Temple Street Closing May 31 For Transportation Project Work

Temple Street in Quincy Center will be closed for approximately one week to be fully reconstructed as part of the Adams-Hancock Green transportation project beginning on Tuesday, May 31.

Temple Street will be detoured at Hancock Street. Drivers travelling through Quincy Center to and from the Southeast Expressway should use Southern Artery, Washington Street, and Hannon Parkway during construction.  Pedestrian access will remain open at all times in the construction area.

The road is being fully rebuilt in preparation for the traffic pattern changeover that will transform the four lanes of Hancock Street in front of the First Parish Church into a new park space.  The changeover is scheduled to take place in late June, and will create two-way traffic around the Church on both Washington and Temple streets.

There will be additional police throughout the area, and parking will be prohibited on Maple Street to facilitate traffic movement.

Construction is anticipated to last a week, but the final repaving is weather dependent.

 

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MBTA Bans Hoverboards

Hhoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats, the state announced Tuesday.

MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA stations and onboard MBTA vehicles. There are no exceptions.

Due to a string of recent injuries, fires and explosions associated with hoverboards nationwide, the MBTA conducted an assessment of the devices and determined that they are a safety risk. As a result, they are banned from MBTA property. The assessment incorporated findings, recommendations, and corrective actions that are in line with other transit systems throughout the country.

Hoverboards can catch fire. Failures in the Lithium-ion battery that powers such devices are the root cause of the self-combusting fires. Battery failures are caused by issues ranging from external abuse to cell manufacturing. Currently, there are no safety standards regulating the design and manufacturing of these devices in the United States. MBTA rules do not allow articles of an inflammable or explosive nature to be carried into any station or into or upon any passenger vehicle.

A potential fire ignited by a hoverboard can expose customers to smoke and toxic gas, which can result in injury or death. They also increase the risk of personal injury to riders due to falls, collisions, as well as the possibility of falling into the train pit.

Transit authorities in New York, California, and Chicago, in addition to major domestic airlines have restricted customers from boarding their systems with hoverboards. MBTA personnel and MBTA Police will inform customers of the ban if they are found on MBTA property with the devices in their possession, and will enforce the ban as needed. Placards and signs to notify the public about the ban on hoverboards on MBTA vehicles and in stations will be posted at appropriate locations throughout the T?s transit system in the coming weeks.  In addition, the MBTA today is using its 80 digital panels and social media beginning today to inform riders about this prohibition.

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DA Morrissey, MIAA Remove Barrier For Athletes To Get Help

Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey has worked with the MIAA to eliminate a substantial barrier between high school athletes who are struggling with substance use and the help they need.

“We know from our investigations of overdose deaths in Norfolk County that many of those dying today got hooked on opiate pain pills years earlier – often following high school sports injuries,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said. “Until now, a student would face suspension from any team they were on if they came forward to ask for help.”

As part of his work with local high schools to screen high school students for possible problems with opiates, District Attorney Morrissey petitioned the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to change its substance abuse rules in May of 2014. The change has now taken effect, and Page 61 now reads: “Prior to any chemical health violation a student’s request for and enrollment in a substance abuse treatment shall not in and of itself constitute a violation of the chemical health/alcohol/drugs/tobacco Rule 62.”

Morrissey also provided Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training to 80 school nurses, athletic trainers and athletic directors from across the county at a December 16, 2015 seminar in Canton. That event gained publicity because it also included training on the administration of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

“It is important as a state, and as individual communities, that we concentrate not only on the crime and death associated with full blown addiction, but also that we put thinking and resources into preventing addictions from taking root,” DA Morrissey said. “This change to the MIAA’s rules erases another barrier between young people and getting help.”

See also:

http://www.mass.gov/da/norfolk/Press_Releases/12-16-15_School%20nurses%20train%20in%20opiate%20screening%20and%20overdose%20reversal.pdf

And, at P. 61:

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/MIAAHandbook1517.pdf

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BBB Offers Advice For Prom Season

It’s prom season and your high schooler has been dreaming of prom for months, but you’re not sure your wallet will survive. Attending a prom can be expensive and requires preparation in advance; attire, corsages, transportation and more.

