BOSTON CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL COMES TO FRANKLIN PARK AUGUST 18

  
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present the 2015 ParkARTS Boston Children’s Festival on Tuesday, August 18, at Franklin Park in Dorchester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a rain date on August 19. ParkARTS is made possible through the generosity of Holly and David Bruce.                                

 
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MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES CENTER CONNECTING UNEMPLOYED HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO WORKFORCE TRAINING AND OPPORTUNITIES

  Connection Center Will Help Out-of-School, Out-of-Work 20-24 Year Olds Find Success

BOSTON – Monday, July 27, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative to launch the Connection Center, which will serve as a one-stop resource to help Boston high school graduates, 20-24 years old, who are unemployed and out of school with no postsecondary degree. The Connection Center, located inside the Ruggles MBTA station, will work to reach out to these young adults and refer them to education, training and employment opportunities throughout the Greater Boston.  Continue reading MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES CENTER CONNECTING UNEMPLOYED HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO WORKFORCE TRAINING AND OPPORTUNITIES

MAYOR McGLYNN ANNOUNCES BIKE LANES AND SHARROWS, TO MAKE MEDFORD STREETS SAFER FOR ALL

  
 Today, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn announced that the City of Medford will be implementing some important improvements to make our roads safer. Shortly, in response to recommendations from the Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission, the Department of Public Works will:

 
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MAYOR WALSH URGES CAUTION DURING HOT TEMPERATURES

  BOSTON – Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh is reminding residents to take precautions during the hot weather forecast for this week. 
Information on heat safety tips can be found online at http://www.cityofboston.gov/heat and by following @NotifyBoston. 
The Mayor will declare a Heat Emergency after temperatures have reached 90 degrees or higher for three or more consecutive days. During a Heat Emergency, cooling centers will be open across the City. Continue reading MAYOR WALSH URGES CAUTION DURING HOT TEMPERATURES

Elect Michael Falzone Revere City Councillor at Large

  Michael Falzone (50) is a life-long Revere resident. He was born in Revere to John and Natala (Marabello) Falzone. He attended Revere Public Schools and graduated from Northeast Metropolitan Regional High School in 1983. 

In 1988, Michael received a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Michael is the proud dad of three boys; Gianni (23), Nicholas (21), and Christian (16) and resides on South Ave with his wife Jessica. Jessica is a pre-school teacher and liaison to the Department of Early Education and Care.

At the young age of 12, Michael started a paper route in the Franklin Avenue area. At the age of fifteen he began to work at a butcher shop on Shirley Avenue where he learned the importance of customer service. Continue reading Elect Michael Falzone Revere City Councillor at Large

Cambridge Seeks Your Ideas on How to Spend $600,000 of the Capital Budget

  Cambridge, MA, July 24, 2015 — After a successful pilot process in 2014-2015, the City of Cambridge launched its second Participatory Budgeting initiative in June 2015 by recruiting a 24-member Steering Committee to oversee the process. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process through which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.https://cloudup.com/c3LgjKmmD0p
This time, the City will set aside $600,000 of the FY17 Capital Budget for projects to improve the community. How would you spend $600,000 to improve Cambridge?
During the last PB cycle, six projects won $528,000 in funding:

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Merrimac Police Arrest New Hampshire Man for Kidnapping, Assault

  MERRIMAC – Chief Eric M. Shears reports that the Merrimac Police Department early this morning arrested a New Hampshire man after an incident that took place in the lobby of the Merrimac Police Station.
As a result of an investigation STEVEN H. NICHOLS, AGE 54, OF NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. was arrested and charged with:
• Assault and Battery
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MAYOR WALSH TAKES ADDITIONAL STEPS TO PROTECT HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WEST ROXBURY RESIDENTS 

  
BOSTON – Friday, July 24, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has taken another step to protect the residents of West Roxbury in regards to the proposed West Roxbury Lateral Gas Pipeline. The City has filed an opposition to the actions taken by the Algonquin Gas Transmissions, LLC (Algonquin) in federal court to take control of Washington, Grove and Centre Streets in West Roxbury in order to begin excavation and installation of the proposed gas transmission line due to the inability to “acquire the necessary easements” from the Public Improvement Commission.
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Incoming Malden High School Freshmen Complete 2 Week MAAP Program

