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EColi in The Commonwealth


***PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY***

 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Continues to Investigate

E. coli O157:H7 Cases Linked to Beef from Adams Farm in Athol, Mass.

 

BOSTON – On Saturday, September 24, the United States. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Class 1 recall notice for meat products processed on at least 27 days between July 21 and September 22, at Adams Farm Slaughterhouse located in Athol, Mass. (USDA Establishment Number 5497).

 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating four cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in Massachusetts residents who reported consuming beef processed by Adams Farm during the period in question.

 

A full list describing products and lot numbers from Adams Farm subject to this recall can be found by visiting the USDA website at the following link:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2016/recall-087-2016-release

 

Consumers who have purchased these products and still have them, fresh or frozen, should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

 

The meat products listed in this recall were shipped to wholesale distributers, restaurants, retail stores, and farmer’s markets in Massachusetts and neighboring states. Adams Farm is contacting all of its retail and wholesale customers to notify them about the recall. The most up-to-date distribution list of retail establishments that received products from Adams Farm can be viewed by selecting the “Distribution List PDF” link on the USDA recall notice above.


About E. coli O157:H7

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and in older adults. It is marked by easily bruised or grayish skin and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. No cases of HUS have been reported in this investigation.

 

The DPH recommends that people should always consume only fully-cooked ground meat, regardless of place of purchase, including organic, grass-fed, and locally-sourced beef. Cooking meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the bacteria.

 

Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult their health care provider, their local board of health, or the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800, which is available 24/7.

 

 

 

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More MassDOT Paving This Week


MassDOT will pave Water Street between Pond Street and Anawan Street on Thursday, September 29, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

 

A portion of roadway near the Gates of the City will also be paved during this timeframe. Traffic will be maintained; however, the work will require lane closures.

 

 

MassDOT will also continue paving on I-195 East and West at both ends of the Braga Bridge during the week of September 26.

 

The overnight closures take place Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 PM each night to 6:00 AM the following morning. One travel lane will be maintained in each direction at all times

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UMass Cornerstone in New Bedford


The UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) reached a major construction milestone today on its $55 million, 76,000 square foot expansion in New Bedford. University students, faculty and staff were joined by state and local officials to celebrate the “topping off” of the steel infrastructure of the facility.

 

UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) is the largest marine science program in the UMass system. The new facility is being built in collaboration with the state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to create major marine science hub in the nation’s top fishing port.

 

The new facility will join a 35,000 SMAST facility on Clark’s Cove in New Bedford. The expansion will bring more than 150 faculty, students, and staff of SMAST and DMF together to engage in education, research and policy related to commercial fishing, coastal preservation, ocean observation, and climate change.

 

‌‌Coastal and marine-related activities are critical to the economy and quality of life for the Commonwealth. The combined economic impact of the coastal and marine economies of Massachusetts has been estimated to exceed $130 billion and directly employs more than 1.3 million people.

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The Clock Ticks on Voter Registration in MA


With the first presidential debate accelerating the focus on the presidential election,
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin reminds Massachusetts residents that the
deadline to register to vote in that election is only three weeks away.
 
“To be eligible to vote in the November 8 election for president you have to be registered
by October 19, which is just three weeks from this Wednesday,” Secretary Galvin said, adding
that voters that day will also elect members of Congress, the Governor’s Council, the state
Legislature, and certain county officials.
 
“Voters will also decide the four initiative questions on the state ballot, as well as a
number of local questions in various cities and towns,” he added.
 
If you are a United States citizens and will be at least 18 years of age on November 8,
you can register to vote online, or by mail, or in person at your local city or town election office,
the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office, or as part of certain
transactions at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
 
To register online you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
 
The online voter registration application https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ may also be used to
update your address or change party affiliation. Those voter registration forms must be submitted
online by midnight on the deadline, October 19.
 
If you wish to register by mail, you can download the registration form, complete and
sign it, and deliver it to your local election official. Mailed forms must be postmarked no later
than October 19.
 
You'll then be able to vote early for the first time in the Commonwealth on October 24. 
 
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The UMass Search Committee


LOWELL –The University of Massachusetts today officially launched a wide-ranging search for a new chancellor for UMass Dartmouth by creating a 16-member search committee that President Marty Meehan said has the experience and expertise needed to identify outstanding candidates for the position.
The Search Committee includes UMass Dartmouth faculty, students, alumni and staff, along with community representatives and members of the UMass Board of Trustees. UMass Trustee R. Norman Peters will chair the committee.

