Taunton Police Chief Attends Meeting with Governor Baker About Naloxone Grant Funding

 Taunton Police Department
Chief Edward James Walsh
23 Summer St.
Taunton, MA 02780

Thursday, June 28, 2018

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-742-3922
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Taunton Police Chief Attends Meeting with Governor Baker About Naloxone Grant Funding

TAUNTON — Police Chief Edward Walsh met with Governor Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders at an event in Brockton today to announce that Taunton will be one of several communities to receive grant funding to assist with the opioid crisis.

The Taunton Police Department will be receiving grant funding to help purchase the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and pay for the cost of overdose response training. Naloxone is commonly known by the brand name Narcan.

At the meeting and press event, Governor Baker announced that $940,000 in grant money would go to 33 police and fire departments across the state.

“Our police and fire departments are often first on the scene of an overdose and it is critical that they have access to the medication they need to save an individual’s life,” said Governor Baker. “Our Administration remains committed to providing resources to our communities to curb this public health epidemic, and to stemming the tide of overdose deaths in Massachusetts.”

In addition to Chief Walsh attending, the police and fire chiefs from Brockton were at the event, in addition to the police chiefs from Fall River and New Bedford.

The First Responder Naloxone grants, which are funded by the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, range from $5,000 to $50,000 based on the population of each city and town.

In addition to overdose rescue training and purchasing naloxone, the funds can be used to promote the state’s Good Samaritan Law, which encourages anyone who witnesses an overdose to seek help from professionals by providing the caller, and the person who overdosed, protection from arrest and prosecution for drug possession.

“Broad distribution and access to naloxone is one key strategy of the Commonwealth’s response to the opioid epidemic,” Secretary Sudders said. “The Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchasing Program was established to allow communities to purchase this life-saving medication at a discounted rate and by making naloxone more accessible, we can save more lives and provide opportunities for treatment and recovery.”

The first half hour of the event included a private meeting between Governor Baker, Secretary Sudders and the chiefs.

“Naloxone has been proven to save lives as we work diligently to fight this opioid epidemic,” Chief Walsh said. “Every bit helps and I thank Governor Baker’s administration for their commitment to helping communities like Taunton.”

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Melrose Police Receive Grant to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 9, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Receive Grant to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department recently received a grant to improve traffic safety on local roads for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The grant is administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research – Highway Safety Division.

The $5,502.81 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be used to pay for overtime enforcement to increase traffic law compliance by all road users. The Melrose Police Department is also eligible to purchase equipment to enhance the visibility of crosswalks and to buy bicycle helmets.

With nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2016 across the country, pedestrians now account for a larger proportion (16 percent) of traffic fatalities than they have in the past 33 years. In Massachusetts, that rate is even higher, with pedestrians representing more than 20 percent of all traffic fatalities. Nationally, bicyclists are also dying at a higher rate. In 2016, 840 individuals were killed on the roads–the highest number of fatalities since 1991.

“We are pleased to receive this grant which will help us keep the community safe,” said Chief Lyle. “The change of seasons means more pedestrians and bicyclists are out on the roads and we want to minimize accidents so that all people can get to where they need to be without any problems.”

Melrose was one of 84 police departments to receive part of the $375,000 in funding specifically provided to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the Commonwealth.

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Greater Lawrence Tech Awarded Silvio Cella Family Foundation Grant

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Greater Lawrence Tech Awarded Silvio Cella Family Foundation Grant

ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that the Greater Lawrence Technical School football program received a grant from the Silvio Cella Family Foundation this week.

GLTS football was awarded a $3,000 grant during a ceremony at the school on May 7. The grant was given with the intention of improving the GLTS football program and inspiring student athletes to keep up their hard work and dedication in the classroom and on the field.

The Silvio Cella Family Foundation awards grants to four football programs from high schools across Massachusetts each year. Grant funds serve a variety of purposes and are used to improve playing conditions, increase player safety and purchase needed equipment required by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Officials also hope to use the funding for team-building activities.

“We are overcome with gratitude to the Cella family for their generosity and for choosing GLTS for this year’s grant,” said Tony Sarkis, GLTS head varsity football coach. “Our student athletes are very dedicated to football and will grow in their physical, intellectual and emotional abilities, something that I am sure would make Silvio Cella proud.”

The Silvio Cella Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in April 2010. Its mission is to carry on the legacy of renowned Massachusetts high school football Coach Silvio Cella by giving football programs the support they need for success. One of the main goals of the foundation is to aid young men on and off the field by preparing them for college, careers and a family. Since its inception, the Silvio Cella Family Foundation has donated more than $100,000 to high school football programs throughout the state.

About Coach Cella
Silvio Cella had a distinguished career in high school and college athletics as a student/athlete, coach and administrator. He began his professional career at Revere High School as a mathematics teacher in 1950. Cella was appointed athletic director at Revere High School in 1959, where he also served as head football coach for 28 years.

During his tenure as head football coach at Revere High School, Cella achieved many distinctions, including being named Massachusetts Coach of the Year and National Sons of Italy Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the National Football Federation Hall of Fame. He retired in 1983 as Revere High’s all-time winningest coach, and died in April 2010 at age 87.

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Farmington School District Earns Grants to Launch Robotics Program

SAU 61
Ruth Ellen Vaughn, Superintendent
35 School Street
Farmington, NH 03835

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Farmington School District Earns Grants to Launch Robotics Program

FARMINGTON — Superintendent Ruth Ellen Vaughn is pleased to announce that the Farmington School District received two grants to support the creation of an after school robotics program in its elementary, middle and high schools.

In October, the New Hampshire Department of Education awarded the Farmington School District with a $9,815 grant to be used to purchase robotics kits at all three schools and fund a stipend for coaches as well as competition costs.

Additionally, in December, the district received a Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant for just over $26,000 to enhance schools’ technology curricula.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offerings will increase both in the classroom and after school, impacting approximately 700 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Those who choose to participate in the after school robotics club will learn about programming, build new robots, partake in area competitions, collaborate with students in other school districts and understand the impact of robotics on the workforce today and in the future.

“The creation of a robotics team at all three schools directly aligns with the Farmington School District’s goal of further developing students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and math,” Superintendent Vaughn said. “We’re so thankful to have received this funding, especially given the increasing amount of career opportunities out there in STEM related fields.”

After receiving its first grant in October, the Farmington High School Robotics Club — led by teachers Shannon McCracken-Barber, Hanna Owens and Charles Trainor — began working to develop the plans to develop a self-sustaining robotics team. They secured a partnership with Great Bay Community College and work with Information Systems Technology professor Mike Harrison, who is the team’s designated higher-education mentor.

High school robotics students dubbed themselves “The STEAM Makers” and are preparing for their first competition on March 2-4 in Windham.

“I do this because of my friends,” said Farmington High School sophomore Conner Beaton. “The people that I’m doing this with are amazing. I love them all. I wouldn’t want any other team.”

Students in third through eighth grade have begun meeting weekly at the Henry Wilson Memorial School under the supervision of teachers Jennifer Thomas, Brian Hall and Thomas Pringle to plan, develop, design and build Lego-based robots.

For more information about the district’s robotics clubs, contact Director of Curriculum and Assessment Melissa Lefevbre at 603-775-2627 or mlefevre@sau61.org.

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