Friday, August 28, 2009

On the Road for Nelson's Run

Last Sunday saw a tremendous turnout for the 10th annual Nelson’s Run, a charitable event which is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Selig, who was tragically lost in a motorcycle accident in Ipswich.

Since Nelson’s passing, Essex County motorcyclists have emerged from the tragedy with a powerful sense of purpose and relentless energy. Through their efforts motorcycle safety has been advanced, awareness has increased, and allied individuals and organizations have become effective participants in the legislative process.

A major accomplishment is the generation of thousands of dollars first to support Nelson’s family, and now to benefit others through the Motorcyclists’ Survivors Fund, Inc. I have been honored to work with this group for the last 10 years.

Special thanks go to Paul Cote and “Sarge” Komola for their leadership in bringing about a unified constituency that’s earning success.


Media Alert: Interviews with ABC News

Today I was interviewed by a television crew from ABC news about the passing of Senator Kennedy and the issues surrounding the choice of his successor. Look for excerpts from the interview on ABC's World News and tomorrow morning on “Good Morning America”.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Media Alert: Tarr Talks With Michele McPhee on WTKK

Monday, August 24th I had the chance to talk with Michele McPhee of 96.9 WTKK Radio about the elderly driving bills that were recently filed in the legislature. To hear the original airing of this show please visit


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Media Alert: Morning Talk on Fox 25

This morning I had the opportunity for a spirited discussion with former Senator Warren Tolman on the Fox25 morning news segment known as Tolman and Gray. Standing in for political consultant Rob Gray, I offered my perspective on issues including the process to fill a vacancy in the office of U.S. Senator, Congressman Frank’s recent “town meeting” on health care, and the closing of public pools across the state during the current wave of warm temperatures.

Please visit to view this segment.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fast Lane Audit Request Pays Dividends

In February, amid reports that motorists with Fast Lane transponders were being overcharged, I requested an audit of the system by State Auditor DeNucci. I was joined in making the request by Senators Tisei of Wakefield, Knapik of Westfield, Hedlund of Weymouth and Brown of Wrentham.

The auditor acted on this request promptly and effectively, confirming the overcharging problem and making recommendations to prevent it from continuing. He deserves special thanks for his responsiveness.

Hopefully turnpike officials will move forward in ensuring that no motorist is charged more than the actual toll which is appropriate in each instance.

A copy of the audit report summary is available by clicking on "Read more" below. Please check back with Tarr Talk to follow this ongoing story.

Auditor Report Re Fastlane 080509


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Come and Take a Tour of the State House!

I would like to invite all of my constituents to come to the State House for a special free tour of one of the State’s most treasured buildings. Tours are given year round from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and last approximately 40 minutes. To reserve a tour please call the tour desk at (617) 727-3676. The State House offers both portraits and historical artifacts of Massachusetts long and storied history.


Media Alert: Senator Tarr Featured on Fox 25's Tolman & Gray segment

On Thursday, August 13th, I had the opportunity to discuss issues involving the MBTA, Senator Kennedy’s receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver with Warren Tolman on the Fox 25 morning news. Please visit to view this segment.

Also, make sure to tune into this Thursday's Tolman and Gray where I will be discussing various issues relating to the state. The segment usually begins around 7:20am on Fox 25.