Legislative night at the Chocksett Inn 2019

Great time chatting with fellow elected officials, business leaders and candidates for office tonight at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Legislative night at the Chocksett Inn ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Saw my favorite city councilors from Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner...and beyond to Ashby and Westminster! Great event to be able to regionally discuss our successes and challenges ... thanks to Mount Wachusett Community College for sponsoring!

Dog Park Orientation Training Programs!

Our first Small Dog Park training program just concluded with Champion K9 Services at the Fitchburg Dog Park and it went very well!
We learned about what to do before you get to the dog park, what to do when dogs are being too aggressive, how to greet new dogs, basic obedience skills to practice with your dog at the park (and at home!), how making your dog be able to "come/heel" is the most important thing for the dog park....and more.
Actual examples of dog behavior at the park worked great. Large dog park training starts next :)
Hugo half posed with me for a doggie selfie ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜

Fitchburg GreekFest 2019

Best part about Fitchburg's Greekfest? Kataifi for breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฅฎ (don't judge!).
Met many friends at Friday Greek Taverna Night... and it's going to be even bigger today!
11am-10pm at 1319 Main St. Free admission and parking--free shuttles from Riverside Plaza (Jay's Liquors) on Saturday.
Floga Dancers are at 2pm and 7pm. Kid friendly.
Bring $$ for desserts and food because you Will get hungry! Outdoor bar & greek coffee.

Franklin Road Community meeting

๐Ÿ‘‹ Just got out of our 2 hr Franklin Road Community meeting; had 45 attendees including the Chief of Police, Lt Howe, Traffic Sergeant Boudreau, DPW Commissioner Bosenetto, Councilors Beauchemin & DiNatale, and 3 of the 4 candidates for Ward 3 councilor.
๐Ÿ“ข With so many residents of the area; we were able to have great discussions on concerns and potential solutions...with the DPW and FPD weighing in on solutions and issues as well. Here are some of the data:
๐Ÿšง On Franklin Rd between Depot and Fifth Mass Tpke, the yearly traffic count is estimated at 884k cars
๐ŸšŒ The 85th pct for speed is between 38 and 40 mph...generally speaking.
๐Ÿšง on Franklin from Hurd to Fifth Mass, within the past 5 years there have been 105 traffic accidents...most of which were not weather related (though many are).
โžก๏ธ The Chief noted this was the largest community meeting he's attended in his 5 years as chief :) ... and they urged the residents that they are actively making the speeding concerns on Franklin a focus.
We have a number of suggestions and potential solutions to work through... and I'll report back here with any updates.
๐Ÿ‘ A big thank you to Great Wolf Lodge for accommodating our meeting so close to our residents, and thank you to the residents for helping get the word out to their neighbors!

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60th Annual West Fitchburg Road Races

Don't let her false scowl fool you...my little 9 year old road racer had a lot of fun at the 60th annual The Log Cabin - West Fitchburg and British American Club West Fitchburg Labor Day Road Races! Nice and cool this year.
She got a trophy and the creepiest toy she could find ๐Ÿคฃ ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ Love this event ๐Ÿ˜

Steampunk Festival by the River at Riverfront Park

Steampunk Festival by the River at Riverfront Park! So many awesome steampunk outfits... Beers for Good there supporting... cool vendors.. . I got a henna tattoo ๐Ÿ‘
So fun.. thank you Fitchburg, MA Recreation Department for organizing such fun events to support our permanent stage fund!

2019 Heritage Park Flag Donations!

2019 Heritage Park Flag Donations!
Trying to finalize the flag order for Heritage Park.
We are ordering in bulk to fill the flagpoles in Fitchburg ---highlighting our diverse heritage!
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Note the country flag you'd like on this post or PM me and I'll let you know the cost. The flag costs generally range from $20 to $45.
๐Ÿ’ต You can donate online, by check, or directly to an IC Credit Union the follow ways:
Donations will be made to Operation Service, a 501c3 Organization. Note "Heritage Park Flag: (Name of country)" on the check or online donation can be made here https://operationservice.net/
You can also bring your deposit to an IC Credit Union and ask for it to be deposited in Operation Service Account. Take a pic of the deposit receipt and note which country flag you are donating for.

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Celebrating #CityHallSelfie day today

Celebrating #CityHallSelfie day today by
Engaging Local Government Leaders in @FitchburgMass
with a little #Fitchburg City Hall History!
From Fitchburg's Current City Municipal Offices at 166 Boulder Drive to our First Meetinghouse location built in 1766.
See Pictures for more Historical & Future Locations! Enjoy!
@ELGL50
#localgov #CityHallSelfieDay

Celebrating  #CityHallSelfie  day today in @FitchburgMass with a little  #Fitchburg  City Hall History!  Here is Fitchburg's Current City Municipal Offices at 166 Boulder Drive. See thread for more Historical & Future Locations! @ELGL50  #localgov   #CityHallSelfieDay

Celebrating #CityHallSelfie day today in @FitchburgMass with a little #Fitchburg City Hall History!
Here is Fitchburg's Current City Municipal Offices at 166 Boulder Drive.
See thread for more Historical & Future Locations! @ELGL50 #localgov #CityHallSelfieDay

