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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, April 22, 2013.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Timilty in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Timilty), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A Bill authorizing the town of Milton to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of a certain restaurant (printed in House, No. 3329,-- being a message from His Excellency the Governor),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

A Bill relative to the Harbormaster in the town of Mattapoisett (House, No. 3303,-- on petition) [Local approval received],-- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer, Ms. Candaras, Ms. Clark, Messrs. DiDomenico and Eldridge, Ms. Flanagan, Messrs. Hedlund, Joyce, Knapik, Michael O. Moore and Richard T. Moore, Ms. O’Connor Ives and Messrs. Rosenberg and Welch) “commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the disincorporation of the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “honoring United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Reverend Monsignor Peter V. Conley on the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Ross and Rush) “congratulating Matthew John Bejian on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Ross and Rush) “congratulating Ryan T. Colarusso on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Ross and Rush) “congratulating Jason C. Ho on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Ross and Rush) “congratulating Jack G. O’Keefe on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross and Ms. Spilka) “honoring the memory of John Martin Madden, Jr. on the occasion of the dedication of the John Martin Madden, Jr. Square in the town of Natick.”


The House Bill relative to transportation finance (House, No. 3415),— came from the House with the endorsement that the House had NON-concurred in the Senate amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 1770, and had asked for a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches; and that Representatives Dempsey of Haverhill, Straus of Mattapoisett and Howitt of Seekonk had been appointed the committee on the part of the House.
On motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore, the Senate insisted on its amendment and concurred in the appointment of a committee of conference; and Senators Brewer, McGee and Hedlund were appointed on the part of the Senate.
The bill was returned to the House endorsed accordingly.


There being no objection, at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Timilty) declared a recess, subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-seven minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Timilty in the Chair.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,--

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Moment of Silence.

At the request of the Chair (Mr. Timilty), the members, guests and staff stood in a moment of silence and reflection to the memory of Ruth Anne M. Bleakney of Mendon.

Adjournment in Memory of Ruth Anne M. Bleakney.

The Senator from Worcester and Nofolk, Mr. Richard T. Moore, moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Ruth Anne M. Bleakney of Mendon, Director of the Milford Senior Center.

Mrs. Ruth Anne M. (Hutchison) Bleakney, 66, of Mendon, Massachusetts, died April 17, 2013 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth M. Bleakney. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Mrs. Bleakney was the daughter of the late Marvin and the late Mildred (Geronimo) Hutchison. She attended school in Levittown, Pennsylvania as a young girl and was a graduate of Holy Cross High School in Del Ran, New Jersey, Class of 1964. She was also a graduate of Pierce Junior College in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bleakney was first employed as a young woman from 1966 to 1969 as an assistant to the vice president of purchasing at Gimbels, a famous department store in Philadelphia. After moving to Massachusetts, Mrs. Bleakney served in a series of positions aiding senior citizens as an activities director at several skilled nursing facilities and, later, as a senior center director, first in Bellingham in that town’s new senior center, and since 1988, as Director of the Milford Senior Center, ultimately helping to plan and direct a new center serving the needs of Milford and Milford area senior citizens. Mrs. Bleakney was recognized as a Certified Council on Aging Director in 2008 by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging & Senior Center Directors. Mrs. Bleakney is survived by her beloved husband of forty-four years; daughter: Elizabeth, wife of Victor Zevallos of Belmont; granddaughters: Sophia Zevallos and Mia Zevallos of Belmont; a sister: Paula Fiore of Williamstown New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Bleakney was the mother of the late Erica L. Bleakney, who died this past November.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Ruth Anne M. Bleakney, at twenty-four minutes before twelve o’clock noon, on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.