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FIVE CAPE RESIDENTS HONORED AS UNSUNG HEROINES

posted Jun 17, 2013, 6:17 AM by Cleon Turner

For Immediate Release                                 For Further Information Contact:

4/29/2013                                                              Carly Fleming – 617-722-2090

(BOSTON, MA) – On Monday, April 29, five Cape women were honored as Unsung Heroines of 2013 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at a ceremony held at the State House in Boston. The women were nominated by members of the Cape legislative delegation for their outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. This year’s recipients from the Cape include: Elizabeth (Lisa) Knight of Oaks Bluffs, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Second Class Darcy McGrail of Cataumet, Dorothy A. Savarese of Harwichport, Florence Seldin of Chatham and Pearl Wolfson of Yarmouthport.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but who truly make a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis.

State Senator Dan Wolf said of his nominee, “Dorothy Savarese, through her leadership at a true community bank and her involvement in so many organizations and causes in Southeastern Massachusetts, has demonstrated a ‘service before self’ spirit- that is to be celebrated.”

“The Unsung Heroine award gives recognition to those who never sought it in the first place. Pearl Wolfson is one of those rare people who when she sees people in need, she takes action. It was an honor to nominate a woman who was so deserving of our highest esteem,” said State Representative Cleon Turner.

“I was pleased to nominate Florence Seldin who is a true unsung heroine and bulwark of the Lower Cape community. Through her work on the League of Women Voters, Chatham’s affordable Housing committee, the Community Development Partnership, and her service as Chair of the Chatham Board of Selectman she has improved countless lives,” said State Representative Sarah Peake.

I was honored to nominate Lisa after hearing from several constituents of her commitment to the young men and women on Martha’s Vineyard. She is clearly someone who quietly does wonderful work, never seeking fanfare. Her being recognized is long overdue. And what a terrific day we had at the State House, she seemed to be taken aback to be included in such a wonderful group of women, but she certainly belongs there,” said State Representative Tim Madden.

Biographies of this year’s recipients from the Cape are as follows:

Elizabeth (Lisa) Knight, Oaks Bluffs Lisa has been teaching physical education and health for the past 25 years at Martha's Vineyard regional high school. She is the varsity field hockey coach, a coach for the Martha's Vineyard Special Olympics team and has coached basketball, softball as well as youth teams in the past. She instills confidence and a strong work ethic while motivating teens to do their personal best. She leads by example, running the Boston Marathon for the second time this year. She has an open door policy at her office that encourages teens to talk or seek help when needed. During field hockey season, the hours of preparation as well as her level of dedication far exceeds what is expected of her.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Second Class Darcy McGrail, Cataumet Darcy is stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and works in the medical clinic as a Health Services Technician. She is assigned as a laboratory supervisor and is responsible for patients of all five branches of the Military serving in Southern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. She is a member of the USCG's Human Relations Committee which fosters mutual respect among personnel through educational classes in Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Darcy volunteered numerous times this year as a Coast Guard Color Guard member at veteran's funerals and annual memorial services at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, in Bourne. She also focused on families as a participant in this year's Coast Guard Day family celebration help in Sandwich, MA. In the past year, Petty Officer. McGrail has personally responded to four Search and Rescue cases that required her specialized skill set. In each case, her exceptional judgment, accurate patient evaluation and extraordinary poise under stressful circumstances literally made the difference between life and death.

Dorothy A. Savarese, Harwichport Dorothy has been an ardent fighter for Cape Cod's middle class. Dorothy serves as Chairwoman of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, which under her leadership last year awarded nearly $600,000 in grants focusing largely on initiatives to prevent foreclosures. Cape Cod Five remains locally controlled, managed, and rooted, buttressing tens of thousands of local businesses and homeowners, supporting scores of community non-profit organizations in every walk of life- from arts to health care, education to social services. Among her many community affiliations are serving as Chairwoman of the Board of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cape Cod Community College.

