Cancelled Due to Weather “Journey of Life Through Art” Guided Tour with ILCNSCA at the PEM!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Participants will have the opportunity enjoy a program offered by the Peabody Essex Museum called “Journey of Life through Art”. The program invites connections between the artwork on view and life experiences. Participants will also rediscover and have the chance to share personal memories, explore the meaning of individual artworks, and enjoy a day out at the museum.

The Peabody Essex museum offers a “Pay What You Wish” program, making the museum accessible to someone for whom a day at the museum might be just out of reach. An ILCNSCA staff member will provide an envelope for participants to enclose whatever they have chosen to pay, which this will serve as a general admission ticket for the hours of 2-4 PM on Tuesday January 21, 2014.

 If you would like to attend this event please contact Alexandra Dominguez by January 14, 2014at 978-741-0077 ext. 160 or by email at: with “Peabody Essex Museum RSVP” in the subject line. Space is limited.

Please request communications accommodations at least two weeks in advance. ILCNSCA is scent-free to accommodate persons with chemical sensitivities. Please refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes or scented clothing. Photographs may be taken for ILCNSCA publication. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the ILCNSCA at time of RSVP.

Important Update on Temporary Coverage from MassHealth and the Health Connector

We recently informed you of the coverage extensions that apply to members enrolled in Commonwealth Care, Medical Security Program or the Insurance Partnership program allowing members to retain their current coverage through at least March 31, 2014.  As you know, the priority of the Health Connector and MassHealth is to ensure that everyone seeking insurance coverage has access to coverage without gaps or delay.

We are currently experiencing some delays in processing applications through our new system, and are aware that some applicants who are not currently enrolled in any subsidized health insurance program may need access to health care coverage starting on January 1.  We are working to process those applications and prioritizing applications from those who are not currently enrolled in any subsidized health program. Please be advised that any individuals not currently enrolled in any subsidized health program who have applied for subsidized coverage, and whose applications we have not been able to process, will have access to temporary coverage until we are able to process their applications and make final eligibility determinations. Individuals whose applications were submitted prior to December 31, 2013, will receive this temporary coverage starting January 1, 2014.

In an effort to provide further clarification on this temporary coverage option for you and those applicants you assist, we have prepared and attached the following materials:

·        Frequently Asked Questions About Temporary Coverage for Applicants for Subsidized Health Insurance 

·        Sample Temporary Coverage Applicant Notice to be mailed to applicants seeking subsidized coverage who are not in a program with extended coverage

·        Temporary Coverage for Applicants for Subsidized Health Insurance Provider Bulletin that will be shared with all MassHealth providers later today

Individuals receiving temporary coverage or providers with questions about this option can call MassHealth Customer Service at 1-800-841-2900 (TTY: 1-800-497-4648) for more information.

Thank you,

MassHealth and the Health Connector

Housing Jobs with Comm of MA DHCD

Here are the most recent positions posted on the Commonwealth Employment Opportunities website for the Department of Housing and Community Development .  Please circulate, post and share these postings with contacts and anyone you know who may be interested.

 J38977   Housing Program Specialist III / Housing Management Specialist – Supportive Housing Specialty

Application Deadline Date:  January 17, 2014


J38979   Housing Program Specialist III / Housing Management Specialist – Family Self-Sufficiency Specialty

Application Deadline Date:  January 17, 2014

 J38970   Administrator IV / Procurement Manager

Application Deadline Date:  January 10, 2014

New Year Eve Salem : LAUNCH!

Come ring in the New Year at Old Town Hall!  The City of Salem and Salem Main Streets are teaming up to throw a New Year’s Eve party on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Old Town Hall and Derby Square.

“This will be the first time in recent memory that the City has held a New Year’s Eve event,” states Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Manager. “We’re calling this year’s event LAUNCH because we hope it will be the start of an annual tradition.” Attendees can rock the night away with local favorites, including The Dejas, Qwill, the OnPoint Ensemble, and more.  There will be New Year’s Eve related activities and crafts for kids of all ages. This event is free to all and family-friendly. There will be an early countdown and balloon drop promptly at 7 pm. For more information about New Year’s Eve Salem, contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Manager, at (978)744-0004 or  

 Salem Theatre Company and Scamps Comedy Productions present New Year’s Eve Comedy
Featuring Dave Rattigan, Abhishek Shah & Jesse Bickford
Tuesday, December 31 Two Shows:  7PM and 9PM
Salem Theatre Company and Scamps Comedy Productions are teaming up to end the Old Year with huge laughs with two shows at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette Street in Salem.  Dave Rattigan headlines the evening, joined by Abhishek Shah and Jesse Bickford. Tickets: 866-811-4111.

 Opus Upstairs: Dinner & Dancing for Opus’ First New Year’s
Opus is celebrating its first New Year’s with an evening of dinner & dancing, complete with a 4-course prix fixe menu which can be seen at The restaurant will host two seatings: 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm. You can choose the prix fixe ($75) or a selection from our regular menu, including sushi specials. We will also be having DJ Sabretooth spinning tunes after the 8:00 seating till after the ball drops! Spend the night!

 Opus Underground: Opus and Social Palates present
Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket Funk-tacular NYE celebration! #bodbNYE

Featuring the funkiest dance party in town with special guest stars Goldblood and Associates. Dancing, Champagne Toast at midnight, light passed appetizers, party favors and more! Tickets only available at Opus ($25). For more information please click here. 87 Washington Street – Salem, MA – – 978-744-9600

 For other events, dinners, and festivities please see the list our partner Destination Salem put together.