Skate for FREE “Townie Night” at Patriot Place

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Residents will receive free admission to Winter Skate at Patriot Place presented by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare with proof of residency on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

As another Winter Skate season draws to a close, Patriot Place is inviting Foxborough residents to “Townie Night” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for a free night of skating on the popular outdoor ice surface.

Foxborough residents will receive free admission to Winter Skate at Patriot Place presented by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare when they show proof of residency on Feb. 25. Winter Skate will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. and on-site skate rentals are available for $4. Parking is free and concessions and bathrooms are available.

The Winter Skate season ends on Sunday, March 2, with the second annual Winter Skate Finale On Ice Show at 3 p.m. Admission for the show is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Hockomock Area YMCA. Public skating at Winter Skate ends on Saturday, March 1.
Winter Skate is located at Patriot Place, adjacent to Route 1, near the Renaissance Hotel & Spa. It is steps from Patriot Place’s north marketplace, which offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options, a 14-screen movie theater and one-of-a-kind attractions like The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and 5Wits.

ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE
Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 17 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and the four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).

ABOUT HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a not-for-profit health plan that provides a variety of insurance options and self-funding arrangements to more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Harvard Pilgrim provides innovative approaches to health improvement and disease management, unique online tools that speed and simplify key transactions for employers and providers and personalized health support. For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org. Harvard Pilgrim is the #1 private health plan in America again according to an annual ranking of the nation’s best health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Harvard Pilgrim is the only private health plan in the nation to be named #1 for member satisfaction and quality of care for nine consecutive years.*
* NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-13, HMO/POS. NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-11 – Private. U.SNews/NCQA America’s Best Health Insurance Plans 2005-2009 (annual). America’s Best Health Insurance Plans is a trademark of U.SNews & World Report. NCQA The State of Health Care Quality 2004. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Harvard Pilgrim’s New Hampshire affiliate, is the top-ranked plan in New Hampshire and the seventh highest-ranked private health plan in America.

$4 Million In Community Grants Announced, including Regionalizing Municipal Stormwater Management

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PATRICK ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION IN COMMUNITY INNOVATION CHALLENGE GRANTS FOR MUNICIPALITIES, REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PLANNING AGENCIES ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

Thursday, February 6, 2014 –Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor today announced the 37 projects slated to receive funding from the $4 million Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program. Now in its third year, the Patrick Administration originally authorized the establishment of the CIC program in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The program incentivizes and supports regionalization and other cost saving initiatives that will change the way local governments do business to maintain service delivery and stretch every tax payer dollar as far as possible.

“The CIC program is a major component of the Patrick Administration’s commitment to provide cities and towns with the tools to effectively manage resources and provide services to their residents,” said Secretary Shor. “This program provides an opportunity for neighboring communities to build partnerships, share services and use their resources wisely.”
The project recipients represent a range of geographic and economic diversity across the Commonwealth, and include 16 Gateway Cities. This year, 206 cities and towns, representing 59 percent of all municipalities in the Commonwealth, will participate in CIC projects. In the three year history of the program, 242 cities and towns, or 69 percent of all cities and towns, have participated in at least one CIC project.

“Investing in the relationships between local governments, school districts, and regional organizations is fundamental for growth and innovation in our state,” said State Senator Stephen Brewer. “The Community Innovation Challenge grant program has provided millions of dollars to unique projects around the Commonwealth, and I look forward to seeing the positive effects that it will have on the towns and organizations in my district.”

The CIC grant program exemplifies the types of reforms the Patrick Administration has made in challenging fiscal times to make government more effective and efficient. CIC grants provide incentives, such as technical assistance, training, and other one-time or transition costs for municipal leaders to work together to pursue innovative ways to deliver critical services to taxpayers more efficiently. Ideal projects for the grant program include those with the potential for greatest impact, high levels of innovation and substantial potential cost savings for municipalities.

“We were seeking a solution that would allow us to provide a quality education to all our students while not overburdening taxpayers,” said Pam Beaudoin, Superintendent of the Machester-Essex Regional School District. “The CIC program allowed us to develop an in house program for students, realizing a savings of $342,000 in two years while proving a quality education for our students.”

As the most rural county in Massachusetts, the member towns of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments have long recognized the value of sharing services and expenses.

“CIC grants have been a great and invaluable resource for the expansion of regionalization efforts in Franklin County,” said Linda Dunlavy, the Executive Director of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG). “CIC funds have enabled us to open a regional dog shelter that serves 14 towns and has housed more than 200 dogs and adopted out 40% since its opening in late 2012. CIC funds have also created a regional health district that brings efficiency, accessibility and professionalism to ten small rural towns. “

In Fiscal Year 2012, the Patrick Administration invested $4 million into 27 unique projects. The Administration provided an additional $2.25 million in Fiscal Year 2013 to 30 projects. Including the 37 projects receiving funding this year, the Patrick Administration has invested $10.25 million in 95 projects over a three year period.

