FAMILY FUN AT THE SPRING FLING

More than 200 children and their families flocked to the Connolly Center to visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy an array of activities, including a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows, a candy playland bouncy house, and games, at Monday’s Spring Fling Event. The free event also included refreshments courtesy of Restaurant Depot. Continue reading FAMILY FUN AT THE SPRING FLING

Ash Outlines Jobs Bill

By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Baker administration officials appealed to lawmakers Tuesday to approve $610 million in new economic development funds, promising the money would be put to work for growth and prosperity throughout Massachusetts and plugged a sales tax holiday to boost summer retail sales.

“It’s always interesting to me how a small amount of money can unlock interest in land,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash told members of the Economic Development Committee, referring to the stimulative effects of programs funded or recapitalized in Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill (H 4297). Continue reading Ash Outlines Jobs Bill

EVERETT LEADERS ATTEND POVERTY SUMMIT

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School Committee Members Marcony Almeida-Barros (left) and Frank Parker (right) and Lafayette School Principal John Obremski attended the Second Annual Summit on Poverty held at Clark University in Worcester. Students in Everett are effected daily by the impact of poverty within the community. Currently, under the state’s new funding formula, more than fifty percent of the children in Everett are considered economically disadvantaged — significantly higher than the state average of 32 percent. Discussions throughout the day of the conference revolved around fees within public schools, accessibility to programming, and the availability of food. Guest speakers at the conference included Dr. William Parrett, Director, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, Boise State University; Jeff Riley of the Massachusetts Department of Education Commissioner-Elect; and Rep. James McGovern, Congressman, 2nd District of Massachusetts.

DiDomenico Supports and Promotes Civics Education Curriculum

Last week, Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate voted to pass, S.2355, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. The legislation enacts a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement by incorporating project- based learning components, encouraging the instruction of civic competencies – including news and media literacy – and providing extracurricular civic- participation opportunities. Continue reading DiDomenico Supports and Promotes Civics Education Curriculum

DiDomenico Votes for Bill on Financial Literacy in Public Schools

Legislation Aims to Reduce Foreclosures, Unsustainable Debt

Last week, Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at improving students’ knowledge on saving, investing, insurance, banking, inflation, and other financial matters.

“Financial literacy is important for our students on so many levels, and it is critical that we take the necessary steps to ensure that our youth learn about how they can manage their personal finances to better prepare themselves for the future,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico, Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate. “I was proud to support this legislation that will ensure that our students graduate with the skills they need to make educated financial decisions and attain future economic success.” Continue reading DiDomenico Votes for Bill on Financial Literacy in Public Schools