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ADVANCES - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2018 .: The State House News Service



STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 2, 2018.....The trend of reduced state support for public higher education and rising students costs and debt burdens came into focus this week with the release of a MassBudget report and the issues remain in the spotlight Monday as students visit Beacon Hill to lobby for funding and state government leaders turn out to hear University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan deliver his annual address on the state of UMass. Meehan is bullish on the university's condition and future but the report concludes that public higher education, like private institutions, are becoming even less affordable and leaving students in bigger financial holes.

The state budget picture, by contrast, is as bright as it's been in a while. After overly optimistic revenue estimates required major revisions to the last two state budgets, tax receipts over the first seven months of fiscal 2018 are beating estimates by $810 million or 5.4 percent and are running $1.22 billion or 8.3 percent over the same fiscal year-to-date period in 2017. It's premature to conclude a surplus is inevitable but a major surplus is possible if the current revenue trends hold or escalate and spending is held in check. The February revenue report is due out this week, as is the latest update on jobs and unemployment.

Lawmakers are also beginning to vet Gov. Charlie Baker's $200 million proposal to fund local road and bridge repairs, with a hearing set for Wednesday. Rep. Brendan Crighton of Lynn is poised to switch chambers, running unopposed in Tuesday's special election to fill that seat vacated when Tom McGee resigned to become mayor of Lynn. In Attleboro, voters on Tuesday face a rarity: contested Republican and Democratic primaries in the race for the seat previously held by Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux. McGee and Heroux were elected on the same day but Heroux postponed his resignation, and Attleboro voters will have to wait a little longer to regain House representation. The Senate plans on Thursday to take up legislation aimed at protecting from employers the privacy of the social media accounts of workers and prospective employees. Also, Gov. Charlie Baker has all week to consider signing a bill that would apply federal worker safety standards to state and municipal employees. The bill (H 3952), originally filed by Sen. Marc Pacheco, has received unanimous support in the House and Senate. The bill would apply the Occupational Safety and Health Act to hundreds of thousands of public employees.


COFFEE WITH THE CONGRESSMAN: U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern joins constituents for coffee and conversation. (Saturday, March 3, 7:30 a.m., Greendale People's Church, 25 Francis St., Worcester)

WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: Treasurer Deborah Goldberg speaks at the Women's Economic Empowerment Series. (Saturday, March 3, 11:30 a.m., Framingham State University, 93 State Street, McCarthy Center, Framingham)

WOMEN FOR DIEHL KICKOFF: State Rep. Geoff Diehl's U.S. Senate campaign holds a "Women for Diehl" kickoff event. (Saturday, 1 p.m., 62 Ann Vinal Rd., Scituate)

SHELLFISH AREA REASSESSMENT: The Division of Marine Fisheries closed all shellfish areas in state waters ahead of Friday's storm and an assessment of area's status will begin on Saturday.

GERRYMANDERING: FairVote senior fellow David Daley discusses his book and gerrymandering stemming from the 2010 Census. (Saturday, 2 p.m., Pioneer Valley Cohousing (120 Pulpit Hill Road) in Amherst)


CLIMATE ACTION RALLY: Waterfront residents and members of the Boston Climate Action Network gather to call for action "to protect waterfront residents from climate change, sea level rise and flooding" and a moratorium on new waterfront development. (Sunday, 1:30 p.m., outside Aquarium MBTA Station, Boston)

PRESSLEY ON 5: Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is running for Congress against Rep. Michael Capuano, is a guest on "On The Record" with Janet Wu and Ed Harding. (Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m., WCVB-TV Ch. 5)

KENNEDY ON KELLER: Congressman Joseph Kennedy III talks with Jon Keller about the gun control debate and the impact of recent federal tax law changes on Massachusetts' finances. (Sunday, March 4, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV Ch. 4)

"NATION OF IMMIGRANTS" SEDER: Cardinal Sean O'Malley is the keynote speaker at the Anti-Defamation League's 11th annual "Nation of Immigrants" community seder. Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern and ADL New England regional director Robert Trestan will also speak. Refugees and immigrants, including a Harvard Medical School student with DACA status and a recipient of temporary protected status, will share first-person accounts. Other participants include Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence and mayors Ruthanne Fuller of Newton, Stephanie Burke of Medford, and Tom Bernard of North Adams. ADL plans to announce a "Joint Statement of Massachusetts Mayors Honoring A Nation of Immigrants," a declaration of Massachusetts mayors pledging to advance inclusion of immigrants in their cities. Rabbi Matthew Soffer of Temple Israel of Boston will officiate. Over 400 people are expected ot attend. (Sunday, 3 p.m., UMass Boston Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston)

