.00
Somerville 28,920.00
Taunton 25,000.00
Westfield 7,561.00
Weymouth 13,956.50
Winthrop 15,000.00
Worcester 46,103.97
Yarmouth 10,000.50

 

"There is no faster and more effective way to reverse an opioid overdose than to administer naloxone," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. "It is imperative we do everything we can to counteract the epidemic of opioid addiction by providing as many first responders as possible the opportunity to use this life-saving medication."

 

"The use of naloxone is one of our state's greatest success stories in the fight against the opioid epidemic," said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel. "This funding will allow more first responders in our hardest hit communities to have access to this safe, life-saving drug."

 

Only municipalities that met the following criteria were eligible to apply:

* an average annual rate of 6.0 and above of unintentional/undetermined opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 and 

* an average annual count of unintentional/undetermined opioid overdose deaths of 4.0 and above (2009-2013).

 

The award amounts were calculated by taking the toal allocation ($700,000) and dividing it among the applicants based on the population of the municipality.

 

The Baker-Polito Administration has already implemented many reforms aimed at curbing the Commonwealth's opioid epidemic, including $114 million in this year's budget for substance abuse prevention and changes to the Prescription Monitoring Program's reporting requirement. One hundred and thirteen treatment beds have opened in six communities (Quincy, Plymouth, New Bedford, Boston, Westborough and Fall River) with more expected in Greenfield this winter.

 

A full update on the Governor's Opioid Working Group's progress can be found at: www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma.


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General Electric Chooses Boston for World Headquarters:

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie D. Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh today celebrated General Electric's decision to relocate their world headquarters to Boston to take advantage of Boston and the Commonwealth's innovative and competitive economy and access to human capital and world-class educational institutions. General Electric will bring approximately 800 high-paying jobs to Boston with this move.

 

"Our administration welcomes GE's decision to take advantage of the unique resources that our state has to offer, ranging from innovative economy to top universities," said Governor Baker. "In addition to adding hundreds of high-paying jobs to our state, we look forward to partnering with GE to achieve further growth across a spectrum of industries and are confident GE will flourish in the Commonwealth's inventive economy."

 

"General Electric's choice to move to Boston is the result of the city's willingness and excitement to work creatively and collaboratively to bring positive activity to our local economy and continue to grow our industries," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston is delighted and honored to welcome General Electric and its employees to our community and we are confident that this is the start of a strong partnership."

 

Bringing General Electric's operations to the Seaport District will cement the company as an anchor in the city's innovation industry. The Commonwealth offered incentives up to $120 million through grants and other programs and up to $25 million was offered from the City of Boston in property tax relief. 

 

Additional incentives offered to General Electric include:

* $1 million in grants for workforce training;

 

* Up to $5 million for an innovation center to forge connections between GE, innovators from Massachusetts research institutions and the higher education community;

 

* Commitment to existing local transportation improvements in the Seaport District;

 

* Appointment of a joint relocation team to ease the transition for employees moving to Boston;

 

* Assistance for eligible employees looking to buy homes in Boston;

 

Additional details will be released as available.


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MBTA Public Meeting Schedule Information:

 

Late Night Service Public Meeting:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.: 

State Transportation Building: 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Cambridge City Hall: 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

 

Fare Proposal and Commuter Rail Schedules Public Meeting:

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Breed Middle School: 90 O'Callaghan Way, Lynn, MA

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Malden High School: 77 Salem Street, Malden, MA

 

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Concord Town Hall: 22 Monument Square, Concord, MA

 

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m.: 

Union Station: 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA

 

Fare Proposal Public Meeting:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

West Middle School: 271 West Street, Brockton, MA

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.: 

State Transportation Building: 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Bigelow Middle School: 42 Vernon Street, Newton, MA

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Chelsea High School: 299 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Roxbury Community College: 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Weymouth High School: 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA

 

Commuter Rail Schedules Public Meeting:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Walnut Hill School: 12 Highland Street, Natick, MA

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Mansfield High School: 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA

 

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Woburn City Hall: 10 Common Street, Woburn, MA

 

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.: 

Coakley Middle School: 1315 Washington Street, Norwood, MA

 

For more information on the Late Night Service, Fare Proposal and Commuter Rail Schedules, please visit the MBTA's official website: mbta.com.


