The Massachusetts Department of
Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the lane closures and roadway
configuration on Route 1 northbound in Chelsea will shift on Monday, August 19,
so that the center lane on this section of highway will be closed 24/7.
Both the right and left travel lanes will be
open during daytime hours, and only one travel lane will be open during
overnight hours. This configuration will be in place for the next three to four
months and is associated with the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves
The public should note that traffic heading
towards Chelsea on Route 1 northbound must be in the right lane to access the
Beacon Street off-ramp. After Beacon Street, the next opportunity to exit Route
1 northbound will be at Webster Avenue.
During the overnight hours, the right lane
and Beacon Street off-ramp will be closed to general traffic for brief periods.
During these temporary closures of the Beacon Street off-ramp, general traffic
headed to Chelsea will be directed to exit at Webster Avenue. MBTA buses will
not be impacted and will operate on their normal routes and schedules.
Additionally, Orange Street under Route 1 in
Chelsea will be closed from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. Signed
detours will direct drivers and pedestrians via Everett Avenue.
MassDOT is committed to reducing the
duration of impacts, and depending upon weather conditions, intends to maintain
the work zone and lane closures throughout the winter to allow crews to conduct
work operations. Information on a potential winter work zone and lane closures
will be provided when it is available.
Travelers are reminded of options such as
free fares in the inbound direction on the MBTA Silver Line 3 bus line offered
at the Chelsea, Bellingham Square, Box District, and Eastern Avenue stops for
the duration of construction. In addition, public transit customers will be
able to use a CharlieCard to travel between North Station and Chelsea on the
Commuter Rail. The MBTA is also running additional MBTA Blue Line trains to
increase capacity. These measures are all being funded by MassDOT Highway
Division project funds.
carrying out work on the Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Curves section of Route 1 at
the same time so that the most impactful work will be completed by 2021. If the
projects were done at separate times, drivers would be inconvenienced for
additional years. This work will eliminate the need for weight restrictions and
postings, and MassDOT will use accelerated construction techniques to shorten
the overall construction time.
Chelsea’s vibrant and welcoming community is
the reason my wife Sarah and I chose to buy our home here. We hope to have
children soon and can’t wait to send them to Chelsea Public Schools. I
recognize the incredible potential our community holds, and want to help all
our children achieve their goals and become part of the next generation of
leaders in our community and beyond. For that reason, I am announcing my
candidacy for Chelsea School Committee At-Large. As of this week, my signatures
have been certified and I am officially on the ballot for the 2019 municipal
election. I am excited to continue meeting Chelsea residents as I get ready to
become an advocate for our students!
After high school, I was fortunate to earn a
scholarship that allowed me to graduate college with little debt. I left my
island of Puerto Rico to attend the University of Michigan, and after getting
Bachelor’s degrees in business and informatics and a Master’s degree in higher
education, I moved to Massachusetts for work.
Today, as a
college admissions officer, I work hard to find students whose lives will be
transformed by a college education in the same way mine has been. I’m running
for Chelsea School Committee because I want more of our students to graduate
high school and obtain a college degree. I want our students to feel supported
from PreK to 12 and imagine broader possibilities for their future. I hope to
have your support with your vote on Nov. 5.
It’s amazing, 4 years have flown by. It’s
been a cathartic experience serving my community! We have accomplished many
important things in our little neck of the woods proudly named Soldiers Home or
I want to thank you for electing me to serve
our Chelsea Neighborhood, I want you to know that I do not take this Honor of
serving lightly as I realize that the seat belongs to You, the masses, and not
me and so I hope I have performed up to your standards and I do hope you elect
to allow me to serve for another term.
Together we have done many big and small
things that have improved our quality of life, things such as improving the
safety of our streets at night by improving the lighting. Our streets have
never looked brighter and that is fantastic, the safety of all of us is of
primary importance. The city steps, particularly the Washington Ave. to
Franklin Ave. side was hard to light up but we found a way to finally light that
up without disturbing the neighbors while providing maximum illumination and
Thanks to the great job performed by DPW, we
have kept on top of the damage created by snow and storms on our streets. We
have given senior citizens discounts on water, have increased the residential
exemption in an effort to further lower residential taxes and mitigated the
proposed increase of water to residents from almost 3 percent to 1 percent.
