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FROM THE OFFICE OF
SENATOR JOAN B. LOVELY

2nd Essex District

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

I hope you've had a happy Thanksgiving! This past month, I had the opportunity to speak with small business owners in Beverly, meet the new Topsfield Town Administrator, and celebrate American Education Week with the Peabody Public Schools. Additionally, below is a final update for those who participated in the Senior CharlieCard Day that my office hosted in Peabody as well as a district hours schedule for the month of January. If you're looking for more information on any of these items, please feel free to contact my office. Thanks for reading.

                                                                              

                                                                    Joan B. Lovely
                                                                    State Senator
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Peabody Access Television Video

On November 15th, Peabody Access Television published a video entitled "A Conversation with Senator Joan Lovely". The video includes footage of my daily activies as a state Senator and provides a virtual tour of my Boston office and the State House. Thank you to Peabody Access Television for taking the time to visit my office and film my work.
Medtronic Site Visit
 
This past month, I toured the Medtronic manufacturing facility in Danvers and met Mark Chartier, Site Leader and Director of Operations.
Topsfield Home-Rule Petition
 
This year the Town of Topsfield submitted a Home Rule Petition to the Massachusetts Legislature requesting passage of a special act granting a “pour” license to Alfalfa Farm. After the Board of Selectmen’s approval, I filed this legislation with Rep. Brad Hill, and Governor Patrick signed it into law on November 20th. The new state statute will make it possible for Alfalfa Farm to provide customers with samples of the wine produced at its farmer-winery.

Press Release: "New Liquor License Enacted for Topsfield"
Genetically Engineered Food Legislation
 
Over the past several months, many constituents have contacted my office regarding legislation pertaining to the labeling of gentically engineered food. Three bills related to this topic include H.1936: "An Act relative to genetically engineered food", H.2037: "An Act to establish guidelines for genetically engineered food", and H.2093: "An Act relative to the labeling of food". I have expressed my support for these proposals because I believe that consumers deserve to know whether or not the food products they purchase have been genetically modified.
North River Canal Corridor

On November 13th, I joined Sec. Bialecki and Mayor Driscoll to announce a $1.275 million MassWorks award for improvements to the North River Canal Corridor in Salem.
"Doing Business in the Commonwealth"
 
On November 18th, Rep. Jerry Parisella and I hosted a discussion for small business owners in Beverly with speakers from Salem State University's Enterprise Center, the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Thank you to all who attended.  

If you are a business owner looking for helpful resources, I encourage you to visit the business page of the Official Website of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED).
Senior CharlieCard Day Update
 
The Boston CharlieCard Store at Downtown Crossing has notified my office that it completed processing all applications and has mailed out Senior CharlieCards to all eligible applicants.

If you, or someone you know, participated in the Senior CharlieCard Day hosted by my office and did not receive a CharlieCard, please feel free to contact the Boston CharlieCard Store at (617)-222-2070 or my office directly at (617) 722-1410. Thank you to all who participated, and I hope you will take advantage of the public transportation in our region.
American Education Week

Thank you to Peabody Public Schools for inviting me to attend their celebration of American Education Week on November 21st.
 
Congratulations to Town Administrator Kellie Hebert
 
On November 15th, prior to hosting district office hours at the Topsfield Town Library, I had the opportunity to meet with new Topsfield Town Administrator Kellie A. Hebert. Congratulations to you, Town Administrator Hebert, on your appointment and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Upcoming Events
District Hours
Beverly City Hall, January 3rd, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Danvers Town Hall, January 10th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Peabody City Hall, January 17th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Salem City Hall, January 24th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Topsfield Town Library, January 24th, 12:00PM-1:00PM

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



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