State Rep. Shawn Dooley Pushes For $200,000 For Wrentham Highway Ramp

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that after a lot of hard work, he was able to get $200,000 included in a recent House of Representatives economic development bill for the Town of Wrentham to construct a new ramp from I-495 located near the Wrentham Outlets and Route 1A. This issue has been a long-standing priority for the Town of Wrentham and will help streamline the flow of traffic and decrease congestion at the intersection. The bill must now go through the Senate for debate and a vote.

The funding was included as an amendment to H.4714, an economic development bond bill, which has the goal of financing economic development across the Commonwealth. The $200,000 received is a part of a larger $116.9 million of authorized spending to fund various local projects. Along with improving local communities and infrastructure, H.4714 creates a sales tax holiday from August 11-12, puts $300 million towards public infrastructure; economic development; and job creation, as well as establishes many grants dedicated to institutes of higher education.

“I’m very glad to have had this funding included for Wrentham” said Dooley. “Not only will this money go towards improving the lives of the thousands of drivers that travel in this area every day by eliminating bottlenecks and reducing traffic congestion, but it will also spur economic development in Wrentham and the entire region. From day one I have worked to bring as much money as possible back to the taxpayers of my district; and I am hopeful that the Senate will include this funding in their version of the bill.”

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State Representative Shawn Dooley Honors Norfolk Resident With Unsung Heroine Award

BOSTON— After nominating her for the honor, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) presented Jennifer DeLuca, a Norfolk resident and the executive director of the Fisher House Boston, with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s (MCSW) 2018 Unsung Heroine Award at a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday. This prestigious honor celebrates women in Massachusetts who are tireless advocates for improvement in their respective communities and use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others. As the MCSW puts it, “The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.”

Unsung HeroineThe Fisher House Boston is a rehabiliatation center and place of respite for military families when veteran or active military loved ones are receiving medical treatment in their affliated centers, particularly the VA. With the goal of “serving those that have served,”  the organization is deeply committed to alleviating the emotional and financial stresses that past and present military service members and their families experience while undergoing medical treatment in Boston.

As the Executive Director of the Fisher House Boston, DeLuca embodies the spirit of this institution. From raising awareness; fundraising; running day-to-day operations; and creating the one-of-a-kind Hotel Program for visiting families, DeLuca’s efforts at the Fisher House are a true inspiration. DeLuca understands that the sacrifices made by our veterans are constant and around the clock; and as such she makes herself available around the clock to help ease the burden and stress accompanying illness and injury. DeLuca’s tireless commitment to each military family and their loved ones is a lesson in selflessness and compassion.

After the ceremony, Representative Dooley remarked, “I am extremely proud and beyond honored to present this award to my constituent and dear friend, Jennifer DeLuca. Her unfettered devotion and dedication to the Fisher House and America’s heroes is the true embodiment of the American spirit. I have no doubt about the massive amount of veterans and families that she has helped because I have seen it with my own eyes. She is an inspiration to all of us, and as the father of two daughters, she is a true role model for future generations of women and girls in the Commonwealth.”

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State Representative Shawn Dooley Holds State House Stop The Bleed Training Course

BOSTON— Following the filing of his bill HD.4327, The Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) hosted doctors and nurses from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at the State House on Monday to train state legislators, legislative staff, and interns on the basics of bleeding control. Through a mixture of lecture-style and hands-on activities, the American College of Surgeons’ nationally recognized, revolutionary, and life-saving course focuses on teaching bystanders how to identify serious hemorrhaging, stem it, and manage a potentially life-threatening situation until the arrival of first responders. The event was hosted to raise awareness for the simplicity and effectiveness of basic bleeding control kits in saving lives in hopes to pass Dooley’s bill, which would require every public building in Massachusetts, including public and private schools; libraries; transportation facilities; recreational facilities; entertainment and sporting venues; and buildings of government, to house one of these kits and a person trained to use it.

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

At the event Representative Dooley expressed a national need for basic bleeding control kits not only as a result of the massive increase in Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) amongst civilians, such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing, but also for their utility in saving lives in even more common incidents such as car accidents and workplace injuries. In this regard the Stop the Bleeding Coalition (SBC), a national grassroots coalition of medical professionals; law enforcement officers; former military personnel; first responders; educators; and concerned citizens, estimates that each year over 1,000 savable lives are lost due to inefficiencies in our emergency response systems and 80% of all civilian trauma fatalies are in fact due to hemmorhage from an extremity.