We negotiated favorably on behalf of our
residents with the DOT and on Summit ave
we are working on minimizing thedisturbanced cause by the building of the new
hospital. We are taking care of streets on Washington Ave and County Road, and
are embarking on more efforts to beautify our Soldiers Home like improved
Christmas and holiday ligting this season.
We also provided barrells both for trash and
recycle inan effort to curb the rodent problems in the city.
Thanks to the great work by all of the
boards and groups like the Chelsea Hill Community, we can see the ever
flourishing beauty that is Chelsea, come through more and more everyday! We
have beautified the city with trees, newer streets and newer sidewalks.
Improved the condition of our parks. Our city is the safest and our
transportation efforts are the best they have ever been.
All of this we have done together, with You,
our neighbors, hand in hand, at meetings
that have run through the night, along with a City Council that Cares and is
Commited to bringing the Best Services to our Communities. A City Manager that is commited to seeing
Chelsea grow and phenomenal people serving in the various boards doing their
best to make Chelsea the varied complex and
magnificent place it is to call Home.
It is an pleasure to have the Honor of
fighting alongside with you for the betterment of our Chelsea and my little slice of heaven our
beloved Soldiers Home!
Changes are in the air.
Did you know, that a long time ago, Chelsea
was , get this, a Vacation Destination, yes our own little Chelsea
Massachusetts was Elite. We do of course know, because it has been drilled into
our heads, the Chelsea that everyone called and wrote about as the Worst Crime
City in America or Poorest City in America.
Chelsea has a Mystery about Her! This
gorgeous city we call home has been up and down and over but never out, Its a
City I Adore and I am So Proud to call Home and my Area of Soldiers Home, the
Only Place for My Family.
We have all heard, its not a secret anymore,
Chelsea is the New It Place. Yup a place
where just 20 years ago our families rented 3 bedroom apartments for $450
everything included, is Now, Once Again, Elite!
They call it Gentrification!
The dictionary defines Gentrification as :
Gentrification is a process of changing the character of a neighborhood through
the influx of more affluent residents and businesses.
Chelsea is in need of Well Rooted, Caring,
Informed and Responsible Leadership. One who understand the struggles of the
lifelong residents of Chelsea and will work towards the efforts of helping
those residents remain here and welcome our new reality and our new neighbors
and make them feel at home just as we were made to feel at home when we first
came here, its the Chelsea Way!
There is a balance that the Council needs to
be able to strike and that is how to help our well-rooted families that have
been here for generations, remain here, it is a struggle that I have pledged to
help fight in an effort to alleviate some of the burden being placed by the
How do I help, I am on the Board of Capic, an amazing organization full of
wonderful people working to alleviate many of lives problems and particularly
Homelessness, Volunteering as an instructor at Chelsea Restoration doing first
time home buyer seminars in an effort to help people achieve a part of the American
dream and form Roots that call Chelsea their home.
Working alongside the City Manager on a
Master Plan which will set the direction the city is going to take for decades to come. This alone needs a
council that is knowledgeable with bold leadership that will help bring about a
brighter future for Chelsea as it moves into its new and ever changing face
while at the same time ensuring that the historical value and character remain
Chelsea matters to me , I have lived here
since my arrival from Colombia in 1977, Chelsea and particularly Soldiers Home
have been where my New American Roots began to take shape back in 1977 and they
never left. Don’t fret my friends, my family and I have maintained every little
bit of our heritage from back in Colombia and we enjoy our sancocho y chicharon
y pan debono en la manana con cafe.
I cannot function without my dunks in the
My roots are here in Chelsea Soldiers Home,
I have my village here, my two beautiful sons and daughter, nieces, nephews,
aunts, cousins, my beautiful mom Alda, two amazing sisters and many other
I love doing my part in protecting our home
and I am asking for your Vote to Re-Elect me to serve on your behalf in the
Council for our Great area District 2 Soldiers Home!