BRUNCH WITH REP. CONNOLLY: Rep. Mike Connolly will eat brunch at a private home and will discuss progressive priorities for Massachusetts including affordable housing, contraceptive access, single-payer health care, and more. Organizers suggest a contribution of $100, but all are welcome to attend regardless of donation. The location is "child friendly but not child proof," organizers said, and there will be two cats present. To RSVP or for directions email suze4obama@gmail.com or call Susan at 617-448-6281. (Sunday, 11 a.m., 24 Bridge St., Newton)

BOB MASSIE FUNDRAISER: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie hosts a fundraising reception. There will be a cash bar featuring local craft beers, organizers said. RSVP to carolyncbarthel@gmail.com. (Sunday, 6 p.m., CraftRoots Brewing, 4 Industrial Road, Milford)


HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches holds sessions at 11 a.m.

T CONTROL BOARD: The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board will meet to discuss the proposed fiscal 2019 budget. MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez previously said the T's budget gap is expected to grow to $111 million in fiscal 2019. The T needs to finish its annual budget by April 15. A big unsettled issue with the T and its budget is whether they will go for fare increases, spending or services cuts, or some other solution to close that big gap. (Monday, 12 p.m., Transportation Board Room, Second Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston)

SOCIAL MEDIA BILL AMENDMENT DEADLINE: Amendments to a social media privacy bill in the Senate are due Monday at 5 p.m. The bill, which would limit schools' and employers' ability to request social media information from students and employees, is scheduled for debate on Thursday. (Monday, 5 p.m., Senate Clerk's Office)

BAKER, LEGISLATIVE LEADERS MEET: Gov. Charlie Baker meets privately with House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Harriette Chandler. (Monday, 2 p.m., Senate President's Office, Room 332)

GONZALEZ RIDES T FROM SWAMPSCOTT: Jay Gonzalez, a Needham Democrat running for governor, will travel to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's hometown Monday morning for a rush-hour commute by train to the State House. Gonzalez plans to take the 8:01 a.m. express train from Swampscott, arrive at North Station at 8:22 a.m. and then walk to the State House. The performance of the MBTA has been a tender spot for the governor, who made public transit a priority of his administration after winter weather ground some service to a halt in 2015. (Monday, 8:22 a.m., Swampscott commuter rail platform)

GONZALEZ ON HERALD RADIO: Jay Gonzalez, one of three Democrats running for governor, joins co-hosts Hillary Chabot and Jaclyn Cashman on Boston Herald Radio's Morning Meeting. (Monday, 9:30 a.m., Boston Herald Radio)

STATE OF UMASS ADDRESS: University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan holds the second annual "State of the University" address. In his remarks, President Meehan will recap the achievements of the past year, highlight his initiatives on college affordability and chart his vision for the future of the university. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are expected to attend, as are Senate President Harriette Chandler and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The event will be streamed live online. Media are asked to RSVP to JoAnn Conley via email at jconley@umassp.edu or by telephone at 617-287-5538. (Monday, 5 p.m., One Beacon St. - 32nd floor, Boston)

JAMAICA PLAIN, ROSLINDALE DEMS: The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee, serving 13 precincts of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, meets to discuss "what we are engaging in #MApoli and efforts to help other districts." (Monday, 7 p.m., Farnsworth House, 90 South Street, Jamaica Plain)

HIGHER EDUCATION ADVOCACY DAY: The advocacy group Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts holds its public higher education advocacy day. "The theme is a #DebtFreeFuture for public college students, and we expect over 500 students from across the state in attendance," according to organizers. Speakers will include students from UMass, state universities and community colleges, as well as Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and Rep. John Scibak. (Monday, 10:45 a.m., Great Hall)

SJC MEETS: The Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments in five cases. (Monday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

FEMINISM AND DESSERTS: The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women holds a "Feminism and Desserts" event to discuss gun control. "Join us for good conversation, some consciousness raising questions, reflections, worries, hopes, and delicious sweets," MassNOW says. RSVP online. (Monday, 6 P.M., 15 Court Square, Boston)

