Sunday, June 16, 2019

North Andover CAM Grand Opening Cookout Party

I had such a fun time at North Andover CAM's open house and grand opening celebration. It was immediately apparent that this place will be the hub of great content and production. With State Senator Diana DiZoglio. There was food, entertainment, tours of the new TV studio, sunshine and lots of happy people.

North Andover CAM 's mission is to provide training and support so the community can create their own video and multimedia content. You can visit them at 70 Main Street. They have Summer training and workshop sessions for students in July and August.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Applications Available for Habitat for Humanity Duplex Home in Wenham, MA.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with low-income families using volunteer labor, donated materials, wherever possible to renovate old houses or build new, inexpensive homes which are sold to families at cost with no profit and no interest.

A Habitat Partnership may be the solution for your family, if you are in need of affordable housing,willing to complete required “sweat equity”, able to make housing payments of $800/month and are a first time home-buyer(some exceptions may apply).


Friday, June 14, 2019

MassDOT: Chelsea - Revere – Route 1 Southbound

Overnight Lane Closures June 16 through June 21 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced there will be lane closures on Route 1 southbound between Sargent Street in Revere and Carter Street in Chelsea beginning the evening of Sunday, June 16, and continuing during overnight hours only through the morning of Friday, June 21.

These overnight lane closures will take place each night from 8 p.m., through 5 a.m. the following morning, and are necessary in order to allow crews to safely and effectively carry out construction operations. The on and off-ramps at the intersection with Route 16 may also be closed intermittently during these times with detours set up for impacted traffic. This work is part of an on-going construction operation on Route 1 that will continue through early July.

Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and advanced message boards will be in place to guide drivers through the work area. Drivers who are traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:
• Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
• Visit, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
• Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.


Happy Flag Day America

The Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 annual Flag Day Ceremony this week featured an excellent ceremony with the ROTC, the announcement of school scholarship winners and the sharing of the history of our American flag.

Here are the winning student essays.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team Visit the Senate

I had the pleasure of introducing the members of the Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team at today’s Senate session. The team was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association Program of Excellence Award for their 2018 season. I am proud of the accomplishments they have achieved. It was a delight to provide them with a tour of the Senate Chamber.

Accompanied by coaches Susan Hendee, Shane Kligerman, Erin Cowden, and Andrea McCullough, the team comprised Thea Alberti, Hailey Collins, Cassidy Collins, Gina Mastrorilli, Olivia Rourke, Tori Sheehan, Jessie Wargo, Aly Colantuoni, Madison Grace, Jessie McCullough, Alyssa Morrison, Annie Wingate, Amber Flynn, Tori Gemellaro, Samantha Papastathis, Jenna Sweeney, Kali Almeida, Amanda Broussard, Audrey Curdo, Alyssa Granara, Kaitlyn Maguire, Kayla Bourrell, and Joycelyn Palmer.

Best wishes for a good Summer and congratulations on your accomplishments on and off of the field.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association and the Massachusetts Association of Realtors Day On The Hill

I met today with a number of constituents who are realtors and mortgage lenders. We discussed many topics of interest including expanding access to housing opportunities for home ownership.

In this photo: Chris Nobile of North Andover with DiTech, Carley Morris of Ipswich with Mortgage Network, Anastasia Likhanskaya of Middleton with Mortgage Network, Brett Kirkpatrick of Salem with Harbor Mortgage Solutions, and Christopher Raleigh of North Easton with Digital Federal Credit Union.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors event in the State House's Great Hall had a huge, standing room only, turnout.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Manchester's Memorial School Project Groundbreaking

Happy to help celebrate breaking ground for Massachusetts' newest school.  With the assistance of the Massachusetts School Building Authority​, citizens Manchester-by-the-Sea and others we officially began the construction phase of this two-story school building for district's students.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Small Business Week - Honors Four Leaders

Great celebration with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce today at Castle Manor Inn in Gloucester. As part of Small Business Week the Chamber selected four people working in business in Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport to honor.

They are:
2019 Manchester-by-the-Sea Small Business Person of the Year - Dave Hersey from Standley's Garage.

2019 Rockport Small Business Person of the Year - D.J. Tardif, Jr. from Bearskin Neck Leathers.

2019 Essex Small Business Person of the Year - Michele French, Branch Manager at BankGloucester's Essex Branch.

2019 Gloucester Small Business Person of the Year - Rosaria Giambanco-Floyd from Soft Touch Hair Salon.


Manchester-Essex Regional Middle School Letters About Literature

Students welcomed me to come to the Manchester-Essex Regional Middle School to hear about their involvement in a national program sponsored by the Library of Congress called Letters About Literature.  The enthusiasm for learning and reading was apparent and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with the students and their teachers.

Letters About Literature asks 4th - to 12th graders to write letters to authors about books, poems or speeches which had a profound effect on them.  6th grader Joshua Cohen, earned honors the national writing contest receiving Honors in Level 1 for his letter to Australian writer John Flanagan about the "Ranger’s Apprentice" book series about Will, an orphan, who is chosen as an apprentice ranger.


John Dold Boxford DPW Superintendent Retirement Party

A fond farewell to Superintendent and Town Engineer John Dold. I was glad to be able to thank him personally for his years of service at his retirement party at Lincoln Hall.

The Public Works maintains and protects the the town's infrastructure. They also construct and pave the roads and with a 100 road miles to look after - including clearing snow and ice - the job is tireless. John and his department's work in Boxford has been admirable.



Thursday, June 6, 2019

Senate Supports Funding For District Roads and Bridges

The Senate has just finished a vote which will result in our Senate district receiving important dollars to make improvements for roads and bridges. We use a formula defined in Chapter 90 of the General Laws so we often refer to this as the Chapter 90 program. The formula takes into account factors such as population, employment levels and the total number of miles of local roadways in the community. Although communities have already received notification of the funding amounts they can expect to receive, municipalities cannot sign project contracts until the Legislature delivers a bill authorizing the release of the funds to Governor Baker for his signature.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A Prized Trophy Under the Golden Dome

As New Englanders, we enjoy our sports teams in good times and in bad; sometimes a season ends with the ultimate prize. Today, I had the pleasure of seeing the result of the Boston Red Sox' hard work - the Commissioner's Trophy. My friend and former Senate colleague Bob Travaglini, he served the Senate as President from 2003 through 2007, facilitated the visit of the trophy to the Senate Reading Room.

Balfour Jewelers of Attleboro was commissioned to design the first Commissioners Trophy in 1967. There are 30 golden flags above a silver baseball and a new one is made and presented each season. Looking forward to more well-earned victories.


Monday, June 3, 2019

D- Day Commemoration at the Patton Homestead

This week marks the 75 anniversary of D-Day - the day the Allied Forces invaded Normandy during World War II in order to end Nazi control of Europe.

General George S. Patton Jr., who served in World War I and World War II, and his son, Major General George S. Patton, who commanded in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.lived in this home which was built in 1786. Joanne Holbrook Patton, the wife of the Major General, pictured with Representative Brad Hill and I, gifted the property to the town of Hamilton in 2012.