On The Trail with Ty: 9/6/18

Today ended early with a big thunderstorm at 5 pm. I was on Kellcourt Ave. speaking with Joe about his family, neighbors, and friends. He loves his area and really likes Attleboro. Joe moved into his home in 1992 and according to him, it was one of the best decision he’s ever made. Block parties, a friendly neighborhood, and a great place to raise his family. I liked Joe instantly. He signed my nomination papers, asked for a sign, and then the rain hit us.

A few hours earlier, I met a young woman on Commerce Way who simply glowed. Emily is a senior at Bridgewater State College and plans to be an elementary school teacher next fall. She did her student teaching in Attleboro during her junior year and loved it. The only drawback was the size of the classes which really surprised her. Regardless, Emily wants to come back to Attleboro and spend her career teaching in her hometown. When I left her door, her eyes sparkled again, she smiled and declared, “I love Attleboro!”

Lots of positivity in both Joe and Emily. I can’t wait to meet the rest of this city!

Please join us Saturday 9/8 from 10am-12pm as we hold signs downtown. Help us #TyAttleboroTogether!!!

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On the Trail with Ty: 9/2/18

Today was really fun. We spoke to 20 voters around the city, from Park Street to Oak Hill to Seanna Street. We sent up Newport Ave and lots of side streets. We ended up on Cote Street above South Ave. Along the way, we put up 18 signs on folks lawns. Those signs are a symbol of what I stand for. Supporters want me to be a voice for the poor and struggling folks, our dedicated blue-collar guys, our children who need to learn in smaller school classes, seniors who are afraid of losing their homes and not affording their future tax bills, our public school teachers who work constantly trying to help our children, our dedicated city employees and their supervisors, our water department and temporary director, our librarians and their new director, our city nurse and social worker, and of course, our mayor.

One of my favorite moments today was when we knocked on Scott and Meghan’s door on Seanna Street off of South Main Street. I was sorry they weren’t home but I had the honor of putting up my sign behind their homemade sign on the front lawn. Their sign declared. “LOVE TRUMPS HATE.”

That’s exactly what we all need to do, in our City Council, churches, and social groups throughout Attleboro, Massachusetts and throughout our beloved America. We all need to stand up and tell our politicians and city leaders; we need to tell our educators, our children and one another: “LOVE TRUMPS HATE”.

On the Trail with Ty: 9/1/18

Biking is an adventure going down the miles of Lindsey Street. Biking is the only way to travel if you are knocking on doors there because there are no breakdown lanes, no bicycle paths, no place to park except on side streets. However, there are plenty of wonderful people on and off Lindsey Street that we can’t forget about.
I met a wonderful lady named Darcie. She is the relatively new resource librarian at our own Attleboro Public Library. Darcie loves the library, devoted staff, and terrific volunteers. She exemplifies the devoted city employees that make Attleboro such a wonderful city. I also hope you’ll meet our new library director, Christine (Chris) Johnson, who arrived from New York this year. I am very impressed by the pleasant environment and desire to serve that I experience every time I enter our library. Our librarians provide meeting space for lots of different groups, have an excellent children’s section, and events going on all the time. Check it out. And check out our libraries website, you’ll be amazed at all the activities.
I have been invited to run a 100th anniversary of the Boston Red Sox 1918 world series champions at our library. The date is Thursday, September 27th, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Chris Johnson is offering technical support to help us celebrate our Red Sox history that evening. For those that might be curious, I wrote, with the help of my friend Mel Springer, the book “The Year the Red Sox Won the Series” back in 1999. Our library is making it possible for me to share my book, cartoons, photos, and special 1918 music with you on the 27th.
As I was leaving Lindsey, I had the good fortune to meet Russ Rayno, who has lived there for 66 years and counting. His home is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Russ gave me a birdseye view of what Pleasant and Lindsey street area looked like when he was growing up. It sounds like this part of Attleboro was really rural back then. Most of the stores between Holden and Lindsey were houses 50 years ago. It was a slower pace, quieter, and a lot less traffic. Attleboro was a different sort of city in the 1960’s. Thanks for taking time with me, Russ.
We still have some farms down along Lindsey. I saw chickens, horses, pastures after biking a few miles along the road. We just need to slow down a bit and enjoy what mother nature still has to offer us.
After spending five hours along Lindsey yesterday, I felt I had gone back in time to an earlier piece of Attleboro’s history. It was a really nice day.
PS: Don’t forget to slow down on Lindsey, to see the nice scenery and avoid being picked up for speeding on the other side of the railroad bridge by the friendly APD!

On the Trail with Ty: 8/31/18

It was a beautiful day on my bike today, heading into neighborhoods off North Main Street (3B). My first visit was with a lawyer who is a partner in a local firm. He listened to my vision for lower class sizes, restoration of foreign languages in middle schools, and reaching out to seniors in their 90’s, including a few remaining WW2 vets as we support the mission of our Senior Center. We talked about listening to one another in the city council and city government. We realized we each have some wisdom and good ideas to impart. We talked about reaching across party lines and celebrating our seniors, veterans, teachers, school children, and health care providers.  We talked about Highland Country Club and a healthy environment in Attleboro. We talked about affordable housing for all, beds for the homeless, and help for those afflicted by addictions. We talked about our dreams for Attleboro.
Yes, dreams are important. Without our dreams, we will never achieve them. I am a dreamer and a problem solver.

