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Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on several of the roll calls overriding Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed in order for a veto to be overridden. The Senate has not yet taken up the vetoes. The House restored an estimated $275 million.

House Democratic leaders said the budget was balanced and that Baker’s cuts were unnecessary and would have hurt many people including the sick, seniors, children and minorities.

“We’re going to start with vetoes that have a statewide impact and consider regional items in the upcoming weeks, and we’re continuing to monitor our fiscal trends and weigh our options as well,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Boston) during the debate.

“The current fiscal environment, specifically soft revenue collection reports to date, indicates there is no basis to support the decision to increase spending by $275 million,” said Baker spokesman Brendan Moss.

House GOP Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading) said he was disappointed the House chose to move ahead with overturning a significant number of Baker’s spending vetoes. “State tax revenues are currently running behind projections and there are still many uncertainties about where those revenues will be trending in the months ahead,” said Jones. “Because of this, I decided to vote to sustain all of Gov. Baker’s vetoes, even though it meant voting against restoring funding for many worthwhile programs I otherwise would have supported. In my opinion, it would have been more prudent to wait and see what revenues look like in September and perhaps even October before moving forward with overrides.”

 

CUT $2.5 MILLION FOR HIV AND AIDS (H 3800)

House 126-25, overrode a reduction of $2.5 million (from $30,834,416 to $28,334,416) for HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis programs.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $2.5 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                  No

 

CUT $1.25 MILLION FOR KIDS’ MENTAL HEALTH (H 3800)

House 131-21, overrode a reduction of $1.25 million (from $2.5 million to $1.25 million) for early childhood mental health consultation services in early education and care programs.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1.25 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                         No

 

CUT $800,000 FOR PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE (H 3800)

House 139-13, overrode a reduction of $800,000 (from $2,606,334 to 1,806,334) for pediatric palliative care.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $800,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                         No

 

CUT $275,000 FOR PROSTATE CANCER (H 3800)

House 133-19, overrode a reduction of $275,000 (from $550,000 to $275,000) for prostate cancer awareness, education and research programs focusing on men with African-American, Hispanic or Latino heritage, family history of the disease and other men at high risk.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $275,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones             No

 

CUT ENTIRE $200,000 FOR STROKE PROGRAMS (H 3800)

House 119-33, overrode a cut of the entire $200,000 for stroke treatment and prevention programs.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $200,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones             No

 

CUT ENTIRE $100,000 FOR DOWN SYNDROME PROGRAMS (H 3800)

House 143-9, overrode a cut of the entire $100,000 for a Down Syndrome Program at the Children’s Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $100,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones             No

 

CUT $200,000 FOR SAMARITANS (H 3800)

House 129-23, overrode a reduction of $200,000 (from $400,000 to $200,000) for the Samaritans for suicide prevention services.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $200,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones             No

 

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 September 11-15, the House met for a total of five hours and three minutes while the Senate met for a total of two hours and 30 minutes.

Mon.  Sept. 11

House 12:01 p.m. to 12:38 p.m.

Senate 11:10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Tues.  Sept. 12

No House session

No Senate session

Wed.  Sept. 13

House  1:02 p.m. to  5:00 p.m.

No Senate session

Thurs. Sept. 14

House 11:03 a.m. to 11:31 a.m.

Senate 11:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

Fri.  Sept. 15

No House session

No Senate session

 

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Lynnfield girls’ soccer team begins season with three wins

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The Lynnfield High School girls’ soccer team had another winning week to improve its record to 3-1 overall in the early going. Coach Mark Vermont’s team defeated Hamilton-Wenham, 2-1, on Monday after taking care of Rockport going away, 6-1. In both wins, the local girls were able to control the pace of the game.

“The second half of the Hamilton-Wenham game was much better for us,” said Vermont. “We possessed the ball more often, but still couldn’t get many shots on net … Hamilton-Wenham has a really good defense and is very fast, and that resulted in the closeness of this game.”

But Liz Shaievitz ignited the offense at the 42nd minute of the second half with a goal from Abby Lucich. Shaievitz then made it 2-0 on a solo effort.