It has been an Honor serving the needs of
our area and know that I do not take Lightly the Responsibility of Representing
Our Interest and our Area.
I , Luis Tejada , ask for your vote so that
we can continue the fight for an ever improving, never settleling Chelsea and
Chelsea Soldiers Home District 2 .
Preliminary elections may happen on Sept.
14, with the countdown to narrow the running mates down to two and then its off
to the election in November.
Thank you in advance for participating in
the process and for taking the time to read this my message to you my dear
Boston University awarded academic degrees
to 6,902 students in May 2019.
Receiving degrees were Richard Jean
Baptiste, Master of Laws in Graduate Taxation; Jorge W. Baptista, Master of
Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences; Sara Beqo, Bachelor of Science
in Health Science, Cum Laude; Jhonatan Perea Piedrahita, Bachelor of Arts in
Biology, Spec. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics; Raymond
Novaes, Master of Science in Global Marketing Management; Ada G. Avila, Master
of Social Work in Social Work; Makieya M. Kamara, Master of Science in
Nonprofit Leadership; Mathew C. Renik, Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration in Business Administration and Management; Lindsay B. Zimnoch,
Master of Theological Studies in Biblical and Historical Studies.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an
internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.
Consisting of 16 schools and colleges,
BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering,
social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional
disciplines, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the
University’s research and teaching mission. With more than 33,000 students, BU
is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the
American Association of Universities (AAU), a nonprofit association of 62 of
North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.
Local Students Receive Bachelor’s Degrees from UMass Amherst
Approximately 5,500 students received
bachelor’s degrees in over 100 majors at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 10, 2019 at the McGuirk Alumni
Below is a list of students from your area
who earned a degree.
We were talking the other day with a young
man who has been a teacher at Chelsea High School for the past couple of years.
During our discussion, we were surprised to learn that he lives on the South
Shore (Hull) from where he commutes to Chelsea High every day by means of
He takes the MBTA commuter boat to Boston
and then walks to the nearby Blue Line, taking that to Airport Station. From
there, he gets on the new Silver Line 3, the dedicated-lane bus line that takes
him to Chelsea.
It seemed like quite an odyssey — and it
certainly is — but he said his total commuting time is about an hour each way,
which is less time than it would take him to drive it, not to mention far less
We were thinking about the Chelsea teacher’s
use of multiple modes of public transportation — sort of an alternative,
real-life version of the comedy classic movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
— in the context of the $18 billion proposal put forward last week by the
administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lieut. Gov. Karen Polito to improve
the transportation infrastructure in our state, with the stated goals of
improving our roads, bridges, and public transit systems.
We do not even remotely pretend to be
experts in the realm of transportation. However, what is clear is that the
Baker-Polito proposal, in terms of the level and scope of the proposed
investment, is (in Baker’s words), ‚Äúunprecedented and historic.”
We have no doubt that there will be many —
who actually are experts in the realm of transportation — who will weigh in
with various proposals of their own in addition to those that are contained in
the Baker-Polito bill.
We also have no doubt that the plans and
ideas that will be put forward by others will be considered carefully by the
governor and his staff. After five years
of the Baker-Polito administration, it has become clear that their type of
leadership is not of the “my way or the highway” (no pun intended) style. We
anticipate that the administration and the legislature will work together to
craft a bill that will improve the daily lives for all residents of the
For far too long, transportation issues have
been like that adage about the weather: Everybody talks about it, but nobody
does anything about it. In New York City for example, the sorry state of the
subways is at a critical point — and yet the mayor and governor cannot agree
on a way to fix it. In California, talk of a high-speed train from San
Francisco to Los Angeles appears to have reached a dead end (again, no pun
By contrast, the $18 billion proposal put
forward by the Baker-Polito administration last week represents a huge step
forward in fixing many of the problems that have come to light in recent years
in our state.
