West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Berlin
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Berlin, Massachusetts. In 2017, 5,496 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 290 samples were positive. Berlin had no WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2017.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Avoid Mosquito Bites • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant. • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home • Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
While Berlin Board of Health will continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies, locally we are working with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project to provide public education and limited spraying in the area where the infected mosquito was found; this will take place 8/6/18.
The Town of Berlin Library is currently accepting applications for the position of Library Page at the Berlin Public Library. The position is for 2-6 hours per week during Library hours. The starting salary is $11.00/HR.
The work includes shelving of library materials, shelf maintenance, and performing clerical tasks. Also may occasionally provide simple directions to patrons. Pages may be asked to perform simple physical tasks to support library programs or procedures. The work is performed under direct supervision and requires no prior knowledge of library procedures. May be asked to perform simple circulation desk duties. Does related work as required or requested.
Applications and resumes will be accepted at the Library until such time as the position is filled. Send resume and application to Library Director Town of Berlin, 23 Carter St. Berlin, MA 01503
Absentee ballots for the Sept. 4, 2018 State Primary are now available in the Berlin Town Clerk's office, Room 202, 2nd floor, Town Office Building, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, MA 01503. Hours are Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday nights from 7-9 p.m. ... See MoreSee Less
-Berlin Economic Development Committee Announcement-
Tomorrow (Tuesday) (6 PM) July 24th, at the Berlin Town Office building (23 Linden Street, Hearing Room 227), the Berlin Economic Development Committee will welcome Mike Kennealy, Assistant Secretary for Business Growth, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (bio below) as our guest and speaker.
Secretary Kennealy will present on how the Commonwealth can interface with small and business alike to promote growth and economic stability. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development promotes vibrant communities, growing businesses and a strong middle class. We invite residents as well as business owners and operators and anyone with business interests or questions to attend. We expect the presentation and Q & A to be complete within 45 minutes.
Mike Kennealy (Bio) In early 2015 Mike joined Governor Charlie Baker's administration as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth in the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, working to advance the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development. Mike has played an integral role in the expansion of major employers in the Commonwealth including Aetna, Alnylam, EMD Millipore, Flextronics, General Electric, Insulet, Siemens and Waters. He serves as co-chair of the board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and vice chair of the Financial Services Advisory Council.
In 1997, he joined Spectrum Equity, a leading growth private equity firm founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and San Francisco. During his more than 15 years at Spectrum, the firm grew from $360 million in assets under management to $4.7 billion and invested in over 100 high-growth internet, software, and information services companies. After his career in private equity, Mike spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools where he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the school district’s turnaround plan. Earlier, Mike was an Associate at TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm.
Mike received an AB magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors in Government from Dartmouth College in 1990 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.
18 days after it was due, the budget conference committee has finally come out with a conference report! In the final budget, all of my local funding requests for the Worcester Middlesex District totaling $600,000 including many other funding lines that I fought hard for survived! Bringing economic development to our part of Massachusetts as well as an increase in funding for schools, public safety, transportation and services for veterans and senior care are very important to me. Below is a list of the various projects and the funding that I fought for and was able to secure that were approved in this bill. The last stop will be the Governor’s office.
$30,000 for Pulaski Park and Playground Project in #Gardner Gardner, Massachusetts $50,000 #Westminster Westminster, Massachusetts feasibility study for public safety $130,000 Turkey Hill School Asbestos Abatement and Ceiling Replacement Project in Lunenburg, Massachusetts $103,151 Renovations to the #Fitchburg YMCA of Central Massachusetts Fitchburg, Massachusetts $40,000 #Leominster Leominster, Massachusetts Johnny Appleseed Festival $18,000 #Berlin Berlin, Massachusetts Fire/Rescue UTV $30,000 #Fitchburg Fitchburg Civic Days $7,100 for a Veterans Memorial in #Townsend Townsend, Massachusetts $25,000 for an irrigation system and well at the #Berlin Town of Berlin, MA Community Garden. $25,000 for #Sterling Town of Sterling, Massachusetts E-Permitting implementation to create a more efficient town government and improve customer service $100,000 for Mount Wachusett Community College STEM Program $41,000 to Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster, Massachusetts for Capacity Building and Organizational Program Development to increase local food production.
After a very long night of debating, I'm also pleased to report that the Senate passed Bill 4516 which created a constant revenue source for Massachusetts’ municipal police training fund. This annual $10 million dollar fund ensures that critical training for our first responders is able to continue. This funding comes from an added $2 per car rental transaction fee. This municipal training includes first aid/CPR in-service training, sexual assault investigator training, field training, school resource officer training and implicit bias training among others. I will always do whatever I can do to protect those that go running in when everyone else goes running out.
