News In Brief

Mayor DeMaria’s Summer Youth Program

Mayor DeMaria is pleased to announce that the annual Summer Youth Program is accepting applications. Through this program, participants are given the opportunity to gain work experience throughout the City, network, and build new skills to apply in future positions.

“I am excited to host this year’s Summer Youth Program,” said Mayor DeMaria. “This program not only provides Everett youth an opportunity to gain experience but it allows them to connect with the community and I encourage all who are eligible to apply.”

Due to the pandemic, the City of Everett partnered with CommCorp to develop a virtual work experience for last year’s program. However, this year’s program will be a combination of virtual and in-person experiences, which include webinars, Zoom meetings with City of Everett staff, and working on outdoor projects.

Everett residents between 14 and 21 years of age are encouraged to apply for the program. The deadline for the applications is Friday, May 14th. For more information, please visit https://youthworksdata.org/aboutyouthworks.asp?key=key1s&yw=Everett.

Foresteire Case Resumes

After many months without any activity due to the closure of courts for COVID-19, the alleged misconduct criminal case against former Supt. Fred Foresteire resumed with a status hearing between attorneys in Malden District Court on April 14.

Such hearings are not exactly open to the public now with COVID-19, and they are simply to regroup and prepare to exchange information. The hearing last week was actually continued to June 24 for another status hearing.

Everett Trail Clean-Up

Bike to the Sea is sponsoring a clean up of the Everett portion of the Northern Strand Community Trail on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The in-person activity will be held with all precautions in place of COVID-19, and will have a purpose of cleaning up the trail, sweeping it and getting rid of the winter muck. Water and snacks will be provided, masks are required, and large groups will be split into five people or fewer to maintain social distancing. Meet at Everett Earthworks Park on Air Force Road. For more information, contact Sarah Prato at 978-828-4200.

Sen. Ed Markey Holds Online Earth Day

Please Join Senator Ed Markey for an Earth Day Celebration & Virtual Conversation on Thursday, April 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. If you need additional information about this event, contact Samantha Padavic at [email protected] or (847) 744-0224. It is a paid fundraising activity for the senator.

Council on Aging/Connolly Center

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging, together, have been working diligently to be able to offer programing to our senior residents to slowly open up The Connolly Center while maintaining current safety practices and protocol.  We are happy to announce our “Coffee Clutch” program.

The Connolly Center will be open Mondays and Fridays only,  beginning  Monday April 12. There will be two sessions offered to Everett Seniors, and one session offered on Friday.  Each session will allow a maximum of 24 seniors. There will be 6 tables of 4 people each for a 90 minute session. Seniors will have the opportunity to see old friends, enjoy a snack and coffee and scheduled entertainment. Safety protocols, such as mask wearing, temperature checks and social distancing are mandatory. Our staff is required to sanitize before and after each session.

The  “Coffee Clutch” Schedule is as follows:

Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Monday from 10:45 a.m. to noon

Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Reservations are a must. To make a reservation please call Margaret @ (617) 394-2323.

Councilor Adrien Sponsors Baby Essentials Giveaway, Office Hours

Councilor Gerly Adrien will be hosting a baby essentials giveaway for Everett residents on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. The drive was limited to 50 respondents seeking help with diapers and baby wipes, but already 80 people in need have signed up. Councilor Adrien is calling for volunteers to donate more diapers and baby wipes to be distributed to those in need on April 24. To donate, e-mail Adrien at [email protected] or call (617) 835-8267. Volunteers for distribution are also needed for April 24.

At the same time, on April 24, Councilor Adrien will be hosting outdoor office hours in Everett Square, and simultaneously will hold the office hours via Zoom and telephone. The effort is by appointment only, and will include a one-on-one meeting with Councilor Adrien to discuss any issues and concerns. It will go from noon to 2 p.m. To schedule a time, call (617) 835-8267.

City of Everett Riverfront District Master Plan

Mayor DeMaria is pleased to announce the Riverfront District Master Plan that encompasses the area near the Malden River. This plan will allow the City of Everett to reconnect with the Malden River and create new housing, jobs and entertainment.

“I am excited to share plans about our Riverfront District,” said Mayor DeMaria. “I am committed to working with residents, land-owners, and businesses to ensure that the Riverfront District Master Plan revitalizes this district of Everett. I look forward to this project’s completion”

The City of Everett developed the plan through collaboration with Howard Stein Hudson and Crosby Schlessinger. This plan will provide economic benefits to the City and develop an innovative neighborhood in the community.

For more information and to view the Riverfront District Master Plan, please visit http://www.ci.everett.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/6267.

Announcing the 25th Annual Mystic Herring Run and Paddle

Join the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) from May 9-25 to celebrate the annual return of the herring. Each spring over 700,000 herring swim from Boston Harbor to the Mystic Lakes–the Herring Run and Paddle celebrates this spectacular wildlife migration.

