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In this Issue:

Happening in our Community

COVID Update

Legislative Update

Statewide Updates

Office Hours

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We wanted to send this newsletter before Veteran's Day, to let you know of the opportunities in each community to celebrate and honor our veterans.

Tewksbury: The Veteran's Day Ceremony will take place on November 11th at 11am at Tewksbury Town Common, 1009 Main Street, Tewksbury.

Andover: The Office of Veterans Services will be conducting their annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Thursday November 11th at 11:11am at Ballardvale Green, in the Ballardvale area of Andover.

Boxford: The James L. Melvin American Legion Post #379 will host the annual Veteran's Day Commemoration on November 11th at 11am at Melvin Green in East Boxford.  

North Andover: The annual Veteran's Day Parade kicks off at 10:15am at First and Main and goes up to Patriots Park for a brief ceremony.

Do you know, or are you, a Veteran or surviving spouse local to North Andover or Boxford who would like a ready-to-heat Thanksgiving dinner?  Please contact Veteran Services for North Andover and Boxford at 978-688-9525 by November 14th if you are interested. Meals will be delivered on November 20, 2021.




 

Happening in our Community

Veterans Lunch
It was an honor to join the Andover Veterans at their luncheon at the Senior Center last Friday. My father served alongside American soldiers in Vietnam, giving me a lifelong appreciation of those who serve. Thank you Andover vets, Andover Senior Center, and the Town of Andover for organizing this annual event and inviting me to join.

 

Feaster Five

 Team Tram will be participating in the Feaster Five Road Race this year! Although slightly different due to health and safety concerns, they will provide a wonderful Thanksgiving Day Race, celebrating Fitness, Family, Friends and Fun! The race is held on Thursday, November 25 at 8:30am; Kids’ race goes off at 7:45am.  Plenty of time to get home to the turkey!

Sign up here and search for “Team Tram” to join our team!!

 

North Andover Senior Center

Earlier this week I joined Rep. Christina Minicucci, Senators Tarr and DiZoglio at the official groundbreaking for North Andover’s new Senior Center. North Andover’s seniors are a growing population, and they deserve a facility that meets their many and varied needs. This new building will accommodate multiple programs for their mental and physical health, as well as social and cultural needs. Kudos to the town of North Andover for approving this project, especially Town Manager Melissa Rodrigues, COA Director Kathy Shelp, the Select Board, COA Board, former COA Director Irene O'Brien, and many others who made today happen. I can’t wait to see the finished building!

 

Ballardvale Fire Station

It was an honor to join Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, Fire Chief Michael Mansfield, Rep. Frank Moran, Andover Fire Services, and the A for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Ballardvale Fire Station in honor of former Andover Fire Chief and Selectman William T. Downs, a WWII veteran who served in the Fire Department for 31 years, 10 as Fire Chief.  He was also a neighbor, and I was glad to see his wife Bunny and daughters at the event celebrating his life as a true publi servant.

Join A Better Chance, Andover

ABC Andover is looking for a Resident Assistant for the ABC House on Main St. in Andover. R.A.s are on duty between 15-25 hrs per week on a rotating schedule. They supervise dinner & study hours, support students in their academics and personal development, and help to create a family atmosphere for our Scholars.

Compensation: Free Room & Board (private room, dinner 4 nights), Cable, Internet, Utilities, Off-Street Parking. A driver's license, car, and auto insurance are required. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to: recruiting@andoverabc.org. For more information check here or Facebook.com/ABCAndover. 

There IS such a thing as a free lunch

The USDA has approved free meals for ALL students through June 30, 2022. The Andover, North Andover, and Tewksbury school districts have announced that all meals, including breakfast and lunch, will be served at no cost for the entire 2021-2022 school year. For more information, visit Andoverschoolnutrition.com, North Andover Public Schools, or Tewksbury Public Schools.  Masconomet has a free lunch option available to all enrolled students; other lunch choices are available for purchase.
 

