Friday, September 30, 2022

Opening of CCB Foundation CORE Program In Gloucester

Last night was an important milestone for the region, the CCB Foundation's official launch of their CORE Peer Recovery & Resource Center. Overcoming substance abuse starts with learning that recovery is possible, support is near, and the CCB Foundation is paving a path toward treatment and care. 

Because we believe so strongly in the value of counseling and peer-to-peer support for recovery Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and I worked to secure $125,000 in state funds for CCB Foundation's mentorship program. Marylou Sudders, the state's Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been very supportive of the effort and I am grateful that the state has issued a contract in support of CCB’s peer-to-peer recovery program as well. Participants deserve to have the ability to help those who feel alone and without resources and those in need of addiction treatment can have supportive relationships in the community. 



September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

On this night, at my request, the state's Department of Transportation has agreed to illuminate bridges in gold to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. I am grateful to Governor Charlie Baker and his administration for making this request a reality in support of 'going gold' for kids. Tonight, look to the Zakim Bridge in Boston, the Longfellow Bridge spanning Boston and Cambridge, the Fore River Bridge connecting Quincy and Weymouth, and the Burns Bridge in Worcester and Shrewsbury, and remember that children are more precious than gold.



Thursday, September 29, 2022

Open House at the Rowley Senior Center

Did somebody say hot dogs and Hoodsies? Yes, they did. We all had a swell time at the Rowley Council on Aging where we celebrated the community and enjoyed food, prizes, fun, and each other's company. 



Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Landmark North Shore Water Resilience Task Force Charter Agreement Signing

Today, I had the pleasure of joining with members and supporters of the North Shore Water Resilience Task Force and other members of the North Shore legislative delegation for the signing of a landmark agreement between water suppliers, cities and towns, and the Ipswich River Watershed Association. 

This is an historic moment for a group of people, across a large region, whose future depends on water resources. We are coming together, building consensus, to make sure that we have enough water and that we protect the Ipswich River, and its tributaries. 

The task force is supported by multiple state agencies, regional water suppliers, not-for-profit organizations, the region's federal legislative delegation, and facilitators from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and I am proud to be a co-founder and its Chairman. The signing of this pioneering North Shore Water Resilience Task Force Charter Agreement affirms an ongoing collaboration for a safe and reliable water supply, regional water supply resilience, and ecosystem health. 

Thanks to Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School for hosting us in Smith Hall. The enthusiasm from all those in attendance will sustain our momentum towards resilience. 

A partial list of those invited for membership in the Task Force:

City of Beverly
City of Lynn
City of Peabody
City of Salem
Town of Andover
Town of Boxford
Town of Burlington
Town of Danvers
Town of Hamilton
Town of Ipswich
Town of Middleton
Town of North Andover
Town of Reading
Town of Topsfield
Town of Wenham
Town of Wilmington
Ipswich River Watershed Association
Town of Lynnfield/Lynnfield Center Water District
Salem and Beverly Water Supply Board 
A partial list of other participating regional stakeholders: Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
MA Department of Environmental Protection
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
MA Department of Fish and Game
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Massachusetts Water Works Association
The region's federal legislative delegation
Mass Audubon Society
Essex County Green Belt
Trout Unlimited
The Trustees of Reservation
Parker River Clean Water Association
Town of Essex
Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea
Town of Rockport
City of Gloucester