Eastern Nazarene College To Close

The Board of Trustees of Eastern Nazarene College on Tuesday announced it unanimously voted to begin the process of closing the Wollaston school and transitioning it into a new educational enterprise that will carry on ENC’s legacy of providing a transformational education that equips diverse students to lead and serve our world as agent of Christ’s love and truth.

Like all small, private, liberal arts colleges, Eastern Nazarene has faced significant financial headwinds in recent years, the board said in its announcement. During that time, the Board and multiple presidents have pursued numerous alternatives to closure. While these efforts produced fruit that enabled ENC to continue operating until now, the underlying challenges have intensified. It has become clear that transitioning to a new educational enterprise is the only viable path for continuing ENC’s mission of providing transformational education.

“As we enter this season of transition, the Board and President Derr are focused on three priorities: caring for the present, honoring the past, and ensuring a vibrant future,” said Dr. David W. Bowser, Chair of the Board of Trustees of ENC. “Our top priority in the coming weeks is caring for those most directly affected by this decision: our students, faculty and staff.”

ENC’s goal, pending the commitment of a critical mass of students and faculty, is to continue serving undergraduate and graduate students who are on track to graduate by the end of the year. Administrators have arranged teach-out agreements with three institutions – Gordon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Trevecca Nazarene University – to provide streamlined transfer options for all other students. ENC will also provide job-placement support and access to counseling resources for faculty and staff affected by the closure.

“We know many in our community will have questions about immediate next steps and long-term term plans for ENC’s programs and assets,” said ENC President Rev. Dr. Colleen R. Derr. “While the outcome of this process is known, the process to get there remains fluid. We are committed to communicating with our stakeholders in a timely and transparent way to ensure those most affected by this transition have the information and support they need. We are also committed to close collaboration with state and federal officials, our accreditor and our partners in the Church of the Nazarene to ensure we are serving our community and our neighbors well during this process.”

ENC has communicated directly with students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders to make them aware of this decision, and ENC staff will also be reaching out to these stakeholders to provide direct support based on their unique situations. More information for students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, partners and the community will be made available on ENC’s website (www.enc.edu/closure) in the coming days.

“We know this news will come as a shock and disappointment to many, especially those whose lives have been transformed by their affiliation with Eastern Nazarene College through its rich history,” Bowser said. “We look forward to creating opportunities to celebrate this rich history and preserve ENC’s legacy moving forward. Taking this step now will ensure the continuation of ENC’s mission to provide a transformational education through annual scholarships that empower students living in our region to attend other Nazarene schools.”

Finley Mullally

Finley Mullally, of Quincy, loving husband, proud father, doting grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many, passed away on Saturday, June 22nd, after a short, but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer.

Finley Mullally

Born in Dorchester on June 30, 1962, to Finley and Linda (both deceased). Finley is survived by his two brothers, Steven (Kimmie) and Tim (Patty) and his two sisters, Marylinda (John) and Karen (Andrew).  He was predeceased by his sister Anne.

Finley is also survived by his beloved wife Patti, his devoted daughters Jessica, Linda, Kathleen (Garry) and Maureen (James), his granddaughter Charlotte (“Charli”), who was the apple of her Grampy’s eye.

Finley also leaves behind countless loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends, as well as his very special Auntie Barbara.

Owner of Infowires, LLC, since 2003, Finley was known by all as being a steadfast, honest, and principled man of business.

He will always be remembered and will always be missed by everyone who knew him.

A visitation for Finley will be held at Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street in Quincy, on Monday, July 8, 2024 from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 10:30 AM in St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock St, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in his name, or any other cancer charity of your choice that is meaningful to you, continuing his legacy of giving and strength.

Janet B. Loiselle, 87

Janet B. (McKay) Loiselle, age 87, of Quincy, formerly of East Sandwich, died peacefully, Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham, surrounded by her loving family.

Janet was born in Brighton, to the late James H. and Josephine C. (Whalen) McKay. Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of Brighton High School, Class of 1955.

Janet Loiselle

She lived in Quincy for seventeen years, previously in East Sandwich for twenty-six years, and earlier in West Roxbury.

She was the well-known owner and operator of Family Daycare in East Sandwich for thirteen years, and had also worked for the VNA.

As a young mother, she volunteered as a den mother for the Boy Scouts and a Brownie mother for the Brownies.

Janet enjoyed many friendships as a resident of 1000 Southern Artery.

She was talented at ceramics. Most of all, Janet was devoted to her family.

Beloved wife for sixty-one years of the late Gerald E. “Jerry” Loiselle.

