Marijuana Dispensary Offers Job Opportunities to Veterans

A new partnership will provide 50 veterans with jobs. Curaleaf is working with Mass Fallen Heroes and Project New Hope. The marijuana dispensary is adding full and part time jobs at its grow and manufacturing facility in Webster.

They say at a time when many other businesses are closing because of the pandemic, they’re able to expand and want to provide jobs to people who served our country. Curaleaf also donated almost $10,000 in funds to veterans groups.

“It comes from the proceeds of our Veteran Cannabis Project products, that’s a brand of products. A dollar of every sale goes to Veterans Cannabis Project and Mass Fallen Heroes,” said Curaleaf president, Patrik Jonsson.

Curaleaf makes donations almost every month to the local veteran’s organizations.

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Curaleaf Partnering with MFH, Project New Hope to Recruit for Jobs at Grow Facility

Curaleaf Holdings has announced that it is partnering with two Massachusetts veterans organizations to recruit applicants as more than 50 new jobs have opened at the company’s Webster facility.

The vertically integrated marijuana company is adding the new jobs to its expanded grow and manufacturing facility in Webster and is partnering with Mass Fallen Heroes and Project New Hope Inc., according to a statement.

Through those partnerships, Curaleaf hopes to recruit qualified veteran applicants for the new jobs, the statement said.

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MFH Newsletter June 2020

Get the latest news about Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. In this issue, we cover:

  • Community Outreach and Support
  • Blue Tag & Co — Sample Sales Return Under a New Name
  • MFH Gold Star Family Portal

MFH Newsletter May 2020

Get the latest news about Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, including how to honor Memorial Day amidst a global pandemic. In this issue, we cover:

  • Our Education Program
  • Virtual Tributes to Gold Star Mothers (for Mother’s Day) and for the Fallen
  • Celebrity Support for our organization
  • Our ongoing mission

‘We Didn’t Shut Down’: MFH Remembers Gold Star Family Ahead Of Memorial Day

Boston Common is usually lined with American flags for Memorial Day, honoring those who gave their lives for their country. The coronavirus pandemic prevented that display this year, but an organization dedicated to remembering those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan is keeping the tradition going with a smaller display in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. It is also the site of a special ceremony for a local Gold Star family.

Jason Farrar, a Marine Veteran from Weymouth, shows off the sea of flags in front of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial on Northern Avenue in the Seaport.

“This flag right here represents my brother,” he said pointing to the United States Marine Corps flag grouped around dozens of flags from all the military branches. Each one represents a local hero who died for their country.

Farrar now works for the organization responsible for the flag display and the permanent memorial, a spire that reaches several stories into the air surrounded by a tranquil water feature with a small waterfall.

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes is dedicated to remembering soldiers like Farrar’s brother, Marine Sgt. Andrew Farrar Jr., who was killed in Iraq 15 years ago. They also offer support to Gold Star families like “making sure other people don’t go through what I went through and learn how to cope in other ways that I didn’t,” Jason said.

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Massachusetts Memorial Day Tributes Go Virtual Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies to honor the veteran community have been canceled in Massachusetts amid the coronavirus crisis, but that’s not stopping local veteran groups and communities from paying tribute to the fallen this weekend.

While the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has been forced to postpone its Patriot Week events to September because of the pandemic, the organization will have a virtual tribute on Sunday. Also, a military flyover will pass over the group’s memorial in Boston’s Seaport on Monday.

“I feel for the families that are used to being in crowds at a cemetery or town common,” Dan Magoon of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said on Thursday. “It’s tough for them that those events won’t take place.

“But this crisis doesn’t stop us from paying tribute to those we lost and their families,” he said.

Boston Veterans Step Up to Stock Dorchester Food Pantry Amid Coronavirus Struggle

Only two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown, Elizabeth Caisey faced an impossible choice: grocery shop for her family or fill the food pantry her Boston neighbors had come to depend on, now more than ever.

Caisey remembers looking at the meager supplies left in Dorchester’s Community Corner food pantry and worrying what the single mothers, recently homeless, and laid-off workers in Codman Square would eat.

“We had two bags left of food,” Caisey said.

The pandemic and ensuing lockdown drove demand for the food pantry’s meal kits up seven-fold, and Caisey feared they’d be wiped out. She put out the call to the community for help. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes answered.

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was founded in 2010 by local veterans, Gold Star families, police officers and firefighters to honor service members who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

“We came across the food pantry and said, ‘we’d like to help and do our part,’” said Mass Fallen Heroes board member Mike Brown. “We’re conditioned to know that many ants make for light work. There are people in need and we can help, so we’re going to.”

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Curaleaf to Launch Veterans Cannabis Project Initiative in Massachusetts at Hanover Medical Dispensary

Customers can purchase custom Veterans Cannabis Project pre-rolls to support veterans’ access to medical cannabis beginning on March 12, 2020

Wakefield, MA – Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA /OTCQX: CURLF), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States, today announced it will launch Massachusetts sales of its custom-designed Veterans Cannabis Project pre-roll product. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP), an organization that advocates for legal and supported access of medical cannabis for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. In Massachusetts, the single boxes are available for $35.

Each box contains five pre-rolls (0.4g each). A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, a non-profit organization to honor the memories of our fallen, to support Gold Star Family members, and to empower local veterans and educate our communities.

On March 12, the day of the project launch, any veteran medical patient will be allowed to purchase their first VCP package for only $1. Also as part of the launch, Curaleaf will increase its regular veteran discount from 10% to 22% while increasing the discount for 100 percent disabled veterans from 22% to 40% for each purchase.  Curaleaf has locations in Hanover, MA; Provincetown, MA; Oxford, MA and coming soon to Ware, MA (3/14/20).