MBTA Service Advisory Alert

MBTA Service Advisory Alert: CharlieCard Expiration:

 

Your CharlieCard could be expiring soon. Please check the expiration date at any fare vending machine today and pick up a new card if you need one before the end of the month.

 

If your CharlieCard has expired or is set to expire soon, please pick up a replacement at CharlieCard Store at Downtown Crossing or at the following select stations during the following times: 

Quincy Center Station -Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

 

Your monthly pass and/or stored value will be transferred to a new card. Can't get to the CharlieCard Store? Mail your expired card to:

MBTA

Revenue Department

10 Park Plaza, Room 4730

Boston, MA 02116

 

If you choose to mail in your card, please include your name and a return address. Any preexisting stored value or monthly pass will be transferred to your new card.

 

CharlieCard Expiration FAQ:

Does a CharlieCard expire?

Yes, CharlieCards have different expirations for the various programs they cover. General public CharlieCards have five to ten year expirations. Senior and TAP customers can find their expiration printed on their SR/TAP badge. Student cards expired at the end of each school year.

 

Why do CharlieCards expire?

The smart card technology used on the CharlieCard and other similar smart cards has a limited lifespan that varies based on usage and bending/flexing.

 

How can I see my CharlieCard's expiration date?

CharlieCard expiration dates can be found by tapping the card at a Fare Vending Machine and using the Card/Ticket Information button. The expiration of the card is under the general information selection of the screen.

 

Where can I get a new CharlieCard?

Red Line: Downtown Crossing Station, South Station, Quincy Center Station or Park Street Station.

 

What can I do with an expired CharlieCard that still has value on it?

Stored value can be transferred at the CharlieCard Store located adjacent to the Red Line and Orange Line in Downtown Crossing, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Expired Senior CharlieCards and TAP CharlieCards can also be renewed at the CharlieCard Store. Cards can also be mailed to:

MBTA

Revenue Department

10 Park Plaza, Room 4730

Boston, MA 02116

 

Stored Value on cards mailed in will be transferred to a new card. There are no cash refunds.


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Governor Baker Updates Public on RMV's Customer Service Progress:

Announces permanent appointment of Erin Deveney as RMV Registrar

 

Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today visited the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Haymarket Branch to highlight recent progress on customer service improvements across the Commonwealth and to announce the permanent appointment of Erin Deveney as Registrar.

 

"Restoring a customer-service centered approach at the Registry of Motor Vehicles has brought about substantial progress toward decreasing wait times and giving people back precious hours of their working day," said Governor Charlie Baker. "With more work still to be done, I am proud to officially announce Erin's permanent appointment as Registrar and consider her to be a true leader who has proven her commitment and ability to lead and move the Registry in the right directions."

 

Over the last year, the RMV has been working to improve its ability to problem solve, using detailed analysis techniques to evaluate progress being made. Key accomplishments over the last year included improving customer wait times, increasing the use of existing alternative service channels, and increasing RMV staff performance measured by improving staff accountability and customer treatment.

 

"Under the leadership of Erin Deveney, the Registry has made great progress in decreasing customer wait times, and improving outreach to customers whether through promoting MassRMV.com or our AAA locations," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "I am thrilled that Erin will serve permanently as the Registrar and continue the great work that has started earlier of the year."

 

One of the ways in which the RMV has improved customer wait times is through the use of dual line queuing. Through this system, there is a "Ready to Go Line" or Green Line for prepared customers to immediately go into line, and the Orange Line is for customers who need more assistance and who need to perform lengthier transactions. Since September, eleven branches have converted to using system and there is a plan to convert the remaining branches by the end of first quarter of CY16.

