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Newspapers to publish legal notices on the web

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a history-making bill that will require newspapers to publish legal notices on the Web. The bill, H 1566, “An Act Concerning Electronic Publication of Certain Legal Notices,” was one that I sponsored with help from the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association

For centuries, public notices only appeared in print. But as we well know readership of print papers has taken a sharp decline. At the same time, overall readership of newspapers has been on the rise because of the Internet and online access. It’s time that public notices take part in this increased readership.

During the debate, I had the opportunity to deliver my maiden speech on the House floor.You can view the video by clicking here or on the image above, and photos by clicking hereThe House voted 153-0 in favor of the legislation. The bill now goes to the Senate.

As always, I thank you for he opportunity to serve and I urge you to contact me with any questions about the bill or any other matter.

Opioid abuse meeting set for Tuesday at FHS

State legislators, medical experts and officials from the town’s school district and police department will meet Tuesday, June 30, to garner local solutions to the state’s opioid epidemic.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Franklin High School auditorium located at 218 Oak St. in Franklin.

The public session will establish a direction for a new community coalition that aims to create a support network for residents struggling with addiction. Rep. Roy has invited medical and law enforcement experts to shed light on the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.

You can learn more about the meeting by clicking here. To subscribe to the coalition newsletter and receive updated information, click here.

What's cooking?

There is an old saying attributed to Otto von Bismarck that “to retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.” When we make sausages or laws, we generally like the outcome, but we don’t want to see how they're made.

In June Rep. Roy joined the Franklin legislative delegation, not to make laws or sausage, but to cook some things that were actually fun to watch.

Rep. Roy joined his colleagues Senator Karen Spilka and Senator Richard J. Ross at a taping for some cooking shows to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. They worked with Trisha Perez Kennealy from Artistry Kitchen in Franklin to prepare healthy meals from food available at the food pantry. The meals included serveral variations of chicken, a kale soup, and a sausage stir fry. Each were prepared in under 30 minutes. 

The Franklin Food Pantry serves nearly 600 families annually, including 1600 individuals. More than a third are children. About 75 clients “shop” at the Pantry weekly, and 270 visit monthly.

Typical clients include working families trying to make ends meet, people experiencing a temporary job loss, individuals whose SNAP (food stamps) benefits are reduced, and seniors. A growing number of seniors are seeking help from the Pantry since most are on a fixed income and are impacted by such things as medication costs and higher fuel expenses.

The legislators took the opportunity to highlight the work of the pantry and at the same time show some of the healthy options that are available when preparing food from the pantry. During the show, they talked more about the work done at the pantry and how residents can help in this effort to provide food security in our community.

The shows will air on Franklin TV this summer.

Time capsule returns

Past, present, and future came together on the steps of the State House in June.

People lined the streets of Beacon Hill to watch a 1795 time capsule ceremony reinterred in a State House cornerstone.

The time capsule was discovered in December during a construction project. It was placed in a cornerstone of the State House in 1795 by Paul Revere and Sam Adams. It contained newspapers, coins, and a silver plate commemorating the ceremony. 

The updated capsule contains some new artifacts from 2015. The ceremony was done the same way it was in 1855 led each time by the Grand Lodge of Masons.

The ABC News report on the event can be viewed by clicking here.

Nonagenarians feted

The Franklin Senior Center hosted its annual nonagenarian breakfast. The event honors residents of the community who are 90 years of age or older.

Always a fun event, it included over 40 guests and their families. In the photo above, Mrs. Pucillo belts out a blues tune for the audience before being recognized.

Rep. Roy was on hand to say a few words and deliver some joint House & Senate citations to all of the honorees and take in the energy in that room.

For more pictures from the event, click here.

Governor visits Franklin

It was great to have Gov. Baker in town for a tour of Garelick Farms in Franklin. He has been visiting some of the old and established manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, and we're glad Garelick was high on his list.

While walking through the facility, we observed the process of pushing out 350,000 gallons of milk on a daily basis in a plant that employs about 620 people. It's quite an operation.

The Governor now knows that we "got milk" and plenty of it.

Thank you for Gov. Baker for joining us in Franklin and we look forward to having you back soon.

Medway's Saleski named 2015 unsung heroine

Pamela Saleski of Medway was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2015 class of Unsung Heroines.

With assistance from Medway's Richard Parrella, she was recommended by Rep. Roy and Rep. John Fernandes (D-Milford) for this recognition because of her dedicated years of service and for the many local positions she has held in Medway.

Pam is an ideal candidate for this recognition. She gave, and continues to give, her time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others. She never sought the limelight and returns each year to the task of making their communities great.

Pam is shown in the photograph with (from right to left), Rep. Fernandes, Amy Leone (unsung heroine from Hopedale), and Rep. Roy. 

BIOtech in Philly

Rep. recently returned from a trip to Philadelphia where he joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center at the 2015 BIO International Convention.

While at the convention the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center announced the launch of the Massachusetts Clinical Innovation Gateway, a new web portal that will allow life sciences companies from around the world to seek opportunities in Massachusetts. This is a great new tool for companies to get access to some of the best academic medical institutions in the world. In turn, the developments and enhancements that will result will be a great boost for patient care, will lead to greater innovation, and ultimately save lives.
“I was happy to join state officials from Massachusetts at this year’s Biotechnology Industry Organization convention,” noted Rep. Roy. “It was a great way to showcase Massachusetts and the 10th Norfolk District as great places for the industry to locate.” 

For the Boston Globe report on the trip, click here.
Vowing to change the way the Commonwealth treats and even thinks about substance addiction, Governor Charlie Baker released the findings of his Opioid Working Group, a comprehensive report detailing 65 actionable steps to curb the deadly opioid epidemic. You can view the report by clicking here.

The findings by the 18-member Working Group include short and long term action items to be implemented between now and the next three years, some requiring legislative action and funding and some will be achieved through partnerships with private industry and federal leaders.

The announcement comes just days after the launch of a statewide public service campaign to alert parents about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse by their kids. You can link to the campaign by clicking here.
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