This  #CityHallSelfie  is @FitchburgMass 4th Meeting House and Official City Hall built in 1853 at 718 Main St; abandoned in 2012 due to structural roof failure from longtime roof leaks. $23.5M was appropriated in 2018 to rehab & we expect to reopen late 2020. @ELGL50

This #CityHallSelfie is @FitchburgMass
4th Meeting House and Official City Hall built in 1853 at 718 Main St; abandoned in 2012 due to structural roof failure from longtime roof leaks. $23.5M was appropriated in 2018 to rehab & we expect to reopen late 2020. @ELGL50

This building is @FitchburgMass 2nd Meeting House which was moved from the point of the Upper Common where the First Parish Church now stands (see next). The Oldest Building in the city; it took 99 meetings to agree on location & built in 1796.  #CityHallSelfie  @ELGL50

This building is @FitchburgMass
2nd Meeting House which was moved from the point of the Upper Common where the First Parish Church now stands (see next). The Oldest Building in the city; it took 99 meetings to agree on location & built in 1796. #CityHallSelfie @ELGL50

This  #CityHallSelfie  is at the original location of our 2nd Meetinghouse at 923 Main St (now moved to 900 Main St). This 'new' church was built in 1837...and then served as our '3rd' Meeting House until our 1853 City Hall was built at a cost of $40k. @ELGL50

This #CityHallSelfie is at the original location of our 2nd Meetinghouse at 923 Main St (now moved to 900 Main St). This 'new' church was built in 1837...and then served as our '3rd' Meeting House until our 1853 City Hall was built at a cost of $40k. @ELGL50

Lastly, this is the approx location of @FitchburgMass First Meetinghouse, built in 1766 at a cost of $166, on land donated by Thomas Cowdin at the corner of Blossom and Crescent St. @ELGL50

Lastly, this is the approx location of @FitchburgMass
First Meetinghouse, built in 1766 at a cost of $166, on land donated by Thomas Cowdin at the corner of Blossom and Crescent St. @ELGL50

Operation Stomp Out Veteran Suicide

Operation Stomp Out Veteran Suicide at The Tryst Lounge in Fitchburg with Mission 22.
Raising funds and awareness to end Veteran Suicide and help those struggling with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Comedy by Jerry Caruso and Paul Durrance, raffles, drinks and music.
Thanks to Bill McMahon of Colonial West Chevrolet for organizing!

FPD Junior Police Academy with MA State Police Helicopter!

Thank you Massachusetts State Police for flying your amazing AIR 3 Helicopter into Fitchburg's Historic Crocker Field for our FPD Junior Police Academy today!
This thing is a $6M machine... carries 183 Gallons of fuel and burns 1.1 Gallons per minute... 623 HP with dual engines...a spotlight with 30M candlepower! maximum travel speed is about 170 knots/220MPH
The Air Troopers answered questions from the Junior recruits....and let us check it out...but NO touching! =D
The Chief even brought in Juniper Farms Ice Cream for the occasion as you can see modeled by Lt Howe๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ˜

National Night Out Fitchburg at Lowe Park!

National Night Out Fitchburg at Lowe Park!

From 5-8pm tonight the Fitchburg Police Department is joining many other communities celebrating National Night Out. Please join us at Lowe Park located at 179 Elm Street. We have food, music and more! Come meet some of your police officers. This is a free event made possible by multiple community partnerships and donations.

Arlington/Chestnut St area Community Meeting

๐Ÿ›‚ Attended the Community Meeting tonight for the residents of the Arlington/Chestnut St area at the Fitchburg Police Station.
Really appreciate the advocacy work in this neighborhood and the showing of care with the great group of residents attending. Appreciate having fellow Councilor Zarrella and Ward Candidate Joe Bowen attend as well.
The Chief introduced patrol officer Salas and Capt Lemay to the residents, discussed his data, listened to concerns and made suggestions for residents:
1๏ธโƒฃ Always call the Police Dept for any concerns. 978-345-4355 The FPD is data driven and uses its crime analyst to determine hotspots of activity. The more you report incidences, the more data the police have to take action.
2๏ธโƒฃ If you believe the police have not taken appropriate action, or you are not satisfied with their response, you are encouraged to call the Police Dept and ask for the OIC- Officer in Charge to register a complaint.
3๏ธโƒฃ Use See Click Fix to report non-critical issues; you can photograph a car parking on a sidewalk and the report goes directly to a supervisor.
4๏ธโƒฃ If you suspect a DRUG concern; please call the confidential DRUG TIP LINE 978-353-2308 and leave a message stating ADDRESS of incident, and TIME/FREQUENCY of suspected drug dealings. You are not required to leave your name/number (unless you'd like a call back).
5๏ธโƒฃ If you have a neighborhood concern, please contact your councilors and/or police Dept and we would all be happy to have a meeting in your neighborhood.

