Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Admission to State Parks Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Admission to State Parks Over Thanksgiving Weekend

BOSTON- Tuesday, November 24, 2015- In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that all entrance and parking fees to state parks and forests will be waived for visitors starting on Thursday, November 26, 2015 to Sunday, November 29, 2015, as a way to give thanks to all those who have served and continue to serve in the United States armed forces. Previously, the Administration announced fee waivers for Veterans Day; however, because of rain and high winds, many people were unable to take advantage of that day’s free access.

“It is my hope that we all take a few moments during our time with friends and family this Thanksgiving to think of the many sacrifices brave men and women have made on behalf of serving this great country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Offering free access for all during this upcoming holiday is a small token of appreciation to all those who ensure the liberties we cherish are preserved.”

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) also offers free parking and admission to its facilities year round to cars with Disabled Veterans license plates from all states.

“As a state and a nation, we all have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “DCR’s parks and forests offer a unique opportunity to reflect in quiet contemplation, and it’s important that we all take a moment to be thankful for our men and women in uniform who protect our nation every day.”

With over 450,000 acres of public land, there are many exceptional places to explore and visit, including Walden Pond, which served as the inspiration of Henry David Thoreau, the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial located at the summit of Mt. Greylock, and historic Fort Independence on Castle Island.

“Thanksgiving is a time for friends and families to come together and enjoy one another’s company while also reflecting on the many things we are thankful for,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “I encourage Massachusetts residents and visitors alike to continue in that spirit all weekend and visit one of our many public parks and forests, free of charge.”

Additionally, DCR will offer several “Black Friday” hikes in Massachusetts state parks, forests, and reservations for the public to enjoy. The hikes, which are offered in the different regions of the state, are intended to provide people and their families with added outdoor recreational opportunities.

“With the holiday season fast approaching, it is essential that we all take time out of our busy schedules to get outside and remain active as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said DCR Acting Commissioner Daniel Sieger. “DCR’s Black Friday hikes serve as an excellent example of the dedication the agency has to ensure a high level of public access and programming for families and individuals to enjoy and take part in.”

For all hikes, DCR recommends people dress warmly, wear proper footwear, and to bring a bottle of water. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Below is a list of Black Friday hikes:

 Greater Boston Area

 Middlesex Fells Reservation, Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hike 1: Long Pond Loop, 10:00AM-11:30AM

Meet at the Long Pond parking area on South Border Road, Winchester

Hike 2: Bear Hill Tower, 2:00PM-3:30PM

Meet at Sheepfold parking area, located at 698 Fellsway West in Stoneham, Route 28

  • Both hikes are suitable for children over 7 and parents carrying infants. For more information please call (617) 727-5380 ext. 412

Revere Beach Reservation, One Eliot Circle, Revere

Friday, November 27, 2015 10:00AM-11:00AM

Meet at the tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue

  • A two-mile dog-friendly walk along one of DCR’s healthy heart trails includes brief stops for entertaining history lessons about Revere Beach. For more information call (781) 485-2804 ext. 105.

Northeast Massachusetts

Great Brook Farm State Park, 165 North Road, Carlisle

Friday, November 27, 2015 1:00PM –3:00PM

Meet at the Interpretive Center in Great Brook Farm State Park

  • The hike is co-sponsored by DCR and the Carlisle Trails Committee, and is appropriate for families with children 8 years and older. For more information, please call Great Brook Farm State Park (978) 369-6312.

Southeastern Massachusetts

South Cape Beach State Park, Great Oak Road, Mashpee

Friday, November 27, 2015 10:00AM-11:30AM

Meet at Bayberry Parking Area on Great Oak Road

  • The hike will feature an opportunity to view the landscape and wildlife from the observation decks at the edge of the marsh. For more information please call (508) 457-0495 ext. 125

Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton

Friday, November 27, 2015 9:00AM-12:00PM

Meet at the Visitor Center

  • A five-mile, moderately paced recreational hike of the northern-most point of Borderland State Park that is tailored for adults and older children. For more information or to confirm in case of weather concerns, please call (508) 238-6566.