CRIMINAL LITIGATION PANEL: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will moderate a panel on state-level criminal litigation, presented by the Women's Bar Association. (Monday, 5 p.m., Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston)

CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE: Four bills will be heard that would authorize communities to grant additional liquor licenses above their quotas. The bills would affect Tyngsborough (H 4254 and H 4255), Westport (S 2303) and Wareham (S 2307). Agenda (Monday, 12:30 p.m., B-2)

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: Dr. Alan Cole talks with Dan Rea about the costs and benefits of electronic medical records. (Monday, 8 p.m., WBZ NewsRadio 1030)


ATTLEBORO HOUSE SPECIAL: Voters in parts of Attleboro will head to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field to fill the House seat last held by Mayor Paul Heroux, a Democrat. On the Democratic side, the primary candidates are social worker Ty Waterman, retired Attleboro High School math teacher Jim Hawkins, and Paulo Salgueiro Jr., a 2013 Attleboro High graduate now pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice. The Republican ballot features City Councilor Julie Hall and Jeff Bailey, a pastor at Grace Baptist Church who lost the GOP primary for the seat in 2014. The general election is scheduled for April 3. (Tuesday)

NORTH SHORE SENATE SPECIAL: Rep. Brendan Crighton is poised to be elected to the Senate Tuesday. The Lynn Democrat's name will be the only one on the ballot when voters in the Third Essex District head to the polls to elect a successor to former senator and current Lynn Mayor Tom McGee. The district covers Lynn, Lynfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott. Gov. Charlie Baker lives in the district but has suggested it's one where it would be difficult for a Republican to win. (Tuesday)

GONZALEZ AT NASHOBA CHAMBER: Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat running for governor, offers remarks at a meeting of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 2 Shaker Road, Suite B200, Shirley)

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION: State marijuana regulators meet, after taking three days to debate the policies they will enshrine in final industry regulations, to review and vote on the final package of regulations that must be submitted to the secretary of state's office by March 15. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Gaming Commission meeting space, 12th Floor, 101 Federal St., Boston)

SAFE INJECTION FACILITIES: The Legislature's Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, chaired by Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Mary Keefe, and the AIDS Action Committee host a briefing on safe injection facilities as a tool to combat substance use disorder. Moderated by AIDS Action Committee executive director Carl Sciortino, the panel will feature Michael Botticelli of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, Aubri Esters of the group SIFMA-Now, Brown University epidemiology professor Brandon Marshall and Dr. Mark Eisenberg, the unit chief of adult medicine at MGH-Charlestown. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Room 437)

AG HOSTS ROUNDTABLE: Attorney General Maura Healey holds a roundtable with members of "ethnic media outlets" to discuss ongoing efforts to make her office a resource for communities across the state. Healey will also update reporters on work her office is doing to advocate for the immigrant community including an education campaign to protect residents from unauthorized practice of immigration law. Her office also has new guides for immigrant parents and has expanded its free monthly wage theft clinics. RSVP to chloe.gotsis@state.ma.us. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., One Ashburton Place - 20th floor, Boston)

BOARD OF HIGHER ED: Board of Higher Education meets, with plans to hear details of a study on financial aid from researchers at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Agenda. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., One Ashburton Place, 21st floor, Boston)

ELECTEDS FOR CHOICE: NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts honors Senate President Harriette Chandler, House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad and Rep. John Scibak for leading the charge on Massachusetts' ACCESS bill. The event is 21+ and tickets are $45 at the door. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Scholars, 25 School St., Boston)

BRAINTREE DEMS WITH MASSIE AND TINGLE: Bob Massie, a Democrat running for governor, and Jimmy Tingle, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor, speak at a meeting of Braintree Democrats. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Logan Auditorium, Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., Braintree)

SJC MEETS: The Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments in four cases, including Chelsea Collaborative vs. Secretary of State Galvin. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD: Juan Vega, assistant secretary for communities and programs, will attend a meeting of the Massachusetts Workforce Development board. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Work, Inc., 25 Beach St., Dorchester)

RELATIONSHIP WITH FRANCOPHONE WORLD: Nam Pham, assistant secretary for business development and international trade, will attend and deliver remarks at an event titled "Massachusetts’ Thriving Relationship with the Francophone World." Mark Sullivan, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investments, will moderate a panel discussion. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Room 428)

