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THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 3 East of Broadway development put on hold This is the latest rendering of Everett’s East of Broadway development, which has been temporarily halted by Encore Boston Harbor officials. (Photo Courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects) By Christopher Roberson E ncore Boston Harbor recently announced that plans have been delayed for the massive entertainment venue known as East of Broadway. “Encore has decided to pause the permitting process for this development so that they can do some reevaluation,” said Joseph Delaney, chief of community affairs for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), during the MGC’s January 12 meeting. “Some issues came up with respect to whether it’s part of the gaming establishment or not – that has certain impacts on their development – as well as COVID and other things that they’re considering at this point in time.” Delaney also said Encore’s process with the city’s Planning Board has also been halted, adding that a new timeframe has not yet been established. “We are pleased with the progress we’re making on designing a development plan that will act as a springboard to create a Lower Broadway Entertainment District,” said Encore spokeswoman Rosie Abrams. “We continue to evolve that plan and will present it to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at the appropriate time.” The development is slated to be located across the street from the casino. The project itLIKE US ON FACEBOOK ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER FACEBOOK.COM/ ADVOCATE.NEWS.MA self calls for an 1,800-seat auditorium, 20,000 square feet of restaurant space and parking for 2,200 vehicles. The site sits on the east side of Broadway between Dexter and Mystic Streets, which puts it in the Lower Broadway Economic Development District. This project would be a key factor in converting the industrial area on Lower Broadway into a mixed-use neighborhood. It would also allow for the future implementation of Broadway Complete Streets. Matthew Lattanzi, director of Planning and Development, said he still looks forward to what Encore will ultimately bring forward. “The city is excited to review this transformative redevelopment proposed by the Encore team. A longtime home to industrial and unsightly uses, Lower Broadway will be converted into a welcoming destination,” said Lattanzi. “This proposed development is one of a few in Everett’s Lower Broadway area that will help redefine the landscape, bringing a sense of pride to a portion of the city that never had its true potential explored.” Despite the temporary stoppage, Mayor Carlo DeMaria said he has not lost sight of the project. “The city has been actively meeting with Encore officials to discuss their newly-proposed development,” he said. “Our meetings over these past few months have helped to shape the project throughout its design, as various stakeholders weigh in on their desired mitigation measures to ensure successful implementation of a Destination District. These meetings will continue throughout the Planning Board review process as we continue to address any effects brought about by potential amendments to the submitted plans.”

Page 4 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Mayor announces new indoor futsal soccer program M ayor Carlo DeMaria and the Everett Recreation Department, in association with Everett Youth Soccer, recently announced the new indoor futsal (similar to soccer) program. The program is open to both girls and boys ages three to eight. If enough players do not sign up, the boys’ and girls’ divisions will be combined into one coed league. The fee for joining the league is $25 per child with a $5 discount for an additional child. Shirts will be included in the fee. Signups will be held Monday to Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Everett Recreation Center. This signup period will go until Thursday, February 3 with a projected start date of February 6. Games will be played at the Everett Recreation Center on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be soccer skills and drills day camps that will be conducted by the Everett Youth Soccer program’s coaches and players during the season. The dates for the day camps will be announced later. If you have any questions, email Mike DiPietro at mike.dipietro@ci.everett.ma.us. Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission secures $5M in funding he Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission has been awarded $5 million in funding from the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. In 2018 the Commission was established under An Act relative to criminal justice reform with the charge from the Massachusetts Legislature to study and make recommendations for the creation of a crisis diversion facility in Middlesex County. The new center would provide an alternative to arrest and unnecessary transport to emergency departments for individuals in need of behavioral health services. Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health Dr. Danna Mauch – who serve as co-chairs of the Commission – thanked State Senator Cindy Friedman and State Representative Ken Gordon for their eff orts in securing the funding in a package approved by the Legislature in December. “Over the last four years, the Middlesex County ResT toration Center Commission has worked tirelessly to engage stakeholders; study available resources and gaps in services; and understand how we can most eff ectively support local law enforcement diversion programs,” said Koutoujian and Mauch. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issues the commission is charged with tackling. This ARPA funding moves us a major step closer to being able to deliver the critical services that will benefi t those most in need in communities across Middlesex County.” “A Middlesex County Restoration Center will provide much-needed clinical support for some of our most vulnerable community members,” said Senator Friedman. “This signifi cant investment will help make the center a reality, and it will ensure that this evidence-based model of care is eff ectively used to divert residents in crisis from overburdened jails and emergency departments.” “This investment in a Middlesex County Restoration Center represents a crucial step forward in the Commonwealth’s eff ort to improve access to much-needed services in our communities,” said Representative Gordon. “It will benefit individuals in need of behavioral health services, our law enforcement agencies, and our entire community. I am grateful for the eff orts of Senator Friedman, Sheriff Koutoujian, Dr. Mauch and the entire commission for their unwavering support of this important initiative.” In addition to the $5 million from ARPA, the Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission previously secured $1 million in the state’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget signed by Governor Charlie Baker last summer. “We want to thank Senator Friedman, Representative Gordon and the Baker Administration for their continued support of the commission,” said Koutoujian and Mauch. “At each step of this process, they have been deeply involved in all we are seeking to accomplish with this crucial initiative.” Everett men sentenced for money laundering conspiracy L indsley Georges, 27, and Dave Guillaume, 24, both of Everett, were sentenced on January 19 for their participation in a scheme to launder money that was fraudulently obtained from customer bank accounts. Georges and Guillaume were each sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release, with six months spent in home confi nement. Georges and Guillaume were also ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $667,243 and $457,243, respectively. On September 1, 2021, the defendants pleaded guilty to one count each of money laundering conspiracy. In December 2017 and January 2018, Georges and Guillaume collectively deposited over $600,000 in checks into business bank accounts that they controlled. These checks were provided to Georges and Guillaume by other coconspirators who had fraudulently withdrawn those funds from customer accounts at other banks. Georges and Guillaume subsequently withdrew a portion of the funds in cash and checks. A trusted family name combined with exceptional craftsmanship & professionalism. 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THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 5 NEW RENTAL APARTMENTS AT ST. THERESE EVERETT, MA COMING SUMMER 2022! 77 new affordable apartments for seniors, with a health center on the first floor (Program of AllInclusive Care for the Elderly) providing services to residents and community members. Head of Household must be 62 years or older to qualify for housing at St. Therese. APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH APRIL 19 Applications can be found online at: www.TheNeighborhoodDevelopers.org/st-therese Or picked up in person at: Winn Residential 4 Gerrish Ave. Rear, Chelsea MA 02150 Office is wheelchair accessible and open: Mon, Wed, Thurs., Fri. 9am-5pm Tuesdays until 7 pm Applications can also be mailed to you upon request. Mailed applications must be postmarked by April 19, 2022. Deadline for completed applications at the above address: In person only by 4pm, April 19, 2022 Information Sessions Thursday, February 10, 2022, 2PM Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 7PM Information Sessions will be held via Zoom. Register in advance at www.TheNeighborhoodDevelopers.org/sttherese. Sessions will be posted to YouTube after the event. Translation will be provided. Attendance is not required to be selected for a housing unit. Selection by lottery. Attendance is not required to be selected for a housing unit. Use and Occupancy Restrictions apply. For more info or reasonable accommodations, call Winn Management: 617-884-0692 TTY: 800-439-2370 St. Therese and Winn Management do not discriminate because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, handicap, disability, national origin, genetic information, ancestry, children, familial status, marital status or public assistance recipiency in the leasing, rental, sale or transfer of apartment units, buildings, and related facilities, including land that they own or control.

