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Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on the only roll call from the week of May 1-5. There were no roll calls in the House.

$200 MILLION FOR LOCAL ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 3648)

Senate 36-0, gave final approval to and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The package is a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds. The measure also authorizes $70 million for the completion of the ATLAS, the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ technology system that will replace an archaic system that is 30 years old and difficult to maintain and use.

Supporters said the $200 million would help cities and towns keep their roads and bridges safe. They noted that the money will be delivered early in the construction season and allow many vital municipal road projects to move forward. They said that ATLAS will replace an antiquated, inefficient system and provide better and more efficient services to Registry customers.

“Local transportation funding for cities and towns across Massachusetts has been a priority for our administration since the first day we took office,” said Gov. Baker upon signing the funding. “State support to repair local roads and improve safety is critical for the people, businesses and first responders of Massachusetts.”

(A “Yes” vote is for the bill.)

Sen. Sal DiDomenico      Yes

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of May 1-5, the House met for a total of 30 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 50 minutes.

Mon.   May 1 House  10:03 a.m. to  11:10 a.m.
Senate 11:05 a.m. to  11:10 a.m.

Tues.  May 2 No House session         No Senate session

Wed.   May 3 No House session        Senate  1:18 p.m. to   1:56 p.m.

Thurs. May 4 House  11:05 a.m. to  11:18 a.m.
Senate 11:21 a.m. to  11:28 a.m.

Fri.   May 5      No House session       No Senate session

 

 

Mayor, council candidates pull nomination papers for election

Mayor Carlo DeMaria officially began his campaign for re-election last Friday, taking out papers for nomination.

So far, no challengers have entered the race for mayor.

Other candidates who have pulled out nomination papers include:

Richard Dell Isola (incumbent), John Hanlon (incumbent), Joseph LaMonica, Wayne Matewsky (incumbent), Peter Napolitano (incumbent), Cynthia Sarnie (incumbent) Catherine Tomassi-Hicks, and John Whelan for Councillor-at-Large

Fred Capone (incumbent) for Ward 1 Councillor

Stephanie Martin-Long, Lucas Rosa, and Stephen Simonelli (incumbent) for Ward 2 Councillor

Anthony DiPierro (incumbent) for Ward 3 Councillor

John Leo McKinnon (incumbent) for Ward 4 Councillor

Rosa DiFlorio (incumbent) for Ward 5 Councillor

Michael McLaughlin (incumbent) for Ward 6 Councillor

Richard Baniewicz (incumbent) Bernie D’Onofrio (incumbent) for at-Large School Committee

Alan Panarese (incumbent) for Ward 1 School Committee

Joe LaMonica (incumbent) for Ward 2 School Committee

Frank Parker, Jr. (incumbent) for Ward 3 School Committee

David Ela, Jr. (incumbent) for Ward 4 School Committee

Robert Carreiro for Ward 5 School Committee

Thomas Abruzzese (incumbent) for Ward 6 School Committee

To be nominated for mayor, the papers must be returned with at least 500 signatures, with at least 25 signatures from residents of each of the city’s wards. Every other race requires at least 250 signatures.

Nomination papers became available on May 1. They are due back at the Election Commission office at City Hall, 484 Broadway, Room 34 by July 24.

   

Everett Police arrest three for tagging

Everett Chief of Police Steven A. Mazzie announced the arrest of three local men charged with spray painting graffiti on various locations on Broadway.

Reportedly, on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 1:10 a.m., Everett Patrol Officers John Fitzpatrick and Paul Dusablon were dispatched to the Parlin School area due to a report of three men spray painting a building. A description of the suspects was broadcast to the responding officers. An off-duty Patrol Officer, Jeffrey McCabe, was travelling in his personal vehicle and his attention was drawn to the actions of the three men. The suspects had spray painted three businesses on Broadway. All suspects were subsequently detained and identified and allegedly had cans of spray paint on their persons as well as paint on their hands.