  A group of Malden High School (MHS) incoming freshman recently presented their Malden Adventures and Academics Program (MAAP) project to Mayor Gary Christenson and Director of Public Works Bob Knox. The students were accompanied by MHS Counselor and MAAP Director Erin Craven. MAAP is a two week, voluntary program for 45 incoming Malden High freshman. The Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation generously stepped in to save this valuable program after a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ended.
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Jeff Donahue Announcement Ward 4 City Council Race in Malden

  
My name is Jeff Donahue and I would like to formally announce that I am a candidate for Ward Four City Council. I believe that I will be able to provide the citizens of Ward Four with the strong voice that they need on the Malden City Council. I am a Malden homeowner and taxpayer. I am a married father of three children.
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Melrose Police Identify Suspect Involved In Bicycle Theft

   
 MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department has identified the suspect who allegedly stole a bicycle from a business in the city earlier this month.
DEREK DUVAL, AGE 42, OF LYNN will be summonsed to Malden District Court for Larceny Over $250 (bicycle).

On July 13, around 2 p.m., police responded to Promax Supply, 142 Franklin St., to take a report of a past larceny. A man informed an officer that his boss had a Trek Marlin 5 bicycle stolen from the front of the building on July 8 at approximately 6 p.m. The man had several still photos of the suspect and a security video from the business.
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Bedford Home Invasion Suspect Arraigned

  WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno have announced that Vini Proeung, 20, of Lowell, was arraigned today in Concord District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault to maim, armed and masked robbery, home invasion, use of a firearm in a felony, and possession of a firearm without a license. Judge Sabita Singh ordered Proeung held without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday, July 28, and took a motion by the Commonwealth to revoke bail in a pending Lowell District Court case under advisement.
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Medford Parking Program Adjustments Needed

   
 Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to discuss important issues facing the residents and business owners of Medford. A concern has been the evolution of the Parking Program throughout the city. The Program was rolled out last winter during one of the most brutal winters on record and it has been communicated to me by the residents of Medford as well as business owners that there is confusion and a misconception surrounding the Contract, Mobile App, how to use the Kiosk’s etc.   Continue reading Medford Parking Program Adjustments Needed

Woburn Man Arraigned After High-Speed Police Chase

  

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Welbert Nasser, 29, of Woburn was arraigned in Framingham District Court today on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, speeding, a marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Judge David Cunis set bail at $1,000 cash and scheduled the next court hearing in Nasser’s case for Wednesday, August 12.
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MAYOR DEMARIA THANKS RETIRING CITY EMPLOYEE FOR SERVICE

  
 Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently presented outgoing City of Everett Assistant City Clerk Ellen Carr, with a citation commemorating her nineteen years of service and dedication to the City. During her time with the City, Carr worked with a courteous and service oriented team of professionals in the Clerk’s Office. Her duties included working with the City Council, other City departments and the community to serve the citizens of Everett. The Mayor wished Carr luck and success in her retirement and with her future endeavors. 

EVERETT MAYOR DEMARIA AND COA UNVEIL NEW KITCHEN AT CONNOLLY CENTER

   Mayor Carlo DeMaria joined over 200 Everett seniors last week at the Connolly Center in celebration of the Mayor’s Council on Aging’s monthly senior social. This month’s social was particularly special as the Mayor and his Council on Aging unveiled the newly renovated and upgraded kitchen facility. Mayor DeMaria and Senator Sal DiDomenico had acquired funds for the remodel in 2014. The Mayor, COA, and Connolly Center staff were pleased to open the doors to the new kitchen and serve attendees for the July social.
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CITY OF BOSTON CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

   
 BOSTON – Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities today joined the New England ADA Center, Partners HealthCare and state and local agencies to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
“In Boston, we are dedicated to celebrating our diversity,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “As our city continues to grow and prosper, we must ensure that all of our residents have equal access to meaningful opportunities and experiences.”

“Today provides an opportunity to reflect upon all that we have accomplished, but also to reinvigorate us to overcome all of the obstacles that still remain, and to fight to make the promises of the ADA real,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. “Overcoming those obstacles requires the continuing tenacity and expertise of a wide-range of stakeholders and strong leadership.” 

“Although the Commonwealth has made great strides towards broader inclusivity in the last 25 years, it is crucial that we do not lose momentum,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This anniversary is a chance to celebrate progress and remind ourselves to continue fostering a welcoming and accessible environment for all.”

