• Everett,  January 11 2019

    Op Ed: Massachusetts is first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco and vaping sales in pharmacies

    Op Ed: Massachusetts is first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco and vaping sales in pharmacies By D.J. Wilson Tobacco Control Director/Public Health Liaison, Massachusetts Municipal Association   With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, 2018, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last July, these addictive products will no longer be sold in facilities that are dedicated to health and wellness – facilities that often treat illnesses and diseases caused by these very products. In order to protect…

  • January 11 2019,  Revere

    Op Ed: Massachusetts Is First State in the Nation to Prohibit Tobacco and Vaping Sales in Pharmacies

    Op Ed: Massachusetts Is First State in the Nation to Prohibit Tobacco and Vaping Sales in Pharmacies By D.J. Wilson Tobacco Control Director/Public Health Liaison, Massachusetts Municipal Association   With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, 2018, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last July, these addictive products will no longer be sold in facilities that are dedicated to health and wellness – facilities that often treat illnesses and diseases caused by these very products. In order to protect…

  • December 14 2018,  Everett

    Op-Ed: Recycling challenges and solutions

    Op-Ed: Recycling challenges and solutions   By Mayor Carlo DeMaria    As you may have heard in the news over the past year, the recycling market around the world has been volatile. Trade agreements, shipping costs, demand for recycled materials, and quality of recycling throughout the industry have forever changed the market. In the past, the City of Everett took advantage of variable rate-recycling contracts, and recycling was a revenue source. However, in FY17, the market began to change, and the City expended approximately $30,000 for recycling. In FY18, the cost for recycling doubled to $85,000. Today, China, our largest importer of recycled materials, is not accepting most recyclables and will…

  • Lynnfield,  November 16 2018

    Op-Ed:  Lynnfield Center Water District Customers Should Take Part in Special District Meeting

    Op-Ed:  Lynnfield Center Water District Customers Should Take Part in Special District Meeting   The following is respectfully submitted for publication by Lynnfield Center Water District Board of Water Commissioners Chairwoman Connie Leccese, on behalf of the board: Next month, the LCWD Board of Water Commissioners will host a special district meeting that will help chart the district’s path forward for decades to come. I sincerely hope that all district members will join us and take part in the scheduled vote on the greensand filter water treatment plant that we have proposed. The greensand filter treatment plant is a capital investment that would mark a major step toward maximizing water quality…

  • November 9 2018,  Saugus

    Guest OP-ED: My Bully Pulpit

    Guest OP-ED: My Bully Pulpit   By Gini Pariseau Although adolescent bullying has become the current main focus, there is a vital need to acknowledge the existence of adults who endure bullying as a part of their adult day-to-day life. The workplace has been the stage for overwhelming scenes of bullying. You would think as adults, we would have the maturity to deal with, prevent, and carry-on following an interaction. A most serious characterization of bullying is an incident that is between a superior and oneself. At any point in your adult life, you may have a family, a home, or a life that will not allow you to respond in…

  • Everett,  November 2 2018

    Op Ed: Fire Chief Carli: Council’s change to house inspections ordinance puts lives at risk

    Op Ed: Fire Chief Carli: Council’s change to house inspections ordinance puts lives at risk   Last week, without much fanfare, the City Council voted 6-5 to change the word “shall” to “may” in the City’s occupancy permit requirements. In doing so, the City Council has made this lifesaving inspection optional and not mandatory. The previous ordinance had stated that each and every rental property owner must schedule an inspection of their rental units with a city inspector, and pay a $25.00 fee for this inspection. This change, which has been voted by our City Council, is not only a minimal change of vocabulary used in the ordinance as it may…

  • October 19 2018,  Revere

    OP-ED: It’s a busy time in a bustling city

    OP-ED: It’s a busy time in a bustling city  By Mayor Brian Arrigo     Summer’s end usually means that schedules fill up, daily tasks increase, and the pace of just about everything becomes a bit more hectic. In other words, there’s lots going on. Columbus Day usually marks the date that we Revere traditionalists declare summer over. And, here in our city, there’s lots going on. Two new arrivals in Revere will be most noticeable. After years of public demand, Revere residents have a choice when it comes to cable television subscription: RCN is now available in certain sections of Revere and over the coming months will be fully available…

  • August 17 2018,  Revere

    OP-ED: August 22: A Job Fair for All

    OP-ED: August 22: A Job Fair for All The City and the Business community respond to the NECCO Closure   By Mayor Brian M. Arrigo   The sudden shutdown of the NECCO plant on July 24 triggered a good amount of anger and disillusion. What kind of company spends $17.3 million in May, touts its experience and expertise while pledging to revive the NECCO brand, then brusquely reverses course, ruthlessly discarding some 230 dedicated employees as if they were just surplus candy wrappers? Mind you, I knew full well that our City’s connection to NECCO’s future was tenuous: the candy company was expected to vacate the premises on American Legion Highway…

  • August 10 2018,  Everett

    Op-Ed: Encore Boston Harbor changing Everett- for the better

     By Mayor Carlo DeMaria   The Massachusetts Gaming Act was enacted in 2011 specifically to create new jobs, generate new tax revenue and propel local economic growth. Less than a year before the resort opens its doors, the transformative and positive effect of the Commonwealth’s gaming legislation is already being felt. In the City of Everett, where I am proud to serve as mayor, construction of the $2.4 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort is progressing at an amazing pace. Today, less than a year before the resort is in operation, more than $10 million in salaries have been paid to construction workers who reside in our city. Everett residents are…

  • August 3 2018,  Malden

    OP-ED: We must teach our children democratic values

    OP-ED: We must teach our children democratic values  By Representative Paul J. Donato   We live in the digital age where information is available in an instant. Additionally, cable news is offered twenty-four seven. Yet, in spite of those facts, I find young people, including my own grandchildren, less and less knowledgeable about local, state, and national government including even knowing who some of their elected officials are as well as the responsibilities of the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. I firmly believe that knowledge of government as well as civic engagement is fundamental to our democratic values and we must challenge our young to get involved…