Events & Updates - Representative Joe McGonagle

MVES Legislative Breakfast / MPTC Tour

I had double duty on Tuesday this week meeting with different groups! First was a legislative breakfast at Mystic Valley Elder Services. We discussed MVES's legislative and FY2025 budget priorities, and also listened to consumer success stories. Next I shifted to the Municipal Police Training Committee Lynnfield Academy to tour the facility, meet the staff and observe members of the 5th MPTC Lynnfield Recruit Officer Course during their training day, which includes a member of the Everett Police Department! Great morning with my colleagues both in the Legislature and community. 🍩🚓

Everett MA Police  Mystic Valley Elder Services

            


FKO Everett Family Showcase Night

Thank you For Kids Only Afterschool for inviting me to this great event! Love seeing these kids and their hard work! The Everett Community is lucky to have you! Great job done by all. https://www.facebook.com/FKOAfterschool

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Read Across America at Maddie English School

Great Morning reading to the students at the Maddie English! Loved meeting them and their teachers. Always great to see my daughter on the "E" award Hall of Fame. They certainly got their brains from their mother! 

            


Computer Science for Ma at the State House

Great event on Wednesday, March 20th, celebrating computer science education in Massachusetts schools. We had a great showing of students demonstrating their skills, especially from our own Everett Public Schools. I was proud to help sponsor and organize this event to not only discuss the importance of computer science but also to give these talented and intelligent kids an opportunity to showcase their hard work. I was truly blown away. Great job done by all. 

                         


MassDEP Funding Opportunity:Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants

MassDEP has opened the application period for the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants program.

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April 2024 MBTA Service Change

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

 

Riders can find more information on service changes through in-station signage, in-station public announcements, and at mbta.com/alerts. Transit Ambassadors and MBTA staff will be available on-site to offer information and assistance during these service changes. Riders are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts or to follow the MBTA on X (the site formerly known as Twitter) @MBTA, @MBTA_CR, and @MBTA_CR_Alerts for up-to-date service information.

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MBTA St. Patrick Day Service 2024

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is preparing for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities in South Boston on Sunday, March 17, 2024. With up to a million people expected to attend the parade, the MBTA is implementing several measures to accommodate the increased ridership and to remind the riding public what everyone can do to help maintain a safe and family-friendly environment for customers utilizing the MBTA. We urge folks to use our Riders Guide https://www.mbta.com/guides/st-patricks-day-guide

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DCR Summer Nights, RFR

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is seeking partners with experience working with youth between the ages of 10-21 to provide programming for the 2024 Urban Summer Youth Initiative, entitled DCR Summer Nights. The initiative is focused on providing urban youth of all abilities with a variety of cultural, recreational, and educational experiences during the summer months of July and August.  
 
DCR invites youth organizations serving all urban Massachusetts communities to apply, with a focus on the following areas: Attleboro, Barnstable, Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Gardner, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester. Partners may offer programs at selected DCR, municipal, and partner sites. Authorized use of non-DCR sites will be the responsibility of the partner and will incur no risk of liability to DCR. 
 
If organizations are interested in submitting a proposal for DCR’s 2024 Summer Nights program, please note there is a new 2-step process for this year:


STEP 1: Organizations must submit a bid on CommBuys in response to the DCR-937 RFR for Youth Programming in order to be awarded a master contract. The deadline for submitting a bid response in CommBuys for DCR-937 is March 29, 2024 at 4:00PM. If organizations have not submitted a bid response in CommBuys by this date, DCR will not be able to accept proposals for Summer Nights programming.


STEP 2: Submit a proposal specifically for DCR’s 2024 Summer Nights program. To submit a proposal, organizations must complete the attached Summer Nights Proposal Form. Completed proposals must be submitted via email to [email protected].  

Proposals for Summer Nights are due by April 1, 2024.  Please note, this deadline must be adhered to in order to allow sufficient time to review bids and award organizations in a timely manner.     
Should you have questions please feel free to reach out.
 


MassDEP funding opportunity: water quality management planning grants

MassDEP has opened the application period for Section 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Grants.  

Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act provides grants to determine the nature, extent, and causes of water quality issues and to develop plans to restore or protect water quality pursuant to the Clean Water Act and Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standards. This year’s round of funding will focus on nonpoint source assessment and planning projects.

Eligible entities include regional planning agencies, councils of governments, conservation districts, counties, cities and towns, federally and state recognized tribes, and other substate public planning agencies and interstate agencies.

Key dates:

  • Deadline for submission of written questions from applicants: Friday, March 20, 2024
  • Answers to questions posted on MassDEP website: Friday, March 27, 2024
  • Grant Application Deadline:  Friday, May 8, 2024, at 5 PM

 

Additional information on the 604(b) grant program, and other MassDEP watershed and water quality funding, can be found on MassDEP’s website.


Health Connector Public Webinar

The Health Connector and MassHealth co-hosted, public educational webinar for MA Employers next week on Wednesday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. 

This free webinar, MassHealth Renewals and Available Resources for Massachusetts Employers will cover the MassHealth renewals process and health coverage options through the state’s Marketplace – the Massachusetts Health Connector – for those employees who may not be eligible for employer benefits and how employers can help to raise awareness. 

Those interested can register for the webinar directly through Eventbrite: MassHealth Renewals and Available Resources for Massachusetts Employers Registration, Wed, Mar 13, 2024 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite


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