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MassDOT holding "Name a Snowplow" contest

BOSTON – For the first time, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is hosting a snowplow naming contest.The crews need names for 12 vehicles that will be on the roads this winter.Submissions are due the Friday before Christmas. Winners will be announced in January.The cut off for submissions is eighth grade."We are excited to provide elementary school students with an opportunity to have some fun this winter season by helping to name a snowplow," MassDOT secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler said. "The contest is a great way for younger students to take some time to have fun, be creative, work together to identify proposed names and be part of a new state government initiative, and we encourage all statewide schools to participate."For more information, click here.
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Massachusetts prisons start guard body cam pilot program

BOSTON (AP) — About 50 correctional officers at a Massachusetts prison are participating in a pilot program to evaluate the use of body cams in improving safety and transparency in state Department of Correction facilities, officials announced Monday. The program is taking place at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in...

Mass. issues dozens of police department grants for body cameras

Twenty-seven Massachusetts police departments are slated to receive state funding to launch body camera programs. Another five police departments will get a boost to expand their existing programs, the Baker administration announced Monday as officials prepare to distribute grants totaling nearly $2.5 million. “Body-worn cameras are a transformative tool for...

Video: Local firefighter graduate State Fire Academy

STOW, MA – State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Deputy State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier, acting director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), announced the graduation of 24 firefighters from the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. “First responders are on the frontlines protecting their communities, and these...

Healey-Driscoll Transition Announces Full Policy Committees

BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Driscoll today, November 28, announced the full membership of their six transition policy committees. Each committee is composed of a diverse group of community members, advocates, subject matter experts, and business and nonprofit leaders. “We’re excited to welcome this...

The latest on the squabbles inside the MassGOP

It remains unclear whether party Chairman Jim Lyons will run again to keep his seat. Whether MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons will seek to keep his seat come January is still up in the air as the state party leader has yet to say if he will. But Lyons is apparently...

Is Cyber Monday a myth? Experts say it's more like a season than a day

BOSTON -- On Monday morning, many of us woke up to find "Cyber Monday" deals plastered across our phones and computer screens. But to some, it did not reflect real life. "I'm an in-store shopper," said Alisa Bradley when WBZ asked shoppers if they think Cyber Monday is real. "Not for me," answered Joan Weaver. "I've already got my stuff," said Christine Prince."The history of Cyber Monday, it's been around for a couple of decades," explained Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. "It was created before we had these contraptions," he said holding up his cell phone. "There were no smartphones....

More than 150 sea turtles with hypothermia treated by New England Aquarium

Cold-stunned turtles often suffer from dehydration, pneumonia, and shell or bone fractures. The New England Aquarium is treating more than 150 sea turtles at a special facility after the animals became hypothermic and got stranded on shore. Cold-stunned sea turtles washing up on Massachusetts beaches is an annual phenomenon, the...