June 4, 2010
CENSUS POSTER WINNERS HONORED AT STATE HOUSE
Winners of the 2010 Federal Census poster contest for Massachusetts schoolchildren were honored recently at a luncheon hosted by Secretary of he Commonwealth William F. Galvin in the Great Hall of the State House. Winning posters were on display there and will be on the website www.ma2010census.org .
Pictured at the luncheon are in back row, left to right, Secretary Galvin; Erica Scott of Westfield, Westfield High School; Miranda Snyder of Brimfield, Brimfield Elementary School; Shannon Bartlett of Westfield, Westfield High School; and Noreen Sale of Wendell, Ralph C. Maher Regional School, Orange.
Front row, left to right, Yadelis Badillo of Holyoke, Holyoke Community Charter School; and Maddy Goggin of Longmeadow, Center School, Longmeadow.
Pictured at the luncheon are, left to right, Alexandra Leger of Cohasset, Cohasset High School; Secretary Galvin; and Reed Westcott of Cohasset, Cohasset Middle School.
Pictured at the luncheon are in back row, left to right, Neha Potturu of Mansfield, Qualters Middle School, Mansfield; Secretary Galvin; Caroline Mulrey of Hanson, Hanson Middle School; Catherine Laraia of Lakeville, Apponequet Regional High School, Lakeville; and Shana Rocca of Assonet, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rochester
Front row, left to right, Marcus Costa of North Attleborough, Allen Avenue School, North Attleborough; Samson Montague of North Attleborough, Joseph Martin Elementary School, North Attleborough; Marissa Hunter of North Attleborough, Amvet Boulevard School, North Attleborough; and Michael Braga of Seekonk, George R. Martin Elementary School, Seekonk.
Pictured at the luncheon are in back row, left to right, Secretary Galvin; Matt Greenlaw of Everett, Pioneer Charter School of Science, Everett; and Maya Vural of Salem, Salem Academy Charter School.
Front row, left to right, Lily Guerrette of Lynn, Aborn Elementary School, Lynn; Lexia Pires of Lynn, Aborn elementary School; and Christeena Decker of Stoneham, Salem Academy Charter School.
Pictured at the luncheon are in back row, left to right, Alana Landry of Worcester, Heard Street Discovery Academy, Worcester; Secretary Galvin; David Judkins, Jr. of Worcester, Quinsigamond Elementary School, Worcester; and Mollie O’Hara of Marlboro, Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School, Marlboro.
Front row, left to right, Santiago Gomez of Worcester, Chandler Magnet School, Worcester; Christopher Laprade of Warren, Warren Community Elementary School; Kade Moore of Auburn, Pakachoag School, auburn; Juan Rivera of Worcester, Burncoat Middle School, Worcester; and Marissa Robertson of Charlton, Shepherd Hill High School, Dudley.
Pictured at the luncheon are, left to right, Phoebe Liebling of Brewster, Eddy Elementary School, Brewster; Quinn Liebling of Brewster, Stony Brook Elementary School, Brewster; and Secretary Galvin."Getting as complete a count as possible is important to ensure that Massachusetts is not shortchanged in the coming decade," said Secretary Galvin, the state liaison to the 2010 Federal Census, "Our students have learned about the history of the Federal Census and have portrayed its importance well, as these winning posters demonstrate."
June 4, 2010
CENSUS ESSAY WINNERS HONORED AT STATE HOUSE
Winners of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Federal Census essay contest for Boston schoolchildren were honored recently at a luncheon hosted by Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin in the Great Hall of the State House. Pictured at the luncheon are, left to right, John Wang of Dorchester (third place), Richard J. Murphy School; Secretary Galvin; Thao Ho of Dorchester (first place), Richard J. Murphy School; and Elizabeth Johnson of Dorchester (second place), Richard J. Murphy School.
"Getting as complete a count as possible is important to ensure that Massachusetts is not shortchanged in the coming decade," said Secretary Galvin, the state liaison to the 2010 Federal Census, "Our students have learned about the history of the Federal Census and have highlighted its importance well, as these winning essays demonstrated."
March 23, 2010
Students' help sought in census count
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
By ELIZABETH ROMÁN
SPRINGFIELD - Fourteen-year-old Tyquan T. Robles isn't sure if his family has filled out the 2010 federal census, but he's going to encourage them to do it as soon as possible.
Tyquan and 28 other seventh-graders at Van Sickle Middle School were paid a visit on Monday by Secretary of State William F. Galvin to help the students understand the importance of the census.