Page 6 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 MBTA Launches New Online Youth Pass Application T he new secure online application makes it fast, simple, and easy to apply for the Youth Pass Program online, and is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Portuguese. Online applications to be expanded to the MBTA’s other free and reduced fare programs in 2022. BOSTON – The MBTA announced this week the launch of the new digital Youth Pass application available online at mbta.com/youthpass/apply. “Providing young adults with more convenient access to this secure, easy-to-use application is another step in providing broader access to the MBTA’s system through the Youth Pass’s discounted fares and monthly passes,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “We continue to be excited to expand the reach of the Youth Pass through our municipal and community partnerships, and we’re proud to see the official launch of this online application, which we aim to expand to other reduced fare programs in 2022.” “With our industry-leading design and research process, we are able to deliver improvements like this to riders faster than ever – all while ensuring the tools we build are secure and accessible to everyone,” said MBTA Chief Digital Officer David Gerstle. “Truly a collaborative effort,” said City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement & Employment leadership. “As the largest Youth Pass municipal partner/administrator, we believe the development of the new MBTA online application could not have come at a more critical time for Boston’s eligible youth and young adult population. This new application allows us to streamline the Youth Pass application process and enhance our partnership with the MBTA to ensure we’re expanding our reach and always improving systems, processes and services for young people across the City of Boston to access this important resource.” The Youth Pass is a card that can be used by eligible young adults with low incomes to purchase roughly 50% reduced one-way fares or $30 monthly LinkPasses for the bus, subway, and Fairmount Line Zone 1A stations at MBTA Fare Vending Machines, the CharlieCard Store, fare boxes on buses and trolleys at street-level stops, or at retail sales locations. Youth Pass cards can also be used to purchase half-price one-way fares for Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry. SCHOOL | FROM PAGE 1 through the cracks very easily,” he said, adding that there has been much confusion during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a good level of transparency.” However, Lambert reminded her colleagues that the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) posts those certifications online. “This is all public information,” she said, adding that a significant number of emergency licenses have been issued throughout the pandemic. Lambert also said that reviewing certifications is a personnel matter. “This is going outside of our scope,” she said. However, Ward 4 School Committee Member Michael Mangan said the certification of senior administrators has been a top concern, particularly among parents at the Lafayette School. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking,” he said. “I wholeheartedly support this.” The committee voted 8-1 to revisit the matter on February 28 in executive session. COVID-19 update In other news, Tahiliani Previously, young adults were required to complete the application process in-person at the location of their local Youth Pass office, including bringing their eligibility documents and submitting a paper application form. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MBTA prioritized and accelerated the creation and implementation of the online application process. Applicants can now apply to the program remotely and easily online from their home computer or mobile device without having to visit their local Youth Pass office in-person. Young adults residing in any participating municipalities can now simply visit mbta.com/youthpass/ apply to complete the online application, which is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Portuguese. Applicants can use the online application to upload their eligibility documents and select to have their Youth Pass card mailed or picked up from their local MBTA | SEE PAGE 18 said that from January 1-17, 473 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in children ages 0-19. “We had a huge spike in cases and that’s only the first half of January,” she said. By comparison, a combined total of 204 cases were reported during the last two months of 2021. Therefore, Tahiliani contacted DESE to ask about switching to hybrid or remote learning. However, she was told that Everett’s numbers were “on par” with other districts and that it was not necessary to deviate from in-person learning. Regarding vaccination rates, Tahiliani said 14 percent of students ages 5-11 have been fully vaccinated. This is in addition to 66 percent of students ages 12-15 and 71 percent of students ages 16-19. Everett High School cleaning service Tahiliani said the district received three bids from companies to provide overnight cleaning services at Everett High School. She said the job was ultimately awarded to MP Cleaning Services, which has previously been at the high school. Tahiliani said the cost of the cleaning service will be $27,000 per month.


