BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY’S READ YOUR WAY TO FENWAY SUMMER ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS CELEBRATE AT AUGUST 27 RED SOX GAME

Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer reading contest concluded as winners celebrated a summer of reading and enjoyed Sunday afternoon’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Youth ages 5-17 were encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the chance to attend the game; 624 children participated in the program and more than 500 winners were chosen.

The on-field winners, who were part of a pre-game ceremony Sunday afternoon, include Raymond Gonzalez - Mattapan Branch, Jamie Fulton - Uphams Corner Branch, Annika Joyce Meyer - Honan Allston Branch, and Anand Koulomzin from the Connolly Branch.

“Boston Public Library’s young readers submitted hundreds of thoughtful essays and capped off a summer of learning with one of Boston’s most beloved summertime traditions.  I am grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of this unique summer reading program that further develops reading and literacy skills during out of school time,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library.

In addition to the Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest, youth and adults participated in summer reading programs throughout the Boston Public Library system from June through August, engaging in a variety of enriching skill-building programs.

Read Your Way to Fenway is generously sponsored by John Hancock, the Red Sox Foundation, and the Boston Public Library.

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Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.


Commissioner Barbieri and Mayor Sarno Announce ShotSpotter Expansion

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states that he is “thankful to the negotiation efforts of Police Commissioner John Barbieri and CAFO TJ Plante, in partnership with our administration and our City Council, that we will be expanding the reach of ‘ShotSpotter’ further into Mason Square and the ‘X’ area of Forest Park. Unfortunately, the scourge of urban America continues to be gun violence. This expansion, along with proactive initiatives, enhances our continued crime fighting abilities, in enabling our brave and dedicated police officers to respond very quickly to get these negative individuals and guns off our streets. Through Commissioner Barbieri’s leadership overall crime is down nearly 20% this year alone – our goal will continue to be the eradication of gun violence.”

Commissioner Barbieri said, “This expansion was based on an analytical study of three years of data for shots fired incidents and calls for service related to shots fired. ShotSpotter is a tremendous asset to the Police Department in regards to rapid response, assistance to victims, apprehension of criminals, and the collection of evidence to assist with prosecutions.  The community benefits from  not only the near instantaneous police notification of a firearms incident but also from a deterrence aspect as criminals become aware that shots fired will result in prioritized police responses.”

City Councilor Tom Ashe, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said, “Any tools that assist our officers in performing their duty should be in place. The ShotSpotter technology has proven to be an invaluable part of modern policing and I’m very happy that we are expanding its reach.”


VERMONT AWARDED FIRST-EVER PACESETTER PRIZE FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

Vermont recognized as leader in the field of aging and disability by The SCAN Foundation

Vermont has been awarded the inaugural Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and Access in recognition of its continued progress in improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities across the state.

Vermont was selected by The SCAN Foundation as the Pacesetter Prize winner for Affordability and Access because of its innovative practices in providing accessible, affordable, quality health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) coverage for its residents. The prize was awarded based on Vermont’s performance on AARP’s 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard. Vermont moved up from being ranked 19th in the 2011 Scorecard to 3rd in the nation in 2017, exhibiting more improvement in affordability and access than any other state. It has also risen through the ranks in overall LTSS performance, moving from being ranked 20th in 2011 to 3rd in the nation in 2017.

“The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), in conjunction with many valued community partners, has worked hard to build a system of care for older Vermonters and Vermonters with disabilities that honors choice, independence, meaningful connection to community, and affordability,” said Governor Phil Scott. “There is still work to be done, but we are proud to have Vermont stand as a national leader in delivery of long-term services and supports, and we are truly honored that our great state has been selected as the inaugural recipient of The SCAN Foundation’s Pacesetter Prize.”

“Vermont’s commitment to reducing costs while increasing access to long-term services and supports for its residents has made it a pacesetter,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, President and CEO of The SCAN Foundation. “These actions are fundamental for states to prepare, particularly for the growing population of older Americans, and we commend Vermont for leading the way.”

The Pacesetter Prize will be formally presented to the State at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and press.  Light refreshments will be served.  Governor Phil Scott, members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation, Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille, DAIL Commissioner Monica Caserta Hutt, state legislative leaders and partners in the delivery of LTSS will be in attendance to celebrate this collaborative achievement.