Rep. Thomas M. Stanley
9th Middlesex District
Rep. Stanley met with employees from Dassault Systemes of Waltham who will evaluate and train parents on computers donated by Bentley University. The meeting took place at the Waltham Family School.
Rep. Stanley heard testimony on various bills regarding local government at the Committee on Municipalities Hearing.
Boston Area Police being honored in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Stanley speaking with Heller School for Social Policy & Management students regarding advocacy in state & local politics at Brandeis University.
State leaders gathered for a moment of silence in front of the State House to remember those killed and wounded in the Boston Marathon tragedy.
At the moment of silence.
City of Waltham budget time
House Budget Debate Week at the State House
Lobbyists at the State House during the House budget debate
Rep. Stanley at the Waltham Democratic City Committee's
8th Heroes Brunch.
Park and Beacon Streets,
Rep. Stanley attended the 128 Business Council Forum with MA Sect. Of Housing & Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. Discussions included the transportation needs of the 128 Central Corridor.
The 128 Council Forum took place at Astra Zeneca. Business leaders, city managers, the Waltham Chamber and Senator Ken Donnelly attended.
Lobbyists line up at the State House
Waltham's finest being honored at City Hall for their service last month in the Marathon Bomber's Manhunt.
Waltham High School teacher Emily Perna and WHS Librarian Kendal Boninti address the City Council regarding the Waltham Reads Project they created. Check it out at Walthamreads.org. Emily and Kendal won a grant from the Waltham Education and Beyond Foundation (WEBF.ORG) to initiate their project.
Waltham resident Frank Craig was questioned by the City Council after he was nominated to serve as an assistant city solicitor.
Celebrating April as Donate Life Month at the New England Organ Bank headquarters in Waltham.
Rep. Stanley met with Waltham parents from Egypt, Lebanon and Guatemala at Communities United Inc., Waltham Creative Start.
At Waltham Creative Start meeting.
Spring on Boston Common.
Boston in Bloom
Spring at Last
Let's go Bruins!
State House Rotunda
Tulips at last!
Charles River Fun
State House at night
up at the State House
Waltham Youth Basketball Association
Waltham City Hall
Beacon Hill Sunset
A beautiful day on Beacon Hill
State House Dome
Waltham's Circle of Remembrance
Prospect Hill Park
Waltham Watch Factory
Province Street, Boston
Downtown Crossing, Boston
Waltham Post Office
Flags on Waltham Common
Charles River Museum of Industry
State House Halls
Moody Street Fire Station
Waltham City Hall
Nurses Hall, State House
Nurses Hall, State House
Stonehurst Paine Estate
Veterans Remembrance Circle
Nurses Hall, State House
If you'd like to visit the State House, please call 617-727-3676.
Thomas M. Stanley
Boston, MA 02133
It is my pleasure to deliver May's issue of The Stanley Report, my monthly update from Beacon Hill. Please feel free to pass this e-mail along to your friends, family and co-workers and let them know they can subscribe to receive my monthly newsletter by emailing me. If you'd like to follow me on Facebook, please click here. To find me on Twitter, click here.
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Thomas M. Stanley
News from Beacon Hill
Senate Special Election Dates
Massachusetts will hold a special election to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Senator John Kerry (D) as U.S. Secretary of State. The general election is scheduled for June 25, 2013. Polls open at 7:00AM and close at 8:00pm. For information on registering to vote, click here.
House Passes Balanced FY '14 Budget
Rep. Stanley helped pass a balanced FY '14 budget focused on increased government accountability and oversight across the Commonwealth. Through this budget, by increasing Chapter 70 funding by $5.3M, the House strengthens the state's commitment to cities and towns that are paying more than their target local contribution. The $34 Billion budget ensures over $1 Billion will remain in the state's Rainy Day Fund.
This budget demonstrates the House's continued emphasis on supporting higher education. Honoring the commitment demonstrated in the 2011 gaming legislation, the House budget targets over $29M in revenue, associated with the licensing of gaming facilities, to community colleges and prioritizes the implementation of the Speaker's STEM Academy Initiative. The House increases funding to state universities and invests in the UMass system to enable them to meet their goal of a 50/50 split, facilitating a freeze in tuition and fees. It also funds a competitive grant program for Adult College Transition Services to help low-income workers succeed in college programs. Through all this, the House budget fosters affordability and makes a significant commitment to ensure that the Commonwealth's residents are better equipped to attain a college degree and enter the competitive job market.
The House budget takes a firm stand on reforming the agencies tasked with fostering safe educational environments for our youngest citizens. A Special Commission will examine the need for greater, affordable, quality early education and care services and will determine methods for addressing the high cost of such services. The House budget also addresses the concerns raised by the Auditor's recent inquiry into the lack of compliance oversight essential to ensuring the health and safety of children in private care. A compliance manager is placed in the Department of Early Education and Care to review oversight procedures and to create efficiencies that ensure vendors are compliant with new and existing regulations.