Florence Seldin, Chatham Florence makes a difference in Chatham and across Cape Cod on a daily basis. Her volunteerism includes servicing as president of the League of Women Voters of Cape Cod, two terms on the Chatham Board of Selectmen, work on the Chatham Affordable Housing Committee, and Friends of Chatham Affordable Housing. Florence was Chatham's representative to the Cape Cod Commission for ten years, and in 2004 Florence was elected to the Board of Directors of the Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation. She continues to serve as the Clerk, Court Advocate for Independence House, and Am Hayam, a Cape Cod Jewish community. Throughout her many areas of service she enriches the lives of others.

Pearl Wolfson, Yarmouthport Pearl is one of those rare people who, when she sees people in need, she takes action. Through her work with Housing Assistance Corps in Hyannis, Pearl Wolfson noticed the need for affordable housing in her community. She found that people who grew up in Yarmouth couldn't afford to buy homes there. In response to this need, she co-founded the non-profit Our First Home with her husband Joel. Since its founding in 1999, Our First Home has helped build and renovate affordable housing for working people and people with disabilities. Our First Home also helps low income homeowners to renovate homes and even helped people with maintenance costs. In addition to her efforts to makehome ownership attainable, she also helped start the Wingate Kirkland Camp in Yarmouth Port that operates under the philosophy that every child should be treated with respect, regardless of their differences.


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TURNER FILES MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

posted Jun 17, 2013, 6:08 AM by Cleon Turner   [ updated Jun 17, 2013, 6:11 AM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              For Further Information Contact:

01/31/2013                                                                  Carly Fleming – 617-722-2090

Boston, MA- With the passage of Question 3 last November, medical marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts. The ballot initiative people voted for, however, provides limited grounds for regulation. In response to concerns about implementation of the law, State Representative Cleon Turner (D) Dennis, proposed four bills.

Turner believes the ballot question limits the parts of the new law that departments can regulate. Departments of the commonwealth can only draft regulations that they are legislatively permitted to address. According to Turner, there is nothing in the ballot question that would allow the department to address the issues of concern in his legislation.

“The voters have spoken and none of my proposals violate the intent of the law. My bills aim to clarify the law. In my opinion, if municipalities, employers and landlords attempt to regulate smoking medical marijuana on their properties, they will be challenged in court. It is unfair to cities and towns and private property owners to leave these obvious issues unclear and have them face the costs of litigation. Let’s clarify the law now,” said Turner.

Together, the four bills filed by Rep. Turner simply state that municipalities, employers, property owners and landlords can regulate smoking marijuana on their properties and that doing so shall not be deemed to be discrimination based on a medical condition. The bills also state that, where regulations already exist regarding smoking, generally, those regulations automatically apply to smoking medical marijuana.

“If I take medication in a public space, it usually affects no one but me. But, If I smoke marijuana in a public space, it has a potential to affect others just as smoking cigarettes does,”

said Representative Turner. “My legislation will make sure that people will be able to gain access to medical marijuana as the ballot question provides but limits its use when using it will affect other people.

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Text of the legislation is as follows:
House Docket 909 An Act to affecting municipal rights regarding medical marijuana.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law or special law to the contrary, cities, towns, districts, school districts or regional school districts may regulate, including prohibiting, the use of marijuana, including medical use of marijuana used for medicinal purposes. Prohibition of the use of or smoking marijuana, including medical use of marijuana on public property, shall not be deemed to be discrimination due to a medical condition under the laws of the commonwealth.

House Docket 911 An Act clarifying municipal regulations regarding medical marijuana.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law or special law to the contrary, any city, town, district, school district or regional school district that has regulated smoking on public property within such city, town, district, school district or regional school district shall be deemed to have prohibited smoking of any marijuana as defined in Chapter 94 of the general laws, including medical use of marijuana, unless such city, town, district, school district or regional school district has affirmatively voted to allow smoking of medical marijuana on their properties. Prohibition of smoking marijuana, including medical use of marijuana on public property, shall not be deemed to be discrimination due to a medical condition under the laws of the commonwealth.

House Docket 913 An Act to affecting property owners and employers rights regarding medical marijuana.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law or special law to the contrary, any person or entity that has regulated smoking on private property including business property open to the public, owned or controlled by such person or entity shall be deemed to have prohibited smoking of any marijuana as defined in Chapter 94 of the general laws, including medical marijuana, unless such

person or entity affirmatively permits smoking of medical marijuana on their properties. Prohibition of smoking marijuana, including medical marijuana on private property, shall not be deemed to be discrimination due to a medical condition under the laws of the commonwealth.