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Today the Senate debated and voted on an Environmental Bond Bill. This is an act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity which will provide targeted investments in the natural habitats located across the Worcester Middlesex District and throughout the Commonwealth.
My staff and I worked around the clock to represent you during this vote and after 9.5 hours of debate, I was successful in passing six amendments that secured $6,000,000 in funding for key habitat restoration, improvement, maintenance and support for our local communities.
As long as I have the privilege of serving in the Massachusetts State Senate, I will always work hard to fight for you through the legislative and budgetary process. I am very proud of the work that I have been able to do to bring this much needed environmental infrastructure support.
Below is a list of projects and funding that I was able to secure for the district:
- $100,000 for weed eradication along the Nashua River in the City of Fitchburg. - $1,125,000 for reconstruction, streetscaping, infrastructure, and storm drain improvements on Elm Street in Gardner, Massachusetts. - $900,000 for development of the Rollstone Hill Trail in City of Fitchburg - $500,000 for development of the Bartlett Pond Trail in Lancaster, Massachusetts. - $300,000 for relocation and replacement of the wastewater leach field at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, Massachusettsin order to comply with Department of Environmental Protection regulations. - $900,000 for sewerage development at Sholan Farms in Leominster, Massachusetts. - $350,000 for installation of a solar panel roof array in Berlin, Massachusetts. - $900,000 for development of Omelia Park in Gardner. - $250,000 for renovations to Fournier Park in Leominster. - $80,000 for removal and replacement of the sidewalks on the town common in Townsend, Massachusetts. - $30,000 for asbestos and lead removal at Fitchburg Library. - $465,000 for asbestos and lead removal at the Clinton Senior Center- "It's Our Time." in Town of Clinton.
#fitchburg #gardner #leominster #clinton #bolton #berlin #lancaster Mayor Stephen DiNatale, Fitchburg Dean Mazzarella Mark Hawke ... See MoreSee Less
Qualifications: The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Personnel Committee consisting of three registered voters of the Town, to be appointed for three-year staggered terms. No members of the Personnel Committee may be an employee of the Town nor hold Town office, whether elected or appointed. Whenever possible, the Selectmen will appoint members possessing a professional personnel background. Members of the Personnel Committee shall serve without compensation. The Personnel Committee shall annually elect a Chairman and other officers as the Board so determines from its membership at the first meeting following the appointment of new members. Any two members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Action by a majority of those Board members present shall be binding.
Powers and Duties: The board shall be responsible for establishment and maintenance of a personnel system based on merit principles, the classification and reclassification of positions, an annual compensation plan, and the development of personnel policies pursuant to section 5 of the Personnel bylaw. The board shall be authorized to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the proper administration of this By-law. The Personnel Committee shall meet with representative groups of employees at least once annually to discuss employee concerns about salary, fringe benefits and the administration of the Bylaw. In addition to the above information, the Personnel Committee may also be responsible for:
Hearing employee grievances that have been unresolved Updating of Personnel policies and practices Assist in Employee relations Devise, implement, and maintain a mechanism for the performance evaluation of employees Provides meeting schedules Updating of town HR policies and procedures, documents include but not limited to: Personnel By-Laws Personnel Policies & Procedures Personnel Guide Exit Interview Form Step-Merit Performance Review Form Town Employment Application Harassment & Sexual Policy Harassment & Sexual Policy Acknowledgement Form Electronic Communications and Computer Usage Policy Fiscal year Berlin Personnel Spreadsheet CORI Town of Berlin CORI Policy Process to Correct a Criminal Record Complaint Form for an Incorrect COR Application/Acknowledgement Form Other duties as needed
(Role of the Personnel Committee, approved by the Acting Berlin Personnel Committee on 6-25-2018) ... See MoreSee Less
Employment Opportunity - Council on Aging Director
The Town of Berlin seeks qualified candidates for the part time position of Council on Aging Director. Associates Degree preferred in health and human services or related field; two years of experience in human services working with the elderly, in a social service or public health position or in a related field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. The full job description is available at www.townofberlin.com/departments/employment/. Please send resumes to email@example.com or via US Mail to Board of Selectmen, 23 Linden St., Berlin, MA 01503 no later than 12 Noon on Thursday, July 26, 2018. EOE ... See MoreSee Less
Employment Opportunity Superintendent of Roads & Public Facilities
The Town of Berlin seeks qualified candidates for the position of Superintendent of Roads & Public Facilities. Associate’s Degree with specialization in civil engineering, business or public administration or a related field preferred; 5-7 years of responsible experience with a minimum of three (3) years in a supervisory capacity preferably in a full-service, municipal public works department; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.