Hands-Free Distracted Driving Law
The new Massachusetts hands-free distracted driving law takes effect on Sunday, February 23
This law is a significant change for drivers 18 and over and traffic enforcement as well. The new law (Chapter 122 of the Acts of 2019) prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any mobile electronic device, including a cell phone, unless the device is used in hands-free mode.
Drivers 18 and over are:
- Not permitted to hold or support any electronic device
- Only permitted to touch devices to activate the hands-free mode, and can only enable when the device is installed or properly mounted to the windshield, dashboard, or center console
- Not permitted to read or view text, images, or video displayed on a mobile electronic device; however, a driver may view a map generated by a navigation system or application on a mobile electronic device that is properly mounted
Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use any electronic devices. All device/phone use while driving is illegal, including use in hands-free mode.
Penalties for Violating the Hands-Free Law
- 1st offense – $100 fine
- 2nd offense – $250 fine, plus mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational program
- 3rd and subsequent offenses – $500 fine, plus insurance surcharge and mandatory completion of distracted driving educational program
Operators may use a cell phone to call 911 to report an emergency. If possible, the operator should safely pull over and stop before calling 911.
Question? Contact RMVATLASSupport@dot.state.
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Everett Arts Market
Everett Arts Market
Calling all local artists, makers, crafters!
Come sell your handcrafted wares!
Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Everett High School
$20 table registration fees benefiting an Everett High School Art Scholarship will be collected upon approval of artist submission.
Table fee due by event date. Cash or Check accepted. Checks should be made out to Everett High School Art Department.
Deadline to submit proposals: MARCH 2
*All artwork and displays must be appropriate for a school venue.
*No early breakdowns to allow for our guests to fully participate in the event.
Submit a request for a table
Free Tax Assistance
Through April 15
LOCATION AND HOURS
4 Gerrish Avenue
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cultural and Historical Society
108 Beach St.
Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.
For more information or to register for an appointment, call 617-545-8326.
Available in English and Spanish. Income Restrictions Apply.
Ask about our drop-off service, the most convenient way to file!
WHAT TO BRING
- Government picture ID for each adult
- Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) for each working adult and dependant
- All W-2 forms for jobs held in 2019; 1099 and other income forms (including unemployment statements)
- Interest and dividend statements from bank
- Copy of last year’s return
- Health Insurance Marketplace Statement (1095-A)
- Birth dates for all persons claimed
- Account and routing numbers for direct deposit issued by a bank or void check
- Identity protection (IP) PIN from IRS (if issued one)
- Property tax bill and water & sewage bills for elders 65+ who may be eligible for the senior state credit
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Spring Parenting Groups
Spring Parenting Groups
Parenting Journey's work is inspired by the belief that strong families are the foundation of vibrant healthy communities and a catalyst for social change. Our programs uplift parents and caregivers and strengthen families and communities. We also advocate for equitable family policies and change perceptions around parenting in high-poverty communities.
When parents are strong and confident, their communities thrive. Through our guided peer support groups, we provide the space for parents and caregivers to identify their inner strengths and nurture resilient families. Parents and children thrive when provided
the tools and resources they need to adapt to stress, decrease anxiety, and foster healthy interactions and social connectedness with others. Our research shows that parents who participate in Parenting Journey improve in several key areas known to promote family wellbeing.
In a Parenting Journey program, a small group of parents and caregivers meet for 2 hours a week for 12 or 14 weeks. The program includes activities, discussions, a family-style meal, and complimentary childcare. During the final session, family and friends are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony. At this celebration, we honor the participation, accomplishments, and strengths of each program participant.
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February Vacation Activities
Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett are hosting a February Vacation Youth Clinic for children between the ages of 6 and 14. The city is offering this fantastic program for only $25 per child.
The weeklong clinic will be held daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21. Festivities will include fun physical activities, exercise, sports, special events, crafts, and games. Health lunches and snacks will be served Monday through Thursday, while Friday will feature a pizza party with a DJ.
The drop-off and pick-up location is the Wellness Center’s Maple Avenue entrance.
Registration is ongoing. Pick up and drop off applications at the Wellness Center.
For more information call 617-394-2390.
Mayor DeMaria is pleased to open the Recreation Center during February vacation week. The Rec. Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for open gym.
Please note that certain age groups will have designated times as follows:
8-10 a.m. — 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — 7th and 8th grade students
12 to 2 p.m. — High School students
2 to 4 p.m. — All ages
Food Service Hotline
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Project Bread's toll-free FoodSource Hotline is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.
The toll-free Hotline responds to more than 28,000 calls a year from people across Massachusetts struggling to feed their families. FoodSource Hotline counselors refer callers to food resources in their community as well as provides them with information about school meals, summer meal sites for kids, elder meals programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
They will screen callers for eligibility for SNAP and help them with the application. Their goal is to help the caller find as many resources as possible to put good food on the table. When relevant, they also connect callers with utility, fuel assistance, and MassHealth. And all information is kept strictly confidential.
The FoodSource Hotline can provide information in 160 different languages — from Arabic to Cambodian, Russian to Vietnamese. This special service links callers with a translator who assists them with the call.
The FoodSource Hotline can also serve the hearing impaired community through its TTY line, 1-800-377-1292.
Visit HERE to easily apply online
Portal to Hope
Founded by a survivor of violent crime in 1996, Portal To Hope (“PTH”) is an award-winning, nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services to people whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes. More than twenty years later, PTH remains a community-based organization driven by the voices of survivors. Serving Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Winthrop and neighboring Massachusetts communities, PTH provides direct care help to an average of 900 survivors each year.