Continuing our focus on reform, the House proposes additional oversight within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to bolster the waste and abuse prevention reforms we enacted last fiscal year. The budget establishes the Bureau of Program Integrity, which will provide continuous oversight of public assistance programs while maintaining eligibility verification and ensuring we focus our state resources on those residents most in need of our assistance.
The FY '14 House budget reflects a commitment to protect and assist the Commonwealth's most vulnerable residents. The budget includes increased funding to important services within the Department of Developmental Services, such as Family Support Services and the Turning 22 program. It ensures that homeless shelters receive sufficient funding to enter into 12 month contracts, providing increased predictability and certainty over previous fiscal years. To protect families in need of shelter, this budget requires that clients be granted presumptive eligibility, so that no family in an emergency situation will be turned away from shelter. The budget also provides additional funding for Emergency Food Assistance.
To combat the growing problem of addiction and substance abuse, particularly for individuals 17 to 25 years old, the House focuses support on substance abuse programs, increasing funding for recovery and family intervention services to help those most in need of these vital programs.
Particularly after the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon, the House budget provides targeted investments to support our public safety officials, specifically through increased funding to the Shannon Grants program; the budget also authorizes $100,000 in killed-in-the-line of duty benefits to the family of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Additional funding is also provided to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to help us remind travelers worldwide that the city of Boston and the entire Commonwealth remain a symbol of the vitality and an important source of history for our country.
$75K for Waltham Tourism Council Included in House Budget
Rep. Stanley filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 House budget to include $75,000 for the Waltham Tourism Council. The amendment was accepted. The Waltham Tourism Council is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business and Technology and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The funds, which must also be included in the Senate's version of the State budget and approved by Gov. Patrick, will be used to promote tourism in Waltham.
Rep. Stanley Sponsors Amendments to House Budget
Representative Stanley filed two amendments to the FY14 Budget: one to increase the Homeless Student Transportation line item from $6,050,000 to $11.3 million and the other which allots $100,000 from the Office of Children, Youth & Family Services line item to the Fragile Beginnings Program administered by Jewish Family & Children's Services.
In regards to the Homeless Student Transportation line item, Massachusetts participates in the McKinney-Vento program, a Federal program that allows homeless families in temporary housing to decide which school district to enroll their children. The families can chose either the community where they previously lived or the one where they are temporarily housed. If a family chooses the town where they permanently resided, both the hometown and the town in which the student currently resides must share the cost of transporting the student to and from school. The State Auditor has determined the town's obligations must be funded.
Fragile Beginnings is a network of initiatives committed to improving the lives of parents of premature infants through direct support services, educational materials, and connections to community resources and to each other. In Massachusetts, one out of nine babies is born prematurely. Mothers, fathers, and their infants often leave the hospital and make the transition home without the necessary supports and safety nets in place. Free supports offered through Fragile Beginnings include hospital and home visits, the Fragile Beginnings Support Group, and the Fragile Beginnings Preemie Parent Alliance (FBPPA). This amendment would reserve $100,000 from for the Fragile Beginnings Program.
House Budget Includes $350K for Charles River Weed Removal
Rep. Stanley lobbied House leaders to include $350,000 in the House budget for the removal of invasive weeds in the Charles River. The measure will need approval by the Senate before it can be signed into the final budget by Gov. Patrick.
State Senate to Debate Budget
The state Senate must file amendments to the fiscal 2014 Senate budget Friday, May 17 with the bill scheduled for floor debate beginning on Wednesday, May 22. The Senate Ways and Means Committee has not yet released it version of the House of Representative's $34 million budget proposal but should release it within 14 days.
Lyman Estate Receives a Massachusetts Preservation Award
The Lyman Estate is the first historic Waltham property ever granted a Massachusetts Preservation Award from the Secretary of the Commonwealth and Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC). This award is a direct result of the Waltham Historical Commission's support and advocacy for the Lyman Estate renovations, and a direct result of funding and support from the City of Waltham's Community Preservation Act. It signifies Waltham's increasing prominence in the Commonwealth as a city at the forefront of pairing innovative, forward-thinking technological work with historic preservation for the long-term benefit of the community. An award ceremony will be held at MHC on May 23.
The CPC award to the Lyman Estate/Historic New England allowed the recipient to undertake an innovative overhaul of the energy system for Waltham's oldest major estate, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The overhaul stabilized the interior of the property with an unprecedented, creative design. It will ultimately save the recipient vast sums previously spent on inefficient energy costs. As a result of this work, the property is increasingly available year-round for open events for the citizens of the City of Waltham.
Rep. Stanley and Post Audit Committee Members Receive Documents on Tsarnaev Benefits
As a member of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, Rep. Stanley received 500 pages of documents about welfare and health benefits received by the Tsarnaev family. The committee requested records from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transitional Assistance and MassHealth. The House Post Audit and Oversight Committee last week met twice review the documents investigating public welfare benefits received by the family.
