Our Congressional Representative John Tierney is holding a public forum to discuss how Federal stimulus money will be dispersed in the state, at the Beverly Public Library this Saturday, March 14 from 12-1:30 p.m.

In addition, two bi-partisan citizens’ organizations that we respect are hosting gatherings at the State House in the next few weeks to help us make our concerns known to the Governor and legislature.

* Stand for Children (www.stand.org/ma), the grassroots advocacy organization that lobbies for education reform and improvements, is hosting an inside-the-building State House Rally on Tuesday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You can take the train and be back before school gets out, or be back in your office by noon if you work in town.

Stand is lobbying for state healthcare reform that can help save teachers’ jobs; local revenue options (meals tax, telephone poll taxes, etc.) that can help keep schools afloat; and long-term funding solutions for schools across the state.

* The Suburban Coalition (www.suburbancoalition.org), a statewide organization of local officials and citizens from suburban Massachusetts towns, is hosting a Legislative Breakfast at the State House on Tuesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

The Coalition’s 2009-2010 position paper calls for solutions to many of the problems that plague us here in Hamilton and Wenham, including relief from unfunded mandates, relief from state reporting requirements, reliable funding for roads, school buildings and other infrastructure needs, and more. (Click "position paper" from the left-hand menu on The Suburban Coalition’s web site to read the detailed plans.)

Can you join a contingent from Hamilton-Wenham in making sure decision-makers feel our pain? If so, just hit reply and tell us which date/rally you’re interested in and we’ll get back to you.

Or, if you’re a maverick who likes to travel on your own, register directly with these organizations — either way is great.

Thanks for caring.

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