Dooley along with the American College of American Surgeons, the Stop the Bleeding Coalition, and a group of bipartisan co-sponsors in the Massachusetts House and Senate are intent on addressing these issues and saving more lives by allowing bystanders to play the role of immediate first responders. As participants saw, a bleeding control kit contains easy-to-use tools such as a tourniquet, gauze, and gloves that would allow the average bystander to step in and act in an emergency. Participants practiced such a situation in a simulation, using a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and gauze to pack the wound.

The main provisions to Dooley’s bill speak to this simple idea. A firefighter and EMT himself in the Town of Plainville, Dooley frequently communicated his own experiences with trauma and the usefulness of tourniquets in discussion to the group present. “While they may seem to be flimsy, these little tourniquets literally are capable of savings thousands of lives per year. I know because I’ve witnessed it. In fact, it’s the reason so many people survived the marathon bombings a few years ago” said Dooley. This fact was confirmed by all the doctors and nurses present—many of whom were on duty that fateful day.

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Photo Credits: Danielle Duffey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In his concluding remarks, Dooley said “I’m very grateful to the doctors and nurses from Beth Israel for coming to the State House to certify my colleagues and their staff on trauma response and bleeding control. This is vital training that will not only save lives but will also ensure that everyone is duly prepared to address such injuries. It is my sincere hope that the importance of my initiative is seen, and I hope you will join me in making Massachusetts the first in the nation to make this a reality.”Dooley Trauma Control 3

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State Representative Shawn Dooley Files Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is proud to announce the filing of his bill HD4327 An Act relative to requiring trauma kits in public buildings, or what he dubs The Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act, with the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Dooley’s bill aims to address the recent growth of Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) throughout the nation by requiring all public buildings in Massachusetts, including public and private schools; libraries; transportation facilities; recreational facilities; entertainment and sporting venues; and buildings of government, to house a basic bleeding control kit and a person trained to use it. The bill has garnered support from a group of bipartisan co-sponsors in the Massachusetts House and Senate as well as from the American College of Surgeons and the Stop the Bleeding Coalition (SBC), a national grassroots group of medical professionals; law enforcement officers; former military personnel; tactical first responders; educators; and concerned citizens dedicated to increasing readiness for MCIs.

According to statistics provided by the SBC, since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 through 2015, there were 91 MCIs nationwide, resulting in 3,487 fatalities and over 7,000 injuries. This does not include the ballooning of these types of events over the last two years. Though MCIs can vary in the location they take place; the motivation for carrying them out; and the method used for killing, the one common thread seen amongst all of them is the main cause of fatalities: Uncontrolled hemorrhage from an extremity. In fact, the SBC estimates that over 80% of all civilian trauma fatalities are caused by this. Worse yet, it is estimated that each year over 1,000 savable lives are lost due to inefficiencies in our emergency response systems.

The provisions of Dooley’s bill directly speak to these glaring issues. The bill would require all public buildings in Massachusetts, including schools; libraries; transportation facilities; recreational facilities; entertainment and sporting venues; and government buildings; to house at least one centrally located bleeding control kit and someone trained to use it. Bleeding control kits, otherwise known as trauma kits, are basic, inexpensive, and readily accessible hemorrhage control kits containing easy-to-use tools such as a tourniquet, gauze, and gloves to allow anyone to help stem serious bleeds before the arrival of first responders. Other provisions of the bill would require schools to report on the availability of bleeding control kits in their mandated emergency response plans and also allow buildings housing an AED to share the same storage space and trained staff member for both the bleeding control kit and the AED.

“As a firefighter and an EMT I know the stakes are high on this issue” said Dooley. “We have done a lot in the Commonwealth to attempt to address the increase in MCIs and we are way ahead of the curve in terms of preparedness, but we have missed this important piece. I know a bleeding control kit could never prevent a tragedy from occurring, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle of how to prevent more lives from being lost.”

In a letter to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Dr. Matt Levy, Chairman of the Stop the Bleeding Coalition, praised Dooley’s proposed legislation which he calls “a progressive and timely bill.” In the letter he writes, “As both everyday trauma, as well as intentional mass casualty events, continue to occur, we must take steps to help make the public safer and increase their likelihood for survival following such incidents. This includes training and access to hemorrhage control resources. We thank you for your leadership in this initiative.” Levy also added that he plans to distribute language of Dooley’s bill to his members as a template to use in other states.