House Docket 915 An Act affecting Landlords’ rights regarding medical marijuana.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law or special law to the contrary, residential and commercial landlords may regulate smoking of marijuana used for medicinal purposes on or in property that such landlord owns or controls. Prohibition of the use of or smoking marijuana, including medical use of marijuana on rental property, shall not be deemed to be discrimination due to a medical condition under the laws of the commonwealth. 

Cape Cod Public Forum to Identify the Concerns of MassHealth Members with Disabilities

posted Jul 3, 2012, 8:45 AM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

Join Christine Griffin, EOHHS Assistant Secretary and

Dr. Julian Harris, Medicaid Director

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

1:00—3:00 pm

EHS Center

500 Main Street, Hyannis

Parking lot and metered parking available

 

The forum is open for anyone to tell us what MassHealth can do better for

people with disabilities. It is important for MassHealth policy makers to hear

people with disabilities and their families express their concerns about current

services, describe needs that are not being addressed, and suggest ways to

improve services and expand opportunities. Call our Disability Accommodation

Ombudsman if you would like more information about this event, or to ask for

accommodations to help you take part in this forum.

Comments may be made in person during the hearing, or you can e-mail them

to masshealthhelp@ehs.state.ma.us.

We ask that you use unscented personal-care products. What may seem to

you to be a mild fragrance can be a toxic exposure for a person with an

environmental illness.

ASL interpreters and CART will be provided.

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xecutive Office of Health and Human Services

REP. TURNER LEADS EFFORT TO RAISE HANDLING FEE

posted Jul 3, 2012, 8:41 AM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

For Immediate Release                              For Further Information Contact:

06/27/2012                                                                  Elysse Magnotto – 617-722-2090

 

State House, Boston- Representative Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) authored a letter co-signed by 21 members of the General Court to Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Richard Sullivan, asking him to increase the handling fee for the remaining redemption centers across the Commonwealth.

 

The bi-partisan group of Representatives and Senators said that because of the lack of an increase in recent years, redemption centers are going out of business at a rapid pace. An increase in the handling fee can either be done by legislation, or, as it has been done in the past, as an executive decision by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  This increase does not come out of, or add to, the $.05 deposit currently paid by consumers. Rather, the increase would be paid by the distributors.

 

The current handling fee in Massachusetts is 2.25 cents, which is low, compared to nearby states. In Maine, distributors are required to pay at least 4 cents per bottle, and distributors in New York and Vermont both pay at least 3.5 cents per bottle. According to a list from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, there are currently 55 redemption centers serving the 351 towns in the Commonwealth.

 

“The critical reason for this request is that redemption centers have not had an increase in the handling fee since 1990,” said Turner. “If a significant number of those centers go out of business before the bottle bill passes in the future, there will be insufficient services available to handle the increase in the number of redeemable bottles.”

 

For further information, please contact Elysse Magnotto in Representative Turner’s office at Elysse.magnotto@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2090.

REP. CLEON TURNER RECEIVES 2012 RECOGNITION AWARD FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF REGIONAL SCHOOLS

posted Jun 15, 2012, 12:37 PM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

For Immediate Release                              For Further Information Contact:

06/15/2012                                                                  Elysse Magnotto – 617-722-2090

  

(Boston)- State Representative Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) received the 2012 Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS) on June 12, 2012. At the MARS annual meeting at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Rep. Turner received the award “in appreciation for [his] outstanding support of and dedication to Massachusetts regional school districts.” 

 

The representative, who created and has chaired the Regional School Caucus in the Massachusetts Legislature since 2005, received the award from Maureen Marshall, President of MARS and Steve Hemman, Executive Director of MARS.   

 

Hemman, who has worked closely with Rep. Turner to create a strong advocacy base for regional school districts at the State House, stated that “Representative Turner has shown that he is very concerned about the education of the children in regional school districts. He continues to work toward improving funding for regional school districts.” Furthermore, MARS Assistant Executive Director Barbara Ripa noted that “When Rep Turner established the Regional Caucus, he created a forum for presenting and discussing issues that affect regional schools across the state. He has been instrumental in keeping legislative focus on increasing regional transportation reimbursement.”