The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Mass., Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont offers prom goers and their parents advice for the big event.

Searching for prom dresses online is a popular and convenient way for teenagers to find the perfect dress. They can browse thousands of options and prices online, however, BBB warns not all online businesses and websites are reliable. According to BBB Scam Tracker, hundreds of online shopping scams have been reported in the last few months alone.

“It’s very important to verify a website or online business before making a purchase,” says Paula Fleming, spokesperson for the local BBB. “It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of prom, but if a designer dress is offered at a deep discount or it seems too good to be true, it usually is.”

BBB Scam Tracker reported the issues with online shopping included items that never arrived, were not what was expected, discovery that the website was fake, hidden fees associated with a purchase and more.

To ensure a memorable evening, BBB offers the following prom tips for parents and students:

· Prom Attire – The average price for a prom dress or a tuxedo can range from $100 to $400, but designer dresses can easily cost up to $1000. If your daughter wants to wear a designer gown, buy it from a reputable local retailer, not online. What seems like a great deal online may be a knock-off dress.

· Beauty Services – The prom is a time to look glamorous, but beauty is expensive. The cost for tanning, nail salons, professional hair and makeup could range from $175 to $500. When scheduling appointments on prom day, be sure to leave extra time in case the hairdresser or nail salon is overbooked.

· Transportation – The average cost of a limousine on prom night can range from $200 to $500, depending on the type of vehicle and the number of hours needed. Parents should make sure that they have a written contract that includes the hours of service, required fees including gratuities and maximum capacity allowed.

· Dining – Dinner on prom night can range from upscale to extravagant with the cost ranging from $25 per person to $100 per person. The key to preventing a disaster when the bill arrives is advance preparation. Review menus online, make reservations, determine the payment method and don’t forget gratuities. Some restaurants will not split checks for large groups and they almost always charge a higher gratuity for a large party.

· Flowers – Flowers for the prom can range from $20 for a simple corsage or boutonniere to $75 for a bouquet of roses. If you are ordering flowers, make sure you use a reliable local florist and have a written order that details delivery times and specific types of flowers.

· Photography – You have to have special photos of such a special night. Depending on whether you use the official prom photographer or hire a professional photographer, the cost can range from $30 to $250. If you’re hiring a professional photographer, make sure you have a written contract so that you understand what is included.

For more statistics about prom, check out the infographic below. To find more information on florists, transportation services, retailers, photographers and more, check out bbb.org/boston.

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‘Church Of The Presidents’ Seeks Volunteer Tour Guides

The United First Parish Church, “Church of the Presidents” History and Visitor Program is seeking volunteer guides for the 2016 season.

Volunteer guides provide half-hour tours of the church sanctuary and the crypt, containing the tombs of President John Adams and First Lady Abigail Adams, and President John Quincy Adams and First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams.

“The volunteering opportunity is perfect for individuals who enjoy working with the public and who have an interest and passion for history and architecture,” said Bob Damon, director of the History and Visitor Program at UFPC. “Prior experience as a guide or interpreter at a historic site/museum is helpful but certainly not a requirement.

“A working knowledge of Massachusetts colonial history, the Adams Presidents and First Ladies of Quincy is also very helpful, but again not a requirement for the position,” Damon said.

Applicants must be able to climb stairs and be on their feet for extended periods of time.

Damon described the volunteers as “the lifeblood of this historical program. We ask volunteers to commit for the length of our season, which runs from April 19 to Nov. 11.”

Program hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

The minimum commitment is working one full shift, one week or weekend day, no less than every other week.

Training, orientation and historical materials will be provided. Upon learning the material, a trainee may shadow as many tours as they wish until they are comfortable conducting on their own, Damon noted.

Interested volunteers should contact Bob Damon, director, History and Visitor Program, United First Parish Church, Quincy, at 617-773-0062 or by email: visitorsprogram@ufpc.org.

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