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October 13, 2013

Campaign Notebook

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Atkinson endorsed

METHUEN — Central district councilor Jamie Atkinson has been endorsed by the Methuen patrolman’s union.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by the patrolman’s union,” said Atkinson. “They put their lives on the line every day in order to keep Methuen safe. They are top notch and I have the utmost respect for every Methuen police officer.”

And so is Rivera

LAWRENCE — Former City Councilor Julia Silverio last week endorsed Councilor Daniel Rivera for Lawrence mayor.

“I see a lot of my own children in Dan, a kid from our community that has a good education and solid professional credentials,” said Silverio, an insurance broker who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009. “He has a plan for the City and the experience to make that plan a reality.”

Coakley on ‘On the Record’

Attorney General Martha Coakley appears on WCVB’s On the Record today at 11 a.m. on WVCB with hosts Janet Wu and Ed Harding. Coakley is mounting a run for governor next year and speaks about her record and experience. According to WCVB’s website, Coakley repeatedly states “I’ve been doing it,” and “I just don’t talk about it,” when asked to compare her experience to GOP challenger Charles Baker.

North End Parade

Treasurer Steven Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley and independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will march in the North End Columbus Day Parade today starting at 12:30 p.m..Starts at City Hall, Boston)

Lobster Day

He’s not running for re-election and this has nothing to do with political campaigns, but we thought we would include this anyway: Near the end of his trip to Canada last week, Gov. Deval Patrick issued a proclamation establishing Lobster Day yesterday. The bottom-dweller caught in traps on the sea floor is a New England staple, appearing on fine dining menus and at ice cream stands. Large hauls in recent years have driven down prices. The lobster fishery is the most valuable conducted in state waters, and in 2012 Massachusetts commercial lobstermen landed more than $14.4 million pounds, grossing $53.4 million. In 2013, the state issued more than 1,400 commercial lobster permits and more than 9,000 recreational lobster permits. “Fishing for lobster is a traditional and economically valuable commercial activity in cities and towns all along the Massachusetts coast,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin in a statement. “This is a great time of year to get an excellent quality lobster at a good price and we encourage people to enjoy Massachusetts-caught lobster now and throughout the year.”

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Compiled from staff reports.

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