Treasury Awards $130M in Tax Credits To Three MA Companies
Three Boston-based community development entities will receive $130 million in federal tax credits intended to leverage private capital for investments in low-income communities. MassDevelopment New Markets LLC received $40 million in New Markets Tax Credits, MHIC NE New Markets CDE II LLC received $65 million, and The Community Builders CDE LLC received $25 million. Eighty-five organizations received awards nationally out of a pool of 282 applicants.
According to Treasury officials, more than $8 in private investment has been generated historically for every dollar invested by the federal government in the tax credit program. The tax credits were authorized under the tenth award round of the New Markets program, which Congress established in December 2000. The program permits individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a credit against federal income taxes, claimed over a seven-year period, for making equity investments in community development entities.
Marian Ryan is new Middlesex County District Attorney
Governor Patrick named Middlesex District Attorney's (DA) Office General Counsel Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County DA. Ryan will assume responsibility for all Middlesex County DA's office operations and fills the vacancy created by the departure of Middlesex County DA Gerard Leone.
With over 30 years of experience in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Ryan most recently served as General Counsel and Chief of the Middlesex DA's Elder and Disabled Unit under outgoing Middlesex County DA Leone. She has extensive and varied experience in both the prosecution of homicide and other felony cases as well as in the development and implementation of prevention and outreach initiatives in communities throughout Middlesex County. Ryan is a member of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office Senior Leadership Team and has been intimately involved in the legislative, personnel, training and budgetary processes of the Office. She has tried hundreds of cases in the District and Superior Courts and briefed and argued over 40 cases in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.
Women's Advocacy Day was May 15
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and their supporters joined together in Nurses Hall at the State House on May 15 to advocate for legislation that advances women's rights and equalities. The Commission released key findings from 2012-2013 in collaboration with its county commissions from throughout the Commonwealth. The speaking portion of the program included Commission Chair Victoria A. Budson, whose remarks will be followed by Treasurer Steven Grossman and Women's Caucus Co-Chair Representative Ruth Balser, along with county commission Chairs Amy Wolfe, Berkshire County; Ellen Heffernan-Dugan, Bristol County; Pam Pollock, Cape Cod and Islands; and Becky Hallowell, Essex.
Commissioners and legislators shared information regarding the status of women in Massachusetts, reported on findings collected from public hearings hosted over the course of the year throughout the Commonwealth, and made recommendations regarding policy that would affect positive change on behalf of women and their families.
After formal remarks, members of the commissions and supporters will visit legislators to discuss the following legislation: An Act Further Defining Comparable Work, An Act Establishing Earned Paid Sick Time, An Act Providing for Equitable Coverage in Disability Policies, An Act Establishing a Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, An Act Updating the Public Health Laws, and An Act Establishing the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
Governor Patrick Honors "29 Who Shine" Recognizing Outstanding Academic & Civic Achievements
Gov. Patrick presented the 29 Who Shine Awards, recognizing 29 public college and university students for their academic achievements and civic contributions to the Commonwealth. The students, one from each of the state's 29 community college, state university and UMass campuses, demonstrate how the Commonwealth's public college and university graduates are poised to contribute to the civic and economic well-being of the state.
Each of the Commonwealth's 29 public college and university campuses selected its own student honoree for the 29 Who Shine Awards based on criteria established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Students considered for the recognition needed to demonstrate a strong academic record, have made a contribution to the civic well-being of the Commonwealth, and be Massachusetts residents who intend to remain in the state upon graduation.
This year's honorees include five students who have created non-profit organizations and/or small businesses in their local communities, and one student who hopes to market computer inventions for which he holds patents. One-third of the students will graduate with degrees in high-demand fields for which Massachusetts has a critical need for employees, such as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), health care and finance sectors. An additional one-third of the group are adult students, age 25 or older. Four are parents.
Patrick Administration Reaches 2017 Solar Energy Target, Sets New Goal
Gov. Patrick joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and other energy officials to celebrate 250 megawatts of solar energy installed - reaching the Patrick-Murray Administration's goal four years early - and announced a new goal of 1,600 MW by 2020. Under Governor Patrick's leadership, the amount of solar energy installed has increased 80 times from the 3 MW installed in 2007. Massachusetts has established strong incentives for renewable energy production that have led to significant cost reductions in solar electricity, making clean energy more accessible to Massachusetts businesses and residents.
The Commonwealth's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Solar Carve-Out program has established a strong solar energy market in Massachusetts, with a current cap of 400 MW. As that target approaches, state energy officials are fast-tracking revisions to expand the program.
Residential solar electricity prices dropped 28 percent in Massachusetts in 2012, according to a report issued by the Solar Energy Industries Association in March 2013. This was the second biggest drop in the nation last year.