“The ADA has helped to end the segregation, isolation and discrimination faced by so many people with disabilities,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “But there is more that can be done. Today we also commit to breaking down the remaining barriers so that all people are assured the right to be full participants in our democracy, our workforce and our communities.” 

 The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. 

Today’s celebration included a kick-off rally and march to Boston Common, as well as remarks from U.S. Attorney Ortiz, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Attorney General Healey, keynote speaker Dr. Cheri Blauwet, a multi-time Paralympian and two-time Boston Marathon Champion, and poet Lewis Morris. The events also included performances and readings by advocate and author Remon Jourdan, poets Colin Killick and Kythryne Aisling and The Berkshire Hills Music Academy Troupe.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities held a poster contest on “What the ADA means to You.” Entries were posted online and voting was open to the public to select a winner and first runner-up. The poster contest winners were announced today by Disability Commissioner Kristen McCosh. Atara Schimmel, a local amateur artist and disability advocate who works on issues related to chronic pain, took first place in the contest. The runner-up poster was created by Susan Hatch, a resident of The Boston Home in Dorchester. Winning entries were shown today on the Common and will also be on display in City Hall through the month of July.

“We have accomplished a lot in the past 25 years, particularly in removing architectural barriers,” said Commissioner McCosh. “However, we still have a long way to go to achieve true equality. Under Mayor Walsh’s leadership, we are continually improving access and inclusion for people with disabilities in the city.”  

 Mayor Walsh is committed to creating “One Boston,” where all people are welcome and diversity is celebrated. As part of this goal, the Commission facilitates full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in the City of Boston, and strives to reduce architectural, procedural, attitudinal and communication barriers that affect persons with disabilities. The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor. Monthly meetings held by the Commission are open to the public. 
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MMA CTA: Right-of-Way Violations Bill Public Hearings July 23 at 10AM

  

Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association reminds motorcyclists that tomorrow’s public hearings for House Bill Number 3056 is being held at the State House in Hearing Room A-2.

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Somerville resident accepts $70k check on behalf of Joslin Diabetes Center from BPD

  1st row from left to right: Karla McCarron, VP of Marketing, City of Boston Credit Union; Dan Trombley, CEO, City of Boston Credit Union; Jay Herson, General Manager, Boston Athletic Club; Martha Andrews, Somerville resident and Development Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center; June Mattioli, Director, Corporate Relations and Special Events at Joslin Diabetes Center; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commissioner Bill Evans, Detective Cecil Jones, Superintendent in Chief Will Gross, and Deputy Superintendent Michael Cox, all of the Boston Police Department
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SUMMER PARKS FITNESS SERIES EVENT AUGUST 3

  

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) celebrate the 2015 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Monday, August 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Copley Square Park in the Back Bay. The three-month series brings free fitness classes to parks across the city, aiming to activate these spaces while increasing opportunities for physical activity across all of Boston’s neighborhoods.
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A New Start Treatment of Florida Signs on as a Partner with The Gloucester Initiative

  ANGEL Initiative Has Now Placed 58 Participants Into Treatment

GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are happy to announce A New Start, based in Florida, is joining the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative. 

As of Friday morning, 58 people have been placed into treatment programs by the Gloucester Initiative since June 1, when the program began. 
The ANGEL program allows people who suffer from addiction to turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia to the Gloucester Police Department without the threat of arrest. Those in need of help are put into treatment programs as opposed to jail cells. The policy went into effect last month in an effort to address a growing opioid epidemic and to reduce the number of overdoses in Massachusetts. Click here to view the official police policy document.
“We greatly appreciate the commitment from A New Start,” Chief Campanello said. “Their support and dedication to the program allows us to continue to help all those who walk through our doors looking for a way to combat their addiction get the assistance they require.”
A New Start will offer a full scholarship for intensive out patient care to the Gloucester Initiative. 

“Every time a treatment center joins the Gloucester Initiative, it strengthens our cause,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We are happy to welcome A New Start as one of our valued team members.”
Chief Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal have launched The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) — a new nonprofit organization created in response to Gloucester’s revolutionary drug addiction program and the immediate positive feedback from local, state and national organizations.
“A New Start, a premiere treatment facility in West Palm Beach Florida, is proud to announce it will be partnering with the Gloucester Police Department Initiative and the Angel program to help those struggling with addiction be able to receive top notch care and clinical services,” said Colin McMasters, A New Start’s Community Outreach Specialist. “A New Start provides unmatched clinical care through an intensive out patient setting while providing unrivaled sober living with the structure and tools available to all clients to achieve and maintain a life beyond their wildest dreams through long term recovery.”