 

 According to their website, the mission of MARS is to “promote the best possible educational opportunities for students attending regional schools throughout the Commonwealth.”

 

“Representative Turner was one of the first to realize that almost every community in the Commonwealth is associated with a regional school district,” said Carol Woodbury, Superintendent of the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District. “He has worked tirelessly to help other legislators understand their connection to regional schools and regional school issues. He has worked tirelessly for all students, but especially those attending regional schools.  He is visible at school events in our community and he is always open to listening to the concerns of educators.”

 

In recognizing Turner’s willingness to restore funds to state mandated regional school transportation, Woodbury continued in saying that Turner “was instrumental in getting regional transportation funding reinstated when it was scheduled to be cut in the middle of the year by working with other legislators and the Governor to increase their understanding of the impact to the education this cut would have.” 

 

For further information, please contact Elysse Magnotto in Representative Turner’s office at Elysse.magnotto@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2090.

 

 

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FAIR SHARE CONTRIBUTION AMENDMENT PASSES

posted Jun 11, 2012, 3:08 PM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

For Immediate Release                              For Further Information Contact:

6/6/2012                                                                Elysse Magnotto – 617-722-2090

 

(Boston)- Representatives Cleon Turner (D-Dennis), Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich), and Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown) are pleased to announce that an amendment addressing small business fair share contribution assessments regarding health care coverage to employees has passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The amendment was filed to the health care cost containment legislation, which aims at saving $160 billion in health care costs over the next fifteen years. The Cape delegation's amendment will provide Cape Cod's small businesses with significant savings in health care costs.

 

The original “Fair Share Assessment Amendment,” filed by Representative Linda Dorcena-Forry (D-Boston) and co-sponsored by Rep. Peake states, essentially, that employers would no longer need to include in the count of full time equivalent employees any employee covered by health insurance through a spouse, parent, veteran’s plan, Medicare, Medicaid or disability.

 

Representative Turner filed an amendment that redefines “seasonal employee” in such a way that assists small year round business that also hire seasonal employees. The current definition of a seasonal employee is someone who works for a seasonal employer.  Rep. Turner’s amendment, in response to concerns aired by constituents with both year round and seasonal employees, changes the definition to include employees who work for a specific season of sixteen or fewer consecutive weeks.  

 

Turner’s amendment also exempts seasonal employees from the calculation of full time equivalent employees. Those changes are significant because some small business which have had to count seasonal employees when making the full time employee equivalency calculation would no longer need to include those employees. 

 

“Re-defining seasonal employee is vital to ensuring that small, year round businesses, the backbone of the Cape’s economy, that also hire seasonal employees are protected when determining employee benefits,” said Turner. 

 

Representative Hunt filed an amendment that increases the threshold of full time equivalent employees from more than 10 to more than 20. "Combined with the other two changes, owners of many of our smallest businesses, the ones least able to deal with the mandates of our current law, will be able to focus on the task at hand and, hopefully, find it easier to expand and hire additional workers," Hunt remarked.

 

Through discussions with leadership and the Health Care Finance Committee Chair, the three amendments were combined into one amendment and received unanimous support from house members. The amendment also garnered the support of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Massachusetts Food Association, the Massachusetts Package Stores Association, and the Restaurant and Business Alliance, among others. The amendment will now be discussed in a Conference Committee with members from both the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

  

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REP. TURNER RECONNECTS MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WITH LOST PROPERTY

posted Apr 12, 2012, 1:08 PM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary   [ updated Apr 12, 2012, 1:08 PM ]

         

For Immediate Release                              For Further Information Contact:

4/11/2012                                                              Elysse Magnotto – 617-722-2090
 

(BOSTON) – Representative Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) has announced that he has reconnected Massachusetts residents with over $240,000 in unclaimed property.  

 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 Massachusetts Treasurer’s office for safekeeping after three years with no activity.  

 “I’ve reconnected residents with over $240,000 but I’ve only put a dent in the list of First Barnstable District constituents with unclaimed property. I will be continuing my efforts in reaching out to people on the list” said Rep. Turner.   

 When State Treasurer Steven Grossman came into office he increased outreach of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division. Legislators were given the names and addresses of constituents in their districts with claims to such property.