U-CAL PROF DISCUSSES CLEAN ENERGY: Professor Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley plans to discuss the current state of clean energy innovation and implementation. "Through explorations of household, city, and regional clean energy innovations and implementation efforts, Kammen will both analyze successful innovation processes and identify the areas that need urgent action and targeted programs. A mixture of analytic and empirical studies will be used to explore what steps have worked and where dramatic new approaches are needed," according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. (Tuesday, 5 p.m., 25 Ames St 66-110, Cambridge)

LIBRARIES LEGISLATIVE DAY: Massachusetts Library Association holds a legislative day on Beacon Hill. An overview of a report by the Special Commission on School Library Services is given at 1 p.m. in Room 348. Other activities include a briefing at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437, a library showcase at 10 a.m. at the Grand Staircase, and a luncheon with remarks in the Great Hall at 12 p.m. Registration (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., State House)

L'ITALIEN FUNDRAISER: State Sen. Barbara L'Italien takes a break from her job to pursue what she hopes will be her next job. A candidate for Congress, L'Italien has a fundraiser scheduled. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Chateau, 131 River Road, Andover)

ANTI-FRACKING FORUM: Pennsylvania residents who have experienced health, family and property impacts because of fracking and gas infrastructure development in the Marcellus Shale are visiting Massachusetts on a speaking tour to fight gas expansion and promote clean energy, in collaboration with Clean Water Action, Mothers Out Front and Mass Power Forward. Their first stop is a community forum in Winthrop with Friends of Belle Isle March. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Edward B. Newton School, Lyceum Room, 45 Pauline St., Winthrop)

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER: Former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and current president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Vanita Gupta delivers a lecture on fighting for justice. Gupta will deliver the lecture "Hope is a Discipline: Fighting for Justice in Perilous Times" as recipient of the Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life. The university awards the fellowship to "individuals whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation." Media should RSVP to Jarret Bencks at jbencks@brandeis.edu. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 415 South St., Waltham)

DA RYAN IN CARLISLE: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will tell Carlisle seniors about how to avoid common scams and how seniors can protect themselves physically and financially. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle)

DA RYAN IN WAKEFIELD: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will participate in the Wakefield Commission on Human Rights' annual International Women's Day Event. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Wakefield High School, 60 Farm Street, Wakefield)

BACK BAY HISTORY: Boston historian Anthony Sammarco talks with Dan Rea about his new book on the Back Bay. (Tuesday, 9 p.m., WBZ NewsRadio 1030)


TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: Legislation authorizing $200 million in state spending to repair local roads and bridges is up for a hearing before the Transportation Committee (H 4237). The Chapter 90 bill's passage is a given each year, with the major questions surrounding Gov. Baker's bill being when the Legislature will pass it and whether they will increase the spending authorization. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., Room A-2)

GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL: The Governor's Council, which certifies election results, will meet one day after Rep. Brendan Crighton runs unopposed for an open state Senate seat. The council, which also votes on judicial nominees, could also vote on Tejal Mehta's nomination for a Concord District Court judgeship. (Wednesday, 12 p.m., Governor's Council Chambers)

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION: State marijuana regulators, after taking three days to debate the policies they will enshrine in final industry regulations, meet for a second day of reviewing and voting on the final package of regulations that must be submitted to the secretary of state's office by March 15. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Bolling Building, 300 Washington St., Roxbury)

SENATE DEMS CAUCUS: Senate Democrats meet for a private caucus in the Senate President's Office. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., Room 332)

DA RYAN IN BEDFORD: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will deliver introductory remarks on the importance of elder services at the Minuteman Senior Services' Legislative Breakfast. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford)

DA RYAN TALKS BILLS WITH CLERGY: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan meets with members of the Lowell Clergy to discuss bills filed before the Massachusetts Legislature. (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., CCF Ministries, Mini Chapel, 105 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell)

EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY COUNCIL: The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council meets. Topics for discussion include the weighting of indicators in the accountability system and an update on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's redesigned assistance model. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough)

GREEN LINE CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK: The Green Line Extension project will host a public meeting "to provide an outlook on construction activities planned in the coming months." (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Somerville High School Auditorium, 81 Highland Avenue, Somerville)