Page 8 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Vaccine equity project seeks volunteers for Everett and Malden T he Vaccine Equity and Access Program (VEAP) of Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is seeking members of the Everett and Malden communities to serve as VEAP Leaders to help promote local vaccination clinics this winter. VEAP is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded project designed to increase public confidence in the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. SCI’s VEAP focuses on training trusted community members to encourage people in their network to get vaccinated. Through this project, SCI is working with community leaders to reach people who are at the highest risk of COVID-19. SCI recently expanded its VEAP initiative to serve Everett and Malden, as both communities have been identified by the Department of Public Health as having need for more vaccine equity outreach work. In particular, SCI is seeking to recruit people interested in a VEAP leadership role to encourage participation in the series of upcoming vaccine clinics that have been scheduled. Training and a stipend are available for VEAP leaders. Those tapped for this role will be asked to educate family, friends and neighbors about the vaccines and promote vaccination opportunities at local clinics. Other outreach activities conducted by the leaders will include flier distribution, attending community events with proper COVID-19 precautions, and sharing information about the clinics through social media. SCI is particularly interested in recruiting VEAP Mayor announces senior trip to Foxwoods M ayor Carlo DeMaria and the Council on Aging (COA) have planned a much-needed day trip for our seniors to Captain Jack’s famous Lobster Clam Bake and Foxwoods Resort Casino on Tuesday, March 22. Our luxury handicapped accessible Fox Bus departs from the Stadium Parking lot at 9:30 a.m. You will be whisked away to Captain Jack’s in Narragansett, Rhode Island, for a traditional New England Clam bake consisting of, a cup of clam chowder, clam cakes, a boiled lobster with drawn butter – or prime rib for the land lovers – vegetables, rolls and butter and apple crisp for dessert. Following leaders who can speak one or more of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Please share this opportunity with others who might be a good fit! Given the current COVID-19 surge, anyone interested in the VEAP program is encouraged to contact VEAP Coordinator Charlie Kwitchoff (ckwitchoff@socialcapitalinc. org) as soon as possible. this grand feast, we travel to the exciting Foxwoods Resort Casino for four hours of gaming. We depart Foxwoods at 4:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. arrival home. Reservations with checks made out to the City of Everett will be accepted January 31 through February 4 in the COA Office at the Connolly Center; space is limited to 40 people. Fox tours’ policy requires all passengers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and to wear a mask while on the bus. For additional information please call 617-394-2323. Livius Prep to offer college scholarship classes E verett High School has partnered with Livius Prep to provide live, online college scholarship classes. These classes have not started yet, so it is not too late to join. Over the course of five days, Livius Prep’s director of college counseling will provide guidance on how to apply for scholarship programs in a live, six-day class. The classes will be held on March 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30 from 5-6 p.m. Keep in mind these dates have changed since initial registration to accommodate more students. If you have any further questions about the program, college counselors or how to register, please email hwebster@ liviusprep.com or cmccarthy@ everett.k12.ma.us. Economic experts, lawmakers and watchdog orgs respond to income tax hike P ublic warned against being educated by propaganda The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (MassFiscal), Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT), Beacon Hill Institute President Dr. David Tuerck, National Federation of Independent Business Massachusetts State Director Christopher Carlozzi and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, including State SenaEXPERTS | SEE PAGE 9 tor Ryan Fattman as well as State Representatives Colleen Garry, David DeCoste, Marc Lombardo and Nicholas Boldyga, recently warned

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 9 Everett receives $3,200 grant from RIZE Massachusetts E By Christopher Roberson verett was recently selected as one of 17 recipients for grant funding from RIZE Massachusetts, an independent nonprofit foundation striving to put an end to the opioid epidemic. “Everett will receive $3,200 to pay for harm reduction training for staff and harm reduction supplies including fentanyl test strips, syringes, safer smoking supplies and other items for hygiene and safety kits,” said Alexander Villanueva, spokesman for RIZE Massachusetts. Specifically, Mayor Carlo DeMaria said, the funds will be used for the city’s Roadmap to Recovery program. “The $3,200 allowed the city The Weigh Forward M By Sam Amado, Jr. any people begin the year with a strong start towards goals for their health, careers and relationships. But something happens, or stops happening, usually about six to eight weeks into the year. They miss a goal or take a short cut (such as driving or taking the bus rather than walking uphill both ways on Broadway). And they lose focus. One of the mistakes people make is that they assume fitness goals are fixed. In reality, it is not a question of reaching EXPERTS | FROM PAGE 8 the public about an upcoming ballot question proposed by the legislature. The question would amend the state constitution and allow the legislature to raise the income tax rate on specific groups. The announcement was prompted by a study done by the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University and a push poll done by the MassINC Polling Group in support of Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka’s ballot question. Tuerck offered comments about the study and warned the public that giving lawmakers the ability to raise the income tax would have a negative impact on many taxpayers across the Commonwealth. CLT Executive Director Chip Ford, a veteran of similar ballot fights, pointed to the fact that past attempts to raise the income tax have been failed by the voters on five separate occasions. MassFiscal Spokesperson Paul Craney highlighted that watchdog organizations will continue to vocally warn the public about propaganda being pushed on them from proponents trying to to purchase additional harm reduction materials for our Roadmap to Recovery program,” he said. “We’re grateful that Everett was able to apply for and receive these funds.” The grants range from $2,000 to $5,000 and are part of a $75,000 effort. In total, these grants will cover the cost of 650 hygiene kits, 80,000 clean syringes, 1,000 a goal and resting. Similarly, fitness goals have to be maintained. (Losing weight is one thing. But if somebody reverts to their old habits after reaching their goal, they will return to their previous weight.) My name is Sam Amado. Like many people, I have succeeded and struggled with fitness and weight loss. As an athlete, I have qualified for global competitions. As a trainer, I have been part of, and run, exercise programs. And there have been times when I avoided stepping on a scale, because I did not need confuse them on the legislature’s ballot question. Carlozzi emphasized that Massachusetts should not be raising taxes and instead warned the legislature and the public that the focus should be an economic recovery. A bipartisan group of lawmakers made it clear that despite what push polls want the public to believe, any tax collected by this potential ballot question will enter the state’s general fund, be completely subject to the spending priorities of the legislature and would not be guaranteed to fund transportation or education. “What brings us together today is our joint recognition that the public needs to be warned about the realities of this November’s ballot question, which would empower the legislature to raise the state’s income tax,” said Craney. “This is not a citizen’s petition, it’s a group of lawmakers that want to raise taxes at a time when the state is beyond flush with cash, but everyday residents are being slammed with record inflation, a potential recession, and continue in the dredging on of a major pandemic.” “Any explicit promise that (or want) to know the number. I have had to find a way to safely run classes over the last two years. (COVID-19 is not only more dangerous for people who are overweight; it made losing the weight more difficult.) We use a range of weights, bikes and other equipment (including a 3D body scanner) to help our clients reach their goals in one-on-one or group classes that can be mixed, matched or customized based on clients’ goals. Over the next few weeks, this column will offer instruction and encouragement on setting and reaching your fitness goals over the course of 2022. Wishing you a happy and successful New Year. these funds would be guaranteed to increase our transportation and education spending are simply propaganda. The SJC [Supreme Judicial Court] ruled that promise unconstitutional in 2018 and the legislature has a very poor track record of abiding by the wishes of voters regarding ballot questions when it conflicts with their own spending priorities,” said DeCoste. EXPERTS | SEE PAGE 10 Lawrence A. 