News in Brief

City Hall Increases Language Accessbility

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett has contracted with Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. to improve the City’s ability to communicate verbally with non-English speakers. 

Lionbridge is a telephone interpretation service that provides 24/7/365 on-demand, as-needed telephonic interpretation in over 380 different languages.

Everett 311 is the designated number to reach the City for any help. All 311 operators will have access to more than 380 languages. Lionbridge provides Arabic, Cantonese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese, to name a few.

Mayor DeMaria has made it a priority to ensure accessibility for all.

“Language barriers should not prevent someone from accessing City services. Resources should be accessible to everyone regardless of the language you speak,” said Mayor DeMaria.

These services are available immediately to all Everett residents.

New Northbound Bus Lanes, Sweetser Circle to Begin Test Round Oct. 26

The City has begun the new northbound bus lane markings on Broadway and Sweetser Circle, and this coming Monday will pilot the afternoon bus lane to see how it unfolds.

The City of Everett with community partners will test the new bus lane beginning Monday, October 26, in the afternoon. There is NO parking between 4-7 p.m. on the outbound/northbound side (Monday-Friday) during that time. Parking is still allowed on the inbound/southbound side during that time, but not in the early morning hours.

“We are improving Broadway one step at a time,” said the mayor.

The piloted bus lanes are part of a regional project with the MBTA and MassDOT, though Everett was a pioneer on the matter with the area’s first dedicated bus lane southbound on Broadway several years ago. The current proposal in full form would have the bus lane run northbound between 4-7 p.m. on Broadway (stopping at Chelsea Street) and Main Streets (stopping at Tileston Street). The is also a dedicated bus lane around Sweetser Circle that has already taken effect.

School Meal Sites to Change This Week

Everett Schools families: Beginning on Tuesday, October 20, school meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for our students and families.

Distributions will be held at:

•Everett High School

•Madeline English

•Keverian

•Lafayette

•Parlin

•Webster

•Whittier schools.

On Tuesdays, students will receive three days-worth of meals and on Fridays students will receive four days-worth of meals.

Please be sure to take advantage of this FREE MEAL program.

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