President Meehan sought input from the UMass Dartmouth campus community and from constituencies throughout the SouthCoast and beyond before making his Search Committee recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  The Trustees approved the committee unanimously.
“World class leadership at UMass Dartmouth is crucial to the campus and to the entire SouthCoast region,” President Meehan said. “The Committee is tasked with conducting a national search that will be comprehensive, transparent and inclusive.”

President Meehan added: “When I look at UMass Dartmouth, I see excellence -- the excellence in its marine science programs, the excellence in its nationally recognized engineering, business and nursing programs, and the powerful impact of its civic engagement activity. Our task now is to provide the campus with a chancellor of similar stature and accomplishment. We are aiming high and  intend to attract the very best.”

The Search Committee will be asked to develop a pool of candidates and to submit finalists to President Meehan, who will then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

“It’s important to get the right leader. UMass Dartmouth is an integral part of the SouthCoast community and a major force in driving the economy. We want to attract a chancellor who will build on the successes of the campus and take UMass Dartmouth to the next new level,” Trustee Chairman Victor Woolridge said.

“UMass Dartmouth is a critical engine for transformation and growth for the SouthCoast and is a vital asset for the Commonwealth and beyond,” Trustee Peters said. “Our committee’s goal is to conduct a diligent and comprehensive search that will help to identify the right person for this job -- the chancellor who can lead UMass Dartmouth into a new era of progress and achievement.”

Said President Meehan: “The members of this Search Committee have the credentials, the experience and the expertise needed to conduct an outstanding search and to bring forward highly qualified candidates for this position. The members of the committee have a deep understanding of the campus, of higher education and of the SouthCoast. This committee is diverse and distinguished and is well prepared to take on this significant responsibility.”

UMass Dartmouth, the only public research university in the state south of Boston, recently was designated as a doctoral level research institution by the national Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and ranked as a National Tier 1 university by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.
The campus is also home to UMass Law School, the only public law school in the Commonwealth.

With the elevation of UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston into the Top Tier, all four of the UMass undergraduate campuses are rated in the top category in the recently released U.S. News &World Report national rankings.

With a long tradition of commitment of civic engagement and commitment to the SouthCoast region, UMass Dartmouth is rated among the top 1 percent of universities and colleges nationwide on the President’s National Education Honor Roll for Community Service, with students contributing more than 230,000 hours of community service annually.

Former Chancellor Divina Grossman stepped down last December after three and a half years, during which UMass Dartmouth improved student retention rates, modernized facilities and added new degree programs aimed at meeting the state and region’s economic needs.

In January, Interim Chancellor Peyton Randolph (Randy) Helm was appointed to guide the campus during the transitional period. Helm, who came to UMass after serving 12 years as president of Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, has said he won’t be a candidate for the permanent position at UMass Dartmouth.

Helm said he stands ready to assist the search process, adding: “In my brief time here, I have learned of the power of this university to create upward social mobility for our students and strengthen the economic and social fabric of the region and Commonwealth. This is an amazing opportunity for the right leader.”

The members of the Search Committee are:

·        R. Norman Peters, Chairman, member of the UMass Board of Trustees and founding partner of the law firm of Peters & Sowyrda

·        Cynthia Cummings, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs, UMass Dartmouth

·        Kevin Delaney, UMass Dartmouth student member of the UMass Board of Trustees

·        Peggy Dias, executive director of IT Quality Assurance, UMass Dartmouth

·        Patricia Filippone, executive director, UMass Building Authority

·        Maria Furman, member of the UMass Board of Trustees, retired managing director and bond portfolio manager of Standish Ayer and Wood, UMass Dartmouth ’76 BA

·        Pingguo He, professor School for Marine Science & Technology, UMass Dartmouth

·        Shannon Jenkins, associate professor of political science and department chair, and Academic Director of Online Learning, UMass Dartmouth

·        James J. Karam, president, founder and CEO of First Bristol Corp. and former chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, UMass Dartmouth ’66 BS

·        Jacob Miller, former student member of the UMass Board of Trustees, UMass Dartmouth ’16 BA

·        Matthew Morrissey, vice president-Massachusetts, Deepwater Wind, UMass Dartmouth ’96 BA, former student member of the UMass Board of Trustees

·        Carolyn Flynn, general counsel and director of gift planning, UMass Foundation

·        Luis Pedroso, founder, president and CEO of Accutronics Inc.

·        Matthew Roy, assistant vice chancellor for civic engagement and director of the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and professor of ManagementUMass Dartmouth

·        James Sheehan, vice chancellor for administration and finance, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Dartmouth ’86  MBA

·        Glaucia Silva, associate professor, Department of Portuguese, and department chair, UMass Dartmouth.

