Archive for June, 2009

Helping keep our children healthy over the summer

June 30, 2009

The Medford Housing Authority has recently been awarded a $4,000 Summer Food Service Program Incentive Grant from Project Bread- the Walk for Hunger.  This grant will help to raise the number of children who will be able to receive a healthy, federally reimbursed, free meal throughout the summer when school is completed for the summer.  The grant represents Project Breads efforts to increase federal money into various communities throughout Massachusetts by increasing participation in federally reimbursed food programs.  This grant is made much more beneficial to families in Medford during these tough economic times where every program and measure of help can drastically shape a family’s condition for the better.  The Medford Community will be able to use this grant to ensure that its children will return to school in the fall energized and ready to learn.  I have been a strong supporter of programs to help the children living in my district.

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Ethics Reform Forum at Robbins Library, Tonight 6/23

June 23, 2009

Tonight, Pam Wilmot of Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a meeting with Rep. Garballey, Sen. Donnelly, Rep. Kaufman, and Rep. Brownsberger from 7pm to 9pm in the Community Room at Robbins Library.  Sean will be discussing current issues before the legislature in addition to speaking on his experiences as a recently elected representative.  Issues that will be discussed include Election Law and Ethics Reform.  Common Cause Executive Director Pam Wilmot will also be discussing Common Cause’s legislative agenda for 2009 and any and all progress made on these issues so far.  The panel will be available to answer any questions following their remarks.  Common Cause is a non-profit organization interested in promoting good government practices by encouraging all representatives to support legislation that makes government more open and responsive and that the electorate better informed and more involved.  

Everyone is welcome to attend tonight’s meeting.  For additional information, contact Dick Terry at 781-646-5315 or Nick Minton at 781-646-5449.

Office Hours

June 22, 2009

Sean will be holding office hours Monday June 29th 10am- 11:30am at Panera Bread in Arlington. Panera bread is located at 1398 Massachusetts ave in the Arlington Heights. Sean will be there to answer any questions or concerns that his supporters may have.

As always Sean can also be reached at the office 617-722-2400 or on his cell phone 781-859-7781. His email address is Sean.Garballey@state.ma.us.

First Annual BBQ a Hit!

June 22, 2009

With the rain holding off, our BBQ rolled on with great music, food, and supporters. I would like to personally thank everyone who was able to attend this past weekend. I know that it can be difficult to find time, in the weekend especially, to come and show your support but the turnout was amazing. It is very important to me that all of the voices in my district are heard, that is why events like these are vital.

For those of you who were unable to come, next week I will be holding office hours Monday June 29th 10am- 11:30am at Panera Bread in Arlington. Thanks again for coming out and keep an eye open for more fun events to come.

Sean testifies on behalf of bill restricting sale of tobacco products

June 16, 2009
Sean speaks during Kick Butts Day

Sean speaks during Kick Butts Day

The Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing today on House Bill 2054.  This bill would prohibit the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed.  In addition to being the sponsor of this bill, Representative Garballey, was the first person to testify in support of this bill.  Rep. Garballey opened by stating that “tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in America.”  With this fact in mind Sean asserted that the sale of tobacco in pharmacies legitimizes the usage of tobacco.  A point shared by other experts, who testified in support, saying that back when hospitals served cigarettes it implied that smoking is not hazardous otherwise they would not be sold at a place that cures people.  The duplicity invoked therefore by purchasing tobacco products at a pharmacy, another place of healing was not lost on those who testified.  Pharmacists should be regarded as the strongest source of public health and is therefore discouraging to sell a product that causes death.  As Sean pointed out, Boston has already approved a citywide ban on the sale of tobacco in pharmacies with little to no outcry against it.  In fact in the general scheme of things relatively low amounts of tobacco products are actually purchased at a pharmacy; therefore we feel prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies is a logical and reasonable proposal.

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