Vote Yes to Education

Friends – –  I met an enthusiastic young woman in South Attleboro today knocking on doors on Robinson Ave. I told Bethany I will be a strong education supporter… and Bethany told me about the day in Attleboro High School when she walked into Latin class and was told her teacher was gone and Latin was cancelled for the rest of the year … and beyond.

I looked Bethany in the eye and told her I would vote NO to layoffs during the school year. I told her I want Attleboro schools to return to the level we were at before the massive layoffs a few years ago. Bethany go excited and told me she would definitely vote for me.

I also met a woman who is an aide in our school system. She was offered no pay raise this year and was deeply offended. Her union fought back and helped her get a tiny raise but she won’t forget the slap in the face when told she didn’t deserve a raise. We need dedicated teacher aides in Attleboro…. and we want them to feel appreciated.

Every day I meet teachers, aides, students and voters like Bethany who want stronger schools in our city. We will be building a new high school… lets continue to build what happens inside the classrooms!

If you want to volunteer to hold signs and canvass with me in September and October, please let me know (508-577-1412). Attleboro can be the strongest city school system in Massachusetts.  Let’s invest in our youth!

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Reaching out to home bound seniors

I was knocking and biking for six hours of campaigning in Ward One today (So. Attleboro). My message is ringing true. We need to reach out more to home bound seniors.
Today I met a 90 year old man. Albert lost his wife last year, just got out of the hospital with a heart issue, is racked with loneliness since nobody has visited him since he got back home. “I am lonely”, he stammered. “The Visiting Nurses haven’t seen me.” Albert didn’t know what to do. I suggested he call his primary care doctor and request a referral so the VNA can see him. He had no idea that he needed to talk with his primary. The social worker at the hospital had not set up home visits. He was lost. All his friends are gone.
Albert is sick with loneliness, anxiety, and confusion. He has no one to love him.
Attleboro needs to budget and hire an outreach worker for the Senior Center. I plan to work on this project should I be elected in November. The budget is tight and but I intend to do everything in my power to find the money to approve an outreach worker to support Attleboro’s homebound seniors.
Today, I also met Edie, an 84 year old South Attleboro woman who lives alone in her apartment. She was delighted to open the door when I knocked. “Come on in”, she said. “Ty, can you help me get a job? No one wants me to work anymore. I can’t survive just on social security. My car has broken down and I can’t drive anymore. I don’t have the money for another car but I’ll keep on looking.”
I suggested she call the Senior Center and ask how to purchase Dial-a-ride tickets. “Better yet, you could go up to the Senior Center and have lunch five days a week. You could play cards, bingo, join a sewing group, lots of fun activities. It beats sitting here by yourself listening to the TV all day long.”
By the time I left her apartment, Edie was smiling and said “Thank you, Ty. I’m going to make that call.”
But Edie needs a follow up call lest she sink back into her depressed state of mind. She needs an outreach worker who will bring her to the Senior Center for lunch, introduce her to a few seniors, and show her how to buy the Dial–Ride Tickets, and set her on the path of the living.
Edie has a beautiful smile…. all she needs is a helping hand.
Albert and Edie live on streets all over Attleboro. Let’s introduce them to the Larson Senior Center. Let’s reach out to them.
After all ….. someday each of us could be in the same predicament as Albert and Edie….
From a day on Ty’s Campaign Trail… July 12, 2018.

Door to Door, catch up with Ty, Attleboro!