Devoted mother of Gerald R. Loiselle and his wife Lynn of Brockton, James J. Loiselle and his wife Sue of Quincy, Jo Ann L. Loiselle and her wife Melinda Fernandez of Weymouth, and Julie A. Loiselle-Bennett of Dartmouth.

Loving grandmother of Colleen and her husband Matt, Melissa and her husband Brian, Justine, Jessica, and Samantha.

Cherished great grandmother of Nolan.

The last of four siblings, she was predeceased by James J. McKay, Regina C. Cassidy, and Gerald F. McKay.

Dear aunt of Karen and Larry, Bruce, Robert, Claire and Bill, Stephen and Koyin, James and Amy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Joseph Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy, on Monday, July 1, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton, on Sunday, June 30, from 2 – 5 p.m. Interment Saint Joseph Cemetery, Medway.

For those who wish, donations in Janet’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To leave the Loiselle family a condolence message, please visit www.dolanfuneral.com.

Jacqueline G. D’Allessandro, 94

Jacqueline G. “Jackie” (Caliacco) D’Allessandro, age 94, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully, Saturday, June 15, 2024 in the comfort of her home, after a long illness, with the support and loving care of her family and friends.

Jacqueline G. D’Allessandro

Jacqueline was born in Quincy, to the late Pasquale and Virginia (Delmonico) Caliacco. Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1948, and later took several college courses.

She was employed as an administrative assistant for many years at the Duke Insurance Agency in Milton where she developed many friendships. As a young woman, Jackie had worked in the retail industry at the former Sheridan’s clothing store in Quincy Center.

Jackie enjoyed reading, sewing, and travelling around the East Coast. She utilized her writing skills by communicating with multiple “pen pals” throughout the world. She also had a special fondness for her pet Chihuahua, Mister Darcy.

Most of all, Jackie was devoted to her family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great granddaughter, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for fifty-three years of the late Joseph E. D’Allessando.

Devoted mother of Jan M. D’Allessandro of Quincy and Jon B. D’Allessandro of Hingham.

Loving grandmother of Julia Norbury and her husband Steven, Laura, Olivia, and John D’Allessandro. Cherished great grandmother of Vivian Norbury.

The last of six siblings, Jackie was predeceased by Mary Rykard, Eleanor A. Corner, Elsie J. LeVangie, George Caliacco, and Donald Caliacco. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

At the request of the family, funeral services were private.

For those who wish, donations in Jackie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

James Green, 91

James Green died on June 19, 2024 at the Kaplan House Family Hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts.  He was ninety-one years old.

James Green

The first alternate in the marathon event for two consecutive United States Olympic teams (1960, 1964), having achieved many top-ten finishes in the Boston Marathon, including third place in 1960 in a personal best of 2:23:37, having won silver in the 1959 Pan American games and competed internationally, including in the First International Marathon in Seoul, South Korea, in the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan, and in the 15-kilometer Mar del Plata in Argentina, among other races in the U.S. and abroad, Green was among the very last survivors of a bygone era of long-distance running pursued at an elite level at great personal sacrifice for pure love of the sport, without the least hope for monetary compensation.  During his peak years he competed for the BAA under the formidable regime of his respected coach, the late Jock Semple.  As the decades passed, he never stopped participating in road races, although in later years he began focusing on those under the marathon distance—that is, until the terrorist bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon drove him in an act of personal resistance to resume marathon-racing.  He finished Boston in 2014, 2015, and 2017 (ages 81, 82, and 84, respectively), suffering what later was determined to have been a heart attack crossing the finish line of the 2017 race, the aftermath and treatment for which may well have contributed to his later decline.  He was the coach, mentor, and friend of countless runners, and the inspiration for many others.

James Frederick Green was born on Nov. 27, 1932, at Weymouth Hospital, to Francis Wilfred Green and Ethyl McCashin of Quincy, Massachusetts, into family that ultimately grew to include eight brothers and sisters.  His clam-digging as a youth provided not only memories that were relished in later years, but an introduction to the joy of pushing oneself to one’s physical limits, something for which he never, not even through to his last days, lost the taste.

A man of sincere faith, he was in those early days an altar server at his church.

He attended Compton College in California, then the University of California, Berkeley, from which he received his B.A. in political science and where he was on the boxing and track teams.  He would later go on to earn his M.A. in government from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he met his beloved wife, Michele, and to obtain his Ph.D. in government and international relations from American University in Washington, D.C.

He joined the United States Army in 1953 and learned Russian at the Army Language School in Monterey, California, using his skills to serve as a voice intercept operator of Russian-language transmissions while stationed in Germany in 1956.  (He also represented the Army as a member of its boxing team.)  His study of the Russian language grew into a life-long love for Russian language and culture, especially of nineteenth-century literature and of music by its classical composers.