The Herring Run and Paddle will take place at the Blessings of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville with the 5k route passing through Medford’s scenic Macdonald Park. The paddle race route takes paddlers up to Medford’s Mystic Lakes and back to the boathouse. The race this year is “virtual,” meaning that participants can go to the race course at their own convenience anytime during the 9th-23rd.  Run, walk, paddle, bike or cheer—this race is for all.

As part of the race, you are also invited to join the brand-new “3-Rivers Challenge,” brought to you by MyRWA, in partnership with the Charles and Ipswich Watershed Associations. Whether you paddle, walk, bike, fish, or simply skip rocks, make sure to track your hours on and by the river. The individual with the most hours logged wins! Prizes include a Lincoln Hide-a-way solo forest green fiberglass canoe, watershed group swag, adult craft beverages, and more. The challenge will launch on Sunday, April 25th, with CRWA’s Run of the Charles; it will run through the Mystic’s Herring Run and Paddle (May 9th – 23rd) and end on the Ipswich’s Paddle-a-thon on Saturday, June 19th. Make sure to check out the 3 Rivers Challenge Facebook Group, a place for our paddlers, runners, walkers, and bikers to connect and share your river stories! More information and how to track your hours can be found at MysticRiver.org/herring-run-paddle.

Scanner Cheung, past winner of the Herring Run and Paddle’s Iron Herring Award, said, “I think the Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle really brings together some of the best and most unique parts of Boston: the waterways and the tight-knit running community. Some of the biggest events here are the Head of the Charles and the Boston Marathon, but not many races can claim to combine the two…  I could tell this race was really a grass-roots event–sponsored by local companies (with great prizes!)–and dedicated to protecting the natural resources (like the Mystic River) that make exercising outside in Boston so great.”

“I had raced it a couple years earlier and remembered it being a fast, flat course,” said Beverly Atunes, winner of the Herring Run and Paddle women’s 5k race, “it is a really well-organized community event.”

Registration is open until through May 23rd  is only $10 per person. For more details about the event, or to register online, head to www.mysticriver.org/herring-run-paddle.

U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce Awards Councilor Adrien

The U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce announced that Everett Councilor Gerly Adrien was named as the Young Citizen of the Year Award winner during its annual ceremony – which was moved online this year – on April 10.

“We are proud to have so many educated, innovative and talented Haitian Americans in our community,” said Chamber President Hans Patrick Domercant. “Congratulations again to all the winners, finalists, and Toussaint Louverture Honorary Award recipient, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.”

Councilor Adrien said it was an honor to accept the award.

“Thank you to the U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce for awarding me the Young Citizen of the Year Award,” she said. “I am honored to have been celebrated with other great leaders in the Haitian community.”

MVES Recognizes Those Who Lend a Hand

The theme for National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service, an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. When each of us, in our own way, answers the call to make a difference, we make progress in solving our most persistent problems, and create stronger communities and a more just society.

National Volunteer Week—started on April 18 and ends April 2421—is an opportunity to recognize and thank Mystic Valley Elder Services’ 400+ volunteers who lend their use their time, talent, voice and resources to meet the critical needs of our communities.

“Our volunteers’ stories serve to inspire others to take action, to realize their power to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world. This Week is a time to celebrate the impact of volunteer service has on our communities,” says Leah Mulrenan, MVES Volunteer Program Manager.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. It is an opportunity to honor the impact of all those who do good in our communities, and inspire others to make a difference and improve the world.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for MVES, please contact Leah Mulrenan at (781) 388-2375 or [email protected], or visit www.mves.org.

TSA Seeks Input on Mobile Driver’s Licenses to Inform Real ID Rulemaking

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a request for information in the Federal Register seeking information about security standards and technologies concerning mobile driver’s licenses. Responses to the request for information will support future DHS/TSA rulemaking to update the REAL ID Act implementing regulation to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses.  

Mobile driver’s licenses are digital representations of physical driver’s licenses, and are typically accessed via an app installed on a smartphone. Conceptually, mobile driver’s licenses are similar to digital representations of physical credit cards that are accessed via apps installed on smartphones. DHS and TSA are interested in mobile driver’s licenses because, compared to physical driver’s licenses, mobile driver’s licenses could provide greater security to TSA and all federal agencies verifying an individual’s identity, stronger privacy protections to individuals, and health and safety benefits to all users by enabling touchless identity verification.

“The TSA workforce comprises teams of security-focused innovators who look for opportunities to improve security and the traveler experience across the nation’s transportation network,” said Darby LaJoye, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator. “The mobile driver’s license is one emerging technology example, and TSA is interested in exploring its incorporation into our identity verification processes.”

The Request for Information, solicits comments and input regarding technical approaches, applicable industry standards and best practices to ensure that mobile driver’s licenses can be issued and authenticated with features that ensure security, privacy and identity fraud detection. Comments may be submitted until June 18, 2021.

The REAL ID Act applies to mobile and digital driver’s licenses and identification cards. To enable federal agency acceptance of mobile driver’s licenses for “official purposes,” which the REAL ID Act defines as including access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, the REAL ID Act implementing regulation requires an update to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses. This request for information will inform potential updates to the regulation. For more information on REAL ID, please visit TSA.gov

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