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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) awarded Diversity and Inclusion/Compliance Executive Assistant Ernestina Sirignano with an Individual Outstanding Achievement award for her work taking on demanding projects and going above and beyond within her department to ensure its success. Sirignano, a Revere resident, has been with Massport in the Diversity and Inclusion/Compliance Department for almost 3 years.

“It’s been a busy year at Massport and today we acknowledge all of the great work done by our staff throughout 2015,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep a busy airport such as Logan Airport running smoothly, as well as Hansom Field, Worcester Regional, and Cruiseport Boston. Today’s event is an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of last year as we look forward to what this next year will bring.”

Logan Airport generates $13 billion in economic activity each year. The airport is a city within a city on a 1,700 acre footprint of land. The airport has a fire department, a police department, a power plant, two hotels, a non-denominational chapel and 27 acres of landscaping along the roadways and terminals. Logan Airport has four passenger terminals, each with its own ticketing, baggage claim, and ground transportation facilities. In all, there are 94 gates with contact jet bridges and nine regional jet gates at the airport and more than 40 airlines fly nonstop to more than 120 domestic and international destinations.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit


The Don Bosco Tech Alumni Association plans two events in August for all graduates.  A golf tournament takes place at George Wright Golf Course on Monday, August 15, beginning at 8 a.m.  A gala reunion takes place at Florian Hall in Dorchester on Friday, August 19, beginning at 7 p.m.  Information and registration can be found at

Summer is here, which means millions of people hit the pools, beaches and lakes to cool off and take in the sun. The nation’s emergency physicians strongly advise all parents and guardians to get their children familiar with water – specifically teaching them to swim safely as early as possible.

“It only takes a few seconds and a few inches of water for a child to drown,” said Dr. Jay Kaplan, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “While it’s impossible to predict and prevent every scenario, you can take steps to protect kids, stay safe and still enjoy the water.”

Facts about Drowning

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children between 1 and 4 years of age, with almost 400 cases reported in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young children aren’t the only ones affected. Every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Overall, it ranks fifth for unintentional injury death in the United States.  More than 50 percent of drowning victims who are treated at emergency departments require extended hospitalization or long-term care.

Several factors can contribute to a person drowning and obviously not all of them can be controlled. However, steps can be taken to keep a child and even an adult safe as possible when near or in the water.

Ways to Stay Safe

Supervise Young Children – They must be watched at all times when near water. It can take only a matter of seconds for a child to accidentally drown when an adult turns away.

Learn to Swim – Formal swim lessons can protect people, especially young children from drowning.

Learn CPR – It can take paramedics several minutes to arrive. Having CPR skills often times can mean the difference between life and death or permanent brain damage.

Use the Buddy System – Never swim alone. Always be with someone.Swim in areas that have lifeguards on duty if possible.

Don’t Drink and Swim – Drinking alcohol while on a boat or swimming in the water can severely impair a person’s judgment and cognitive skills. Also, never drink alcohol while supervising children.

Use Life Jackets  – When on a boat, make sure the number of (Coast Guard approved) life jackets match the number of passengers on the boat and that they are easily accessible in case of emergency. Young children should have a life vest on at all times in a boat, or in the water. Potentially half of all boating deaths might be prevented with the use of life jackets.

Air-Filled or Foam Toys Not Safety Devices – These toys are not substitutes for life jackets and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Be Aware of Weather Conditions – If strong winds or heavy thunderstorms and lightning roll in, get out of the water and seek shelter immediately.

Understand Waves and Rip Currents – If on the beach, watch for dangerous waves and rip currents.  If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore.  Once free of the current, swim toward the shore.

Don’t Overestimate Your Swimming Ability –  Everyone has limits, even the most experienced of swimmers.

For more information on drowning or other health-related topics, please go to

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP       has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

2016 Sand Sculpting Festival, July 22-24

The Revere Beach Partnership is proud to announce the dates and theme for the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, hosted at America’s first public beach, Revere Beach, established in 1896.

The annual festival draws upwards of 900,000 spectators from all over the country who come to watch master sand sculptors compete for first prize in the solo and duo portions of the Master Sand Sculpting Competition. The festival also features gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, exhibit booths, children’s sand sculpting lessons, and fireworks over the course of three days.

Sand sculptors for the Solo Competition are as follows; Melinage Beaureguard of Montreal, Canada, Guy Oliver-Deveau of Montreal, Canada, Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia, Benjamin Probanza of Acapulco, Mexico, Kevin Crawford of Perth, Australia, Jonathan ‘Jobi’ Bouchard of Montreal Canada, Jooheng Tan of Singapore, Marielle Hesseles of The Netherlands, Nikolay Torkov of Moscow, Russia, and Leonardo Ugolini of Italy.

Duo Competitors for this year are; David Durcharme of British Columbia with Enguerrand David of Belgium, Steve Topazio of Tiverton, RI with Deborah Barrett/Cutulle of Saugus, MA, David Belcher of St. Louis, MO with Marianne van den Broek of Key West, FL, Paul and Remy Hoggard of Bulgaria, and Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island with Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz, CA.

This year’s festival will run Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24th, 2016 and has a theme of Science, Technology, and Innovation. The event will highlight Massachusetts as a leader in the development and implementation of new and emerging technologies and discoveries by showcasing the innovation that is happening right here.

Hours for the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 24th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. It is recommended to use the MBTA and public transportation to and from this event. The MBTA Blue Line can be taken to the Wonderland or Revere Beach stops. Free parking and shuttle service to the T will be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is also available at the Wonderland Garage. For more information about the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit

About Revere Beach Partnership:

Formed in 2001, the Revere Beach Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to carry forth the heritage of Revere Beach as a nearby retreat for New England families, preserve the beach’s unique historic and natural assets, and plan and oversee the continued improvement of Revere Beach. For more information,

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