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 …

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

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 …

Should the MBTA Privatize its Arborway, Lynn, and Quincy Garage?

Representative Mirra recently submitted an argument published in the Boston Globe, writing in favor of the MBTA’s plans to privatize the Arborway, Lynn, and Quincy Garages. “After years of mismanagement and neglect, the financially-plagued MBTA, is burdened with waste and inefficiency. As recently as 2015, it was projecting a cost growth rate that was three times dedicated revenues. Of the $132 million spent on bus maintenance in fiscal 2016, nearly $100 million …

Lieutenant Governor Visits Groveland, West Newbury

On Tuesday, August 29th, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited the towns of Groveland and West Newbury to discuss the Green Community Grant (awarded to West Newbury) and the Community Compact Grant (awarded to Groveland). Representative Mirra met with the Lieutenant Governor as well as town officials to discuss implementation of programs funded by these community grants. Please click here to read more about these grants.

Boxford’s New Solar Field

Earlier this week, Boxford unveiled a brand new solar field behind the Town Hall. After years of hard work from many members of the town as well as the State Legislature, Boxford now proudly operates a 1-megawatt solar field (roughly 2,700 panels) that will help the town and state greatly reduce their CO2 emissions. This is a huge step toward cleaner energy in Massachusetts. Congratulations, Boxford! Read the full story …

Interview with Salem News

Representative Mirra was recently interviewed by Christian M. Wade of the Salem News to discuss the funding of MassHealth, including the $200 million in new fees for private businesses passed on Beacon Hill. As a member of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Rep. Mirra has a deep understanding of the complexities of our public health care system in the state. He supported Governor Baker’s proposal to reform various aspects of …