Senator Warren & Congresswoman Tsongas Join the Executive Committee of the Military Asset & Security Strategy Task Force
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will serve on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. After establishing the Task Force by Executive Order No. 541 in February 2012, Lieutenant Governor Murray formed an Executive Committee to bring together key leaders in government and the private sector to strategize on issues and implement goals of the Task Force. The Executive Committee focuses on protecting, promoting and enhancing the state's six military bases by delivering resources to support workforce training, infrastructure improvements, environmental and utility savings, veterans' services and military family support, housing and transportation at each base.
Last year, the Task Force partnered with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to release the state's first comprehensive report on the jobs and economic impact of Massachusetts' six military bases. The data indicates Massachusetts' six military installations support more than 46,500 jobs and contributed more than $14.2 billion to the Commonwealth's economy in 2011. Since these findings were released, the Task Force continues to collaborate with private sector partners and each base to 1) address infrastructure needs, 2) identify areas of mutual interest, 3) build community support, 4) fund energy audits to support cost-savings and greater efficiency and 5) explore options for new workforce development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education programs.
Patrick Administration Requests Federal Assistance for Businesses Impacted By Boston Marathon Bombings
Governor Patrick requested federal relief for small businesses and private non-profits impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15. In a letter sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration (USSBA), he requested that the USSBA issue an Economic Injury Declaration for Suffolk County so that long term/low interest SBA loans may be available to the affected businesses and private non-profit organizations. In order to receive this federal assistance, the Commonwealth must show that businesses were negatively impacted and suffered substantial economic injury. If this request is granted, and the USSBA issues an Economic Injury Declaration, MEMA will coordinate with the USSBA and Boston's Office of Emergency Management to have USSBA disaster specialists available in Boston to work with impacted businesses that may be interested in the loans.
First-Time Homebuyer Tips
Spring is a popular time to think about purchasing a home, and as a first-time homebuyer in Massachusetts, you may have questions about the process. Luckily, there are state and federal programs to help you through it, including assistance with down payments - being a low- to moderate-income household does not necessarily mean you can't own the home of your dreams - seminars and more. Click here to learn three great tips on buying a home.
Boston to Cape Cod Weekend Rail Service to Begin in May
State transportation announced weekend rail service between South Station in Boston and Hyannis on Cape Cod from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There will be space for bikes on the train, which will connect with Cape Cod bus and ferry services. On Fridays, the commuter rail will depart South Station at 5:12 p.m. for Middleborough and will continue to Hyannis. Additionally, trains will depart Boston at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Returns trips will leave Hyannis at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Fares are $20 one-way and $35 round-trip.
Check out the NEW Massachusetts Business One-Stop
Are you doing business in Massachusetts or just getting started? Our one-stop business portal has the information and tools to help you succeed. Click here to learn more.
Resources to help you find a job in 2013
Finding a job can be difficult, so Massachusetts offers a number of programs and services to help job seekers find work. Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers connect workers and employers through job fairs and workshops, while the office of Labor and Workforce Development offers detailed job hunting information, including tips on writing a resume and cover letter, interviewing and networking, as well as career planning advice. The state also offers a variety of training opportunities for job seekers to obtain the education and skills needed for good paying jobs and careers. Additionally, special Section 30 Training Benefits programs exist for the unemployed. Please click here to learn more.
Mobile ticketing for Commuter Rail now available
Commuter Rail customers: Buy your single-ride, 10-ride tickets, and monthly passes via the MBTA's new mobile app for smartphones. Single and 10-ride tickets are now available for the Fitchburg, Haverhill, Lowell, and Newburyport/Rockport Lines. Purchase your monthly pass from your smartphone. No waiting required. Please click here to learn more.
2013 outdoor recreational licenses available
Purchase your 2013 hunting, sporting, fishing and trapping license online, at any walk-in license vendor location, or at the MassWildlife District office. Please click here for more information.
New Health Care Cost Containment Website
Governor Patrick launched the next phase of health care reform, signing legislation that builds on the Commonwealth's nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents. The mission of the Center of Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is to improve health care quality and contain health care costs by critically examining the Massachusetts health care system and providing objective information, developing and recommending policies, and implementing strategies that benefit the people of MA. Click here to visit CHIA's website which outlines information on the law, notice of upcoming events and a single portal for connecting with other health care related state agencies, authorities and commissions.
Get emergency information on your smartphone
Android and iPhone users: Download a free app to receive local emergency and disaster information from the Mass. Emergency Management Agency. Ping4alerts! is a new mobile communications app for alerting the public in emergencies and disasters. Through geofencing technology, ping4alerts! enables the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to send highly targeted, instant multimedia alerts to iPhone and Android devices to notify citizens about situations and events happening near them. The ping4alerts! FREE mobile app is one way that MEMA sends emergency information and messages. Click here to learn more.
Do you have unclaimed property in Massachusetts?
