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STATE HOUSE — Turned off Massachusetts voters who tuned out recent elections are being bombarded again by candidates and their supporters who are emptying their opposition research files, forking over campaign cash to TV stations for ads, rolling out high profile supporters and bouncing between debates and staged events all over the Commonwealth with two-plus weeks left until election day. A Democratic source confirmed that Hillary Clinton will be at Boston’s Park Plaza hotel on Friday to campaign for Democrat Martha Coakley. Candidates long on promises and attack lines but often short on specifics are pitching for votes ahead of Nov. 4 elections when a new governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general will be selected to join likely new Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Beacon Hill in January when state government leadership will undergo a major overhaul.

Voters next month will also decide whether the tiny Republican minority ranks in the Legislature will grow or shrink – only one incumbent, Democrat Wayne Matewsky, lost his seat in the primary – and settle ballot questions dealing with the gas tax, the bottle redemption law, casinos and sick time benefits for workers. Tuesday night’s one-on-one debate between candidates for governor Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley is a highlight of the week ahead, which will also feature an international health conference at the State House at a time when public attention remains focused on the U.S. Ebola outbreak. Here’s a look at the week ahead in politics and government:

— The latest renovated meeting space in the State House will be put into use early this week as part of a two-day E.U. – U.S. eHealth Marketplace and Conference. Senate President Therese Murray, who has been active both organizing the conference and in pressing forward on the renovation of the former document room into a museum-quality space, will play a leading role in the events. The conference is geared toward generating business opportunities and assessing ways that technology can interface with health care, including how informatics and genome sequencing can combat pathogens like Ebola.

— James Braude and Margery Eagan of WGBH are the hosts of Tuesday night’s Baker-Coakley debate, their first one-on-one faceoff. The gubernatorial nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties are far ahead of three independent candidates in the polls and the debate represents a key moment in a close race between Baker and Coakley.

— The new law allowing liquor stores to open earlier on Sunday, at 10 a.m., takes effect next week. Stores that have not been allowed to open until noon on Sundays may now open earlier beginning on Sunday, Oct. 26.

SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

SETTI WARREN ENDORSES GOLDBERG: Newton Mayor Setti Warren will join state treasurer candidate Deb Goldberg of Brookline to endorse her candidacy. (Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Johnny’s Luncheonette, 30 Langley Road, Newton)

McCORMICK AT LUNCHEON: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick attends the Mass. Advocates Standing Strong Annual Luncheon. (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.,, Best Western Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road, West Marlborough)

SUNDAY, OCT. 19, 2014

QUESTION 3 DEBATE: Host Jon Keller moderates a "mini-debate" on the ballot question calling for the repeal of the state’s expanding gaming law. Jay Ash from the Coalition to Protect Mass. Jobs and John Ribeiro of the Repeal the Casino Deal organization will debate the merits of the initiative. (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV)

BALLOT DEBATE ‘ON THE RECORD’: On WCVB’s On the Record program, hosts Janet Wu and Ed Harding moderate "mini-debates" on casinos and bottle redemption. The gaming debate will be between casino backer AFL-CIO president Steve Tolman and casino opponent John Ribeiro. Janet Domenitz from MassPIRG will debate on behalf of the "bottle bill," with Nicole Giambusso speaking on behalf of the group trying to defeat the expansion of the state’s bottle redemption law. (Sunday, 11 a.m., WCVB)

FORUM FOR TREASURER, AUDITOR CANDIDATES: The candidates running for the seat Treasurer Steven Grossman is giving up and the post Auditor Suzanne Bump hopes to keep have been invited to a 90-minute forum on Sunday in Concord hosted by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle. Democrat Deb Goldberg of Brookline, Republican Mike Heffernan of Wellesley and Green-Rainbow candidate Ian Jackson of Arlington are on the ballot in the treasurer’s contest. State Auditor Suzanne Bump, a Democrat from Great Barrington, is running against Republican Patricia Saint Aubin of Norfolk and Green-Rainbow candidate MK Merelice of Brookline. League of Women Voters groups based in Acton, Andover/North Andover, Needham, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Westford are co-sponsoring the forum and affiliates in Melrose, Newton, Plymouth and Waltham are supporting the event, which organizers plan to record and broadcast on local cable TV stations around Massachusetts. (Sunday, 2 p.m., Willard School Auditorium, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord)

FIRST PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 375th ANNIVERSARY: Mather Elementary School, the nation’s first public elementary school, will host a week of 375th Anniversary events. Dorchester native and Mather alumnus William Bratton, NYC Police Commissioner and former Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, is scheduled to speak at the anniversary ceremony. Afterwards, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will dedicate a street corner near the school in memory of Marie Conley, a Mather crossing guard who was killed in the line of duty by a motor vehicle in 2011, and present a "hero" sign in her name to members of her family, including her brother, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn. Following the ceremony, entertainment will be provided by an array of Boston children’s entertainers, including balloon artists, crafts instructors, and face painters. (Sunday, 4 p.m., First Parish Church and First Parish Hall, 10 Parish Street, Dorchester)

McCORMICK ON CAPE RADIO: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick appears on the Pat Desmarais Show. (Sunday, 11 a.m., WXTK, 154 Barnstable Road, Hyannis)

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches meet in informal sessions at 11 a.m.

