Scott Berkenbush Retirement

This past weekend, I had the honor of celebrating Scott Berkenbush’s distinguished career with the West Newbury Fire Department at an event for his retirement. Scott has served the West Newbury community for 46 years, from firefighter at the age of 19 to fire chief for the last eight years. The public safety community came together to express their sincere appreciation for Berkenbush’s service and wish him well in retirement. …

New Local Recycling Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded three grants through the Recycling Dividends Program. The town of Boxford was awarded $7,200, the town of Merrimac was awarded $3,500, and the city of Haverhill was awarded $35,000 to further each of their efforts in maintaining comprehensive recycling programs. With the help of these grants, each town can continue to reduce waste in the community. Please click here to learn more about these grants and …

Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Recognition

Attended a very moving ceremony at the Essex County correctional facility, recognizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Thank you to Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger for putting this on and to all who attended including good friends Linda Dean Campbell, Diana DiZoglio, Bruce Tarr, Brad Hill and Donald Wong. We’re pictured here with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena. We must never forget our Missing in Action and Prisoners of War.

Timothy Beech, Eagle Scout

I had the sincere honor of attending a ceremony at St. Ann’s church for Timothy Beech, where I presented a citation for achieving the status of Eagle Scout, something only about 4% of scouts ever achieve. Timothy helped create a sustainable food pantry/community donation center for the Town of West Newbury for his final project. Congratulations Timothy!

Ribbon Cutting at Essex Tech High School

Fun and informative time at a ribbon cutting for the second state apiary at Essex Tech HS. Governor Charlie Baker declared June 19-25, 2017 as Massachusetts Pollinator Week in an effort to highlight the importance of protecting our pollinator populations. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton celebrated the opening along with Reps. Speliotis, Walsh, and Parisella. During the event at the state apiary, Secretary Beaton announced $50,000 in funding …