Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Area women selected as the Unsung Heroines of 2013 by Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
Wednesday, April 10
Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) would like to congratulate the five women from his district who have been selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as members of the Unsung Heroines of 2013. The Commission has selected 83 women from communities across the Commonwealth to be recognized for their exceptional contributions to their communities. This year’s Unsung Heroines include Sandi Carter Brown of Attleboro, Judy D’Antonio of Natick, Dawn DaCosta of Attleboro, Barbara A. Rondeau of Franklin and Andrea J. Wagner of Millis. They will be honored at a ceremony on Monday, April 29, from 1-4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the State House. “I am so happy to honor and recognize these generous women who continue to work so…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Attleboro Democrat Sara-Lynn Reynolds says she will compete in the election.
Since winning a special election in 2010 to succeed Scott Brown as state senator, Wrentham resident Richard Ross has had his term renewed twice without opposition. This will not be repeated for the Republican in 2014 because at least one other person would like to represent the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District. Attleboro City Councilor Sara-Lynn Reynolds, who two weeks ago changed her voter registration status from independent to Democratic, said Tuesday that she will run in the election. Reynolds stressed she has not made a formal announcement, but there were rumors about her interest in being a Senate candidate, and she confirmed they were true when contacted by Patch. Calling herself a fiscal conservative who is liberal on …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The money will go to schools for fire safety education.
Friday, January 18
Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) and Representative Daniel B. Winslow are announce that Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham have each been awarded $4,625 in grant funding through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program for the 2013 fiscal year. The funding will be used to implement fire safety education programs in the schools. “These programs play a vital role in educating children about fire safety and prevention,” said Senator Ross. “Students will have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons on protecting themselves and their families during an emergency.” Winslow stated, “I am pleased to join Senator Ross in congratulating our communities, and I look forward to working for more successes in the future.” The S.A.F…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Senator Ross is supporting a plan to create a forensic service drug laboratory oversight committee.
Thursday, January 17
Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) is joining his colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus to request that a forensic services drug laboratory oversight board be created within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. The board would be in place to oversee all state facilities that provide forensic services in criminal investigations. The legislation will be filed this week by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Assistant Minority Leader Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth), Minority Whip Richard Ross and Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield), the Ranking Republican on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This proposal comes as a result of the criminal investigation of Annie Dookhan, a chemist at the state lab in Jamaica …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Senator Richard Ross would like to make his constituents aware of three energy programs that provide fuel assistance, offered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) would like to inform his constituents of three energy programs that provide fuel assistance, offered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP) are currently available for eligible Massachusetts residents. “In Massachusetts, we are no strangers to cold winters,” said Senator Ross. “These programs provide vital assistance to families in need. It is my hope that they will ease the burden on so many during these difficult winter months.” LIHEAP, currently in its 35th year, provides assistance to …
Monday, November 26, 2012
On Sunday night, the Wrentham Common was lit up for the holiday season.
With a flip of the switch, the holiday lights were turned on at Wrentham Common last night as a packed crowd came together to enjoy the lights and classic Christmas music. With Selectmen Chair Joe Botaish acting as the master of ceremonies, the evening featured music, singing, and an appearance from Santa Clause himself. The lights were set up by the Wrentham Department of Public Works and the Sohoanno Garden Club were responsible with decorating the gazebo. State Senator Richard Ross kicked things off with a reading of the Night Before Christmas, followed by a performance from the King Philip Concert Band. Next, Selectman Charles Kennedy joined the Girl Scouts in signing Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells. With everyone ready to see the …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Wrentham state senator would like to remind his district to take the proper precautions after recent increases in the threat levels for the virus in the district.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) would like to urge his constituents, particularly those in Needham and Wellesley, to remain vigilant against mosquitoes. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), a fourth human case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in Massachusetts. As a result, DPH has raised the WNV threat level to “High” in Newton and to “Moderate” in Needham, Waltham, Wellesley and Weston. Health officials are also awaiting confirmation of six more probable human cases of WNV in Middlesex County, Hampden County and Essex County. “The threat of mosquito-borne illnesses continues to rise throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Ross. “It is imperative that we take all necessary precautions to prevent…
Friday, July 20, 2012
The bill both aims to ensure violent criminals stay behind bars while easing prison overcrowding by reducing drug-offense penalties. Both Rep. Winslow and Senator Ross voted for the bill.
A bill that toughens sentences for violent repeat-offenders passed the Senate yesterday after having been overwhelmingly in the House Wednesday evening. The so-called "three-strikes" law eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of one of 40 or so violent crimes, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. It passed the House with a vote of 139-14. In the Senate, it passed 31-7. In the House, Representative Dan Winslow who represents Wrentham voted for the bill as did State Senator Richard Ross. The movement to pass the law was fueled, in part, by outrage over two crimes. In one, Woburn police officer Jack Maguire was murdered by a felon. In the other crime more associated with the law, …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
State Sen. Richard Ross among those in favor of additional services for veterans.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The following is a release from State Sen. Richard Ross. Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) voted Thursday to pass “The Valor Act,” new legislation that will expand benefits and increase access to a range of services for veterans, active-duty military and their families. The legislation passed unanimously in the Senate. “I am pleased to see this important piece of legislation passed by the Senate,” said Senator Ross. “Our military personnel sacrifice so much to protect not only the citizens of the Commonwealth, but all citizens of the United States. It is our job as a legislature to return the favor, and provide them with these services to benefit themselves and their families.” The bill works on many fronts to help veterans and active …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Tropical Storm Irene, Snowtober prompted bill passage.
The Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill on Thursday looking to improve utility company response during emergencies. The effects of Tropical Storm Irene and the Snowtober snowstorm were cited as part of the rationale for the bill. Those storms left Wrentham without power for an extended period of time. According to a release from State Senator Richard Ross' (R-Wrentham) office, the bill requires utility companies to update customers twice daily on estimated power restoration times. The companies must also send personnel to communicate with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and designate a liason for each community. “I am thrilled that we are taking the steps necessary to remedy the poor emergency response plans exhibited by…