2014 Community Innovation Challenge Projects

EDUCATION
A Collaborative Technology Enhancement Initiative ($158,200)
Tantasqua Regional School District (Lead); Towns of Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge, and Wales
Creating an Agriculturally Based Curriculum at Hawlemont ($130,000)
Hawlemont Regional School District
School StatNet Continuation and Expansion ($90,000)
Cities of Somerville (Lead), Everett, Fitchburg, Lowell, Revere, and Springfield; Town of Westborough
Establishment of a Regional Technology Infrastructure for the New Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District ($125,000)
North Shore Vocational Technical School District (Lead); Essex Agricultural School District
Expanding Model Program for Students with Dyslexia ($44,000)
Manchester-Essex Regional School District

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION/ PUBLIC WORKS
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition ($80,000)
Towns of Spencer (Lead), Auburn, Boylston, Charlton, Dudley, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Hopkinton, Leicester, Millbury, Monson, Northbridge, Northborough, North Brookfield, Oxford, Palmer, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Upton, Uxbridge, Ware, Webster, West Boylston, Westborough, Wilbraham
Gateway City LED Streetlight Retrofits ($237,000)
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Lead); Cities of Brockton, Chicopee, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, and Westfield
Hamilton-Wenham Regional Department of Public Facilities and Infrastructure ($90,000)
Towns of Wenham (Lead) and Hamilton; Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Regional Forestry Equipment Cooperative ($193,675)
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (Lead); Towns of Auburn, Barre, Hubbardston, Oakham, Paxton, and Rutland
Regional Recycling of Agricultural Plastics and Fuel Pellet Bags ($60,950)
Franklin County Solid Waste District
Merrimack Valley Stormwater Collaborative ($145,000)
Merrimack Valley Regional Planning Commission (Lead); Cities of Amesbury, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, and Newburyport; Towns of Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury
Multi-Board Purchasing Program/ Shared Articulation List ($56,400)
Blackstone Valley Regional School District (Lead); Mendon-Upton Regional School District; Town of Upton
Neponset Valley Regional Stormwater Collaborative ($130,366)
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Lead); Towns of Canton, Dedham, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood
Natick- Natick Soldier Services Joint Services Project ($11,000)
Town of Natick
Northern Middlesex Stormwater Collaborative Expansion ($81,000)
Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (Lead); City of Lowell; Towns of Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Littleton, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington
Regionalizing Municipal Stormwater Management in Southeastern Massachusetts ($80,000)
Towns of Mansfield (Lead), Abington, Bridgewater, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Middleborough, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Raynham, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Wrentham; Cities of Brockton and Taunton

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Co-Location of Appraisal System with Amherst and Pelham ($25,000)
City of West Springfield (Lead); Towns of Amherst and Pelham
Co-Location of Financial Management Software ($180,000)
Town of Amherst (Lead); City of Northampton
Connecting the Dots: Public Access, Cloud Accounting, and Security ($128,000)
Town of Washington (Lead); Members of the Community Software Consortium (CSC)
Enhancement and Expansion of Commonwealth Connect ($80,000)
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Lead); City of Boston
Hampshire Cloud ($105,000)
Hampshire Council of Governments (Lead); Towns of Hadley, Chesterfield, Amherst, Rowe, and Westhampton
Municipal Open Checkbook System ($180,000)
Cities of Woburn (Lead), Chelsea, Chicopee, and Revere; Town of Brookline
Open Checkbook ($4,800)
City of West Springfield
4-town GIS Mapping Project ($20,000)
Towns of Franklin (Lead), Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham

PUBLIC HEALTH
Hampden County Shared Public Health Nurse Assistance Program ($110,000)
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (Lead); City of West Springfield; Towns of Blandford, East Longmeadow, Granville, Southwick, Montgomery, Palmer, and Tolland
Massachusetts Tick-Borne Disease Network ($111,300)
Towns of Bedford (Lead), Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Shelburne, Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Winchester, Barnstable, Brewster, Bourne, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, Nantucket
Public Health Nursing Program, Year 3 Expansion ($47,042)
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (Lead); City of North Adams; Towns of Adams, Alford, Becket, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Lanesborough, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Peru, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, Windsor

PUBLIC SAFETY
Cloud Based Visual Access for First Responders ($13,604)
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School District (Lead); Town of Palmer
Eastern Hampshire District Criminal Intelligence Equipment Sharing ($18,000)
Towns of Amherst (Lead), Belchertown, and Pelham
Ensuring Quality Police Data ($80,000)
Cities of Chelsea (Lead), Everett, and Revere
FIRE Response ($79,557)
Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Lead); Towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Gill, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, New Salem, Northfield, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, and Wendell
North Quabbin Regional Animal Control Program ($91,257)
Franklin Regional Council of Governments; Towns of Athol, Orange, Petersham, and Royalston
Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force Expansion ($71,954)
Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Lead); Cities of Easthampton, Greenfield and Northampton; Towns of Athol, Amherst, Montague, Belchertown, Orange, Ware, Erving, Deerfield, and Southampton
South County Emergency Management Services ($160,620)
Towns of Deerfield (Lead), Sunderland, and Whatley

