I wish you and your family a most Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for your friendship, support and guidance over the years, and most importantly, for the opportunity you have given me to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway for a third term.
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. We gather together around a table, thankful to have one another in our lives and grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us.
As I think about this year's holiday, I am grateful knowing that you continue to come together as a community, in both good times and bad. I thank you for participating in a spirited election which tested us all. The end of this election is the point where we begin to forge new paths and I look forward to working with each and every one of you along this journey.
Finally, I thank my family, friends, and colleagues who work day in and day out to make the world a better place. That hard work and commitment is such a great way to give thanks and pay it forward.
As I look forward to carving yet another turkey on Thursday, I hope that you too will enjoy your day and the beginning of a wonderful holiday season!
Rep. Roy had the honor of riding the SNETT trail in Franklin with Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton, along with local officials and members of the rail trail committee. Senators Spilka and Ross also participated in yesterday's event along the trail.
The ride was set up to give the Secretary a chance to view the trail and the impediment at Prospect Street. Three years ago, the Legislature approved funding in the Environmental Bond Bill to construct a tunnel at Prospect Street to improve the trail and allow access to the other parts of the SNETT trail.
Secretary Beaton enjoyed his trip to Franklin and listened to the concerns of the rail trail committee members. We look forward to talking with him more about recommending to the Governor that the funds be released.
For a full report on the ride, please read the Milford Daily News article by clicking here. To see pictures from the ride, click here.
I was honored and humbled to receive a Legislator of the Year Award from the Provider's Council. The Council represents over 20,000 human service workers in Massachusetts, and it was truly an honor to be recognized as part of their team and Caring Force.
It was also a thrill to meet 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison, the keynote speaker at the event. Many thanks to my friend Michael Moloney for helping me see, and for introducing me to the wonderful mission of this group.
A nice touch at the Providers Council event were the videos they presented for each of the recipients along with caricature drawings. You can view my video, sung to John Fogerty's Centerfield, by clicking here.
Tegra Medical Tour
Rep. Roy toured Tegra Medical in Franklin with state and local officials to get a hands-on view of the work done at its Forge Park location.
Tegra was at the State House in October to receive its Manufacturer of the Year Award for products at the first annual Legislative Manufacturing Caucus Award Ceremony. In addition to being chosen for the products category, the company was recognized for contributing to the state's economy with its strong growth, the addition of more than 50 jobs to the Massachusetts economy just this year, and its continued dedication to local charities.
Tegra Medical makes complex wire and tube products for the medical device and life sciences industries. It also offers prototyping and development services through its on-site Genesis Tech Center. The company employs 330 people in its Franklin facility.
Tegra was featured on page 52 in the most recent issue of Stuff, a magazine by the Worcester Business Journal showcasing items made in central Massachusetts. You can view the magazine by clicking here.
Tegra received a 10-year, TIF (tax increment financing) agreement from Franklin in 2009 and, as a result, has expanded its physical plant and nearly doubled the number of employees in Franklin.
The tour showed that Tegra Medical truly has solidified itself as a global leader in the manufacture of medical equipment. The tour also offered an opportunity to discuss some of the issues faced by the company such as the need for skilled workers, expansion plans, the need for parking, and some traffic issues in the area.
You can view more photos from the tour by clicking here.