Saturday, July 20, 2019

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

From Massachusetts to Tranquility Base 

July 20th marks half a century since the first time that a human stepped foot onto the moon. This week, I authored a resolution commemorating this achievement which the Senate adopted. I have included the words of the resolution for you here and I want to share with you just how pivotal Massachusetts has been at the -from the very start - in our ability to explore space.

In 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn. The navigation system for the Apollo command was developed at MIT where astronaut Buzz Aldrin graduated from with a Doctor of Science degree in 1963,. The headsets for the astronauts were developed in Worcester and the lunar radar system was created in Burlington. The guidance computer was designed at the Draper Instrumentation Laboratory in Cambridge. Margaret Hamilton of MIT, led the team who wrote all of the navigation and guidance computer system software- she is the reason it is called software engineering. She was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The mission's lunar module’s radar, test systems, and stabilization and control system were created in Burlington by the Radio Corporation of America’s Aerospace Communications and Control Division. There are many many more connections- first and foremost - the call to action by President John F. Kennedy.

Commemorating The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Whereas, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 space program established by the National Aeronautics And Space Administration successfully landed astronauts on the moon and July 20, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of this historic event; and

Whereas, the National Aeronautics And Space Administration established the Apollo space program to meet the goal declared in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy of sending astronauts to the moon and returning them safely to earth; and

Whereas, the Apollo space program built on the achievements of the prior space programs of the National Aeronautics And Space Administration, including the mercury and Gemini missions, and the successful moon landing honored the tragic sacrifice of the astronauts and crew members whose lives were lost in their service of united states spaceflight research; and

Whereas, the crew of the Apollo 11 mission consisted of mission commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Edwin E. ‘‘Buzz’’ Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins; and

Whereas, the Apollo 11 crew launched from the National Aeronautics And Space Administration Launch Operations Center, now known as the John F. Kennedy Space Center, landed the Eagle Lunar Module on the surface of the moon 4 days later and planted the flag of the United States Of America in lunar soil, recording the achievement as the first country to land on the moon; and

Whereas, the success of the Apollo 11 moon landing was due to the skill, dedication and collective effort of tens of thousands of workers, scientists, engineers and contractors of the National Aeronautics And Space Administration and of other federal agencies; and

Whereas, the Apollo 11 mission demonstrated the focus and capability of the scientific community of the United States, which established the United States as the world leader in space exploration and, fifty years later, the Apollo 11 mission continues to inspire national scientific efforts in space, medicine and other fields; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the Massachusetts Senate hereby commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and extends its heartiest commendations to all who contributed to the success of the mission and exemplified a cooperative effort on a national scale; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be transmitted forthwith by the Clerk of the Senate to the National Aeronautics And Space Administration, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

State legislators, Division of Marine Fisheries officials, and local stakeholders met last night in the Division of Marine Fisheries' Gloucester office to discuss the issue of red tide and the impact on shellfish harvesting.

This is a letter I wrote, with the support of many of my colleagues in the House and Senate, seeking assistance from the Governor.

Dear Governor Baker,

We are writing to bring to your attention the significant, adverse and ongoing impacts of shell fishing closures along a substantial portion of the Massachusetts Coast, and to seek your assistance and collaboration on behalf of the harvesters, processors and other stakeholders being harmed by the closures, which are imposed to protect the public health.

Currently the area from the New Hampshire border to Duxbury is closed to all shellfish harvesting due to the presence of bio toxins from alexandrium fundyense, commonly known as “red tide”, which pose serious health threats if ingested by humans. The current closure began on June 19th in Boston and Southward, and June 20 on the North Shore.

The length of this closure would, on its own, cause substantial economic harm to those who derive income from the Commonwealth’s shellfishery. Yet that harm has been compounded by rainfall closures which made many of the same harvest areas inaccessible for several weeks preceding the red tide closures. Still further exacerbating the situation is that these closures have occurred, and are continuing, during a time of peak demand for shellfish.

Consequently, we are writing to request that you consider every available option for state government to respond to this crisis, including but not limited to:
• Increased testing in the affected areas, to supplement the good work already being performed by the Division of Marine Fisheries on this issue, to allow shellfish beds to open as soon as it is safely possible.
• Increased and regular information sharing with industry stakeholders during the pendency of the closures.
• Exploration and deployment of resources to support those who are being impacted by the closures, such as assistance with unemployment and health insurance, lost income, product sourcing and marketing.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and your consideration of our request. We appreciate your consistent support for our commercial fishing industry, and are available as necessary to collaborate on addressing this very serious problem.
Senator Bruce E. Tarr
Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante
Representative Bradford Hill
Representative Lenny Mirra
Representative Timothy R. Whelan
Representative Josh S. Cutler
Senator Julian Cyr
Representative Sarah K. Peake
Representative Susan Gifford
Representative William L. Crocker
Representative Lori A. Ehrlich
Representative Randy Hunt
Senator Michael J. Rodrigues
Representative Kathleen R. LaNatra
Senator Brendan Crighton
Representative Jerald A. Parisella
Representative James M. Kelcourse
Representative Dylan Fernandes
Senator Patrick M. O’Connor










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Beat the Heat - Be Prepared

National Grid’s Recommendations for Upcoming Heat Wave:

“Forecasters are calling for a run of high temperatures and humidity this weekend. We are prepared for increased energy demand and will be closely monitoring the weather and our system. We also want to ensure you are prepared as prolonged temperatures of 90°F or higher can lead to heat-related illnesses. Please stay hydrated and cool and regularly check on the elderly, young children and those with chronic illnesses in your life as they are at a higher risk.”

