Beacon Hill Roll Call

 

Volume 38 -Report No. 47
November 29, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on three roll calls from prior legislative sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $9 (S 1925)
Senate 6-32, rejected an amendment that would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $9 over one year instead of from $8 to $11 over three years. The amendment would also strike a Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call

BSO Brass Ensemble! Copley Singers! Officer Stephen McNulty! Copley Square Holiday Event: December 2

 

​Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square will celebrate the holidays with the annual Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting on Monday, December 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The evening’s emcee will be South End resident and Emmy-Award-winning NECN producer and TV host Jenny Johnson with appearances by Mayor Menino, Santa Claus, Frosty, the dancing bear from Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” and Rudolph. Live entertainment will include the Copley Singers, Stars over Boston winner Nola Hood, the BSO’s eight-piece brass ensemble, Boston Police officer Stephen McNulty, and a holiday sing-along.
The Old South Church bell will toll when the tree is illuminated with lights provided by Boston Properties. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses and the Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for attendees.
​For additional information please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505. To learn more about The Friends of Copley Square, please visit http://www.friendsofcopleysquare.org.

Mayor Menino Kicks Off Holiday Season with New Shopping Program, Decorating Contests, Holiday Parking Incentives

Holidays on Main Streets campaign supports neighborhood small businesses

Mayor Thomas M. Menino last night kicked off the holiday season with a series of initiatives to bring the holiday spirit to each of Boston’s neighborhoods. This year’s offerings include the Holidays on Main Streets campaign, supporting small businesses, a new Main Streets shopping program entitled Wrap Up Your Holidays on Main Streets, two city-wide decorating contests, and free holiday parking hours in commercial districts.

“This year, we’re doing everything we can to promote all our neighborhood business districts have to offer during the holiday season,” Mayor Menino said. “Rather than leaving family and friends for midnight lines and mall traffic, we hope shoppers will explore all the unique gifts and holiday experiences available right in their own neighborhoods.”

The Holidays on Main Streets small business initiative supports neighborhood businesses by highlighting the events taking place in and around the City’s 20 Main Streets districts through the end of December. The campaign kicked off on Tuesday, November 26 with a block party in the Mission Hill Main Street District, as Mayor Menino joined the Boston Latin School Wolftones and Wolfettes, the Boston Children’s Theatre, the Mission Hill Main Streets Board, representatives from area hospitals and universities, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and residents and business owners in Mission Hill Main Street District. Continue reading Mayor Menino Kicks Off Holiday Season with New Shopping Program, Decorating Contests, Holiday Parking Incentives

Letter from Mayor Curtatone on Union Square Redevelopment

 

City of Somerville, Massachusetts
Joseph A. Curtatone
Mayor

November 25, 2013
Change is coming to Union Square. The opening of the Green Line Extension station by 2017 that our community has pursued for decades carries with it transformative potential. However, we do not want to transform Union Square into something else. We want to preserve what we love about Union Square, its unique character and Continue reading Letter from Mayor Curtatone on Union Square Redevelopment

JOEY MCINTYRE AND ERICA VAN PELT TO PERFORM AT BOSTON COMMON TREE LIGHTING

 

Also featuring Blue Man Group, Boston Ballet, LilPhunk, and more!

Singer Joey McIntyre will top the bill at Boston’s 72nd Annual Official Tree Lighting taking place on Boston Common on Thursday, December 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The celebration is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor the Province of Nova Scotia, lead sponsor TripAdvisor’s Continue reading JOEY MCINTYRE AND ERICA VAN PELT TO PERFORM AT BOSTON COMMON TREE LIGHTING

Mashpee Tribe Announces Release of the Federal Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Federal Land In Trust Application

 

DEIS Public Hearings Scheduled – December 2nd 2013 at Mashpee High School auditorium at 5:30 p.m. and December 3rd 2013 at Taunton High School auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

(TAUNTON, MA – November 20, 2013) — The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Tribe’s land-in-trust application, for the proposed Project First Light destination resort casino in Taunton and Tribal government facilities in Mashpee.

