THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – Friday, June 7, 2019 Page 13 Anti-Janus Bill – Big Brother, Big Bullies, Big Union Boss B OSTON – The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance released the following statement and sent the attached letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo in response to the scheduled vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives on H. 3825, An Act relative to collective bargaining dues. “If the House votes on Wednesday, it will symbolize that union bosses have successfully bulldozed their will on the legislature through strong arming and juvenile tactics. We hope Speaker [Robert] DeLeo will tap the breaks on this legislation despite the blustering rhetoric from the union bosses,” stated MassachuRings Fountain has new light show for 10-year anniversary of The Greenway B OSTON – On June 3, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy announced that, following significant repairs and upgrades, the signature Rings Fountain would be turned on this week. After nearly $250,000 in repairs and upgrades, the fountain will return with a new continuous evening light show, a feature added this year for the 10th anniversary of The Greenway. Work at the Rings Fountain has been underway since October 2018. Greenway Conservancy staff, technicians from WET Design (the design and exclusive programmer of the fountain) and contractors made upgrades to fountain equipment and programming. A total of 156 lights were upgraded to energy-efficient color LED lights that are programed to sync to the fountain’s water shows. The jigsaw puzzle of 350 granite and concrete pavers were removed and replaced with a crane, and the fountain received new light stands, lenses, hoses and more. Fountain equipment in the underground vault was upgraded, as were lights in the plaza near the fountain. Repair costs were covered with capital funds from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; the upgrade costs were covered with private funds. “After hundreds of hours of work by our staff and contractors, I’m excited that the Rings Fountain will continue to be such a popular, free daytime attraction and newly a nighttime destination for the added light shows,” said The Greenway Conservancy’s Director of Maintenance & Capital, Bob Stigberg. The Rings Fountain is one of the most popular features on The Greenway. Hailed as “the most unconditionally happy spot in all of Boston” and “one of the most effortlessly diverse places in the city” by The Boston Globe, the Rings Fountain is located in heart of the park, near the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall. Throngs of visitors delight in the fountain’s gracefully choreographed and playfully unpredictable jets of water. “We encourage all visitors to come enjoy Rings as part of a full day of fun downtown, including our world-class art, great food and drink options, and beautiful gardens,” said The Greenway Conservancy Executive Director Jesse Brackenbury. “We appreciate the support of the state and private funders to assure that the Rings Fountain remains a signature element of The Greenway.” Multiple new initiatives in 2019 celebrate 10 years of The Greenway Conservancy’s park operations, which have transformed The Greenway into a neighborhood amenity, an economic driver for the city and state, and a world-class destination. This spring The Greenway Conservancy highlighted its organic gardens with three new additions: 10,000 bulbs in bloom in the Carolyn Lynch Garden, a new wildflower meadow and the introduction of beehives. The Greenway Conservancy’s 2019 public art exhibit, “The Auto Show,” harkens back to the demolished elevated highway with contemporary artworks; as one part of this, an augmented reality app offers visitors a chance to see historical photos and contemporary digital artworks. October 4-10 will be celebrated as Greenway Week, with special programming including a free day at the Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove on Oct. 10. The Greenway Conservancy invites visitors this summer to explore The Greenway’s other water features, which opened over Memorial Day Weekend: two fountains near the North End, the Armenian Heritage Park fountains, the Harbor Fog installation, and the waterfall in Chin Park. Fountains operate daily until October from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ATTENTION REVERE!! Three tributes all on one stage on Friday, June 14th at The Oceanside Events Center, 1290 North Shore Rd. Revere. Onsite and adjacent parking for hundreds of cars. Show moved to larger 600 capacity Ballroom due to overwhelming demand. Don’t miss this Scorpions, AC/DC, Judas Priest tribute. Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 9 PM sharp. setts Fiscal Alliance Spokesperson/Board Member Paul Craney. H.3825 would require that personal information, including home address, personal phone numbers and email addresses of all public employees and their family be given to union bosses without consent or security policies in place. Under this bill, if a union worker wants to quit a union and stop paying dues, they could be forced to wait up to a year. It would also allow union bosses the freedom to use taxpayer-funded resources to communicate about elections and union business. “The legislation is an infringement to state workers and their privacy. There is no other explanation for this besides a means to bully and harass non-union employees,” said Craney. According to the Massachusetts Legislature’s website, on May 30, in the House “the Bill reported favorably by committee and referred to the committee on House Ways and Means.”

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