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Memorial Day 2022 Remarks

Memorial Day 2022 Remarks

On Monday, May 30, 2022, I joined Gold Star Families, veterans, Town leaders (elected and staff), public safety personnel, friends, neighbors and children in Needham, Dover and Medfield to commemorate Memorial Day. Below is a video clip and text of the remarks I presented at the Town of Needham's Memorial Day Ceremonies:   REMARKS OF STATE...

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Fresh Garlick – Friday, May 13, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Friday, May 13, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The month of May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month. As many of us know, over the last three years there has been a striking increase in the rates of mental health symptoms experienced by both young people and adults. Despite these known increases, we continue to see individuals and families...

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Fresh Garlick – Friday, April 29, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Friday, April 29, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today is the 150th celebration of Arbor Day. The purpose of the day is to encourage individuals and communities to plant trees! Ed Olsen, the Superintendent of Needham Parks and Forestry and his great staff helped Needham students to learn about how trees work to produce oxygen as well as protect the Earth from storm...

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Fresh Garlick – April 14, 2022

Fresh Garlick – April 14, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As many of you know, April is a unique time in the House of Representatives as this is the month the House considers and debates the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. This week marked the beginning of this process with the House Committee on Ways and Means releasing the $49.6B FY23 Budget Recommendation, to which...

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Fresh Garlick – Thursday, April 7, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Thursday, April 7, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Each summer, students from Needham, Dover, and Medfield are welcomed into my office as interns. For two months, these students work in my office participating in a variety of legislative work including drafting communications, attending meetings, writings memos on legislative topics, and researching issues important to...

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Fresh Garlick – Friday, April 1, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Friday, April 1, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Recently, the residents of Dover gathered to demonstrate respect and support for the people of Ukraine. The road to the American Legion Post was packed with cars, children and families played on the front lawn, and music, the smell of good food and light-filled the halls upstairs and down. The spirit of purpose and...

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Statement of the Needham Human Rights Committee

March 30, 2022 The Needham Human Rights Committee strongly condemns the war in Ukraine and hopes for a swift end to the senseless violence that is being perpetrated against Ukrainian citizens. Unfortunately, one of the consequences of this upheaval is that anti-Russian bias is appearing in our community and region. Biases – whether unintentional...

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Fresh Garlick – Thursday, March 24, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Thursday, March 24, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This fall, the House of Representatives voted to allocated $4 billion of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to communities and programs that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this legislation has been signed into law, I wanted to share with you two ways this transformational money is being implemented....

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Fresh Garlick – Thursday, March 17, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Thursday, March 17, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, First, as every day my heart aches for the people of Ukraine and my soul is shaken by our unsettled world. Today, as a member of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, I voted to engross the “Women's History Trail bill.” The first women were elected to the State Legislature in 1923. In one hundred years when...

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Fresh Garlick – Thursday, March 10, 2022

Fresh Garlick – Thursday, March 10, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, March is recognized as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to celebrate this community and recognize the value of inclusion for all. As I have shared before: as a mother, wife, nurse, community volunteer, local elected leader, and a concerned citizen, I am deeply and personally committed...

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