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DHS Girls Basketball advances in state tournament as entire roster contributes

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The Marauders advanced with a 60-34 conquest of host Boston English on Tuesday afternoon in the initial round of the Division 3 South sectional of the MIAA state tournament, as their offense generally flowed smoothly and their defense provided many steals.
A trio of senior captains led by example for the visitors, as Emily Hill (team-high 13 points) keyed a potent full court press that resulted in numerous buckets, Renee Gassler (7 pts.) sank several jumpers from the perimeter and Ellen Masalsky (10 pts.) made her presence felt in the paint.
English, whose entrance proclaims its status as “America’s Oldest Public High School,” played hard the whole way. But the Marauders proved too much for the host ‘Blue and Blue’ to handle, as the visitors grabbed an early 5-0 advantage and never trailed.
The shiretowners showed balance throughout the starting lineup of the three captains plus juniors Brianna Dozier (5 pts.) and Libby Masalsky (6 pts.). In the first quarter each starter scored, such as on a trey by Gassler from Libby Masalsky, a lay-up by Dozier after she made a steal at mid-court, a reverse lay-up by the senior Masalsky, a runner in traffic by Hill and a free throw by the junior Masalsky. 
Reserves Jennifer Wadman (6 pts.), Brittany Castro (8 pts.) and Meghan McFarland (2 steals) also provided a notable spark in the opening frame. The quarter ended at 19-7 after Libby Masalsky retrieved an offensive board and scored just before the buzzer. 
The second quarter played out in similar fashion, as the Marauders’ swarming press set the pace. Hill hit a floater with an assist to Dozier, Gassler made a steal, Alison Sullivan (2 pts.) blocked two shots within a brief span and Wadman swished a trey from Ellen Masalsky. The margin at intermission stood at 14 at 30-16 as the Marauders continued to play stingy defense. 
In the second half Dedham’s bench once more supplemented the efforts of the starters. Gassler connected in the low post from Ellen Masalsky to make it 36-19, then Hill grabbed an offensive carom, was fouled on the put-back try and scored both free throws. Castro nailed a three, then Wadman hit a trifecta of her own from Sullivan to make it a 48-23 contest. Down the stretch, various contributions from Hannah Ryan (2 steals) and Juliette Alger (3 pts.) showed the Marauders’ depth, as all 11 athletes on the roster chipped in.
Senior co-captain Renee Gassler made brief comments afterward, suggesting the nature of the postseason. “It was a tournament game, so it was really important for us to win,” she said. Head Coach Don Savi praised the team for its performance, noting the school vacation week when the Marauders played no games. “It was a good win, we were a little rusty,” he said.
Dedham’s second round opponent was Abington, the bracket’s top seed entering at 21-1. The Marauders were slated to travel to the Green Wave yesterday evening after The Dedham Times went to press. For further updates, please visit

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February 28, 2013 at 5:03 am

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Board of Selectmen: Union members express concerns over Shields construction

