DiDomenico Secures $1M in Funding for Massachusetts Early Intervention Programs

BOSTON– Senator DiDomenico recently announced the inclusion of an additional $1M in state funding for the Commonwealth’s Early Intervention (EI) programs. This funding was secured by Senator DiDomenico during this year’s budget discussions via an amendment he filed to the Senate budget. Massachusetts Early Intervention programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of three who have developmental delays, who have been diagnosed with certain developmental conditions, or who are at risk of developing developmental delays.

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DiDomenico Announces Record Education Funding for Everett in Senate Budget

Last week, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released their proposed state budget for Fiscal Year 2020. All cities in Senator DiDomenico’s district received an increase in Chapter 70 funding from the proposal, with the Everett Public Schools receiving a total of $75,001,079— a $6 million increase over Fiscal Year 2019 funding levels.

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The City Is Broke … Or Is It?

By Josh Resnek 

The mayor announced with some fanfare at a meeting last week that reports the city is broke are “garbage” distributed by the city’s real and only perceived but unnamed adversary, the Leader Herald.

‘The city is not broke,” the mayor said to his colleagues in government last week.

This statement followed several weeks of mayoral posturing about the city’s financial condition in the wake of a spate of reports in the Leader Herald that all might not be well with the city’s finances.

Since Wynn Resorts began making in lieu of tax payments, the mayor has repeatedly touted the city’s solid financials, reports apparently backed up and certified by his Chief Financial officer Eric Demas.

However, during an interview given to the Independent and published last week, all is not what it might appear to be.

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District Re-Hiring School Teachers in Order to Cut Classroom Size

By Josh Resnek

The School Department is speeding ahead with efforts to hire back several dozen teachers and aids in order to shrink the size of classrooms which had been ballooning since the School Department cut 100 teachers and aids before the present school year began.

Although awaiting the city council’s affirmative action to release $2.5 million to make the hiring possible, the School Department was already in a major hiring mode, according to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kevin Shaw.

The council is expected to approve the mayor’s request at its November 13 meeting.

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Mayor Reverses Decision on $2.5 Million; Orders Transfer of Money to EPS

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The mayor appears to be a bit glum, sedate almost, during last Thursday’s meet- ing of the School Finance Commission at city hall.

By Josh Resnek

There is a story from antiquity that tells of Pompey the Great, the Roman general and leader who decided he was a better man than Caesar.

Pompey assembled his legions, an army that dwarfed that of Caesar’s. A great battle was scheduled between the two forces to determine who is the better man.

Pompey was so sure he was going to defeat Casear that he built a great tent that could seat 5000 people and a great throne for himself at the head of the victory table.

It was to have been an incredible dinner and celebration for Pompey.

What ended up happening?

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