LESSONS FROM RWANDA: Ambassador Swanee Hunt will speak at the annual Lowell Lecture Series hosted by Harvard Extension School "and share the story of how Rwandan women came together to help rescue their country after the 1994 genocide." Chantal Kayitesi, a survivor of the genocide who lost several family members, will join Hunt in discussing Rwanda's lessons. "Rwanda today ranks highest in the world in terms of women parliamentarians (more than 60 percent). Almost half the judges and president's cabinet are female. In a merely two-decade span, Rwanda has forged progressive health, education, gender equity, and environmental policies along an extraordinary path," according to event organizers at Harvard. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., Emerson Hall Room 105, Harvard University, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge)

MUNICIPAL LAW CONFERENCE: Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association hold the 16th annual Municipal Law Conference, a daylong event featuring panel discussion on topics including public records and open meeting laws, land use and zoning, technology and data security, marijuana, and environmental law. Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman gives a keynote address at 11:50 a.m. More information (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 10 Winter Pl., Boston)

ANTI-FRACKING BRIEFING: Rep. Stephen Kulik hosts a legislative briefing with Pennsylvania residents who have experienced health, family and property impacts from fracking and gas infrastructure development in the Marcellus Shale. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Room 350)

ANTI-FRACKING FORUM: Pennsylvania residents who have experienced health, family and property impacts because of fracking and gas infrastructure development in the Marcellus Shale are visiting Massachusetts wrap up their Massachusetts speaking tour on clean energy with a forum at the First Church of Jamaica Plain. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain)

REVOLUTIONARY BOSTON: Brooke Barbier gives the State Library's monthly author talk about her book "Boston in the American Revolution: A Town versus an Empire." Registration (Wednesday, 12 p.m., Room 341)

BUILDENERGY BOSTON CONFERENCE: The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show, which runs through Friday, begins and is expected to attract 2,000 industry insiders to "learn from and share ideas with each other," according to the Mass. Clean Energy Center. More Info (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., Westin Boston Waterfront)

FORMER OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE TALKS VOTER REG: Jeanne Atkins, who championed automatic voter registration in Oregon while she was secretary of state, will promote the policy to a Massachusetts audience, including lawmakers. Bills (H 2091/S 373) to implement automatic registration in Massachusetts filed by the late Rep. Peter Kocot and Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem have attracted the support of a majority of members of the House and Senate. In 2015, Oregon became the first state to implement automatic voter registration, according to Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts. (Wednesday, 12 p.m., Room 428)

LGBTQ YOUTH COMMISSION: Attorney General Maura Healey leads the swearing-in of members of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. (Wednesday, 10:10 a.m., Room 222)

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to speak at the 40th legislative reception hosted by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and The Arc of Massachusetts. Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Denise Garlick will be recognized as legislators of the year. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka are also expected to attend, organizers said. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Great Hall)

FBI DIRECTOR AT BOSTON COLLEGE: FBI Director Christopher Wray will discuss the cyber threat landscape, what the FBI is doing to stay ahead of the threat, challenges connected to the digital revolution, and the importance of strong private sector partnerships as the keynote speaker at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security, hosted by Boston College. Following Wray’s remarks, officials from the FBI Boston Division and the Boston College Masters in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance Program will be available for comment, organizers said. Media interested in attending should contact Ed Hayward at ed.hayward@bc.edu or 617-552-4826. (Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill)

VIETNAM WAR TALK: Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Max Boot will talk about his book "The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam" at a Chat & Chowder organized by WorldBoston. The book is a biography of Lansdale, a CIA operative, and examines the Vietnam War and the conflicts that followed as well as whether the war could have taken a different course, according to organizers. (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State St., Boston)

HEALEY FOR DETTELBACH: Attorney General Maura Healey is listed as the special guest at a fundraiser to benefit Steve Dettelbach, a candidate for attorney general in Ohio. (Wednesday, 12 p.m., Offices of Waterville Consulting, 30 Rowes Wharf, Ste 600, Boston)

SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL CHAMBER BREAKFAST: Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will deliver remarks at the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce's March breakfast. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Chez Josef, 176 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam)

PARCEL K GROUNDBREAKING: Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, attends a groundbreaking ceremony at Parcel K, which is expected to be built into 304 residential units, 293 hotel units, 17,928 square feet of retail space, 14,400 square feet of flex/innovation office space and parking for 640 vehicles. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 295 Northern Ave., Boston)