 

The new queuing system has proven to save customers the time that they used to spend waiting in line at the RMV even with increases in customer volume. The system has eliminated the hidden wait time customers experienced waiting in line outside branches before offices opened. In November 2015, 74% of all RMV branch customers were served in under 30 minutes, which is a 15% increase in service level from the same month in 2014. The RMV's Haymarket branch saw an increase of 1,110 additional customers in November 2015 from the same month last year and increased the number of customers served in under 30 minutes by almost 25%. Even with the increased customer flow, the Haymarket branch served 93% of its customers in November in under an hour, which was a 15% increase from service levels for November 2014.

 

Other steps that the RMV has taken to improve service have been through the redesign of the MassRMV.com website . With a focus on making the homepage more customer friendly, the RMV has improved outreach to increase online use. Additionally, the RMV has emphasized the importance of increasing employee performance. With the development of performance standards and streamlining the hiring process, the Registry is continuing to improve the professionalism of those who work with our customers.

 

Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) Improvements:

* November 2014 (Statewide): 59% of customers were served in under 30 minutes

* November 2015 (Statewide): 74% of customers were served in under 30 minutes

* November 2014 (Haymarket Branch):

   * 14,279 customers served

   * 49% served in under 30 minutes

   * 78% served in under 1 hour

* November 2015 (Haymarket Branch):

   * 15,442 customers served (1,110 additional customers)

   * 73% served in under 30 minutes

   * 93% served in under 1 hour


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Adams Green Construction Update:

Construction Activities for the week of: Monday, December 21, 2015

 

* A.R. Belli will continue to work on the sidewalk at Hancock & Maple Streets installing bricks from maple Street to Temple Street.

 

* Some minor paving will take place this week to smooth out some transition areas in the Quincy Square.

 

* Dellbrook will continue to work at their site with the installation of walls and trusses.

 

* Electrical conduit work will be taking place on Cottage Avenue and Chestnut Street by A.R. Belli.

 

* Verizon (White Mountain) will be digging test pits out in Temple Street by Subway. Expect some traffic delays.


To receive project updates on the Adams Green Construction:
* Follow City of Quincy on Twitter: @CityofQuincy
* Follow Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Twitter: @MassDOT
* Follow MBTA on Twitter: @MBTA (traffic update on the buses)
* Follow Jimmy Hui, Public Safety Officer to City Solicitor Jim Timmins on Twitter: @jimmyhuiquincy
 
Questions or Concerns on Adams Green Construction:
Tom Russo from Woodward & Curran: (617) 910-7847 or e-mail: trusso@woodwardcurran.com
 
Mayor's Office: (617) 376-1990
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. during the business hours of operations
 
* Chris Walker: cwalker@quincyma.gov
* Katie Conso: kconso@quincyma.gov
* Kristen Powers: kpowers@quincyma.gov
* Tom Fabrizio: tfabirzio@quincyma.gov
* Betty Yau (Asian Services): (617) 376-1928 or byau@quincyma.gov
* Larry Liuzzo: lliuzzo@quincyma.gov
* Lisa McBirney: lmcbirney@quincyma.gov


MBTA: (617) 222-3200
Opens during the weekdays and weekends only for any bus services such as: #214, #216, #220, #221 and #222.


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Six-City Compact to Address Regional Economic Development in Metro Boston:

Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville Mayors seek to enhance regional economic collaboration via new compact

 

Quincy, MA -- Six Boston area Mayors and City Managers today jointly announced the formation of the Greater Boston Regional Economic Compact, which will facilitate regional problem solving among the municipalities of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy, and Somerville.

 

"We are thrilled to announce this new partnership between our cities to address the regional economic challenges and opportunities facing the Greater Boston region," announced the Mayors of Boston, Braintree, Quincy, and Somerville and the City Managers of Cambridge and Chelsea in a joint statement.

 

"Economic challenges and opportunities for our region do not stop at our city borders. From transportation to housing to address sustainability and climate change, if we are to succeed as individual cities as we face 21st century challenges, we must develop our strengths as a region. This compact is an important first step in doing so," said Mayor Curtatone of Somerville.