PetSupplies Doggie Wash & Doggie Adoption

UPDATE: The doggie wash and doggie adoption was an amazing success!!!
Second Chance Animal Services brought 5 puppies...and ALL WERE ADOPTED!! ๐Ÿššโค๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฉ So much happiness abound on Saturday!
We could not have done it without The Hair Loft on Mass Ave in Lunenburg... so please tell them THANK YOU and get your hair, nails or toes done there too ๐Ÿ’…
Thanks to all who brought their dogs for washes too ๐Ÿ’ง๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฉ Thank you Pet Supplies Plus for the support!

2019 Heritage Park Flag Order

2019 Heritage Park Flag Order
We are partnering up with Operation Service and Central Flag & Gift- Primitive Decor, Furniture, Gifts to bulk order 3x5 Flags for our Heritage Flag Park.
Details:
1. Comment HERE on this post if you would like to donate for a flag!
2. We are going to put all the comments together and see how many flags, and how many multiple donations for a flag. From there we can determine how much for a donation...because most flags have differing costs.
3. Donations will be made to Operation Service, a 501c3 Organization. Note "Heritage Park Flag: (Name of country)" on the check or online donation can be made here https://operationservice.net/
You can also bring your deposit to an IC Credit Union and ask for it to be deposited in Operation Service Account. Take a pic of the deposit receipt and note which country flag you are donating for.
*I'll reach out for donation info after we have a flag list.
3. All flags fly on an alphabetical, rotating basis, usually for 1 season they fly (April-November).
4. There are approx 20 flagpoles, so we cannot guarantee exactly when your donated flag will fly (2020/2021)

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NoWoCo Pride 2019

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Great showing at our Fitchburg's Pride festival; No Wo Co Pride on Saturday July 20, 2019! Even though it felt like 108 degrees ๐Ÿ”ฅโ˜€๏ธ outside there were still a good amount of people and a number of vendors.

I bought a sweet "Ally" pin which went perfectly with my speech that I was honored to be invited to speak as a councilor!
I spoke about how I am an Ally.... because being inclusive makes us stronger.
I am an Ally....because Diversity makes us stronger.

Was really great to have our Congresswoman Lori Trahan join us and speak for the need for equality and the work at the Federal level to achieve this...as well as have State Representative Natalie Higgins who has consistently supported almost all of No Wo Co Pride's events this past year. Nice to have Mayor DiNatale read a Mayoral proclamation and attend the event as well.

I've attended most No Wo Co Pride events over the year; from their kickoff at River Styx, to Drag Queen Bingo, Drag Queen Karaoke (of which they made Myself, Natalie and our significant others all lip sync wearing wigs! Natalie's fiancee Pete Haigis won with Cher...he crushed it...) and Drag Queen Storytime.

I'm excited and proud to be a part of a Fitchburg community that is so welcoming; that includes all people, all orientations, all identities.

It is important for me to be to be a vocal and present ally for the LGBT+ community because it was only 15 years ago that MA led the nation to legalize same-sex marriage...and it was only 1 year ago that transgender rights were threatened through a ballot question. I will be an Ally until they do not need an ally anymore....and then I'll still be an ally after that ;-)

I'm excited for next year's Pride events and anticipate normal temperatures, bigger turnouts, and a totally gay time. ;-)

Thanks to Anthony Bovenzi and Sally Powerz for leading the organizing and Josiah Richards for always fighting for inclusion, diversity and respect....and thanks to the others in the great large group of organizers!

No Wo Co Pride Drag Queen Story Time with Nikita Le Femme

Took my daughter to No Wo Co Pride Drag Queen Story Time with Nikita Le Femme.
Big showing of families; She read Sparkle Boy, and Tango makes three, and Love is Love.
Library Director Sharon Bernard spoke in support of this event and all inclusive library events, as did the Mayor of Fitchburg. Very nice supportive messages inclusive of all people.

โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ Summer Heat Advisory, update July 19, 2019

โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ Summer Heat Advisory, update July 19, 2019
This weekend the region will experience a Heat Wave. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90โ€™s, with humidity making it feel over 100 degrees.

Please check on your neighbors & drink plenty of fluids.

โ˜„๏ธ You can cool off at the following locations:
Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg
Friday: 10:00am โ€“ 5:00pm | Saturday: 10:00am โ€“ 4:00pm

Salvation Army, 739 Water Street, Fitchburg
Saturday: 11:00 am โ€“ 4:00 pm

Our Fatherโ€™s House, 55 Lunenburg St., Fitchburg
Saturday- All Day / Sunday- All Day

FITCHBURG POOLS & Splashparks

Coolidge Park J. Robert Crowley Pool- $1.00
SPECIAL HOURS THIS WEEKEND 9am-8pm
11:00am - 6:00pm Daily
198 Townsend St, Fitchburg

Gustave Johnson Mem. State Pool- Free
11:15am โ€“ 6:45pm Daily
35 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg

Parkhill Splash Park
SPECIAL HOURS THIS WEEKEND: 9AM - 8 PM.
The Bathrooms will be available from 11am-6pm.
11am โ€“ 6pm Daily
Corner of Pratt Road & Beech St., Fitchburg

Crocker Park Spray Pad
West Fitchburg, Rt. 31
8am -7pm Daily

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