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2nd Essex District

Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, and Topsfield
Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend!

Since most communities have wrapped up another school year, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2015! I had the chance to go to the Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, and Salem high school graduations this year and it was great to join the ceremonies and recognize the students' academic achievements. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the latest news from my Senate office. Throughout the month of June, I have advocated for bills that I sponsored or cosponsored, spoken with individuals and community organizations about issues that matter to North Shore residents, and hosted the first Postpartum Depression Awareness Day at the State House. 

Below, you will find more detailed information about my work during the last month. As always, please feel free to contact my office with any questions or if you would like to learn more about a particular item in this update. Enjoy the summer!
                                                                      Thanks for reading,
                                                                      Joan B. Lovely

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Northeast Arc Legislator of the Year Award
With great humility, I accepted the Northeast Arc Legislator of the Year award from my predecessor Senator Fred Berry at the organization's annual meeting. I am truly honored to receive this recognition and I want to thank Northeast Arc for their collaboration throughout my career as a Senator. It has been a privilege to work with Northeast Arc on legislative and budgetary matters to help people with disabilities, and I look forward to building on this partnership going forward.
Community Forums on the Opioid Epidemic

Since the beginning of the year, I have attended and spoken at community meetings in Beverly, Danvers, and Salem to discuss the opioid epidemic facing our region and the entire Commonwealth. I shared my experiences with the issue as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and as a member of the Special Senate Committee on Opioid Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Options. I explained the actions the Legislature has taken to help mitigate the issue and the new ideas proposed to help combat substance abuse and addiction. I want to thank the Essex County District Attorney, the DanversCARES coalition, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the City of Beverly, and the Salem City Council for inviting me to participate in these forums and for initiating a community wide dialogue on this critical topic.
Postpartum Depression Awareness Day
Last week, my office collaborated with Senator Bruce Tarr, Representative Ellen Story, and the Ipswich non-profit Birth to Three to host the Commonwealth's first ever Postpartum Depression Awareness Day at the State House. The event educated the public on the issue of postpartum depression, connected families seeking resources with support programs, and allowed constituents to share their personal story with their elected representatives. It was outstanding to see so many engaged advocates, organizations, and parents participate in the event and raise awareness about this important issue that affects as many as 1 in 5 new mothers.
HomeWorks Bill

On June 10, I testified in support of my bill, "An Act creating the Home Works Program." The Home Works Program would create additional placements at current afterschool and summer programs specifically for children, ages five through fourteen, living in motels. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Housing and Community Development would help cover the cost of the additional placements, including transporting the children to and from the out-of-school time program. The North Shore already has quality out of school time programs in place, but it’s difficult for children living in motels to enroll in these programs because of where they live and the transportation challenges that it presents. As the Commonwealth looks to transition these families out of motels and into more permanent housing, it's also important to make sure these children have access to a learning environment where they can develop, thrive, and reach their true potential.
Funding for Peabody's Crystal Lake Project

In June, the Governor released his first five year capital investment plan, which included $400,000 in funding for the Crystal Lake and Elginwood Pond improvement project in Peabody. According to details from the capital plan, the funding is for removing accumulated sediment, restoring surrounding areas, and promoting recreation. More specifically, the project plans to dredge approximately 50,000 cubic yards of Crystal Lake and Elginwood Pond, create new pond access points, and integrate walking trails off the existing bikeway.The Legislature authorized funding for this local project through an environmental bond bill that the House and Senate enacted on August 1, 2014. I want to thank the Governor’s Administration, my colleagues in the Legislature, and the City of Peabody for being great partners on this issue. This will help secure the project’s financing and bring the residents of Peabody one step closer to enjoying more outdoor recreation opportunities in the community.
Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts annual Bridging and Gold Award Ceremony. The event recognizes Girl Scouts from the North Shore and across the eastern part of the Commonwealth on their high school graduations and also presents the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. This award is given to Girl Scouts working to solve a community problem in their neighborhood. Congratulations to all the young women honored at the event!
Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce

On June 10, I met with the Chamber's Government Affairs & Community Development Committee to have a conversation about the business climate on the North Shore and how state government can continue its partnership with the North Shore business community. The committee and I talked about recent economic development investments in the region, the Senate budget, and the implementation of the earned sick time law.    
Beverly Symposium for Older Adults

Last month, I served on the government panel at the Beverly Symposium for Older Adults. As a panelist, I talked about my office's Senior CharlieCard Day program and outlined the state resources available to all seniors in Massachusetts. The event took place at the Beverly senior center and offered helpful information on health, housing, finance, and transportation to Beverly seniors.
Salem Harbor Station
On June 2, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Salem Harbor Station, which attracted more than 200 community members! I have worked on this project for many years at both the state and local level, so it was great to celebrate the progress that has been made by the city and Footprint Power.
Brooksby Village and BevCam Television Appearances

This month, I had the chance to do television appearances at Brooksby Village in Peabody and at Beverly Community Access Media. During my interview with Brooksby Village, I discussed how I got involved in public service, my journey to becoming a state Senator, and my work to reform the Commonwealth's emergency shelter program. At BevCam, I spoke about Beverly's recent designation as an arts district, my new committee assignments, and the Legislature's efforts to improve public transportation. Thanks to both Brooksby Village television and BevCam for inviting me!  

Upcoming Events
July District Hours
Beverly City Hall
July 10th, 9:00AM-10:00AM

Danvers Town Hall
July 17th, 9:00AM-10:00AM

Peabody City Hall
July 24th, 9:00AM-10:00AM

Salem City Hall
July 31st, 9:00AM-10:00AM

Topsfield Town Library
July 31st, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Please call (617) 722-1410 to schedule an appointment with my office.
T: (617) 722-1410  
F: (617) 722-1347