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Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

SENATORS’ VOTES WITH THEIR PARTY LEADERSHIP - This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports the percentage of times local senators voted with their party’s leadership in 2017 through Sept. 1.

The votes of the 2017 membership of 5 Republicans were compared with those of GOP Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

The votes of the 2017 membership of 32 Democrats were compared to House Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), second in command in the Senate. We could not compare the Democrats’ votes to those of Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) because by tradition, the Senate president rarely vote.

Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 73 votes from the 2017 Senate session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not on local issues.

None of the 32 Democratic senators voted with Chandler 100 percent of the time.

Twelve came very close and voted with Chandler all but one time.

The Democratic senator who voted the lowest percentage of times with Chandler was Sen. Walter Timilty (D-Milton) who voted with Chandler only 90.4 percent of the time.

None of the five GOP senators voted with Tarr 100 percent of the time.

The Republican senator who voted the lowest percentage of times with Tarr was Sen. Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) who voted with Tarr only 94.5 percent of the time.


The percentage next to the senator’s name represents the percentage of times the senator supported his or her party’s leader.

The number in parentheses represents the number of times the senator opposed his or her party’s leader.

Some senators voted on all 73 roll call votes. Others missed one or more of the 73 votes. The percentage for each senator is calculated based on the number of roll calls on which he or she voted and does not count the roll calls for which he or she was absent.

Sen. Thomas McGee       97.3 percent (2)

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 August 28-September 1, the House met for a total of 53 minutes while the Senate met for a total of one hour and 13 minutes.

Mon.Aug. 28

House11:01 a.m. to11:43 a.m.

Senate 11:03 a.m. to11:48 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 29

No House session

No Senate session

Wed.Aug. 30

No House session

No Senate session

Thurs.Aug. 31

House11:02 a.m. to11:13 a.m.

Senate 11:03 a.m. to11:31 a.m.

Fri.Sept. 1

No House session

No Senate session

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September and October happenings in Lynnfield

The 16th Annual Walk of Hope for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) will be held on Sept. 9 at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the three-and-a-half mile walk around the lake starts at 11 a.m. All proceeds will benefit The Angel Fund for ALS Research.

From Sept. 9-10, Wahlburgers, which is located at 600 Market St., will be hosting its FUNDFARE. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales up to $1,000 and 20 percent of sales greater than $1,000 to The Angel Fund for ALS Research.

First Responders Day will be held on Sept. 11 on the Lynnfield Town Common.

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be hosting a Back To School Meetup on Sept. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Capital One Café, whichis located at 1200 Market St. The meeting is for parents of students receiving special services. For additional information, contact SEPAC Co-Chairmen Rosalind Rose-Miranda and Lauren West at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The First Annual Healthy Living Expo will be held on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center, which is located at 467 Main St. in Wakefield. Admission is free.

The Best Buddies 5K and Friendship Walk will be held on Oct. 1 at 600 Market St.

Fit Revolution, Skeleton Key, Neem Medical Spa and Quinstance will be opening at MarketStreet Lynnfield before the end of the year.


Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s 33rd Season Opener on September 23 with Tret Fure

Volunteers for the Linden Tree announce the 33rd season of acoustic music concerts will begin on Saturday, September 23 with well-known singer/songwriter Tret Fure. As in the past, the concerts feature national and regional folk favorites in an intimate setting.

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning a single for his album “Mousetrap.” She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer.

One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer/songwriter arena, Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 47-year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work. She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music, including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing three CDs together during those years.

Now after seven acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has reestablished herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in two out of three categories, Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song, as well as the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, she received the Janine C. Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music.

She released her 15th album, “Rembrandt Afternoons” (2015), which proves to be her best work yet. It has already been chosen by the acclaimed folk music show Midnight Special as their album of the week and has been in heavy rotation on several of the folk shows around the country. Her song “Riverbank” was #2 on the Acoustic Outpost charts for the week of February 15, and the song “Freedom” is #1 on

Fure markets her own line of clothing, which is named after her popular song “Tomboy Girl.” In addition, while not on the road, she teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. She paints pet portraits on commission and, an accomplished cook in the marketing, production, music and art worlds, Fure has published a cookbook, “Tret’s Kitchen,” featuring her own recipes. She serves as President of Local 1000, the Traveling Musicians Association – a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity.