COVID Update

Vaccinations for Children 5-11
Children ages 5 to 11 are now able to receive the Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at 500+ locations, including pharmacies, primary care practices, regional collaboratives, local boards of health, community health centers, hospital systems, state-supported vaccination sites and mobile clinics.

How to find a Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

 

  1. Parents who prefer to have their child vaccinated by their primary care provider should call their provider’s office directly.

  2. Visit the VaxFinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of hundreds of available locations. Residents will be able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering the Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments will be available online in the coming days. Many locations will be booking appointments out weeks in advance.

  3. For individuals who are unable to use VaxFinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is 2-1-1 (M-F 8:30 AM - 6 PM, Sat/Sun 9 AM – 2 PM). The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.

Locally, GLFHC clinics in Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill are offering COVID vaccines for anyone 5+ and also boosters. Make your appointment here:  https://glfhc.org/covid-19-vaccine-signup-form/ 

All state supported vaccination clinics will offer low-sensory vaccinations for children with disabilities.

Additionally, the Administration has partnered with several non-traditional, youth friendly locations for pediatric vaccination clinics including the Discovery Museum in Acton, the Museum of Science in Boston, The Springfield Museums, and the EcoTarium in Worcester. Appointments for these clinics are available now on the VaxFinder tool.

Visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccinekids for more information. To view more information from the CDC, please click here.
 

Boosters

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters are now available for eligible residents. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots are now available to the following categories, who received their second shot at least 6 months ago:

Individuals 65 years and older

Individuals 18+ who live in long-term care settings

Individuals 18+ who have underlying medical conditions

Individuals 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots are now available to:

All individuals 18 and older who received a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago.

CDC allows for “mixing and matching” of different COVID-19 booster doses. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. The Administration recommends that residents with questions about which booster is right for them should ask their health care provider for advice.

To view more information from the CDC, visit here.

Massachusetts residents are able to receive COVID-19 booster doses from more than 460 locations, with appointments available now for booking. You can schedule appointments online at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/ or at one of the Vaccine sites listed below. Or you can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (M-F 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat/Sun 9am-2pm) by calling 2-1-1. The Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.
 

 

By the Numbers
Schools are required to report positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff members weekly here.  Between Oct 28-Nov 3, school districts across the State reported a total of 2,218 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Of those, 1,879 were students and 339 were staff. Positive cases were reported in Andover (4 students 2 staff), North Andover (8 students 2 staff), and Tewskbury (5 students).

CDC Issues Guidance for Upcoming Holidays
The CDC advises that getting vaccinated is the best way to minimize risk to all, but especially those ineligible for vaccines like young children. If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends wearing a well-fitting mask in indoor settings. Additionally, masks are recommended even for fully vaccinated people in communities with substantial to high transmission. If you are sick or have symptoms, get a COVID-19 test and do not host or attend a gathering. If traveling, wear a mask on any mode of public transportation, and consider delaying travel if not vaccinated.

We have several tools to stop the spread of COVID-19:

1. Masks. The Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has extended the mask mandate for all K-12 public school students until January 15. Exceptions are made for students who can’t wear masks for medical or behavioral reasons, and for children under age 5. Schools that have reached an 80% threshold of vaccination among students and staff can submit a request to waive the mask requirement. 

There is an indoor mask mandate for all buildings in Boxford.  Andover has expanded the indoor mask requirement to all public buildings (this does not apply to businesses and restaurants). North Andover has an indoor mask mandate at all municipal buildings. Tewksbury’s Senior Center is requiring masks in the building.

2. Testing.  If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, or are experiencing even mild symptoms, get tested. Rapid Antigen home tests are available at most drugstores. The more accurate PCR test is available at a wide variety of testing locations; see below for a local list, or visit About COVID-19 Testing on the Mass.gov website.

3. Vaccination. The FDA has granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 16 and up. This means the vaccine is no longer under Emergency Use Authorization. Moderna has applied for full approval, and J & J is expected to apply by the end of the year.


Vaccine Locations:

Mass.gov Vaxfinder site: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

The Danvers Vaccination & Booster Clinic has capacity to administer 300 doses daily and can ramp up to capacity for 1,000 doses daily. The clinic will offer Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters, as well as primary series doses. Appointments can be booked by visiting vaxfinder.mass.gov with walk ins also accepted. Language translation services will be available on site. Transformative Healthcare will serve as the provider for this clinic.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) locations in Haverhill, Methuen and Lawrence: https://glfhc.org/covid-19-vaccine-signup-form/

Lawrence General Hospital: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/lawrencegeneral

Lowell General Hospital: https://www.lowellgeneralvaccine.com/

CVS Booking Site: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens Booking site: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

 

Legislative Update

Labor and Workforce Development
On Tuesday, I had the honor of chairing the final public hearing of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee, in which we discussed many important bills about worker protections. I thank Chair Cutler for the opportunity to conduct the hearing, and I look forward to working with the committee on these bills. You can watch the hearing at https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/4069 

 

 

Hate Crimes Bill Hearing Coming Soon

The Hate Crimes Reform bill that I filed with Attorney General Maura Healey and Senator Adam Hinds is coming up for a hearing this fall.  If you’d like to submit testimony for this bill, please contact me at Tram.Nguyen@mahouse.gov.


Andover Students Inspire Legislation
Working with Andover's Destination Imagination students, I filed H.4189 to Establish the Blue-spotted Salamander as the official amphibian of the Commonwealth, which people from across the Commonwealth overwhelmingly chose! Salamanders are vital to their ecosystem, but the loss of their habitats due to climate change and other factors has led to endangerment for many species. I was proud of Destination Imagination students Diya Ganesh, Sriniketh Velagapudi, Shreya Godhani, Mahathi Veluri, Abhinav Bapanapalli and Julia Strong, who testified today in the public hearing! Read more about this story here and find out more about this bill and see template testimony here.

Written testimony should be addressed to Committee Chairs Cabral and Pacheco and emailed to their staff at jordan.latham@mahouse.gov and mary.wasylyk@masenate.gov. The deadline to submit written testimony is Friday, November 19th at 5pm. 

 

Maternal Health

The Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Commission invites you to a remote public meeting and listening session on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm. It is anticipated that public testimony via the remote hearing will begin at approximately 6:00 pm, following other Commission business. The listening session will focus on maternal health efforts and experiences in the North Shore, South Shore, South Coast, and Cape Cod. 

The Commission is especially interested in hearing from People of Color, including maternal health practitioners, birthing people, birthing partners, mothers, fathers, and other family members affected by maternal mortality or severe maternal morbidity. Commission members are especially interested in learning about best practices, and barriers to accessing care. To that end, your experiences, expertise, and testimony will be critical. Interested participants can sign up to testify and/or submit written testimony using this link: https://bit.ly/rimh1115.

 

Statewide Updates

RMV Closed This Weekend

Beginning Saturday, November 13th at 1:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 14th at 12:00 p.m., the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is migrating to a new infrastructure platform. During this time, the following resources will *not* be available: web transactions, myRMV online transactions, and online access to the RMV system. Additionally, no inspection stations will be open to inspect any vehicles. Please plan accordingly.

 

Home Energy Help

Home energy prices are rising this winter due to global demand. The Massachusetts Attorney General's office just released information to help out customers who may be struggling to pay. Visit the Massachusetts Attorney General’s website for more information: www.mass.gov/ago/fuelassistance

If you're struggling to make payments, call your provider today to discuss flexible payment options or balance forgiveness. Be wary of of electric suppliers that try to lure you in with deceptive deals. Visit the AGO website for up to date information and assistance to stay warm this winter.