OCEAN MANAGEMENT PLAN: A public meeting will be held in New Bedford to accept public comments on the state’s updated state ocean management plan, which includes identification of preliminary transmission corridor routes for offshore wind development. Other revisions in the update of the five-year-old plan include a proposed mitigation fee structure for offshore projects and the identification of offshore sand resource areas that might be used to build up coastal areas that have been hit hard over the years by erosion. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in late September released the first update to the 2009 plan, opening up a 60-day comment period. The plan, as well as the update, was required by the Oceans Act, which Gov. Deval Patrick signed in May 2008. (Monday, 5:30 p.m., The New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford)

DOI SPECIAL SESSION: The Division of Insurance plans to hold a special session on reporting on behavioral health utilizations. (Monday, 10 a.m., Division of Insurance, 1000 Washington St., Boston)

MERRIMACK VALLEY – HOMELESSNESS: Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein meets with the Merrimack Regional Network to End Homelessness. (Monday, 2 p.m., Community Teamwork, 17 Kirk St., Lowell)

BOSTON HOUSING DISCUSSION: Housing activists will testify at the Boston City Council’s Committee on Housing. City LIfe / Vida Urbana said speakers will mark 20 years since rent deregulation and discuss the "impacts of displacement and the need for neighborhood preservation and stable affordable housing." The group claims, "Boston is the most rapidly gentrifying city in America." On Oct. 9, Mayor Marty Walsh called for the development of 53,000 new units of housing by 2030. The hearing is intended to open discussion of displacement and neighborhood stability. (Monday, 4 p.m., Iannella Chamber, Boston City Hall)

BOARD OF ED TAKES UP EARLY LITERACY: The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on Monday to discuss early literacy. Low MCAS scores over several years among third graders have prompted activists and policy makers to call for a closer examination of early literacy efforts. Education officials expect an overview of early literacy outcomes and initiatives, and presentations from Tara Christian Clark, principal of Zanetti Montessori School in Springfield, and Dr. Nonie Lesaux of Harvard Graduate School of Education. (Monday, 5 p.m.., 75 Pleasant Street, Malden)

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD: The Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board meets. Labor Secretary Rachel Kaprielian plans to join in a discusion of the impact of the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. (Monday, 9:30 a.m., Indian Ridge Country Club, 73 Lovejoy Road, Andover)

HIGHER ED CONFERENCE ON COMPETENCY: The New England Board of Higher Education will convene more than 400 people to discuss competency-based education, which is billed at a potential fundamental change to education, shifting the focus to what students learn and what they can do. Speakers hail from the Center for American Progress, Inside Higher Ed, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and local colleges. Agenda: http://www.nebhe.org/info/pdf/events/conference/october2014/Agenda_October20.pdf?utm_source=New+England+Conference+to+Focus+on+Competency-Based+Education&utm_campaign=ExAwards+2014&utm_medium=email (Monday, 8:45 a.m., Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)

LEGISLATORS HONOR DORCHESTER SCHOOL: The weeklong celebration of the 375th anniversary of Mather Elementary School, the nation’s first public elementary school, will continue with 90 Mather students boarding Duck Boats at the school for a ride to the state capitol where Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry (D-Dorchester) and Rep. Evandro Carvalho (D-Dorchester) will present a proclamation honoring the school for continuing to make history. (Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., House Members’ Lounge)

ALT WHEELS: Department of Energy Resources Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi will welcome the participants of the Alt Wheels Fleet Day. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a top proponent of national alternative fuels, will keynote the event, which is focused on alternative transportation. His speech is titled "The City Fleet and Energy Security." (Monday, 8:30 a.m., Four Points Sheraton in Norwood)

TOLMAN ‘SPECIAL GUEST’ AT HEALEY FUNDRAISER: Warren Tolman, who ran against Maura Healey in the Democratic primary, is listed as a "special guest" in an invite for a Healey fundraiser. Attorney Cheryl Cronin is hosting the fundraiser. Suggested donations range from $250 to $500. After defeating Tolman, a former state senator, in the September primary, Healey faces Winchester Republican John Miller in the Nov. 4 election. Cronin served as co-state counsel in the Bay State for the Obama for America presidential campaign in 2008 and 2012. (Monday, 6:30 p.m., 419 Beacon St., Back Bay)

ENVIRO AWARDS: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett will address the Annual Leading By Example Awards honoring state agencies, municipalities, public colleges and universities and two individuals for reducing greenhouse gases and increasing recycling. (Monday, 10:30 a.m., Great Hall)

DCR RINKS: Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack Murray will join local elected officials at the Devine Rink in Dorchester to highlight recent improvements to skating rinks, including orange "look-up lines" that alert skaters when they are near the boards. (Monday, 5 p.m., DCR’s Devine Rink, 955 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester)

