Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe Tells Its Story With New Cultural District

Tourists, including the First Family, flock to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer. But they don’t always make it out to the western end of the island to see the historic Gay Head Light and glowing red clay cliffs.

Even if they did, they might not know the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe has lived on the land for more than 10,000 years. But now people from the tribe and the town of Aquinnah are working together to tell that story — and to boost the local economy — with a new, state-designated “cultural district.”

A recent visit reveals what they’ve been doing, and why.

‘A Very Unique Story’





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West Falmouth Library Bill Signed by Governor Baker

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BOSTON- On July 8, 2016, legislation filed by Representatives Tim Madden, David Vieira and Senator Vinny deMacedo at the request of the Town of Falmouth was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker, approving a land swap between the Town of Falmouth and the West Falmouth Library that will facilitate an important expansion and enhancement of the library. This initiative has been a work in progress for the past few years thanks to the diligent efforts of the West Falmouth Library Board and the Falmouth Board of Selectmen. It was also unanimously approved at Town Meeting.

“I am excited to know that the addition will be able to move forward as a result of this legislation being signed by the Governor and that it will create more accessibility for the visitors of the historic West Falmouth Library,” said Rep. Tim Madden (D-Nantucket). “I would like to thank the Library Board and Bob Ament for all their assistance with this legislation.”

“The West Falmouth Library plays a vital role in the West Falmouth community as a hub of learning, historic preservation, and community enrichment,” said Senator deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “I am thrilled to have played a role in helping this valuable institution continue this important work in the coming years.”

Governor Charlie Baker visits Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Joint Base Cape Cod

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BOSTON – June 28th, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker joined by Representative Tim Madden, Representative Randy Hunt,  and Representative David Vieira, gave remarks concerning ocean-related research and development at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Iselin Marine Facility followed by a visit to Joint Base Cape Cod.

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Holly Harney was honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as a 2016 Unsung Heroine

Holly Harney

BOSTON- On Wednesday, June 22, Falmouth lawyer and advocate Holly Harney was honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as a 2016 Unsung Heroine. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference. They are women who use their time, talent and passion to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Holly was nominated by State Representative Tim Madden for her tireless efforts to improve the lives of those in her community. She is an associate at Wilkens, DeYoung and Carter Attorneys at Law in Hyannis. In 2011, she became involved with the Family Law Project, a program of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association that provides free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. She is a Legal Volunteer at We-Can (Empowering Women) in collaboration with the Falmouth Service Center in which she is a contributor of the Community Fund. She also serves as the Vice President of Cape Cod Center for Women, providing services for battered women and their children, and runs in the Falmouth Road Race to support the Dana-Farber Foundation. Holly is very active in the community of Falmouth and throughout Cape Cod and goes above and beyond to help women and victims of domestic violence.

“I was honored to nominate Holly for her commitment to helping empower women in her community. She is someone who I know does important work but never seeks fanfare. Her being recognized is long overdue,” said Representative Tim Madden. He added, “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.”

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was created to advance the women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. This year marks the organization’s thirteenth annual Unsung Heroines celebration where extraordinary women from across the Commonwealth are recognized for their contributions to their communities.


Massachusetts Officials to Provide $2 Million to Test for Lead in Drinking Water at Public Schools

Massachusetts Officials to Provide $2 Million to Test for Lead in Drinking Water at Public Schools

Funds Will Pay for Technical Assistance, Lab Analysis of Water Fountain and Tap Samples

BOSTON In a continued effort to ensure safe drinking water in schools around the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg today announced $2 million from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT) to fund cooperative efforts to assist Massachusetts public schools test for lead in drinking water. The funds, to be used by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will provide technical assistance to ensure that public school districts can sample the taps and water fountains in their schools, and to identify any results that show lead contamination over the federal action level.

“Protecting the health of our children is a top priority,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By proactively offering this critical assistance, we can ensure that all students and parents across the Commonwealth are in a safe environment where they can learn and grow.”

“Parents are right to be vigilant when the health and safety of their children is at stake, and the Clean Water Trust partners are proud to make this funding available so that we can ensure that all water utilized at school is of the highest quality,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

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AG’s Healthcare Settlements Provide $300,000 in Grant Funding for 200 Summer Jobs that Promote Good Health for Youth from Communities Across the State

BOSTON – Aimed at providing young people in underserved communities with opportunities for employment that will impact public health, wellness and disease prevention, Attorney General Maura Healey has opened the application period for grant funding for an estimated 200 summer jobs across Massachusetts.

The Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program is funded with $300,000 recovered by settlements the AG’s Office reached with pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline. Beyond increasing youth employment, the grants will focus on promoting physical wellness and disease prevention among the state’s young people.

“We want to give young people in Massachusetts a great opportunity to work in their communities this summer and promote healthy living and wellness in their neighborhoods,” said AG Healey. “This grant program is designed to directly benefit underserved communities by providing interactive and healthy jobs and increasing awareness of public health and disease prevention across the state.”

Between 2000 and 2014, the national teen employment rate dropped from 45 percent to 30 percent, according to the US Department of Labor. Additionally, research has shown that health and wellness factors are strongly tied to income levels and that children from lower-income homes are more likely to be overweight and in poorer health than those from higher-income homes.

Examples of healthy summer youth jobs that could receive funding could include, but are not limited to:

  • Working as a coach, team leader or mentor for a pre-existing sports  or fitness activity for low-income youth
  • Working at a community health center;
  • Collaborating on a public health or health-related environmental justice project;
  • Working as a teacher or teacher’s assistant for an exercise or physical fitness class for low-income youth or seniors;
  • Activities that are directly related to health care or the management or prevention of chronic diseases for low-income youth.

The AG’s Office will issue grants to municipalities, other agencies and nonprofits within the state that serve low-income and/or at-risk youth.

Grant awards will fund youth employment from July 5, 2016 through Aug. 26, 2016. Interested applicants can visit the AG’s website,, for more information and for application instructions. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2016.