Green had a varied professional career, including as a professor at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and at U. Mass., Amherst, and as a public school teacher in Saugus, Beverly, Swampscott, and Marblehead; he continued substitute-teaching well into his eighties.  He also worked as a technical writer, including for Wang Computers in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was for a time the City of Beverly’s Recreation Director.  He was a coach throughout his life, whether volunteering his time or in paid roles.  Perhaps most influential was his work in the late 1970s and early ‘80s coaching the North Shore’s Coastal Track Club.

A skilled classical pianist and lover of literature who recited favorite poems from memory, he lived in a world of the highest ideals, and he eschewed fads, brands, and celebrity culture.  Green wrote and self-published two novels in the early 2000s.

James —“Jim” or “Jimmy” to friends and family—is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Michele (neé Wyatt), children Meredith Dutton, Eric Green, and Tara Green, daughter-in-law Ridgely Fisk Green, grandchildren Emerson, Vivian, and A.J., his sisters Patricia Racette, Donna Gounaris, Constance George, and Rosemary Beau, and his brother Donald Green.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Louise Hunnel, and his brother Wilfred (Bill) Green.

Green could claim many notable accomplishments, even beyond those summarized here, but will undoubtedly be remembered most, by those he leaves behind, for his truly exceptional modesty and his willingness to see people as they wanted to see themselves—thereby helping them to embody the selves they had it in them to become.

A funeral Mass will be held at Marblehead’s Our Lady, Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 26, at 11:00 a.m.  Burial at Waterside Cemetery will take place the following day.  Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com for James’ family.

Yvonne M. Adukonis, 93

Yvonne M. (DiBona) Adukonis, age 93, of Kingston, formerly of Halifax and Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, June 21, 2024 at Wingate at Silver Lake in Kingston, in the comfort of her loving family.

Yvonne Adukonis

Yvonne was born in Quincy, to the late Carmela and Antonio DiBona. Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of Quincy High School.

She lived in Kingston for the past seven years, previously in Halifax for twenty-seven years, and earlier in Braintree where she raised her family.

As a young woman, Yvonne worked as a bookkeeper at French Shriner Shoes in Boston. She left the workforce to raise her family and later returned, working as an associate at Thayer Pharmacy in Braintree and Macy’s at the Independence Mall in Kingston, where she retired from.

Most of all, Yvonne was devoted to her family. She was a loving presence in the everyday lives of her grandchildren, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife of the late Henry W. Adukonis.

Devoted mother of Gail A. O’Sullivan and her husband Gerard “Fred” of Halifax, Marcia E. Rose and her husband Gregory of Braintree, Michelle A. Sansevero and her husband Frank of South Kingstown, R.I., and Maria L. Clark and her husband Glenn of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Loving grandmother of thirteen and great grandmother of six. She was predeceased by her grandson, Dylan Henry Clark.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Lucia DiBona, Umberto DiBona, and Ilia Vallatini.

Yvonne is also survived by her nephew, Roy Vallatini of Norton.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation at the church prior to the Mass from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Interment will take place privately at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Yvonne’s memory may be made to West River Care, 57 Wells Avenue, Suite 20, Newton, MA 02459.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

STARS Of The Spectrum Musical Festival Aug. 3rd At Veterans’ Memorial Stadium

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism will host STARS of the Spectrum Music Festival, the nation’s only “By autism, For autism” concert at this scale – on Saturday, Aug. 3rd at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium in Quincy.

The event will feature dozens of the most talented autistic musical performers from around the country, as well as many nationally acclaimed music acts. It builds of the success of the 25th Anniversary Concert at Fenway Park last year, where 5,000 people attended – many of whom were local residents with autism and their friends/families.

Organizers said there are over 4,600 people slated to attend the Aug. 3rd music festival with a goal of 10,000. Guests will experience a fully sensory-inclusive environment that uplifts and elevates the voices and talents of people with autism and their families.

For ticket and more information, visit https://flutiefoundation.org/starsofthespectrum/

Legislature Approves Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Aug. 10-11

The Massachusetts Legislature has approved Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 as a sales tax holiday weekend for Massachusetts. On those days, the Massachusetts sales tax of 6.25% will be suspended for most items that retail for less than $2,500.

The holiday welcomes Massachusetts residents to visit retailers and small businesses around the state. A spike in consumer activity routinely boosts indirect tax revenues. According to the Department of Revenue, during the 2023 sales tax holiday, indirect tax revenues due to increased economic activity were approximately $3.54 million.