“Even though marijuana is legal here in Massachusetts and in the majority of the United States, 20 million veterans are unable to access medical cannabis to help them cope with a number of physical and mental health issues including PTSD,” says Joe Lusardi, CEO, Curaleaf. “The Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP) strives to bring additional visibility to this important issue to help millions of veterans across the United States and those here in Massachusetts to have greater access to high quality medicinal cannabis they want and deserve.”

U.S. Air Force veteran Doug Distaso is the Executive Director for the Veterans Cannabis Project.

“As a veteran who lives the post-service struggle and was lucky enough to escape the dangerous opioids prescribed to me, I try to make those who are struggling more comfortable searching for help,” Distaso says. “Cannabis helped me alleviate my symptoms and it has helped my fellow combat veterans as well.”

“We thank Curaleaf for including us in its mission,” says Dan Magoon, Executive Director for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. “Their donations and continued support will allow us to fund a number of different initiatives aimed to empower our veterans community in the years to come.”

Curaleaf launched the Veterans Cannabis Project initiative in Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona in 2019. The company will continue rolling out the program at Curaleaf dispensaries across the United States.

Curaleaf Massachusetts operates two adult-use dispensaries in Provincetown and Oxford and two medical only dispensaries in Hanover and Oxford (co-located with the adult-use store). A third adult-use dispensary is scheduled to open in Ware, Massachusetts this spring. Curaleaf currently employs 65 people at its national headquarters in Wakefield, MA and another 150 employees at its local Massachusetts operations.

About Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf”) is a leading vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator with a dominant presence on both the East and West coasts of the United States, the largest cannabis market in the world. As a high-growth cannabis company known for quality, expertise, and reliability, the company and its brands, Curaleaf and Select, provide industry-leading service, product selection, and accessibility across the medical and adult-use markets. Strategically positioned in highly populated, limited-license states, the company currently operates in 17 states with 53 dispensaries, 15 cultivation sites, and 24 processing sites. Curaleaf employs over 2,200 people across the United States.

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Mass Save® and MFH Collaborate on LED Sale for Fourth Year in a Row

(Boston, MA) – Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH) and the sponsors of Mass Save® – including Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil – are working together for a fourth consecutive year to run an LED lighting sale that benefits Gold Star Families and returning Veterans. This year’s sale runs from June through November and offers 15-piece LED lighting kits at the discounted price of $10, with half of all proceeds going to MFH to support its programs.

The specialty kits will be available at the Mass Save booth at events throughout the state this summer and fall, as well as online. A list of events and a link for online purchases can be found at Each kit includes 15 ENERGY STAR® certified LED lights: four 60W-equivalent LED bulbs, four 100W-equivalent LED bulbs, four 75W-equivalent LED bulbs, two 100W-equivalent 3-way LED bulbs, and one LED desk lamp. These kits are available to customers at an 87% discount as part of the Mass Save lighting program, which the Mass Save sponsors administer with the goal of making energy-efficient lighting affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts electric customers. By participating in this sale, customers can help Massachusetts move closer to its energy-efficiency goals and support local Gold Star Families and Veterans.

“Massachusetts Fallen Heroes is proud and honored to be a part of this great program with all Mass Save sponsors yet again,” says Dan Magoon, Executive Director for MFH. “We continue to honor our Fallen and support Massachusetts Gold Star Families with all funds raised from this LED lighting sale, which empower Massachusetts Veterans all while making a positive impact on the environment. Thank you Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil.”

“We’re very pleased at how this relationship between Massachusetts Fallen Heroes and Mass Save has grown over the last three years,” says Eversource Energy Efficiency Spokesman Bill Stack. “We’ve seen and been inspired by the strong impact Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has on the community and those it serves. We’re proud to be working together on this campaign supporting local Gold Star Families and Veterans, while at the same time connecting customers to solutions for savings.”

During the past three years, our partnership has led to 250,000 more LEDs in our state and raised over $110,000 for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. Funds generated by these sales support multiple MFH programs including a scholarship program for siblings of the fallen, the Veteran’s Edge Program, which connects local Veterans with legal, employment, medical and housing services, and annual weekend retreats for Gold Star Families that focus on supporting their wellness and fostering a sense of community.

About Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes began in 2010 with the goal of honoring those who sacrificed their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, MFH has expanded its mission to provide services and programs that empower returning Veterans, assist their families, and support families of the fallen. This past May during Patriot Week, MFH re-dedicated its 9/11 memorial in the Boston Seaport district honoring Gold Star families. MFH remains committed to supporting and uniting local Veterans and their families and raising awareness of their service and sacrifice.

About Mass Save

Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts’ natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. Working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the initiative empowers residents, businesses, and communities to make energy efficient upgrades by offering a wide range of services, rebates, incentives, trainings, and information.

Through the joint efforts of the Mass Save collaborative, Massachusetts has earned top ranking as the #1 state in the nation for energy efficiency according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Many Honoring Fallen Boston Soldier by Volunteering in His Native Country

BOSTON – Honoring the life of a local soldier with a week of service, Monday morning several people, including police officers and firefighters, are on their way to Cape Verde.

Organized by the Cape Verdean Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, the volunteers will improve and renovate a hospital in the fallen hero’s native country.

United States Army Sgt. Alberto Montrond was 27 when he was killed in Afghanistan in 2006, 10 years after emigrating to the States. A plaque to honor his ultimate sacrifice was previously unveiled at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in Jamaica Plain.

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