GUV CANDIDATE FORUM: The three Democrats running for governor -- Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren -- will speak at a forum intended to give voters a chance to get to know the Democratic candidates for governor, hosted by Suffolk University. (Thursday, 7 p.m., 20 Somerset St., Boston)

CHANDLER ADDRESSES WORCESTER CHAMBER: Senate President Harriette Chandler spakes at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's "The Breakfast Club" series. Speaking program begins at 7:45 a.m. after networking and breakfast. (Thursday, 7 a.m., College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, One College St., Worcester)

CYBER THREAT BRIEFING: FBI Special Agent in Charge Harold Shaw offers keynote remarks at a quarterly cyber threat briefing hosted by Cybereason and SecureMA -- a statewide initiative to bring together small businesses, nonprofits, and local government officials to raise awareness and share best practices to address cybersecurity threats. (Thursday, 12 p.m., Cybereason HQ, 200 Clarendon St., Boston)

STATE OF NEW BEDFORD: New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell delivers an annual state of the city address at a luncheon hosted by the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce. Press should RSVP to Jon Carvalho at 508-979-1410 or by email at jcarvalho@newbedford-ma.gov. (Thursday, 11:30 a.m., 230 Hathaway Boulevard)

DEAF, HARD OF HEARING: Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing hosts a constituents day with Statewide Advisory Council members, community members, legislators, and state agency directors. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Great Hall)

SJC MEETS: The Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments in six cases. (Thursday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

BETTER BUSES RALLY: The Livable Streets Alliance holds a "Rally for Better Buses" to launch its "Getting Boston on Board" report which will highlight improvements the city can make "with minimal costs and considerable benefits for bus riders and transit access citywide." (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Dudley Square Station)

HEALEY AT WOMEN'S DAY EVENT: Attorney General Maura Healey provides opening remarks at an International Women's Day event, "Five 261 Fearless Game-Changing Women." (Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston)

WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION/FOUNDATION: Attorney General Maura Healey speaks at a joint anniversary party for the Women's Bar Association, which is celebrating 40 years, and the Women's Bar Foundation, celebrating 25. Healey will also receive the WBA's Outstanding Advocate Award. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Goulston & Storrs, 400 Atlantic Ave., Boston)

FORMAL SENATE SESSION: Students and employees would receive legal cover to maintain the privacy of their personal email accounts under a bill the Senate appears poised to pass Thursday. The bill would bar educational institutions and employers from requiring the disclosure of personal social media account usernames, photos, videos and other information. The legislation (S 991) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen. Cynthia Creem received 17 votes in favor when it cleared the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. There would be some exceptions to verify compliance with laws and regulations, and business-related social media accounts would not be covered under the legislation. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Gardner Auditorium)

CHARLES RIVER WATERSHED ANNUAL MEETING: The Charles River Watershed Association holds its annual meeting, which will include an update from executive director Bob Zimmerman and a keynote address from noted environmental activist Alexie Torres-Fleming. (Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. business meeting and awards; 7 p.m. seated dinner and keynote address, Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton)

JOBS, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RELEASE: The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development plans to release the preliminary January and revised monthly 2016 and 2017 unemployment rate, labor force and job estimates for Massachusetts. The state's unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in December.

MASSDEVELOPMENT BOARD: Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash attends the MassDevelopment Board of Directors' monthly public board meeting. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 99 High Street, 11th floor, Boston)

MASSWORKS ANNOUNCEMENT: Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash attends an announcement relative to the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. (Thursday, 4 p.m., Bagel Bin Deli, 207 Shirley Ave., Revere)

MASSDEP - VOLKSWAGEN MITIGATION HEARING: The Department of Environmental Protection holds a public hearing. Massachusetts is set to receive about $75 million from the Volkswagen court settlement and is accepting input on projects that would electrify the transportation system and serve environmental justice populations. (Thursday, 2 p.m., Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke)

LONG-TERM CARE BRIEFING: Sens. Patricia Jehlen and Barbara L'Italien and Rep. Danielle Gregoire host a briefing with economist Paul Osterman of the MIT Sloan School of Management, the author of the book, "Who Will Care For Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce." Osterman will discuss a policy agenda that "reconceives direct care workers' role to improve both the quality of their jobs and the quality of elder care," according to organizers. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Room 428)

