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Christopher Laird Simmons has been a working journalist for over 30 years, and is the founder/CEO of Neotrope®, and the senior editor/publisher of MassachusettsNewswire.com.
Boy Scouts Knox Trail Old Colony

Mass. Boy Scouts of America, Knox Trail Council and Old Colony Council Approve Merger

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Following their respective Special Council Meetings, the Knox Trail Council and the Old Colony Council announced today the approval of their consolidation and merger to form a new Boy Scout Council. This new council will serve youth and young adults from the metrowest to southeastern Massachusetts.
Gov. Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $850K in Massachusetts Community Compact Grants

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $850,000 in Community Compact Cabinet grants to 38 municipalities and 8 school districts across the Commonwealth. These grants will assist municipalities in exploring and implementing efficiency and regionalization initiatives.
MA Senator Elizabeth Warren

Mass. Sen. Warren Weighs in on Lawsuit Seeking Thousands of Emails Between Scott Pruitt and Fossil Fuel Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) weighed in on a lawsuit filed today by the Oklahoma law firm Hall Estill and the Oklahoma American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.
Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Signs Contract to Boost Patient Care at Bridgewater State Hospital in Mass.

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that it has signed a contract with Correct Care Solutions to provide clinical patient care at the Bridgewater State Hospital. Correct Care Solutions (CCS) was selected based on its extensive experience in treating individuals with serious behavioral health needs and for its specific knowledge of the Bridgewater State Hospital facility.
Gov. Charlie Baker

Mass. Gov. Baker Pens Letter to Federal Government on Immigration and Refugee Executive Order

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past Friday, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly regarding the recent impacts on the Commonwealth from the immigration and refugee executive order and offered proposals for consideration when addressing future immigration reforms.
Governor Charlie Baker

Mass. Governor Baker Signs Electric Vehicle Promotion Legislation – SB 2505

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, in a bipartisan effort to promote the sale and use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the Commonwealth, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption. The legislation works to increase access to ZEV charging stations for the general public by prohibiting owners of public charging stations from charging users a subscription or membership fee and requiring the use of payment options available to the general public.
Governor Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Awarded $2M New Skills for Youth Grant to Improve Career Education

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have selected Massachusetts as one of 10 states to receive a $1.95 million grant to strengthen and expand high-quality career-education pathways for students.
Shannon Community Safety Initiative

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5.7M to Combat Massachusetts Gang Violence

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of $5.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts combatting gang violence. The awards were made to 15 communities and 11 research partners through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang violence in the Commonwealth.
Baker Signs Bill Enabling Worcester Biomanufacturing Site

Mass. Gov. Baker Signs Bill Enabling Worcester Biomanufacturing Site

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachuetts Newswire/ -- This past week, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation to facilitate the transformation of unused state-owned land in Worcester into a site for biomanufacturing. An Act Authorizing the Transfer of Certain Parcels of Land in the City of Worcester to Promote Economic Development (H. 4774).
Governor Charlie Baker

Mass. Governor Baker Nominates Michaela C. Stewart to the Juvenile Court

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past week, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Michaela C. Stewart, an attorney dedicated to child welfare and juvenile law, to serve as an Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court.
James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series

James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library Launches Nov. 10

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Cameron Baxter Films announces the premiere of their film "Seeds of Freedom: A Vision for America" which is the inaugural event for the James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library on Thursday, November 10 at the Central Library in Copley Square. The film is written, directed, and produced by Andrew Cameron Bailey and Connie Baxter Marlow of Cameron Baxter Films LLC.
Governor Charlie Baker

Mass. Governor Baker Signs Landmark Opioid Legislation into Law

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — On Monday, at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker signed landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid...
Worcester Animal Rescue League

Worcester Animal Rescue League Awarded $1,000 Grant from 'I’m Animal Friendly' License Plate Fund

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Worcester Animal Rescue League is thrilled to announce that they are a recipient of a 2015 grant from...
fox kit was rehabilitated

Cape Wildlife Center Selected for Sept. 15 Whole Foods 5-percent Day

BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Cape Wildlife Center, one of New England’s largest and most diverse wildlife rehabilitation facilities, has been selected as the...
Stranded Sea Turtles at Cape Wildlife Center

Wildlife Rescuers get novel 'perk' from Cape Cod Chat House Gallery and Cape Wildlife Center

BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- For most wildlife rescuers, saving an animal’s life is a reward in itself, but these good Samaritans now have...
Southwick's Zoo 50th Anniversary

Southwick’s Zoo is celebrating 50 years as one of New England's favorite destinations

MENDON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ --This year Southwick’s Zoo is celebrating 50 years as one of New England’s favorite destinations. The zoo’s humble beginnings trace...
Governor Charlie Baker

Baker, DeLeo, Rosenberg Initiate Taxpayer Protection Analysis of Boston 2024 Olympic Bid

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Monday (June 1), Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced...
Nick d'Arbeloff

Nick d'Arbeloff joins SunBug Solar as VP Commercial Business

ARLINGTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- SunBug Solar, an established solar energy installation company based in Arlington and Somerville, Mass., today announced that Nick d'Arbeloff has joined the SunBug team as VP of Commercial Business.
Kitten Shower

Worcester Animal Rescue League 'Kitten Shower' for Spring 2015 Helps Feed Influx of Kitties

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- For many animal shelters, the spring means more than just flowers and showers—it also means kitten season. While more...
$1,177 for Worcester Animal Rescue League