The Generals trimmed the lead in half 10 minutes later on a side shot by Erin O’Shea. But the Pioneers were able to keep their worthy opponents at bay with a good defensive effort throughout the rest of the game. Goalie Mackenzie O’Neill made 10 saves to help preserve the close win.

“It was definitely an evenly played game,” said Vermont. “But we did have eight corner kicks, with most of them in the second half, to keep the momentum on their side of the field.”

Against Rockport, the Lynnfield girls moved the ball well, and despite the score coach Vermont thought Rockport worked very hard to keep things relatively close. The Pioneers scored three of their six goals in the first half to take a 3-0 lead, and their offense didn’t waste any time: Tori Morelli put one home at the 30-second mark assisted by Emma Montanile. Kate Mitchell then accounted for a goal from Shaievitz. Mia Ford chipped in with the third tally set up by Olivia Smyrnios.

The Vikings finally notched a goal eight minutes into the second half to trim their deficit to two. But it was all Pioneers after that. Anna Ferrante got it going with a goal from Mitchell. Mitchell then setup Morelli to account for the fifth marker. Brie Giammarco closed out the team’s offense in this game with a goal after a scramble in front following a corner kick.

O’Neill started in goal, and then sophomore Amberly McCarter took over the chores in the second half.

After taking on Newburyport on Wednesday (after press deadline), the Lynnfield girls then have a game against host Essex Tech on the last day of the month, Sept. 30.

By Joe Mitchell


 

~ Letter-to-the-Editor ~

Grateful resident thanks fire Dept., caring neighbors

Dear Editor,

On Sept. 1st I received a phone call at work from my neighbor, Ron Messina. His message was to get home, “your house is on fire!” By the time I got home, he had already broke the front door down, got my dogs out and prevented what could have been a total disaster.

The Fire Department was there and handled everything that needed to be done.

My next door neighbor Aiden Burke, along with all the neighborhood children were home from school and helped locate one of my dogs that was hit by a car and taken to a veterinarian in Salem.

I would like to thank the Lynnfield Fire Dept. for their fast response; Ron, Danielle, Aiden and the entire neighborhood that pulled together and helped that day – THANK YOU.

Sincerely,

Nancy Anderson

20 Rossmore Road

   

Football Pioneers persevere in overtime over non-league powerhouse Wayland

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Lynnfield football coach Neal Weidman said that he schedules games like the one last Friday night against non-league Wayland, as a good measuring stick to see just how far the team has progressed since tryouts commenced in late August. It also helps the team play in a game that could have all the elements of a playoff encounter.

That’s exactly what Weidman got, and he certainly liked the results, when his Pioneers persevered in overtime, 28-26 to secure their second win of the year in as many games. The score was tied at 20 at the end of regulation.

Wayland scored the first touchdown in the extra session after Lynnfield won the coin toss, and elected to start on defense.

It was now Lynnfield’s turn, and taking a page out of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl playbook, Nick Kinnon was held in the end zone, and thus the Pioneers were given a fresh set of downs from the one, where Anthony Murphy went over the goal line to tie the score, once again. Murphy was then on the receiving end of a Matt Mortellite screenpass, and he proceeded to reach the end zone for the all-important game-winning two-point conversion.

Lynnfield dominated its Dual County League counterparts in the early going, leading 20-6 at halftime.

With a touch of foreshadowing, Murphy scored his team’s first touchdown of the game from a yard out. Cooper Marengi tacked on the extra point to give the locals a 7-6 lead over the Warriors.

Tyler Murphy was credited with Lynnfield’s second score after a Jason Ndansi interception. Then, Mortellite hooked up with Peter Look for a 44-yard scoring strike to account for the team’s third touchdown of the game.

The Warriors scored the next 14 points in the second half to tie up the proceedings, before the fateful overtime.

The Football Pioneers will savor this win, while also getting ready to host Cape Ann League rival Amesbury Friday night, starting at 6:30 p.m.

By Joe Mitchell


 

Meet the 2017 LHS Varsity Field Hockey team

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