Investments in our transportation
infrastructure — especially in this era of low interest rates — will reap
huge dividends in the years ahead, more than offsetting the costs. We look
forward to the final transportation bill and to the day when Massachusetts will
be seen as a national leader in solving public transportation issues.
In their annual conference this month, the
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) announced that
Chelsea outgoing Supt. Mary Bourque would be working with them on legislative
issues at the State House.
The meeting, held in Mashpee, was also a time to highlight school leaders from across the state, and Bourque – who is a past president of MASS – was recognized for her career in Chelsea with the Daoulas Award. The association’s highest award is the Daoulas Award, and it is named after former Dracut Supt. Christos Daoulas.
Paul Andrews, MASS, and Eric Conti, Superintendent Burlington Public Schools, with Chelsea Supt. Mary Bourque
It was presented to her by Eric Conti, past
president and superintendent of the Burlington Public Schools.
“Mary is a fierce, fierce, and
tenacious supporter of her community and of the students of her community,”
Conti said. “She is an extreme collaborator, leader of the 5 District
Partnership and Urban Superintendents. She is a champion of students first
arriving in our country…the motto of Chelsea is, ‘We Welcome and We Educate.’”
She is one of only three women to ever win
Bourque, who is retiring at the end of this
year and will be taking on a mentor role Aug. 1 to the new superintendent, was
also announced as taking on a legislative position for MASS.
“I am humbled, and I am proud,” she said. “I
am proud of my family; I am proud of my community of Chelsea; I am proud of my
State – the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and I am proud to be a public school
Added Conti, “She will take the same
tenacity for her community and apply it to all our communities.”
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Sal
DiDomenico and his team are proud to announce that Christie Getto Young, chief
of staff to Sen. DiDomenico, is the 2019 recipient of the National Conference
of State Legislature (NCSL) Legislative Staff Achievement Award.
This national award is given annually by the
NCSL Leadership Staff Professional Association and was created to recognize an
individual who demonstrates excellence in support of the work of a state
legislature and strengthening of legislative institutions.
Getto Young is the first staff member from the Massachusetts Legislature to
ever receive this top national award, and she will be honored at the 2019
National Conference of State Legislature Summit in Nashville on August 4-5.
“Christie truly deserves this award, and I
am excited that others around the country will see what we already know in our
office and in the Senate – Christie is a leader who others look up and she is a
huge asset for the Legislature. Not only are we fortunate to have her as
our Chief of Staff, but the residents of my district and the Commonwealth are
the beneficiaries of her passion and dedication to serve,” said Sen.
DiDomenico. “We look forward to joining her in Nashville as she receives
this well-deserved recognition for being the best in her field. I am very
proud of Christie, and she is a friend, advisor, trusted colleague and partner
who I rely on and have had the honor of working with since our first days in
the Senate. Christie has an impressive record of accomplishments throughout
her career, and she has built strong relationships inside and outside the State
House. I am thrilled that she will be given this national Legislative
Staff Achievement Award because Christie is a kind and compassionate person who
is a fierce advocate for those who need our help the most. This is the
Christie Getto Young we all know, and I am pleased that others on the national
stage get to see this as well.”
For nearly a decade, Getto Young has been a
steadfast leader in the Massachusetts Senate and a key resource for legislative
staff, non-profit organizations, and advocates working to pursue policies that
support our Commonwealth’s children and families. Christie was nominated by
Sen. DiDomenico and her colleagues in light of her many accomplishments. From
writing legislation to protect human service workers, promoting education
equity, working to repeal devastating policy decisions made decades ago that
hurt vulnerable families, and spearheading a multi-year Senate initiative known
as Kids First to take a holistic approach to the way our Commonwealth supports
children and families Christie has helped contribute to the well-being of
hundreds of residents who will never know her face or name, but they can be
sure that there was someone advocating for them and making lives a little
better for themselves and their families.