For the past two days I have been knocking on residential doors adjacent to Highland Avenue in South Attleboro, Ward 1B. As usual, I meet lots of folks who embrace the priorities I hold dear for Attleboro, with an occasional nay-sayer that might ask my political affiliation.
The message of:
  1. Reaching out to Attleboro Seniors who might be home bound and unlikely to get into the Senior Center very often rings true with most folks. Just about everyone agrees that we need to visit seniors and find out if they need help. Many seniors bravely face health issues, financial constraints and loneliness. They are normally very friendly with me and appreciate being visited. While our local senior center does fine work, we can always do more outreach. This is a message that resonates with most people I see.
  2. Public Education; There is almost universal support for maintaining and continuing to build a first-rate public education in Attleboro. We need to continue rebuilding what we lost when the massive teacher layoffs occurred a few years back. Most people seem to agree that this is important work for the city to do.
  3. I do a lot of listening, especially with seniors, who are anxious about their ability to pay the increases in their property taxes to build the new high school. When I voted yes on the high school I had decided this was a worthwhile expenditure of my retirement income. But many seniors don’t have a nest egg of savings and retirement income. I hope Attleboro will design a way to help Seniors who are struggling to pay their property taxes. I don’t anyone to feel they have to give up their homes or move out of the city because of the new high school. I probably talk to a dozen seniors daily who are fearful for their financial and housing future.
  4. Most people are very satisfied with the fire and police departments. I want to applaud them for the great work they do. I am particularly pleased with the way our Police and Fire Dept. help people with mental health issues. I hope everyone got a chance to read Saturday’s Sun-Chronicle, which focused on mental health issues in our state and in Attleboro. If you didn’t see the front page story, you can take a look at it in our library.
  5. YEAH for the city purchasing Highland Country Club’s 93 acres. I applaud the city council for unanimously voting for the purchase, and Paul Heroux for his vision and advocacy for the city owning Highland. Their may be different usages of the property including weddings and special events around and inside the building. But I hope it is used primarily as a park where we can feel peace and quiet.
Finally, if my message connects with you, please consider asking me to visit you and also consider putting up one of my signs. You can reach me at 508-577-1412 or via Email at tyattleboro@gmail.com.
I have discovered that four hours of knocking on doors via my bicycle is best for me. I try to extend myself and am in reasonably good shape. But my mind starts to lose focus after about four hours. Campaigning door-to -door is a marathon (four months to go) and not a sprint.

So, if I don’t reach your door, please invite me when I’m in your part of the city.

TY SUPPORTS ATTLEBORO’S PURCHASE OF THE HIGHLAND COUNTRY CLUB

      My favorite place in Boston, where I worked for over 20 years, is the Arboretum in the Forest Hills/Roslindale area. It is a huge, wooded area with sloping hills, a small winding river, and beautiful vistas. It is a place for utter tranquility for people and dogs alike. It has winding pathways, pretty swatches of open, grassy land, and is the most peaceful part of Boston with no traffic, no noise. Silence is golden. It was founded and owned by Harvard University but has been a free gift to Bostonians, suburban commuters, international visitors, children, elderly folks and man’s best friend.
      I took my hour lunch break in the Arboretum for many a year. I spent 9/11 in the Arboreturm transfixed by the total quietude and could hear fighter planes guarding our capital from 50,000 feet above me. No one charges for the parking. No one charged me for strolling through this beautiful slice of rural Boston. It made the stress of my social work job bearable and was the high point of any day that the sun was shining for the seven years I worked in Roslindale.
      I have found a few other beautiful places for walks in eastern Mass., including the Blue Hills (Milton and Canton), the Foxboro State Park, and Borderlands State Park in Easton. But the Arboreretum is the creme de creme of beautiful city parkland. It doesn’t have a golf course, it doesn’t have rides for kids, no special amenities other than its natural beauty, pretty trails, and majestic trees re-planted from all over the world.
      Attleboro has the chance to purchase a similar park for a mere three million dollars. We have the opportunity to offer beauty, peace, and quietude to our 43,000 residents and visitors to our beautiful city.
     *Attleboro has a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy 90+ acres of nirvana for everyone…. not just the folk who might be able to afford to live in the 120 or so homes and condos the Tamposi Brothers intend to build.
     *We can let the sale go through and look forward to the land being lost forever or……. we can speak out next Tuesday evening, June 19, 2018. We can let our City Councilors know how much we want to share this beautiful parkland with Attleboro’s children, and for all future generations of our city.
     * We have our own Arboretum right in our own backyard for an affordable price. We may never get this chance to preserve such beauty again within our city. Do we want to let it go to the Tamposi Brothers and lose it forever?
   * Your son or daughter might be married someday in Highland Park. We might turn the building into a nature museum, or a beautiful place to hold big meetings. The Attleboro Community Theatre might present a production in the building or the high school might present a concert there. The list of possibilities for usage of this property are many.
      *But this land will be lost forever if sold to the Tamposi Brothers.
      *Join me on Tuesday evening, 7 pm sharp, June 19, to tell our City Council how much you want to save the Highland Country Club property for your children and Attleboro’s future generations.
       BOSTON MAY HAVE THE ARBORETUM…. BUT ATTLEBORO WILL HAVE HIGHLAND PARK … for years and years. Your grandchildren and their children will thank you for saving this land for them.
       If I was a city councilor I would be voting to purchase Highland Country Club. Please tell our city council how you feel.
Email the City Council at council@cityofattleboro.us be sure to be very clear in your email and state your name and address.
Call Peter Blais at 508-431-7230 and tell him you’re thoughts calmly. Remember to state your name and address.
Attend the City Council meeting on June 19th at 7pm at Attleboro City Hall.

