THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2024 Page 5 Make a difference as a hospice volunteer! Online training to begin June 3 C are Dimensions, the region’s largest provider of hospice care, will hold online training classes for those interested in becoming volunteers for the nonprofi t organization. You can make a diff erence in a patient’s life by: • Engaging in a shared interest or hobby • Helping with letter-writing or life review • Visiting with your approved dog • Reading to the patient • Listening and providing a supportive, comforting presence Care Dimensions volunteers visit patients in their homes, in facilities and at its hospice houses. If patient visits are not the right fi t, you can volunteer in other ways, such as providing administrative offi ce support or making checkin phone calls to current patients or bereaved family members. PARKWAY | FROM Page 1 juana businesses to 20 percent of the number of package stores in a city or town. “For Revere, that means three facilities,” Skwierawski told the committee, saying that zoning could allow retail shops in specifi c zoning districts or the council could create an overlay district. He added that Fitchburg’s zoning required a 300-foot buff er zone between a marijuana business and any place children could congregate, but he added that could be waived if permit applicants could show they were actively preventing marketing to children. “It’s good to have a rule of thumb but not to be too rigid,” he said. Skwierawski said that in Fitchburg there were guardrails for permit granting authorities, such as requirements for public safety plans. But he added that strong permit applicants understand that need and often work with law enforcement to develop security plans. “If you do it right, ask the right questions, put the right guardrails in place, they operate like any other retail store,” he said. “I don’t think I would be a proponent of this, but I would like to see a lot of feedback from the community about how they feel about having this in their neighborhoods. I would also want to see strong evidence of the revenue benefi t before I sign onto this,” said Councillor-at-Large Michelle Kelly. Councillor-at-Large Robert Haas asked Skwierawski about the three percent community impact fee allowed by the state. Skwierawski said there have been problems with that fee and the Training will be held via Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–11 a.m., June 3–26 (register by May 24). For more information or to register, please go to www. CareDimensions.org/Volunteers or email VolunteerInfo@CareDimensions.org. About Care Dimensions: Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a nonprofi t, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support in more than 100 communities in Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they live — in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or Cannabis Control Commission now requires communities to show the impact marijuana businesses have on a municipality, such as the need for an additional police offi cer, fi refi ghters or other expenses. City Council President Anthony Cogliandro asked Skwierawski about Fitchburg’s experience with traffic and revenue. Skwierawski said there were some well-thought-out traffi c plans in place for the fi rst few month’s retail sales were allowed. Fitchburg was one of the fi rst cities to permit retail marijuana, and he said that was when there were lines going down streets. Police details and other traffi c control measures were put in place, he said, but afCare Dimensions Hospice Volunteer Michael Person of Wakefi eld, Mass. (Courtesy photo) at its two inpatient hospice facilities: the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Additionally, Care Dimensions’ HomeMD program provides in-home primary care to patients over age 65 in select communities on the North Shore and Greater Boston who have diffi culty leaving home. The Care Dimensions Learning Institute educates more than 7,000 health care professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. Please visit www.CareDimensions.org to learn more about Care Dimensions. ter a couple of months, they were no longer necessary. The city planner agreed with committee members that creating a commission to review applicants to ensure the city is bringing in strong businesses is a good idea. “You’ll see the good ones when they apply,” he told the committee. Councillor Silvestri said the city has had 15 years since the cannabis bill allowing retail marijuana sales passed. “We got to see the Cannabis Control Commission work out all the kinks,” said Silvestri. The committee agreed to continue the discussion on retail marijuana and its potential benefi ts to Revere. 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