DA RYAN WITH BOY SCOUTS: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will host a Boy Scouts traffic safety merit badge clinic with Massachusetts State Police, the Billerica Police Department, the Lexington Police Department and the Newton DPW. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Middlesex District Attorney's Office, 15 Commonwealth Ave., Woburn)


SJC MEETS: The Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments in three cases. (Friday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

CHANDLER AT WORCESTER BREAKFAST: Senate President Harriette Chandler attends the Worcester Common Ground legislative breakfast. (Friday, 10 a.m., 5 Piedmont St., Worcester)

HPC DIRECTOR TALKS PHYSICIAN PRACTICES: Health Policy Commission executive director David Seltz will speak about the role of physician practices in managing health care dollars and the role they will play in the changing marketplace at the Thriving Under Fire event hosted by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (Friday, 2:40 p.m., Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood)?

CONCEALED-CARRY FASHION SHOW: Firearms and holsters hit the runway at a concealed-carry fashion show held by Gun Owners Action League and Massachusetts Women Gun Owners. The "entertaining yet educational" event raises money for the Massachusetts Women's Leadership and Firearms Summit to be held in April. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Registration (Friday, 6 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, One Bass Pro Dr., Foxborough)

ESSER FOR SENATE LAUNCH: Monson Republican Lindsey Esser holds an event to kick off her campaign against Democrat Sen. Anne Gobi. There will be a live band, child care and light refreshments. (Friday, 6:30 p.m., Quaboag Country Club, 70 Palmer Rd., Monson)

DISCUSSION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT SUCCESS: Mass Insight Education & Research hosts a policy breakfast discussion on the issue of "developing a broader sense of collective responsibility for academic success in local school districts." Mass Insight Education president and CEO Susan Lusi will moderate the discussion among panelists: Daria Hall, Vice President for Partnerships and Engagement at The Education Trust; Keri Rodrigues, Founder and Mom-in-Chief, Massachusetts Parents United; Paul Toner, Massachusetts Executive Director, Teach Plus and member, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education; and Makeeba McCreary, Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs, Boston Public Schools. (Friday, 7:45 a.m., State Street Financial Center, 1 Lincoln St., 7th Floor, Boston)

BERKSHIRE INNOVATION CENTER: Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development; Travis McCready, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; Lauren Liss, president and CEO of MassDevelopment; and Tim Connelly, executive director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, will attend an announcement relative to the Berkshire Innovation Center. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., 51 Woodlawn Avenue, Corner of East Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Pittsfield)

MAPLE SEASON KICK-OFF: Francois-Laurent Nivaud,the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, attends and delivers remarks at the kick-off of Massachusetts maple season. (Friday, 1 p.m., 409 New Lenox Road, Lenox)

LOWELL OPIOID TASK FORCE: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan hosts a meeting of the Lowell Opioid Task Force, which brings together law enforcement, health care professionals and addiction and recovery specialists to talk about the opioid crisis. (Friday, 9:30 a.m., Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell)

CAMPUS SPEECH: UPenn Law School professor Amy Wax talks with Dan Rea about free speech on college campuses. Wax, who specializes in civil procedure and social welfare law and policy, wrote a Feb. 16 Wall Street Journal op-ed -- "What Can't Be Debated on Campus." (Friday, 9 p.m., WBZ NewsRadio 1030)


ASBESTOS REMOVAL IN BOSTON: As workers remove the hazardous material asbestos from a bridge, MassDOT will close Massachusetts Avenue in both directions where it crosses above Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay from 7 a.m. on Saturday until 7 p.m. on Sunday. The Commonwealth Avenue underpass will also be closed to traffic. "The closure is necessary to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct preparation activities and remove asbestos material that is contained within the existing bridge structure and was not visible until construction began," MassDOT said. "This material is located within the structure and is only accessible while construction operations are ongoing. Appropriate containment measures that meet safety standards will be in place during the asbestos removal." (Saturday, Back Bay, Boston)

WORCESTER ST. PATRICK'S ROAST: Worcester Mayor Joe Petty hosts the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and Political Roast. Senate President Harriette Chandler attends. Senate Tickets are $25. (Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m., Fiddlers' Green Pub, 19 Temple St. Worcester)


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