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Annual Council Meeting

June 2, 2014 – 11:28 am |

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years.
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Annual Council Meeting

June 2, 2014 – 11:28 am |

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years.

Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, recipient of MAPC's 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, recipient of MAPC’s 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

The first order of business was to present Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly and Representative Stephen Kulik with MAPC’s Legislator of the Year Award.

Senator Donnelly has served the 4th Middlesex District — Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Lexington, and Woburn — since 2009. He is the Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. He has been a consistently strong supporter of transportation and MBTA funding, and was  instrumental in the crafting and passage of municipal healthcare reform.

Representative Kulik has, since 1992, represented the First Franklin District, which consists of 16 small communities located beyond MAPC’s region. He is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. A leading House sponsor of zoning reform legislation, Representative Kulik has worked tirelessly on this issue this session. He has also been a strong advocate for District Local Technical Assistance, municipal healthcare reform, and transportation funding.

Representative Stephen Kulik, who could not be present at the MAPC Annual Meeting because the Legislature was in session, receiving the MAPC 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen on June 3, 2014, Boston, Mass. Staff photo.

Representative Stephen Kulik, who could not attend the MAPC Annual Meeting because the Legislature was in session, receiving the MAPC 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen on June 3, 2014, Boston, Mass. Staff photo.

All of us at MAPC offer Senator Donnelly and Representative Kulik our congratulations and our warmest thanks for their stellar work on behalf of their districts and the Commonwealth as a whole.

Newton North senior Jacob Shore was awarded the Charles Eliot Scholarship for 2014. On hand to offer congratulations were Lawrence Eliot, an educator in Ipswich and the son of Charles Eliot, the scholarship’s namesake; and former Wenham Selectman Harriet Davis. Congratulations and good luck in the future, Jacob!

MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen gave Awards of Appreciation to Michelle Ciccolo and Marilyn Contreas, whose terms as MAPC President and Secretary, respectively, came to a close on the election of new officers at the meeting.

Michelle Ciccolo was honored for three years of service as President of MAPC and for her previous service on the MAPC Executive Board and Council. Ms. Ciccolo is on Lexington’s Board of Selectmen and is the Town of Hudson’s Community Development Director.

MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen with outgoing MAPC President Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen with outgoing MAPC President Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Marilyn Contreas was honored for her service as Secretary from 2008. She is a Senior Program and Policy Analyst at Mass Department of Housing and Community Development.

MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen with outgoing MAPC Secretary Marilyn Contreas, MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen with outgoing MAPC Secretary Marilyn Contreas, MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

(l to r) Former MAPC President Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, Former Wenham Selectman Harriet Davis, Charles Eliot Scholarship Winner Jacob Shore, Ipswich educator Lawrence Eliot, MAPC Human Resources Manager Thomas Hauenstein. MAPC Annual Council Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

(l to r) Former MAPC President Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, Former Wenham Selectman Harriet Davis, Charles Eliot Scholarship Winner Jacob Shore, Ipswich educator Lawrence Eliot, MAPC Human Resources Manager Thomas Hauenstein. MAPC Annual Council Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. MichelCourtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Much of the meeting was devoted to a working session for MAPC’s strategic plan, the creation of which is currently underway. Participants discussed MAPC today, heard a brief overview of the MAPC Regional Plan, MetroFuture, and discussed what MAPC’s top priorities should be for the coming five years.

In that spirit of looking to the future, the Council elected its new officers. MAPC’s new President will be Lynn Duncan. Ms. Duncan is the Director of the Department of Planning and Community Development in the City of Salem. Keith Bergman, Town Administrator of the Town of Littleton, will be MAPC’s new Vice President. The newly-elected MAPC Secretary is Shirronda Almeida, a gubernatorial appointee to the MAPC Council and Director of Membership Initiatives at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations. Taber Keally was elected to another term as MAPC’s Treasurer. Mr. Keally, a representative from Milton, has been MAPC’s Treasurer since 2011.

Keith Bergman, newly elected MAPC Vice President. MAPC Annual Council Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Keith Bergman, newly elected MAPC Vice President. MAPC Annual Council Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Lynn Duncan, newly elected MAPC President. MAPC Annual Council Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Lynn Duncan, newly elected MAPC President. MAPC Annual Council Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

MAPC President Lynn Duncan, MAPC Treasurer Taber Keally, MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, MAPC Vice President Keith Bergman, MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

MAPC President Lynn Duncan, MAPC Treasurer Taber Keally, MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, MAPC Vice President Keith Bergman, MAPC Annual Meeting, May 28, 2014, Newton Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

MetroFuture Walks & Talks — May 2014

May 29, 2014 – 5:08 pm |

Rail Trail Workshop in Danvers
On May 22, 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Town of Danvers, offered a two-hour interactive Rail Trail Workshop to neighboring municipalities …

Final Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting with Keynote Speaker US HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

May 27, 2014 – 3:40 pm |

Quick links:

Video of all speakers
Powerpoint of all project posters
All event photos

 

Last week, MAPC celebrated the many accomplishments made possible by our 2009 $4 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, and to recognize the Sustainable Communities …

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Community Safety Day on the Hill

May 6, 2014 – 5:27 pm |
Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief, William G. Gross, discussed the important role that SSYI and Shannon funded partners play in supporting community safety and providing positive alternatives for youth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

April 30, 2014, Boston: Exuberance was in the air as over 250 youth, mayors, law enforcement and municipal officials, legislators and community advocates gathered in Nurses Hall at the State House. It was the Community …

April 25, 2014 – 3:22 pm |
Aqueduct Trail opening, April 24, 2014, Natick, Mass. MAPC staff photo.

April 24, 2014, Natick: The kids couldn’t stop giggling as they grouped together to cut the ribbon. The sun was shining, the dignitaries were present, and the mood was buoyant: another section of the retired …

sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities

April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm |
Desk of a MAPC parking team member who works with municipalities on parking. They're a dedicated lot, so to speak. MAPC offices, Boston, Mass, 2014. Staff photo.

Parking may not be the subject of scintillating conversation among non-planners, but the hundreds of municipal, state, and community leaders who came to the sPARKing New Ideas conference on April 8, 2014 really got it: …

Municipal Solar in Sudbury

April 7, 2014 – 1:31 pm |

To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC …

Managing Neighborhood Change in Somerville and Beyond

March 10, 2014 – 4:41 pm |
Somerville Housing Forum, March 4, 2014. Photo courtesy Somerville Community Corporation.

On Tuesday, March 4, Somerville residents gathered at the Argenziano School with Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Denise Provost, aldermen, and community partners for the third and final installment of a forum series on housing. Hosted …

LED Streetlight Conversions in Arlington

March 7, 2014 – 4:36 pm |

This is the second in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first one, focusing on local energy planning  in Medford.

Before it …

Winter Council Meeting: Sustainable Communities Accomplishments

February 28, 2014 – 1:37 pm |

Inspiration was on tap at MAPC’s February 26th Council Meeting, as speakers celebrated the work that Sustainable Communities Grants made possible and looked to the future. Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC’s Council President, welcomed the large group …

North Shore Community Energy Strategies

February 27, 2014 – 10:51 am |

Last week, MAPC brought together residents of Salem, Swampscott, Hamilton, and Wenham at Swampscott High School to discuss strategies to help them achieve their towns’ clean energy goals. MAPC had initiated the four communities’ applying together …