Volume 4, Issue 5 | May 27, 2022
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this finds you healthy and well. This newsletter includes resources related to UI relief, an update on the FY23 budget, selected news from the district, and a public health update on boosters for young children.

As always, constituent service is our top priority. In June, I will host four in-person office hours. If you cannot attend scheduled office hours, you are welcome to contact my staff to schedule a meeting.

Lastly, please join me this weekend in taking a moment to recognize the sacrifice of our fallen men and women of the Armed Services. Memorial Day allows each of us as Americans, and citizens of the Commonwealth, to reflect and honor those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

Stay safe as you celebrate!

Very truly yours, Joan
Additional Resources Related to UI Relief Released by GBLS
I am pleased to share that Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) has recently released a fact sheet and graphic (included below) to explain DUA’s changes to the waiver process for regular UI and PUA overpayments. These changes have resulted from new emergency regulations that expand criteria for waivers.

Anyone who received UI or PUA benefits in 2020-2021 may now have an overpayment that is now eligible for the simplified waiver. Workers should login and check their accounts.

For more on the announcement from DUA about the new regulations, view our press release here. View the official announcement here.
National Boating Safety Week Kicks Off
Representative Meschino joins local officials and Representative Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate) at the National Safe Boating Week kick-off in Scituate on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
This week is National Safe Boating Week, which marks the annual kick-off of a global awareness effort to encourage responsible boating, the Safe Boating Campaign. Dozens gathered at Scituate's Coast Guard Station this past weekend for the kick-off to hear from officials like USCG Captain Kailie Benson, pictured next to me in the photo above.

For more information on Safe Boating Week and boating safety tips, visit these resources:
Environmental League of MA Honors Representative Meschino with Commonwealth Environmental Leadership Award
Niyum Gandhi (Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Mass. General Brigham), State Representative Joan Meschino, Jeremy Grantham (Co-Founder of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust), Andrea Nyamekye (Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice (EJ) Legislative Table), and Maria Belén Power (Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice (EJ) Legislative Table) display their awards.
At the Environmental League of MA’s Earth Night celebration on May 19, I was honored to receive a Commonwealth Environmental Leadership Award alongside fellow awardees, Maria Belén Power, Andrea Nyamekye, Mass General Brigham & Jeremy Grantham.

Many thanks to ELM for the honor and to the New England Aquarium for hosting a wonderful event! I look forward to the work ahead as we continue to tackle the climate crisis here in the Commonwealth.

For more on the Earth Night celebration, visit this link to view our press release.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Many free resources exist to assist folks in getting the help that they need. Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness for more resources and information.
FY23 Budget Process Continues
This week, the Senate passed a $49.78 billion fiscal 2023 budget that addresses the needs of residents and makes targeted investments to support families in the Commonwealth. The Senate's budget follows the passage of the House's budget in late April.

The next step in the budget process is for a House-Senate Conference Committee will work out the differences between the two versions.

A comprehensive breakdown of the funding in this year's House budget can be found in our press release at this link. You can also visit https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2023/ for more information.
Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and Scituate Hold Municipal Elections
This month, towns in the third Plymouth District held municipal elections. Congratulations to all returning and new elected officials!

To find election results and view additional information about town officials, visit each town's website here:
Representative Joan Meschino Joins Local Officials to Celebrate Launch of South Shore Irish Heritage Trail
On Sunday, May 22, I joined Senator Patrick O'Connor, Representative James Murphy, Representative Patrick Kearney, local officials, and distinguished guests to celebrate the launch of the South Shore Irish Heritage Trail at the Merrill Memorial Bandstand in Scituate.

The Trail runs from Weymouth to Plymouth, through nine towns along the coast that attracted Irish immigrants in large numbers. Today, the descendants of these immigrants comprise upwards of 40% of the South Shore’s population.
To plan your visit to the Trail, more information can be found at the Trail's website: https://ssirishtrail.org/.
Upper Left: Representative James Murphy, Consul General Laoise Moore of Ireland, Representative Joan Meschino, Representative Patrick Kearney

Upper Right: Local Officials and Distinguished Guests Celebrate the Launch on the Bandstand.

Middle: Representative Meschino and Peter Mehegan, Keynote Speaker of the Launch
Announcing Office Hours

Constituent services are our top priority. My Chief of Staff, Director of Constituent Services and Communications and I continue to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, a staff member will be present in the State House. I have also returned to hosting in-person office hours in the district.

If you would like to reserve a time slot for virtual office hours or outside of the times listed, please call the office at 617-722-2320 or email my Chief of Staff.

  • Monday, June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Linden Ponds for Linden Ponds Residents
  • Monday, June 6, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Hingham Library, 66 Leavitt Street, Hingham
  • Monday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Willcutt Commons, 91 Sohier Street, Cohasset
  • Monday, June 27, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Scituate Library, 85 Branch Street, Scituate

To learn more about our constituent services, please visit our website.
Massachusetts Public Heath Officials Encourage Residents ages 5-11 get Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters
Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all Massachusetts residents ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 booster. The booster should be administered at least five months after completion of a primary COVID-19 vaccine series to provide continued protection against COVID-19.

Children ages 5 to 11 are able to receive the Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 booster from hundreds of locations across the Commonwealth, ranging from retail pharmacies, primary care practices, community health centers, hospital systems, state-supported vaccination sites and mobile clinics.
Getting a Booster
If you or your child are eligible, here are the steps to find a convenient location to get a COVID-19 booster:

  1. Visit the VaxFinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of locations. Residents are able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with appointments available now for booking. Many locations are booking appointments out weeks in advance.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use VaxFinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-2 PM) is available by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish. Translators are available in nearly 100 other languages.
  3. Parents who prefer to have their adolescent vaccinated by a primary care provider should call their provider’s office directly.

Vaccines are widely available in Massachusetts. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing people can do to protect themselves, their families, and the community.

The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. People do not need an ID or health insurance to get a booster shot and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster. Additional information on the COVID-19 booster, including FAQs, can be found at mass.gov/COVID19booster.
Federal Government Offers Third Round of Free COVID Tests 
You can once again order free COVID-19 tests from the federal government by visiting https://www.covid.gov/tests. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver eight free rapid antigen tests to any household in the United States.
General Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Tests, Cases & Treatment

Town-Specific Information on COVID-19
Basic Needs
  • Tool to find healthy foods
  • Free outdoor Wi-Fi map through the public libraries
  • Eviction Diversion Initiative website with resources for tenants, landlords, and others needing housing assistance
  • SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 877-785-2020
  • Mental Health Resources:
  • MassSupport for free mental health support resources
  • HandholdMA.org for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts concerned about their child's mental health
  • 24-hour Parental Stress Line at 1.800.632.8188, offered through Parents Helping Parents
  • Utilities
  • The winter moratorium on utility shutoffs ended on April 1. The AGO website has a utility FAQ page and consumer flyers with details about available programs to manage bills and prevent shutoff
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