“Everyone, from constituents to her Senate
colleagues to the children and families she has advocated for, has a reason to
be grateful that Christie has chosen to dedicate her life to public service,”
said Senate President Karen Spilka. “Christie’s combination of
professionalism and kindness make her a natural leader, and she has served as a
role model for many staff members in the Senate. On behalf of the entire
Massachusetts State Senate, I wish to congratulate Christie Getto Young for
this very well deserved award.”
In her nomination letter,
Christie’s Senate colleagues wrote “while Christie’s list of legislative
accomplishments are impressive her greatest career achievement is the
long-lasting impact and influence that she had on young staffers, especially
female staffers. Christie has not only inspired dozens of young people to
pursue careers in public policy, she has become a mentor to many in the
Christie Getto Young has
worked in the Massachusetts Legislature for a total of 11 years. Her career in
public service began working as a Research Analyst for the Massachusetts
Legislature’s Joint Committee on Human Services from 1993-1995. After pursuing
a career in the nonprofit sector, serving as Senior Director of Public Policy
at United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Christie returned to the Legislature in
2010 working for Massachusetts Sen. Sal DiDomenico, first as his Budget &
Policy Director and eventually becoming his Chief of Staff in 2013.
Getto Young has a Bachelor of
Arts in Psychology from Kenyon College in Ohio, Masters in Social Work from
Boston College, and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University in
year, several people lost fingers and suffered serious burns lighting off
illegal fireworks in Massachusetts,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J.
Ostroskey. “Thirty-four firefighters were injured when an errant firework
ignited a six-family building. Have a fun but safe Fourth of July and leave the
fireworks to the professionals,” he added.
of July No Holiday for Firefighters
Fire Chief Dennis Condon, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of
Massachusetts, said, “The Fourth of July holiday is a busy time for
firefighters. We are supervising the professional displays so that they are
safe for spectators and licensed operators; we are busy responding to all types
of fires and medical emergencies. In fact, the week of July Fourth is one of
the busiest times of the year for fires.”
Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This year, set a good example for your
children. Just as children know where you keep the matches and lighters, they
know where you stash your illegal fireworks.” He added, “Children imitate
adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very
dangerous fireworks are.”
Cause Many Dangerous Fires
summer, there were many fires, amputations and burn injuries from illegal
fireworks in Massachusetts. In the past decade (2009-2018), there have been 800
major fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks in Massachusetts.
These incidents resulted in 12 civilian injuries, 39 fire service injuries and
an estimated dollar loss of $2.5 million.
June 25, 2018, people shooting fireworks in the street started a fire in a
six-unit Lynn apartment building. One ricocheted to the second floor porch and
ignited several items. The fire spread to the rest of the second floor and to
the third. Thirty-four firefighters were injured at this fire.
July 2, 2018, the Worcester Fire Department was called to a fire in a
three-unit apartment building. The fire was started by fireworks igniting trash
in a first floor doorway.
July 3, 2018, Dartmouth District #1 responded to a pier fire at Anthony’s
Beach. Crews discovered remains of many fireworks on and around the pier after
the fire was extinguished.
July 4, 2018, the Agawam Fire Department responded to a brush fire started by
three juveniles who were using illegal fireworks.
July 5, 2018, the Lynn Fire Department put out a car fire started by fireworks.
past decade (2009-2018), 38 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency
rooms for severe burn injuries from fireworks (burns covering 5 percent of more
of the body) according to the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System
(M-BIRS). Fifty-five percent of the victims were under age 25. Eighteen percent
(18 percent) were between the ages of 15 and 24; 8 percent were between the
ages of 10 and 14; 18 percent were between five and nine; and 11 percent were
children under five. The youngest victim was a six-month old boy. These victims
are scarred for life. In the past year:
22-year-old man was seriously injured when roman candles were set off inside an
22-year-old was injured in Gloucester playing with sparklers.
10-year-old boy was injured by illegal fireworks at a Marshfield beach on July
3, 2018. He was an innocent by-stander.
man lost part of his hand when a firework he was holding exploded. The
explosion occurred in a Mansfield MBTA parking lot.