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At the Selectmen’s meeting on February 14, several local union members and leaders of the construction trades stated their dissatisfaction with Shields, the builder of a new medical facility on Allied Drive they claim is using out-of-state labor.
Brian Brousseau, Business Agent President of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers of New England, spoke representing the members of that organization who are Dedham residents concerning the construction of a facility on Allied Drive that will host magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. “Originally we were in discussions with Shields to have local contractors have a fair opportunity to bid to get that job” he said. “That’s not what took place. What took place was any contractors of ours that did have an opportunity to bid that job – and we have a lot in this area, as a matter of fact two of my contractors reside in the town of Dedham – did not even get an opportunity to bid the job. Then a lot of the contracts on that job, mine did go to an in-state contractor, albeit an open-shop contractor who we’re well acquainted with and doesn’t even provide health insurance to their workers, and they’re over there doing the roof when we have workers from this area that are unemployed.”
He added that numerous town councils and mayors around the Commonwealth have taken steps to mitigate concerns in the building permit process to ensure a certain portion of local construction projects are reserved for local workers to create an even playing field on bidding. “That’s not what took place at Shields,” he said. “You’ve got contractors from Rhode Island up there, from New Hampshire up there building this thing, and there are actually people from the town of Dedham that are out of work. It doesn’t seem fair, it doesn’t seem equitable and it doesn’t seem like it’s a good policy for the town of Dedham or for the members that I represent.” 
Board Chairman Carmen DelloIacono replied to Brousseau’s request for consideration. “It’s been tried three times at Town Meeting for responsible language,” he said. “I sponsored the last failed attempt myself, with support. It’s something that has to be put out there, and then an education has to be done with it. It was worded by counsel solely for Dedham residents so they stay employed.” After DelloIacono asked if any of the bidding that went out used a technique known as market recovery, Brousseau said that method had been tried unsuccessfully. “It was a ruse from the beginning. They were never going to build it with us.” He said a similar situation occurred at Legacy Place. “The roofer over there went to prison for wage fraud.”
Neal Kelleher of Oakdale Avenue in Dedham spoke next, expressing similar concerns. “We have members in Dedham that are out of work, have been out of work for quite a few years and would have loved to work right in their own hometown. When they go to work, when they have jobs they spend money in this town. They go to Legacy Place, they go to the restaurants. They spend money here in this town where they live. They put their kids to school in this town where they live. It’s a shame that they didn’t have the opportunity to go to work here on this project. As a sheet-metal worker I know that we kicked in market recovery. I was kind of shocked that you even brought it up, as a selectman,” he said.
“I know the sheet-metal workers did, and I know all the other trades did. The reason why we have to is because we have collective bargaining where we provide for every hourly worker, we buy our own Blue Cross Blue Shield. So when we go to Shields we put a card on the table and we pay our own way. We don’t look for taxpayers to pay for our insurance. We work hard to earn our benefits, and that’s why they say we’re overpriced. But when we go to a hospital or whatever we do, we have our Blue Cross Blue Shield – we earn the right to put that card down and pay our own way. Then when we go bid a job they say you make too much money, and then they bring in people from out of state to take the work right from underneath us.”
Kevin Stuart of Dedham, a member of the Local 33 Roofers Union, was next to address the board. “Fifteen years ago I bought a house in Dedham. My original plan was to just buy the house, fix it up… and resell it. But I fell in love with the town of Dedham. Both my kids were young. I was non-union at the time. Since then I have joined the union. I struggled then, I still struggle today. But at least my kids have insurance. When I get raises, I see no money in my pocket. I don’t get a raise, it has to go towards insurance. But my life is so much better. To be giving jobs out – I would love to work in my own town.”
