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Central MA Local Happenings

Blackstone Valley

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“Building a Ballpark” A discussion with Larry Lucchino & Janet Marie Smith,
dicussion about Polar Park

Join the Blackstone Valley Chamber for a one hour session with Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith on Tuesday January 26th 2021 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

The session is a free live Zoom webinar.

Larry Lucchino is Chairman and Principal Owner of the Worcester Red Sox.
Janet Marie Smith serves as Executive Vice President of Planning & Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

You will learn about the magic behind “Building a Ballpark” the powerful relationship between Lucchino and Smith that has built iconic ballparks, and what the dynamic duo has planned for Worcester.

Presentation will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link one day prior to event.

To sign up, contact the  Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
(508) 234-9090 or


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The Bolton COA presents “Songbirds of the Northeast” with John Root (Naturalist)

The free virtual program will take place on January 26th at 11:00am.

To register, call Heather at 978-779-3314 or email


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Medway COA is offering online exercise classes for ALL levels (from stretching to full workouts). Both fitness instructors are wonderful and will work with you if you have specific needs or goals.

Please contact for more information.

Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

There are a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. We’re here to help give you the best information directly from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

*Note: this information is subject to change. It is best to consult the state website for the most up-to-date information about the vaccination process.

Who is able to be vaccinated now?

We are currently in Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution process. This means groups like clinical health workers, long-term care communities, congregate care settings, and emergency services are currently being prioritized for vaccination. Click here for a comprehensive list of the groups in each phase of the COVID-19 vaccination timeline.

Not eligible for Phase 1 vaccination?

Based on state information, the Department of Public Health aims to begin Phase 2 in February/March 2021. This means individuals with 2+ comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications), individuals age 75+, and residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing will begin receiving vaccines.

Where can someone go to get vaccinated?

There are several vaccination sites available across the state, including Gardner, Leominster, Southbridge, and Worcester. These vaccination sites are only for groups deemed eligible for Phase 1. To download a list of vaccination sites or view a map of vaccination locations, click here. The information is towards the bottom of the page.

Have additional questions?

The Department of Health has many frequently asked questions on their website ranging from vaccine safety to what the vaccination experience is like. Click here to be directed to their FAQ page.

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FCC Seeks Input on Providing Broadband Services and Devices to Low-Income Households

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking to provide broadband service and devices to low-income households. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the FCC to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will pay up to $50 for a broadband connection per qualifying household. On Tribal lands, that monthly discount may be up to $75 per month. The program will also purchase a device (such as a phone, laptop, or tablet) to connect to the Internet up to $100 of the cost of the device so long as the household contributes no less than $10 and no more than $50 for the device. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for the discounts provided.

Find more information about this request for comment.

Comments are due by February 16. Comments and replies may be filed electronically via ECFS:

All filings should refer to WC Docket No. 20-445. Filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. Comments may be filed by paper or by using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 45 L St, NE, Washington, DC 20554.

People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).

CMAA Updates

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Mark your calendars for May 3, 2021 because #ElderCare2021 is coming to a screen near you!

Learn about local resources and information for older adults in Central Massachusetts virtually. We’ll be broadcasting the event online and across the region on cable access starting on May 3rd.Presented by:

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsored by:

Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office,

Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, WTAG News Radio,

and The Vitality Magazine