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March 17, 2017
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Free cash certified

The Massachusetts Department of Revere has certified the city’s free cash figure for the past two years.

As of June 30, 2016 the combined amount of free cash for the general fund is $4,524,556 and $2,335,715 for the Water and Sewer Enterprise fund. Free cash is the difference between what was budgeted and what was spent.

“That’s for two years, 2015 and 2016,” said George Anzuoni, the city’s director of finance.

Monday night the city council approved moving some of the free cash to stabilization funds.

Free cash from the general fund in the amount of $678,683 was transferred to the stabilization account.

Free cash in the amount of $350,357 was transferred to the water and sewer stabilization fund.

 

Traffic Commission to hold hearing

The Revere Traffic Commission will hold a public hearing on March 16 and part of the hearing addresses the mayor’s request for review of low-cost signal improvements on several city crosswalks. In many of the instances the signal would be longer for the pedestrian.

The crosswalks include Fenno and Beach Streets, Yeamans Street and Broadway, Park Avenue, Central Avenue at Busway Driveway, Cushman Avenue and School Street, Malden and Ambrose streets, Broadway at Fenno and Beach streets, and Revere Street at Broadway.

All the signals would add 1.5, 2.0, 3.5 or 5 seconds of walk time for pedestrians.

The hearing will take place in the town council chambers at 4 p.m. on March 16.

 

ROCA DIRECTOR RECEIVES AWARD

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network awarded Roca Boston assistant director Tha Thai with the Light of Dawnn Award, presented annually to three nonprofit professionals working in Massachusetts who demonstrate marked compassion and unwavering commitment to serving those in need, on Tuesday, February 28. Thai, who started at Roca as a youth worker, earned the award for his exceptional ability to build trust and promote behavior change with the high risk young men that Roca serves.

Roca’s model starts with relentless outreach, building trust with the highest risk young men and encouraging them to attend classes and work crews at Roca to build a better future and break the cycle of poverty and incarceration. With Thai’s years of experience as a youth worker, he has helped train other youth workers at the organization on better ways to connect with these high risk young men. Thai also leads Roca’s effort to build relationships within the Boston community, specifically with police, to learn more about how to best approach and connect with young people in the city.

“Tha is a unique character, with a humble and respectful approach—he has a special way of interacting with people that really earns him respect,” said Molly Baldwin, Roca founder and CEO. “His commitment to young people, to Roca and to building these connections to better the Boston community makes him so deserving of this award.”

The Light of Dawnn Award was created to honor the life of Dawnn Ashley Jaffier, who was tragically killed at 26-years-old from gun violence. She was a budding professional in Boston’s nonprofit community, and these awards honor her life and dedication to giving back.

 

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