Chief Mazzie stated, “The Everett Police Department takes these acts of destructive behavior that are perpetrated against business, home and city properties seriously. We encourage all residents to report acts of vandalism such as this so that we may investigate and hold those responsible accountable.”

Mayor DeMaria stated, “In Everett, we all take pride in maintaining our property, especially small business owners in our main business district. Most people in this city are respectful and appreciative of the hard work and effort it takes to run a small business and maintain private property. To have these individuals deface these buildings is very disappointing and will not be tolerated. We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

Arrested without incident were Ryan Downs, 23, of Everett, Nephtali Nunez, 23, of Malden, and Jerry Garcia, 21, of Malden. Each of the suspects was charged with three counts of tagging. The suspects were arraigned in Malden District Court on Monday, May 8.

   

Salter HealthCare Recognizes 17 Employees for Longtime Service at Special Ceremony

Among Those Awarded Was Burlington Resident & Nurse, Judy Enos, Who Was Recognized for Her 40-year Commitment to Serving Salter Patients

Salter HealthCare (http://www.salterhealthcare.com), one of Massachusetts’s most trusted leaders in rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, today announced the recipients of their employee recognition awards for tenure. Seventeen team members who have been with the company for 5 years or more were recognized at a special ceremony held on March 7, 2017 at Winchester Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Among those recognized was Mimose Renois of Everett, C.N.A., for her five years of service.

The star of the day was Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.), Judy Enos, who has been with Salter HealthCare for 44 years. Massachusetts Senator Jason Lewis presented Enos with a special citation from the Massachusetts Senate and from Governor Charlie Baker. “It’s not every day that I get to recognize someone who has worked for a company for over 40 years and that says a lot about the Salter organization,” said Lewis. Fellow staff members applauded Enos for setting the tone, attitude and work ethic for everyone around her before presenting her individually with a rose to the song, Simply the Best.

   

May is Older Americans Month

The Malden YMCA encourages older adults in Everett, Malden and Medford to eat healthy, get active and social

May is Older Americans Month and the Malden YMCA encourages all adults 50 years and older in Malden, Medford and Everett to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.

Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.

“The image of an older adult sitting on the porch in a rocking chair is long gone—today’s older adult is more active, engaged and in control of their health,” said Debbie Amaral, CEO, Malden YMCA. Community-based organizations like the Y provide the needed guidance to help them reach health goals, particularly when it comes to chronic disease prevention.”

The Y offers many ways for older adults to live healthier including Enhance Fitness

The Malden YMCA offers Enhance®Fitness, a 16-week evidence-based physical activity program proven to increase the physical, mental and social functioning of older adults – particularly those with arthritis. Classes are held at 3 convenient locations, 99 Dartmouth St. Malden, 121 Riverside Ave , Medford and at 106 Wyllis Ave., Everett. A schedule of classes is available at www.ymcamalden.org. The Y offers a wide variety of programs supporting the social and physical well-being of older individuals. These include aqua fitness classes, exercise classes such as yoga, ZUMBA Gold, and strength and flexibility classes. The Malden YMCA also provides YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and Livestrong for cancer survivors.

According to the CDC, 52 million Americans have arthritis, including about half of all adults over age 65. Almost 23 million Americans report that arthritis limits their physical activity. Research has shown that low-intensity physical activity performed on a regular basis can reduce pain, improve functioning, elevate mood and delay the onset of disability.

Participants in EnhanceFitness attend three, one-hour classes per week taught by certified Y instructor. Classes feature proven aerobic, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises that are safe, effective and modifiable for a variety of fitness levels. After four months, fitness assessments are conducted to track participants’ progress. In addition to physical benefits, the program provides a fun, social atmosphere that fosters relationships between program participants.

Additionally, the Y offers the following tips on how to jump-start your healthy-living routine:

1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.

2. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.

3. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.

4. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.

5. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!

 

For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit www.ymcamalden.org or call 781.3324-7680 for more information

   

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