The American College of Surgeons has also weighed in on the Act, writing “We consider this legislation as a major component to ensuring that lifesaving tools and resources are available to the public during mass casualty events…Similar to Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs), trauma kits are a simple and effective way to help save lives of victims suffering severe bleeding injuries as a result of a traumatic event, by stopping life-threatening bleeding while awaiting the arrival of professional emergency responders.”

Additionally, Millis resident Lisa Ferzoco, both a constituent of Dooley’s and a trauma surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital, has been a driving force behind the bill. “Our goal is zero preventable deaths due to uncontrolled bleeding” said Ferzoco. “We have learned lessons from military experiences as well as recent Mass Casualty events in the community, in particular Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon Bombing, that hemorrhage control saves lives. We have also learned that in situations of mass casualty that first responders such as EMS are often unable to reach victims quickly enough to apply live saving bleeding control techniques. Along with educating the public, Representative Dooley’s bill is a crucial first step toward our goal of giving the public the means to recognize and the tools to provide immediate life-saving treatment for massive hemorrhage.”

Dooley says the next step is to get the bill and into a hearing. “We are forming a wide coalition of supporters to help demonstrate to the leaders on Beacon Hill that bleeding control not only matters but should be a legislative priority this session. Nothing ever comes easy up there; but this is too important, and I won’t stop fighting for it.”

In that spirit, Dooley, along with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has organized to bring the American College of Surgeons’ nationally recognized, revolutionary, and life-saving Stop the Bleed Course to the Massachusetts State House on June 4th to train legislators and their staffs on the basics of bleeding control. “My hope is that by actively engaging my colleagues in this educational and informational training, we will be able to illustrate just how simple, easy, and common sense this initiative really is” said Dooley.

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Representative Dooley Announces $50K Grant, Housing Choice Designation For Norfolk

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that the Town of Norfolk is the recipient of a $50,000 Planning for Housing Production Grant from MassHousing as well as has been selected to receive special Housing Choice Designation from the Baker-Polito Administration. The grant and designation are a part of the Administration’s newly rolled out “Housing Choice Initiative.” The Town of Norfolk was one of 15 communities to receive a grant and one of 67 communities to be designated a Housing Choice Community at a ceremony at the State House in Boston on May 14th celebrating the first municipalities to participate in the program.

The Planning for Housing Production Grant is designed to help Norfolk meet its housing goals in a way that is consistent with its local agenda. The funds are aimed towards assisting the town in exploring ways to leverage its town center and commuter rail access to develop smart and sustainable housing growth for the future. Along with the grant, the Town will also be able to receive specialized technical expertise and planning services from MassHousing as it works towards achieving these goals.

Norfolk MassHousing  GrantBy becoming a Housing Choice Community, the Town of Norfolk, along with the other participating communities, will also have exclusive access to new financial resources such as Housing Choice Capital Grants and preferred access to many other important state programs like MassWorks, Complete Streets, MassDOT capital projects, and PARC and LAND grants.

“I was so proud to stand with Town Administrator Hathaway and Town Planner McCarthy today to receive these grants for the Town of Norfolk” said Dooley.  “The Town has worked extensively on securing this new line of funding for our residents, and I was excited to be able to play an active role in this endeavor. Since day one on the job, I have been a strong advocate for ensuring that the state government return as much of our taxpayers’ money as possible to our municipalities, and today is another step in that direction. The technical and monetary assistance we will receive from this grant will go a long way towards ensuring smart growth in Norfolk in the years to come. I thank the Baker-Polito Administration for believing in our community.”

 

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Representative Dooley Announces Over $2.5 million In Road And Bridge Funding For District

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that he has secured over $2.5 million in funding assistance for local road and bridge repairs in all six of the towns in his district:

  • Medfield: $394,352
  • Millis: $273,677
  • Norfolk: $391,645
  • Plainville: $291,860
  • Walpole: $778,469
  • Wrentham: $419,097

Representative Dooley ensured that the funds were included in a $200 million bond authorization bill, which was ultimately approved by the House of Representatives on April 5 as a part of the state’s chapter 90 funding program.

“Between the tough winter we have had, general wear and tear, and much needed safety improvements, the towns in my district are definitely in need of some assistance to get their roads into top shape” said Dooley about the bill.  “While I am excited to have been able to secure this funding, I am continuing to work every day to get the taxpayers of my district the full level of support that they deserve from our state government.”

