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 …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The American-made decorations have LED lights that consume less energy and will last longer than the alternatives.
Editor's note: The following is from state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury. Over the past few months, I have been working to raise money to purchase holiday decorations for our West Roxbury business districts. After some incredible support from the local business community and a fantastic fundraiser at the Irish Social Club, we successfully raised over $14,000. I am writing to update the community on what I have done and what I have left to do. My hope was to use a company close to Massachusetts so I could at least visit them to make sure they were a good company with superior products. After searching, we kept coming back to a company in New York and had multiple conversations about what we had in mind for West Roxbury. At the last …
Friday, November 16, 2012
One bridge was named after former state Rep. Charles Doyle, and another bridge was named after former state Rep. Francis X. Coppinger.
Two former West Roxbury legislators were honored with bridges being dedicated in their name this past weekend. The bridge going over Bellevue Street near Centre Street was dedicated for former state Rep. Charles Doyle, who served in the House of Representatives from the early 1950s until 1988, when he decided not to run. He passed away in 2009. The bridge going over Park Street near Corey Street, was dedicated in honor of former state Rep. Francis X. Coppinger. Francis X. Coppinger is the father of current state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury. And Coppinger's honor surprised both generations. Ed Coppinger explained how the naming caming about: “Senator Rush is so aware of and so interested in West Roxbury's history. He did a great …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Bellevue Street bridge will be dedicated for former Rep. Charles Doyle; and the Park Street bridge will be dedicated for former Rep. Francis X. Coppinger.
Two bridges in West Roxbury will be dedicated in honor of two former state representatives on Saturday. Former state Rep. Charles Doyle served in the House of Representatives from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. He passed away in 2009. The bridge going over Bellevue Street near Centre Street will be dedicated for Doyle. Through his three decades of public service, Doyle crossed paths with former state Rep. Francis X. Coppinger, who still lives in West Roxbury. The bridge going over Park Street near Corey Street, will be dedicated in honor of Coppinger. Francis X. Coppinger is the father of current state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury. The bridges will be dedicated in a ceremony starting at the Bellevue Street bridge at 1:30 p.m…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren roused the crowd with an invigorating speech in the Hastings Street lot on Monday night.
Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made her last election eve stop a memorable one at the Truman Rally in West Roxbury on Monday night. After numerous candidates gave quick stump speeches, Ed Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, introduced Warren from a stage on Hastings Street. "It's about whose side are you on?" asked Warren to the pro-Warren crowd evidenced by her campaign signs easily outnumbering any other candidates. Republican US Sen. Scott Brown did not attend the nonpartisan event. And Warren took it to her opponent, "Too often Scott Brown stands with millionaires and billionaires... he doesn't stand for working families. I want to go to Washington to fight for families every day." …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Republican US Sen. Scott Brown has not confirmed whether he will attend the rejuvenated Election Eve tradition.
Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has confirmed she will be at the revitalized Truman Rally in West Roxbury on the eve of Election Day. Her opponent, Republican US Senator Scott Brown has not confirmed whether he will attend the nonpartisan political rally starting at 7 p.m. But organizers are hopeful he will confirm his participating in the nonpartisan rally. The Truman Rally was rebooted last year, after being on hiatus for several years from the Parkway political scene. From 1981 until 2006 the Truman Rally was a well-loved neighborhood tradition. he event was considered, and now looks to be once again - a vital stop on the campaign trail for candidates due to the hundreds of supporters, spectators, and would-be …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A physician would not be required to be present when a patient takes the pill, leaving him or her vulnerable to complications and injury not resulting in death.
State Rep. Ed Coppinger said he is opposed to Massachusetts ballot Question 2, which if passed would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the Commonwealth on January 1, 2013. Coppinger said Question 2 is deeply flawed and lacks critical safeguards for protecting patients. “The ballot question does not require patients who want a lethal prescription to receive a mental health evaluation first. We know from the data that many terminal patients are clinically depressed,” said Coppinger via press release. Coppinger said he specifically wanted to offer his opinion on Question 2 (as there are three state ballot questions), "I think people believe it is an assisted suicide question but my concern here is that no doctor is present - the …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Truman Rally will take place the night before the November election and all candidates on the ballot are invited to attend.
Boston's Ward 20 Democratic and Republican Commitees held a Truman Rally Fundraiser on Thursday night at the West Roxbury Pub. The Truman Rally is a Parkway tradition that was restarted last year after several years of absence. Last year's rally took place at the Hastings Street parking lot with several politicians including Mayor Thomas Menino, Stephen Murphy and John Connolly, all taking the stage to present reasons for why residents should vote for them. At Thursday night's fundraiser politicians at the pub included Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-9th; City Councilors Matt O'Malley and Rob Consalvo, as well as state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, and state Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk.