Events & Updates - Representative Joe McGonagle

Mass Humanities "Expand Massachusetts Stories" Grant Avaiable

I am excited to share that Mass Humanities has launched the Expand Massachusetts Stories grant for 2024. These grants of up to $20,000 will benefit approximately 60 organizations across the Commonwealth.

There are three tracks of the Expand Massachusetts Stories grant:


This is a great and innovative opportunity for humanities-based and non-profit organizations, tribes, colleges, and municipal governments. These grants will go towards for projects that collect, interpret and/or share narratives about the Commonwealth, with an emphasis on the voices and experiences that have gone unrecognized, or have been excluded from public conversation. Additionally, the new Climate Change track will allow for projects that illuminate community knowledge, experiences, and values, in response to the climate crisis.

RMV Road Test Locations No Longer Available at the Following Locations

Please find below the RMV announcement announcing the closure of 4 auxiliary road test locations.  These locations were added during the implementation of the Workers Family Mobility Act.  All customers with road tests scheduled at these locations are being contacted directly and rescheduled for a test at a location of their choice.

Road Test Location Closures

Effective March 1, 2024, at the close of business, the following Class D Road Test locations will no longer be available for scheduling:

  • Avon (Central Mass Safety Council Road Test Site)
  • Framingham (Central Mass Safety Council Road Test Site)
  • Holyoke (Department of Conservation and Recreation Fitzpatrick Arena Skating Rink)
  • West Boylston (Central Mass Safety Council Road Test Site)


The road test public schedule has been adjusted and Mass.Gov/RMV will be updated to reflect this change in availability. Customers with road tests scheduled at the above locations after March 1, 2024, are being contacted directly and rescheduled for a test at a location of their choice.


Daytime Lane Closure on the Tobin Bridge on Route 1 Southbound

Closures will begin on Monday, February 26, and will occur weekly, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Two lanes of traffic will always remain open during these lane closures.

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Health Connector Grant Opportunity

Below, please find information about the Health Connector’s recently released Navigator grant opportunity.

Successful organizations are awarded Health Connector grants following a competitive procurement process to conduct health insurance outreach and education and provide application and enrollment assistance in the communities that they serve.  A list of our current Navigator organizations can be found here:

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Go Red for Women & Head Start Advocacy Day 2024

Busy Valentine's Day on Beacon Hill First, Go Red for Women event to fight heart disease and stroke, the number 1 killer of women. Also, a great meeting with Head Start to discuss their achievements and priorities in the upcoming year. They even brought me Valentine's Cards from the kids! Happy Valentine's Day all and check out American Heart Association for tips on how to prevent cardiovascular deaths.

American Heart Association-Massachusettes 




National Grid Customer Saving Event

Excellent event at the Everett Rec Center, Tuesday Feb. 6th with the City Planning and Development to learn about how residents can save money on their energy bills. Thanks to the Mayor's Office and the department for putting this together. Also big thanks to all the vendors for displaying their great resources. 


Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Over $9.1 Million in Funds Available to Strengthen Cybersecurity for State, Local Systems

Program enhances ability to address and protect against cybersecurity threats.

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MassDEP Funding Opportunity; Recycling and reuse business Development Grant

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has posted a grant application to support collection and processing of specified target materials through the Recycling and Reuse Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program.

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DCR is Hiring

In case you haven’t heard the good news, DCR is hiring! Thanks to the support of the Healey-Driscoll Administration and the Legislature, we’re seeking to fill a number of full-time positions across the agency including in our finance, legal, legislative affairs, parks and operations, conservation and stewardship, and design and engineering departments.  



Grant Opening: One Stop for Growth

The Healey-Driscoll Administration is excited to announce that the FY25 round of the Community One Stop for Growth is now open!

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