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Representative Shawn Dooley Announces Prison Mitigation Funds for Norfolk

NORFOLK—State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that $261,729 allocated for the Town of Norfolk in the state’s FY18 budget for prison mitigation has been released from the Department of Corrections (DOC). As compensation for hosting MCI-Norfolk, the state legislature allocated these funds for the Town of Norfolk to offset the costs of housing the facility; however, until now the funds had been held by DOC to ensure that the state’s revenue projections were met. With the funds now released, the Town of Norfolk is free to use these funds as they deem necessary within their FY18 budget.

In a letter written to Governor Baker in early January, Representative Dooley urged the release of the funds offering that hosting the prison “brings a number of added expenses to the Town including extra emergency services responses, loss of tax revenue on the land, and dealing with the ever-present risks associated with cohabitating with a prison.” Dooley also noted that “the Town relies on these mitigations each year in order to balance its budget and continue to provide adequate services to residents.”

Dooley has expressed his excitement with the ultimate release of the mitigation funds “Since my first day as a State Representative, I have been a strong advocate for these mitigations. Our community gives so much in support of the Commonwealth, and it is great that we in the legislature are actively able to show our appreciation to Norfolk for hosting these facilities.”

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Representative Shawn Dooley Announces Spring Office Hours

BOSTON—Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) has announced his spring office hours for all six of the towns he represents:

  • Norfolk:
    • Monday April 9th
    • 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
    • Norfolk Town Hall, Room 124 (1 Liberty Lane)
  • Wrentham:
    • Monday April 9th
    • 11:30 AM -12:30 PM
    • Wrentham Town Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room (79 South Street)
  • Plainville:
    • Monday April 9th
    • 1:00 PM -2:00 PM
    • Plainville Senior Center (9 School Street)
  • Millis:
    • Thursday April 12th
    • 10:00-11:00 AM,
    • Millis Senior Center Coffee Room (Room 21) (900 Main Street)
  • Medfield:
    • Thursday April 12th
    • 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
    • The Center at Medfield (1 Ice House Road)
  • Walpole:
    • Thursday April 12th
    • 1:00 PM-2:00PM
    • Walpole Senior Center (135 School Street)

 

All constituents are welcome to stop in, say hello, and discuss any issues they would like. As always, Representative Dooley is also happy to meet privately in the district or in his Boston office. If interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact his Chief of Staff, William Rigdon, at William.Rigdon@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2810.

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley to Host a Forum with Eversource Energy


NORFOLK –
State Representative Shawn Dooley is happy to cordially invite all area residents to a forum with Eversource Energy:

State Representative Shawn C. Dooley

Forum with Eversource Energy

Monday February 12th, 2018

Norfolk Town Hall, Room 124

1 Liberty Ln; Norfolk

7:00 PM

The forum will give residents the opportunity to hear from Eversource on the recent rate hikes and power outages in the area as well as the chance to ask any questions and to express their frustration with price, performance, and any other issues they may be having with Eversource.

“I am happy to be able to bring Eversource to Norfolk to discuss the variety of issues my constituents have been facing over the past several months from the rate hikes to the rash of power outages” said Dooley. “I hope we are able to engage in a meaningful dialogue to gain a better understanding of the situation. I encourage all area residents, not just those in Norfolk, to attend.”

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State Rep. Shawn Dooley Announces $500,000 Bridge Grant for Norfolk

BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that the Town of Norfolk is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The grant is intended to provide funding for the rebuilding of the Lawrence Street Bridge.

The grant was awarded as a part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Municipal Small Bridge Program. The program is designed to be the lifeline for many older, smaller bridges— between ten and twenty feet in length— that are at risk of closure and serve as a vital artery to schools, businesses, and jobs. Every community is eligible for up to $500,000 in aid each year; however, the town was also the recipient of a $1.8 million MassWorks infrastructure grant last fall that will also be put towards Lawrence Street improvements.

“As a resident of the Norfolk community, I am thrilled to see money coming back into the town” said Dooley of the grant. “The Lawrence Street Bridge is on its last legs and was going to have to be repaired whether this grant money was received or not. With this critical funding, the Town of Norfolk will be able to save money to put towards other needed projects. We all pay enough in taxes, so it’s nice to have some of that money put to good use in the community.”

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