Friday, July 19, 2019

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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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Omnia Relinqvit Servare Rempvblicam

The Latin phase inscribed over the Shaw Memorial - "He forsook all to preserve the public weal."

Tomorrow, July 18, marks the Commonwealth's official remembrance of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' bronze sculpture which memorializes Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment - the first Civil War regiment of African Americans. The memorial, located between Boston Common and the State House, is regarded as one of the greatest American sculptures.

The 54th Massachusetts Regiment began recruiting its members in February 1863. Among the first to enlist - the sons of abolitionists Frederick Douglass. Governor John Andrew, who was first to respond to President Lincoln's call for troops, appointed Robert Gould Shaw, the son of Boston abolitionists, to command.

The courage of the 54th became legendary, Members both black and white successfully protested to equalize wages for the races, they fought in several vital battles, and they led the charge against Fort Wagner on July 18th, 1863 - the day Shaw and many of his men were killed in action.

The memorial sits on the very location where the regiment, under the eye of Governor Andrew, began its march to war. I welcome you to see the sculpture and the other significant markers, memorials, statues, paintings and artifacts on Beacon Hill that illustrate the important role that Massachusetts has always held throughout our nation's history.




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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Northeast Coastal Coalition Regional Dredge Public Meeting

At the Northeast Coastal Coalition's public meeting we discussed the preliminary findings of a report that Cape Ann lawmakers commissioned from the Woods Hole Group, an international environmental services organization. We want to assess the feasibility of a regional collaborative among North Shore communities to maintain navigable depths in places such channels and mooring areas in an environmentally sound manner.

Representative Lenny Mirra and I secured budget funds to examine long-term strategies, permitting, best practices, and cost effectiveness for dredging options. Peter Phippen, Coastal Coordinator at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is administering the state grant and the study project. The study project is being addressed by the Coalition’s Subcommittee Chaired by Representative Mirra, with Representative Brad Hill, Representative James Kelcourse, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and State Senator Diana DiZoglio assisting.

Adam Finkle and Katie Lavallee of Woods Hole Group led the presentation and findings. The Coalition has attracted the participation of representatives and non-profit organizations from North Shore communities from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire state border.


















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Monday, July 15, 2019

Honoring Former Senate President Richard Furbush

I was delighted to introduce members of former Senate President Richard Furbush's family at our Senate session today. President Furbush was the penultimate Republican to preside over the Massachusetts State Senate serving in the position from 1951 to 1957. Today marked the 29th anniversary of his death.

Visiting today were his son, Rick Furbush, Kathy Furbush, Rick's wife, Sandy Reader their daughter, Maddy Reader-granddaughter. And friends Jim and Lee Johnson.


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

American Legion Post 3 Auxiliary Food Drive

Happy to help today with the food drive by American Legion Post 3 Auxiliary in Gloucester. Their efforts will benefit Open Door Food Bank.

Congratulations to Margaret Bouchie for organizing this two day event to collect food and cash for a great local organization!



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Patton Homestead Military Service Day!

A tremendous Military History Day at the Patton Homestead in Hamilton. Thanks to AP Gardner American Legion Post, the Wenham Museum, the Massachusetts State Police, the Patton family and many others for this great event to honor our veterans.





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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Gloucester Safety Day at the Harbor Loop

10 AM – 2 PM

Gloucester's second Community Safety Day to support Cops for Kids with Cancer, a nonprofit that provides funds to support families as they navigate the financial hardships that arise when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Donations will be accepted at both entrances to Harbor Loop for the duration of the Community Safety Day event.

Police, fire and law enforcement officials from throughout northeastern Massachusetts are scheduled to attend the event. Tours will be given of the U.S. Coast Guard Gloucester base and visitors will also have a chance to view the U.S. Coast Guard’s boats. Boston MedFlight also intends to land a helicopter at the U.S. Coast Guard’s base, contingent on weather and availability. WHO: Gloucester Police Gloucester Fire U.S. Coast Guard Boston MedFlight State Police and State Police Horses Massachusetts Environmental Police Salem Police Dive Team Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Motor Unit NEMLEC SWAT Team Essex Police Rockport Police Peabody Police Chelsea Police Ipswich police Endicott College Public Safety American Red Cross

Those that cannot attend the Community Safety Day event, but wish to donate to the fundraiser can still do so. Checks can be made payable to “Cops for Kids with Cancer” and can be either mailed or brought in-person to the Gloucester Police Department at 197 Main St. Mail should be addressed to Officer Joe Parady.