Don't delay in applying for income-eligible assistance--contact your utility to apply for an income-eligible rate for a discount on your bill. You may also qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP eligibility is evaluated by your gross household income for the past four weeks. Contact your local community action agency for more details on how to apply to LIHEAP.

www.masscap.org/heatinghelpma  

www.mass.gov/hed/fuel  

Cold Relief Hotline: 800-632-8175


If you don't qualify for income-based assistance, you still may be eligible for other funds. If your household income is 60-80 percent of the state median income, you could be able to receive help from the Good Neighbor Energy Fund: www.magoodneighbor.org/assistance 

 

Eviction Update

If you are facing eviction or housing instability, the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) has made four videos that may help you know your rights. These videos encourage tenants to stay in their homes, apply for rental assistance, and get legal help.  These videos are also posted on Twitter and Facebook. You can also access and share the videos through Vimeo. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  

Tenants and landlords can also look for information and advice at masshousinginfo.org/.  Landlords can also find information here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/information-for-landlords-on-emergency-housing-assistance. Tenants and owner-occupants of 2-3 family homes can find legal help by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) site at evictionlegalhelp.org/find-legal-help/.
 

Unemployment

Last month, many COVID-related unemployment benefits ended. If you fall into this category and are still unable to find work, there are steps that you can take to apply for extended benefits or learn about training programs. Please visit this fact sheet from Greater Boston Legal Services for more information. 

Also, visit MassHire for job opportunities and additional information.  

 

Office Hours

 

For everyone’s safety we will continue to hold virtual office hours on the first Friday of the month 10-11am, and the third Tuesday 5-6pm. Constituents won’t have to leave home to talk to me and my team; just make an appointment at https://calendly.com/teamtram/officehours and we’ll send you a Zoom link.  The next office hours are coming up on Tuesday Nov. 16; be sure to sign up by noon on Monday 11/15. Looking forward to discussing the issues that are important to you!

 

 

Sincerely,

Tram T. Nguyen, Esq.
State Representative, 18th Essex District

 

 

COVID Testing Locations

 

Pentucket Medical ExpressCare

370 Merrimack St, Lawrence, MA 01843

617-724-7000

8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri

8:30am-2:00pm Sat-Sun

 

AFC Urgent Care North Andover

129 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA 01845

978-470-0800

8:00am-8:00pm Monday- Sunday (walkin 2-6pm)

https://afcurgentcarenorthandover.com/telemedicine-urgent-care/ 

 

CVS - Main Street North Andover Covid-19 Testing Site

109 Main St, North Andover, MA 01845

978) 682-0941

By appointment only MinuteClinic  

 

Walgreens - Waverley Road - North Andover

800 Waverly Rd, North Andover, MA 01845

978-681-1530

By appointment only COVID-19 Testing | Select Location 

 

Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center - All Drive-through and Walk-up Testing

70 General St, Lawrence, MA 01840

978-946-8409

Hours vary - Visit Website https://www.lawrencegeneral.org/about-us/covid-19-testing 

 

Circle Health Urgent Care - Tewksbury

1574 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

978-323-5945

8:00am-8:00pm Mon-Sun 

Book an Appointment to Urgent Care

 

CareWell Urgent Care Tewksbury

345 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

978-851-4683

8:00am-8:00pm Mon-Sun 

Tewksbury

 

CVS - Tewksbury - Main St Poct Covid - 19 Testing

1900 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

978-851-6856

By appointment only MinuteClinic 

 

Walgreens - Main Street - Tewksbury

2341 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

978-988-5534

By Appointment Only

 

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (Methuen site)

147 Pelham St, Methuen, MA 01844

978-685-7663

3:00pm-6:00pm Mon-Fri / 9:00am-12:00pm Sat

 

AFC Urgent Care Methuen

380 Merrimack St, Methuen, MA 01844

978-975-0700

8:00am-8:00pm Mon-Sun

 

CVS - Wilmington - Main St Poct Covid-19 Testing Site

222 Main St, Wilmington, MA 01887

978-658-3377

By appointment only MinuteClinic 

 

Middleton Family Medicine

147 S Main St, Middleton, MA 01949

978-774-2555

Hours vary - Visit Website

 

CVS - Maple Street Middleton Covid-19 Testing Site

220 Maple Street, Middleton, MA 01949

978-774-1061 

By appointment only

 

Walgreens - S Main Street - Middleton

235 S Main Street, Middleton, MA 01949

978-762-8522

By appointment only

 
 

For more information, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#should-i-be-tested?-

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