Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Bruce Tarr's North Shore 104.9 Toy Drive Is Just A Jingle Away

December brings our attention to the holiday season and the annual Toy Drive to help children and families North of Boston. I invite you to tune in to North Shore 104.9 next week to join in on the fun as we raise funds and collect gifts for those in need. We will be riding our sleigh all week and broadcasting live in 15 locations - #Salem, #Essex, #Lynn, #Danvers, #Peabody, #NorthAndover, #Ipswitch, #Middleton, #Newburyport, #Beverly, #Rockport, and #Gloucester. 

Each donation supports a host of non-profit organizations. Learn more here: We can't do this without your support and those of our sponsors - thank you.



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Free COVID-19 Testing

No-cost, walk-in COVID-19 testing is now available from Curative at the annex at 26 Emerson Ave. in Gloucester! Testing will continue to be available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Feb 2022



Monday, November 29, 2021

Kent Circle Tree Lighting

For decades, my brothers Ringo, Brian - who passed away in 2018, and I worked together, along with a hardy group of dedicated volunteers, to decorate Kent Circle and erect and light the Christmas tree. Yesterday, that tradition of teamwork and hard work from outstanding community volunteers continued on with great success and to hardy cheers from cherry-cheeked kids to the young at heart. 

Live entertainment, snacks, songs, and more smiles than lights on the decorated trees kept us all warm and happy. Special thanks to the Peek family for their donation of the 2021 tree. I will share some photos of that tree's journey to Kent Circle in a bit.



Happy Hanukkah!

To all of my Jewish friends and constituents, I wish you all a happy Hanukkah celebration. May you enjoy eight days of peace, happiness, and joy with your loved ones. And, may this season of light fill your heart and home with happiness! 



Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving To All

Certainly, we have all been living through some challenging times over the past year, and we have had to confront such impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic as loss, hardship, disruption, and isolation. Yet, despite all of these, we have so much to be thankful for once again on this Thanksgiving. 

From the health care professionals and local boards of health who have worked tirelessly to treat and protect us, to the firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who have answered our calls every day, to the teachers and school staff who have done what it takes to keep our students from losing the opportunity to learn and grow, to those among us whose essential nature we now understand perhaps more than ever before, that drive a delivery truck, staff a grocery store, or otherwise make sure we have what we need, to the countless people who are our neighbors that give us strength and hope through acts of kindness large and small, we are surrounded by blessings in our lives. 

My hope is that on this Thanksgiving Day we will, no matter where we are or who we are able to gather with, hold those we love and care about close in our hearts, remember those who have made our lives better, stronger, and more prosperous. And to those around the world who serve in our armed forces to protect freedom, we express our deepest gratitude for their efforts that carry us forward to a brighter tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Annual North Reading Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Tradition Continues!

House Minority Leader Brad Jones and I have teamed up again to sponsor the annual North Reading Senior Citizen Thanksgiving dinner - it's been a local tradition for decades, and we did what we could to make certain the tradition continued. Although not ready to return to its in-person format this year, the 2021 annual event was a drive-through in the parking lot at the Hillview Country Club.



Friday, November 19, 2021

Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's Cape Ann Caucus

Today, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and I gave reports about House and Senate versions of the American Recovery Plan Act and budget surplus spending bills. I also spoke about the Senate's Mental Health bill adopted this week.

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce regularly convenes gatherings of members of the Greater Cape Ann legislative delegation and local municipal and school officials, business people, and other stakeholders to discuss current issues and update each other on what is happening in the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, and Ipswich.