PUBLIC HEARING ON HORSERACING IN BROCKTON: The state gaming commission seeks public comment on applications for live thoroughbred racing in 2015. George Carney, owner of the Raynham track and the Brockton Fairgrounds, has made two "placeholder" applications: one through the Brockton Agricultural Society for one racing day at the fairgrounds, and another through the Middleborough Agricultural Society for the same space. Both applications can be later amended to apply for a maximum of 15 live racing days. The gaming commission is required to grant or dismiss the applications by Nov. 15. (Monday, 10:30 a.m., Massasoit Community College, 770 Crescent St., Brockton)

NEW ENGLAND FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: The New England Fishery Management Council’s Science and Statistical Committee will meet. The council has recommended emergency action to protect Gulf of Maine cod. Massachusetts officials and fishing industry representatives have sought new scientific methods to measure the populations of fish species. (Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. A webinar is located at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/592341487. Or dial 1-646-307-1708, access code: 851-024-476)

CELTIC HAWKS LICENCE PLATE AT RMV: Boston Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger will spend some at the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston to promote a new Boston Celtics license plate. According to MassDOT, Sullinger will greet customers and demo the RMV’s new license renewal kiosk. Proceeds from sales of the license plate go to Boston Children’s Hospital. Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia Blue is also scheduled to attend. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., MassDOT’s Boston RMV Branch, Haymarket Center, 136 Blackstone Street, Boston)

DAVID CARR AND JILL ABRAMSON: New York Times media critic David Carr and former Executive Editor Jill Abramson will meet for a discussion hosted by Boston University where Carr now teaches. WBUR host Jeremy Hobson will moderate a Q&A after the discussion. The first woman to lead the Times, Abramson was fired earlier this year. The discussion will be broadcast by WBUR on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Monday, 8 p.m., Tsai Performance Center)

LEADERSHIP MEETING: Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo holds one of their semi-regular meetings. It’s closed press. (Monday, 3 p.m., Speaker’s Office)

McCORMICK AT UMASS BOSTON: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick attends the Undergrad Student Government Gubernatorial Forum at UMass Boston. (Monday, 8 a.m., Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston)

SCOTT ON NIGHTSIDE: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott is scheduled to appear on Nightside with Dan Rea. (Monday, 9 p.m., WBZ)

IG COUNCIL: State Auditor Suzanne Bump is scheduled to chair a meeting of the Inspector General Council. (Monday, 1 p.m., Inspector General’s Office, One Ashburton Place, 13th floor, Room 1311)

PUBLIC HEARING ON HARNESS RACING IN PLAINVILLE: The state gaming commission is seeking public comment on Springfield Gaming and Development LLC’s application for 105 days of live harness racing in 2015 at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville. The racing days would occur "primarily on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from April 1 – November 30, with Sundays replacing Mondays in April and May," according to the commission. The gaming commission is required to grant or dismiss the applications by Nov. 15. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Plainville Senior Center, 9 School St., Plainville)

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE FOR COAKLEY-PARTNERS DEAL: Members of the public looking to comment on the accord between Partners HealthCare and Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office have until the close of business Tuesday. The consent judgment, which is being weighed by a Superior Court judge, was first announced in June, and it was modified after an independent state agency that analyzes the health care market raised cost concerns over the deal. Partners is seeking to merge with Hallmark Health System in northeastern Massachusetts and acquire South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Partners and Coakley have argued the agreement controls costs and alters Partners’ negotiating power for a decade. Coakley has also said the agreement is a preferred alternative to anti-trust litigation. A coalition of Partners’ competitors has extensively criticized the agreement, saying it helps Partners maintain dominance in the health care market. The attorney general’s office will have until Oct. 31 to submit its responses to the public comments in court. The next court date, set by Judge Janet Sanders, is Nov. 10. (Tuesday)

BAKER-COAKLEY DEBATE: Frontrunning gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker will meet in a one-on-one debate, which is the first such contest to be carried by broadcast television. The two previously faced off at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and were scheduled to face off at UMass Dartmouth on Friday. The three independents in the gubernatorial field are not participating. Boston Public Radio co-hosts Jim Braude and Margery will moderate. The debate will be broadcast live on WGBH-TV Channel 2, WGBH 89.7 FM, WGBY-TV and WCAI-FM, and it will be available for broadcast to all interested media. Coakley and Baker have been tied in recent polls. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton)

CONNAUGHTON BACKING HEFFERNAN IN TREASURER’S RACE: Mary Connaughton, a former Republican candidate for auditor, will be the "special guest" at a fundraiser for Mike Heffernan, a Republican candidate for treasurer. Suggested contributions range from $100 to $250. Connaughton ran against Suzanne Bump in 2010, when the auditor’s seat was open due to Joseph DeNucci retiring. Heffernan is facing Democrat Deb Goldberg in the Nov. 4 election. (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., The Verve Hotel, 1360 Worcester St., Natick)