 “This is exactly why we instituted this legislative partnership,” said Treasurer Steven Grossman, who oversees the Unclaimed Property Division. “This is not the state’s money – it belongs to the citizens of the Commonwealth. The citizens of the First Barnstable district are fortunate to have Representative Turner working to reunite them with each and every dollar. ”

 “I knew that many of the people on the lists were deceased or had moved, so I had to do some necessary investigation before attempting to contact people whose names are on the list. Having been a detective on the Dennis police department was helpful in tracking some people down,” Turner joked.  “It would be both inefficient and embarrassing to simply send letters to addresses of people who have passed away or who moved some time ago,” Turner added. 

 In most cases, Representative Turner knocked on the door of people who are owed money. “It’s a great feeling to stand in front of someone and tell them that they have money they didn’t know about,” said Turner.

 The Unclaimed Property Division has more than 2 billion dollars of unclaimed property and it is the Treasurer’s goal to return as much as possible of that money to rightful owners. The Division has a website, findmassmoney.com, where you can search for property and make claims. You can also call 888-344-MASS.  People who Representative Turner has contacted need to contact the Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division.

 

“Constituents are also encouraged to contact my office at 617-722-2090 if they have any difficulty in filing a claim. We are happy to assist with the process,” said Rep. Turner. “The faster you file a claim, the sooner your property will be returned to you.”

 

For further information, please contact Elysse Magnotto at 617-722-2090, or by emailing Elysse.magnotto@mahouse.gov.

  

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REP. TURNER ANNOUNCES 2012 OFFICE HOURS

posted Jan 11, 2012, 12:17 PM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

REPRESENTATIVE TURNER ANNOUNCES

2012 OFFICE HOURS


For Immediate Release                              For Further Information Contact:

1/11/2012                                                              Elysse Magnotto – 617-722-2090


(BOSTON) – Representative Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) is pleased to announce the following office hours for his constituents in Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster.

 On the second Friday of each month, Representative Turner will hold office hours at the YMCA of Cape Cod (2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable) starting at 9 a.m. and at the Yarmouth Senior Center (528 Forest Road, West Yarmouth) starting at 11 a.m.

 On the third Friday of each month, Representative Turner will hold office hours at the Dennis Senior Center (1045 Route 134, South Dennis) starting at 9 a.m. and at the Brewster Council on Aging (1673 Main Street, Brewster) starting at 11 a.m.

 “I am pleased to have Barnstable Precinct 1 as part the First Barnstable District and look forward to representing that part of the great town of Branstable. Holding office hours around the First Barnstable District has proven to be a great way to hear the wants and needs of my constituency.  I encourage my constituents who cannot attend my set office hours or who would prefer to meet elsewhere to call my office to schedule an appointment though appointments are not neccesary. I am always willing to meet with my constituents at their convenience and where they are most comfortable,” said Rep. Turner.

Constituents from any part of the District can attend office hours at any of the locations and need not wait for a time in their respective town. Furthermore, constituents who would like to contact Representative Turner on any subject or issue can always e-mail, call or write as indicated below.

For further information, please contact Representative Turner at cleon.turner@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2090, or by writing to: State House Room 540, Boston, MA 02133-1054. Representative Turner's Legislative Aide, Elysse Magnotto can be contacted at the same phone number and address, or by emailing Elysse.magnotto@mahouse.gov.

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Brewster to Receive Grants and Assistance for River and Wetland Restoration

posted Dec 12, 2011, 11:07 AM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $57,000 in Funds for Restoration of Rivers and Wetlands in Brewster, Middleton and North Adams

Projects Enhance Habitat, Spur Job Creation and Economic Growth

BOSTON – Monday, December 12, 2011 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. today announced $57,000 in grants and technical assistance for river and wetland restoration projects in Brewster, Middleton and North Adams.  The grants are provided by the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), which also identified 11 new priority projects that will be targeted for future funding through public-private partnerships.

“Ecological restoration provides many benefits, including improving habitat for a multitude of wildlife species,” said Secretary Sullivan. “In addition, investments in ecological restoration provide double economic benefits to human communities – first in direct economic benefits such as jobs created, and second by aiding cities and towns with flood mitigation, water purification, and natural buffers to the impacts of climate change.”

