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State Grant Information

The Department of Industrial Accident’s Office of Safety released the FY20 Workplace Safety Training & Education Grant Program Application. 

This program seeks to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace by awarding funds to eligible applicants who are looking to improve training in Occupational Safety and Health (as defined by the Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Law Ch.152) for employees or employers within the Commonwealth. Funding is limited so companies, municipalities, and organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds funding available, subsequent applications will be put on a waiting list in case more funds are allocated to the program. Complete instructions are available in the link below, apply by Friday September 27th 2019.

https://www.mass.gov/the-dias-workplace-safety-training-grant

The Department of Agricultural Resources: Grants Available to Upgrade Cranberry Bogs

Massachusetts cranberry farmers are eligible for state grant funding to make their bogs more efficient or more environmentally friendly. Growers are eligible for up to $75,000 through the Cranberry Renovation Grant Enhancement Program. Projects that qualify for this grant include but are not limited to water management projects, irrigation upgrades, changing to more productive cranberry vines, and purchasing excavation equipment. Complete instructions on how to apply are available below. Apply by Friday September 13th 2019

https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?bidId=BD-20-1002-1003-001-43067&parentUrl=activeBids


Community Resources

Marshfield

Career Training Assistance

Fuel Assistance/Energy Conservation

Food Assistance

Housing/Foreclosure Assistance

General Assistance

Other State Resources

Senior Services

 

Scituate

Career Training Assistance

Fuel Assistance/Energy Conservation

Food Assistance

General Assistance

  • AnnMarie Galvin, Scituate FACTS Coalition (Substances abuse education and support network): (781) 378-1061 or visit https://www.scituatefacts.org
  • Kim Stewarts, Community Christmas (provides gifts to Scituate families experiencing hardship during the holiday season): (781) 545-7108 or visit https://scituatecommunitychristmas.org
  • Laura Minier, Social Worker for Scituate (can help with issues concerning the elderly, children under 7, domestic violence, fire, floods, and more): (781) 378-1653
  • St. Vincent De Paul (helps Scituate residents with food, clothing, furniture, utility bills, heating, prescriptions, and emergency auto repair): (781) 545-3335 or visit http://stmaryscituate.org/st-vincent-de-paul-conference/

Housing/Foreclosure Assistance

Other State Resources

Senior Services

Youth Services

  • Maura Glancy, Scituate Recreation (runs after school, evening, school vacation, and summer programs for Scituate children): (781) 545-8738 or visit https://www.scituatema.gov/recreation-department
  • Tracy Johnson, CORSE (provides after school classes, weekend actives, and community for all students, including special needs students): (781) 545-7736 or visit https://www.corsefoundation.org
  • Sarah Arsenau, Scituate Public Schools Resource Officer: (617) 458-2649

 

No Relevant Information?

If none of the information above addresses your specific need, you can visit www.mass.gov/ for more information or contact Representative Kearney's office at 617-722-2014 or by email at Patrick.Kearney@mahouse.gov.


Public Health

Mosquito and Tick Born Illnesses

Mosquitos and ticks carry many diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, etc. It is important to take precautions this summer when going outside, especially in wooded areas. Use an EPA approved bug spray whenever outside and check for ticks immediately after returning home. Remember to also check your pets for ticks and mosquitos when bringing them inside. Long clothing can reduce tick or mosquito bites and light colored clothing makes them easier to spot. If you do spot a tick on your person, remove it immediately with tweezers. Firmly grasp the tick with the tweezers, applying pressure evenly, and pull straight up without twisting or turning. Afterwards, clean the affected area with soap and water. If you do become ill soon afterwards, please contact your doctor or call 911 in case of an emergency. 

There are also steps you can take to reduce the amount of mosquitos and ticks inhabiting your yard and home. Mosquitos breed in any water that is left alone for more than four days, so pour out any pools of water around your property and change the water in birdbaths regularly. Remember to also check the screens in your home and repair any openings. Ticks inhabit moist shady areas, so make sure to trim your grass and hedges regularly. You should also position wood piles a safe distance from your home and pick up bird feeders if they fall to the ground. Uprooting wild edible vegetation will reduce the presence of deer on your property, which often carry ticks. 

For additional information please visit https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases. If you are part of a summer camp, school, outdoors club, or other organization that wishes to educate patrons about preventing mosquito and tick borne diseases, please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mosquitoes-and-ticks-theyre-out-in-mass for more informational videos. 

 

Opioid Epidemic

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) preliminary data indicates that opioid overdose deaths continue to fall in Commonwealth. Overdose deaths during the first six months of 2019 are down 11% from the first six months of 2018. However, the presence of synthetic fentanyl is on the rise; it was found in 92% of overdoses in which a toxicology screening was conducted. The presence of amphetamines has also been increasing since 2017. In 2019 thus far, amphetamines were present in 8% of fatal overdoses in which a toxicology screening was conducted. Just over 236,000 Massachusetts residents received a prescription for Schedule II opioids in the second quarter of 2019, which represents a decrease of 40% since 2015. More information can be found in the link below. 

https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-opioid-related-overdose-deaths-fall-nearly-11-percent-in-the-first-six-months-of

 

 


Plymouth County 1620*Celebrating 400 years*2020


Next year will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival in Massachusetts and the founding of Plymouth Colony. The county's 400th anniversary will celebrate the area's cultural contributions and the American traditions it established. There will be numerous events to highlight the area's attractions including numerous museums, the gorgeous South Shore coastline, many lush state forests, and much more. Below are some of the many celebrations that will be taking place over the course of the year.

Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony: April 24, 2020 Memorial Hall, Plymouth MA

Official Maritime Salute: June 27 & 28, 2020 Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth MA

Wampanoag Ancestors Walk: August 15, 2020 Plymouth MA

Official State House Salute: September 19 & 20, 2020 Plymouth MA

Thanksgiving Festivities (Concerts, parades, festival, and illumination) November 20-25, 2020 Plymouth MA

 

For more information and a full schedule of events visit seeplymouth.com and massvacation.com

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