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2nd Essex District

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

Good morning! As we enter a new month, I would like to take a moment to update you on the latest news from my Senate office from the month of October, including:
Below, I have highlighted several upcoming events including a Senior CharlieCard Day in Danvers and my district hours schedule for the month of November. For more information, 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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Peabody and Salem Receive a Total of $4M in MassWorks Grants
From left to right: Peabody Mayor Edward Bettencourt, Salem Ward 5 City Councillor Josh Turiel, Senator Joan Lovely, Secretary Greg Bialecki, Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, and Representative Theodore Speliotis.
On October 21st, I joined Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and local officials to announce $4 million in MassWorks grants for public infrastructure improvements in Peabody and Salem.

In Salem, a $2.5 million award will reconfigure the intersection of Dodge Street and Washington Street and will also support a 190,000 square foot mixed-use development. In Peabody, a $1.5 million award will support new lighting, pedestrian crosswalks, safety features, additional residential units, and new commercial space in Peabody Square.

I would like to thank the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for making this significant investment, which will advance the North Shore's economy and will help with the revitalization of downtown Peabody and the economic development of Salem. 
Pathways Head Start School
On October 2nd I visited the Pathways Head Start School in Beverly. It was great to speak with the staff and to meet the preschoolers! Thanks for the tour!
Danvers Education Watch

Recently, I had the opportunity to appear on Danvers Education Watch (DEW) with Representative Speliotis. Representative Speliotis and I spoke about the actions our offices have taken to try and improve the emergency assistance housing program to help families and the community. This includes filing legislation, proposing budget amendments, meeting with state and local officials, visiting the hotel/motel sites, and acquiring additional funding for the Danvers People to People Food Pantry. I would like to thank the host of DEW, Gayla Bartlett, and Danvers Community Access Television for inviting me on the show to talk about this critically important issue.
Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Special Forum

In early October, the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators hosted a special forum featuring female legislators who worked in the State House prior to successfully running for office. I joined Rep. Marjorie Decker of Cambridge, Rep. Danielle Gregoire of Marlborough, and Rep. Liz Malia of Jamaica Plain at the forum and shared my journey to becoming a state Senator. Thank you to the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators for inviting me to be a part of this great panel!
Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Workshop

Throughout the month of October, the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) hosted fall legislative meetings in 9 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. On October 10th, I attended the MMA workshop held on the North Shore. The event included a recap of the legislative session and gave municipal officials a chance to discuss fiscal and policy issues that impact their communities.
Topsfield Fair
After participating in the Grand Parade and opening ceremonies of the Topsfield Fair with Representative Brad Hill, I had the opportunity to serve as an honorary judge of the fair's Youth Cattle Show!
North Shore Elder Services

This past month I visited North Shore Elder Services to tour their new facility in Danvers. The new space will surely help North Shore Elder services carry out its mission of providing information, resources, and support for older adults in our region. In addition to a tour, I had the opportunity to learn more about the latest initiatives for seniors on the North Shore and to hear about the issues that matter most to older adults in our community.
North Shore Housing Executive Directors Association's
Annual Legislative Workshop

On October 15th the North Shore Housing Executive Directors Association (NSHEDA) hosted its annual legislative workshop. NSHEDA is comprised of 58 local housing authorities and over 43,000 housing units. The event included several speakers and a discussion on public housing programs and their impact on our local communities. Additionally, the workshop gave local housing authority board members and administrators a chance to share their priorities with their legislators.
Upcoming Events
November District Hours:
Beverly City Hall, November 7th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Danvers Town Hall, November 14th, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Topsfield Town Library, November 14th, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Salem City Hall, November 21st, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Peabody City Hall, November 21st, 11:00AM-12:00PM

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

Senior CharlieCard Day at the Danvers Council on Aging
November 17, 2014
Danvers Council on Aging
25 Stone Street
Danvers, MA 01923

Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Theodore Speliotis are hosting a Senior CharlieCard Day with the Danvers Council on Aging. To participate, you must be age 65 or older and bring a valid, state-issued photo ID with a birthdate.  All other application materials will be provided at the event. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to our office at (617) 722-1410.

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 Awareness 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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