Selectman Jim MacDonald offered his view on the matter. “The first I was aware this was an issue was when I started getting letters. Other than that, I heard from nobody that there was any issue. By the time you get a letter, it’s probably too late,” he said. “I’m a union member… We try to educate people. I think, as Carmen mentioned, we did three times try to get it through Town Meeting.” He urged the union members to get more involved in public discourse, such as running for Town Meeting seats. “That piece of legislation, you can’t do it alone. We even tweaked it to take out because people don’t want unions, they were afraid of the word union, so we made it Dedham residents and even then it couldn’t pass. So if we do it again, we need a commitment from you, as the business agent, that your members will stand up and agree to it.” He added that the Planning Board is the body that has more control over the parameters of new projects.
Selectman Sarah MacDonald noted the timing of the appearance by the union members was not conducive to action by the board. “This is a board that is willing to be supportive, just right now it’s too late for us to do anything on this project.”
Rick Reissfelder, a lifelong resident of the town and a member of Local 4, then asked a question and followed by saying he had worked for two and a half years helping to build NewBridge on the Charles. “Was there any percentage of Dedham residents to work on this particular job like there was at the Hebrew Senior Life and Legacy Place?” After DelloIacono said the board had no records about that from the Planning Board, Reissfelder continued. “I’ve been off since November. Knowing that job was going on, that would have provided for my family.” DelloIacono replied, “That paperwork can be obtained through the Planning Board office, to find out exactly what was put in motion, if anything… It’s not too late to start moving forward for other jobs.” In other matters, the board heard a presentation by Engineering Director Jason Mammone about pavement improvements for Fiscal Years 2014-2016. Mammone said the town’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is projected to reach a high of 84 in the third year of that plan, as compared to a statewide average range of 78-82. “We’re moving in the right direction,” he said. The selectmen voted unanimously to endorse the proposal.
The board then addressed the Snow & Ice Deficit. The selectmen thanked Department of Public Works Director Joe Flanagan for excellent work by him and those he oversees during the recent blizzard. Selectman Paul Reynolds said, “The volume of snow you had to deal with was problematic. Within 48 hours it was amazing what was done. We’re thankful.” A motion to add $200,000 to the town’s Snow & Ice budget passed unanimously.
Next attorney Peter Zahka and his client Giorgio Petruzziello appeared to propose easements for Gibson Avenue. After Zahka explained that he and his client had coordinated with the DPW Director and would be glad to approach abutters to discuss the situation, the board approved the plan 5-0.
Town Clerk Paul Munchbach then made a presentation about the possibility of rescheduling the Dedham municipal election originally set for Saturday, April 13 so that it would coincide with the April 30 primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the promotion of John Kerry to Secretary of State. Munchbach noted the Legislature approved cities and towns shifting their local elections to the same day as a state primary as long as they were originally within 30 days of each other. He said 14 towns have already joined the two electoins.
But he concurred with Selectman Sarah MacDonald, who said she was most concerned about the number of people required to staff a double election on the same day. Munchbach said he did not envision substantial savings by joining the elections such as occurred last on January 19, 2010 when a debt exclusion for the Avery School and the Dedham High School athletic complex were combined with the Scott Brown – Martha Coakley special election for U.S. Senate. Munchbach recommended the town keep its local election on April 13 and the Senate primary seventeen days later. The board accepted that proposal by a 3-0 vote, with Selectmen DelloIacono and Mike Butler abstaining since they will appear on the town ballot this year.
Moreover Munchbach recommended Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. as the date and time of the Special Town Meeting to consider a senior center proposal for Endicott Estate. He said although that date fell outside the 45 day window after the Selectmen officially called the Special, Town Counsel had advised him that that figure is merely a guide for selectmen and not an absolute limit. He said other dates would not work, such as March 25 which is part of Passover. 

