Representative Shawn Dooley Announces Fall Office Hours

 

BOSTONRepresentative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) has announced his fall office hours for all six of the towns he represents:

  • Norfolk:
    • Tuesday September 25th
    • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Norfolk Town Hall, Room 124 (1 Liberty Lane)
  • Wrentham:
    • Tuesday September 25th
    • 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
    • Wrentham Town Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room (79 South St.)
  • Plainville:
    • Tuesday September 25th
    • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Plainville Senior Center (9 School Street)
  • Millis:
    • Wednesday September 26
    • 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
    • Millis Town Hall, Room 229 (900 Main Street)
  • Medfield:
    • Wednesday September 26
    • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    • Medfield Town Hall, Warrant Room (459 Main Street)
  • Walpole:
    • Wednesday September 26
    • 1:00 PM – 2:00PM
    • Walpole Town Hall, Room 116 (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 Representative Shawn Dooley To Host Charity Food Truck Festival

WRENTHAM– State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk), along with several local businesses, is pleased to announce the First Annual Fall Food Truck Festival. 100% of all ticket sales will go to two wonderful local charities: The Random Smile Project and The Santa Foundation. Both of these charities focus all of their efforts to helping those in need in our surrounding communities.

The details of the event are as follows:

State Representative Shawn Dooley’s Fall Food Truck Festival

Thursday, September 13th

5:30-9:00 PM

Lake Pearl – Wrentham (formerly Lake Pearl Luciano’s)

299 Creek Street, Wrentham

Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://www.randomsmile.org/fall-food-truck-festival

or at Lake Pearl on the day of the event – while supplies last.

$20 for adults: Get to sample the delicious offerings of each of our food trucks.

$10 for children (13 and under) choose your favorite 3 trucks to explore.

Space limited to the first 350 guests

Open to the Public – All Welcome!

Food Trucks ranging from GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ, Atomic Blonde Ice Cream, Juliana’s Italian Catering, Paco’s Tacos, as well as Ming’s Asian Street food will be serving their assorted specialties. Live music will be provided by an awesome local band: The Pushbuttons.

“My mantra has always been, ‘Service with a Smile,’” said Dooley. “This event is about giving back and helping to put a smile on someone else’s face. I hope we get a huge crowd for this fun filled evening and really support these great causes!” Dooley went on to add, “Our goal is to have this be an annual event, bringing in more and more trucks and have it be the signature charity fundraiser for our community.”

Corporate Sponsors of this evening include: Subaru of New England, Plainridge Park Casino, DiPlacido Development Corporation, The Preserve at Mill Pond, Plumb House, Inc., Custom Art Framing, Glen Meadow Apartments, and CVS Health.

Dooley represents the 9th Norfolk District, which includes the towns of Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, Medfield, Millis, and Walpole.

 

 

 

 

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Twelve Local Students Complete Internships With State Representative Shawn Dooley

BOSTON This summer Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) was pleased to have twelve area students complete internships in his office:

  • Rachel Bagley (Walpole)—American University, 2022
  • Alex Bloukos (Westwood)—Westwood High School, 2019
  • Matt Donlon (Westwood)—Westwood High School, 2019
  • Matt Franz (Norfolk)—Bryant University, 2022
  • Steve Gerry (Wrentham)—Pennsylvania State University, 2018
  • Brandon Goldman (Norfolk)—University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019
  • Cole Howard (Walpole)—College of the Holy Cross, 2022
  • Christine Jay (Norfolk)—McGill University, 2019
  • Caroline Pitman (Walpole)—Catholic University, 2022
  • Emily Rosecrans (Medfield)—Medfield High School, 2020
  • Lindsey Sullivan (Walpole)—Fordham University, 2022
  • Nick Wheeler (Medfield)—Bryant University, 2021

Dooley Summer InternsDooley’s interns get the opportunity to learn about politics in a hands-on fashion. From campaign life in the district to policy and constituent work in the State House, they are exposed to all sides of state and local politics. “This was by far the largest group of interns I have ever had” said Dooley. “It was amazing to watch them work together in one cohesive unit which allowed me to expand my reach and better serve all of my constituents. I am so proud to have been able to work with each and every one of these amazing students, and I have no doubt that they all have extremely bright futures. I thank them all for their service to the 9th Norfolk District.”

 

Any high school and college students interested in applying for an internship in Dooley’s office are encouraged to reach out to his Chief of Staff, William Rigdon, at William.Rigdon@mahouse.gov.

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Representative Dooley Focuses On Funding For Local Projects In State Budget

BOSTON – Last week State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) joined with his colleagues in the House of Representatives and State Senate to approve a $41.88 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2019. After a lot of hard work; advocacy; and collaboration with area legislators, Representative Dooley was proudly able to get several important lines of funding included for key projects in his district. The budget now sits before Governor Charlie Baker who has until July 28th to review it.

For Dooley’s district, which encompasses Norfolk; Plainville; and Wrentham as well as parts of Millis; Medfield; and Walpole, highlights of the FY19 budget include:

  • $100,000 for school safety improvements in the King Philip, Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham Public School Districts
  • $50,000 for improvements to the City Mills Dam in Norfolk
  • $50,000 for the purchase of a new van for senior citizen transportation in Millis
  • Mitigation funding for the Town of Wrentham for hosting the Wrentham Developmental Center
  • Prison mitigation funding for MCI-Norfolk and MCI-Cedar Junction
  • $30,000 for a suicide awareness campaign in Medfield
  • $60,000 for the renovation of the Millis High School auditorium
  • $50,000 for improvements to Joe Morgan Field in Walpole
  • $75,000 for the renovation of the Old Walpole Town Hall

“I am ecstatic to have helped fund such large investments in my district” said Dooley. “From day one my goal has been to make sure that the taxpayers of my district are able to benefit from a state government that is responsive to their needs. These key funding items are certainly a step in that direction. I am hopeful that Governor Baker will work with us to sign these allocations into law.”