TRANSPORTATION
Expansion of Partners and Services Provided by CrossTown Connect ($40,000)
Towns of Acton (Lead), Boxborough, Concord, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, and Westford
MetroWest Moves Regional Complete Streets Prioritization ($75,500)
Towns of Hudson (Lead) and Framingham; City of Marlborough
Middlesex 3 Coalition- Transportation Coordination ($147,800)
Towns of Billerica (Lead), Burlington, Bedford, and Chelmsford; City of Lowell

HESSCO Offers Caregiver Education Program

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Caregiver 101

“Caregiver 101” provides information on community resources, support and respite services for elders and their family caregivers. Participants will receive materials to create a caregiver notebook and will learn successful strategies for managing elder care planning and family decision making. This training is not Presented by the HESSCO Elder Services

Family Caregiver Support Program on
Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 10 to 11:30 am

HESSCO’s offices are located on One Merchant Street in Sharon about 2 miles

The session will be held at HESSCO Elder Services, north of Gillette Stadium on the corner of US Route 1 North.

To register call Kristin Heuwold, Family Caregiver Specialist, at 781-784-4944 Ext. 238 or email kheuwold@hessco.org

This program is funded by a Title IIIE grant of the Older Americans Act through HESSCO Elder Services. The educational offering is free although donations are greatly appreciated. The HESSCO Elder Services’ Family Caregiver Support Program is an initiative of the National Family Caregiver Support Program with support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

The Hall at Patriot Place offers family vacation-week entertainment

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Compete in The Hall’s football trivia challenge and table football tournament for a chance to win great autographed prizes!

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is hosting entertaining family activities during February’s winter school break (Feb. 14-23). From table football and trivia to a trip back in Super Bowl time, The Hall is the place to be when school is out.

Friday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, Feb. 16: Not only is Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) Patriots Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s birthday, it is a chance for you and a friend or loved one to enjoy The Hall and receive a special Valentine’s Day weekend admission price of two adults for $14.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: Are you ready for some football trivia? The Hall, equipped with a full game show set, will host a football trivia challenge from noon to 3 p.m. Those interested in participating can pre-register by emailing thehall@patriot-place.com with the word “TRIVIA” in the subject line. Please provide your name, age, email, hometown and phone number at which you may be contacted. The Hall will randomly select three contestants at a time and compile a tournament bracket. Upon conclusion of the tournament, The Hall’s three trivia challenge finalists will receive the following autographed prizes:

  • Trivia champion will receive a Rob Gronkowski autographed authentic Patriots helmet.
  • Second place winner will receive a Jerod Mayo autographed football.
  • Third place winner will receive a Rob Ninkovich autographed football.

Contestants ages 10 and older are eligible to compete and should arrive at The Hall by 11 a.m. for registration. The Hall will accept walk-in registrations as space allows. Pre-registration for this event is highly recommended.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Everyone has played finger football before, right? Then you will want to check out The Hall’s Table Fiki Football tournament. Flick the triangular shaped football down the table, make it hang in the end zone and you score a touchdown. Then of course, you have to finger flick the extra point “kick.” The Hall will have four Fiki Football fields set up with the tournament starting at noon. The Hall strongly recommends competitors pre-register by emailing thehall@patriot-place.com with the phrase, “TABLE FOOTBALL” in the subject line. Please provide your name, age, email, hometown and phone number at which you may be reached. Participants ages 10 and older are eligible to compete and contestants should arrive by 11 a.m. The Hall will accept walk-in registration as space allows, but pre-registration is recommended. The final four competitors will win the following prizes:

  • Champion will receive a Vince Wilfork autographed football.
  • Second place contestant will receive a Nate Solder autographed football.
  • Third and fourth place contestants will receive Snow Bowl photos autographed by former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Raytheon and The Hall are teaming up to promote and celebrate what the National Engineers Week Foundation has designated as Girl Day by hosting two Science from Scientists interactive shows inside The Hall’s Raytheon Theater at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Raytheon will host 300 Girl Scouts for the event as Science from Scientists take the audience into the fascinating world of math and science.

Friday, Feb. 21: Houston, we have … no problem! Ten years ago this month (Feb. 1, 2004), the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII, 32-29, over the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, in what many consider to be one of the greatest Super Bowl games of all time. After a scoreless first quarter, both teams erupted for a flurry of points before halftime. Neither team scored in the third quarter before a record-setting fourth quarter flurry that ended with Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady leading a final-minute drive to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri for another last-second Super Bowl-winning field goal. In recognition of this historic game, The Hall will be showing Super Bowl XXXVIII at noon on Feb. 21. The Hall will also supply popcorn and bottled water while you relive that amazing night.

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year. For more information, please visit www.thehallatpatriotplace.com.

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