When I left his home he thanked me for stopping by and spending a few minutes. I thanked him as well. We really connected and listened to each other.

Yes, it was a beautiful day in our neighborhood. I topped it off by listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary on PBS tonight. Life is good!
It is also Jax’s birthday, who sends “On the Trail With Ty” to you. Happy Birthday, Jax!
Peace, Ty
PS: Ty’s team will be holding signs next Saturday, Sept. 8th, in downtown Attleboro. If anybody would like to join us, anytime between 10 AM to noon, please call Jan Waterman at 508-455-1918. Leave a message and she will return your call. We would love to meet you. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

On the Trail with Ty: 8/28/18

I had a phone call from the Attleboro Sun Chronicle yesterday while knocking on doors. A reporter, Jim Hand, asked me about the book I wrote, “The Year The Red Sox Won the Series.” It was the Boston Globe book of the year back in 1999, telling the story of the world champion 1918 Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth starred on that team, winning two games against the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher in the 1918 World Series.

I am flattered that the paper wants to run a story, replete with old photos, of my only published book, in this 100th anniversary of those 1918 champion Red Sox. It will be featured in a Saturday Sun Chronicle paper, probably on September 1 or 8.

Baseball has been a big part of my life. My dad was a professional baseball player, I played on a little league team, high school team, and American Legion ball as an outfielder. Baseball has been one of the driving forces of my life, including many years as a Red Sox and Paw Sox fan. I don’t talk about sports on my election journey through Attleboro. However, I do believe school sports can shape a young person’s life. Coaches become role models who make a strong imprint upon a youth.  Winning is nice but isn’t the most important thing. Developing the character of our youth should be number one in Attleboro’s sports programs.

I am heading out on my bike to Ward 3B Tuesday afternoon. Maybe playing ball through my teenage summers fortified me for a hot day like this. I learned to play under extreme mid-summer heat and maintain my concentration on each pitch. Or maybe I just love Attleboro and the people within it so much that I’m able to persevere through the heat and humidity. You decide.

51HFGJWRMVL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Year The Red Sox Won The Series: A Chronicle of the 1918 Championship Season
by Ty Waterman & Mel Springer
Link: http://a.co/d/gYorJ9p

It feels good to be back in Attleboro

Jan and I had a wonderfully relaxing vacation camping near the ocean in the Acadia region of Maine. After 8 days to recharge our batteries, I went out today along Holden and North Main Streets in Ward 3B.
I met a lawyer, policeman, construction foreman and a retired World War 2 veteran along with many other interesting people. I heard an elderly woman vent her concerns about speeding on Holden Avenue and the difficulty of walking across the street even in the crosswalks. I tried several times myself, very few cars let me across. They could use a crosswalk with lights.
I met a woman who helps DCF children reunite with their families and find affordable housing. We agreed that housing is a huge problem for many lower income families. It’s such a big problem that it will require a concerted effort by all of our Attleboro’s civic and political leaders.
I met a policeman who needs to be both a social worker and a counselor in his day to day patrol. I assured him I will be supportive and listen to our police, especially when handling tough situations. As a social worker, I have been assisted by police in Boston and Attleboro throughout my career. He had a John McCain sign on his front yard and we agreed that Senator McCain was a truly great American.
I was invited into the home of an 89 year old World War 2 veteran of the Army Air Force. He shared his Army photos and certificates displayed in his living room. We talked about the need to help the elderly and the importance of the great work our senior center does. This beautiful couple has been married 66 years and were delighted to bring me into their home. It was definitely an honor to be with them.
It feels good to be back in Attleboro.

“You must be Ty on your bicycle!” From the Campaign Trail, 8/17/18

Great day on the trail. Put up 13 signs today with four new signs on Lindsay Street. The forces that be were looking after me. I parked my bike at the beginning of Lindsay when a woman drove up to the red light, looked at me and said, “You must be Ty on your bicycle!” I handed her a palm card, the light turned green and she zoomed off. I had no idea who she was. But she sure was friendly!
Fifteen minutes later I biked into a driveway, and the same lady turned in right behind me. We were properly introduced to each other, had a great talk, and up went a sign. I told her “We were fated to meet today!” Gretchen smiled again.
It was a good day. Drive down Lindsay and you will see some signs now. A great way to start out in Ward 3B!
Today is my wife Jan and I’s 16th wedding anniversary. Jan is a beautiful, gentle and supportive lady. Tonight Jan took me out to a Paw Sox game (we won, 5-3) and bought me dinner as part of my birthday present. Tomorrow we leave for a week of camping at Lamoine State Park, sleeping in a tent 100 yards from the ocean with a view of the mountains of Acadia National Park.
Now I am officially on my vacation. I will be back on Sunday, August 26th.
Cheers, Ty