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February 22, 2013 at 3:24 am

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DHS Wrestling: Heaslip and Reyes earn state titles

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Seven Marauders place at Wayland tournament as squad demonstrates depth    

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This past week the Marauders represented their school admirably in postseason mat action. They placed seven athletes within the top six of their respective weight classes at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 Central Sectionals, held at Wayland High School on Saturday, and three of those competitors qualified for the Division 3 State Meet on Tuesday and Wednesday at Wakefield. Last weekend two DHS wrestlers – senior captain Stevie Heaslip and freshman Eric Reyes – each conquered his weight class and earned an additional rare distinction, then on Tuesday and Wednesday captured their respective Division 3 state crowns. 
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The collective performance underscored the progress the entire youth wrestling program in this town has made over many years, and reflected as well the results of the training guided by first-year DHS Head Coach Steve Jordan and Assistant Coaches Luke Sayers and Wayne Sayers. 
In the 15 team field on Saturday featuring Dedham as well as the host Wayland Warriors and 13 other squads, the Marauders acquitted themselves quite capably. They entered athletes in twelve of the fourteen weight classes, and those who did not place also showed their mettle at the daylong competition. When it was all said and done, the Marauders had gained sixth place as a team.
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At 170 lbs., senior captain Stevie Heaslip left nothing to chance on his way to a sectional title, winning each of his matches by fall. The top seed by virtue of a strong regular season performance, Heaslip defeated #8 seed Jerry Morel of Tri-County with a second round pin courtesy of a wrist ride, then used a cradle to end his bout against #5 Adrian Shelton of Josiah Quincy in short order in the semifinals.
In the finals against Alex Mitchell of Holliston, Heaslip fought off a single leg attempt in the first period, which was scoreless. He chose the down position to start the second period and escaped to go ahead 1-0. He then used a whizzer to defend against another single leg attempt, before setting up a double leg takedown of his own with several taps to Mitchell’s head, taking a 3-0 advantage. The Holliston athlete selected the bottom position to open the third. The DHS captain employed a leg ride to make sure his opponent did not elude him, then caught him on his back at 4:42 to claim the championship. For his efforts on the day, Heaslip earned recognition for most pins among all the participants.
In the mid-week tournament at Wakefield, at which only the top four placers from the four sectional tournaments in the state qualified, Heaslip again held sway. He powered his way to the semifinals, at which stage he beat junior Jake Foss of Hingham, the South sectional champ, 12-7. In the finals he faced West sectional champion Frankie Weir of Hampshire. The Dedham captain was down two points with a minute left but maneuvered for a hip toss with six seconds left to emerge victorious, 9-6.
At Wayland the Marauders’ entry at 126 pounds, freshman Eric Reyes, put on a display of power, technique and quickness that caught his foes like a whirlwind. The only athlete younger than a junior to earn the top seed in his weight, Reyes triumphed over eighth seeded Tyler Smith of Norton courtesy of a second period roll from the down position immediately off the whistle into a cradle that proved impossible to break at 2:21. In the semifinals facing #4 seed Daniel d’Amico of Watertown, the DHS freshman relied on a dobule-leg, leg ride, cross face, and single-leg to help amass a 5-1 lead, before taking his foe down directly into a successful pinning combination.
He squared off against #2 seed Vinny Bonina of Holliston in the finals. A headlock gave the top seed the early advantage, then Reyes elected to let his opponent out before the whistle restarted action, making it 2-1. Another takedown and escape repeated the pattern. With the first period clock winding under 10 seconds and the wrestlers in the neutral position, Reyes executed a head-and-arm throw that wowed the crowd and led to two near-fall points to make the score 8-2. In the second period the Dedham athlete used an unusual leg takedown to go up 10-3, and continued to expose Bonina’s back to the mat. In the final two minutes, Reyes applied a front headlock from the neutral position and used that hold for leverage to gain another takedown and ride out the duration of the period for a thorough 15-3 conquest. After the conclusion of all the day’s wrestling, the Marauder freshman was voted the tournament’s single most Outstanding Wrestler by a tally of the head coaches present.
At Wakefield, Reyes was in fine form once more. He catapulted himself into the semifinals where he squared off against John Boyle of Triton, the third place finisher in the North sectional, and prevailed, 6-0. In the finals Reyes encountered Jake Powell of Marblehead/Swampscott, the North champion. Reyes took command and outlasted his foe 9-5.