 

The municipal executives and their staffs will meet to strategize and solve common issues in the areas of housing, transportation, sustainability, and economic development that would benefit from a regional response.

 

As part of the compact, each participating city will explore committing funds to hire a full-time staff member to work with all participants and help develop a strategy for economic growth. In addition, a Regional Compact coordinator will be hired to develop a regional economic development strategy.

 

"In order to succeed it is important that we first recognize that some of our greatest obstacles are not contained within city lines and that regional challenges require regional solutions. I look forward to working together with our surrounding partners to overcome obstacles and grow together across sectors and across borders," said Mayor Walsh of Boston.

 

Mayor Koch of Quincy stated, "Our future is tied tightly together as a region, not just as individual cities. This effort is an important recognition of that reality, and I'm proud to be part of such a dynamic partnership of communities willing to work together to reach our potential and confront our challenges."

 

"Working together to grow our regional economy through transportation and housing will create vibrant economic value for all," said Mayor Sullivan of Braintree.

 

"Cambridge is excited to partner with Boston, Quincy, Somerville, Braintree, and Chelsea to address many important issues-economic development, housing, sustainability, and transportation-impacting the region," City Manager Richard C. Rossi said. "Solving issues that transcend municipal boundaries requires a fundamental shift to this type of innovative collaborative approach."

 

City Manager Thomas Ambrosino of Chelsea stated, "The economy of the Boston region is too complex for each of us to identify ourselves by the community in which we live. While we might think of ourselves as being from Chelsea, or Boston, or Quincy, in reality we are all from the Boston region and we need to plan and foster investment in the region as a single unit.

 

The Compact commits each participating City to five principles:

1. Commitment: Each community will demonstrate their commitment to developing a regional economic strategy by meeting at least every other month and establishing a formal structure for the group;

 

2. Leadership: These meetings will serve as a forum for participants to discuss regional economic development and related critical regional issues including, but not limited to housing, transportation, economic development and sustainability;

 

3. Follow Through: Participants recognize that success in leveraging regional economic opportunities and solving regional economic challenges requires persistent follow through. They will therefore regularly review progress made and challenges encountered;

 

4. Support: Participants agree to explore the appointment of a staff member to serve as a project manager for the compact, recognizing the need to coordinate and manage the several topic areas;

 

5. Inclusion: Participants will welcome and encourage other communities in Greater Boston to support and join the effort.

 

Aside from geographical proximity, the six participating cities and towns have chosen to join the compact because of their common identities and set of challenges. Last May, the Mayors of Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville and Braintree announced the formation of the Life Sciences Corridor. The corridor was created to promote the robust life sciences sector along the MBTA red line in the Greater Boston region.


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FY 2016 Valuations available for review December 1 - Assessors Office:

 

The Quincy Board of Assessors conducted a comprehensive reassessment of all classes of properties in the City of Quincy, as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

 

The proposed Fiscal Year 2016 valuations will be available for review beginning on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in the Assessors Office, City Hall, 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They will also be available at the Thomas Crane Public Library on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The valuations will also be available online at: http://www.quincyma.gov.

 

These values are pending preliminary certification.

 

Taxpayers may contact the Board of Assessors with any questions regarding proposed assessments by calling at (617) 376-1183.


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MBTA Weather Winter Information:

 

During Severe Weather, the MBTA may operate reduced service schedules.

 

The MBTA works year-round to prepare for harsh winter weather. Our crews work to weatherize equipment and facilities to keep you moving when winter weather occurs. During inclement weather, check MBTA.com regularly for information on service impacts and delays.

 

During routine winter weather, including cold and moderate snow, the MBTA will operate regular schedules. In some instances, we may operate buses on snow routes or have minor delays. Remember to check service alerts regularly for updates.

 

When Severe Weather Hits:

This year, the MBTA will operate reduced service when severe winter weather hits. Check MBTA.com regularly to determine whether severe weather service plans are in place.