A recent study by Restore America’s Estuaries shows that coastal habitat restoration projects generate an average employment demand of between 20 and 32 jobs for each $1 million expended.

“Investments in ecological restoration projects have a very high return on the dollar,” said DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin. “In addition, state funds leverage significant federal and foundation funds, helping us to do much more of the important habitat restoration work than we would otherwise be able to do.”

All grants were funded by DER’s Priority Projects Program, the primary vehicle by which Massachusetts pursues wetland and river restoration. The projects selected present the greatest benefit to the Commonwealth – ecologically, socially and economically. Designated priority projects are eligible to receive both internal program assistance and contracted technical services funded by DER.

The grants announced today will support new and existing priority projects, including wetland and river restoration projects in Brewster, Middleton and North Adams. The largest grant of $40,000 will go to the town of Brewster for the restoration of Freemans Pond, a coastal salt pond that has been degraded by insufficient tidal flow. The grant will help leverage $300,000 of federal stimulus funds. 

"Reviving Freemans Pond in Brewster, opening up an historic flow to Cape Cod Bay, is exactly the kind of restoration project all of Cape Cod understands, and celebrates," said Senator Dan Wolf. "I want to thank everyone involved for their excellent work and support to get this accomplished."

 "The projects both completed and planned in the mid-Cape area will play a large part in the rehabilitation and protection of salt water marshes, fresh water ponds and wetlands. That effort has helped and will continue to help maintain the critical natural resources that make Cape Cod what it is today,” said Representative Cleon Turner. “Similar efforts now and in the future will ensure a healthy natural environment for Massachusetts citizens."

Another $12,000 will support the revitalization of the Hoosic River in downtown North Adams.

“This ecological restoration work to restore the Hoosic River as it flows through North Adams is a wonderful thing for the city’s downtown environment,” said Senator Benjamin B. Downing. 

"The plans for revitalization, enhancing our downtown and making North Adams even more attractive, are welcome news; yet we must do so with public safety as the utmost priority in any reconstruction and revitalization of the river corridor. I’m pleased that the partnership is prioritizing public safety, while seeking to help energize North Adams through river restoration,” said Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi.

Remaining funds will be used to assist other dam removal projects including support for the Ipswich River Watershed Association to leverage engineering and design funds for the potential removal of the South Middleton Dam.

Eleven new projects were recently selected in Brewster, Essex, Freetown, Harwich, Ipswich, Kingston, Middleton, Plymouth and Truro. These projects include dam removals, culvert replacements and stream flow restoration. These newly approved Priority Projects include:

  • Tidmarsh Farm, Inc. – Tidmarsh Farm Restoration (Plymouth) -- This project will restore approximately 3.5 miles of stream and 250 acres of wetland to benefit migratory fish such as Eastern brook trout and other resident coldwater species.

 

  • Harwich Conservation Trust – Cold Brook Restoration Project (Harwich) -- This project will help restore over 50 acres of degraded freshwater wetlands and over 4,000 feet of altered stream channel impacted by past cranberry farming.

 

  • Save the Bay – Rattlesnake Brook Dam Removal (Freetown) -- The removal of this dam, located at the mouth of Rattlesnake Brook on Assonet Bay, will naturalize the stream and open the brook to migratory fish, including trout.

 

  • Town of Plymouth – Holmes Dam/Newfield Street Bridge (Plymouth) -- Removal of the Holmes Dam at Newfield Street is the last step of a 12-phase effort to restore natural processes to Town Brook, one of the state’s most important migratory fish runs. The Holmes Dam is a high hazard dam and will soon be the final significant barrier to fish passage on Town Brook.

 

  • Ipswich River Watershed Association – Ipswich Mills Dam Removal Evaluation (Ipswich) -- The Ipswich Mills Dam is the first dam on the Ipswich River located at the head-of-tide. Modification or removal of the dam would enhance head-of-tide spawning habitat, enhance passage of migratory and resident fish for over 49 miles of river, and improve water quality.

