Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Senate's Commonwealth Conversations Tour on the North Shore

The Senate's Commonwealth Conversations tour is on the North Shore and Northern Middlesex County today. We started at Plum Island for discussions about our efforts to protect valuable infrastructure from erosion.

Right now, I am hosting a broad-based discussion of our transportation needs. Demographics, budget, and priorities are topics in our breakout sessions here at Ipswich Ale Brewery Brewer’s Table in Ipswich. More to come as we head to Lawrence and Lowell.


Friday, March 17, 2017

You are invited to participate in the Senate’s Commonwealth Conversations Tour events which will be held on Tuesday March 21st in several locations in Essex County and Northern Middlesex County.

Feel free to attend any or all of the regional events including the Transportation session which I will be hosting in Ipswich between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. This transportation meeting will be interactive and will assist us in establishing transportation project priorities for our region. The day will conclude with a public forum which will take place from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm on the campus of UMass Lowell.

Host Senators:
Senator Eileen Donoghue Senator Barbara L’Italien Senator
Kathleen O’Connor Ives Senator Bruce Tarr

9:00am-10:30am Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
● Address: 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
● Parking: On-Site Parking ● Host: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives
● The State’s Conservation Land Tax Credit Program Overview and Discussion

11:30am – 1:00pm Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table
● Address: 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich, MA 01938
● Parking: On Street Parking ● Host: Senator Bruce Tarr
● Topic: Transportation
● BARR Foundation Forum, Open to the Public

2:30pm – 4:00pm Lawrence General Hospital, General Auditorium
● Address: 1 General Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 ● Parking: Free parking available in main garage ● Host: Senator Barbara L’Italien
● Lawrence Economic Development Roundtable

4:45pm – 6:00pm University of Massachusetts - Lowell
● Address: University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854
● Parking: On-Site Parking
● Host: Senator Eileen Donoghue 6:30pm – 8:00pm UMass Lowell Public Forum • Address: University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket Street, Moloney Hall, 2nd Floor



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Civics Bee" tonight

I am looking forward to the "Civics Bee" tonight at the Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road, #Hamilton

What's a civics bee? The answer is:

A. a great time for all ages to learn about government and citizenship.

B. a chance to test your wit and knowledge with neighbors and friends.

C. a celebration of the 2nd annual League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham, MA event.

D. all of the above.

If you answered D, then I think you should come to this free and open to the public event for all ages. It starts at 7 p.m., I'll see you there. Here are a few photos from last year - -


Monday, March 13, 2017

Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Perhaps the luck of the Irish was with us for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Luncheon that Representative Brad Hill and I sponsor each year with the #Ipswich Council on Aging - - it could have been scheduled for tomorrow!

Today brought us blue skies, good friends, and good fun as 130 seniors gathered at Ascension Memorial Church for a nice meal complimented by cake. Thank you to Sheila Taylor, Director of the Ipswich Council on Aging and her staff and volunteers.


Friday, March 10, 2017

SeniorCare Fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program sustains thousands of seniors and disabled citizens throughout the state with nutritious food brought to the door. More than a food program, Meals on Wheels connects people to their community and gives homebound elders interaction and the ability to remain in their homes.

This morning, SeniorCare, a non-profit organization that serves more than a dozen North Shore communities, put together their annual fundraiser to support the meals program. 43 years strong this event brings volunteers, elders, and good cheer together to raise money and raise awareness.

Originally planned as a February Valentine-themed event, tough weather moved us to March where even today’s wind and snow was no match for our enthusiasm and the turnout at the Gloucester House Restaurant was strong.

A very big thank you to all the sponsors and particularly to the volunteers who daily go knock on those doors to deliver warm meals to those in need. It was great to see the Gloucester High School ROTC students helping this morning.

SeniorCare Inc. welcomes volunteers and encourages you to contact them if you would like to lend a hand, you can reach their Nutrition Department by calling 978-281-1750.


Ready to Read

We can all agree that reading is fundamental to a great start in life. I'm having a wonderful time visiting with and reading to students at #Rockport Elementary School today. #ReadForLife


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Media Alert:

Alison King of NBC Boston and I talked today about the new legislative compensation law which makes additional stipends available to some lawmakers. Tune in today for her coverage on the issue.