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Page 10 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Lady Tide basketball fall to Revere in squeaker Tide guard Emilia Maria Babcock looks to make a play during Tuesday’s action in Everett. Everett residents named to Holy Cross Dean's List W Tide Capt. Kayley Rossi carries the ball up court while being guarded by a Revere defender. The Lady Tide fell to Revere, 46-45 in a squeaker Tuesday at Everett. (Advocate photos by Mike Riley) EXPERTS | FROM PAGE 9 “CLT has spent decades defending the taxpayers and we have consistently seen similar attempts to confuse the public. What the public needs to always understand is that they have a constitutional guarantee for equal taxation, and what could be more fair than that?” asked Ford. “In our opinion, it has worked for hundreds of years and it needs to be protected for hundreds of years to come.” CLT was founded to oppose and defeat the fourth graduated income tax scheme in 1976 and led the also-successful opposition which defeated the next grad tax proposal on the 1994 ballot. “Several national studies revealed just last week that Massachusetts saw the highest outward migration of population in New England,” said Tuerck. “Massachusetts saw some of the highest rates in the country for population loss. Among the reasons for why these people left was due to taxes. If we want to stop losing people to other tax friendly states, we must first stop raising taxes and then do everything we can to keep them here. Raising the income tax is a good way to accelerate the population loss.” For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@ advocatenews.net Annual Winter Walk scheduled for Feb. 13 at Copley Plaza T he annual Winter Walk, which raises awareness and funds toward ending homelessness in Greater Boston, is set to take place on Sunday, February 13. All participants will start at Copley Plaza at 8:30 a.m. for the check-in followed by a 9 a.m. start. The two-mile walk begins and ends at Copley Plaza. Participants, housed and homeless, will walk together shoulder to shoulder and hear real stories of Boston’s homeless population. The walk is co-chaired by Jessie and Enrique Colbert of Wayfair and Katie and David Beeston of the Boston Red Sox. During the past five years, the Winter Walk has raised more than $2 million, all of which has gone to Winter Walk partner organizations providing direct service and programs to Boston’s homeless community. All participants are encouraged to donate or help raise funds with a registration fee of $100 for adults and $50 for youths and students. Registration for this event provides the opportunity to walk, a warm Winter Walk hat, breakfast, live music, a backpack loaded with information and offers from local organizations, and an opportunity to learn and share together. This year, the Winter Walk supports 10 partner organizations: Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston Medical Center, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Brookview House, Common Cathedral, FamilyAid Boston, New England Home and Center for Veterans, Pine Street Inn, St. Francis House and Y2Y Harvard Square along with others who together in solidarity support awareness around the issues surrounding homelessness. The Winter Walk encourages local businesses, clubs, religious groups, families, friends and surrounding communities to create a team to walk. The event is family and dog friendly (dogs can even register and receive a special doggie goodie bag and a fundraising page of their own). ORCESTER — Everett residents Angelo Carbone and Dennis Ryan were named to the Dean's List at the College of the Holy Cross for the 2021 fall semester. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher to be eligible for the Dean's List.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 11 EHS grad raising money to run in Boston Marathon Everett residents named to Principal’s List and Honor Roll at St. Mary’s High School J essica Young of Everett was named to the Principal’s List at St. Mary’s High School for the first quarter of the 2021-22 academic year. To be eligible for the Principal’s List, students must achieve 90 or above in all of their classes. Freddy Bermudez also of Everett was named to the Honor Roll. To be eligible for the Honor Roll, students must achieve an 85 or above in all of their classes. Salina Musyaju named to Bucknell University Dean’s List L EWISBURG, Pa.–Salina Musyaju of Everett was named to the Dean’s List at Bucknell University for the fall 2021 semester. Emilee Guzman was presented the Coaches Award for Field Hockey by Terry Giove at the 2018 E Club Dinner. E milee Guzman, a member of the Everett High School Class of 2018, will be running in the 126th Boston Marathon. She is currently a certified Nursing Assistant at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. "I run for those who cannot, for my patients here and gone and for all of those that have made a mark in my journey," said Guzman. To achieve her goal, Guzman needs to raise $7,500 dollars for Spaulding by April 18. Contributions may be made directly to Spaulding Rehabilitation Network with "Emilee Guzman" in the memo. Contributions can be sent to: Spaulding Rehabilitation Network ATTN: Amanda Shuman 300 1st Ave. Charlestown, MA 02129 Guzman was the recipient of two awards during the 2018 E Club Dinner. (Photo Courtesy of Katy Rogers) A ttorney General Maura Healey recently announced that Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, will provide relief totaling $1.85 billion to resolve allegations of widespread unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices and abuses in originating predatory student loans. This settlement resolves claims that the student loan servicer steered financially stressed federal loan borrowers into costly longterm forbearances instead of counseling them about the benefits of more affordable income-driven repayment plans. The settlement will require court approval. “Navient promised to help struggling borrowers find Students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to receive Dean’s List recognition. AG Healey announces $1.85B settlement with Navient the repayment options that worked best for them, but instead steered borrowers into situations that pushed them deeper into debt,” said Healey. “Today’s settlement requires Navient to fix their mistakes, provides relief for families in Massachusetts, and is an important step toward addressAG HEALEY | SEE PAGE 18



