Former state Sen. Fred Berry has joined the development team at Northeast Arc in a part-time capacity.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
State Sen. Joan Lovely has been named to seven committees on Beacon Hill, including chairwoman of one of the committees.
The state senator representing Danvers has been named chairwoman of a Beacon Hill committee just a month after being sworn in to her first term in office. State Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem) announced on Tuesday that she has been named chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Lovely was elected to the Second Essex District seat in the state Senate in November, filling the seat that was held by Sen. Frederick Berry for 30 years. Lovely emerged on top of a field of four Democrats in the September primary and beat Republican Richard Jolitz of Beverly in November to be the first person besides Berry to represent Danvers in the state Senate in three decades. Before being elected to the state Senate, Lovely was a 15-…
Monday, December 10, 2012
State Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry wrapped up his 30th consecutive year in the Senate on Thursday with a farewell speech.
State Senator Fred Berry, accompanied by family members, bid farewell to his colleagues and the State House Thursday evening in an emotional speech in the Senate chambers. Berry, the Senate majority leader and a Peabody Democrat, is retiring after 30 consecutive years representing Danvers, along with Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. The Salem News reports that Berry, while sentimental, injected some levity and his ready wit into his remarks Thursday, even poking fun at the fact that his cerebral palsy has made his speech difficult to follow oftentimes. The Salem News reports that Berry told one story of how his wife, Gayle, who is a physical therapist, suggested she could help improve his speech. “Honey, I’ve won ten elections in a …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Frederick E. Berry will deliver his farewell speech in the Senate Chamber on Thursday evening.
Retiring State Senator Fred Berry will deliver his farewell speech on the Senate floor Thursday evening, according to Beth Mullen, Berry's deputy chief of staff. Mullen made the announcement on Wednesday. Berry, a Democrat from Peabody, serves at the Senate Majority Leader. Mullen said colleagues, friends, and family will gather on Thursday at 6 p.m. to hear Berry deliver his farewell speech before the Senate. "This will mark the final time that Senator Berry will speak on the Senate floor, concluding his 30-year career in the legislature," Mullen said in the announcement. Last week, Berry was one of eight local residents awarded a Distinguished Leadership Award by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's annual dinner at…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Hundreds gathered on Thursday night to celebrate outgoing state Senate Majority leader Fred Berry's work.
Unique, masterful, loyal, hilarious, inspirational, compassionate, admirable, generous, committed and "the Berry best" were just some of the words used to describe outgoing state Sen. Fred Berry at a celebratory night in his honor Thursday at the Danversport Yacht Club. Led by Master of Ceremonies Nelson Benton, a longtime former editor at the Salem News, Berry's praises were sung by Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, alongside hundreds of state and local officials, friends and family members. They all remembered Berry's 30 years on Beacon Hill, represeting the Second Essex District, which includes Danvers plus, currently, Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. In a video presentation, members of the community expressed their …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Outgoing state Senate Majority leader Fred Berry will be honored at an event at the Danversport Yacht Club on Thursday night.
Outgoing state Senator Fred Berry will be honored at a soldout event at Danversport Yacht Club on Thursday night. Berry, a Democrat from Peabody, was first elected to the state Senate in 1982. In recent years, he has served as the Majority Leader. He announced earlier this year he would not seek reelection to the Second Essex District seat this fall. This district includes Danvers, plus Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. He is a Peabody native who graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School and Boston College. Before he was elected to the Senate, he served two terms on the Peabody City Council. Nelson Benton, who recently retired as editorial page editor of the Salem News, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds from the event …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Local election officials predict anywhere from 9 to 23 percent turnout Thursday at the polls for the state primary.
Despite a hotly contested state Senate race here on the North Shore and a handful of candidates vying for an opening on the Governor's Council, local election officials are predicting a relatively low turnout in Thursday's state primary election. Those expectations are based on historical turnout at the polls and due to the fact that the primary is two weeks before it usually is held and it's on a Thursday this year instead of a Tuesday. Danvers Town Clerk Joe Collins says he expects 15-20 percent of voters to come out (there are approximately 18,000 registered voters in Danvers), while Beverly City Clerk Kathleen Connolly anticipates no more than 9 or 10 percent -- possibly less -- which was the turnout for the presidential primary. That …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Sen. Fred Berry says Lovely is best choice to take over his seat.
Sen. Fred Berry had endorsed Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely for his senate seat. “I will cast my vote for Joan Lovely,” Berry said in a statement that was leaked to the press two days before planned, according to an article in the Salem News. “As an eight-term city councilor and longtime community leader, Joan knows what local communities need from the state government. She has demonstrated both compassion and political courage in dealing with tight municipal budgets and providing vital services to her community.” Joan Lovely said she "had no clue" of the endorsement until she was informed by a reporter, according to the Salem News article. Berry has been senator of the 2nd Essex District — Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Former Peabody state representative and city councilor John Slattery will be chatting live with Danvers Patch readers from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday.
State Senate candidate John Slattery will be joining us here on Danvers Patch on Thursday at 2 p.m. for a live chat with readers. If you have any questions for Slattery - a Democrat from Peabody - on his bid for the 2nd Essex District seat, which represents Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield, this is a great opportunity to get those questions answered. Be sure to head on over to our homepage between 2 and 3 p.m. to join our chat. You simply have to provide your name and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. Be sure to mark your calendar today. Questions submitted, as always, will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Due to the fact that we expect a high volume of …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Peabody native Sen. Fred Berry has been hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia, but his staff says he is expected to make a full recovery.
Peabody native Sen. Fred Berry has been hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia, but his staff says he is expected to make a full recovery, reports the Salem News. Wednesday night's tribute to Berry at the Danversport Yacht Club has been pushed back to Sept. 13 due to his illness. The paper reports that Berry's staff have not elaborated on the seriousness of the illness, when he was initially admitted to the hospital or when he is expected to return home, but have said he is on the mend and should fully recover in the coming weeks. Berry, 62 and who has cerebral palsy, has experienced some health complications in recent years that did send him to the hospital for a stretch. He indicated in his announcement last fall that his impending …