The Massachusetts State Treasury has identified hundreds of thousands of new individuals, charities and businesses over the last six months that are entitled to over $60 million in unclaimed property. As part of an effort to return this money, the Treasury will be publishing in newspapers a list of names identified over the past six months owed more than $100.
Unclaimed Property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. Most accounts are considered unclaimed and turned over to the Treasury for safekeeping after three years with no activity. In addition to the $60 million that the Treasury identified over the last six months, the Commonwealth is holding over $2 billion in trust until rightful owners can be identified.
The newly released list will include 11 accounts over $100,000, 23 accounts between $50,000 and $100,000, 434 accounts between $10,000 and $50,000 and 10,795 accounts in excess of $1,000. Due to space constraints the list will not include the names of approximately 297,000 individuals identified in the last six months who are owed less than $100, but anyone can easily check to see if they are owed money at www.findmassmoney.com or by calling 888-344-MASS (6277). One in ten people in Massachusetts has unclaimed property in their name.
Mass.gov Offers Open Government Website
To foster an "open government," Mass.gov offers information about legislative and regulatory processes, public records, campaign finance reports, lobbyist registrations and reports, open meetings and more. Residents can also get details on the state budget, see where the state's money comes from, locate a law on a topic that is of interest to you or obtain information on any city or town in Massachusetts. Residents can also view detailed information on state government spending. To learn more and visit the site, click here.
MassDOT RMV Customer Service: New Number
MassDOT announced a new telephone number for Registry of Motor Vehicles business and transactions, 857-DOT-8000/857-368-8000. The number serves the RMV's Call Center which answers an average of 45,000 calls each month. Over the next year, customers will become familiar with the 857-DOT area code and exchange as MassDOT offices across the Commonwealth transition to the new number. The telephone transition will result in annual phone bill and maintenance savings of approximately $422,000.
Concerned about lead in your home?
Lead is a toxic metal that can come from a number of materials found in and around our homes, including old paint and contaminated soil. If you have lead pipes, or brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures, it can enter your drinking water via the plumbing. Lead exposure frequently occurs without any symptoms, and can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. The state offers information about lead and removing it from your home. To learn more, visit the Health and Human Services' website.
File for unemployment insurance benefits online or by phone
The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, providing temporary assistance to unemployed Massachusetts workers. Click here to get help with filing a new claim.
Find Volunteer Opportunities at Connect & Serve
Connect & Serve is a free web-based volunteer portal administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance. The Connect & Serve website is a valuable resource for organizations who recruit volunteers and for individuals who wish to find fulfilling volunteer opportunities in their communities. Click here to find a volunteer opportunity near you.
Connect & Serve's user-friendly design has many features to increase the visibility of opportunities across the state, including a quick search function highlighting impact areas, an easy zip-code radius search, and a monthly service projects calendar. All volunteer opportunities are promoted through a statewide collaboration with volunteer connector agencies to build awareness to a wider audience in all regions of the state.
DPH Offers Health Promotion Clearinghouse Website
The website distributes publications and materials on important topics such as asthma, diabetes, nutrition & physical activity, sodium, stroke, substance abuse, tobacco cessation and prevention and more. These materials benefit a wide range of residents, including people interested in improving their health and making healthy choices, anyone in healthcare who provides information or education to patients and educators working with diverse populations. Click here to learn more.
Exciting New Veterans Resource!
The Patrick Administration launched www.MassVetsAdvisor.org, a cutting-edge web portal that offers enhanced access to services and support for veterans living in the Commonwealth. The new site will help veterans and their family members access more than 200 state and federal benefits in one location, including programs for education, counseling, employment, health care and other services. MassVetsAdvisor streamlines comprehensive data from state and federal resources and lists only the benefits and services each veteran is qualified for, including an "action plan" to apply for the benefits. Veterans will be able to print, email, save or forward the action plan to their Veterans Services Officer for additional one-on-one assistance.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. WIC's goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under 5 healthy. To apply for WIC, call 1-800-WIC-1007 or contact a WIC Program in your community. Please click here
for more info.
SAVE Partners with Veterans' Services to Support Veterans & Their Families
The fundamental principle of the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment (SAVE) program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program's primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life. SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within the federal and state governments. To learn more, please click here.
Mass 2-1-1, in Partnership with United Way, Partners with Department of Veterans Services
To learn more about the services available to veterans by MA 2-1-1 and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, the chief advocate for veterans and their families in the Commonwealth, please click here
. 2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services Information and Referral. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. 2-1-1 makes it possible for people to navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of human service agencies and programs. By making services easier to access, 2-1-1 encourages prevention and fosters self-sufficiency. It also is hoped that it will reduce the number of non-emergency calls inappropriately made to 911. MassWildlife Offers Calendar of Events
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The Division works to balance the needs of people and wildlife today so wildlife will be available for everyone's enjoyment today and for future generations. To learn more about DFW events across the Commonwealth, such as wildlife-related workshops, talks, walks or demonstrations, please click here.