Page 14 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Meet The 2022 EHS Crimson Tide Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team The Everett Crimson Tide Girls’ Varsity Basketball team went back to work on Tuesday night after the COVID-19 pandemic re-arranged some games. Everett High School Crimson Tide Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team, are; kneeling, from left to right: Nehemie Lucien, Junior Captain Kayley Rossi, Emilia Maria Babcock and Tatiana Moran. Back row, pictured from left to right: Asst. Coach Courtney Meninger, Kaesta Sandy, Celeste Fuccillo, Lamiah Wizard, Japhnie Pierre and Jane Odiari with Head Coach Riley Dunn. Not present: Tanaeja Elie. Seniors, pictured from left to right: Jane Odiari, Junior Captain Kayley Rossi and Celeste Fuccillo. The lone freshmen on the team, Emilia Maria Babcock and the lone sophomore on the team, Kaesta Sandy, on Tuesday night at Everett High School. Juniors, pictured from left to right: Lamiah Wizard, Kayley Rossi, Japhnie Pierre, Nehemie Lucien and Tatiana Moran. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 15 Baker files $5B general government bond bill O n January 14, 2022, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation seeking $4.991 billion in capital funds to support core improvements that will enable the Commonwealth to continue delivering critical state services to the people of Massachusetts. The proposal, which is titled An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth (House Bill 4336), includes $4.15 billion to maintain, repair and modernize assets that serve those most in need across the Commonwealth, help educate the future workforce, deliver on key environmental objectives and keep the Commonwealth’s communities and workers safe. It also includes $841 million to continue existing, successful grant programs that support Massachusetts communities, to improve cybersecurity and other technology infrastructure and to acquire critical public safety equipment. “This bill supports essential capital investments that will deliver long-lasting benefits to Massachusetts residents for years to come, with a focus on safety, resiliency and opportunity,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Legislature to make these important investments, which will pave the way for the continued efficient delivery of government services and economic growth.” “The proposed investments in this bill continue our Administration’s work to improve a wide range of critical infrastructure and foster growth and development across Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These funds will ensure the continuity of proven programs and enable impactful future economic, health and safety initiatives that will benefit the Commonwealth’s communities, businesses and residents.” H.4336 makes authorization available through Fiscal Year 2028 that would support $2.4 billion in existing maintenance and resiliency projects through the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). DCAMM maintains nearly 1,700 major buildings covering 60.8 million gross square feet of property across the Commonwealth, including higher education buildings, health and human services facilities, public safety facilities and trial courts. DCAMM also leads decarbonization and resiliency efforts in accordance with Executive Order 594, Leading by Example: Decarbonizing and Minimizing Environmental Impacts of State Government, which was issued by Governor Baker in April of 2021 and directs efforts to reduce gas emissions in Massachusetts facilities. The bond bill proposes $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives at facilities statewide. An additional $1.8 million in DCAMM authorization is proposed to meet new facilities’ needs and mitigate future risks. This includes an increased focus on incorporating lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic related to the physical space and layout of facilities. The bill also proposes $185 million in authorization for the Executive Office of Technology Services and Services (EOTSS) to support a variety of cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, and application modernizations initiatives. This includes projects that would modernize the Unemployment Insurance (UI) online system and build out an integrated eligibility and enrollment system to streamline the benefits application process across multiple state agencies. Fifty million dollars is proposed to improve virtual and physical security infrastructure at the trial courts facilities, including intrusion detection and video monitoring. Further public safety investments include $60 million for equipment for fire services, corrections and communications towers, and $100 million for the replacement of approximately 300 Massachusetts State Police vehicles per year, half of which will be hybrid vehicles. “This $5 billion bond bill reflects the Baker-Polito Administration’s dual commitment to supporting the Commonwealth’s assets and making sustainable, fiscally responsible capital investments,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan. “The projects proposed are key to maintaining core government operations and BAKER | SEE PAGE 16 Everett alone atop GBL boys basketball race with win over English, 64-38 Victory over two-time defending State Champ spurs Tide to three-game winning streak By Jason Mazzilli C all it a two-vehicle collision at one of those Monster Truck stadium events from which the victor emerges unscathed. The Everett High boys basketball team came out on top this time when it hooked up at home against Lynn English — and it wasn’t even close. The Tide took a bevy of high-percentage shots and just made the visiting Bulldogs uncomfortable all night long in what turned out to be a one-sided, 64-38 win. It was billed as Greater Boston League (GBL) showdown between the two-time defending Division 1 Stater Champ — Lynn English— and the GBL’s best hope to beat them, Everett, and the Tide quickly made it a “no contest.” The win pushed Everett to 7-2 overall (undefeated at 5-0 in the GBL) as the Tide showed no signs of rust after a league-wide, one-week shutdown of play and practice. Roger Vasquez (25 points) and John MonJohn Monexant, left, scored 18 points to help lead Everett to a 64-38 win over Lynn English. (Courtesy Photo) exant (18 points) led the way for the Tide, as coach Stanley Chamblain got a team effort on defense, the first team to hold Lynn English under 40 points in years. GBL STANDINGS Everett 5-0 Lynn English 3-1 Lynn Classical 3-1 Medford 3-2 Revere 2-2 Chelsea 2-2 Somerville 0-5 Malden 0-6

Page 16 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 BAKER | FROM PAGE 15 will keep the state moving forward, and we are looking forward to working with the Legislature to pass this bill into law.” The bill seeks to support Massachusetts’s communities by authorizing $496 million for established and successful grant and community programs that have a track record of providing valuable resources for workforce development, economic development, housing and more to communities across the state. This includes the Workforce Skills Capital Grants Program, the Community Compact IT Grants Program, the Cultural Facilities Fund, the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, the Housing Stabilization Fund and the Housing Choice Capital Grants Program. In June 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration finalized its Capital Investment Plan for Fiscal Years 20222026, and the authorizations in this bond bill would support investments and initiatives in the upcoming annual update to the Capital Investment Plan, which will include capital spending for Fiscal Years 2023-2027. Highlights of the bond bill • $185 million (M) for various cybersecurity and IT infrastructure initiatives, including $100M for cybersecurity investments and to support existing large business applications modernization projects; $50M for virtual and physical security infrastructure at the trial courts facilities, such as intrusion detection, duress, physical screening, access control, video monitoring and communications; $35M to upgrade lottery gaming systems, decommission end-oflife equipment and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities • $160M for public safety investments, including $100M for the replacement of approximately 300+ vehicles per year, half of which will be hybrid; $60M for public safety equipment for fire services, corrections, state police and parole vehicles and communications towers • $100M to continue support for the Workforce Skills capital grants program, which provides grants to high schools, community colleges, training programs, and nonprofit organizations to purchase equipment that will help expand access to career technical education programs • $100M for municipal grants to support a broad range of local infrastructure


