State Representative Dave Rogers

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Session Resuming


Having tackled a first round of MBTA reforms and the budget, the House and Senate have entered the heart of the legislative session with a number of critical issues pending action, including criminal justice reform, charter school expansion, energy, public records, equal access for transgender people, and the MBTA. Formal sessions, which will continue throughout the fall, began in the House yesterday with the passage of a supplemental budget. The original draft of the supplemental budget contained a provision that would have eliminated both Arlington and Belmont's seats on the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee (CAC), a committee made up of over 30 communities that works with Logan Airport to attempt to manage and reduce the impacts of airplane noise. I filed an amendment and rounded up support among my colleagues to oppose removing a number of communities from the CAC. Ultimately we were successful in protecting the CAC member status of all of the removed communities while also tinkering with some rule changes to help the CAC better carry out its advisory mission.

Belmont Commuter Rail Stations


As I mentioned in my last email newsletter, the Waverly Square commuter rail station is no longer grandfathered into its longstanding exemption from certain requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as a result the MBTA will eventually need to bring the station into compliance with the ADA, or alternatively close or relocate the station. While the day is far off, the Belmont Center station will also face the same dilemma as the Waverly station does now when it is next repaired. In the case of the Belmont Center station, its configuration will make ADA-compliance quite difficult. Senator Brownsberger and I joined the Board of Selectmen in a first conversation about this issue on September 28th and debate over how to handle the stations will be ongoing for some time.

Arlington Visual Budget Wins Digital Government Achievement Award


Arlington's fantastic Visual Budget has has won the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Government's Achievement Award for Driving Digital Government Local Government Category. These awards are given for outstanding websites and apps made by departments and agencies, and even a cursory glance at Arlington's Visual Budget makes clear that the award is well deserved. I encourage everyone to read more about the award, which typifies the generally excellent work of the Arlington Town Administration.

Belmont Center Reconstruction Project and the Green Space Enhancement Concept


After considerable debate over what the construction plans for the green space in front of Belmont Savings Banks in Belmont Center should look like, a 3rd option has been put forward and agreed upon by the Board of Selectmen. You can review the plan in more detail as well as learn more about all of the facets of the plans and construction pertaining to the Belmont Center Reconstruction and Parking Management Plan on the landing page for the project.

Belmont Cultural Council Survey


The Belmont Cultural Council is conducting a survey of Belmont residents to get public input about how best distribute its funds. This is a great chance to give some input into what you want out of the arts in Belmont.

Unclaimed Property


As many as 1 in 10 citizens of the Commonwealth, including many of my constituents, are owners of unclaimed property. Unclaimed property includes savings accounts, checking accounts, unpaid wages or commissions, stocks, underlying shares, uncashed dividends, customer deposits or overpayments, certificates of deposit, credit balances, refunds, money orders, paid-up life insurance policies, safe deposit boxes, and uncashed benefit checks, and gift certificates, all of which sat unused and were ultimately taken by the state. If you own unclaimed property you can recover it here.

Legislation


Each month I take the opportunity provided by my email newsletter to highlight one or more of the bills I have filed. This month I want to focus on a bill on behalf of which I recently testified that is aimed at enhancing media literacy education in schools across the Commonwealth.

H471, And Act Concerning Media Literacy in Schools: "Media literacy" refers to an individual’s ability to critically understand the messages they receive through writing, sound and/or visual images. At one time you were considered literate if you could read and write. Today in our digital age we are inundated with information from a variety of mediums – TV, movies, video games, music, videos, billboards, packaging, advertising, and of course the wealth of other online content – all of which permeate our day to day lives. These days reading and writing on their own no longer constitute true literacy. My legislation would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to encourage media literacy education at every grade level and in conjunction with core subjects. To adequately educate students, our schools must prepare our them to succeed personally in the new social environment by helping impressionable young people better understand the complex media landscape and professionally by equipping students with the digital skills today's workplaces already demand.
I testified on H471, An Act Concerning Media Literacy in Schools before the Joint Committee on Education this past week. I was joined at the hearing by the Executive Director of Media Literacy Now Erin McNeil (also a Belmont resident as well as the bill's co-author and lead advocate), Press Pass TV Community Relations Director Reggie Williams, and media literacy professor Joni Siani.
As always, you can review all of the bills that I have filed on my website.

Community Events

Dan Scharfman Memorial Run


Dan Scharfman was an integral part of the Belmont community whose unwavering advocacy on behalf of the Belmont Public Schools benefited all who live in town. Each year a 5K is held to commemorate Dan and raise money to support the Dan Scharfman Education Innovative Fund for the Foundation for Belmont Education. This year's race will be on Sunday October 4th at 9:30 a.m. You can learn more, donate, and register to run or volunteer on the Foundation for Belmont Education website.

Annual HONK! Festival and 37th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest

HONK! is a wonderful annual festival of activist street bands that play a weekend festival in Cambridge and Somerville each fall. HONK! begins on the evening of Thursday, October 8th and crescendos with an all afternoon and evening festival in Davis Square on Saturday the 10th, a Parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square on Sunday the 11th, and on arrival joining in with Harvard Square's 37th Annual Oktoberfest. You can read more about HONK! and the event schedule at the festival's website. The 37th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest in a afternoon festival running from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Belmont Serves


Belmont's annual day of service, Belmont Serves, will be taking place on Monday, October 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteer projects will include the annual food drive for the Belmont Food Pantry, multiple conservation projects, and much more. The event is always a great chance for Belmont residents to give back to their community and a good time too. Sign up and lend a hand!

Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition to Host Community Forum


Arlington's Youth Heath and Safety Coalition will be hosting a community forum on Tuesday October 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall (730 Mass Ave). The event will feature a keynote address from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and will focus on the opioid crisis in Massachusetts generally and Arlington specifically.

Tour Arlington's Remodeled Central Fire Station


Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and Fire Chief Robert Jefferson are inviting residents to come tour the town's newly renovated Central Fire Station (411 Mass Ave) on Saturday October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Construction was completed in July 2015 after over four years of planning and construction.

Friends of Spy Pond Work Day


Join the Friends of Spy Pond for an fun afternoon of cleaning up on Saturday, October 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Be Well Belmont Community Dialogue on Healthy Food and Activity


Be Well Belmont, an organization focusing on a community approach too healthy eating and activity in town, will be hosting a community dialogue on healthy eating and activity on Sunday, October 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Beech Street Center (266 Beech St.).

Mystic River Watershed Association 2015 Annual Meeting


The Mystic River Watershed Association will be holding its annual meeting on Monday October 19th starting with refreshments at 6:15 p.m. at Tufts University, 51 Medford Street, Medford, MA.

A Taste of Arlington


Arlington's annual "Taste of Arlington" festival will be held on Tuesday October 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall. The event is always a great chance to spend time with the Arlington community and an unparalleled opportunity to taste some of the great food in town. Get your tickets now!

Forum on GMOs and GMO Labeling


There will be a forum on GMOs and GMO labeling on Tuesday October 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Watertown Middle School (68 Waverly Avenue, Watertown, MA). The forum will be hosted by Senator Brownsberger and will cover the science and legal frameworks pertinent to the topic area.

Arlington Youth Counseling Center's 5th Annual Out on the Town Gala


The 5th Annual "Out on the Town" Fundraising Gala to support will be held on October 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall. Tickets go quickly, so get yours soon!

Belmont Department of Public Works Recycling Event


There are a wide variety of recyclable items that cannot be put out on the curb. In an effort to collect these items, the Belmont Department of Public works will be hosting a recycling event for Belmont residents from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24th at the Department of Public Works yard at 37 C St. Check out the flier for the event to see which items will be accepted.

Children's Room Annual Memories Walk


The Children's Room is a wonderful organization, and its Annual Memories Walk is a great opportunity to come together to celebrate community, remember loved ones, and support the important programs of The Children’s Room. The walk will be held on Sunday October 25th and will start at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Town Hall. It is a special day every year and I cannot recommend participation highly enough.

Belmont Media Center Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary


The Belmont Media Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Come join in the celebration of a key Belmont resource at the annual at the Beech Street Center (266 Beech Street) starting at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday October 29th. Middlesex District Attorney and Belmont resident Marian Ryan will give a keynote address. If you plan to attend, be sure to RSVP so that there is enough food to go around!

Other Events


There are a number of other places to find out about events in your community:

October Office Hours


I will hold office hours at the following times and places during October. I encourage any and all to stop by and speak with me about any concerns or to offer any input you might have.

Tuesday, October 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Beech Street Center in Belmont (266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA 02478).

Tuesday, October 20th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington (594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476)

Saturday, October 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Verna's Donut Shop in North Cambridge (2344 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140)

Saturday, October 24th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bruegger’s Bagels in Belmont (41 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478).

You can also always contact me at any time in my office at 617 722 2013 or at dave.rogers@mahouse.gov.

Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands


Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge all host farmers' markets and farm stands that have opened up for the summer and fall months. These markets provide great fresh produce and other delicious options.

Belmont Farmers' Market

Open on Thursdays from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m, the Belmont Farmers' Market is located in the Belmont town center parking lot by the intersection of Cross St. and Channing Rd. (closes October 29th)

Arlington Farmers' Market
Open on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m, the Arlington Farmers' Market is located in the Russell Common parking lot in Arlington Center, behind Park Terrace, just off of Rte. 60/Rte. 30.

Cambridge Farmers' Markets
Cambridge has a variety of farmers' markets open every day of the week at different locations. Check out their website to find out more information about each farmers' market.

Belmont Acres Farm
Belmont Acres Farm - previously Sergi's Farm from 1947-2011 - is open on Saturdays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. You can find the stand at 34 Glenn Road off of Blanchard road.

Farmer Tim's Vegetables
This year Belmont Acres Farm will be joined by a new farm stand in town - Farmer Tim's Vegetables - which will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m in the Boston Musicians' Association parking lot at 130 Concord Avenue (across from the entry to Belmont High School). Tim Carroll, a long-time Belmont resident who recently purchased a farm in Dudley, will sell produce from that new farm.

Local Media


Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge are vibrant communities that sport multiple local news platforms that are worth perusing to learn more about what is going on in your community.

Arlington:
Belmont Cambridge

Social Media


I am glad to have already connected with many of you on Facebook. Due to the limitations on personal Facebook pages, however, I plan to start to do more of my political and community outreach from my political page. Please like my official State Representative page here. You can also follow me on twitter to find out more about my representation of the 24th Middlesex District.

Contact Me


I welcome your input and hope to hear from you on issues of mutual concern. Email: rep.dave.rogers@gmail.com. State House office phone: 617-722-2013. Personal cell phone: 617-817-9395. Website: repdaverogers.com.
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