EBOLA TRAINING FOR UNION: Health care workers will gather at their union hall in Dorchester to participate in an Ebola training with national infection experts and health care leaders. The training for members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the state’s largest union of health care workers, has been organized by the Partnership for Quality Care, a national labor-management coalition. The training will also be made available online through the union’s website after the event. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 1199 SEIU Union Hall, 150 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester)

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: Senate President Therese Murray, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg and international leaders will convene for the European Union-United States eHealth Marketplace Conference, which is expected to draw attendees from 14 countries. Dr. Michael Wong will deliver a speech on the Ebola crisis and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Chairman Jeffrey Leiden will discuss the "innovation ecosystem." Other discussions will center around how Big Data and other technologies can aid health care delivery. Attendees include Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and Naomi Fried, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. Media interested in attending can register at https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1445797-HM80nTEaA2. Murray announced the collaboration at the 2012 BIO International Conference and conferences have been held in Massachusetts, Greece and Ireland. (Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., State House)

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS: The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets to vote on probation recommendations for the Boston Green Horace Mann Charter School, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, and the removal of conditions for KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School. The board will discuss level 5 schools, the new PARCC test, a timeline for educator licensure policy review, and a report from a committee on the board’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal. A discussion and vote is also scheduled on procedures for "superintendency unions." Proponents of charter schools in Fitchburg and Brockton are seeking waivers to keep their proposals alive after they were ruled out by a Board of Education change in the formula governing the location of new charter schools. Charter school officials said Friday they have been informed by state education officials that their waiver requests will not be taken up at the meeting. Since a final application deadline falls before the next Board of Education meeting in November, charter school advocates and parents plan to attend the meeting Tuesday in Malden to call on state officials to address their waiver request sooner. The board plans to take up the timeline for educator licensure and vote on procedures superintendency unions. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 75 Pleasant Street, Malden)

ACADEMIC GAMING TALK TO UNIONS: Clyde Barrow, the former director of the Center of Policy Analysis at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will talk about casino gaming with union members at an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and UNITE HERE. Question 3 on the Nov. 4 ballot would repeal the law that has allowed for casinos to develop around the state. Unions have been generally in favor of the gaming law and its opportunities for job growth, while critics say it will bring crime and destitution for gambling addicts while also knocking the Gaming Commission’s process for selecting casino license winners. Barrow estimates that since Foxwoods first opened in February 1992, Bay Staters have spent nearly $12 billion and generated $4 billion in tax revenues for Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island, according to the AFL-CIO. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., King Room of the Omni Parker House, School Street, Boston)

SALEM INFRASTRUCTURE: Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki makes an announcement in Salem about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., Salem)

COUNCIL ON HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS: Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein plans to chair the monthly meeting of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 100 Cambridge St., Boston)

MASS. LIFE SCIENCES CENTER: The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board meets. An update on development of a new early-stage financing program is among the expected topics of discussion. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Mass. Technology Collaborative, 2 Center Plaza, Suite 200, Boston)

HOMELESSNESS IN WORCESTER: Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein delivers the keynote at the Worcester Area Mission Society and Friends of Families in Transition forum on family homelessness. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Worcester Area Mission Society, 6 Institute Road, Worcester)

MURRAY ON EHEALTH PANEL: As part of the 5th EU-US eHealth Marketplace and Conference, Senate President Therese Murray is set to speak on a panel discussing "delivering skilled talent to advance eHealth." (Tuesday, 9:45 a.m., Room 428 (The former Legislative Document Room)

LIFE SCIENCES EVENT IN CAMBRIDGE: The Cambridge-based Voyager Therapeutics celebrates its new global headquarters with a ribbon cutting and open house. Speakers will include Mass. Life Sciences Center President Susan Windham-Bannister and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins. (Tuesday, 5 p.m., 75 Sidney St., Cambridge)

RACING DIVISION: The state gaming commission’s racing division hears an appeal of a decision by judges at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., 84 State St., Boston)

WOMEN IN STEM PROFESSIONS: Labor Secretary Rachel Kaprielian moderates a panel on leveraging partnerships between business, government, education and philanthropy to engage and promote women in STEM professions. (Tuesday, 9:45 a.m., Bentley University, 175 Forrest St., Waltham)

BOSTON – COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: Boston’s skyline could grow taller under proposals from Mayor Martin Walsh that loosen zoning regulations and provide financial incentives. A panel of experts from Suffolk University’s Building Boston Forum will talk about whether height can solve the city’s housing shortage and spur economic development. New England Cable News Business Editor Peter Howe will moderate a panel that includes Sheila Dillon, director of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development; Kenan Bigby, vice president of Trinity Financial; Frederick Kramer, AIA, president, ADD Inc.; and Paul McMorrow, associate editor, CommonWealth Magazine. The event is hosted by the Sawyer Business School’s Center for Real Estate and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. (Tuesday, 7:45 to 9:45 a.m., Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston)