The DEIS is available for review at the Continue reading Mashpee Tribe Announces Release of the Federal Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Federal Land In Trust Application

TEWKSBURY ROTARY CLUB November 2013 Hats Off Award

 

Daniel Daley
333 Rogers Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Parents: Robert Daley and Karen Daley

Education Highlights:​Class Rank 9 of 215 students
​SAT Scores 2060
​Reading 670, Math: 710, Writing: 680
​Recipient of numerous Renaissance Gold Card Awards

Extra-Curricular Activities: ​President of National Honor Society
Mock Trial Member – Lawyer junior and senior year
Class Council Representative – junior and senior year

Athletic Activities:​Black Belt in Taekwondo
Continue reading TEWKSBURY ROTARY CLUB November 2013 Hats Off Award

LYNNFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH FLU CLINIC ​

 

Age 6 & Over/Non-Lynnfield Residents Welcome

Lynnfield Town Hall
55 Summer Street, Lynnfield
TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
• No allergies to eggs or egg products
• No history of Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Flumist will be available
PLEASE BRING ALL INSURANCE CARDS
($10 fee if insurance not accepted)

Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

 

In Remembrance

Please take a moment to remember Trooper Charles V. Glynn who passed away November 22, 2012 after an illness. Trooper Glynn started off his career with the Registry of Motor Vehicles Police in 1984. He retired as a Trooper in 2005.

The Massachusetts State Police sends our thoughts to the Glynn family today. You will always be part of the MSP family.

Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

 

Identification Wanted

The State Police Sturbridge Barracks is looking to identify this woman. Special attention the Worcester, Auburn, Leominster and Dudley areas. This is for an ongoing investigation, that details of, cannot be released at this time.

Please contact Trooper Richard Frigon at the Sturbridge Barracks at 508-347-3352, if you have any information on this woman.

Possible Abduction

Police Investigate Possible Kidnapping
On Saturday November 23, 2013, at approximately 1:30 P.M., Newton Police responded to Wolcott Street for a report of a possible kidnapping.
According to police, an 11-year-old female was walking in the 400 block of Wolcott Street, when a vehicle, described as a green mini van pulled over to the side of the road. The female then observed the operator exit his vehicle, go to the rear of it and lift the back door. He then grabbed a shiny object out of the back and made a statement to the female, which alarmed her and caused her to run home.
The male subject then got back into his vehicle and sped off in an easterly direction on Wolcott Street towards Webster Street. At no time did the male subject attempt to grab the female and pull her into the vehicle. When the female returned home, the police were called and responded. Officers flooded and canvassed the area with negative results.
The operator is described as being a white male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 6 feet, medium build, salt and pepper hair, a few days of being unshaved and wearing a white tee-shirt and blue jeans.
This remains an active investigation and the Newton Police are asking anyone with information to contact us at 617 796-2100 or at our Tips-Line at 617 796-2121.

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

 

MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways will be busiest on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday Nov. 27 and on the Sunday after the holiday. Heavy traffic congestion is expected on I-90 at Exit 9 at the interchange with I-84, Exit 11A for I-495, Exit 14 for I-95 and Route 128, and Exit 24 for I-93 North and South. Continue reading Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

 

Special State Police Officers #25 (SSPO) Graduation (4 photos)
Today 24 recruits of the Special State police Officers (SSPO) Class #25 will graduate. The SSPO Class is a police officer academy for campus police officers, comprising of multiple colleges from the Commonwealth.

Congratulations to all the new Police Officers! — at Massachusetts State Police Academy.

Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

 

On November 20th, Number 6 & 7 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Captured

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) has arrested two more of its Most Wanted High Risk Level 3 Sex Offenders. Today’s additional arrests bring to seven… the number of Most Wanted Sex Offenders captured after the unit’s new list was to the media and posted on MSP’s social media sites. The first two were arrested Monday.
Continue reading Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

 

Car Stop Leads to Arrests and Narcotics Seizure in Holyoke

On November 19th at 4:30pm, Trooper Noah Pack assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Northampton was patrolling Route 91 in the city of Holyoke when he observed a car comm…it a motor vehicle violation. Tpr Pack activated his emergency lights and stopped the motor vehicle. Continue reading Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories

Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories Remembering John F. Kennedy

 

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President-Elect John F. Kennedy under the watchful eye of the Massachusetts State Police during January 9, 1961 visit to Professor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., at Harvard University.

