Archive for: October, 2012

Insurance Advice: What Consumers Should Know When Faced with a Storm Loss


Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall today in New Jersey and the resulting storm’s main impact is expected to reach New Hampshire around mid-afternoon on Monday.  We are anticipating high winds and heavy rain, leading to the potential for water in the roadways, flying debris and downed power lines.   At these times, it is [...]

Remarks By The President On Hurricane Sandy


I just received a full briefing from our emergency response teams, including FEMA, and agencies that are going to be helpful in the response and recovery efforts — the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Obviously, everybody is aware at this [...]

NH Department of Health Releases Study on Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be holding a public briefing on Friday, November 2, 2012 to release the first of a two phase analysis of the State’s option to expand its Medicaid program. Based on the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, states have the option [...]

MBTA to Shut Down at 2pm


All service will be suspended effective 2pm today.  Customers are encouraged to make final MBTA trips as early as possible to ensure safe arrival at their destination. Regularly scheduled service will operate until service is suspended. The safety of customers, employees, and infrastructure is the MBTA’s top priority. Customers are encouraged to check, follow the MBTA [...]

Governor Patrick Announces Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

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Governor Deval Patrick today met with Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and his cabinet secretaries to discuss preparations for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on Massachusetts and announced several steps the state has already taken in anticipation of the storm. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is actively monitoring the storm, coordinating with local public [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Presents 6th Annual Leading by Example Awards

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Governor Deval Patrick’s Leading by Example Program today recognized state agencies, municipalities, institutes of higher education, a regional planning commission, and two individuals for significantly reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling, the use of renewable energy, and other clean energy and environmental quality initiatives. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan [...]

Hundreds of events held across the Commonwealth to Celebrate Healthy, Affordable and Sustainable Food

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As part of a national effort to promote healthier dietary choices and fresh locally-grown foods, Governor Deval Patrick today joined students from Codman Academy Charter Public School at the Haley House in Roxbury to proclaim October 24 as Food Day in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Food Day, coordinated by the Department of Agricultural Resources,  brings together hundreds [...]

New MA Public Health Interim Commissioner Announced

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby today announced Dr. Lauren Smith as Interim Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Dr. Smith has served as DPH medical director since 2007. “As Medical Director, Dr. Smith has led the way on efforts to promote public health in our schools and address [...]

As Hurricane Sandy Nears Florida, FEMA Urges Residents to Prepare for Extreme Weather

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, continues to closely monitor Hurricane Sandy located in the eastern Caribbean Sea about 85 miles south-southeast of the central Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, and remains in close coordination with state emergency [...]

A New Place to Bike in Greater Boston

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Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Departmemornt of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward M. Lambert today joined local elected officials and residents at the Henderson Bridge on the Arlington/Somerville line to celebrate the completion of the Alewife Greenway Bike Path Project. “The Alewife Greenway Bike Path Project is one more example [...]

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