November Newsletter – Rededicating Needham’s Town Common, New Compliance Rules, and Giving Back

November 20, 2023

Needham Town Common Grand Reopening and Dedication

Needham Town Common grand reopening

The Town of Needham recently hosted a grand reopening and dedication ceremony for the Town Common. Often referred to as “the front yard of the Town,” improvements to the Common now offer the community a downtown focal point to come together, enjoy the outdoors, and connect with Needham’s institutions and businesses.

“This is an amazing place for friends, families, and neighbors to gather,” said Senator Rebecca Rausch. “Whether you’re getting a frozen custard or bagel, just hanging out enjoying those swings, enjoying the shade of the tent, it’s here. It’s a place to gather, a place for us to be. And what an essential thing.”

Read more here.

Protecting Your Community: Are You Prepared for the Revised Lead and Copper Rule?

Closeup of corroding copper pipes.

Lead and copper pipes within public water systems pose a significant danger, potentially causing health issues due to lead exposure. The EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule aims to reduce lead exposure from drinking water and the first compliance date is less than one year away.

Failure to comply with the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule can result in penalties and enforcement actions. BETA has been instrumental in aiding communities in this critical work. Contact us today for guidance and compliance assistance and to explore the available funding options for your water system’s future.

Read more here.

Building a Brighter Holiday Season

Collage of several sculptures made out of nonperishable food cans designed to look like the American flag, a fire hydrant, a baseball stadium, and more.

As we head into the holiday season, we are immensely thankful for our talented and generous team of employee owners! We recently challenged them with an internal “canstruction” contest to flex their creative skills while collecting nonperishable items for those in need, and they did not disappoint.

Check out some of their creations and let us know your favorite!

Welcome to the Team!

ClaireMarie “Clam” Belisle rejoins BETA as a full-time GIS specialist after interning in our GIS group. Clam received her graduate certificate in GIS and technology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and earned her bachelor’s in liberal arts from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Seth Boyce joins BETA as a landscape designer in our landscape architecture group. Seth recently received his bachelor’s in landscape architecture with minors in community planning and sustainability from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to joining BETA, Seth completed a design internship in Vermont and worked as a GIS assistant at the URI Office of Space Allocation and Analysis.

David Gray joins BETA as a GIS specialist in our GIS & asset management group. David received his bachelor’s in geography with a focus in GIS from the Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. David previously worked as a welder using MIG process and assumed the role of safety advisor, performing daily safety inspections prior to his shift.

Joe Fernandez, PE joins BETA with over 30 years of engineering experience. Most recently, Joe worked for the California Department of Transportation where he was a senior transportation engineer specializing in permitting for San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Joe is a senior project engineer in our transportation and traffic group.

Kevin Osowski joins BETA as an engineering designer in our traffic group. Kevin received his bachelor’s in civil engineering and his master’s in transportation engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Kevin previously worked at CTDOT where he was a transportation engineer and designed horizontal and vertical alignments, analyzed sight distances, and prepared quantity estimates.

Kellie Pendergast joins BETA as as a marketing assistant in our marketing group. Prior to joining BETA, Kellie worked for an environmental consulting firm as a technical writer and a MEPA project manager. In this role, Kellie spearheaded the development of the firm’s report templates, style, logo, and branding while also leading proposal writing efforts.

Do you want to become an employee-owner?

We are currently looking for talented staff across many of our disciplines in offices throughout New England. BETA will challenge you with interesting work and offers the potential for growth and advancement. Browse our current job openings.

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