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FROM THE OFFICE OF
SENATOR JOAN B. LOVELY

2nd Essex District

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

       As we enter a new month and a new school year, I would like to take a moment to update you on the latest news from my Senate office. This update features great community events from the Second Essex District during the month of September, including:
    For more information about the items you see below, please feel free to call my office--my staff and I would be happy to speak with you.
                                                                    
                                                                      Thanks for reading,
                                                                              
                                                                      
                                                                      Joan B. Lovely
                                     
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Congratulations!
 
After working for the town of Danvers for 40 years, Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis will be retiring this month. I'd like to congratulate Town Manager Marquis on four decades of dedicated service to the town.
Danvers Board of Selectman Meeting

On September 23rd, I attended a Danvers Board of Selectman meeting where many residents voiced their concerns about the state's practice of sheltering families in hotels/motels through the Emergency Assistance Shelter program. The meeting gave town officials, residents, and families in shelter an opportunity to share their experiences with the program and how it has impacted their lives or the community. At the meeting, I spoke to the group about the history of the program, the actions my office has taken to address the issue, and answered questions. Going forward, my office will continue to work with all interested parties to find ways to place families in more permanent and affordable housing.
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
This past month the entire country recognized September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. At the State House, I spoke at the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery's (MOAR) 24th Annual Recovery Month Celebration Day. Thank you to MOAR and all the advocates who attended the event to emphasize the importance of prevention, treatment, and recovery.
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Grant Award Breakfast
 
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Grant Award Breakfast in Salem. North of Boston CVB's mini-grant program aims to promote tourism in the 34 cities and towns in Essex County. For fiscal year 2014, North of Boston CVB awarded 16 grants for local projects. Thank you to the North of Boston CVB for having me and congratulations to the grant recipients!
Peabody International Festival

On September 14th I joined thousands of people from around the North Shore in Peabody Square for the 30th Annual Peabody International Festival. The Festival provides a great way to showcase arts, food, music, and entertainment from many different cultures from around the world. Last year, the festival attracted over 65,000 people and this year's event seemed to draw an even larger crowd and proved to be just as successful. Thank you to everyone involved with organizing the festival--it's a great celebration that has improved every year!
North Shore Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Address
 
Each year the North Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts an Annual State of the Region Address in Danvers. This year I attended the event with business owners from across the North Shore to hear from some of the region's mayors and town managers about local projects and their potential economic impact. Many of the executives, including Mayor Bettencourt, Mayor Cahill, Mayor Driscoll, and Town Manager Marquis, discussed municipal budgeting items and highlighted a few infrastructure projects and initiatives designed to build a stronger economy in our region.
Inauguration of President Patricia Gentile

On September 19th, I attended the inauguration of Dr. Patricia Gentile as the fourth president of North Shore Community College. Congratulations, President Gentile! I look forward to working with you and your staff at NSCC!
Spaulding North Shore 20th Annual Patient Reunion

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking at Spaulding North Shore's 20th Annual Patient Reunion in Salem. The event served as a way to celebrate patients' accomplishments in rehabilitation and I enjoyed hearing so many success stories. I would like to thank the entire Spaulding North Shore staff for allowing me to participate in this special event and for the important work you do each day.
Peabody High School Football Game

On September 13th I joined Mayor Bettencourt in unveiling the new synthetic turf field at Coley Lee Field prior to the Peabody High School football home opener. The improvements to Coley Lee Field and the George L. Smyrnios Track look great and will surely benefit many Peabody sports teams and their student-athletes. Additionally, the pre-game festivities featured a tribute honoring Peabody military veterans. The Tanners went on to win the game and beat Lynn English by a score of 43-7!
 
Upcoming Events
October District Hours:
Beverly City Hall, October 3rd, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Danvers Town Hall, October 10th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Peabody City Hall, October 17th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Salem City Hall, October 24th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Topsfield Town Library, October 24th, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Please call (617) 722-1410 to schedule an appointment with my office.

E-ZPass Transponder Sign Up
Thursday, October 9th
3:00PM-7:00PM
Salem Farmer's Market-Derby Square off of Front Street

My office has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to offer an E-ZPass sign up session at the Salem Farmer's Market. The event allows interested motorists to sign up and receive a transponder on that same day.

Postpartum Depression Awareness Day
February 11, 2015
Great Hall, State House
Boston, MA 02133
 
My office, in collaboration with many of my colleagues in the state Legislature and the Ipswich non-profit Birth to Three, will co-sponsor a Postpartum Depression Advocacy Day at the State House. The event will aim to educate the public on the issue of postpartum depression, connect support programs from across the state with families seeking resources, and allow constituents to share their personal experiences with their state representatives. The event is open to the public.
 
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