Galvin reached out to the young people as part of an effort to improve Springfield's response to the census and to also engage children who often serve as their families' translators in homes where English is the second language. He called Springfield one of the most difficult communities in the state for which to track residency.
"We are always around the 150,000 mark, but we know there are more people than that in the city," he said.
The problem with hovering at 150,000, Galvin explained, is that it is the minimum population requirement for much of the federal aid available. "If we want money to pay for textbooks and paving roads and public transportation, then people need to fill out the census so we can have an accurate count of how many people live in the city," Galvin told students.
He was joined by Superintendent of Schools Alan J. Ingram and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who also encouraged the students to remind their parents or guardians to fill out the census.
Teachers Korin Hall and Sharon Ford prepared the students for the visit by discussing the census in their classes recently.
Ford said she spent time explaining what services are needed in the city and how the census could help the city get funding for those things. Hall, who teaches ancient civilizations, had students compare census methods from ancient times with the 2010 census. Students were also given a mock census to fill out.
Galvin said many people are hesitant to fill out the census due to concerns about privacy. "The census is completely confidential. It's 10 simple questions that are used for statistics," he said.
The state is targeting children because they often serve as translators for their families, Galvin said. With large Russian-, Vietnamese- and Spanish-speaking populations in the state, it is important to engage children who often help their families with these matters, he said.
Tyquan said he was surprised to learn how the census could help the city obtain federal funds.
"I have a little brother who is 7 and a little cousin, too, and the census will help them get money for their schools," he said. "It also helps get roads paved and with a lot of other important things."
March 3, 2010
Making it count
Officials turn to schools to stress importance of census participation for Mass. funding
February 25, 2010
Galvin pushes census
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COUNT
Secretary of State William F. Galvin talks to local community organizers at City Hall yesterday about the need to get a complete count in the 2010 federal census. (T&G Staff/Christine Peterson)
Press Release: February 18, 2010
SECRETARY GALVIN, MAYOR LANG LEAD NEW BEDFORD CENSUS COUNT EFFORT
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin and New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang will meet with community out-reach groups and the New Bedford School Department on Friday, February 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ashley Room of New Bedford City Hall to spur the effort to get the most complete count in the coming 2010 Federal Census.
Secretary Galvin, the Massachusetts liaison to the Federal Census, will present grants from a state-funded program to seven community groups that are working to assure a complete count.
Receiving grants are Brick by Brick, Immigrants Assistance Center, New Bedford Association for the Advancement of Colored People, RAICES, Verdean Veterans Memorial Foundation, Community Economic Development Center, and Youthbuild.
"With census forms being mailed early in March, it is critical that everyone in the New Bedford area participate," Secretary Galvin said. "Hundreds of federal programs allocate funds on a population basis, and a complete count assures that New Bedford will not be shortchanged."
The complete count effort will include the School Department where the census effort will work with students, especially those from non-English-speaking households, to make sure their parents are aware of the importance of the census.
January 26, 2010
Secretary Galvin and Representatives attend Framingham’s Complete Count Committee Kick off event on January 26th
Press Release: November 19, 2009
SUCCESSFUL CENSUS CHALLENGES PUSH MASSACHUSETTS POPULATION ESTIMATE OVER 6.5 MILLION
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, Massachusetts liaison for the 2010 Federal Census, said today that Worcester, Springfield, Fitchburg and Westfield have successfully challenged the 2008 U.S. Census population estimates, placing the estimated population for the Commonwealth at over 6.5 million.
The cities' challenges were supported by the Population Estimates Program (PEP), a collaborative effort of Secretary Galvin's office and the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts.
The result of Boston's challenge has not been decided, but is expected to add more than 10,000 to that city's population estimate.
The successful Worcester challenge added 7,585 to the original 2008 estimate, placing the population at 182,596. PEP reviewed the city's alterations records and demolitions data to identify instances of adaptive reuse and ensure that all residential units were accounted for.
Springfield added 4,881 to reach an estimated population of 155,521. Fitchburg rose 1,976 to an estimated 42,215 population, and Westfield added 1,517 to reach an estimated population of 42,125.
"These successful challenges, with the assistance of PEP, are further evidence that the Census estimates have been shortchanging our cities," Secretary Galvin said. "A full count of all the people in Massachusetts is essential for us to receive our fair share of federal funds and to maintain our representation in Congress."
