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State Rep Jeff Roy

Budget discussions and bill hearings

The pace on Beacon Hill has picked up in recent weeks as many of the committees have begun hearings and the budget discussions have continued. Earlier this year the Governor laid out his proposal seeking significant new initiatives with a major tax policy shift. The House has taken several weeks to analyze that proposal and craft its own budget that will be released this week. 
 
Our priority is to figure out how best to balance the infrastructure needs in the Commonwealth with the tax burdens already impacting residents. The Transportation Committee has been conducting hearings and meeting with House leadership to address transportation infrastructure needs. Meanwhile, House members have been meeting with constituents, groups, and governmental agencies and leaders to determine other budget priorities. These hearings and discussions lay the groundwork for the important decisions that will be made about the budget over the next several weeks.
 
We will discuss and vote on the transportation piece of the budget on Monday, April 8, followed by the release of the complete House budget on Wednesday, April 10.  Please stay tuned to the news and the State House website to remain updated on the budget process. You can follow our progress at http://www.malegislature.gov/.  To get more information on our district in particular, please click on malegislature.gov. And please share any questions or concerns with me. I look forward to hearing your views.
 
As always, it is an honor and privilege to represent Franklin and Medway. Thank you for your support in the effort to make Massachusetts a great place to work and live.
 
Sincerely,

Best Buddies dodgeball tourney

On May 5, 2013, the First Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament/Fundraiser will take place at Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, MA.  Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization focused on incorporating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into our communities and to provide them with friendships and employment opportunities.

The Franklin school system has four organized Best Buddies chapters. The money raised during this fundraiser will go back into these chapters to continue to fund these vital programs.

 
The Dodgeball Tournament is for teams of six of all ages and will include music, prizes, a raffle, and a silent auction. At the tournament there will be double elimination dodgeball games for the different age groups, silent auction items, raffles, prizes, food, drinks, bake sale, and music. Each divisional champion will receive a prize, and the team with the best uniform will also win a prize. 
 
Fliers and registration forms can be found on this Facebook event link which you can view by clicking here. You can also click here to view and print a registration form.

 

Medway selected for Solarize Mass program

Medway will participate in the first round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass), a grassroots clean energy marketing, education and group-buying program. 
 
The program is designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and further reduce the overall cost of solar power, and offers residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar. 
 
Medway has made strides towards reducing municipal energy consumption, including becoming a Massachusetts Green Community and installing solar panels on the High School and Middle School. 
 
The program will begin in May and the time period for site assessments and sign ups will run through September 30, 2013. For more details click here.

State House visit for Franklin 2nd grader

Tyler Apicella, a Franklin second greater, stopped by the State House last week with his Mom to join us as State Rep. for a Day. As shown in the photo above, at one point Tyler took his turn on the rostrum with the Speaker's gavel in the House Chamber.

We got to tour the building together, and see many of the historically significant places and monuments in the building. The weather was warm enough to permit a glimpse of the Boston Common from the balcony in front of the State House too. It was a great visit and it good to see a young man with such an interest in history.
 

Franklin woman is unsung heroine of 2013

Franklin's Barbara Rondeau will be honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an unsung heroine for 2013. She will be recognized, along with 82 other women from across Massachusetts, for her outstanding contributions to our community in a ceremony on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 1-4 p.m., in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

"I was honored to nominate Barbara as an unsung heroine," noted Representative Jeffrey N. Roy. "She is
 one of the many women who don't always make the news, but truly make a difference."

Barbara is a lifelong resident of the Town of Franklin and volunteers her time in the tax work off program and is a long time member of the Franklin Alden Club, a women’s service group dating back to 1893. She is also the chairperson of the “Concerts on the Common” that schedules concerts and children’s entertainment on Franklin’s Town Common during the summer months. Those events are enjoyed by many in the town.

Barbara is also chair of the Santa Claus on the Common committee that brings Santa to the common each year to the delight of Franklin’s children and parents alike. Throughout her years of service to the Franklin community, she has given her time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others. She never seeks the limelight and returns each year to the task of making Franklin a great place to live.

The ceremony will include a program hosted by Liz Brunner acknowledging each of the 83 Unsung Heroines of 2013, followed by a group photograph and a Just Desserts reception.
 
 
 

Office hours

Franklin – Tuesday. April 16th, 8:30-9:30AM, Franklin Senior Center - 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA 
 
Medway – Thursday, April 25th, 7:30-8:30AM, Medway Senior Center - 76 Oakland Street Medway, MA
 
Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. You are also invited to call the State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, email Jeffrey.Roy@MAhouse.gov, or schedule an in-district appointment..

Environmental grants awarded

Franklin and Medway were among 11 communities to receive grants to assist with water conservation, demand management and other projects that will help to mitigate the ecological impacts of water withdrawals.

Franklin will receive $75,000 for well pumping and recharge strategies for stream-flow augmentation, while Medway will receive $99,197 for a planning study to analyze the feasibility, costs, and benefits of implementing minimization, mitigation and
offset options for its existing and potential new ground water withdrawals in the Charles River Basin.

“I commend the Patrick-Murray Administration, EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan, and MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell for their continued support of our communities and for their assistance in these essential projects,” said Rep. Jeffrey Roy. “These grants will be extremely helpful, will help address some issues in our district, and will promote healthy waterways throughout the Commonwealth.” 
 
The grants are part of the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI), which is an effort by the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and its agencies to maintain healthy rivers and streams and improve degraded water resources over time.
 
 

Gun violence forum in May

On May 30 at 7 pm, Rep. Roy will sponsor a gun violence forum at Dean College. The forum will feature speakers who will address all aspects of the debate going on at the state and federal level.

More details on the event will appear in the May newsletter.
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