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Manship Artists Residency + Studios Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The primary impulse in the Arts is to give permanence to the fleeting moment, to bid it stay, because we cannot bear to lose it... - Artist Paul Manship

Manship was the creator of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center in New York City. His estate in Gloucester has been transformed as an artists residency for the benefit of the community and visitors to Cape Ann. Last night local dignitaries, artists, and art supporters gathered on a beautiful evening for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the first phase in renovations of the Manship house, now offering a home for visiting artists-in-residence. Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) is a public charity dedicated to the preservation of the historic residence and the important environmental, cultural and historic assets at the site.

I am thankful for the efforts of MARS for creating moments of permanence for artists and those who appreciate their work.







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Military Service Day

The Patton Homestead in Hamilton will be observing Military Service Day in a FREE event this Saturday, July 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The event is a day-long exhibition of vintage military vehicles, equipment, military reenactors, speakers – both veterans and academics – and other attractions, held on the grounds of the home of one of America’s most famous and celebrated military families.

The day also recognizes and honors the 100th anniversary of the A.P. Gardner American Legion Post in its efforts to support veterans and their families in Hamilton MA.

What you will see-
• 1943 M4A Sherman Tank Demonstration
• US ARMY UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter landing!
• Massachusetts State Police EC135 Helicopter landing!
• Military re-enactors
• Equipment displays
• Demonstrations
• Military vehicles including half-tracks, light tanks, heavy trucks
• Artillery & support equipment
• Memorabilia
• *The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Patrol Unit
• Harvard Polo Team (the General was a Polo Player!) and more!

Parking located on the Homestead’s field parking lot and along Asbury Street. The American Legion may ask for a $5 parking donation to help offset the costs of hosting the event. A number of food trucks will be present on-site, but visitors are welcome to bring food of their own.

General Patton’s Home
650 Asbury Street
Hamilton, MA

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ready to Rock the Register

Rock the Register is an effort to bring consumers back to local business impacted by the gas explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. A coalition of non-government organizations, nonprofits, local, state and federal officials, and small business owners held an event this morning to update the public on business recovery efforts in the three communities and to promote the effort. www.rocktheregister.com 

With Congresswoman Lori Trahan, State Senator Barry Finegold, State Representative Christina Minicucci, Mayor Dan Rivera, Derek Mitchell Executive Director of the Lawrence Partnership, Stratton Lloyd of the Essex County Community Foundation, and Kellee Twadelle owner of Rose & Dove Specialty Gifts.



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Celebrating The West Newbury Bicentennial

West Newbury is fully underway with their Bicentennial Week celebration and full schedule of events and community gatherings. I enjoyed being their for the kickoff and opening ceremonies at the community bandstand.

Celebration organizers have encouraged residents to come and enjoy all that they have planned- good food and music, volunteering opportunities, the town photo, and more.

Here's is a look at some events to come:
Bandstand concert and movie, July 11
Old-fashioned dance and barbecue, July 12
Family Field Day at Pipestave, July 13


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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dog Days of Summer

As the thermostat continues to climb this summer, be sure your pets stay cool. If you take your pet out for a ride in this heat and have to leave them unattended just remember, although it may feel like only a couple minutes in the car, it can quickly become “Too Hot for Spot!” After only 10 minutes the temperature inside a car can exceed 120 degrees – even with the windows rolled down three inches!

Have you wondered what to do as an animal suffers in a locked car? There's a definitive answer. Backed by the protections of a law that Senator Mark Montigny, Representative Lori Ehrlich and I sponsored, "An Act Preventing Animal Suffering and Death." It allows citizens and officers to free animals confined in a locked car after making reasonable efforts to locate the vehicle’s owner. This law not only provides immunity from criminal or civil liability for those who take actions to release a trapped animal, it also sets penalties, up to $500, and possible criminal animal cruelty charges for owners who neglect animals in vehicles during extreme temperatures.

In the past several years the legislature has taken major steps to strengthen our animal welfare laws. We still have work to do, but there should be no doubt about our commitment to doing it.  





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