"As Census Day approaches in April, 2010, my office will accelerate its efforts to ensure that all communities in the Commonwealth make their residents aware of the importance and the benefits of full participation in the count," he said. In addition to the four cities that saw an increase in their estimated populations, North Reading and Winthrop adjusted their estimates downward. Their new population estimates are 17,943 for Winthrop and 14,444 for North Reading.
November 13, 2009
November 13th, Secretary Galvin discusses the 2010 U.S. Census with Census Director Groves during the grand opening of the Bureaus Woburn office
Press Release: October 13, 2009
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, the Massachusetts liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2010 Census, will host a Complete Count Committee Workshop for Southeastern Massachusetts, including the cities of Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, 2009 to discuss ways to ensure that all persons are counted in next April's decennial census.
The workshop will take place at Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River in the Jackson Arts Center, Building H, Room H209 from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Secretary Galvin will be joined by census personnel from his office and the Census Bureau.
Mayors, city and town clerks, state legislators, community leaders and associations from the area have been invited to the workshop.
"Census data is used to determine the allocation of billions in federal aid through hundreds of programs," Secretary Galvin said. "It is essential that we are prepared to have every person counted on Census Day, 2010. Also, a complete count is crucial if Massachusetts is to retain its representation in Congress."
Press Release: September 29, 2009
SECRETARY GALVIN, U.S. CENSUS OFFICIALS SEEK COOPERATION WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN 2010 CENSUS COUNT
Tomorrow, Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin will meet with officials of about 40 Massachusetts colleges and universities seeking their cooperation in the 2010 federal census will be taken next April.
The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow, September 30 at the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, Dorchester. Secretary Galvin, Massachusetts liaison with the U.S. Census Bureau, will be joined by census personnel from his office and the Census Bureau.
"The student population in Massachusetts approaches 350,000, and a significant portion of them are from outside Massachusetts," Secretary Galvin said. "We are asking the cooperation of the educational institutions in getting the word to their students that the census is a count of who is actually here on Census Day, regardless of where they lived before they came here to school."
The federal census not only determines the basis for reapportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives, namely how many representatives each state will have, but it is used to determine the distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid each year.
Tomorrow's meeting is part of an on-going effort of reaching out to Massachusetts institutions and residents to educate them on the importance of a full count of those in the Bay State as of Census Day, April 1, 2010.
Press Release: March 26, 2009
CENSUS 2010 STATE KICKOFF AT WORCESTER ON MONDAY
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin and U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director Kathleen N. Ludgate will kickoff the year-long run up to the 2010 Federal Census with a presentation to federal, state and municipal officials and the media on Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m. in Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester.
Secretary Galvin is the Commonwealth's lead liaison with the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the 2010 Census which will take place on April 1, 2010. He will provide an overview of the status of preparation for the count. Director Ludgate will address commonly asked questions about the census, describe the timelines for the coming year, and provide an introduction to the partnerships that will be assisting the Census Bureau in obtaining a complete count next April.
A question period will follow the presentations. "Working with outreach groups in Massachusetts a decade ago, we achieved a count that showed an increase from 1990 that was more than double predictions," Secretary Galvin said. "It is vital that we have an even more complete count in 2010 and for this the work of the partnerships will be essential."
Director Ludgate said, "Building on the achievements of the 2000 Census, we have been testing and preparing for the 2010 count all decade and we're ready to fulfill our Constitutional mandate to count everyone living in the United States." One of the first steps in this final year will be a national effort to verify and update more that 145 million addresses to ensure that every housing unit gets a census questionnaire.
Press Release: February 24, 2006
SECRETARY GALVIN NAMED CENSUS LIAISON FOR MASSACHUSETTS
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin has been designated the Commonwealth’s lead liaison with the United States Bureau of the Census for the 2010 Federal Census.
Secretary Galvin was the Commonwealth liaison with the Census Bureau for the 2000 Census when Massachusetts more than doubled the preliminary public and private census estimates and, for the first time in 30 years, did not lose a Congressional seat in the apportionment that followed that Census.
“A thorough and accurate count when the Census is taken in 2010 is vital to Massachusetts, especially in light of estimates that show us actually losing population since the 2000 census,” Galvin said.
Planning for the 2010 Census now involves providing precinct and ward boundaries and suggestions for block boundaries for the 2010 count.
The designation of Secretary Galvin was made by the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Legislature and by Gov. Mitt Romney in a letter to Census Director C. Louis Kincannon.
The Donahue Institute of the University of Massachusetts was designated an affiliate liaison for the Commonwealth for receiving and disseminating census data on population, housing, economic activity, and transportation.