Updated on Friday, December 6th, this is the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Information Network. This information can be accessed on the MCB Voice Information System at 617-626-7660 and 800-392-6450. You can say “tape” or “telephone tape” into the phone. This message is also available on "Newsline," the accessible newspaper service by pressing number 2, the local Channel, and in the "Massachusetts Commission for the Blind" section of “Newsline”. This update is produced by Wayne Levy.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will be conducting a public hearing on the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 11th at UMASS Boston Campus Center, 3rd floor Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Boulevard from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Secretary John Polanowicz and the EOHHS Leadership Team are looking forward to hearing the views of members of the community regarding the agencies under their purview. Due to the number of individuals anticipated to attend the hearings, oral testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes per individual. Representative panels are also welcomed and will be limited to a total of five (5) minutes of oral testimony. If accommodations are needed, please call 617-573-1600. Written testimony is also strongly encouraged and may be mailed to: Secretary John Polanowicz, EOHHS, One Ashburton Place, Room 1109, Boston, MA 02108, or can be emailed to: email@example.com.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has been hosting a series of Community Health Dialogues during the month of November and December at various locations across the Commonwealth. Join DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett as she shares her vision for moving DPH forward with stakeholders, local boards of health and members of the community. The final Community Health Dialogue is scheduled for Friday, December 13th at Lowell General Hospital, Clark Auditorium, 295 Varnum Avenue in Lowell from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/dph.
MASSDOT/MBTA Updates (1 of 3)
On Tuesday, November 26th, the MBTA announced that they will be recommending that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board vote on December 11, 2013 to reduce The RIDE ADA fares from $4.00 to $3.00. The announcement was made at Tuesday’s MassDOT Finance Committee meeting. The previous fair of $2.00 for a one-way ticket was increased to $4.00 on July 1, 2012. If the fare decreases passes in December, it will likely go into effect in early January. Additional information can be found at www.mbta.com.
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Judge Patrick King will be hosting a public hearing to discuss the MBTA’s progress towards complying with the MBTA/Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) accessibility settlement. The public hearing will be held on Friday, December 13th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at 10 Park Plaza, 2nd floor, conference rooms 1, 2, and 3. You are invited to attend the hearing and share your feedback, questions and/or concerns. For more accommodations, please contact Kurt Echols at MassDOT at 617-222-5254 or firstname.lastname@example.org before December 6, 2013.
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A public meeting is being held on Tuesday, December 17th to inform users of The RIDE of a proposed No-Show, Late Cancellation policy to be implemented in the spring of 2014 under the ADA and US DOT regulations 49CFR 37.125(h) and to receive comment from customers. The meeting will be held at 10 Park Plaza, MA Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. All members of the public are invited to attend. Comments on the proposed policy will be accepted orally at the meeting and in writing (US Mail or email) at the following address: 10 Park Plaza, Suite 5750, Boston, MA 02116. Copies of this policy can be obtained by calling 617-222-1550 and leaving a clear and concise message with your name and mailing address; or by mail at 10 Park Plaza, Suite 5750, Boston, MA 02116; by TTY at 617-222-5415; by fax at 617-222-6119; or by email to email@example.com. Copies are free of charge and upon request, will be made available in accessible formats.
NFB Newsline Updates (1 of 3)
Are you a subscriber to NFB Newsline? If so, you can now listen to the Talking Information Center (TIC) anytime, 24 hours a day, through Newsline’s telephone service. TIC’s live stream features readings from newspapers, magazines, books and much more. You can access TIC’s stream by calling your local Newsline number, or by calling 888-882-1629. Press number 3 on your telephone keypad for state newspapers, and then press 1 to be connected to TIC’s live stream. If you are not currently subscribed to Newsline, registering for an account is easy and free of charge. You can visit www.nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service, or call Newsline customer support toll free at 866-508-7300.
NFB Newsline Updates (2 of 3)
Calling all shoppers! Get your holiday gift lists ready and call Newsline to find out about some great deals at a store near you. For a limited time, you may now access weekly store ads from stores like Best Buy, Sears, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Walgreens, Staples, Wal-Mart and more. To access your store holiday ads, call Newsline and press 5 off the main menu for Papers in a Different State, then press 5 again for Holiday Shopping Ads and follow the prompts. It is recommended that callers check with their local stores to determine the exact product availability and pricing before shopping in person. If you need more information on your Newsline account or would like to sign up for Newsline, please contact Gina Russo at the Perkins Library at 617-972-7683 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The American Council for the Blind (ACB) is proud to announce that its Internet radio service, ACB Radio, is now fully available by phone. ACB Radio has been on the air since 1999, and is responsible for providing countless hours of relevant information and entertainment prepared for and presented by people who are blind. To listen to ACB Radio by phone, dial 231-460-1047. Please note that long-distance phone charges may apply.
The Hadley School for the Blind, Woman’s Board will be, once again, offering Braille holiday cards. The sale runs until December 18th and cards feature greetings in both print and Braille. You can purchase cards online or by calling 800.323.4238. All proceeds benefit the Hadley School for the Blind
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