Archive for: August, 2012

Massachusetts Protected Open Space Now Exceeds Developed Land

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Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Patrick-Murray Administration’s ambitious land conservation efforts have protected more than 100,000 acres of open space in just five and a half years. The amount of protected open space now stands at 1.25 million acres, for the first time exceeding the amount of developed land in Massachusetts. “I am [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Funds To Combat Homelessness


The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced $5.3 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to combat homelessness in the Commonwealth. The funds will support emergency shelters, rapid rehousing for individuals and homelessness prevention programs for families. “As we continue to implement a housing first model, we know that providing [...]

Division of Banks to Hold Hearing on New Foreclosure Regulations


As the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Division of Banks prepares to issue rules that require lenders and servicers to take reasonable steps to avoid foreclosure for certain mortgage loans, a public informational hearing will be held on August 29th to gather input on the regulations. The upcoming regulations are part of legislation signed by Governor Deval Patrick [...]

State and Federal Scientists to Study Seafloor Aboard Research Vessel

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As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to ocean research and management, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary (EEA) Rick Sullivan today announced that a team of state and federal coastal scientists will begin a week-long research trip aboard a federal research vessel to study the ocean floor. The research project is fully federally funded, with no [...]

Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces New Funding To Support Nursing Education In The Commonwealth

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced Massachusetts has received a $300,000 national grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help current and future nurses seeking to advance their academic preparation within the nursing profession. This funding will enhance the Patrick-Murray Administration’s overall plan to support jobs, education and workforce development and helps to address the growing [...]

Worcester’s DCU Center to Receive $17.5M Facelift

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The DCU Center and City of Worcester announced  that a $17.5M renovation and expansion project to the city-owned Arena will begin November 1, 2012. The City of Worcester has selected Consigli Construction Company to provide construction management services. The SMG-managed Arena, which will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this September, underwent an initial phase of capital [...]

Mass. Job and Unemployment Estimates Released


The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the July 2012 seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in the Barnstable, Amherst, Nantucket and Tisbury areas; unchanged in the North Adams area; and up in the other seventeen areas over the month. Over the year, the rates are down in all twenty two labor [...]

Consumer Affairs Releases Airline Fee Survey; Can Save You Hundreds of Dollars


The Patrick-Murray Administration Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation today released a survey on airline fees that details hefty charges and fees travelers can face for ordinary practices such as checking bags or requesting specific seats. The survey, conducted from April through July, examined all the airlines that operate out of Logan International Airport, [...]

Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners


Tomato farmers from across the state converged on City Hall Plaza today to display the fruits of their labor at the Commonwealth’s 28th Annual Tomato Contest. A highlight of the kickoff celebration for Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week, this year’s festival drew 84 entries. Top prizes went to E. Cecchi Farms of Feeding Hills, Kimball Fruit [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Enactment of Biomass Regulations

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Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) today adopted the final Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Class I regulations, implementing changes to biomass energy eligibility. “Massachusetts is a leader in addressing the issues of biomass energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and the implementation of these regulations is on the forefront of national and [...]

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