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Happy Thanksgiving and thank you

I wish you and your family a most Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for your friendship, support and guidance over the years, and most importantly, for the opportunity you have given me to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway for a third term.

Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. We gather together around a table, thankful to have one another in our lives and grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us.

As I think about this year's holiday, I am grateful knowing that you continue to come together as a community, in both good times and bad. I thank you for participating in a spirited election which tested us all. The end of this election is the point where we begin to forge new paths and I look forward to working with each and every one of you along this journey.

Finally, I thank my family, friends, and colleagues who work day in and day out to make the world a better place. That hard work and commitment is such a great way to give thanks and pay it forward.

As I look forward to carving yet another turkey on Thursday, I hope that you too will enjoy your day and the beginning of a wonderful holiday season!


Environment Secretary rides trail

Rep. Roy had the honor of riding the SNETT trail in Franklin with Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton, along with local officials and members of the rail trail committee. Senators Spilka and Ross also participated in yesterday's event along the trail.

The ride was set up to give the Secretary a chance to view the trail and the impediment at Prospect Street. Three years ago, the Legislature approved funding in the Environmental Bond Bill to construct a tunnel at Prospect Street to improve the trail and allow access to the other parts of the SNETT trail.

Secretary Beaton enjoyed his trip to Franklin and listened to the concerns of the rail trail committee members. We look forward to talking with him more about recommending to the Governor that the funds be released.

For a full report on the ride, please read the Milford Daily News article by clicking here. To see pictures from the ride, click here.
Providers Council event
I was honored and humbled to receive a Legislator of the Year Award from the Provider's Council. The Council represents over 20,000 human service workers in Massachusetts, and it was truly an honor to be recognized as part of their team and Caring Force.

It was also a thrill to meet 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison, the keynote speaker at the event. Many thanks to my friend Michael Moloney for helping me see, and for introducing me to the wonderful mission of this group.

A nice touch at the Providers Council event were the videos they presented for each of the recipients along with caricature drawings. You can view my video, sung to John Fogerty's Centerfield, by clicking here.

Veterans honored

We spent some precious moments over the last few weeks honoring our veterans.

Rep. Roy attended events at the Horace Mann Middle School, Medway Senior Center, Franklin Elks, and Dean College. It was a thrill to see so many people take this opportunity to thank those who put their lives at risk to protect and preserve our nation.

Massachusetts is ranked number one among the 50 states for the breadth of benefits and services offered to veterans and military families. It’s no small coincidence that the state that ignited the flame of liberty would honor those who protect and preserve it every day.

You can read the Milford Daily News report by clicking here.

Surgeon General issues report

A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.  Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders. 

“Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

The report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future. It provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions, and promote recovery.

You can view the report by clicking here.

Tegra Medical Tour

Rep. Roy toured Tegra Medical in Franklin with state and local officials to get a hands-on view of the work done at its Forge Park location.

Tegra was at the State House in October to receive its Manufacturer of the Year Award for products at the first annual Legislative Manufacturing Caucus Award Ceremony. In addition to being chosen for the products category, the company was recognized for contributing to the state’s economy with its strong growth, the addition of more than 50 jobs to the Massachusetts economy just this year, and its continued dedication to local charities.

Tegra Medical makes complex wire and tube products for the medical device and life sciences industries. It also offers prototyping and development services through its on-site Genesis Tech Center. The company employs 330 people in its Franklin facility.

Tegra was featured on page 52 in the most recent issue of Stuff, a magazine by the Worcester Business Journal showcasing items made in central Massachusetts. You can view the magazine by clicking here.

Tegra received a 10-year, TIF (tax increment financing) agreement from Franklin in 2009 and, as a result, has expanded its physical plant and nearly doubled the number of employees in Franklin.

The tour showed that Tegra Medical truly has solidified itself as a global leader in the manufacture of medical equipment. The tour also offered an opportunity to discuss some of the issues faced by the company such as the need for skilled workers, expansion plans, the need for parking, and some traffic issues in the area.

You can view more photos from the tour by clicking here.

Medway scout visit

Rep. Roy had a great meeting with some Scouts from Medway in his district office this month. The boys are in their final year of Cub Scouts, and they are learning about citizenship, the rule of law, and leadership.

They talked about rights and duties as citizens and the “rule of law” and how it applies in every day life. The boys came prepared with questions for Rep. Roy about his role and issues of concern to them (environment, public health, and education, among other things).

It was nice to see a group of young engaged citizens taking action to improve their community.

ELM recogition

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) recognized Rep. Roy for achieving an excellent score in the organization's 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard on the environment. It rates true legislative action, not merely votes. 

"When it came to votes this session, Representative Roy supported our pro-environment agenda, but didn't stop there. Representative Roy demonstrated his commitment to conservation. The ELM Action Fund is pleased to recognize him as an environmental champion," said ELM Action Fund President George Bachrach. "We look forward to continued work together to protect our environment, improve public health, enhance quality of life, and grow our green economy."

"I was honored to be recognized by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund for my record in protecting the environment," said Rep. Roy (D–Franklin). "Laws and policies that protect our natural resources and foster clean energy sources have been a priority throughout my time in the House. These policies not only protect our planet, but they contribute to economic development, improve health, and offer recreational opportunities."

Beyond votes, the ELM Action Fund awarded additional points to lawmakers who led by sponsoring important legislation or authored "Dear Colleague" letters, and deducted points from legislators who filed anti-environment legislation. 

"Legislative scorecards are common but this is unique, measuring leadership, not just votes," said Bachrach. "This is our best effort to give voters a sense of who is really on their side in the critically important work that takes place out of public view."

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