Thursday, May 23, 2013
Massachusetts State Senate unanimously backs bill, spurred by the Marathon Bombings, to protect off-duty first responders who aid others during an emergency.
The Mass. State Senate has unanimously approved a “Good Samaritan Bill” aimed at protecting off-duty first responders from lawsuits if they provide emergency assistance at an emergency scene. The issue of protecting first responders and others from lawsuits has come up at various times in recent years, but quickly regained traction in the aftermath of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. “While the many off-duty firefighters and EMTs who rushed to help in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings brought this into sharp focus, the fact is we are lucky to have brave men and women who come to the aid of their fellow citizens every day in emergencies from car accidents to heart attacks,” said State Senator Katherine Clark, who chairs the …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Within about six weeks, town expects to be offering meeting minutes and agendas online.
The town expects to begin regularly posting minutes and agendas from its various board and committee meetings, reported Town Administrator Bill Gustus at Monday night's selectmen's meeting. Gustus told selectmen and others at the meeting that some of the minute-takers at the various meetings still have training to undergo in the coming days and that Lynnfield has been working with Virtual Town Hall on the task. In about 4 to 6 weeks, he added, around the time the new fiscal year begins, the meeting agendas and minutes are expected to start appearing consistently on the town website. At the outset, the focus will only be forward-moving, but in time, the project will also apparently include meeting minutes from prior years.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Annual parade starts 8:15 a.m. Memorial Day morning, May 27, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church parking lot with ceremonies planned at the town cemeteries and on the common.
Monday, May 20
The following was provided by the town of Lynnfield: Lynnfield will hold its traditional Memorial Day parade and observance on Monday, May 27. The parade will muster in the parking lot of Our Lady of Assumption Church at 8:15 a.m. Once assembled, the parade will march to the South Burying Ground on Salem Street and then to the Willow Cemetery on Summer Street. Ceremonies will be conducted at each location, the parade will return to the South Lynnfield Fire Station for a brief recess. The parade will reassemble at the Middle School at 10:00 a.m. and will march to the West Burying Ground, Old Burying Ground, and Forest Hill Cemetery. Ceremonies will be conducted at each location. The parade will then march to the common for final …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Friday, May 10, 2013
New regulations from state will go into effect May 24. In Lynnfield, one possibility could be a zoning by-law similar to the adult entertainment by-law.
New rules for the medical use of marijuana have been written into the commonwealth's regulatory code by the Massachusetts Public Health Council Wednesday, according to State House News Service report published on LowellSun.com. Among the new regulations are how much marijuana can be generally used by patients, the licensing procedure for medical marijuana dispensaries and how low-income patients can get access, according to the report. These regulations will go into effect May 24, according to the Sun. In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana as part of a treatment. In Lynnfield, voters approved a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries at last month's town meeting in …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said they'd …
Activities will coincide with Lynnfield Day celebration on the Town Common next Saturday.
Thursday, May 9
The following was provided by the Lynnfield Tree Committee: In 1970, the last Friday in April was first proclaimed “National Arbor Day” as a special day to be set aside and dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees. The Town of Lynnfield celebrates Arbor Day and is a proud recipient of the Tree City designation for seven years. This year the town will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration during the Lynnfield Day festivities at 11:00 a.m., Saturday May 18th on the Town Common. The public is invited to join members of the Tree Committee and a member of the Board of Selectman in the reading of the Arbor Day proclamation. As part of our ceremony visit the Tree Committee’s booth on the Common and …