Letters to the Editor

Announcing my candidacy for Town Council Precinct 4

Dear Editor:

I am writing to enthusiastically announce my candidacy for Town Council in Precinct 4.  I am running for Town Council because I love living in Winthrop.  Winthrop residents are lucky to enjoy beautiful beaches, close proximity to Boston, great restaurants and small businesses, a new school being built, and wonderful people.  Winthrop is an amazing community and I feel truly lucky to live here.

I want Winthrop to continue to be a safe, healthy community where individuals, families, and small businesses thrive.  My priorities include excellence in education, opportunities for our seniors and our youth, opportunities for new businesses, public health, protecting our natural resources, and responsible development.

 My husband, Michael Murphy, and I have lived in Winthrop since 2008.  I work as an attorney at the Department of Public Health.  I earned my law degree and master of public health from Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University in 2005.  My husband is an emergency room physician at Mount Auburn Hospital, and we have 5-year-old daughter, Vivianne.

I have very much enjoyed getting involved in Town issues over the past few years.  I currently serve on the Winthrop Board of Health, where my fellow Board members and I have worked hard to protect and enhance public health and promote compliance with health and safety regulations.  As a resident, I advocated to protect Winthrop’s quality of life during the casino discussions.  I believe my experience on the Board of Health, as an advocate, and as an attorney will allow me to make valuable contributions as a Town Council member.  If I were elected, I would seek resident input and dialogue on the many important issues and exciting opportunities facing our community.

The Town Council has done an admirable job, but we need to keep working hard to continue to move forward.  I believe I have the skills and the determination to keep Winthrop moving in the right direction and would be honored to represent Precinct 4.

Heather A. Engman

“Helping Our Veterans”

Dear Editor:

Veterans Assisting Veterans is an organization that was formed by two Army Viet Nam Veterans in 2010, Bob Fairbain and I – Dennis Moschella. We met at the Mottolo Post VFW in Revere where we decided to form an organization to help veterans and veteran causes.

After both surviving the Viet Nam War, one tour for me and three tours for Bob, we saw how we were treated when we returned and we will not let this generation of veterans be treated as we were. In our mission statement of VAV our goal is to raise money, have volunteer directors and give 100% of our proceeds away. We receive no compensation for our work. We have formed an exceptional committee including, John MacDonald, U.S. Air Force Veteran Gulf War, Joe Marchardo, U.S. Navy Veteran Viet Nam Era, John Sarro, U.S. Navy Veteran Viet Nam Era, John Dyer, U.S. Army Veteran Viet Nam Era, Tony Palmisano and Bill Plante. We also have an extensive Honorary Committee.

Since 2010 we’ve hosted a few successful events. A concert at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Two black tie events, honoring the Medical Corps, and we are also involved in a program called Music Cures where entertainers donate their time to play music at the Jamaica Plain Veterans Hospital. We work with other veterans groups to raise awareness about the POW/MIA issues and help with chairs that are dedicated in their honor. There are over ninety-two thousand missing service members from all wars.

 Recently we purchased a $17,000 wheel chair (Trac Chair) for James Crosby of Winthrop, a severely injured Marine from the Iraq war. We’ve donated to Iron Stone Farm in North Andover, which offers horseback riding for injured veterans with PTSD and numerous other injuries. We’ve also donated to the American War Widows (AWP) who are a group of young women who have lost their husbands and children who have lost their fathers. And, Operation Thank You, an organization that visits nursing homes to host small parties for older veterans who are alone, AVBI, American veterans with brain injuries, We are currently donating to Veteran Homestead an organization that provides housing and treatment for veterans and NEADS- Canines for Combat Veterans, they provide service dogs for service members and Wounded Vet Motorcycle Run and numerous smaller veteran grassroots organizations. To date we’ve raised close to 175,000 thousand dollars and donated all of it. “Our motto is all in all out”.

We are currently planning for 2015 events. In April at the Mottolo Post VFW we are hosting a fundraiser to raise money to purchase a lift for the Trac Chair to assist James Crosby load the wheel chair into his vehicle. (chair weighs 450 lbs) We are also hosting a concert at a Veterans Hospital in the summer, another black tie event in November and a POW/MIA Chair Dedication to be placed at Revere High School.

Because of our current wars our returning veterans need a lot of help especially our severely injured. Our government doesn’t seem to do enough to help; the VA scandal is an example. Our organization and mission is to raise money and awareness to help Veterans and veteran issues. We appreciate anything you could do to help us promote our cause.

Dennis Moschella

President Veterans

Assisting Veterans

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