Photo provided by: http://www.mspmlc.com/

A native son, JFK and other members of his family maintained summer residences in Hyannisport. Their neat group of white houses facing Nantucket Sound became famous the world over as the “Kennedy Compound.”
Continue reading Real Life Massachusetts State Police Stories Remembering John F. Kennedy

Media Release: Author Talks at Boston Public Library Locations in December

 

Author Talks at Boston Public Library Locations in December

Adams Street, South End, and Central Library in Copley Square to host

BOSTON – November 21, 2013 – Throughout December, Boston Public Library will host author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations. Author appearances include: Continue reading Media Release: Author Talks at Boston Public Library Locations in December

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 38 – Report No. 47 November 18-22, 2013

 

Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen
THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on five roll calls from the week of November 18-22.
ALLOW EARLY VOTING (H 3772)
House 142-10, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that allows Bay State voters to vote up to two weeks before a presidential primary or election. Another key provision allows people to register to vote online. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 38 – Report No. 47 November 18-22, 2013

Governor’s Highway Safety Committee Bill (H.3046) Passed by the House! Friday, November 22, 2013

 

Beginning October 9, 2013, the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) reported to its membership that House Bill Number 3046 (H.3046) received a “Favorable, Ought to Pass” recommendation from the MA Joint Committee on Transportation and was then read and voted upon Continue reading Governor’s Highway Safety Committee Bill (H.3046) Passed by the House! Friday, November 22, 2013

Next Step Forward in Redevelopment of Malden City Hall Parcel

 

Mayor Gary Christenson announced that the redevelopment of the combined City Hall/Police Station site at 200 Pleasant Street took another step forward. The Malden City Council voted this week to designate a firm specializing in multi-family and mixed use real estate investments as the preferred redeveloper of this key parcel in downtown Malden.

The City Council voted 10-0 to designate Jefferson Apartment Group the preferred redeveloper of this site which sits as the gateway to downtown Malden just opposite the heavily utilized Malden Center MBTA Station. As part of its vote, the Council authorized the Malden Redevelopment Authority to negotiate a Land Disposition Agreement with the proposed redeveloper by January 31, 2014.

Jefferson Apartment Group, according to its marketing materials, focuses primarily on urban transit-oriented sites. It has proposed a mixed use redevelopment of the Pleasant Street site which includes apartments over street level retail and commercial space. A five-member Ad Hoc Committee recommended the developer designation to the full City Council. Members of the Ad Hoc Committee include Council President Neal Anderson, Councilors Neil Kinnon, Barbara Murphy, James Nestor and Craig Spadafora.

The City advertised a Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of this site in early fall of this year. Four development entities submitted responses to the Request for Proposal by the October 11, 2013 deadline. According to Council President Neal Anderson, all four proposals were from “credible firms” with extensive experience in residential and commercial redevelopment efforts.

Last week Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki traveled to Malden to announce the award of a $3 Million grant to the City of Malden through the 2013 MassWorks Infrastructure Program. This award will support the downtown redevelopment by contributing to the cost of demolishing City Hall.

“We got news of the $3 Million grant last week and this week the City Council voted on the developer,” said Mayor Christenson. “This project is moving forward and I’m grateful to the City Council for their full support.”

Kathleen Manning Hall, Administrative Officer
Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
City of Malden
Government Center
200 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 397-7000 Ext. 2004
kmanninghall@cityofmalden.org
facebook.com/cityofmalden
twitter.com/thecityofmalden

South Boston Resident Permit Sticker Season: Record Turnout at City Hall to Go Shorter Lines at City Hall Mayor Menino Praises Record Turnout for Mobile City Hall Program

 

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that there has been a significant increase in the amount of residents who have used the City Hall to Go Truck in the month of November.
“City Hall to Go offers a chance for more Boston residents to get personal, timely service from the City, and makes it even easier by cutting out the trip to City Hall,” Mayor Menino said. “It is great that so many residents are utilizing this resource.”
Parking stickers in South Boston expire on November 30, and the City Hall to Go program worked closely with the Boston Transportation Department to coordinate dates that the City Hall to Go Truck would be available in South Boston for residents to file their applications.
On November 15, a total of 53 residents renewed their parking permits from the City Hall to Go Truck in South Boston, which was believed to be the largest turnout that the truck had seen to date. But on November 19, the next time the truck was in South Boston, 100 residents utilized the City Hall to Go Truck in a three hour span.
“We are so thrilled that this initiative worked so well,” said Danielle Valle Fitzgerald, Director of the City Hall to Go Program. “Any time that we can bring government to constituents and make their lives easier, we have done our job.”
Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin said, “I am so pleased that Mayor Menino has given BTD this opportunity to partner with the City Hall To Go Truck and bring our Resident Permit Parking Program directly into the city’s neighborhoods. The service brings customer service to a whole new level and we are proud to be a part of the initiative.”
Residents can also pay parking tickets, apply for copies of marriage certificates, pay property taxes, file for a dog license and many other city services from the City Hall to Go Truck.
Residents can sign up for Twitter alerts via @CityHallToGo or visit the truck’s Web page for updates: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityhalltogo.