BOSTON COACHING FOR COMPLETION INITIATIVE: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough and Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan plan to speak at a celebration for the Boston Coaching for Completion Initiative. The initiative is based on the Success Boston college completion partnership and will provide 1,000 Boston Public Schools graduates with coaches to mentor them through college. The initiative is funded by a $2.7 million grant to the Boston Foundation from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Details of the grant and partnership opportunities will be announced. (Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Jeremiah Burke HS Library Career Center, 60 Washington St., Dorchester)

SEBELIUS AT HARVARD: Former federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joins former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire in a discussion on health care reform. The study session is closed to the press. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., Kirkland House, Junior Common, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge)

BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The Board of Higher Education will meet at Bristol Community College to hear testimony on best practices to prevent sexual assault. Representatives from UMass Amherst, Fitchburg State University and Massasoit Community College will address the board. The board will also hear an early enrollment report. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Bristol Community College, G Building, Ryckebusch Faculty Staff Lounge, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River)

WORCESTER ENERGY SUMMIT: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett will offer the keynote address at the Worcester Business Journal’s Annual Energy Summit. The all-day event will also feature panelists Department of Energy Resources Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Director of Workforce Development Tamika Jacques. (Tuesday, DCU Center, Worcester)

PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS: Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants will present the 13th annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to retired Judge Patrick Fox; Valquiria Castiglione Ribeiro; Seth Orkand, and Elizabeth McIntyre. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., Seven Justice Courtroom, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston)

PUBLIC HEARING ON HORSERACING IN BOSTON: The state gaming commission takes public comment on an application from the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for live thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs on 2015. The "placeholder" application, submitted by the Oct. 1 deadline, asked for one day, and can later be amended to 65 racing days "or such other number of…racing days as may be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the interest of the health and safety of the horses, riders, and drivers." After handing the greater Boston casino license to Wynn Resorts in Everett over Suffolk Downs, which had hoped to preserve horseracing with the development of a casino on its property, commissioners have expressed interest in keeping alive the horseracing industry in some form. The gaming commission is required to grant or dismiss the applications by Nov. 15. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 1000 Washington St., Boston)

HEALTH CARE GALA: The Mass Health Council holds a gala to honor local leaders in the health care industry. The event will include a hospital chef competition where health care facility chefs’ creations will be voted on by attendees. Chef Lydia Shire, former New England Patriots player Jarvis Green, medical correspondent Mallika Marshall and journalist E.J. Dionne are scheduled to attend. (Tuesday, 5:30 a.m., Renaissance Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

OCEAN MANAGEMENT PLAN: A public meeting will be held on Martha’s Vineyard to accept public comments on the state’s updated state ocean management plan, which includes identification of preliminary transmission corridor routes for offshore wind development. Other revisions in the update of the five-year-old plan include a proposed mitigation fee structure for offshore projects and the identification of offshore sand resource areas that might be used to build up coastal areas that have been hit hard over the years by erosion. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in late September released the first update to the 2009 plan, opening up a 60-day comment period. The plan, as well as the update, was required by the Oceans Act, which Gov. Deval Patrick signed in May 2008. (Wednesday, 5 p.m., The Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven)

GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL: At their regular Wednesday formal assembly, the Governor’s Council could vote on the nomination of Jeanmarie Carroll, Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick for a seat on the Quincy District Court. (Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Governor’s Council Chamber)

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: Senate President Therese Murray, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg and international leaders will convene for the European Union-United States eHealth Marketplace Conference, which is expected to draw attendees from 14 countries. Dr. Michael Wong will deliver a speech on the Ebola crisis and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Chairman Jeffrey Leiden will discuss the "innovation ecosystem." Other discussions will center around how Big Data and other technologies can aid health care delivery. Attendees include Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and Naomi Fried, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. Media interested in attending can register at https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1445797-HM80nTEaA2. Murray announced the collaboration at the 2012 BIO International Conference and conferences have been held in Massachusetts, Greece and Ireland. (Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., State House)

ANNUAL STEM SUMMIT: The 11th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit is Wednesday in Worcester. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester)

SOLAR ADVOCATES BOOST EPA CARBON PLAN: Solar power businesses, state officials and clean energy advocates plan to gather to show support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a proposal to create limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Environment Massachusetts said in a release on the event they will release a letter signed by dozens of local solar businesses supporting the plan. The press conference is set to take place on roof of the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter with the building’s rooftop solar array in view. Re. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline) plans to attend. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, 100 West 2nd Street)

PROBATION HEARING: Former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two former deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III, will seek to overturn their guilty verdicts in a hearing before Judge William Young. The three were convicted for playing various roles in a scheme to fraudulently steer probation department jobs and promotions to politically connected applicants. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12. (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Moakley Courthouse, Boston)

FEDERAL JUDGE AT UMASS LAW: UMass Law Review will welcome the Honorable Michael Ponsor, senior judge of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. Ponsor plans to speak about his experience on the bench, his views on the criminal justice system, and his New York Times best-selling novel, "The Hanging Judge." Ponsor served as a U.S. Magistrate for the US District Court, District of Massachusetts from 1984-1994, and has served as judge since 1994. He holds the distinction of having presided over the capital murder case of nurse Kristen Gilbert (also known as the Angel of Death), convicted of murdering four VA patients in 2001. Ponsor published his first novel in 2013 titled "The Hanging Judge," which is loosely inspired by the case. (Wednesday, 5 p.m. UMass Law’s Larkin Courtroom, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth)

