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Together We’re Ready: Emergency Preparedness Month

Together We’re Ready: Emergency Preparedness Month posted on Sep 6

Being prepared takes more than any one single action; it’s the result of many collective actions that lead to preparedness. Similar to other ‘I should do things,’ when facing a demanding task many of us choose to do nothing at all with an excuse that   …Continue Reading Together We’re Ready: Emergency Preparedness Month

DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award

DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award posted on Aug 20

The Department of Youth Services’ Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) was recently awarded the 2013 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. Presented annually, the Carballo award is given to the top 10 employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards   …Continue Reading DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award

Massachusetts Recognizes Cross-Country Biker for Veterans Advocacy

Massachusetts Recognizes Cross-Country Biker for Veterans Advocacy posted on Aug 14

Monday, Secretary Polanowicz and Secretary Nee presented Tom L’Italien with a Governor’s Citation for his outstanding work supporting veterans and raising national awareness on the tragedies facing veterans and their families. Mr. L’Italien, a Salem native and brother of four Veterans, just completed a bike   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Recognizes Cross-Country Biker for Veterans Advocacy

Department of Veterans’ Services Thanks Google for Service to Vets

Department of Veterans’ Services Thanks Google for Service to Vets posted on Aug 7

Yesterday, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) Coleman Nee presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Google, for their recent computer donations made to DVS, and participation in several events aimed at helping Massachusetts veterans over the course of 2013. Secretary Nee met with Google’s   …Continue Reading Department of Veterans’ Services Thanks Google for Service to Vets

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day posted on Jun 20

Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. It was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes   …Continue Reading June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day

SNAP Challenge Concludes with “A Place at the Table”

SNAP Challenge Concludes with “A Place at the Table” posted on Jun 19

Following seven days of bagged lunches and homemade meals — all purchased on a budget of $31.50 — Secretary  Polanowicz, Commissioner Monahan and other participants are at the end of the 2013 SNAP Challenge. However, for millions of Americans, the challenge to fight hunger continues.   …Continue Reading SNAP Challenge Concludes with “A Place at the Table”

HHS Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Monahan Kick-Off the SNAP Challenge

HHS Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Monahan Kick-Off the SNAP Challenge posted on Jun 14

Secretary Polanowicz with wife Kathleen, shopping for groceries at the Springfield Save-A-Lot Secretary John Polanowicz kicked off the SNAP Challenge this week with a shopping trip at Save-A-Lot in Sprinfield to highlight the importance of this benefit as a front line defense against hunger. The   …Continue Reading HHS Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Monahan Kick-Off the SNAP Challenge

DYS Youth and Programs Showcase at the State House

DYS Youth and Programs Showcase at the State House posted on Jun 11

  On June 11, the halls of the State House were filled with the artwork and accomplishments of the young people in DYS. Hundreds of supporters came to celebrate the Department of Youth Services’ first youth showcase including guest speaker, Secretary Polanowicz. “Today’s showcase is tangible evidence of the importance of   …Continue Reading DYS Youth and Programs Showcase at the State House

2013 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Internship Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating Ten Years”

2013 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Internship Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating Ten Years” posted on Jun 4

  The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) recently held a celebration to kick off its tenth year of successfully placing interns across the Commonwealth. MCB hosted its annual Internship Opening Ceremony at One Ashburton Place in Boston on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The ceremony   …Continue Reading 2013 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Internship Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating Ten Years”

What Memorial Day Means to Me

What Memorial Day Means to Me posted on May 27

 By Vanessa Desiato When I was in sixth grade, I won a hometown contest where I gave a speech at our town’s Memorial Day services. I wrote that Memorial Day was when Americans remembered those who gave their lives for our country. My brother told   …Continue Reading What Memorial Day Means to Me