Events & Updates - Representative Joe McGonagle

Planned Closure of Sumner Tunnel this Summer Reduced to One Month - 2024

Additional Weekend Work Minimizes Closure Impact 


Discounted or Free Public Transportation Options to be Provided to Drivers  


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the schedule for the upcoming full closure of the Sumner Tunnel as its multi-restoration project continues. What was originally scheduled as a two-month 24/7 closure similar to last year has now been significantly reduced. The tunnel will be closed for work on Friday, July 5 and is expected to be reopened no later than Monday, August 5. There will be additional weekend closures both before and after this month-long closure.  

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MassDEP Paid Internship Opportunities

MassDEP has begun posting paid internship opportunities for the summer/early fall session! All listings can be found on MassCareers and are most easily found by narrowing the search by “Organization” to the Department of Environmental Protection. Please note that priority application review will be given to applicants who submit their materials within the first 14 days.


The internships are available for programs in MassDEP’s Boston headquarters as well as in all four regional offices (Worcester, Wilmington, Lakeville, and Springfield). The roles cover a variety of programming and policy areas, including:

Air Quality


Environmental Justice


Waste Site Cleanup


Wastewater Management




Fiscal & Revenue


Water Quality


Climate Strategies


Watershed Planning


The positions are all important in helping ensure environmental protection across the Commonwealth and I would note that they also include roles for those with experience in graphic design and accounting/finance, among other skillsets. Please help us spread the word about these opportunities with students in your district who may be interested.


Grant Opening: Destination Development Capital (DDC) Grants FY25

The Healey-Driscoll Administration, the Executive Office of Economic Development (EOED), and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) are pleased to announce the opening of the FY25 grant round of the Destination Development Capital (DDC) Grants.

The competitive grant program will award funds to strengthen the economy of Massachusetts through destination development projects that enhance tourism sustainability and have the potential to increase non-resident visitation. In this round, preference will be given to projects related to climate resiliency, rural communities, cultural districts, and the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.


Applications must be submitted through MOTT’s Online Application Portal. Grant awards are anticipated to be announced in June 2024.

DDC guidelines and information is available here.

MBTA May 2024 Service Alerts

The MBTA today announced service changes in May on the Red, Green, Orange, Kingston, Greenbush, Middleborough/Lakeville, Fairmount, Newburyport/Rockport, and Haverhill lines. The MBTA will continue working to maintain its infrastructure and improve reliability across the system.

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Student Government Day

I was thrilled to meet and spend time with two of Everett High School's finest students, Emerson Pineda Chacon and Sarah Tiberii.  They came to the State House to represent EHS at Student Government Day. I was so honored to meet them and listen to the great stuff they are doing at EHS and their plans for after. Congrats to Emerson and Sarah for this awesome recognition! 📚📕📖

Everett Public Schools, Massachusetts


April 2024 MBTA Marathon Monday Service Alert

The MBTA announced service information on Monday, April 15, the day of the 2024 Boston Marathon. Every year, the MBTA prepares for the Boston Marathon across all departments in many ways. It supports the annual event with increased service to accommodate spectators and runners, acknowledges the crucial role of public transit during this celebratory time, and expresses sincere appreciation for its ridership and dedicated workforce.


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PSA: Beware of Deceptive and Mimic Websites

RMV Cautions Public to Beware of Deceptive
and Mimic Websites
Customers should only use Mass.Gov/RMV
for online RMV Services

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National Grid Prepared for April Storm to Impact Ma

National Grid is prepared for an April storm to impact Massachusetts Tuesday evening through late Thursday, bringing heavy rain, gusting winds, and potential snowfall into the region.  The primary concerns associated with this storm include heavy rainfall, potential snowfall, and strong gusting winds across Massachusetts, including hazardous wind gusts that could reach up to 60 mph. Strong wind gusts have the potential to damage trees and knock down power wires, causing power outages in impacted locations. The storm is expected to depart by the end of the day Thursday, and calmer weather is expected for Friday.

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Governor's Latino Empowerment Advisory Council Listening Sessions

The Governor's Advisory Council on Latino Empowerment will be hosting Listening Sessions across the state later this spring.

Please see the link below for additional information about when and where the listening sessions will take place in your area:

The Council is seeking input from residents across Massachusetts


Everett Latino Empowerment Advisory Council Listening Session 

548 Broadway, Everett, Ma 02149

April 25th from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. 

2024 MBTA Blue Line Diversion Reminder

Following up on the previous announcement on March 15, the MBTA is today reminding riders that Blue Line service will be suspended between Maverick and Wonderland for three days from April 17-19 and between Airport and Wonderland for nine days from April 20-28. Evening Blue Line service will also be suspended between Bowdoin and Orient Heights each day from April 9-11.

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