Opening the season’s show will be Winchester’s Randall Kromm, one of the winners from last season’s Winter Potpourri contest. Since his debut as an acoustic performer in 2010, Kromm has established himself as one of the Boston area’s most respected – and prolific – singer/songwriters and a regular performer in local folk venues. The title track of Randall’s first CD, “Water Wheel” (2011), was hailed by Christine Lavin as a “new folk standard” and covered by Don White on his CD “Winning Streak.” His next two recordings also were well received and received national airplay. A keen observer with a background in musical theater, Kromm’s writing focuses on the struggles, joys and transitions of everyday life. Drawing on a variety of styles, including folk, bluegrass and old-school jazz, his songs illuminate life’s memorable moments with heart, wisdom and humor. In performance, his evocative voice and heartfelt style draw his audience in, creating shows that have been likened to “a conversation with an old friend over the kitchen table.” Kromm has finished work on his fourth album, “Rough and Polished Stones,” which is now available; it addresses love and romance from the perspective of middle age.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church at 326 Main St. in Wakefield.

The show begins at 8pm, doors open at 7:30. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. Tickets are $20 (those under 18 $10) thanks to support in part to the Mass Cultural Council, Wakefield Chapter.

Reservations recommended, as Tret’s fans are happy she is back performing in our area: 781 246-2836.


Lynnfield girls’ soccer team gets ready to make a postseason run again

Pioneers open up the home season Thursday, Sept. 14, versus Rockport

Coach Mark Vermont’s girls’ soccer team had a winning season last year to qualify for the state tournament, before losing to Stoneham in a first-round game in overtime.

A couple of weeks ago, Vermont welcomed about 47 players to tryouts, and as a result the program will expand to include a JV and freshman squad, as well. The varsity will employ 21 on the varsity roster.

“Practice has been going well,” said Vermont. “The team is coming together nicely, and is working very hard. We are led by 14 seniors, and they are helping set the tone for the rest of the team. We have two juniors and five sophomores to round out the varsity team this year.”

The Pioneers have had several scrimmages, and one of them was a jamboree in Bedford, where they ended up splitting their two contests. They also scrimmaged Danvers, but the Falcons, a perennial postseason team, came out on top. The locals did beat Melrose last Saturday.

“I think with 14 seniors on the team, it’s definitely one of our strengths this year,” said Vermont. “We have experience, and the players are competing hard for positions and playing time.”

Four of those seniors are this year’s captains: Liz Shaievitz, Sydney Santosuosso, Kate Mitchell and Hannah Filipe. Vermont’s coaching staff remains the same, with Darren Damiani taking charge of the JV squad, and Jolie Condon mentoring the freshmen. The Lynnfield girls will open up the season on the road at North Reading to take on the Hornets on Friday, Sept. 8, starting at 4:30 p.m.

“Our goal for the season is to play with more consistency, constantly move our feet and make the state tournament again,” said Vermont.

The Pioneers will begin the home season next Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14, against the Rockport Vikings, also beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Newburyport Clippers then come to town on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

By Joe Mitchell


Spring Air Mattress Factory Outlet Store celebrates Rte. 1 ribbon cutting


Pictured at the recent ribbon-cutting for Spring Air Mattress Factory Outlet Store, 108 Newbury St., on Route 1 South in Peabody, front row from left to right, are; Lynn Feazel, Elaine McNulty (holding Isabella Nunez Mendez), Charles Bates, Acileide Lopes, Mayor Ted Bettencourt, Kurt Bellevance, Deanne Healey, Courtney Klapman, and Brian Vinagro. Pictured back row, same order are; Herb Harris, Rachel Hoffman, Edson Cassius, Sheryl Lundstrom, Edward Bates, Michael Murray, Christopher Feazel, and George Herrill.


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