Page 18 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 AG HEALEY | FROM PAGE 11 ing our broken student loan repayment system.” “Navient cheated students who borrowed money to pursue their dreams and allowed them to be crushed by avoidable debt, all while the U.S. Department of Education turned a blind eye,” said U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I commend Attorney General Healey for achieving this historic settlement, which is a major step toward delivering relief for borrowers and holding Navient accountable.” According to the coalition, the interest that accrued as a result of Navient’s federal loan forbearance steering practices was added to borrowers’ loan balances. Had the company instead provided borrowers with the help it promised, income-driven plans could have potentially reduced payments to as low as $0 per month, provided interest subsidies and/ or helped attain forgiveness of any remaining balance after 20 to 25 years of qualifying payments (or 10 years for borrowers qualified under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program). Navient also allegedly originated unfair subprime private student loans that it knew were likely doomed to fail. The company made these risky subprime loans as an inducement to get schools to use Navient as a preferred lender for highly profitable federal and “prime” private loans, without regard for the borrowers and their families, many of whom were unknowingly ensnared in debts they could never repay. Under the terms of the Attorney General’s settlement, Navient will cancel more than $1.7 billion in subprime private student loans owed by over 66,000 borrowers nationwide. Navient will also pay a total of $142.5 million, of which $95 million will be distributed to approximately 350,000 federal loan borrowers who were placed in certain types of long-term forbearances. As part of the settlement, Massachusetts will receive a total of more than $6 million, including $2.2 million in restitution for more than 8,300 federal loan borrowers. Additionally, 1,523 Massachusetts borrowers will receive more than $41 million in private loan debt relief. The settlement includes conduct reforms that require MBTA | FROM PAGE 6 Youth Pass office, if approved. In collaboration with the MBTA’s Commercial Strategies and Programs team, the MBTA’s Customer Technology Department accelerated the development of the online application, accomplishing the project’s design, user testing, and launch through the use of SimpliGov’s no-code, cloud-based platform. “SimpliGov is proud to partner with MBTA to create a user-friendly customer experience and seamless online application process available to nearly 20 municipalities participating in this critical program for the community,” said SimpliGov CEO Gary Leiken. “This is the first of many processes we will be automating with MBTA to help serve local young adults eligible for free and reduced-fare transportation programs in Massachusetts, which is an incredibly important community mission and citizen service.” Based on findings from multiple rounds of user tests with Youth Pass administrators and riders, and three pilot online applications, the Customer Technology team tailored the Youth Navient to explain the benefits of income-driven repayment plans and to offer to estimate income-driven payment amounts before placing borrowers into optional forbearances. Additionally, Navient must train specialists who will advise distressed borrowers concerning alternative repayment options and counsel public service workers concerning PSLF and related programs. The conduct reforms imposed by the settlement include prohibitions on compensating customer service agents in a manner that incentivizes them to minimize time spent counseling borrowers. The settlement also requires Navient to notify borrowers about the U.S. Department of Education’s recently announced PSLF limited waiver opportunity, which temporarily offers millions of qualifying public service workers the chance to have previously nonqualifying repayment periods counted toward loan forgiveness – provided that they consolidate into the Direct Loan Program and file employment certifications by October 31. Until recently, Navient had a contract to service federal student loans owned by the U.S. Department of EducaAG HEALEY | SEE PAGE 19 Pass application for simplicity, ease of use, and security. The MBTA devised a single, streamlined process in the SimpliGov platform that allows Youth Pass administrators in participating municipalities to process, verify, and deliver Youth Pass CharlieCards within five business days with minimal error. The MBTA also anticipates launching similar online applications to the other free and reduced fare programs within the coming months. The MBTA’s growing list of municipalities and community partners participating in the Youth Pass program includes Arlington, Attleboro, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, the North Shore, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Wakefield, Watertown, and Worcester. Cities or towns interested in joining the program are encouraged to email youthpass@ mbta.com for information on how to begin the process. For more information, visit mbta.com/youthpass-eligibility, or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook / TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 19 Help us pave the way to a new community at St. Therese Purchase an engraved brick on the pocket park path T he Neighborhood Developers (TND) and the Everett Historical Commission is excited to offer a unique opportunity for you to be part AG HEALEY | FROM PAGE 18 tion, including a large portfolio of loans made under the Direct Loan Program and a smaller portfolio of loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. On October 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced the transfer of this contract from Navient to Aidvantage, a division of Maximus Federal Services, Inc. However, Navient will continue to service federal student loans made under the FFEL Program that are owned by private lenders, as well as non-federal private student loans. Healey has been a national leader in bringing action against deceptive practices in the student loan industry. In February 2021, she announced a settlement with one of the largest federal student loan servicers in the country – Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, d/b/a FedLoan Servicing – that secured individualized account reviews and associated relief for numerous Massachusetts student loan borrowers, including public servants and teachers. The Attorney General’s Office has also uncovered widespread misconduct at Education Management Corporation, ITT Technical Institute, Corinthian Colleges, American Career Institute and numerous other for-profit schools, and secured tens of millions of dollars in relief for thousands of defrauded student borrowers in Massachusetts. As a result of the settlement, which requires court approval, consumers receiving private loan cancellation will receive a notice from Navient along with refunds of any payments made on the For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net of the St. Therese project. The pocket park located at St. Therese will incorporate architectural elements from the church building and an intercanceled loans after June 30, 2021. Navient will also alert the credit reporting bureaus to remove the trade lines associated with the cancelled loans. Federal loan borrowers who are eligible for a restitution payment will receive pretive exhibit to honor the rich history of St. Therese Parish in Everett. You too can be part of the St. Therese by purchasing an engraved brick a postcard in the mail from the settlement administrator later this spring. Federal loan borrowers who qualify for relief under this settlement do not need to take any action, except to update or create their studentaid.gov ac(size 4” X 8”) that will be part of a walking path located in the park. The cost per engraved brick will be $100. Engraving of up to three lines (20 charcount to ensure that the U.S. Department of Education has their current address. For more information, visit www.NavientAGSettlement. com. Massachusetts borrowers with questions about this settlement can also visit mass. acters each). For more information, visit the website at www.theneighborhooddevelopers.org or call 617-545-8325. gov/ago/navient. Massachusetts borrowers who are looking for help or information can call the Attorney General’s Student Loan Assistance Helpline at 1-888-830-6277 or file a Student Loan Help Request.

