June Newsletter


Uncategorized / Thursday, June 28th, 2018

June has been another busy month for Representative Lenny Mirra, both on Beacon Hill and in the Second Essex District. Read below to find out what Lenny has been up to this past month.

STATE HOUSE

Representative Mirra voted in favor of a Civics Education bill that passed the House early this month designed to promote and enhance civic engagement. The House passed a comprehensive $3 billion Environmental Bond bill to address climate change, natural resource and environmental protection, and environmental spending. A healthcare bill also passed in the House, along with a bill raising minimum wage and addressing paid family and medical leave in the state. At the end of the month, the House voted to ban conversion therapy practices for minors. An Automatic Voter Registration bill also passed the House.

DISTRICT

NECC Meeting

The Northeast Coastal Coalition met on June 15th to discuss the status of dredging projects along the Northshore. Among those in attendance were Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, State Representatives Lenny Mirra, Jim Kelcourse, Brad Hill, ————-

Boxford Retirees

Representative Mirra presented formal citations from the House of Representatives to two retirees from the Harry Lee Cole Elementary School in Boxford. Laurie Olshuff-Rowen dedicated 38 years to teaching in Massachusetts, including 20 years for Boxford Public Schools, and Julie Jayne dedicated 37 years to education in Massachusetts as a Special Education Teacher and Coordinator. Lisa Holt dedicated 17 years to education as a third grade teacher at Spofford Pond Elementary School. Congratulations to Laurie, Julie, and Lisa on your retirement, and thank you for your service to education in our state!

Merrimack River Beach Alliance Meeting

The MRBA had its monthly meeting on June 8th to continue working on dredging projects on the Merrimack and Piscataqua Rivers and along the coastline of Salisbury, Newburyport, and Newbury. Senators Bruce Tarr and Kathleen O’Connor Ives attended, along with Representatives Lenny Mirra and James Kelcourse.

Unsung Heroine Honored at State House

Newbury’s Kathy Downey was selected to be our district’s Unsung Heroine for her outstanding work as an advocate for animal rights. Kathy received a formal citation from the House of Representatives and attended a ceremony at the State House honoring Unsung Heroines from across the Commonwealth. Congratulations, Kathy!

Boxford Retirees

Representative Mirra presented formal citations from the House of Representatives to local retirees. Laurie Olshuff-Rowen dedicated 38 years to teaching, including 20 years for Boxford Public Schools, and Julie Jayne dedicated 37 years as a Special Education Teacher and Coordinator. Lisa Holt dedicated 17 years as a third grade teacher at Spofford Pond Elementary School. Congratulations to Laurie, Julie, and Lisa on your retirement, and thank you for your service to education in our state!

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

The MVCC held its annual Executive Luncheon on June 22nd with Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, State Representatives Lenny Mirra, Linda Dean Campbell, Andy Vargas, Jim Lyons, Juana Matias, Frank Moran, and Keiko Orrall. Several other local officials were in attendance, including congressional candidate Lori Trahan, and Northern Essex Community College president Lane Glenn.

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