Home Instead Senior Care of Greater Worcester County and MetroWest Facebook Fundraiser raises $1,177 for Worcester Animal Rescue League

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Worcester Animal Rescue League today announced that a February fundraiser brought needed support to their efforts in rescuing...
Stranded Sea Turtles at Cape Wildlife Center

Unraveling the Mystery of the Cape's Stranded Sea Turtles at Cape Wildlife Center 'Wildlife on Tap' Lecture Series

BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Sea turtles were stranded on the Cape in record numbers this winter – more than 1,200 in about a...
Worcester Animal Rescue League

WAGTIME 2015: Dance ‘til the Pets Get Homes! Help support non-profit Worcester Animal Rescue League

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Kick off those snow boots, slip into your dancing shoes and join us for a spectacular evening in the...
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Boston Mayor Walsh Launches CEASE Boston, Part of National Initiative to Fight Sex Trafficking

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Friday, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of CEASE Boston (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation), a...
Governor Charlie Baker

Mass. Gov. Baker Appoints Paul Sagan to Chair Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Friday, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Paul Sagan to chair the 11-member Board of Elementary...
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Boston Mayor Walsh Launches Photography Exhibition at City Hall in Honor of Women's History Month

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Thursday, in honor of Women’s History Month, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the Office of Arts &...
Governor Charlie Baker

Mass. Governor Baker Unveils Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration filed a budget proposal with the Legislature for Fiscal Year 2016 that right-sizes state...
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Boston Mayor Walsh Appoints Claudia Correa As Neighborhood Liaison For East Boston

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that he has selected East Boston resident Claudia Correa as East...
Cape Wildlife Center

Cape Wildlife Center and Fund for Animals announce 'Seals: Beauty and the Beast' Focus of Feb. 25 Wildlife on Tap Lecture

BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Sharon Young, Marine Issues Field Director for the Humane Society of the United States and a former marine mammal...
Cape Wildlife Center

Wildlife on Tap: Whale Expert Michael Moore to discuss 'How We all Kill Whales'

BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- As part of Cape Wildlife Center’s Wildlife on Tap lecture series, Dr. Michael Moore, director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Marine Mammal Center and a recognized international expert on whales, will discuss "How We All Kill Whales," Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
WARL adopt a pet

Worcester Animal Rescue League invites families to Bring a Pet Home for the Holidays

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- "Everyone deserves to spend the holidays with their family and friends—our furry friends are no exception," says Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL). WARL is having a special promotion this weekend to encourage adoptions. From Friday, December 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, adoption fees on adult cats and dogs will be lowered. And on Saturday, December 13, from 12 to 3 p.m., WARL will be hosting a special book signing by Sheri Bready Photography.

Mass. nonprofit, Room to Grow, awarded grant from Mabel Louise Riley Foundation

BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Room to Grow, a nonprofit organization in Boston, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation to continue its important work providing “social work support and material resources to families raising babies in poverty during the critical first three years of life.”
Rep. Brian Mannal and his wife, Sara

Massachusetts Rep. Mannal and Senator Wolf Honored as Humane Legislators by Animal Rights Orgs

BARNSTABLE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Fund for Animals Cape Wildlife Center and The Humane Society of the United States this week announced that they have co-presented Mass. State Rep. Brian Mannal (D Barnstable) and State Senator Daniel Wolf (D Harwich) with 2014 Humane Legislator Awards.
EARTH Limited

Southwick’s Zoo Event to benefit EARTH Limited, and their mission to educate the public about animal conservation

MENDON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Earth Bash is non-profit EARTH Limited’s biggest event of 2014. Guests can spend a special evening at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass. and enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment. All of the proceeds will go towards EARTH Limited, and their mission to educate the public about animal conservation and support environmental programs.
Worcester Animal Rescue League

Worcester Animal Rescue League hosts the Bow Wow Luau 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The dog days of summer bring more than just sultry heat to animal shelters. As the temperatures rise, so does the need for supplies to keep sheltered dogs happy and healthy during the summer months. With the growing number of homeless dogs and puppies, these supplies are vital for improving these dogs’ quality of life. Each July, the Worcester Animal Rescue League hosts the Bow Wow Luau, a “supply raiser” to restock their pantry with items their sheltered dogs need.
EARTH Limited

Celebrate Summer Solstice 2014 with Massachusetts Zoo Animals

MENDON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Fans of Southwick’s Zoo know how much fun it is to spend a day observing and learning about exotic animals. But most don’t get to experience the special serenity that comes over the zoo after hours, or view the animals that are more active after dinnertime. On Friday, June 20, 2014, Southwick’s Zoo invites patrons to embark on an evening adventure from 6 to 9 p.m.
EARTH Limited

Members of non-profit EARTH Limited, Southwick’s Zoo, can visit the zoo at no cost on May 17, 2014

MENDON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Southwick’s Zoo recently opened for the season, and has been bustling with visitors ever since. Do you prefer to visit the zoo when it is less crowded? On Saturday, May 17th, members of EARTH Limited, an environmentally-conscious non-profit located inside Southwick’s Zoo, will have the opportunity to visit the zoo at no cost from 6 to 8 p.m.
Kitten Shower

April Brings Kitten Showers: Worcester Animal Rescue League hosts annual event for 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- For many animal shelters, the spring means more than just flowers and showers -- it means "kitten season." While more kittens are born in the spring, the number of homeless kittens is also on the rise, says Worcester Animal Rescue League. It can be a trying time for shelters, since so many new animals to care for means a drain on resources.

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