Stevie’s younger brother, sophomore Declan Heaslip, had an adventurous day at Wayland as the third seed at 138. In his first match he throttled #6 Brett Pike of Norton by fall at 3:33, advancing to the semifinals against #2 Bob Evans of Holliston. After trailing 0-2 on a takedown,  Heaslip rallied by defending against a leg ride well, then tied the score on a reversal. But Evans scored a takedown in the second period and held on for a 5-4 victory. The younger Heaslip stormed back in the consolation bracket, edging #8 seed Joseph Gonzalez of Josiah Quincy 6-4 on a sprawl and spin with under five seconds remaining in the match, then conquering fourth seed Jesse Goddard of Wayland by fall at 3:41 of the third place bout. At the States, Declan would go on to finish eighth in a series of close matches.
Senior Hadi Ghantous, the fourth seed at 132, was one of four Marauders taking sixth place on the day. He pinned Xavier Parker of Randolph at 1:12 of the first period in his opening match, then was edged by #5 seed sophomore Charlie Tillet of Wayland in the quarterfinals 3-1 on a single leg in the waning seconds of the first sudden victory period. In the consolations Ghantous pinned Tri-County freshman Danny Elliot in 2:01 and defeated #7 sophomore Joe Thibault of Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, before being outlasted by #3 senior Andrew Doob of Watertown 8-3 and by #6 junior Andrew Gabrielle of Bellingham 11-7.
At 113, unseeded Marauder freshman Jason Sulinski lost to #6 seed Devon Schuko of Norton in the first round, but responded in the consolations with a headlock to a fall against freshman Ritchie Elgar of Tri-County and a 5-3 decision over sophomore Dave Martinelli of Bellingham before succumbing by pin to #2 seed Alex Roy of Tyngsboro in the consolation semis and to Schuko again, this time via cradle, in the second period of the fifth-sixth place match.
Also earning sixth were two wrestlers in the upper weights. Junior Ricky Bruneau, seeded seventh at 285 lb., was conquered by eventual champion Stephen Hudson of Norton by fall at 0:45 in the quarterfinals. Bruneau rebounded with a come-from-behind victory over Jared Thompson of Wayland, capped off by a double leg takedown with under 30 seconds remaining for a 7-6 triumph. The Dedham athlete was beaten by fall by fifth seed junior Corey Crowley of Josiah Quincy at 2:34, then fell to #8 seeded junior John Richard of Watertown at 1:50.
Freshman Matt Dunn, seeded #6 at 195, was defeated by third seeded senior Matt Devlin of Wayland in the quarterfinals by fall at 5:01. But the Dedham athlete responded with a third period pin via half-Nelson against junior Josh Cobb of Bristol-Plymouth/Coyle & Cassidy. In his next match Dunn lost a 4-0 decision to fifth seeded sophomore Darius Hale of Josiah Quincy, then was pinned on a Peterson roll by #8 sophomore Damian McFetridge of Northbridge at 2:09.
In addition, 160 pound sophomore Andrew Maher conquered #8 seed Jon Roy of Northbridge by fall at 2:47 via a bar arm combination, before falling to his next two foes. Other Marauders who competed hard included 120 pound sophomore Jael Rivera, 152 pound junior Ryan Uhrmann, junior John Cahoon at 182 who could not continue his second match due to a dislocated knee, and John’s brother freshman Matt Cahoon at 220.   

Head Coach Steve Jordan praised the entire squad after the Sectionals. “We wrestled well today. All the kids have gotten better since we started the season. It’s great to see the title for Stevie. It’s been a long time coming for him. We’re going to see more great things from Eric in the future. And Declan had a good day.”

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February 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

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Girl Scout Troop helps publicize blood drive

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 The American Red Cross (ARC) regional center on
Rustcraft Road in Dedham was the site of a daylong
blood drive Thursday as part of a drive across New
England organized by New England Cable News and
sponsored by numerous businesses.

Donna Morrissey, spokesperson for the Northeast  Division of the ARC, discussed how grateful the
organization was to all who donated blood yesterday.
She gave particular praise to Matt Noyes, chief
meteorologist for NECN, for his vital role not only
in publicizing the event on the network but for
donating blood himself. Donors arrived at the center
here in town from as far away as Chatham to make a
difference. Theresa Jolley of Milton gave blood
while holding the hand of her 4 1/2 year old
daughter, Emma. A man from Brookline, Ted Kiniry,
said he was donating not only to help the blood
supply for those in need but also to alleviate his
own medical condition. Each donor received a variety
of gifts as thanks, such as an ARC t-shirt and a
voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.
Among the Dedham residents who donated blood at the
event were Patricia and John Banik of Elmwood
Avenue, who are the proud grandparents of four
students at Oakdale School as well as of two
youngsters in Sherborn.

Shown here are Girl Scout Cadets Troop 74589 Leader
Beth Lewman, the American Red Cross mascot, and
Beth’s daughter Jacque, age 12, who arrived at the
site shortly before noon after being dismissed from
a half day at Dedham Middle School. Jacque is a
seventh grader there and is striving to attain the
Silver Award designation in scouting. The troop
agreed to help publicize the event on Facebook, in
exchange for the opportunity to sell Girl Scout
Cookies in the Recovery Room, where donors went to
refuel with plentiful refreshments. Beth Lewman
explained her motivation for participating by
noting, “In our family it has always been a big
tradition to donate blood.”

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February 2, 2013 at 7:02 am

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Stephen Lynch’s kickoff speech for Senate bid

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[Editor’s Note: Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, Democrat from the Eighth District of Massachusetts, kicked off his bid for US Senate on Thursday afternoon in a speech at the Ironworkers Local 7 hall in South Boston. His campaign released the following prepared remarks shortly before 4 p.m., demanding the media embargo the text until 4:15 that day.]

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Good afternoon everyone. 


Thank you Reverend Mark Craigwell of the Church of Christ in Roxbury.


Believe it or not, years ago Reverend Craigwell and I worked together as brother Ironworkers. Now he works to build bridges to a different place. Thank you for your Blessing.


Thanks as well to all my brothers and sisters in the labor movement.  There are 26 separate unions here today – I am proud to have your support


My thanks to our hosts today, Business Manager Paul Lynch and Jay Hurley of the Ironworkers. And special thanks to Colleen Glynn and the members of IATSE Local 11 Stagehands for setting up the stage and sound system.


Thank you all for standing with me as we take this giant step.


I am blessed to have a wonderful wife and family – my wife Margaret is here, my Daughter Victoria – my five sisters Donna, Nancy Sheila, Karen and Linda – my mother-in-law Helen – and also Margaret and I have at least a dozen nieces and nephews here.


And I am doubly blessed to have both my parents here today – in the neighborhood they are known as “Mom and Pop Lynch” – we obviously stayed up late thinking of those nicknames. My dad is 90 years old and a WWII Army Veteran. He served in North Africa and in Italy.


My mom worked for 30 years as a member of the American Postal Workers Union.


And so, with all my friends and family, with my closest friends and colleagues in public service…surrounded by my brothers and sisters in labor… and my neighbors and supporters from around this great Commonwealth – I humbly offer and announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination to the United States Senate.


I chose to announce my candidacy from this hall for a number of reasons.


First of all, we are just a short distance from the Old Colony Housing Projects where my mom and dad and my five sisters lived for 15 years.


And we are here at Local 7- my dad’s local.  I remember my earliest goal growing up – all I ever wanted to be was to be an Ironworker.


To follow my dad. To join this Union.


But it wasn’t a straight or a smooth path. I remember working the night shift as a welder at the Quincy Shipyard.


The Company had massive layoffs because of foreign competition and I found myself in the unemployment line…


I worked for a while at the General Motors Plant in Framingham, but GM made a decision to close three plants in the US and open up three plants in Mexico.


Through it all – Local 7 remained my home. The Union provided the training and education that I needed to succeed.


So along the way to becoming a member of congress, I learned a few things that have changed the way that I look at the world.


I learned that affordable housing wasn’t just a government program: it was my home.  And not just my home, but home for a lot of other families that might be struggling.


I learned that sometimes no matter how hard you work, or how hard you try, sometimes there are forces in our global economy that throw workers out of work and place families in a tough spot.


I know what it’s like to stand in an unemployment line. It’s something you never forget. That feeling of insecurity- especially if you have a family relying on you and the bills are starting to pile up – You wonder if that next job will ever come.