ABIGAIL ADAMS TRIBUTE: The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus plans to hold the 27th annual tribute to Abigail Adams. The event is scheduled to honor: Marion Columbo, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking, TD Bank; Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury); Ann Murphy, Senior Vice President, O’Neill and Associates; Susan Servais, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Council; Susan Tracy, Principal, The Strategy Group; and Benaree "Bennie" Pratt Wiley, Principal, The Wiley Group. (Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 Saint James Avenue, Boston)

HINGHAM COURT PICK BEFORE COUNCIL: Paula Clifford, Gov. Patrick’s nominee for a seat on the Hingham District Court goes before the Governor’s Council for an interview. Clifford has been practicing civil litigation at Bonner, Kiernan, Trebach and Crociata in Boston since 2002, and worked from 1998 to 2002 as an assistant district attorney in Bristol County. (Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Governor’s Council Chamber)

SEX OFFENDER PANEL: The Legislature’s Special Commission on Recidivism of Sex Offenders holds a meeting. The panel is scheduled to receive an update on legislation amending the commission’s charge, membership and timeline, will hear a presentation on juvenile sex offenders and will hold a conversation about a presentation from the last meeting. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Room 350)

MASSDOT BOARD: The Department of Transportation’s Board of Directors meets for their October monthly meeting. An agenda for the meeting was not made available to the public by Friday afternoon and MassDOT staff did not respond to requests for information on what public business the agency board would discuss or vote on. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., MassDOT Boardroom 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3830 Boston)

MASSDOT LABOR PANEL: MassDOT’s Standing Committee on Compensation and Labor meets. An agenda for the meeting was not made available to the public by Friday afternoon and MassDOT staff did not respond to requests for information on what public business the agency board would discuss or vote on. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., MassDOT Boardroom 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3830 Boston)

BIALECKI AT CYBERSECURITY CONFERENCE: Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki keynotes the CyberSecurity Conference at the Boston Federal Reserve. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Federal Reserve Bank, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston)

VETERANS HOUSING OPENING: Housing Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein attends the grand opening of a five-unit veterans’ supportive housing development in Westford and an eight-unit veterans’ supportive housing development in Chelmsford. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 173 Carlisle Rd., Westford)

TRENDS AND TECH MARKETING CONFERENCE: NAIOP Massachusetts, in partnership with RE:Tech, plans to hold a two-part conference to highlight innovative marketing trends and technologies that have been recently adopted in commercial real estate. The conferences will explore how new ideas in marketing, branding, digital media, and technology are driving decision-making, deals, leasing and revenue throughout the industry. (Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston)

DORCHESTER SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION: The official observation of Mather Elementary School’s 375th birthday is scheduled to feature performances by Mather students and remarks by NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton, Mayor Martin Walsh, Interim School Superintendent John McDonough, Principal Emily Cox, and others. A birthday cake reception will follow in a tent outside. (Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Mather Auditorium, 1 Parish St., Dorchester)

McCORMICK AT BCC: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick attends the Clean Water Fund and Coalition for Social Justice Education Fund Forum. (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Bristol Community College, Building H, Room 210, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River)

LAW JOURNALIST BEFORE COUNCIL FOR JUDGESHIP: David Frank, Gov. Patrick’s nominee for a seat on the Concord District Court appears before the Governor’s Council for an interview. Frank is the managing editor of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a faculty member for the Harvard Law School Trial Workshop and maintains a private practice handling juvenile court, district court, real estate and business matters, according to his resume. He has defended murder cases and prosecuted murder, gang and civil rights cases in Bristol and Suffolk counties. (Wednesday, 10.30 a.m., Governor’s Council Chamber)

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches plan to meet in informal sessions Thursday at 11 a.m.

GAMING COMMISSION HEARS CASINO DEVELOPMENTS: The state gaming commission meets, with progress reports from Penn National, MGM in Springfield and Wynn Resorts in Everett, which have received the slots license and resort casino licenses for western Massachusetts and Greater Boston, respectively. The commission will also field reports from its racing division, investigation and enforcement bureau, and supplier and diversity development. The agenda was still being finalized on Friday, a spokesman said. (Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Room 102 AB, Boston Convention Center, South Boston)

BERWICK AND REPEAL THE CASINO DEAL ORGANIZERS RALLY SUPPORT: Backers of a ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law will hold a fundraiser and volunteer recruitment event with former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick. While running for governor, Berwick advocated for repealing the casino law. "We need to keep up the fight to repeal this toxic law and ensure that our communities are not harmed, as they undoubtedly would be, by the devastating effects of casino gambling," Berwick wrote in an invitation to the event. Thomas Bean, the attorney who successfully argued before the state Supreme Judicial Court to get Question 3 on the ballot, will also speak. (Thursday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., First Unitarian Society, 1326 Washington St., Newton)