Massasoit State Park, 1361 Middleboro Avenue, East Taunton

Friday, November 27, 2015 10:45PM-1:45PM

Meet at the Main Parking Lot on Middleboro Avenue

  • Join park staff for a five to six mile hike through Massasoit State Park to the shores of Lake Rico, King’s Furnace area, Middle Pond, and Big Bearhole Pond. The hike is for adults who can walk at a moderate pace. For further information or weather cancellation, please call (508) 866-2580 ext. 161.

Central Massachusetts

Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge

Friday, November 27, 2015 2:00PM-3:00PM

Meet at the Visitor Center

  • The hike will feature and identify several evergreen trees, such as Hemlock, Norway spruce, and White pine, as well as the park’s coniferous and evergreen plants. The hike is appropriate for all ages. For more information please call (508) 278-7604.

Western Massachusetts

Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Friday, November 27, 2015 10:00AM-1:00PM

Meet at the Visitor Center

  • Explore remnants of abandoned farmland, contemplate forest succession, and view wildlife during this three hour hike. Dogs are allowed if they’re on a 10 foot maximum leash. For more information, or in case of inclement weather call (413) 499-4262.

Savoy Mountain State Reservation, 319 Florida Road, Savoy

Friday, November 27, 2015 11:00AM-12:00PM

Meet at the Contact Station

  • This one mile hike along South Pond Loop trail will feature beautiful views of South Pond and of the rare balanced rocks of Savoy Mountain State Forest. This hike is appropriate for younger children and adults. For more information please call (413) 663-8469.


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Acting Commissioner Daniel P. Sieger, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit Contact us at


Falmouth awarded Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grant

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.4 Million to 216 Municipalities for Recycling Grants

 Funds Invested Will Maximize Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction Efforts

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced more than $1.4 million in Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grants to 216 municipalities and regional solid waste districts to help maximize recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.

“Some of the most important environmental protection work happens every day in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With this assistance, we are ensuring that local officials, residents and small business owners can continue to protect our neighborhoods and natural resources.”

“Recycling and waste reductions efforts are critical to our goal of reducing the waste stream,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These grants bring much needed assistance to municipalities that struggle to educate residents about why recycling can make a difference in their communities and bottom line.”

Out of 216 awardees, 137 communities qualified for the SMRP’s “Recycling Dividends Program” (RDP) and will receive payments ranging from $1,200 to $66,000, for a total of $1.18 million statewide. The RDP recognizes municipalities that have implemented policies and programs proven to maximize materials reuse and recycling, as well as waste reduction. Communities that earn RDP payments must reinvest the funds in their recycling programs for things such as new recycling bins or carts, public education and outreach campaigns, collection of hard-to-recycle items and the establishment of recycling programs in schools, municipal buildings and other public spaces.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to reducing trash disposal by 30 percent below 2010 levels, which is about 2 million tons per year.” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Every ton of material that is recycled instead of disposed as trash puts resources back into the Massachusetts economy and supports local businesses throughout the collection, processing and manufacturing chain. The RDP helps communities leverage the benefits of increased recycling for a healthier economy and environment.”

As part of the SMRP, all 210 municipalities that also applied for “Small-Scale Initiative Grants” were awarded funding. These population-based grants range from $500 to $2,000 each and help communities purchase modest, but critical recycling materials and outreach tools needed to sustain their existing recycling program or to facilitate new, low-cost initiatives. Both of these SMRP programs are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

“These new funds give communities the opportunity to make critical investments in their recycling programs, capturing more materials that can be reused, and helping them to reduce their waste disposal costs,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “This is another example of this Administration’s commitment to building strategic partnerships with our local communities.”

The RDP was rolled out in 2014 as the newest initiative under MassDEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, which was created by the Green Communities Act of 2008. The Act requires that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Waste Energy Certificates (WECs) be directed to recycling programs approved by MassDEP.

“I would like to commend the Baker-Polito Administration on their continued support of the environment,” said Senator Anne Gobi, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “Promoting recycling and waste reduction is vital to a sustainable future. It is tremendous to see such a large increase in municipalities receiving grants.”