About A New Start:
A New Start offers structure, accountability and therapy to help participants achieve long-term sobriety while facing real world issues through a 16-week curriculum designed by master’s level clinicians. The organization provides an intensive out patient program, featuring nine hours of group work with certified addiction professionals and one-on-one sessions with a therapist. 
Participants receive case management services for job placement, resume building and life skills courses while working to complete the 12 steps program to help achieve long term sobriety. A New Start randomly drug tests a minimum of three times a week as well as breathalyzer clients nightly.

 Tewksbury’s National Night Out 2015

 On Tuesday, August 4th, the Tewksbury Police Department will be joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “32ndAnnual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will involve over 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37.8 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.

One of the goals of NNO is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The Tewksbury Police Department, in partnership with the Tewksbury Senior Center, Tewksbury Board of Health and the Tewksbury Public Library, will be hosting a FREE “Family Fun Night” starting at 4:30PM. There will be a classic car show and free cookout thanks to the Peregrine’s Landing, Tewksbury Walmart, and the Knights of Columbus. DJ Jaryd Palmer will be providing musical entertainment. Parking for this event will be at the State Hospital with shuttle service to the Senior Center.
Following the car show, please join us inside for the movie “Home” on a big screen with popcorn, snacks and drinks. If you are planning on coming for the movie portion only, please try to arrive by 6PM so that you can get your refreshments and seats. The movie will start at approximately 6:15PM.
This FREE family night was made possible by our community partners and the generous donations from Big Top Party Rental, Altitude Trampoline Park, Enterprise Bank, Community Teamwork, INC, Tewksbury Credit Union, Tewksbury Fire Department, Tewksbury United Methodist Church, Upper Merrimack Valley Reserve Corps, RTN Credit Union, Lowell General Hospital, Green Meadows Preschool, Patriotic Committee, Tewksbury Rail Trails, Merrimack Valley Pavilion and Tewksbury State Hospital.
In case of rain a smaller version of the event will be set up inside the Senior Center so please come on down. For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373 EXT 230.
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov  

Woburn Man Arraigned After High-Speed Police Chase

  

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Welbert Nasser, 29, of Woburn was arraigned in Framingham District Court today on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, speeding, a marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Judge David Cunis set bail at $1,000 cash and scheduled the next court hearing in Nasser’s case for Wednesday, August 12.

 At approximately 3:30 a.m., today, Massachusetts State Police were informed that a Watertown taxi had been reported stolen. Shortly thereafter, State Police spotted the vehicle traveling Westbound on Interstate 90. State Police attempted to stop the taxi. The defendant allegedly continued at speeds over 100 miles per hour. Eventually, the taxi pulled off the highway in Springfield, the defendant proceeded to flee on foot, and then was arrested.These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Everett Man Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle At Car Wash In Malden

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis have announced that Jose Tobias-Valle, 28, of Everett has died after being struck by a vehicle this morning on private property at 435 Eastern Avenue in Malden.

 The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m., at Sonny’s Car Wash, also known as Simoniz Car Wash, when a vehicle exiting a car wash bay struck Tobias-Valle who was working on a vehicle outside. Tobias-Valle, an employee of the car wash, was transported to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 This incident remains an active and open investigation. As of now, no one has been charged in connection with this incident.

 

The Malden Police Department, Massachusetts State Police CARS, and OSHA are investigating.

  

Superintendent Tommy Chang releases 100-Day Plan to Boston School Committee

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BOSTON – Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang released today a 100-Day Plan that defines the district’s core values and lays out a series of projects that chart a course to improve the level of education across BPS schools, develop high-quality schools close to home for all students, and close the achievement gap.
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MMA SAFETY ALERT: Harley Recalls all Project Rushmore Saddlebags

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The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association would like to alert all riders who own model year 2014 and 2015 Project Rushmore Touring motorcycles that the Harley-Davidson Motor Company issued a recall stating that the saddlebag mounting receptacle, part number 10900009 on some vehicles may not adequately secure the saddlebag to the motorcycle during use.

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