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.






Massachusetts State Treasurer Warns Citizens of Fraudulent Letters Claiming “Unclaimed Property Winnings”

TREASURER GOLDBERG ALERTS RESIDENTS TO UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SCAM Massachusetts State Treasurer Warns Citizens of Fraudulent Letters Claiming “Unclaimed Property Winnings” BOSTON – Illegitimate letters from a Massachusetts address are being sent to the state’s citizens claiming “unclaimed property winnings”. According to Treasurer Goldberg, these letters are not being sent by either the Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer or the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). “It has come to our attention that fraudulent letters using our address and likeness have been sent to residents across the state,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “Our goal is to ensure that no Massachusetts citizen is taken advantage of as part of this scam.” Official unclaimed property notices will never direct owners to pay money, whether for processing fees, tax payments, or otherwise, when searching unclaimed property or filing a claim. The official Massachusetts Treasury website for unclaimed property, is free of charge to search and claim. The Office of the State Treasurer and Massachusetts Legislators utilize the mail to inform owners of unclaimed property. There are a number of ways to discern official Treasury notices from scam notices. Letters will be mailed from Boston, Massachusetts with a return address; they will direct owners to an official website; and they will bear the official seal of the State of Massachusetts along with the signature of the Treasurer. Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. Most accounts are considered abandoned and are turned over to the state after three years of inactivity. Last year Treasury returned over $114 million in property to its rightful owners, making the Commonwealth the state to return the most money on a per-capita basis. The Treasury currently holds over $2 billion in unclaimed property that rightfully belongs to Massachusetts residents. If you have any questions regarding unclaimed property, please visit the Treasury’s official website, or call 888-344-MASS (6277). You can view an example of a fraudulent letter at the following:

69th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston on Friday, April 1st.

State Representative Timothy R. Madden would like to congratulate Samantha Hargy of Edgartown and Zachary Bresnick of West Tisbury for being selected to represent Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Wei-ren Murray of North Falmouth and Olivia McKnight of Falmouth for being selected to represent Falmouth High School, and Fernando Young and Evan Borzilleri of Nantucket for being selected to represent Nantucket High School in the 69th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston on Friday, April 1st.

Since 1947, Student Government Day has provided students from across the Commonwealth with an opportunity to take on the roles of governor, constitutional officers, legislators and court justices to experience what it is like to “run” the state government for a day.

“It’s always nice to see young people get excited about government and learn first hand what goes into the decision making process,” said Representative Madden.

U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and State Rep. Timothy Madden, D-Nantucket, organize a public forum on the effects of ocean acidification

Alarmed at the implications for both commercial and recreational fishing in the Bay State, U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and state Rep. Timothy Madden, D-Nantucket, organized Monday’s forum to bring together scientists, stakeholders and policy makers to raise awareness and promote action. Madden has already sponsored legislation to create a commission to study ocean acidification and make recommendations on how to address its effects.


U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., makes opening remarks Monday during the Ocean Acidification Roundtable at the Woods Hole Research Center, while state Rep. Timothy Madden, D-Nantucket, and Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, listen.

The audience listens to speakers at the Ocean Acidification Roundtable held Monday at Woods Hole Research Center.

The audience listens to speakers at the Ocean Acidification Roundtable held Monday at Woods Hole Research Center.


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DCR Announces School Vacation Programming

Discover Massachusetts State Parks!

***Outdoor activities may be modified or cancelled due to forecasted extremely cold weather. Please call ahead for information.***

February Vacation Week

Free Family Friendly Programs
February 13 – 21, 2016

Fresh air and family fun are the perfect combination for your February Vacation Week plans.  Come out and play in your Massachusetts State Parks and enjoy a fantastic array of family friendly programs and experiences for all ages.  Embark on a Winter Beach Safari, share your love of nature with a valentine hike, celebrate President’s Day and learn about US presidents and  their connections to state parks,  discover signs of scat and tracks, enjoy a winter woodland walk  or go back in time with Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond!  Enjoy guided experiences or create a park adventure on your own.  There is so much to enjoy and explore in your state parks.  – Come for a visit!

Following, please find a listing of Guided Programs, Visitor Center Special Exhibits, and ongoing Resources.

Greater Boston      North Region      South Region      Central Massachusetts      Western Massachusetts

Visitor Center and Exhibits      Ongoing Resources      Printable List pdf format of February Vacation Week

Things to know before you go!

  • All programs are free unless noted.
  • Please be aware parking fees may apply – visit   Day Use Parking Fees   for applicable parking fees or   Borrow a MassParks Pass & Discover Massachusetts State Parks  to borrow a ParksPass from a community partner.
  • Be season smart and safe.  Dress for the weather.  Bring water and snacks.  Have a map and cell phone.
  • Seasonal weather and storms affect parks and trails.  All events, programs and activities are subject to change.  Please take a moment to call ahead to confirm.
  • Programs are listed by geographical region, date and time

A WAVE OF KINDNESS: Ride the Wave! Falmouth students and staff working together for “NO GUFF”