SEN. MOORE VS. REP. FATTMAN: Sen. Richard Moore and Rep. John Fernandes will face their Republican challengers at a debate held by Citizens for Milford, "a volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots organization." Moore, an Uxbridge Democrat, is facing Rep. Ryan Fattman, a Sutton Republican. Fernandes, a Milford Democrat, is facing Mark Reil, a Mendon Republican. The debate will allow each candidate to ask "a series of challenge questions" and take audience questions. Fernandes and Reil will go first, followed by Moore and Fattman. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Milford Town Hall)

INDIES ON CAPE MORNING SHOW: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick and running mate Tracy Post appear on Ed Lambert In the Morning Show on WXTK. (Thursday, 8 a.m., 154 Barnstable Road, Hyannis)

FUN WITH D’ARCANGELO: Republican Secretary of State candidate Dave D’Arcangelo hosts "a fun reception" and campaign fundraiser event in Melrose. An invitation to the event lists says hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar will be offered. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Absolutely Fabulous, 454 Main Street, Melrose)

McCORMICK AT FORUM: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick attends the Bridgewater State University Center for Legislative Studies Gubernatorial Forum. (Thursday, 11 a.m., 131 Summer St., Bridgewater)

YOUTH JOBS FORUM: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick attends the Youth Jobs Coalition Gubernatorial Forum. (Thursday, 5 p.m., Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston)

BELFAST MAYOR BREAKFAST: Senate President Therese Murray attends a breakfast honoring the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon. (Thursday, 8 a.m., Seaport Hotel, Boston)

NURSES PROTEST STAFFING: Accusing Partners HealthCare of violating a new nurse staffing law, the Massachusetts Nurses Association plans to hold a press conference in front of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and distribute literature to patients entering the hospital. Nurses say a statute that became law over the summer as part of a compromise to avoid a ballot fight went into effect this month, mandating intensive care unit nurses be assigned no more than one patient at a time. The MNA says Brigham eliminated five trauma beds and three thoracic intensive care beds, and ICU nurses have been forced to take on a second patient "in direct violation of the law." (Thursday, noon, corner of Francis and Vining streets, across the street from the main entrance to Brigham)

PRESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS LECTURE: Reporters from Al Jazeera America and GlobalPost will discuss human rights and press freedoms around the world. Speakers include Ray Suarez, host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America; Stephen Kurkjian, founding member of the Boston Globe’s investigative Spotlight team; and Thomas Mucha, editor of Global Post. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will offer remarks, and Courtney Radsch, advocacy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will offer the introduction. A reception at the Millennium Boston Hotel will follow. The talk is part of an endowed public program of the Boston Greenway’s Armenian Heritage Park. (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Faneuil Hall, Boston)

FORD HALL FORUM HOSTING CASINO REPEAL DISCUSSION: While casino repeal proponents appear to be having difficulty locking down debate plans with their opponents, the Ford Hall Forum has lined up a panel discussion on the ballot question on Thursday. Repeal proponents John Ribeiro from the ballot campaign and former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger will talk with casino proponents Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Charlie Stefanini, the labor outreach director at the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs. Boston College economics professor Father Richard McGowan will be the moderator. (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston)

CHARLES RIVER SKATEPARK GROUNDBREAKING: Gov. Deval Patrick, Congressman Michael Capuano, Sen. Sal DiDomenico and other officials will be on hand with Vans and the Charles River Conservancy for the groundbreaking of the Lynch Family Skatepark. (Thursday, 9 a.m., North Point Park, 0 Education Way, in Cambridge)

BAKER-ONLY FORUM ON WESTERN MASS. TV: WWLP holds a candidate forum with Republican candidate for governor Charles Baker. According to the station, Democrat Martha Coakley declined an invitation to participate in a full debate with Baker. In a release blasting the station’s move to hold the forum, Independent candidate Evan Falchuk called the news "equivalent of an SNL election skit." Falchuk’s campaign pointed out in their release that WWLP president and general manager Bill Pepin donated to the Baker campaign this year. (Thursday, 8 p.m., WWLP)

COMMONWEALTH AVE GREEN LINE IMPROVEMENTS: A public meeting will be held to discuss improvements to the Green Line. The proposed project would consolidate the BU West, St. Paul, Babcock, and Pleasant stops on the B Line into two fully accessible stations that supporters believe will help reduce travel times and improve safety as well as "better serve the Boston University and Commonwealth Avenue community as well as all MBTA customers in this very congested corridor." A presentation from MBTA personnel will cover the history of the project; options analysis; cost and funding; the 30 percent design effort; the eventual construction project; what constitutes code compliance; the locations of the proposed new stops; elimination of the existing stops; improved headways; enhanced customer service; and safety upgrades and accessibility. A panel of MBTA personnel will answer questions from the public. (Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Boston Public Library, The Commonwealth Salon meeting room, 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston)

