CRPD still in doubt

CRPD still in doubt as Senate split on this important Civil Rights Treaty…Sen. John Kerry has been a champion on this and Sen. Scott Brown has come out with his support for this Treaty. Thank you Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown! Senator Hoyer statement of support is below.

House Mourns Passing o Rep. Joyce Spiliotis at Age 65 She was a Great Supporter and Friend to ILCNSCA


I am sharing the very sad news of the untimely death of a long-time good friend and advocate of North Shore Elder Services and the clients we serve, Peabody State Representative Joyce Spiliotis. See the notice issued this morning by the State House News Service.

May she rest in peace.


By Colleen Quinn and Michael Norton

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 29, 2012…..Rep. Joyce Spiliotis, a Peabody Democrat who has served in the House since 2003, passed away overnight, according to two of her colleagues. She was 65.

Spiliotis died after a battle with cancer, according to her House colleagues.

Rep. Bradford Hill, a good friend of Spiliotis, said he was “crushed” by the news of her death.

Hill commuted from the North Shore to the State House with Spiliotis for many years and said she kept her illness a secret. She was in the hospital during the last few days, he said.

“I didn’t know. She was very private about it,” he said. “She didn’t really tell anybody, which is a little surprising to me. She was so open and so frank in so many ways.”

“We had more fun on the way home, we laughed,” said Hill, a Republican from Ipswich. “She always had a laugh. We would call her a card. She was always fun to be around.”

Rep. Theodore Speliotis, a Danvers Democrat, said he knew she was not doing well, and thought she was in hospice care for some time.

“It is still quite a shock to see her go at 65 years old,” Speliotis said.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo issued a statement late Thursday morning.

“I was truly shocked and saddened to learn of the death of my good friend and colleague, Rep. Joyce Spiliotis, the vice chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government,” DeLeo said. “Joyce fought passionately for the causes and people of Peabody. She was down-to-earth, funny and universally liked by her colleagues in the legislature as well as staff. All of us in the House of Representatives will miss her deeply.”

Hill said when they drove together she always talked about Peabody, particularly the senior citizens of the city. “I think what we are going to miss on the North Shore is her dedication to this job. She loved that city, the people of Peabody,” Hill said.

She was born and raised in Peabody, and lived there her whole life. She was Peabody City Councilor from 1994 until her election to the House in 2003. She was also worked at the Salem District Court, according to Hill.

Spiliotis was elected in 2002 to represent the House’s 12th Essex District and was unopposed when she won reelection earlier this month. She most recently served as the vice chair of the Municipalities and Regional Government Committee and also served on the Ways and Means, Global Warming and Climate Change and Consumer Protection committees.

The Peabody High School graduate is survived by her husband Richard Jarvis and two daughters, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services have not been announced yet.

“Transportation Options in Your Community – What you Need to Know and How to Apply”

Come Join us Monday, November 26, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Greater Lynn Senior Services Conference Room G3 8 Silsbee St., Lynn.

This community education workshop is for individuals who are elders and individuals with disabilities who would like to learn more about local transportation options. Attendees can learn about Mobility Links, a program that gives people the tools to remain active and independent by better understanding how to access, tap into, and better use their local transportation network. Information on changes to the MBTA’s The Ride program will also be offered.

Guest speakers at this forum will include: Jacqualyn Dunlop, MBTA Contract Relationship Manager, Greater Lynn Senior Services; Lauren Henderson-Pierce, Travel/Options Counselor, Mobility Links. Please come prepared with your questions

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to via phone (978) 741-0077or EMAIL with: Transportation Options RSVP in subject line by November 19, 2012 or via our webpage at

Community Access Advocacy Team (CAAT) MeetingTopic: Accessibility to local businesses

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1:30-2:30 PM, ILCNSCA 27 Congress St., Suite 107, Salem. Variance requests will be discussed as well as ongoing advocacy efforts.  Let’s work together to advocate for barrier removal to increase accessibility. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Shawn McDuff at 978-741-0077 ext 140 or email

Foreclosure Prevention Clinic Tuesday December 4, 2012

                                               FORECLOSURE PREVENTION CLINIC

December 4, 2012 6:00 P.M.

AT THE Gloucester Housing Authority

259 Washington Street, Gloucester

 At our Foreclosure Prevention Clinic you will learn about abusive loan servicers, mortgage rescue scam artists, Making Home Affordable modifications, refinancing, your rights in the process, effective strategies to avoid foreclosure, other programs to consider for assistance,

At our Foreclosure Prevention Clinic you will learn about abusive loan servicers, mortgage rescue scam artists, Making Home Affordable modifications, refinancing, your rights in the process, effective strategies to avoid foreclosure, other programs to consider for assistance,

A special program to purchase your home from the bank with a new mortgage, and more.

Sponsored by the Gloucester Housing Authority (GHA), Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), Rockport Community Preservation Fund, (CPA), and the City of Gloucester  Community Developments Grants Office working together to deliver coordinated HUD Certified Housing Counsel­ing and legal services to homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

All of our services are free!

Please call Kathy at the GHA 978-281-4770 Ext. 110 to reserve your seat.























Transportation Advocacy Needed! Read below and Respond! Attend Dec. 20, 2012 Meeting!

Public Notice

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is circulating for a 30-day public review and comment period a proposed draft Amendment Three to the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 element of the FFYs 2013–2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is an annual document that lists the highway and transit projects that will receive funding during a four-year period. This proposed amendment will program a discretionary grant award for the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to establish a paratransit call center.

This comment period will begin on Monday, November 19, 2012, and end at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 18. The MPO is planning to take action on draft Amendment Three at its meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2012.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 of the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, in Boston. Members of the public are invited to attend. Comments on draft Amendment Three, to the attention of Mr. David Mohler, Chair, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, should be submitted by any of the means below before the close of the comment period. Comments will also be accepted at the meeting.

For details, including information on the meeting and copies of the proposed amendment, refer to the MPO’s website,, beginning November 19. Also on its website are the MPO’s nondiscrimination statement and related information.

Copies of the document may also be obtained by contacting MPO staff: by mail at 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150, Boston, MA 02116-3968; by voice at (617) 973-7100; by TTY at (617) 973-7089; by fax at (617) 973-8855; or by e-mail at Copies are free of charge and, upon request, will be made available in CD, print, and accessible formats. Upon request in advance of the meeting through any of the means listed above, every effort will be made to prepare materials in other formats and in languages other than English, and to provide interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages. Assistive listening devices and large-print materials will be available at the meeting.

The MBTA, which is the FTA Section 5307(c) applicant, has consulted with the MPO and concurs that the public involvement process adopted by the MPO for the development of the TIP satisfies the public hearing requirements that pertain to the development of the Program of Projects for regular Section 5307, Urbanized Area Formula Program, grant applications, including the provision for public notice and the time established for public review and comment.