Drivers Encouraged to "Donate Life"
Massachusetts drivers can register as organ donors on their driver's license or online through the Donate Life New England registry. About 99 percent of all Massachusetts residents who designate themselves as organ and tissue donors do so through the Registry of Motor Vehicles at RMV branches and on its website.
Improved Benefits and Discounts for Drivers
Drivers around the state are able to take advantage of more discounts and expanded benefits as the competitive marketplace continues to mature. Managed competition went into effect April 1, 2008, ending the fixed-and-established system under which the state set auto insurance rates. The new system created a marketplace that allows companies to compete for consumers through rates, discounts, and benefits. Since the start of the reform, 13 new companies have entered the state, including three of four biggest carriers in the country (Allstate, Progressive and GEICO).
To shop for a better auto insurance policy, visit www.mass.gov/autorates, research carriers' websites, and meet with insurance agents. For more info, visit the Massachusetts Division of Insurance's website, (www.mass.gov/doi) an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Follow the Office at www.mass.gov/consumer.
Foreclosure Resource Center
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's web page offers resources for consumers, data and analysis, research and articles from our publications and information on policy and regulations related to foreclosures. Please click here to learn more.
Tour the State Library
The State Library welcomes Rep. Stanley's constituents to the library and arranges tours for school groups or other groups who wish to view the premises and see some of its special holdings. Staff can show materials about Rep. Stanley's district and about subjects of interest to Waltham and Lexington.To schedule a tour, please contact email@example.com or call 617-727-2590 or email the reference department directly using the above number or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Rep. Stanley's office for assistance. You may wish also to visit the library's blog.
Job Opportunities with the Commonwealth of MA
A number of job listings are posted on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website
Aging in Waltham Series
The Waltham Council on Aging is presenting a series called "What Every Caregiver and Senior Citizen Should Know" on Wednesday evenings at 488 Main Street from 6:30pm - 8pm. To register, call the Waltham Council on Aging at 781-314-3499.
May 15: Community Resources: Home Care, Adult Day Health, Home Modification, Hospice, Triad
May 22: Housing Options: From Subsidized Apartments to Assisted Living Facilities to Nursing Homes
Residential Collection of Televisions and Computers
The City of Waltham's procedure for the collection of televisions and computers has changed. Effective April 22, Capitol Waste will pick up televisions and computers, VCRs, printers, cables, etc. at curbside on your regular trash day. The pick-up must be scheduled and called in by 3:30pm on the day before. Please call 617-569-1718. Leave a message, if necessary. The driver does not assist with transport to curb. Items should be placed curbside by 7am. Please report any abandoned computers or TV's with the address to Capitol Waste for pick-up.
Waltham Recycling and Trash Guidelines 2013-14
Waltham collects trash and recycling curbside every week. To learn more about the city's recycling and trash program and its guidelines, click here.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is planning a series of events called Waltham Visions where it will design a framework for the future built from the desires of its citizens.
Over the next year, the League will educate itself and interested community members, reach out to the wider Waltham community, present guest lecturers and collect what members have learned and build a plan to implement. This spring, the League will run a series of discussions on current thoughts in urban design and will present materials providing the philosophical basis for current urban design and talk about how other local communities have set their goals. To learn more, contact Annette Reynolds at 617-306-2906.
Senior Citizen Grant Opportunity
The Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust Fund (FLTF) Board announced the Financial Education for Senior Citizens Grant Program. This is an opportunity for eligible organizations which support the senior citizen population and will take creative and innovative approaches to serve seniors in the arena of financial literacy. Click here to learn more.
Waltham Land Trust Hosts Event
The Waltham Land Trust will host its 9th Annual Green Space Blues Jam on May 17 at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Click here for info.
The Waltham Land Trust's mission is to create a legacy of land conservation in Waltham by promoting, protecting, restoring, and acquiring open space. The Trust envisions growth in public appreciation of natural resources, preservation and restoration of native habitat, and increased biodiversity to foster a healthier environment.
One School, One Book Waltham Reads Initiative
This summer Waltham High School students and faculty will participate in a shared reading experience called Waltham Reads. Teachers, students, administrators, parents and members of the Waltham community will all read the same book Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Peter Nelson. Thanks to the generosity of the Waltham Education and Beyond Foundation, the Sally Peter's Enrichment Program and The Friends of the Waltham Public Library, Waltham High School will be able to purchase books for every student as well as fund an engaging speaker.
The Waltham Reads committee will partner with local businesses, book stores, veterans associations, the Waltham Public Library, and other community organizations to promote the initiative and make the book available to the broader public. Some programming ideas include book discussion groups at the public library, veteran guest speakers, World War II movie fest, food/clothes drive for armed forces, community service with veterans, and an author visit. Donations can also be made to the WEBF to help fund the initiative in order to ensure future success with this community endeavor. To learn more about the initiative and/or order the book, please click here.