In addition to these projects, the budget provides for increased local aid for cities and towns along with significant investments in mental health, substance abuse, education, and elder services.

Mental health and substance abuse programs will see significant funding increases this year with the budget providing for an increase of $102.5 million to $488.7 million for adult community mental health services. The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services is also scheduled to receive $9.3 million more than last year and funding for secure treatment facilities for opiate addiction will jump from $1.9 million to $5 million, a one-year increase of 157.7%.

Additionally, a total of $4.91 billion is allocated in the budget for public elementary and secondary school educational aid, also known as Chapter 70, which represents a statewide increase of $160.6 million, or 3.4%, over Fiscal Year 2018 levels. Local school districts will also benefit from increases in the Special Education Circuit Breaker and Regional School Transportation accounts. Circuit breaker reimbursements have been funded at $319.3 million, an increase of $25.6 million over Fiscal Year 2018, while Regional School Transportation has been increased by $7.4 million, to a total of $68.9 million.

Finally, the budget includes $17.8 million in grants to local Councils on Aging while providing for a grant rate of $12 per elder compared to $9.70 per elder last year. Funding for elder protective services and elder home care case management is set at $31.6 million and $58.9 million, representing increases of $2.9 million and $6.7 million, respectively.

“I’ve yet to see a perfect budget in my time as a legislator, and this one is no exception” said Dooley. “We continue to spend and spend without addressing the primary cost drivers in our budget and exploring areas where we can save. That being said, I am hopeful that this budget is a step in the right direction. I was excited to see the focus on mental health, education, and elder services this year. All of these areas are areas that we continue to underfund year after year, yet play a huge role in the lives of almost everyone in the Commonwealth. From the opiate crisis to student performance to health care, I think the investments we made will result in big improvements here in the Commonwealth and hopefully help take pressure off of the budgets of our cities and towns.”

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State Representative Shawn Dooley Appointed To Conference Committee On Automatic Voter Registration Bill

BOSTON – On Monday Massachusetts House of Representatives Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) announced that he is appointing State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk), a former town clerk in Norfolk, to the conference committee that will be authoring the final compromise version of the automatic voter registration bill recently passed in both the House and Senate. The bill, which revamps the Commonwealth’s current voter registration system by automatically registering anyone who interacts with MassHealth or the RMV to vote, was passed in the House of Representatives on June 27th and in the Senate on Monday. The versions passed by each chamber are slightly different, mainly in regards to the technical processes used to actually register the voters, so the conference committee, consisting of 3 members from each chamber, must iron out these differences and create a final version of the bill to send to Governor Charlie Baker. Dooley will be joined by fellow Representatives Michael Moran (D-Boston) and John Mahoney (D-Worcester) as well as Senators Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), and Ryan Fattman (R-Webster) on the committee

“As a former Town Clerk who has an in-depth knowledge of Massachusetts election laws, Shawn was the natural choice to be the conferee to the Automatic Voter Registration conference committee” said Leader Jones about his decision to appoint Dooley to the committee.

“I am honored to have been selected to be on this conference committee by Minority Leader Jones” said Dooley. “In my time as a Town Clerk it became abundantly clear to me that Massachusetts needed to make increasing our voter participation rate and protecting our election systems from fraud and abuse a priority. I hope that as a member of this committee, I am able to help craft this bill to achieve these important goals.”

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State Representative Shawn Dooley Supports Ongoing Efforts To Address State Opioid Crisis

BOSTON – In an attempt to address the growing state opioid crisis, State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk), also a Plainville firefighter and EMT as well as a board member of the local SAFE Coalition, was proud to support legislation that passed in the House of Representatives on July 11th to expand Massachusetts’ comprehensive 2016 opioid law by increasing treatment options for individuals suffering from drug addiction. The bill also included a partial fill prescription initiative that is based off a bill Dooley had previously filed.

H.4725 An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction places new mandates on practitioners and pharmacies prescribing opioids and other controlled substances, while taking steps to ensure qualified treatment facilities are available to serve those in need by enhancing the regulatory and licensing authority of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Department of Public Health (DPH).

The bill also includes a partial fill prescription initiative that Dooley originally proposed in a stand-alone bill. The program would allow patients to only partially fill prescriptions for certain addictive drugs to test out them out and see how they work. Patients would then be allowed to fill the rest of the prescription without additional payment. Dooley hopes that this will cut down on the number of excess pills in people’s home that are, often, ripe for misuse.

“The opioid crisis is by far and away the number one public health crisis in the Commonwealth” said Dooley. “As a firefighter and EMT I see this issue plaguing our communities here in the 9th Norfolk District. This isn’t just a city issue, it isn’t just a rural issue, it isn’t just a regional issue, it is a statewide plague that we must work to stop. I am proud to have not only supported but also contributed to this important bill. It is by no means the last step, however. We must continue to work to fight this societal evil.”

Dooley also noted that he thinks the bill could have been even stronger. He sponsored an amendment that would allow a treating physician to hold a patient involuntarily for 72 hours for treatment, evaluation, and counseling if they are experiencing an opiate-related overdose and had experienced at least one other within the last 30 days. The measure, which Governor Charlie Baker had expressed support for, was shot down by the majority party. “I was disappointed in the majority party for rejecting this measure” said Dooley. “This is our last substantive chance to legislatively address this crisis until next year, and I would have liked to have made it as strong as possible. I hope that this provision is included in the Senate version of the bill, and we are able to work it into the final compromise bill.”

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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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