Weymouth wellness programs start Feb. 4 

Area residents can participate in the wellness programs being offered this winter at South Shore Health System. The classes will be held at the Center for Physical Wellness, 51 Performance Drive, Weymouth, at Entry Two (third floor). They will begin Feb. 4 and continue for one month unless otherwise noted. 

Cancer Exercise Program: This class focuses on improving function, endurance, strength, and flexibility for cancer patients at any stage of treatment. Instructor is a certified cancer exercise trainer.Mondays and Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m.; $55; ongoing enrollment 

Core and More: This program is designed for individuals who would like the attention of a personal training visit in a group setting to strengthen muscles and improve endurance.Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. or 5-5:45 p.m.; $60 for one-hour class; $55 for 45-minute class; ongoing enrollment 

Fit for You: Program for individuals who would like to improve their activity level, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance with the guidance of an exercise therapist.Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4p.m.; $60; ongoing enrollment

Functional Fitness Post-Stroke: Program for individuals who have had a stroke and want to improve function, balance, and strength.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; $60; ongoing enrollment 

Get Up and Go: Program for individuals looking for an inclusive, supervised exercise routine focused on improving strength, balance, and flexibility.Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15-3 p.m.; $55; ongoing enrollment 

Men’s Exercise: Circuit-based exercise program designed for men over age 55 who want to increase strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.; Fridays, 8-9 a.m.;$60 for twice per week; $70 for three times per week; ongoing enrollment

Senior Strength Training: Available for individuals over age 60, this program is designed to improve strength, functionality, and flexibility.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.; $60 for two days per week; $70 for three days per week; ongoing enrollment 

Strengthen and Balance Program: Exercise for anyone with any form of arthritis, as well as those planning a total joint replacement, to improve flexibility and strength and balance and to help control pain.Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.; $60; ongoing enrollment 

Yoga for Beginners and Intermediate: Yoga provides relaxation and gentle stretching to relieve stress and improve well-being. All skill levels are welcome.Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m.; $48 for six weeks; ongoing enrollment 

Call 781-624-4367 or email Jlogan@southshorehealth.orgfor more information. 

Text to 9-1-1 is now an option in an emergency

By Michael P. Norton, State House News Service

Calling 911 is the quickest way to summon help in an emergency, but Massachusetts residents can now do so by text, too.

On Dec. 14, a system was deployed across Massachusetts to ensure that text messages sent to 911 would be routed to emergency call centers based on information provided by the texter's service carrier. On Wednesday last week, state officials formally announced that the lifesaving system upgrade is now available to everyone. 

The State 911 Department, in a fact sheet, called the Text-to-9-1-1 system “one of the most exciting changes for accessibility to emergency services in more than 20 years.

“Having the ability to contact a 911 call center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” Frank Pozniak, State 911 Department director, said in a statement. “Text to 911 also provides direct access to 911 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”

Users of the texting approach should enter 911 in the “To” field of their mobile devices – the same process for sending regular text messages – and try to include the address and town where they are texting from, information about the nature of the incident, and any other details about their precise location. 

Officials say making a voice call to 911 remains the most efficient way to get emergency services. 

State clears 2 new cannabis stores

By Colin A. Young, State House News Service

The seventh and eighth recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts have been cleared to open as early as this Saturday, the Cannabis Control Commission said Tuesday.

Regulators issued notices to commence operations for the Temescal Wellness of Massachusetts retail locations at 10 Callahan Dr. in Pittsfield and at 252 Coolidge St. in Hudson. Both locations already operate as medical marijuana dispensaries and can begin selling non-medical marijuana on Saturday.

According to CCC documents, both stores were granted provisional licenses Sept. 20. The Hudson store was initially inspected by CCC staff on Oct. 16 and the Pittsfield store was first inspected on Oct. 18. Both received final licensure on Dec. 13.

The first non-medical pot shops in the Bay State opened on Nov. 20 and a total of five have opened to consumers, in Leicester, Northampton, Salem, Wareham, and Easthampton. Another store in Great Barrington is expected to open Friday.

Late last month, CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman said the CCC is in a “rhythm” now that could result in four to eight new retail stores coming online each month.

The commission will meet Thursday and is expected to vote to authorize two more final licenses for Temescal Wellness, allowing the company to grow up to 10,000 square feet of cannabis and also to produce marijuana products at its facility at 141 SW Cutoff in Worcester.

Getting from final licensure to commencing operations has taken roughly three to five weeks for the other businesses that have opened. The CCC on Thursday is also slated to vote on eight provisional licenses, including one for a Mass. Alternative Care retail store in Chicopee.

Police investigating body found off Pemberton Point

Chief John Dunn reports that the Hull Police Department is investigating after the body of an adult male was found in the waters off Pemberton Point today [Wednesday, Jan. 2].

Hull Police were called to a location off Main Street, near the commuter boat pier, shortly after noon. Officials located the body of an adult male believed to be in his 30s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation indicates that the incident is not suspicious, Dunn said.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available, he said.