Tewksbury Fire Department provided emergency medical care to a man who lost a
part of every finger on his right hand when a firework he was holding exploded.
25-year-old Brockton man suffered injuries to his left hand when a “cherry
22-year-old Kingston man suffered injuries to his hands, face and stomach from
Fireworks Are Illegal in Massachusetts
possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in
Massachusetts. This includes Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely
called “safe and sane” fireworks. Class C fireworks include sparklers, party
poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Sparklers
burn at 1,800ºF or higher. It is illegal to transport fireworks into
Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. Illegal fireworks
can be confiscated on the spot.
For more information on
the dangers of fireworks, go to the Department of Fire Services webpage Leave
the Fireworks to the Professionals.
The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home has been awarded
$100 million from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to replace
its long term care facility. The grant will reimburse the Commonwealth of up to
65% of construction costs for the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home. The Baker-Polito
Administration has secured the funds to rebuild the facility.
“Today marks another milestone for the
redevelopment of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
“It is our duty to care for those who stood up and served this nation, and our obligation
to ensure that their sacrifices are not forgotten. This funding allows us to
move forward in that commitment.”
“Receiving this grant demonstrates
Massachusetts’ strong relationship with veteran organizations on both the state
and federal level,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This award helps
the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home continue its efforts in providing care to our
veterans with honor, dignity and respect.”
Governor Baker announced plans for the new long term care
Community Living Center (CLC) in May of 2017 and a
groundbreaking was celebrated in October of 2018. During the construction,
the facility will remain fully operational. The new facility will have 154
private rooms to care for veterans. The project is anticipated to be completed
“We appreciate the financial commitment and
collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Health
and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “We are building a state of
the art facility that will care for our nation’s heroes.”
“Massachusetts continues to lead the nation
in its care for Veterans. The VA’s grant helps us continue to care for our
elder population of Veterans throughout the Commonwealth,” said Department
of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco Ureña. “We’re looking forward to the
great things to come for the campus and its members.”
The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea first
opened its doors to Massachusetts veterans in 1882 and offers Residential and
Long Term Care programs to eligible Veterans in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The campus offers Independent Living and Long Term Care services; serving
approximately 300 Massachusetts Veterans daily. The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea
operates with a staff of 310 employees, whose mission is to provide the highest
quality of personal health care services to Massachusetts Veterans with Honor,
Dignity, and Respect. Chelsea is surveyed annually by the Federal
Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (“CMS”). It is also fully accredited by The Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
We have been remiss for not having offered
our congratulations to Chelsea native Brian Sullivan upon his recent
appointment by Gov. Charlie Baker, and subsequent confirmation by the
Governor’s Council, to the position of Clerk-Magistrate of the Lynn District
Brian’s ascension to the clerk-magistrate’s
position culminates a long career in the court system that began as a Probation
Officer in the Chelsea District Court in 1986. He became an assistant
clerk-magistrate in that court and then the Salem District Court before being
named the Acting Clerk Magistrate of the Cambridge District Court prior to his
appointment to the Lynn District Court.
Brian is a Chelsea guy through-and-through.
His dad, the late Vincent Sullivan, who was the long-time Assistant Commandant
of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, and his mom, Eleanor, raised their four children
in the Mill Hill section of the city, where they were one of the most-respected
families in Chelsea.
Brian attended St. Rose grammar school
before going on to Malden Catholic and Northeastern University. He was a member
of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus and was well-known as a member of the K of
C’s softball team in the heyday of the Chelsea Modified Fast Pitch Softball
League when that league drew huge crowds to Highland Park in the early 1980s.
Brian married the former Paula Hansbury, who
also is a Chelsea native and well-known Chelsea High grad, and they have raised
their family in Swampscott.
If we were writing this column in another
era, it might have been titled, “Local boy makes good.” We know we speak for all of those who have
been friends and acquaintances of Brian Sullivan and his family through the
years in offering our congratulations to Brian upon his appointment and in
wishing him continued success in his outstanding career in the Massachusetts