In case of power outage customers may report the outage via: https://www1.nationalgridus.com/ReportorCheckOutage OR Text the word “OUT” to 64743 OR Call 1-800-465-1212

Georgetown Municipal Light Department
Contact: Light Department Office at 978-352-5730 Town Link: https://www.georgetownma.gov/georgetown-municipal-light-department

North Reading and Wilmington
Reading Municipal Light Plant
Contact: Website instructs you to fill out a form in order to report a power outage. However, if a live power wire or electrical equipment is sparking, residents should call 781-942-6598 or 781-944-1340 immediately Town Link: https://www.rmld.com/

Middleton Electric Light Department
Contact: 978-774-4313 Town Link: https://middletonlight.org/contact.html

Ipswich Electric Light Department
Contact: 978-356-6635 Town Link: https://www.ipswichma.gov/369/Electric

Groveland Electric Department
Contact: Like Ipswich and Middleton, Groveland has no dedicated number for power outage reporting, but the phone number for the Electric Department itself is 978-372-1671 Town Link: https://www.grovelandma.com/electric-department

Rowley Municipal Lighting Plant
Contact: 978-948-3992 Town Link: http://www.rowleylight.com/common/index.php?com=LIGHT&div=AA&nav=AA&page=A80 ________________________________________

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Honoring Rockport Firefighter Senior Lieutenant. Kris Juncker Jr.

The #Rockport Board of Selectmen formally recognized and honored the public service and the life of Rockport Firefighter Kris Juncker Jr. Kris passed away at the age of 38 from a lung disease. Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante joined me in presenting a framed Senate Order adjourning in Kris’ memory to his family.

The order:
Senator Tarr moves that when the Senate adjourns today, it does so in memory of Kris Juncker Jr.. Kris joined the Rockport Fire department as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18. For 20 years, Kris worked as an integral member of the Sandy Bay Engine Company within the Department. In 2013, Kris was promoted to the rank of Senior Lieutenant.

Kris’ passion was working with children. For twelve years Kris was an indispensable part of Rockport Elementary School’s fire safety programs, including a three-year period as the program’s supervisor. Despite his health problems, Kris always returned to assignments at the fire department when possible. As a testament to Kris’ stature in the community, the fire department organized multiple fundraisers and benefits to help cover his medical bills. At every turn, Rockport’s citizens described Kris as both an indispensable mentor and a model citizen. Kris is survived by his father Kris Sr., his mother Ann, and wife Jessica.


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Excessive Heat and Humidity Friday through Sunday

Situation: The National Weather Service is forecasting excessive heat Friday through Sunday. Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create oppressive conditions. The very worst of the heat will occur Saturday and Sunday.

High temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s. Heat index values are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s Friday, 100 to 110 Saturday, and 97 to 105 Sunday, with the highest values occurring on Saturday in eastern Massachusetts and parts of the Connecticut River valley. Graphics provided below.

Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

NEVER leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. This hot weather will make car interiors reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.






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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Celebration in honor of North Andover's Joyce Bradshaw

Joyce Bradshaw developed a reputation as a wonderful town clerk and public servant. Through her time as clerk she has successfully manged more than 70 elections and executed her duties form 41 Town Meetings. By all accounts her retirement, which begins tomorrow, is very well-earned.



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Honoring Rockport Firefighter Senior Lieutenant. Kris Junker Jr.

The Rockport Board of Selectmen formally recognized and honored the public service and the life of Rockport Firefighter Kris Junker Jr. Kris passed away at the age of 38 from a lung disease. Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante joined me in presenting a framed Senate Order adjourning in Kris’ memory to his family.

The order:
Senator Tarr moves that when the Senate adjourns today, it does so in memory of Kris Juncker Jr.. Kris joined the Rockport Fire department as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18. For 20 years, Kris worked as an integral member of the Sandy Bay Engine Company within the Department. In 2013, Kris was promoted to the rank of Senior Lieutenant.

Kris’ passion was working with children. For twelve years Kris was an indispensable part of Rockport Elementary School’s fire safety programs, including a three-year period as the program’s supervisor. Despite his health problems, Kris always returned to assignments at the fire department when possible. As a testament to Kris’ stature in the community, the fire department organized multiple fundraisers and benefits to help cover his medical bills. At every turn, Rockport’s citizens described Kris as both an indispensable mentor and a model citizen. Kris is survived by his father Kris Sr. and wife Jessica.


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