“This is great news for Fall River and New Bedford,” said Representative Paul A. Schmid, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “Thank you to the Baker Administration for recognizing the recycling efforts in both Fall River and New Bedford and for providing the resources for their continued success.”
See a list of the SMRP grant awards here:

The WEC payments received by MassDEP are deposited into the SMRP Expendable Trust, which is used to fund grants, technical assistance and education to help communities, businesses and institutions increase recycling and reduce waste.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

# # # 40 Years Cleaner, 40 Years Greener

MassDEP Celebrates Four Decades of Environmental Progress

Meineke: Free Oil Change for Veterans (November 11th)

Meineke: Free Oil Change for Veterans (November 11th)

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Meineke: Free Oil Change for Veterans (November 11th)This Veterans Day, November 11th, 2015, all veterans with a valid Military ID will snag a FREE Basic Oil Change at participating Meineke locations. I encourage you to call your closest Meineke location to confirm participation and to make an appointment.

Listening Tour for Veterans

Listening Tour Veterans

Experienced (Older) Worker Job Fair

Upcoming JOB FAIRS
Need Job?
Experienced (Older) Worker Job Fair

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

372 North Street, Hyannis, MA

Free admission for job seekers

Job seekers will also be able to speak with representatives from
Career Opportunities and Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands about available training opportunities.

For those who need assistance completing an online
job application for a job they learn about during the job fair,
assistance will be available in the Computer Literacy Room at
Career Opportunities from 1:00 to 4:00 the day of the job fair


Click here for a list of positions the participating
employers are hoping to fill during this job fair

Capital Conversations: Talk to MassDOT about transportation investments for your region

Capital Conversations: Talk to MassDOT about transportation investments for your region

What current and future highway projects in your region are important to you?

Do you have an innovative idea to maintain our roads and bridges?

How important are public transit, pedestrian, or bicycle facilities to you?

Do general aviation airports or Registry of Motor Vehicles branches in your region need investment?

How much transportation funding should go into maintaining our existing roads, bridges, and public transit systems and how much into expanding services and facilities into new areas?


Meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. Accessibility accommodations and language services will be provided free of charge upon request, and as available. Requests should be submitted within ten days of the meeting at which services will be required, if at all possible. Such services include documents in alternative formats, translated documents, assistive listening devices, and interpreters (including American Sign Language).

For more information or to request reasonable accommodation and/or language services, please contact Trish Foley at (857) 368-8907 or


Monday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. Boston English High School, 144 McBride Street, Boston

Monday, October 19, 4:00 p.m. State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. Leominster City Hall, 25 West Street, Leominster

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. Cambridge Rindge and Latin HS, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

Monday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. Braintree City Hall, 1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree

Monday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst

Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. Heritage State Hall, North Davol Street, Fall River

Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. Middlesex Community College, Lowell Campus, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell

Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. Peabody City Hall, Wiggin Auditorium, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody

Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. Natick Town Hall, 13 East Central Street, Natick

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 p.m. Pittsfield City Hall, City Council Chamber, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 p.m. Plymouth Town Hall, 11 Lincoln Street – Harbor Room, Plymouth

Monday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. Mansfield Town Hall, 6 Park Row, Mansfield

Thursday, November 5, 6:00 p.m. Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield

Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Theater, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable

Join the conversation about the future of our transportation investments. Make your voice heard


MassDOT and the MBTA are preparing five-year capital plans, blueprints that will guide investments in our transportation system between 2017 and 2021. The Capital Investment Plan (CIP) determines how we prioritize our largest investments, covering all transportation projects – everything from highway and municipal projects to regional airports and rail and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. These Capital Conversations will help to guide our five-year Capital Investment Plan process as well as upcoming planning processes for statewide bicycle, pedestrian and rail plans. We want to hear from you about how those investments should be prioritized in order to maintain and modernize the Commonwealth’s transportation facilities. How can we improve our transportation systems, increase transportation capacity where existing facilities are inadequate, and build new projects to help communities to prosper and residents to get where they need to go?

Representatives from MassDOT and the MBTA will be on hand to hear your input about transportation needs and capital priorities. Please help spread the word about these Capital Conversations to friends, family and business associates. Your participation is critical to our success.

Bourne Bridge Work To Close Three Lanes Tuesday

The Bourne bridge will be have reduced travel lanes on Tuesday, September 1, between 1 and 5 AM for required maintenance work.

The work requires closure of three travel lanes. Only one travel lane will be open while work is ongoing. Vehicles traveling both on and off Cape Cod will use just one lane at alternate times to pass the work zone.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Sagamore Bridge to avoid delays.