Friday, April 5, 2013
Elected officials from Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and Roslindale, endorsed John Connolly for Boston mayor at a brief public event Thursday.
With the mayoral race’s plot thickening, John Connolly aligned himself with elected officials in his neighborhood at a sparsely-attended event Thursday. Mayoral candidate John Connolly, an at-large member of the Boston City Council, spoke to members of the media, handlers and a dozen onlookers in front of West Roxbury Library Thursday afternoon in an attempt to show strength in West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, also known as the Parkway communities of Boston, named for the VFW Parkway. Flanked by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley from Jamaica Plain, state Rep Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, and West Roxbury resident and Boston School Committee member Mary Tamer, Connolly continued to push his campaign’s platform of Boston …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
State Rep. Coppinger keeps seats on Financial Services and State Administration and Regulatory Oversight committees.
For the 188th Session of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, State Rep. Ed Coppinger will continue his work on the Joint Committees on Financial Services and the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. In only his second term in the House, Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, was named the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling. As Vice-Chair, Coppinger will have more responsibilities and work closely with Chairman Louis Kafka to identify the major issues in the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling schedules when legislation will come to the floor of the House. “I am grateful to Speaker DeLeo for my committee assignments and I look forward …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
State Rep. Ed Coppinger is the lead sponsor on legislation that creates a “second or subsequent offense” for assault and battery on a domestic partner, with a maximum penalty of five years in state prison.
Valentine's Day is about hearts and love. But all too often, relationships end up broken through domestic violence. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley is asking for residents to contact their legislators on Valentine’s Day in support of proposed legislation that would protect victims of domestic violence and enhance penalties for serial abusers. “This Valentine’s Day, I’m calling on my legislators to support An Act Relative to Domestic Abuse and Public Safety on behalf of my wife or husband, boyfriend or girlfriend, mother or daughter, father or son,” Conley posted on his Facebook page. “There’s no better way to show you care for your partner than to support safety and respect in all relationships. This Valentine’s Day, take…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
West Roxbury residents await the next pope to lead them into the 21st Century.
Like many around the world, West Roxbury residents were surprised at Pope Benedict XVI resignation at the end of the month - the first pope in close to 600 years to step down from what is usually a lifelong position. "I'm very surprised, but I understand due to his age. And he feels that he can't continue in that capacity and I wish him well," said Margaret Kelly, of West Roxbury, a St. Theresa's parishioner. The 86-year-old pope citied age and diminished energy as to why he is resigning, and has decided not to die in office. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415. "It is surprising. I didn't know a pope could resign," said Sarah Stack, of West Roxbury, who attends St. Mary's in Dedham. And the naming of a new pope fascinates …
State Rep. Ed Coppinger definitely had some fun during the blizzard. How'd you pass the time?
How did you pass the time inside during the blizzard? West Roxbury's State Rep. Ed Coppinger grew some facial hair. Or was working on his cartoon-like disguises. Coppinger tweeted the attached picture, with the comment: "Letting myself go this blizzard". What kind of fun did you have during the blizzard? Post your pics to this article or leave your comments below.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
One element of filed Coppinger legislation includes creating a DNA database for felons.
State Rep. Ed Coppinger filed nine bills ranging from legislation aimed at child sex abuse offenders, to raising the dropout age. Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, filed an act regarding domestic abuse on behalf of Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley and the Massachusetts Association of District Attorneys, according to a press release. The legislation would help prosecutors crack down on domestic abuse by increasing penalties for abusers, make strangulation a crime, and create a DNA database for felons. “When Dan (Conley) asked me to help on this legislation, I knew it was a no brainer. We passed a comprehensive crime bill this past year, but I believe this legislation adds a few elements that were missing from last year’s bill,” said …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The AgeWell West Roxbury program helps senior citizens stay in their homes longer to age where they know.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed a $34.8 billion budget on Wednesday, which included no funding for the valued AgeWell West Roxbury program. But it's a proposed budget, which state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, addressed. "The Governor’s budget is just the first step in a long process so not everything he proposed will end up in the budget that we pass in the House of Representatives or what the (state) Senate passes either. I am looking forward to debating it and helping the House draft our budget in response," said Coppinger, who also represents parts of Brookline and Roslindale. Coppinger also spoke about the lack of funding to AgeWell West Roxbury, which received approximately $30,000 in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget…
Friday, January 4, 2013
Coppinger embarks on his second term as a Massachusetts state Representative.
On Wednesday, state Rep. Ed Coppinger was sworn into his second term as the state Rep. for the 10th Suffolk District, representing West Roxbury, Roslindale and Brookline. “I am very grateful to the residents of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Brookline for their strong support this fall and I look forward to being a strong voice for them on Beacon Hill," said Coppinger via press release. Coppinger highlighted his work from his first two years in office. He worked with colleagues to pass two balanced budgets that closed significant revenue gaps without raising taxes, but instead used targeted spending cuts and careful reform. He championed the Legislature reforming the Probation Department, alimony and pension systems. Coppinger also worked…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sparkling snowflakes and Christmas wreaths were put up on Centre Street by West Roxbury's Keith Barry in a IBEW Local 103 Boston bucket.
Look up in the IBEW Local 103 Boston bucket - it's West Roxbury's Keith Barry putting up American-made LED lights on Centre Street! State Rep. Ed Coppinger led the charge this year with a fundraiser to purchase the American-made decoration LED lights that consume less energy and will last longer than the alternative. With help from a few volunteers, Barry put the holiday decorations up on Centre Street poles on Dec. 13. What do you think of the decorations? Pretty snazzy!
Monday, December 10, 2012
"On a bigger scale, we're beginning to see the first impacts of the 'fiscal cliff' on Massachusetts and if Congress can't get its act together and compromise on a deal, these budget shortfalls will continue to be a problem," said Coppinger.
Last week Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed half a billion in cuts to deal with low revenues and the "fiscal cliff." Looking locally, legislators are awaiting what proposals will be come realities. State Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, was asked by Patch about the expected cuts. "We are still waiting to hear exactly which programs will be cut. The 1 percent cut to local aid will hurt municipalities which have already been hard hit since the Recession," said Coppinger. "We are starting to see good signs in the economy; cuts like these put our progress in a precarious situation. I hope the governor is able to target his cuts smartly and diminish the impact on communities and programs people rely on," said Coppinger. "On a …