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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my State Senate website! Here you will find legislative and local updates, important state resources, and information on the ways that my office may be able to assist you. It is a true honor to represent the residents of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate. I encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that are most important to you, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive periodic updates from my Senate office.



Richard J. Ross Signature

Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Small Business Spotlight: Thrive Adult Primary Care


Small Business Spotlight: Thrive Adult Primary Care

I recently visited with Dr. Mary Medeiros, the owner and practitioner of Thrive Adult Primary Care.  Dr. Medeiros has been offering direct primary care to her patients since opening her doors in September. Direct Primary Care is a relatively new concept of patient care – in short, it is concierge level quality and medical service for the everyday person. Thrive Adult Primary Care is upheld by patient fees, without any third party interference (i.e. insurance companies), so that Dr. Medeiros’ practices can provide around-the-clock availability, relaxed and thorough office visits, personalized attention, and in many ways, actual cost savings to her patients. Depending on a few factors such as age and medical needs, a monthly fee of $50-$150 is required which then gives you all the amenities listed above, along with home visits.


This model of care has been in existence since 2010, with only 1,000 practices in the US and only twelve throughout the Commonwealth. By using this grassroots approach to patient care, it puts primary care medicine into the free market, making services to patients more cost effective and personal. If you are looking for a new and innovative approach to your medical needs, I would advise you to visit Dr. Medeiros’s practice to learn more about how she can apply her principles and practices to your quality of life. For more information please visit

Ross Announces Grants for State Parks – Natick and Wayland receive funds for rail trail and Lake Cochituate

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce the awarding of three grants to benefit conservation and recreation projects. The towns of Natick and Wayland will receive $96,000 to support three initiatives including, the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail – Wayside Bridge and the Cochituate State Park. These grants come from a fund under the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).


The Town of Wayland will use the $60,000 DCR grant to develop final rehabilitation plans and permits for bridges along the Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Bridge (MCRT). This project will allow for easier pedestrian access and passage along MCRT. Additionally, Wayland will be investing $12,000 in the development of anti-pollution measures in Lake Cochituate as required by the United States Environmental Protection Association and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


The Town of Natick, through the Natick Conservation Commission, will receive funds to research and identify watersheds along the shores of Lake Cochituate. Identifying watersheds will reveal the geographic areas where the lake is most vulnerable to pollution. Unveiling watersheds paves the way for pre-emptive action against pollution of the lake and surrounding areas.


“Increasing transportation and recreational opportunities for the commonwealth has always been a priority of mine. I am pleased to see these funds go towards implementing significant improvements to local recreational spaces,” said Senator Ross.


DCR Partnership Matching Funds Program awarded funding for projects in:


Municipality                Grant

Natick                        $24,000

Wayland                      $72,000


The funds for this program stem from the DCR Department of Conservation Recreation Partnership Matching Funds Program as allocated in the FY18 budget, which was supported by Senator Ross. This program matches the contributions of municipalities, non-profits and conservation advocacy groups. Senator Ross has been a long standing supporter of environmental conservation efforts. Most recently, Ross co-sponsored legislation to protect endangered species, limit the use of harmful chemicals, and promote critical ecosystems.



Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or



Safety of Public Water Supplies

Many municipalities in my district and across the Commonwealth do not have public water supplies. Therefore, residents must rely on private wells that are expensive to dig and to maintain. Private wells are also susceptible to contamination however they are not subject to the same testing and monitoring requirements by the Department of Environmental Protection as public water sources. I filed S.748 to resolve this health and safety concern. It requires mandated periodic testing of the private water resources servicing a new housing development.  It would allow municipalities to create conditions for safe and accessible water to housing developments. If the conditions are not met, the bill contains penalties for not doing so. My hope is for these precautions ensure the safety of drinking water for all residents. Click here to read about S.748.