Notary publics actions by video conferencing authorized by Massachusetts Legislature

Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Joseph McGonagle recently announced that the Massachusetts Legislature passed legislation to authorize notary publics to perform notary actions using video conferencing during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“My office heard from many constituents on this issue of remote notarization, and I am pleased that my colleagues in the Legislature and I were able to enact this change,” said Senator DiDomenico. “Industries across our Commonwealth are hav- ing to quickly adapt to these unprecedented times, and the Legislature is doing everything we can to identify these needs and make the necessary changes. Public health and safety must remain top priority, and this will help minimize risk for many people in need of this critical service and ease the burden on a crucial part of our economy.”

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LOOKING AT THE NEWS

McLaughlin off and running

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Everett Ward 6 city councilor Michael McLaughlin, D, took out papers to run for the 28th Middlesex State Representative’s seat at the McCormack Building. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By Josh Resnek

Councilor Mike Mclaughlin is officially a candidate for state rep from Everett after pulling papers Tuesday. With great fanfare and high hopes, he is making the effort to rise to the next level of the political playing field.

He preceded his methodical quest to line up all his ducks before jumping into the political frying pan by hosting a series of campaign events over the weekend with supporters and contributors, readying himself for the big push which has begun in earnest.

Saturday, he met with about 50 supporters at Anna’s Pizza on Main Street.

Considering how distant the election seems today, the large and enthusiastic gathering was all the more noteworthy.

Made up entirely of Everett residents and voters, everyone there committed themselves to a McLaughlin campaign and a McLaughlin victory.

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— Eye on Everett —

Quite a contrast

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By Josh Resnek

When Senator Sal came out to bring the greetings of the State Senate to the good people of our city attending the mid-term festivities at city hall Monday night, he did it with class and style befitting a longtime senator.

He made short remarks noting that we are all basically family here and that families, in general, seated in the council chamber, deserved credit for aiding the elected public officials who were about to take their oath of office for the new session.

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Senator Sal DiDomenico enters the chamber with State Rep. Joe McGonagle behind him shaking hands with locals during the City of Everett’s 2020 Inaugural Ceremonies at City Hall.(Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

His comments were greeted with strong applause.

Senator Sal always comes prepared and ready to go.

He would not appear otherwise. You can put your money on that. He entered the council chamber with Everett State Rep. Joe McGonagle, who was neither prepared nor ready to go.

McGonagle seemed lost, like a guy with the flu or a virus bothering him, smothering him, and making it almost impossible for him to say anything approaching coherency.

From the moment he began his greetings from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, he kind of stumbled through a few thoughts that were having trouble being recited together.

At one point, he stopped altogether, with an empty gap that many of those who packed the council chamber certainly felt.

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The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Stacy DeBole

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The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Stacy Boyle. 

Special to the Leader Herald

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Stacy DeBole of Swampscott, who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board.

“I am excited to serve as a Commissioner to continue my work with libraries statewide” said Mrs. DeBole. “Having worked directly with the board as a public library director, I know the challenges facing libraries and the great work that is done by the MBLC and I am excited to get started.”

Commissioner DeBole has had an extensive library career that spans public, academic and special libraries, including the Suffolk University Library, the New England School of Law Library, and the Salem State University Library. Most recently she was director of the Everett Public Library where she actively participated in grant opportunities offered by the MBLC, including Library Services and Technology Act grants for Teens and Tweens and Preservation, and State Aid to Public Libraries grants. She called these grants “game changers for the community.”

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Everett Youth Football Leaders Rally at State House

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Dozens of players from around the state showed up to the protest held by Massachusetts Youth Football Alliance on the steps of the State House. (Photo by Joe Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero and Joe Prezioso

Many local youth leaders and advocates of the freedom to choose to allow elementary school children to take part in contact sports such as tackle football made their way up to the State House on Tuesday, April 16 as part of a growing protest of Bills H. 2007 and S.1223. Both are currently progressing through the legislature.

The bills, presented by Paul A. Schmid III of Westport, MA, and Bradley H. Jones Jr., of North Reading, MA, was presented to the legislature to help “prevent the practice of tackle football for children in grade 7 or under”.

The official website for the bill making its rounds states it’s “an act for no organized head impacts to school children.”

The bills were referred to the Committee of Public Health by the house on January 22 and the senate concurred.

The 2.5 hour rally combating the bills featured some big names, including guest speakers and former NFL players Merril Hoge and Andre Tippet.

The Mass Youth Football Alliance, USA Football, Pop Warner and American Youth Football have all teamed up to counter the bills that most certainly jeopardize participation in local youth football leagues across the state.

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