And I learned that in severe economic downturns – that sometimes the only force that can correct that inequity, or give people a chance to lift themselves out of difficulty, or provide some temporary relief, is the government.


And during those difficult times, when only government can be the equalizer, elected leaders have the duty to act, and must meet that responsibility to act.


I also learned that misguided trade policies can create incentives for corporations to move jobs overseas in order to exploit low wage workers and lax environmental and regulatory safeguards. I learned that it’s not just a trade agreement – It is someone’s job, it was my job.


Along the way, as I look back, I also learned that education is the key. It propelled every forward step I have taken – from the Old Colony Housing Projects to the Halls of Congress.


And if America is to reach our fullest potential for every child, – regardless of race or background- then we must help president Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan and Governor Patrick restore the future of our public education system as an urgent national AND state priority.


And I guess you might also say that along he way I learned why I am a Democrat.


Because when I look all the way back down that road – to a time when I was just a young boy living in the projects, with five sisters bossing me around- and I retrace my steps, it has been the Democratic Party that has sustained the ideals that made that journey possible.


So now we are about to embark on this campaign. And there is one criticism about my candidacy that I heard that bothered me at first. 


I heard it said that I would not fit in as a member of the US Senate. “There is no one like him there,” they said.


But after I thought about it, I had to agree.


Because it’s true. I will not fit in. but neither would you. And I think that can be a good thing.


Because when we win we will send a message.


That message will be that we the people of Massachusetts are capable of making our own choice of who will represent us in the US Senate. 


We won’t win this race because of money, or endorsements or backroom deals to clear the field. We will win by earning the support of the good people of this state the way it should be won: By courage, by honesty and by hard work.


When we win it will be on the bread and butter issues that matter to working families and that are the foundation of the Democratic Party. This is not only a winning strategy – more than that – It is the right thing to fight for.


This fight is not about political philosophy; this fight is about families, it is about preserving a future for our children and grandchildren.


I do believe, because of our shared experience, that I can best carry your concerns, your hopes and highest expectations, to the US Senate.


And in closing, I will make one promise. That no matter how humble your beginnings, no matter how mightily you have struggled, and no matter the challenges that lie ahead, I will promise that when I go to the united states senate, you will go to the United States Senate with me.


Thank you.


God bless you all.

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February 2, 2013 at 6:53 am

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Joshua Blaney sworn in as town’s newest firefighter

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In a brief ceremony at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last Thursday evening, Joshua Blaney was sworn in as a member of the Dedham Fire Department. Town Clerk Paul Munchbach administered the oath of duty, then each of the selectmen congratulated and welcomed Blaney to the Department.
Acting Fire Chief William Spillane outlined Blaney’s background. “He spent the best part of the last eight years as a police officer for the town,” he said. “He’s following in his father’s footsteps. Sheldon just retired after 33 years of service last July. I was fortunate enough to work with him for a good amount of those years. He’s a great guy to have on. Josh’s brother Jared has been on the Department about six years. Josh recently graduated from the Mass. Fire Academy.” Chief Spillane noted the new member of Dedham Fire earned an overall academic performance of 93% during training. He also said of Dedham’s police chief, “Lastly, I’d like to thank Chief d’Entremont for letting Josh pursue his career change. I know it’s very tough for Mike to let such a fine young officer leave, but his loss is my gain. I’m very fortunate and happy to have Josh on board, and I hope he has a long and healthy career.”
Shown here in the O’Brien Meeting Room at Town Hall is Joshua’s father pinning the badge marking membership in the Department on his son’s uniform. In background are Joshua’s wife Joanna, and their sons Connor (in red jacket) and Alex (seated). Chief Spillane explained that it is traditional for new firefighters to receive their formal insignia from close relatives if those individuals have been firefighters themselves.

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February 2, 2013 at 6:44 am

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