2013 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
The 2013 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Boston will take place on May 18-19, 2013. All money raised by the Avon Walk is managed by the Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(C)(3) public charity that funds a comprehensive network of programs and services dedicated to serving breast cancer patients and their families.
Every dollar counts and your donation will enable doctors, nurses, counselors, and researchers to continue their vital work and make sure that women and men facing a breast cancer diagnosis can get the care and treatment they desperately need.
To learn more about the walk, click here. To sponsor Kim Stanley's efforts to raise money on behalf of fighting breast cancer, click here.
Lions Club Golf Tournament
The Waltham Lions Club will host its 42nd annual "Hope for the Blind" golf tournament on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Marlborough Country Club. To learn more about the event and/or register, click here.
Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra News
The mission of the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra is to provide the community opportunities to perform in and attend orchestral and chamber concerts of the highest quality. Please find below a preview of upcoming events. For more information, click here.
Waltham Council on Aging Seeks Volunteers
The Waltham Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels Program needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Volunteering involves 45 minutes one day a week to deliver about 10 meals in a designated neighborhood. Please contact Debbie Barry at 781-314-3300.
Waltham's School Health Advisory Committee Seeking Members
The Waltham Public Schools School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) meets four times a year, and welcomes new members. The SHAC is open to all parents, community members, school personnel and students. The goal of the SHAC varies each year. This school year the goal of the SHAC is to review our current Wellness Policy and concussion data. We need your input! Please join the committee. The SHAC meetings are one hour and we meet at Waltham High School in Room 118 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. For more info, email Marie DeSisto, Director of Nurses and District 504 Coordinator at
email@example.com or call 781-314-5462.
PSW, Inc. Helps Teens Get Jobs in Waltham
Youth employment is at an all-time low. In the first two months of 2012, youth employment was at 25.6%. Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc. (PSW, Inc.) partnered with Waltham High School (WHS) to place youth in jobs with local employers. With funds from the Department of Education and the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, 50 Waltham youth gained valuable work experience this summer.
Gerard Leone, Middlesex County DA, is a champion for recognizing the importance of youth employment as part of a healthy community and has helped PSW, Inc. to provide summer jobs. Waltham employers played the key role in our youth employment partnership. Many Waltham employers have stepped up the plate consistently, investing in our future workforce. Employers such as Boston Environmental and Engineering Associates, Harrison Transportation, True Value Hardware, Waltham Veterinary Hospital, and Watertown Savings Bank have hired teens through our career specialist Russell Chudnofsky at WHS for summer jobs.
Young people need to learn to work. PSW, Inc. is looking for employers who want to invest in student work experiences year round. Many career goals start with a young adult's first job. To learn more or partner with PSW, Inc., contact Kelley French, Youth Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-281-6910 x7.
Non-profit spotlight: Neighbors Who Care
Neighbors Who Care, based in Waltham, provides volunteer services such as companionship and transportation to medical appointments, assistance with grocery shopping and errands, and home visits for homebound elders and chronically ill adults in the greater Waltham community, free of charge. Neighbors Who Care is looking for volunteers to help enhance the quality of life of homebound elders and have a direct positive impact on a person in the Waltham community. Volunteering just a few hours a week will have a great impact. To learn more about the program, please visit www.neighborswhocare.net or email email@example.com.
About Waltham Fields Community Farm
Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) promotes local agriculture and food access through its farming operations and educational programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. It encourages healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows. To learn more about this valuable resource in our community and view upcoming events, please click here.
Waltham Women's Club
The Waltham Women's Club has been in existence for over 118 years. At one time there were over 125 members of the Waltham Women's Club whose mission is to "increase among women a spirit of cordial cooperation in addition to educational, philanthropic and civic awareness." The Waltham Women's Club is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to self and community. The club meets monthly from Sept. to April on the first Wednesday of the month. Check out or website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/walthamwomansclub2/.
Housing Clinic at WATCH
The Housing Clinic provides one-on-one training and personalized assistance to any tenant with a housing related issue or question. Tenants can drop in to receive assistance at WATCH (24 Crescent St, #401) every Monday from 7 - 8:30 pm and every Thursday from 7 - 8:30pm. Those who cannot come in person may leave a message on the Housing Clinic Hotline and someone will return their call during Clinic hours: 781-891-6689 x203. The clinic is provided through a partnership between Brandeis University and WATCH.
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Upcoming Events & Opportunities
PET BEREAVEMENT Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England recognizes the important role pets play in people's lives and will offer a free bereavement support group for children and adults on the first Wednesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at VESCONE, 180 Bear Hill Road, Waltham. Information: 781-684-8387.
OVEREATERS Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step program for recovery from over-eating, anorexia and bulimia, meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at St. Mary's CCD, 30 Pond St., Waltham. Information: 508-875-0001, select option #1.