I am officially beginning our campaign for the vacant citywide City Council seat in June!

Dear Attleboro – I am officially beginning our campaign for the vacant citywide City Council seat in June, with the election almost five months away on November 6, 2018. I am running on several key points ..

*  PUBLIC EDUCATION: I am a strong advocate for Attleboro’s children and teachers. We can have the best educational system of any city in Massachusetts!
*  ATTLEBORO BUSINESSES: Attleboro will soon have a first rate Director of Economic Development and a program to attract and support businesses.
*  PUBLIC SAFETY: We will maintain a top notch police and fire departments.
*  SENIORS: I support the Larson Senior Center and serving Attleboro’s seniors.
* CONSTITUENT SERVICE: I will listen and respond to your concerns.
HUMAN RIGHTS WILL BE SUPPORTED AND HONORED!!! – As a member of the Attleboro Council on Human Rights, we raised the flag for our LGBTQ community in a stirring ceremony last Friday. Attleboro is standing up as a city where human rights are upheld for everyone. Attleboro is a city that celebrates diversity and people from a variety of cultures. I am very proud to call Attleboro my home.
I have spent my adult life as a social worker, working with people struggling to be affirmed and honored. I served the intellectually disabled population at Wrentham State School and the Massachusetts Dept. of Developmental Services for 9 years. I also supervised foster care for adults and children throughout metropolitan Boston for 19 years. For the past three years I have been supporting residents of the Attleboro YMCA and assisting them with health, vocational, employment, and other personal needs.
Attleboro has a strong tradition of reaching out a helping hand to one another. I want to be part of that tradition by serving on the City Council.
If you want to join our team please call me at 508-577-1412. We are proud to call Attleboro our home.

 

To my friends, supporters, and anyone curious to find out what I am running for:

Two days ago a couple of my friends asked me if i want to run for election on Attleboro’s City Council. It seems that Julie Hall has just resigned the council, effective Sept. 3, 2018.
I SAID YES…. I WANT TO BE ON THE CITY COUNCIL.
Today I called Jim Hand, political reporter for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, and told him I am running as an at-large candidate for the City Council this November. I have fallen in love with Attleboro since moving here in 2002. I have worked as a social worker at the Attleboro YMCA for the past three years, recently was appointed to the Council on Human rights, and want to help serve you and our city.
I have a chance now to support Mayor Paul Heroux in his quest to improve Attleboro’s schools, revitalize our downtown area, and bring in new businesses. My priorities are;
1. BUILD A FIRST-RATE SCHOOL SYSTEM, PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, AND SUPPORT OUR EXCELLENT LIBRARY.
2. HIRE A DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO REVITALIZE OUR CITY AND DOWNTOWN.
3. SUPPORT OUR EXCELLENT SENIOR CENTER.
4. SUPPORT ATTLEBORO’S POLICE, FIRE FIGHTERS, AND THE REST OF OUR CITY EMPLOYEES.
5. PROVIDE YOU WITH GOOD CONSTITUENT SERVICES.
I want to help the City Council and Mayor Heroux find ways to help our children, seniors, home owners, businesses, and those struggling to survive. Together, let’s join in helping Attleboro thrive!
Please let me know if you want to support my candidacy as a volunteer and/or financial contributor. 
I have been a social worker for over 30 years, serving residents of the Attleboro YMCA and supervised foster care for people with disabilities.