 

  • Town of Danvers – Curtis Pond Dam Removal (Middleton) -- The Curtis Pond Dam is a Significant Hazard Dam located on Boston Brook, a tributary to the Ipswich River in Middleton. Over the last three years, the project partners have garnered substantial support to remove this dam to restore conditions for river herring and resident fish species, various birds, and other significant species.
  • Jones River Watershed Association – Silver Lake and Jones River Sustainable Flow Project (Kingston) -- The Jones River, the largest tributary to Kingston and Plymouth Bays, is an important migratory fish run and provides coldwater habitat. This project would address documented problems in the timing and volume of flows in the Jones River, for the benefit of downstream aquatic health.
  • Town of Brewster – Freeman’s Pond (Brewster) -- The Freeman’s Pond project seeks to enhance tidal flow and salt marsh functions by replacing an undersized culvert at the outlet of Paines Creek. The project will benefit over 20 acres of salt marsh and associated plant communities, fish, and coastal bird species.

 

  • Town of Truro – Mill Pond (Truro) -- Mill Pond in Truro has been severely degraded by a tidal restriction beneath Mill Pond Road for over 150 years. The project will restore tidal flow to this 13-acre system and will benefit shellfish and finfish species while encouraging a more natural wetland plant community.
  • Town of Truro – Eagle Neck Creek (Truro) -- Eagle Neck Creek is a 16-acre degraded tidal marsh that flows into Pamet Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. A road and culvert crossing the creek obstruct tidal flushing of the system. The project will remove the tidal restriction to restore salt marsh functions and benefit associated shellfish, finfish, and other coastal wildlife.
  • Eight Towns and the Bay – Upper Castle Neck Salt Marsh (Ipswich/ Essex) -- The Castle Neck Marsh is located at in upper reaches of the tidal portion of the Castle Neck River.  The system has been impacted for many decades by poor drainage resulting from several man-made obstructions within the downstream tidal channel. Over 130 acres of tidal wetlands are impacted by these conditions. The restoration project will improve drainage of the marsh by removing obstructions to create a more natural hydrology and wetland habitat.

The mission of the Division of Ecological Restoration is to restore and protect the Commonwealth’s rivers, wetlands and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. The Division was created in 2009 with the merger of the Riverways and Wetland Restoration Programs and is coordinating 80 ecological restoration projects across the Commonwealth.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the enjoyment and conservation of the Commonwealth’s natural resources.  DFG carries out this mission through land preservation and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and game species, and enforcement of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth’s lakes and ponds.

 

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Catholic Social Services Citizenship Services Program

posted Oct 25, 2011, 7:22 AM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary   [ updated Oct 26, 2011, 7:04 AM ]

Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc. (CSS) announces that it has been awarded a two-year grant by US Citizenship and Immigration Services for its new Citizenship Support Program (CSP), effective October 1, 2011.

CSS currently offers Citizenship Preparation classes in New Bedford and services to support applicants for naturalization throughout the Fall River Diocese (Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands).  Under this grant, the new program will integrate and expand current services. 

CSP will include two Citizenship Preparation classes per year in each of three locations: Fall River, New Bedford, and Hyannis. These classes are expected to begin in mid-November. The program will also offer monthly workshops throughout the region to provide information about the naturalization process and to provide assistance in completing the application forms.  In addition, individual assistance by qualified caseworkers will be available throughout the grant period.


Workshops are currently scheduled for:

Thursday, November 3             Thursday, November 17         Thursday, December 15

Holy Name Parish Center       St. James School                     Catholic Social Services

850 Pearce Street                 180 Orchard Street                  261 South Street

Fall River, MA 02720              New Bedford, MA  02740         Hyannis, MA 02601


All sessions are 6:30PM-9:00PM


For more information, please contact:

Lemuel Skidmore        CSP Project Manager  508-771-6771  lskidmore@cssdioc.org

Tim Warden-Hertz      CSS Legal Director     508-674-4681  twh@cssdioc.org


Catholic Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life for those in need by providing comprehensive social and human services including basic and emergency needs,  homelessness, immigration issues, housing and residential services, disabilities, adoption, mental health counseling, elder health services, neighborhood rehabilitation, foreclosure help, and much more. CSS works with persons of all faiths and cultures in the Spirit of God’s universal love to advance human dignity and promote social justice, truth, and solidarity in our community.

 The services described in this poster are supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2011-CS-010-000006.

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