Page 20 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 OBITUARIES Richard A. Noseworthy Age 81, of Newburyport, former longtime Amesbury resident, passed peacefully at his home, Friday afternoon, January 14, 2022, in the loving presence of his family. Born in Everett, February 8, 1940, he was one of two sons of the late James and Emily M. (Brown) Noseworthy and was a graduate of Malden High School. Richard was a proud veteran, having served with the United States Air Force from November 4, 1958 until his honorable discharge on October 39, 1962 with the rank of A1C. Richard was a lifelong member of Local Union 4, Elevator Construction & Mechanic. Richard was an avid collector of diecast military models and a history buff . Richard never met an animal he didn’t love…including any bug in the house that he would make sure made it outdoors to survive. He was a born entertainer who always made everyone laugh and smile. His dancing skills even earned him a trophy at a father-daughter dance with his daughter Sue. His work ethic was nothing short of extraordinary, and he was able to pass that on to his son Rich as they worked side by side at Schindler Elevator when Rich was fi rst starting out in the business. If you ever visited the Noseworthy home, you would be greeted by a variety of music styles. From the 50’s to hip hop, Dick would be dancing in the kitchen showing everyone his dance moves. When it came to family, there was nothing more important. Dick and Nancy met when they were 12 & 15 years old, and have been inseparable ever since. Together they created many special memories with their three children. They traveled to many places, but they have special memories of their trip to the Kancamagus. As time went on, Dick and Nancy traveled abroad and saw many countries around the world. One memorable trip was when they went to Scotland to see where Dick was stationed in the Air Force. His three grandchildren were the light of his life. As a young girl, Vanessa coined his new favorite title of “Bubba”. Jasmine and Kalan were born later and his new favorite hobby became spending time with them. He and Vanessa shared a love for collecting diff erent toys, history and the decades. He spent many of their visits talking about World War II. For Jasmine, it was Bubba’s voice that made her feel so happy and safe. He enjoyed traveling to see her compete in her cross country meets in New York and Jasmine would say that he was one of the smartest people she has ever known. Kalan will remember how comforted he was by the smell of Bubba’s cologne, his knowledge of history and especially proud to compete in his sporting events when Bubba was in the stands. He leaves behind a lifetime of wonderful memories to his wife of 57 years, Nancy J. (Williams) Noseworthy of Newburyport; his son, Richard A. Noseworthy and wife Bethany of Salisbury; his daughter, Susan Noseworthy Roberts of Schenectady, NY; his beloved grandchildren, Vanessa R. Roberts, Jasmine O. Roberts and Kalan R. Noseworthy; his brother, John Noseworthy of Bedford, NH; along with extended family and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Donna J. Noseworthy Arthur, who passed on December 29, 2015. Barbara A. (Ryan) Parisi Marie A. (Taibi) Lentini Of Everett, on January 13, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas J. Parisi. Loving mother of Mark and his wife Joyce, David and his wife Maria, Christopher and his wife Patrice, and Thomas and his wife Debra Parisi. BAKER | FROM PAGE 16 improvements and projects • $64M to support the Massachusetts State Revolving Fund (SRF) – specifically, for the Commonwealth’s matching funds required to secure federal dollars for SRF, which helps cities and towns to improve water supply infrastructure and drinking water safety • $60M for the Housing Stabilization Fund, which provides funding for municipalities, nonprofi t, for-profi t developers and local housing authorities in support of affordable rental housing production and rehabilitation • $51M for the continuation of the Food Security program, which improves food security for the people of the Commonwealth through grants aimed at enhancing access to and production of local food for the next two years at the current funding level Of Everett on January 14, following a brief illness at 94 years. Beloved wife of 60 years to the late Benedict C. “Ben” Lentini. Loving mother of Margaret M. Lentini–Cook & her late husband Terry of Atkinson, NH, & Paula A. Lentini–Delmonte & husband James of Methuen. Cherished grandmother of Attorney Nicole M. Cook– Gallant & husband Christopher of Atkinson, NH, Justin C. Cook & fi ancée Andrea Gallego of Andover, Michael J. Delmonte of Methuen & Matthew P. Delmonte & fi ancée Jamie Raccosta of Worcester. Adored great-grandmother of Aidan Cook, Madelynn Cook, Charlotte Gallant & Jackson Gallant. Dear sister of the late Joseph A. “Jay” Taibi, Rose Fucillo, Caterina OBITUARIES | SEE PAGE 21 • $50M for the Cultural Facilities Fund to continue providing grants for planning, acquisition, rehabilitation and construction of cultural facilities administered through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment • $30M for the Community Compact IT competitive grant program aimed at driving innovation at the local level and available to any municipality that is part of the Community Compact Cabinet Initiative • $25M for Housing Choice grants to municipalities that receive a Housing Choice designation through high housing production and/or demonstration of best practices • $16M for MassVentures START grants, which help businesses commercialize ideas that have been backed with federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer funding For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 21 OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 20 DeVito, Josephine DiClemente, Angelina D’Avolio, Elizabeth Bartolo, Frances Perkins & Yolanda Fucaloro. Also lovingly survived by her sisterin-law Loretta Taibi of Revere and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews. Family & friends are invited to attend the Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), REVERE, on Saturday, January 22, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett, at 12:00 p.m., immediately followed with interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Visiting Hours will be held in the Funeral Home on Friday, from 4-7 p.m. Parking available in lot left of the funeral home. All attendees asked to wear face masks & practice social distancing throughout the services. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Kevin E. Poirier ier. Dear brother of Bill Poirier of Winthrop, MA, Kelly Poirier of Carlsbad, CA, Sue Russell of Skowhegan, ME, and the late Dan, and Barbie Rogovich. Loving Aunts Ruthie and Joan Hamilton, and Josephine Ward, all of Everett, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Kevin was an AutoCAD Designer, an avid reader, history lover and die hard Boston sports fan. Kevin took great pride in caring for his friends as if they were family. Mary (Vetrano) Piantedosi parents of 6 children, Mary Ellen Margosian and her late husband Fred of Lexington and Chatham, John and Eileen Piantedosi of Bedford and Chatham, William Piantedosi of West Palm Beach, FL, Carol and Frank O’Brien of West Roxbury, Diane Piantedosi of Winchester, Joseph S. Piantedosi of Winchester and Laconia, NH and 9 grandchildren: Sarah (Jake), Victoria, John, Aris, Julia, Gregory, David, Rachel, and Joseph. With 6 children, a very big yard, and a vast array of family pets, the entire neighborhood seemed to gather at the Piantedosi home. And Mary loved it. There was always a ball game in the backyard, grandparents in the kitchen helping to prepare dinner, and a beautifully set table where the family ate together every night. Mary and John were great partners in marriage and in life. When John started golfing in his 40s, Mary knew that it was better to join him in his new57, of East Boston, formerly of Everett, passed away on January 12, 2022. Cherished son of the late Kevin L. and Barbara (Hamilton) Poirier. Beloved husband of Dina (Coughlin) Poirier. Proud father of Paws and Pearl PoirOf Winchester and formerly of Boca Raton, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 15, 2022. Born September 9, 1927, she was raised in Everett where she met her husband of 69 years, the late John Piantedosi. They were the devoted and proud ly-found passion than to become a “golf widow.” They became avid golfers and were members of Nashawtuc CC, Winchester CC and Broken Sound CC, FL, collecting wonderful life-long friendships along the way. Renowned for her hospitality, cooking, golfing and walking, all in the same order, she was always open to new experiences. She was also a passionate skier until she recognized she was at an age where it was probably best to hang up her skis for safer sports. Mary loved to move. She walked the Boston marathon in her 60’s with 2 of her daughters, proudly finishing in 6 hours. Her love of walking never subsided. She believed it was the perfect exercise. Mary was a gifted and skilled gardener. Inherited from her father, she had a vast knowledge of plants, trees, flowers and vegetables. Her neighbors appreciated and admired her gardens, which were bursting with flowers and color. There was even that one summer she tended to the marijuana plants her sons had planted in the backyard, not knowing what they were, but happy her kids were taking an interest in gardening, until a scene in the back yard between one son and the gardener, who did know what they were! She had a fabulous sense of style for interior decorating, fashion and entertaining.