For more information about the search: www.massachusetts.edu/chancellorsearch<http://www.massachusetts.edu/chancellorsearch>
 

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18 Trucks At Auction


The Fall River City Council has voted to approve a request from the Sixth Floor to declare 18 Robotic Arm Trash Trucks as Surplus Property. 

Its likely that the trucks will be sold at Auction; a New Hampshire Based Auction House made a presentation at a Council Session that lasted five and a half hours Monday Night. 

 

Council also heard from City Administrators regarding a $10 million Capital Investment Package. 

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MassDOT In Westport


 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting for Phase III of the Route 88 Resurfacing and Improvement Project in Westport.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the Westport Town Hall Annex located at 856 Main Road, Westport. 

 

Phase III is the third and final portion of the larger overall Route 88 resurfacing work from Route 6 to the end of the State Highway Layout near Cherry & Webb Lane. 

 

The Phase III Resurfacing Project consists of roadway resurfacing work and the provision of pedestrian and bicycle access accommodations along the most southerly portion of Route 88 from just north of Drift Road to the end of the State Highway Layout near Cherry & Webb Lane. 

 

This project is currently scheduled for advertising in Federal Fiscal Year 2017

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Umass Goes Tier One


UMass Dartmouth achieved a National Tier 1 designation in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released today, jumping from its previous designation as a regional university.


The university is ranked #220 among national universities, along with UMass Boston, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of North Carolina-Greensboro and others. UMass Dartmouth scored especially strong in its assessment by its peers and high school guidance counselors.


The National Tier 1 ranking follows the university’s designation as a doctoral research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education earlier this year.

 

UMass Dartmouth is the only Massachusetts doctoral research university located south of Boston.

UMass Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, and UMass Lowell are the only public national universities in Massachusetts.

 

UMass Boston made the jump from Tier 2 this year, meaning the entire UMass system is now ranked among Tier 1 national universities.

There are more than 3,000 degree-granting, four-year colleges and universities in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

 

Roughly 1 in 10, or 310 institutions, made it to the National Universities listing this year. The UMass campuses are the only Massachusetts public institutions included on the list.

 

Additionally, very few universities systems across the nation place all of their campuses in U.S. News’ top category.

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Milling Water Street


 

 

MassDOT will mill Water Street between Pond Street and Anawan Street on Friday, September 16, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

A portion of the roadway near the Gates of the City will also be milled during this timeframe.

 

Traffic will be maintained; however, the work will require lane closures.

 

This work is to prepare for final paving during the week of September 19. Another advisory will be distributed once paving details are finalized.

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Massachusetts Property Could Be Yours


 

Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg today announced the latest grouping of names that have been added to the states list of unclaimed property owners. Over 57,000 new properties worth millions of dollars are owed to individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth, including two of Massachusetts’ favorite sports teams, The Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots.

 

"Give us a call today,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “We currently hold over $2 billion in unclaimed property at Treasury and it could be yours. One in ten Massachusetts residents are owed money.”

 

Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. Most accounts are considered abandoned and are turned over to the state after three years of inactivity. Last year Treasury returned over $114 million in property to its rightful owners, making the Commonwealth the state to return the most money on a per-capita basis.

 

This newly released list includes only individuals and businesses with unclaimed property over $100. Treasurer Goldberg urged all citizens to check the comprehensive list for all amounts at www.findmassmoney.com or to call our live call center at 888-344-MASS (6277).

 

The full list of the new individuals and businesses added to the unclaimed property list will be published in the Boston Globe on Sunday, September 11 and in the Boston Herald on Sunday, September 18. In addition to these two papers the list of names will be published in over 30 regional and local papers.

 

The Treasury releases an updated list of unclaimed property assets every six months as the new accounts are turned over to the Commonwealth. There is no time limit for a person to claim this property and, in many cases, claimants will receive interest. 

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The Paving Begins


 Beginning on Monday night, September 12, MassDOT will implement alternating lane closures on I-195 East and West at both ends of the Braga Bridge.

 

The overnight closures will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 PM each night to 6:00 AM the following morning, and will continue for about three weeks.

 

One travel lane will be maintained in each direction at all times. The closures will allow the contractor to mill, pave, and stripe the highway connections to the Braga Bridge.

 

Drivers who must travel through the affected area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone.

 

MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

 

For more information on the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/route79project. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 781-774-0441 or email route79project@state.ma.us. View progress photos on MassDOT’s Route 79/Braga Bridge Flickr album.

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