SECURITY EXPERT TO TALK U.S. DEFENSE: A defense technology networking group hosts a veteran who will discuss the nation’s security issues. Bob Kinder, who spent 20 years in both the U.S. Air Force and Army Special Operations, will speak at United4Defense, which is based in Kendall Square. Kinder, who will discuss counter-terrorism in the age of al Qaeda, is currently managing director of aerospace, defense and security at G2 Capital Advisers. (Thursday, 6 p.m., One Broadway, Cambridge)

FENWAY BILL SIGNING: House Speaker Robert DeLeo gives remarks at the ceremonial bill signing for the Real Lives legislation and among other bills. (Thursday, 12:45 p.m., Fenway Park, Boston)

HOMELESSNESS IN WESTERN MASS: Housing Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein meets with the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness, which promotes a "housing first" approach. (Thursday, 10 a.m., TD Bank, 1441 Main St., Springfield)

AFFORDABILITY PRESERVATION EFFORT: Housing Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein will announce the preservation of 36 affordable units and five new affordable units at the Rolling Green multi-family rental property. (Thursday, 1 p.m., 1 Rolling Green Drive, Amherst)

BIALECKI, McGOVERN SPEAK AT WORCESTER TECH EVENT: Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki is a special guest at "The Path to Scale," an overview of the Worcester region tech ecosystem. Bialecki and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern will join WPI president Laurie Leshin. (Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., WPI, 100 Institute Rd., Worcester)

CAUSEWAY DEDICATION: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett will join Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack Murray, Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) and others to celebrate the completion of the $20 million rehabilitation of the Nahant Causeway, which connects Nahant to Lynn. The causeway has been under construction since 2011. The causeway will be named the Rep. Phillip Carney Causeway. (Thursday, 3pm adjacent to The Tides Restaurant, Nahant Road, Nahant)

PRESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS LECTURE: Reporters from Al Jazeera America and GlobalPost will discuss human rights and press freedoms around the world. Speakers include Ray Suarez, host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America; Stephen Kurkjian, founding member of the Boston Globe’s investigative Spotlight team; and Thomas Mucha, editor of Global Post. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will offer remarks, and Courtney Radsch, advocacy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will offer the introduction. A reception at the Millennium Boston Hotel will follow. The talk is part of an endowed public program of the Boston Greenway’s Armenian Heritage Park. (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Faneuil Hall, Boston)

FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2014

HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGNS FOR COAKLEY: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a 2008 candidate for president and a potential candidate in 2016, will swing through Boston for Coakley/Kerrigan ticket. Her visit comes a week after her husband, former President William Clinton, appeared in Worcester on Coakley and Kerrigan’s behalf in an effort to boost the ticket. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston)

"ARTS MATTER DAY" | According to MASSCreative, an Arts Matter Day is scheduled for Friday with plans for thousands of voters to contact candidates to "share stories of why arts matter in Massachusetts." The day of activism will include efforts to email candidates, share videos, and post to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #ArtsMatter and #MaGov14.

LATINO FORUM: Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick attends a Latino Town Hall. (Friday, 6:30 p.m., Northeastern University, 342 Huntington Ave, Ell Hall, Boston)

BOSTON IRISH AWARDS: Senate President Therese Murray attends the Boston Irish Reporter Boston Irish Honors. (Friday, 11:45 a.m., Seaport Hotel, Boston)

SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014

DORCHESTER SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: Mather Elementary School, the nation’s oldest public elementary school, will host a Birthday Benefit Fundraiser Event which is scheduled to include a live and silent charity auction, with all proceeds benefiting Mather students. Adults 21 and over are welcome. (Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Phillips House, 780 Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester)

SOCIAL EQUITY AND HEALTH FORUM: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts sponsors a forum focused on social equity and health that will include remarks from a former top Obama health official. Dr. Howard Koh, a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, rejoined the Harvard School of Public Health earlier this year after a stint in the Obama administration. Lauren Taylor, co-author of "The American Health Care Paradox," and David Mancuso, director of the research and data analysis division at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Service, will make presentations. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston)

SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014

MACDC CONVENTION: The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations will hold one of the largest gatherings ever of community development leaders in state. The over 600 people scheduled to attend include: community development professionals, CDC board members, government officials, and youth leaders. (Saturday, Westin Hotel, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston)

CHILDREN’S TRUST HONORS MO COWAN: The Children’s Trust, a leading family support organization, plans to honor former Acting U.S. Sen. William "Mo" Cowan of ML Strategies and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. At its Evening of Promise Gala, Cowan will be honored for his "work in the public and private sectors on several causes that benefit children and families." Appointed to fill John Kerry’s seat until Elizabeth Warren was elected, Cowan had worked as Gov. Patrick’s chief legal counsel and chief of staff. He serves on the non-profit boards of the Greater Boston YMCA, the Discovering Justice Foundation, Project STEP and The Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Adage Capital Management, a hedge fund sponsor in Boston, is the lead supporter of the event. (Saturday, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St, Boston)

PUBLIC HOUSING FALL CONFERENCE: Housing Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein keynotes the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants’ fall conference. (Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Norwood)

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