Ribbon Cutting at SunSetter Products in Malden

 

Ribbon Cutting at SunSetter Products

Mayor Gary Christenson attended a recent ribbon cutting of Malden business SunSetter Products. The business was established in 1989 to promote and sell retractable awnings to residential customers. In 1998, SunSetter relocated from a 10,000 square foot office and warehouse space on Green Street into a 64,000 square foot manufacturing and office space on Charles Street. It grew from 13 employees to 63 employees, expanding its manufacturing, marketing, customer care and IT departments.

SunSetter strives to increase the awareness and lifestyle benefits of outdoor living. It promotes the benefits of retractable awnings as a necessary shade product for safe backyard enjoyment. By combining quality materials, customer service before and after each sale, with an affordable pricing strategy, SunSetter became a leader in the residential awning industry with over 600,000 customers across all 50 states and Canada.

Under the leadership of co-CEOs Ido Eilam and Jonathan Hershberg, the SunSetter Management team proudly takes care of its customers, employees and the environment. SunSetter’s objective is to continue to grow the residential awning market, increase awareness of the energy savings benefit of vertical solar screens and continue to be competitive in the residential shade industry, while also providing its employees a fair, safe and enjoyable work place. For more information see its website at http://www.sunsetter.com.

Pictured 1:
Charles Fogarty, Manufacturing Manager, Mayor Gary Christenson, Ido Eilam, CEO, Yolanda Gonzalez, Textile Processing Supervisor

Picture 2:
Mayor touring manufacturing space

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DISTRACTOLOGY 101 – A Crash Course on Distracted Driving

 

DISTRACTOLOGY 101 – A Crash Course on Distracted Driving using a
driving simulator located in a mobile trailer on our TMHS campus will
take place during the week of December 9th thru December 13th. ALL
NEWLY LICENSED DRIVERS (less than 3 years) AND LEARNER’S PERMIT
HOLDERS are invited to participate. More information is available at
http://www.distractu.comStudents must sign up in the main office for their
individual appointment and a ticket/pass will be issued. Space is
limited. This program is hosted by Dick Insurance Agency and
sponsored by Arbella Insurance group.

Helen McGlynn, Medford’s Former First Lady, Dies at 92

Helen (Lenox) McGlynn, Medford’s First Lady through the 1960s and 70s, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday evening at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was 92.

Helen was a lifelong Medford resident whose family resided in Medford since 1841. The daughter of the late Joseph P. and Jane (Brennan) Lenox, Helen was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Cambridge. During World War II, she served with the Naval Inspectional Service and also served as a volunteer at the Deaconess Hospital. In April of 1944, Helen married John “Jack” McGlynn weeks before his deployment to participate in the liberation of Europe.

After Jack’s return from the service, they began their florist business, McGlynn’s Flower Shop, in Medford. As Jack’s political career developed, Helen was by his side campaigning as Jack served in the House of Representatives and as Mayor and City Councillor in Medford. She led local efforts to campaign for President John Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, as well as Governors Foster Furcolo and Endicott Peabody. Continue reading Helen McGlynn, Medford’s Former First Lady, Dies at 92

Defense class

 

Thanks for volunteering to send out my flyer about my Rape Defense Aggression class.

As I mentioned, Monday, November 25 is the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Zonta International is beginning their Zonta Says NO Campaign on that Day; 16 Days of Activism is a global campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels, and demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world organizing in opposition to violence against women.

Attached is the flyer. And here is a horrifying statistic:

Julie Kaufmann

Mayor Menino Presents Partners with Non Profits Grants to More Than 30 Non-Profit Organizations Citywide

 

Capital Improvements

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today celebrated the City’s Partners with Non-Profits (PNP) program, awarding 33 non-profit organizations a total of $394,000 in grant funding. These funds will be used for public facility upgrades and on-site physical improvements, and will help these organizations achieve a total of $1.25 million in capital improvements. The award ceremony took place at the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester.
Continue reading Mayor Menino Presents Partners with Non Profits Grants to More Than 30 Non-Profit Organizations Citywide