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Logan Airport Runway Safety Area Preliminary Boring Work

Massport has notified town officials that the FAA has moved forward with the initial preliminary stage of the Logan Airport Runway Safety Area Preliminary Boring project. The project will be combined with the current paving project work that is currently in progress.

There will be a barge placed in the water that will be visible to residents of the Town of Winthrop. The boring should be occurring between the hours of 7:00 am – 7:00 pm and last for approximately 3-4 weeks. 

• This first stage consists of preliminary design to support environmental permitting.

•To support the permitting and help determine possible design options, borings into bedrock need to be taken off the end of Runway 27.

• The borings are coinciding with the Runway 9-27 Safety Rehabilitation to take advantage of the extended closure as the barge needs to be set up for a few days in each location. Nine borings are to be taken.

• The borings are self-contained and noise is minimal.

• The borings are covered under an amendment to the Runway 9-27 Order of Conditions issued by the Boston Conservation Commission.

• Environmental review process will include community meetings.

Massachusetts Announces Plan to Resume Retailer Bottleand Can Redemption Enforcement

As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive reopening plan, the required acceptance of bottle bill containers for redemption will resume in a two-stage process, beginning on June 5, 2020. The plan includes protocols and requirements to ensure the safety of employees and the public.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Attorney General’s Office on March 18, 2020, temporarily suspended enforcement of beverage container redemption requirements for retailers across the Commonwealth. MassDEP and the Attorney General’s Office will resume enforcement of beverage container redemption requirements in two phases:

•Enforcement of redemption requirements will resume at retailers using reverse vending machines (RVMs) on June 5, 2020.

• Enforcement of redemption requirements will resume at retailers accepting containers over-the-counter on June 19, 2020.

• Bottle redemption services will need to adhere to the protocols set forth in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s Guidance Regarding the Operation of Essential Services, including:

• Customers and employees wear a mask or face-covering;

• Post signage to remind customers to practice social distancing;

• Clearly mark 6-foot spacing in lines on the floor;

• Limit bottle room occupancy; and

• Disinfect machines before proceeding to empty them.

Customers are encouraged to check the operating status of redemption locations before bringing empty beverage containers for redemption and should follow store guidelines related to redemption services and standard safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a mask and social distancing.

 Customers visiting retailer redemption locations may be limited to redeeming no more than 120 deposit containers at a time. Customers seeking to redeem more than 120 containers are encouraged to utilize a redemption center with the capacity to manage large volumes efficiently and effectively. Customers must also ensure that all beverage containers are free of product, rinsed and not commingled with other materials. Redemption locations may not accept containers with contaminants.

MassDEP’s Bottle Bill Hotline is available at 617-556-1054 for questions and information requests.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

MVES Awarded More Than $82K to Support Senior Volunteer Service

Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) recently received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $82,397.00 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service.

The funds were awarded as part of a Senior Corps RSVP grant competition to increase the impact of national service in the Mystic Valley region. Established in 1971, RSVP programs engage older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters.

 “This funding provides much-needed support to our RSVP program, in which our volunteers share their time and expertise with a wide variety of community members, from elementary school children to those enrolling in Medicare,” said Leah Mulrenan, Mystic Valley Elder Services’ RSVP Director and Volunteer Program Manager.  Mulrenan oversees and supports over 400 volunteers in the Mystic Valley region, many of whom are serving critical community functions, such as serving food at senior dining sites, assisting elders with bill paying tasks, or distributing goods at food pantries.

Established in 1971, RSVP programs engage Americans age 55 and older in citizen service that addresses the nation’s most-pressing challenges—everything from fighting the opioid epidemic, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting veterans to jobs and benefits, preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, and ensuring seniors age independently and with dignity.

 While serving, Senior Corps volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.  Mystic Valley Elder Services offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, which range from commitments of just a few hours each month, to multiple days each week.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Mystic Valley Elder Services, and to find the one that’s best for you, please call 781-388-2375 or visit

Zonta Club of Chelsea & North Shore Install Officers

The Zonta Club of Chelsea & North Shore is pleased to announce the installation of their new slate of officers for the next two years.  Our second virtual membership meeting was held on May 21 as we all met on “Zoom”. The new officers are President- Janice Tatarka, Vice President Mary Jane O’Neill, President, 2nd Vice President-Theresa DiPetro, Treasurer -Elizabeth Fama, Recording Secretary -Bonnie Fishman, Corresponding secretary – Christine Deprizio, and Board of Director members, Joan Lanzillo-Hahesy, Sheila Arsenault and Diane Cambria. The Zonta Club of Chelsea & North Shore has completed another year of service to our communities and the world.  We are honored to be able to continue the great work we do in our cities and towns and look forward to the year ahead. We hope you will think about joining us in our mission to support women and girls through service and advoca-cy. Please call us at 617-874-0271 Mary Jane O’Neill or email us at [email protected] and check out our website, We really need your help to continue our wonderful work. Our meetings are held the third Thursday of the month.

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