EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 30, 2012

Have a cup of coffee with Magliocchetti

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Paul Magliocchetti, Independent candidate for State Senate in the 1sr Essex District, is hosting several “Coffee with the Candidate” sessions from 8 to 9 a.m. this week on:

Tuesday at Morning Buzz Café, 37 Friend St., Amesbury

Thursday at Heav’nly Donuts, Plaistow Road, Haverhill

Friday at Star Pizza & Family Restaurant, 15 First St., North Andover

Environmental groups warm up

to Warren and Brown

BOSTON - The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund, the political arm of the environmental organization, endorsed Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate race, saying the decision is a “clear choice between the future and the past.”

“Scott Brown is hopelessly locked in the past supporting big tax benefits for big oil, a fuel of the past,” said George Bachrach, the president of the ELM Action Fund, announcing the endorsement in front of the State House with about two dozen people Thursday.

The endorsement was the first for the ELM Action Fund, and a “rare moment” in the history of the 114-year-old environmental organization, Bachrach said. The ELM Action Fund does not plan on making any other endorsements this election season.

Brown’s campaign pointed out he also picked up an endorsement Thursday from an environmental organization - ConservAmerica, a national grassroots organization of conservation-minded Republicans.

“Senator Brown is a thoughtful, stewardship-minded problem solver who is able to rise above partisanship to safeguard our environment. This quality is too rare today, and for all of us who want clean air, clean water, open space and balanced, solutions-oriented policies, it is vital that we send Scott Brown back to Capitol Hill,” ConservAmerica President Rob Sisson said. “He will work in good faith with any of his fellow lawmakers, regardless of party, to advance mainstream solutions for energy security, pollution control, and the careful stewardship of our natural resources.”

Toohey will urge drop in state sales, income taxes

HAVERHILL - Shaun Toohey, running as the Republican nominee for the 1st Essex District Senate seat, has offered an economic plan that he said would immediately introduce if elected .

Toohey’s economic agenda includes reducing both the sales and income taxes to 5 percent over the next three years. In addition, Toohey’s economic plan calls for a three-year moratorium on any new tax, fee or service charge related to state government functions.

“The warning signs are all around us that consumers in Massachusetts are suffering from a constant barrage of so-called temporary tax hikes, annual fee increases at state universities and now a tremendous jump in MBTA commuter fares,” Toohey, of Haverhill, said in a statement. “But we all know that the tax hikes are never temporary unless we act now to reduce both the sales tax and the income tax, while simultaneously implementing a ‘cooling off period’ of three years on any new tax, fee or rate increases related to state government operations.”

Tsongas visits renovated Polartec grounds

LAWRENCE - Congresswoman Niki Tsongas on Wednesday toured the outdoor renovations at Polartec, which highlighted the landscaping and grounds work recently completed that complement the nearby Spicket River Greenway, the Methuen Rail Trail and the new Loft550 Apartments at the former Malden Mills.

Attendees also participated in a ribbon cutting for the new pedestrian bridge over the Spicket River that connects to the Manchester Street Park, which was created by Groundwork Lawrence using federal Brownfields funding.

“Funding from both the state and federal government, complemented by investments like the outdoor renovations at Polartec, highlight the impact public/private partnerships can have on the redevelopment of Lawrence’s historic district,” Tsongas said. “This is a great example of collaboration and partnership with Groundwork Lawrence, together creating an urban environment for families to enjoy along the Spicket River. And Polartec continues to show it is a good corporate citizen by dedicating itself to its employees and the environment.”

Burzlaff supports L’Italien

NORTH ANDOVER - North Andover School Committee Chairman Laurie Burzlaff announced that she will be supporting Barbara L’Italien, a Democrat, in her campaign for state representative.

“Serving in local office you get to see first-hand the importance of having active and engaged legislators,” said Burzlaff. “I really think the Merrimack Valley has suffered not having Barbara fighting for us in the legislature.” Burzlaff, who is also supporting Republicans Scott Brown and Richard Tisei, said she did not get involved in the 2010 election when L’Italien was ousted by Jim Lyons, R-Andover, in the last election.

“Like many voters, I was frustrated,” Burzlaff said. “I didn’t care who the person was, I just didn’t have the appetite to get involved in that race.”

But since L’Italien’s loss, Burzlaff says she’s been turned off by the partisan, Tea Party tone taken by L’Italien’s replacement.

“Barbara and I didn’t always agree, but we always respected the roles each other played in moving our community forward,” said Burzlaff, who is serving her second term on the School Committee. “I appreciate that Barbara took the time to keep local officials informed while also seeking input from residents.”

I took it for granted that State Representatives always try to stay engaged with their local boards,” continued Burzlaff. “But since Jim Lyons was elected two years ago he hasn’t once reached out to keep us in the loop.”