“Each year, the Legislature’s temporary suspension of the sales tax aims to boost revenue for small businesses and enhance affordability for consumers,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D Quincy). “I want to thank my colleagues in the House, along with Senate President Spilka and our partners in the Senate, for their annual support for this economic development initiative.”

“The sales tax holiday is a great opportunity for residents to get out and support the local businesses in their community and get some shopping done during a time of year when people are gearing up for the fall,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “I’m glad we worked together in the Legislature to get this done for residents again this year. I’m thankful to Senator Moran for leading the initiative in the Senate, all of my Senate colleagues, Speaker Mariano, and our partners in the House.”

“We hear so frequently, both from constituents and those living across Massachusetts, about the continued interest in offering sales tax holidays. I’m so glad we were able to work together to make this possible,” said Sen. John F. Keenan (D-Quincy). “Thank you to my colleagues in the Legislature for creating this opportunity to save shoppers a bit of money and encourage the support of our local businesses.”

“The annual August sales tax holiday brings much-needed stimulus to our retailers, especially our local small businesses,” said Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy). “I’m glad that the Legislature prioritized setting a date for this annual event.”

“The sales tax holiday weekend is an annual economic driver for Massachusetts, generating millions of dollars in economic activity,” said Representative Bruce J. Ayers (D-Quincy). “It’s an important way for the Legislature to support small businesses, as well as consumers, and I’m grateful to legislative leadership for once again bringing it forward for our constituents.”

Summer Safety Guidance From MA Dept. Of Public Health

With summer approaching, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds residents to take recommended commonsense precautions to keep everyone, especially young children and those working outside, safe this summer.

“Summer in New England means spending time outside in the sun, in the water, on the beach, in the mountains, or in the park or backyard,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Robbie Goldstein, MD, PhD. “It is also a time to be aware of the importance of taking seasonal precautions that can make this fabulous time of year safer and more enjoyable.”

Prevent Tick Bites 

Certain kinds of ticks can bite and make you sick with diseases such as Lyme disease and Powassan virus. Ticks are most commonly found in damp, grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, including your own backyard. Ticks only attach when you come into direct contact with them — they cannot jump or fly. Follow these steps to help protect yourself from tick bites:

  • Check yourself for ticks once a day — it’s the single most important thing you can do.
  • Use repellents with an EPA-registered active ingredient; always follow the directions on the label.
  • Weather permitting, wear long-sleeved, light-colored shirts and long pants tucked into socks. This will help keep ticks away from your skin and make it easier to spot ticks on your clothing.
  • After spending time outdoors, a shower can help rinse off a tick before it becomes attached and putting your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes can help kill ticks.
  • Pets that spend time outdoors are exposed to ticks, too, and may bring ticks back inside. Talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to protect your animals from ticks and tick-borne disease.

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) are two mosquito-borne diseases that occur in Massachusetts. While there were no cases of EEE in Massachusetts last year, there were six people with WNV. Mosquito surveillance is essential to monitor activity as the summer unfolds. DPH posts updates about activity throughout the season on the Massachusetts Arbovirus Update page.

While the risk for human infection of EEE or WNV won’t occur until mid to late summer, people have an important role to play in protecting themselves from these illnesses which can be very serious. To prepare for mosquito season:

  • Drain standing water in and around your house or yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient according to the directions.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to reduce exposed skin when weather permits.

For more information about preventing mosquito and tickborne illness, visit DPH’s Mosquitoes and Ticks page.

Swimming in Natural Bodies of Water and Staying Safe in a Pool 

Drowning is a leading cause of death among young children ages 1-14 nationally and in Massachusetts, with backyard pools posing the highest risk for children under age 5. To help prevent water-related injury and drowning:

  • Always supervise children in and around water at all times.
  • Infants and toddlers should be within an arm’s length at all times providing “touch supervision” in or around water, including the bathtub.
  • Teach young children to always ask for permission before going near the water.
  • Never dive headfirst into the water. Make sure water depth is properly marked on the pool deck and vertical walls.
  • Do not swim alone in unfamiliar waters.
  • Look out for fallen tree branches and sharp rocks in the water.
  • Do not swim during a storm or when there is lightning.
  • Completely separate the house and play area of the yard from the pool area with a fence at least 48 inches high. Consider automatic door locks or alarms to prevent access.
  • Remove floats, balls, and other toys from the pool after use so that children are not tempted to reach for them. After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so they cannot get back in.
  • Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd’s hook or life preserver) and a phone near the pool.
  • Keep a first aid kit that meets ANSI 2308.1-2015 standards (including items like adhesive bandage, trauma pad, & CPR mask) close to the pool.
  • For children who cannot swim, use a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. DPH, in cooperation with the USCG, has created a fit test video that can assist with proper fit testing of life jackets: https://youtu.be/1I3VZf-NqPc.
  • Do not use toys such as “water wings” or “noodles” in place of life jackets. These are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