PARENTAL STRESS, Parents Helping Parents hosts a free and confidential parent support group every Wednesday evening in Waltham. Come share your experiences and gain valuable support, parenting advice and encouragement from other parents in the group. Information: 1-800-632-8188; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.parentshelpingparents.org.
WALTHAM TOASTMASTERS, Toastmasters International meetings are on the first and third Thursday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Meadow Green Rehab & Nursing Center, Trapelo Road. It is open to anyone at least 18 years old. Group works to help get over anxiety in public speaking and work on leadership skills. Call 781-894-7182 or e-mail email@example.com.
SERVE MEALS If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist the Middlesex Human Service Agency in serving meals, please contact Dick Rogers at 781-894-6110.
HOSPICE Evercare Hospice seeks volunteers for friendly visits with hospice patients 1-4 hrs per week in Waltham. Free training provided. Call Marjie Rochon at 781-472-8641 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Gardens at the 1793 Coach House at Gore Place
Gore Place, the historic Governor Gore estate in Waltham, announced the completion of 19th century, demonstration gardens recently installed near the 1793 Coach House on the 43-acre estate. Free to the public year-round and fully handicapped accessible, the gardens consist of historic varieties of flowers, vegetables and herbs including aromatic herbs intended to provide an enhanced experience for the low sighted and blind visitor.
This program was supported, in part, by grants from the Waltham and Watertown Local Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The gardens may be viewed year-round, dawn-to-dusk. Admission and parking are free.
Gore Place was the home of Christopher and Rebecca Gore. Gore was the 7th governor of Massachusetts, a lawyer, investor and farmer with over 400 acres of farmland. Gore Place is located at 52 Gore Street, just off Route 20 (Main Street) near the Waltham/Watertown line. For more information call: (781) 894-2798 or visit the museums website at:
REAGLE PLAYERS Non-profit theater company Reagle Players seeks volunteers: ushers, dressers, reception, stitchers and much more. Share any skills. No formal experience necessary. Call 781-891-5600 to inquire or visit www.reagleplayers.com for information.
COMMUNITY DAY CENTER The Community Day Center seeks volunteers to tutor low to no income guest in literacy, GED, resume writing and computer skills including hunting for jobs on the internet. Bilingual Spanish and Portuguese speakers especially needed. Hours: Monday - Friday 1:30-4:30 or weekends at the Library. Call Rob Mark, executive director, 617-960-7793, www.communitydaycenter.com, email@example.com.
MARISTHILL Maristhill Nursing & Rehab Center seeks volunteers to assist with Mass, Eucharistic Ministry, accompany people to medical appointments (no driving required), visit with elders, or share your unique talents and gifts in other ways. No experience necessary. Training, supervision, and support are provided. Call 781-893-0240.
HOSPICE & ADMINISTRATIVE HELP VNA Care Choices needs volunteers to offer emotional and practical support to terminally ill patients and their families in many communities, including Waltham and Newton. Training and supervision provided. Call 781-890-4440, ext. 3471.
COMMUNITY LINKS Wayside Community Links, 118 Central St., Waltham, seeks volunteer to do street outreach and co-facilitate educational groups for adolescents. Spanish and Portuguese speaking candidates are especially needed. Training provided. Call 781-891-0555 Ext. 71 for more information.
`YOU DON'T SAY' The Waltham Channel presents a new program, ``You Don't Say.'' Waltham residents are allowed 5 minutes of airtime to speak on topics that are important to them. Commercial content is not allowed. Information: 781-899-8834.
WALTHAM MUSEUM Experience the rich history of Waltham at The Waltham Museum, 25 Lexington St., open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission $4, seniors and children under 12, $2. Information: www.walthammuseum.com.
BOOKS, CDs, DVDs If you are looking to donate your books, CDs and DVDs, or hosting a book drive, donate to More Than Words Bookstore and Cafe, 376 Moody St. More Than Words empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school, to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Information: 781-788-0035; firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY SOCIALS The French American Victory Club Saturday socials with the Country Masters are on the second Saturday of the month, 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10. Information: 781-899-8195; www.favclub.org
About Rep. Stanley:
State Representative: 2001 - Present
City Council: 1998 - 2004, 2006 - Present
Council President: 2003
City Council Committees:
Long Term Debt, Chair
Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government
Joint Committee on Ways and Means
House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight
House Committee on Ways and Means
Education: Suffolk University (MPA), Bentley University (BS - Management), Mass Bay Community College (AS - Business Administration)
Board Member: Waltham Partnership for Youth
, Warrandale Little League
, Waltham Family School
Advisory Board, Waltham Safe and Healthy Schools YRBS Steering Committee, Waltham Community Day Center (Honorary), Reach Beyond Domestic Violence Advisory Board, Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative, Waltham Community Day Center (Active Honorary), Waltham Public Library Planning Committee
Children: Ryan, age 19, Parker, age 10