67th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston

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BOSTON – State Representative Timothy R. Madden (Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket) would like to congratulate the students in his district that represented their High Schools in this years, the 67th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston earlie this month. Participants included James Driscoll and Sara Buscher of Falmouth High School, August Welles and Russell Shapiro of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and Grace Mulcahy and Olivia Slade of Nantucket High School.

Since 1947, Student Government Day has afforded students from across the Commonwealth an opportunity to take on the roles of Governor, state legislators, constitutional officers and court justices to see what it is like to “run” State Government.

All five students in attendance were assigned as members of the House of Representatives and participated in events in the House Chamber.  They engaged in mock debates, simulated Committee hearings and formal Senate and House  sessions while shadowing their assigned official.

“It was wonderful to see so many students from the district in the building and participating in this unique experience including spending the day with government officials and observing the process of government first hand,” said “Representative Madden. “I was pleased to have the oppertunity to see Thomas, Vincent and Nikolay again as well as meet Meghan and Kevin for the first time”.

Student Government Day participants are selected by a process similar to local elections. Elections to select student delegates and their alternates are traditionally held in high schools throughout the state on the first Tuesday in November.

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands at the State House to receive an award

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands received an award for their dedication to raising awareness about and preventing suicide. Senate President Therese Murray presented the MCSP Leadership in Suicide Prevention Award to the Samaritans and executive director Stephanie Kelly. The group was also presented with a citation from Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Representatives Timothy Madden and David Vieira. Members of the Samaritans who attended the event last Monday at the State House were, from left, board member Patti Haney, board president Monica Hough, Ms. Kelly with her husband, Jeff Schlueter, and volunteer Holly Wilson.

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Thursday
February 27, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Atria Woodbriar Place
389 Gifford St Falmouth
For information about the event contact Falmouth Human Services at 508-548-0533
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Derrill Bazzy and Philippe Jordi received Kuehn Community Preservation Awards

From left, Representative Tim Madden, Derrill Bazzy, Philippe Jordi, and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo at the 3rd Annual Kuehn Community Preservation Awards ceremony in Boston

Derrill Bazzy of Aquinnah and Philippe Jordi of West Tisbury were two of ten “Community Preservation Heroes” selected statewide and honored by the Community Preservation Coalition at a ceremony Tuesday at the State House in Boston.

The two Islanders received Kuehn Community Preservation Awards, named for Robert H. Kuehn Jr., who was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Massachusetts, signed into law in 2000. They also received citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, presented by Representative Tim Madden, and congratulations from Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.

The Kuehn Community Preservation Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the CPA’s success in communities across the state, and whose work best exemplifies the spirit of Mr. Kuehn’s legacy, according to a press release.

Mr. Bazzy was recognized for his work as chairman of Aquinnah’s Community Preservation Committee since its start in 2002. Mr. Jordi, the Executive Director of the Island Housing Trust, was recognized for his work over the last 17 years as a developer and manager of affordable community housing for the Island Housing Trust and the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority.

CPA funding comes from a surcharge of up to three percent on property taxes, plus a variable state match from real estate deed recording fees, to raise money for open space, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation.

Bridge Work Alert – Sagamore Bridge

Bridge Work Alert – Sagamore Bridge

Our painting contractor working on the Sagamore Bridge may also perform work on Saturdays with lane restrictions.  Work on Saturdays will be done as needed to make up for weather delays that may occur during each work week.  The revised work schedule is Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., depending on weather.  Travel lanes will be open each night and on Sundays.  Work accomplished during this winter will help reduce the duration of lane restrictions needed in the spring of 2014 to complete the painting work.

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State Representative Timothy Madden Raises Concerns About Drone Technology

State Representative Timothy Madden Raises Concerns About Drone Technology

By: Christopher Kazarian, January 3, 2014

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While most federal and state officials were excited over Monday’s announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration had selected Joint Base Cape Cod as one of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems, at least one had concerns about the potential impact these machines could have on Americans.

“I have mixed emotions about it,” state Representative Timothy R. Madden (D-Nantucket) said on Tuesday. “I’m delighted for the base to be getting the work and this assignment in collaboration with New York, but I don’t imagine me being a fan of drones.”

Although he acknowledged the need for the FAA to conduct research on how and where these unmanned aircraft can navigate airspace, he worried they pose a threat not only to people’s privacy, but to their quality of life.

And he noted it would simply be another step toward technology replacing human interaction in today’s world. “I like when the UPS driver waves hello and throws my dog a biscuit and wishes me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The idea of a drone dropping off [a package] on my porch doesn’t thrill me,” he said, in reference to the “60 Minutes” segment last month in which Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos showcased research being done by his company to one day deliver some of its packages by drones.

The idea of a drone dropping off [a package] on my porch doesn’t thrill me,” he said

Rep. Madden stressed that these opinions are based on little firsthand interaction with the machines. In his role as state representative he anticipated he would have a chance to witness them being tested at the base.

That testing, he said, is necessary “to put limits on how these things should be used,” noting that the advancement of this technology has come at a swift pace. “We have really only learned about drones over the last couple of years and now all of the sudden, no pun intended, they are popping up all over the place,” he said.

He was in favor of these types of aircraft being used in the military, where they have a tangible benefit, but questioned whether they may detract from everyday life in the private sector.

He referenced cellphones as an example, noting that for all the good they serve they can also be an annoyance, especially when people are talking on them. “Maybe it is me, but if you and I are on a plane together and you were having a conversation while I was sitting next to you, it wouldn’t annoy me much,” he said. “But when someone is having a conversation talking into a phone, it seems to be a little annoying.”

It is why he takes steps to eliminate such disturbances personally; in the State House he will generally use the old-fashioned phone booths when talking on his cellphone. “If I’m in an airport I use my cellphone where the phones used to be, as opposed to sitting next to someone and talking,” he said. “It’s different strokes for different folks.”

Unmanned aircraft systems, he said, could be even more of an annoyance than cellphones. “When I look out the window I like to see birds,” he said, expressing fear that these aircraft could result in noise pollution, sight pollution and even detract from one’s quality of life. “What I’m really concerned about is the ramifications on the future.”

Bridge Work Alert – Sagamore Bridge

Bridge Work Alert – Sagamore Bridge

The painting contractor will not work on the Sagamore Bridge during the two weeks of Christmas and New Years.  All travel lanes will be open Dec. 21, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014.

After the holidays, work on the Sagamore Bridge with lane restrictions will continue through the winter depending on the weather, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Travel lanes will be open each night and on weekends.  Work accomplished during this winter will help reduce the duration of lane restrictions needed in the spring of 2014 to complete the painting work.

The Corps also uses Facebook at www.facebook.com/CorpsNewEngland and Twitter athttp://twitter.com/CorpsNewEngland to give immediate updates on any changes to the bridge work, as well as its other activities in New England.  For more information on Corps projects go to Corps website at:http://www.nae.usace.army.mil.