Archive for May, 2009

Governor Patrick will Host Meeting in Arlington

May 26, 2009

Representative Garballey will welcome Governor Patrick to Arlington on June 22nd when he stops as part of his Summer Town Hall Meeting Tour across the commonwealth.  We hope you can come out to join in the conversation.  Through these difficult times, both Sean and the governor know that accessible and open communication between elected officials and citizens is critical.  The meetings are part of Governor Patrick’s efforts to make state government accessible for all people in the Commonwealth. The Governor will host 15 town hall meetings this summer and he encourages all to come and share in the discussion.                        

The town hall-style meetings are open to the public, giving residents a chance to talk directly to Governor Patrick about issues they care about most, including the economy, the state’s budget challenges, and the Governor’s efforts to push for reforms on Beacon Hill. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/governor/townhall.

Please come to the Arlington meeting at Robbins Farm Park (51 Eastern Ave) on Monday, June 22 at 7pm.

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Traffic Tools for Memorial Day Weekend

May 20, 2009

I wanted to share a bit of information with those of you planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend.  Today, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority unveiled new online customer service features to make it easier for drivers to track traffic conditions on the MassPike.  This year motorists will be able to track traffic hotspots at I-84, I-495, Weston and Allston tolls via an improved interactive Google Maps Traffic Cameras web page and a real-time traffic Conditions web page, all accessible from www.masspike.com.

The interactive Google Maps Traffic Cameras page monitors real-time, live traffic conditions in Boston and now has been improved to include the addition of five cameras from Allston to I-84, including the Exit 9 hotspot in Sturbridge.  In addition, the Roads Conditions page will report up-to-date traffic conditions in these new locations.  Because existing equipment and infrastructure was used and the web site modifications were made by Turnpike staff, the online features unveiled today were developed at no additional cost to the Turnpike.

Please remember to drive safe and note that historically, the heaviest Memorial Day weekend traffic occurs Thursday, Friday and Monday afternoons and early evenings.  Hope these traffic tools come just in time for the weekend and don’t forget to have a great time once you reach your destination!

Sean receives perfect score on Mass Audubon Report Card

May 13, 2009

Sean has received a perfect score on Mass Audubon’s 2008 Legislative Report Card.  The scores of each legislator are based on their voting records for environmental bills and budget items in 2008, what the group is calling one of the “greenest” years in recent history.  This will be the 24th edition of the report and Sean’s first time being scored. 

Sean, who serves on the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, was also involved in environmental issues before taking office last year.  In, the past Sean has been active with Vision 2020 in Arlington and the Mystic Shores Neighborhood Team. 

Since 1985, Mass Audubon has reported the environmental voting records of the Massachusetts Legislature in order to inform citizens of their state legislators’ performance in protecting the nature of Massachusetts.  Twenty-four key votes were used to determine scores.