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October 20, 2010

Baddour, Costello to celebrate new child-safety laws

State Sen. Steven Baddour, D-Methuen and state Rep. Michael Costello will join other members of the state Legislature, as well as Mass. General Hospital officials, tomorrow to commemorate the passage of a series of child-safety laws.

The laws are meant to protect children on recreation trails, athletic fields and commonwealth roadways. The three laws sponsored by Baddour address child-safety issues, including concussion awareness in athletic programs, the danger of texting and driving, and a minimum-age requirement for ATV operators.

Mass. General President Peter Slavin; David Torchiana, chairman of the Massachusetts General Hospital Physicians Organization; and MGH pediatric trauma surgeon Peter Masiakos will join Baddour and Costello, as well as state Reps. Viriato DeMacedo, Peter J. Koutoujian and Thomas Calter to present a commemorative plaque to the Kearney family, whose 8-year-old son Sean tragically lost his life in an ATV accident.

They will be honored for their efforts to enact Sean's Law, which raises the minimum age requirement from 10 to 14.

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Rep. Harriett Stanley will be hosting a gathering on Monday at Rhythm Café© in Merrimac Square at 12 School St. Residents are invited to stop by anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. The event is free with a cash bar.

RSVP to by tomorrow.

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The Committee to Elect Val Troyli announced this week that he was endorsed by the following organizations:

Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT), headed by Barbara Anderson, endorsed Troyli for his support of lower taxes and smaller government, according to his campaign. The Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) offered its endorsement for Troyli's 83 percent rating on Second Amendment issues.

"Troyli is a veteran who, as a volunteer, served for 18 months in Vietnam with the 173rd Army Airborne Brigade," according to his campaign committee. "He is a lifelong supporter of Second Amendment rights and responsible gun use."

The Massachusetts GOP, Turn Around Team endorsed Troyli "for his stance on good governance," and the Turn Around Team supports Republican candidates committed to returning Massachusetts to a two-party state.

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