 

Full Service details for each mode are as follows:

Subway

The Red Line may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service.

 

Commuter Rail:

During severe weather, commuter rail may operate on Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules. To determine if your route is operating on a Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules, check MBTA.com or media reports regularly for updates.

 

Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules are as follows: Kingston/Plymouth Line

 

Bus:

Some bus routes may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service. Some bus routes, especially those located hills or narrows streets, may operate on "Snow Routes."

 

Full listings of buses with snow routes

Bus Route 211

Route ends at East Squantum Street at Dorchester Street and Omits Huckins Avenue, Bellevue Road and Dorchester Street.

 

Bus Route 222

Omits Church Street and Essex Street. Walk to North Street or Middle Street for service.

 

Bus Route 236

Omits Commercial Street, Elm Street and Franklin Street South of Independence Avenue. Use stops on Middle Street or flag bus on Independence Avenue or Church Street.

 

Bus Route 245:

Omits Hospital Hill (Quincy Medical Center) and Whitwell Street. No stops between Quincy Center Station and Granite Street.

 

Boat:

During severe weather, commuter boats may operate reduced service. Check T-Alerts regularly for service updates and information.

 

The Ride:

During inclement weather, The Ride strongly recommends that you check with your contractor directly as service may curtailed and customers should expect delays.

 

The numbers are as follows:

* Shared Area: MBTA The Ride | (617) 222-5124 | TTY: (617) 222-5415

* North Area: GLSS-Greater Lynn Senior Services | 1 (888) 319-7433 | TTY: 1 (888) 607-7787

* South Area: JV-Joint Venture | 1 (888) 920-7433 | TTY: 1 (888) 607-7787

* Northwest Area: VTS-Veterans Transportation | 1 (877) 765-7433 | TTY: 1 (888) 553-8294

 

Service Updates & Information:

* Visit MBTA.com for service alerts and winter schedules.

* Sign up for T-Alerts to receive service updates.

* Follow the MBTA on the Twitter Page: .

* Check local news and weather broadcasts.


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If You See Something, Say Something: 2015-2016 School Year:

 

Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that 2015-2016 school year have already started in the session throughout the semester here in the City of Quincy which it would be a great opportunity to work with our counterparts: Quincy Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department and the Norfolk County Sheriff Department for the public safety, security and transportations all across the citywide to make sure that our students, families and staff at Quincy Public Schools are safe and sound.

 

The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will continue to work very closely with the Quincy Public Schools throughout the 2015-2016 school year starting from September 2015 through June 2016 right here in the City of Quincy.

 

This year, we are asking the students and families of the Quincy Public Schools should be remain on the alert and in the vigilant with your eyes and ears at all times to report for any suspiciously activities, behaviors and/or packages directly to the Quincy Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department or Massachusetts State Police Department immediately.

 

Important Telephone Numbers:

Dial 911 with an emergency numbers: Quincy Fire Department, Quincy Police Department or Brewster Ambulance

MBTA Transit Police Department: (617) 222-1212

Quincy Police Department: (617) 479-1212

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact any one of them to provide with any assistance throughout the 2015-2016 school year here in the City of Quincy:

 

Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security & Transportation @ Quincy Public Schools:

(617) 984-8897 or (617) 504-5826 | E-mail: michaeldraicchio@quincypublicschools.com

 

D.A.R.E. Officer Donald Sautter @ Quincy Police Department:

(617) 745-5735 | E-mail: dsautter@quincyma.gov

 

D.A.R.E. Officer John Grazioso @ Quincy Police Department:

(617) 745-5735 | E-mail: jgrazioso@quincyma.gov

 

School Resource Officer Gregg Hartnett @ Quincy Police Department:

E-mail: ghartnett@quincyma.gov

 

School Resource Officer Benny Chin @ Quincy Police Department:

E-mail: bchin@quincyma.gov

 

School Resource Officer Steve Burgio @ Quincy Police Department:

E-mail: sburgio@quincyma.gov


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West of Chestnut Construction Update: Contractor Launches Project Website

 

Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance and developer Gate Residential have created a website for construction updates on the first phrase of downtown redevelopment, called "West of Chestnut," the mixed-use residential and retail development in the heart of downtown. Updates can be found here: CLICK HERE.