In public swimming areas:

  • Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible, and swim only in designated swimming areas.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Look for signage at beaches. DPH collects beach water quality dataand notifies the public about bacteria levels to minimize swimming-associated illness and injury.
  • Know the limits of your swimming skills. Each summer, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provides free swimming lessons to children at select agency pools across Massachusetts through its  Learn to Swim

Consider becoming a lifeguard:  DCR is recruiting lifeguards to work at its inland and coastal beaches, as well as swimming pools. The hourly pay for pool and waterfront staff is between $22 to $27, depending on position and associated certifications. Qualified applicants can receive up to $1,050 in signing bonuses. For more information, visit the DCR’s lifeguarding website.

Window Safety

Falls from windows involving young children are especially serious – and preventable. Screens are not strong enough to protect children from falling out of windows. To prevent window falls, parents and caregivers should:

  • Keep furniture – and anything a child can climb on – away from windows.
  • If young children are around, keep windows closed and locked. Only open windows for ventilation that are out of children’s reach. Window screens are not a security measure, and many children fall through them.
  • Open windows from the top, not the bottom, when possible and lock all unopened doors and windows.
  • Be sure children are always supervised.
  • Install quick-release window guards which can be found in most hardware stores.

To learn more about childhood injury prevention, visit the DPH Injury Prevention and Control Program website.

Car Safety

Leaving children and animals inside of a vehicle can be very dangerous. In the summer months in New England, the temperature in a closed car can rise quickly, and the vehicle can become a deadly place for a child or animal left in it, even for just a moment.

To keep young children and animals safe in and around cars:

  • Never leave children or animals alone in a parked vehicle, even when they are asleep or restrained, and even if the windows are open.
  • Always check inside the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.
  • If a child is missing, check your vehicle first, including the trunk.
  • Do things to remind yourself that a child or animal is in the vehicle, such as placing your purse or briefcase in the back seat so you will check there when you leave the vehicle.
  • Always lock your car and keep the keys out of children’s reach.
  • Ensure adequate supervision when children are playing in areas near parked motor vehicles.

If you see a child or animal alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible and call 911 immediately.

Remember, children ages 12 and under should ride in the back seat, properly restrained, even during quick errand trips. Infants and toddlers should remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. At a minimum, children should ride rear-facing until they are 2-4 years old and or have met the weight limit of the car seat manufacturer. More information on child passenger safety is available on the DPH website.

Preventing Rabies Exposures

All mammals (animals with fur) can get rabies and there are usually more than 100 rabid animals found every year in Massachusetts. Most of these cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, and foxes, but some pets (especially cats) and farm animals also get rabies.

People can be exposed to the rabies virus when an infected animal bites them, or when the animal’s saliva gets into a scratch or the person’s eyes, nose, or mouth. People who are bitten or scratched by an animal, or who find a bat in a room when someone is sleeping, or with a young child or pet, should call their local board of health or the DPH Division of Epidemiology at 617-983-6800 for advice.

Other rabies prevention steps include:

  • Teach children never to approach animals they don’t know – even if they appear friendly.
  • Report any animal that seems sick or injured to the local animal control official.
  • Enjoy wild animals from a distance and do not keep wild animals as pets.
  • Make sure pets are vaccinated against rabies. By law, all dogs, cats, and ferrets must be regularly vaccinated against rabies; this will protect them if they are exposed to the disease.
  • Don’t leave food or water for pets outside. Even empty bowls will attract wild and stray animals.
  • Do not let pets roam freely. Keep them in a fenced yard or on a leash.
  • Keep garbage securely covered. Open garbage will attract wild or stray animals.
  • Keep chimneys capped and repair holes in attics, cellars, and porches to help keep wild animals like bats and raccoons out of the house.

Sun and Heat Protection 

High temperatures and increased sun exposure mean that additional precautions should be taken when spending time outside, either recreationally or on the job.

  • Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinks like coffee and soda may dehydrate, so they should be followed with water.
  • Wear sunglasses, sunscreen (SPF of at least 30) 15-20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, and/or wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn.
  • Seek shade and breaks from the sun throughout the day.

Additional tips on sun and heat protection can be found on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Extreme Heat and Your Health Website or the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website.