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Every day, every call has the potential for danger and the brave EMT’s of BOSTON EMS continue to do their job serving and taking care of the City of Boston. Their hard work, even on calls that don’t make the news, make our City safer and we thank them for it.

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Hospitals and HMOs Provided $800 Million in Community Benefits for Massachusetts Residents

OAG MA reports - BOSTON — Massachusetts hospitals provided $641 million and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) contributed $160 million in community benefits for residents of Massachusetts in Fiscal Year 2018, according to reports published today by Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office.   “Investments by Massachusetts hospitals and HMOs are integral to addressing community health needs,” said AG Healey said. “I want to thank Massachusetts hospitals, health plans, and community…
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Atlantic Strong news – Coast Guard repatriates 44 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following 2 at-sea interdictions in the Mona Passage

US Coast Guard reports – SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley (WPC-1117) repatriated 44 Dominican migrants and transferred them to Dominican Naval authorities Friday morning in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, following the interdiction of two illegal migrant voyages Tuesday and Wednesday in the Mona ; Six other migrants interdicted in both voyages are facing possible federal prosecution in Puerto…
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Awareness

MOTORIST ADVISORY – INCREASE COMING TO BOSTON PARKING METER RATES

The increase will more closely align parking meter fees with other cities and expand on-street parking availability in high traffic areas of ;The City of Boston's rates continue to remain some of the lowest in the country. Resident and Visitor Parking Awareness. City of Boston Mayor's Office reports - Boston, MA: The Boston Transportation Department is reminding residents that updates to the City’s parking meter fees…
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Atlantic

Hurricane Season Preparedness

MEMA HQ reports - 2019 Hurricane Season Begins June 1st marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through November 30th. While the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted New England occurred during the months of August and September, now is the time to begin preparing yourself, your family, your home, and your business. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric…
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BOSTON STRONG news – David Ortiz’s condition upgraded to ‘good’

BOSTON STRONG news - Boston, MA: Major League Baseball (MLB) New York Matt Kelly reports - Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz's condition was upgraded to "good" as he recovers from the bullet wound he suffered June 9 in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, shared the latest update on the beloved slugger on Tuesday. Ortiz was previously in guarded condition. “This morning, David’s condition…
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USE PRECAUTION AND COMMON SENSE SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

City of Boston reports Boston, MA: With summer upon us, the Inspectional Services Department would like to remind Boston residents to use precaution and common sense when utilizing decks, porches, balconies, and rooftops for any outdoor activity. These structures should be used for their intended purposes while keeping in mind their allotted capacity. The following are useful safety tips to keep in mind when occupying outdoor…
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UnBreaking News Disasters – General Court of the Commonwealth establishing a commission to study journalism in underserved communities

NEWS STRONG NEWS – Boston, MA: The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reports – Representative Ehrlich of Marblehead and Senator Crighton, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 181) of Lori A. Ehrlich, Brendan P. Crighton and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to local journalism in underserved communities. Community Development and…
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AMENDMENTS TO ‘BOSTON TRUST ACT’ ANNOUNCED

The updated City ordinance clarifies the roles of local law enforcement officials and federal immigration laws. Office of the Mayor reports - Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Councilor Josh Zakim today announced amendments to the "Boston Trust Act," a City ordinance that delineates the work of local law enforcement officials and federal immigration laws. Originally passed unanimously by the City Council and signed into…
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Awareness

BOSTON STRONG NEWS – Boston Red Sox baseball statement regarding retired star David Ortiz shooting

BOSTON STRONG NEWS - Boston, MA: Red Sox baseball Ian Browne Front Office reports Late last night we were made aware of an incident involving David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. David’s family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery. We have…
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JUNE IS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH

This month, we look at mental health resources for those struggling with PTSD. Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports - Many are aware of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a mental health condition that affects three to four percent of all people in the United States, and more than 10 percent of military veterans. It is a condition many experience following a significant traumatic event,…
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Boston Medical Center develops Innovative systematic model to address the social needs of patients

Boston Medical Center Develops Social Needs Screener as Part of Electronic Health Record to Improve Patient Outcomes Boston Medical Center Jenny Eriksen Leary reports - Boston, MA – Boston Medical Center (BMC) has implemented a social determinants of health screener for primary care patients in order to better identify and address patients’ unmet social needs. Clinician researchers developed the electronic health record-based (EHR) model, THRIVE,…
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Awareness

Beth Israel researchers uncover anti-cancer drug mechanism — in broccoli

BOSTON STRONG NEWS - Alvin Powell Harvard Gazette edu reports - New research has linked a compound found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables to one of the body’s most potent tumor-suppressing genes. The study says that the compound, called I3C, is involved in a complex chemical chain reaction that frees the tumor suppressor to do its job. The research also highlights the…
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Jury Convicts Home Health Agency Owner of Stealing $2.5 Million Dollars from MassHealth

Office of the AG reports WORCESTER, MA — After a 10-day jury trial, the owner of a home health agency that previously had offices in Dracut and Worcester has been convicted on charges in connection with stealing approximately $ million from the state’s Medicaid Program (MassHealth), Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. The owner of Lifestream Healthcare Alliance, Hellen Kiago, age 48, of Sturbridge, was convicted on…
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BOSTON STRONG Industrial Opioid Disaster – Boston First Responder save 1124 Opioid Overdose Lives in 6 months deploying naloxone. 20,948 Statewide Deployments in 2018

Boston Opioid Overdose Deaths 2014 -108; 2015 - 152; 2016 - 195; 2017 - 195; 2018 - 180 opioid deaths. The trend in annual number of confirmed and estimated cases of opioid-related overdose deaths for all intents from 2000 to 2018. In order to obtain timelier estimates of the total number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts - confirmed and probable - DPH used predictive…
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California Man Pleads Guilty to Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

BOSTON STRONG NEWS - DOJ BOSTON reports - BOSTON, MA – A California man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media.  Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, Calif., pleaded guilty to seven counts of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. District Court…
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Marathoners Raise $2 Million for Mass General

Their personal causes helped Mass General’s Boston Marathon® runners make it through rain and pain to the finish line. BOSTON STRONG NEWS - Mass General Ellen Barlow reports - On April 15, 2019, more than 190 runners on this year’s Mass General Marathon Team “did Boston,” pushing their limits to cross the finish line of Boston’s prestigious race. As of last count, those determined runners had cumulatively…
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