Page 22 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and infl uence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications selected by widely acclaimed and highly experienced writers Chris Van Buskirk and Keith Regan who introduce each article in their own clever and inimitable way. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription go to: www.massterlist.com/subscribe. THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of January 10-14. There were no roll calls in the House last week. MAKE ADOPTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS EASIER (S 2616) Senate 39-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that would repeal a current law which prohibits adoption of children by family members including older siblings, aunts and uncles. The proposal would allow these family members, with the permission of the county probate courts, to legally adopt their family members. Current law only allows these family members to apply to become a guardian. Sponsor Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem) said that this archaic law was put in place at the beginning of the last century to prevent the potential for inheritance abuse, but the commonwealth has since adopted legal protections, such as conservatorships, to prevent this from occurring. “Our families are often our largest sources of support and what a family looks like can mean diff erent things to diff erent people,” said Lovely. “I fi led [the bill] to better refl ect the realities of the lives of Massachusetts residents who love and care for one another … our most vulnerable youth deserve to be cared for by the people who know and love them, and who can best assess their needs.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill). Sen. Sal DiDomenico Yes MAKE OBTAINING ID CARDS EASIER FOR HOMELESS PERSONS (S 2612) Senate 39-0 approved and sent to the House legislation that would make it easier for homeless youth and adults to secure free state ID cards. The measure would allow homeless service providers or other state agencies to provide the individual with documentation to prove residency. Supporters said that currently, a person experiencing homelessness faces prohibitive fees and documentation requirements when trying to obtain an ID card. They noted that ID cards are necessary for applying for jobs, enrolling in school, interacting with law enforcement, accessing government buildings, opening fi nancial accounts and many other basic services that many take for granted. “As the state begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, the Legislature must ensure that individuals experiencing homelessness have the same fundamental opportunities to live happily,” said the measure’s sponsor Sen. Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester). “One fundamental key to accessing basic services are state-issued IDs. Currently, people experiencing homelessness face signifi cant fi nancial and bureaucratic barriers when they attempt to obtain an ID. Now is the time to break down bureaucratic barriers that fuel the cycle of poverty and to ensure equality for all the commonwealth’s residents as we look towards a post-pandemic world.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill). Sen. Sal DiDomenico Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been fi led. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of January 10-14, the House met for a total of 39 minutes and the Senate met for a total of three hours and nine minutes. Mon. Jan. 10 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:13 a.m. Senate 11:16 a.m. to 11:26 a.m. Tues. Jan. 11 No House session No Senate session Wed. Jan. 12 No House session No Senate session Thurs. Jan. 13 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:28 a.m. Senate 11:21 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Fri. Jan. 14 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com S y Senior Tax Breaks for Caregiver Sa e BY JIM MILLER B k f Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any tax breaks that you know of for family caregivers? I help fi nancially support my 82-year-old mother and would like to fi nd out if I can write any of these expenses off on my taxes. Supplemental Sam Dear Sam, There are actually several tax credits and deductions available to adult children who help look after their aging parents or other relatives. Here are some options along with the IRS requirements to help you determine if you’re eligible to receive them. Tax Credit for Other Dependents If your mom lives with you and you’re paying more than 50 percent of her living expenses (housing, food, utilities, health care, repairs, clothing, travel and other necessities), and her 2021 gross income was under $4,300, you can claim your mom as a dependent and get a nonrefundable tax credit of up to $500. If you happen to split your mom’s expenses with other siblings, only one of you can claim your mom as a dependent, and that person must pay at least 10 percent of her support costs. This is called a “multiple support agreement.” The IRS has an interactive tool that will help you determine if your mom qualifi es as a dependent. Go to IRS. gov/help/ita, scroll down to “Credits,” and click on “Does My Child/Dependent Qualify for the Child Tax Credit or the Credit for Other Dependents?” Medical Deductions If you claim you mom as a dependent and you help pay her medical, dental and/ or long-term care expenses, and weren’t reimbursed by insurance, you can deduct the expenses that are more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). So, for example, if your adjusted gross income is $80,000, anything beyond the fi rst $6,000 of your mom’s medical bills – or 7.5 percent Seni of Elderly Parents a nior C i ni r ior of your AGI – could be deductible on your return. So, if you paid $8,000 in medical bills for her, $2,000 of it could be deductible. You can also include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. You should also know that your state might have a lower AGI threshold, which means you might get a break on your state income taxes even if you can’t get one on your federal income taxes. To see which medical expenses you can and can’t deduct, see IRS Publication 502 at IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/ p502.pdf. Dependent Care Credit If you’re paying for inhome care or adult day care for your mom so you are free to work, you might qualify for the Dependent Care Tax Credit which can be worth as much as $4,000. To be eligible your mom must have been physically or mentally incapable of self-care and must have lived with you for more than six months. To claim this tax credit, fi ll out IRS Form 2441 (IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2441. pdf) when you fi le your federal return. Flexible Health Savings Accounts If you have a health savings account (HSA) or your employer offers a flexible savings account (FSA), you can use them to pay for your mom’s medical expenses if she qualifi es as a dependent. But be aware that if you use an HSA or FSA to pay for your mom’s medical costs, you can’t take a tax deduction on those expenses too. For more information, see IRS Publication 969, “Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans” at IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p969. pdf. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022 Page 23 7. January 23 is Nation1. On Jan. 21, 1789, the novel “The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature” by William Hill Brown – thought to be the first American novel – was first published in what city? 2. Can yodeling trigger an avalanche? 3. To make sugar on snow, to what stage is maple syrup boiled: thread, soft ball or hard crack? 4. On Jan. 22, 2021, what pro baseball player died who had ended his career with 755 home runs? 5. Years ago, where in Massachusetts would you have found the wooden roller coaster called the Cyclone, which was once the tallest roller coaster ever built? 6. What mythical winged horse was Mobil’s trademark? al Pie Day; what two flavors predominate in grasshopper pie? 8. Why was the Baltimore NFL team named the Ravens? 9. Historically, what ingredient separated Boston baked beans from other baked beans? 10. On Jan. 24, 1848, gold was discovered in El Dorado County in what state? 11. What novel set in Salem, Mass., has a first chapter titled “The Old Pyncheon Family”? 12. Why are the Olympics held every four years? 13. What is the largest National Park in the continental United States? 14. On Jan. 25, 1961, what dog-centric film was released in the USA? 15. When did the first commercial rice cooker for home use debut: 1933, 1945 or 1962? 16. On Jan. 26, 1802, what group created one room for all government books and established the oldest U.S. Joint Committee, the Joint Committee on the Library? 17. How do frogs hibernate in winter? 18. How are Auric Goldfinger, Baby Jane Hudson and Cruella De Vil similar? 19. How many children did Paul Revere have: four, eight or 16? 20. On Jan. 27, 1813, what book by Jane Austen with the characters Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy was published? ANSWERS 1. Boston 2. No 3. Soft ball 4. Hank Aaron 5. Revere Beach 6. Pegasus 7. Mint and chocolate 8. “The Raven” is the name of a poem by Boston native Edgar Allan Poe, who died in Baltimore. 9. Molasses 10. California (the first California gold claim to be endorsed by the President, James Polk) 11. “The House of the Seven Gables” by Nathaniel Hawthorne 12. Because the ancient games at Olympia, Greece, were held every four years. 13. Death Valley 14. “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” 15. 1945 16. The U.S. Congress 17. Many go below water in ponds and obtain oxygen through the skin 18. They are film villains. 19. 16 20. “Pride and Prejudice”

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