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Announcements:

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Quincy's Election Headquarters: Special Election for Ward 6 City Councilor:

 

Primary Election:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

 

General Election:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.


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City of Quincy Winter Parking Rules Policy: October 15, 2015 - April 15, 2016:

 

* No Parking allowed on either side of Emergency Arteries during a Snow Emergency. Emergency Arteries are identified by signs.

 

* Residents on the side streets (not emergency arteries) are allowed to park on the ODD side of the street, this winter season.

 

* Overnight parking is a prohibited without a resident parking permit. Permits are available at the Quincy Police Department at (617) 479-1212.

 

* Vehicles in the violation of winter parking rules will be towed at owner's expense. Also, if your vehicle is hampering snow plowing operations (i.e. parked too close an intersection, etc.) it will be towed.

 

* The average tow fee is $125.00, plus cost of storage. No Exceptions can be made for the short-term (10-15 minutes) per parking.

 

* To find out if a snow emergency has been declared:

   * City of Quincy official website: quincyma.gov or Twitter: @CityofQuincy

   * Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline: (617) 770-SNOW (617-770-7669) for a recording.

   * Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Removal Operations Hotline: (617) 376-1927.

   * Quincy Access Television: QATV Channel 8 or QATV Channel 11


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School Closing Information:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Television Station

Radio Station

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

 

Comcast Provider for the Quincy Residents:

Quincy Access Television Channel 8 or Quincy Education Access Television Channel 22


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Boston Public Schools: Last Day of School 2015-2016:

 

School District

Last Day of School

Class of 2016 Graduates (Senior Year @ BPS)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Elementary School thru. High School (Grade 1-11)

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (Day of 179)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (Day of 180)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016*

* = Subject to Change if the weather permitting.


Class of 2016 Graduation Information

Class of 2016 Graduation Information:

 

Spring Commencement:

Name of College: Graduation Date:
Eastern Nazarene College Saturday, May 7, 2016
Quincy College Saturday, May 28, 2016
Quincy Public Schools: Graduation Date:
Quincy High School Monday, June 13, 2016
North Quincy High School Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Quincy High School Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (Rain Date)
North Quincy High School Thursday, June 16, 2016 (Rain Date)

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Last Day of School and College 2015-2016 Calendar:

 

Name of College:

Last Day of College:

Eastern Nazarene College

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Quincy College

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Quincy Public Schools:

Last Day of School:

Class of 2016 Graduates @ NQHS & QHS

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Elementary thru. High School (Grade 1-11)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016* (5 days of snow make up)

* = Subject to Change if the weather permitting.


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Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Calendar:

 

Presidential Primary Election:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

 

Statewide Primary Election:

Tuesday, September 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

 

Presidential Election:

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


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Quincy Public Schools Transportation Department: Telephone Directory:

 

The Quincy Public Schools is extremely encouraging the parents and guardians of Quincy students can contact their transportation service throughout the school year here in the City of Quincy and outside of the City of Quincy.

 

The transportation service will transport your child to school from home and from school to home safely throughout the school year from September through June.

 

Telephone Directory:

* Quincy Public Schools Bus Yard: (617) 984-8784

* Quincy Public Schools Transportation Office: (617) 984-8964

* Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security & Transportation: (617) 984-8897 or (617) 504-5826

* Judy Todd, Director of Special Education: (617) 984-8743

* Braintree Basic: (781) 254-9797

* RAZ, Inc.: (781) 843-1200

* VHS: (800) 422-4146

* TLC: (781) 575-1414


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Jimmy Hui's Message Blog:


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The Jimmy Hui Foundation Blog:


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Quincy Access Television:


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Quincy Public Schools: