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Senator Ross in the News

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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.



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Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Senator Ross Summer Intern Spotlight: Anna Wells, Wayland

July 30, 2015

Senator Richard Ross with Anna Wells of Wayland

Senator Richard Ross with Anna Wells of Wayland

Boston – This summer, Wayland resident, Anna Wells, interned in the State House office of State Senator Richard Ross.

Anna has lived in Wayland for most of her life and has remained committed to her community and her academics as a high honor roll student, athlete, and passionate volunteer. Now a rising senior at Wayland High School, Anna is largely involved in a number of school sports including soccer, swim team, and track.

Anna also participates in Wayland High School’s Water Warriors program which offers free swimming and safety lessons to METCO students, grades 1 to 8.

“Anna is truly a dedicated individual eager to learn, ask questions, and challenge herself on a daily basis,” said Senator Ross. “It has been a pleasure to have Anna working in my office and alongside my staff. I am confident that she will continue to excel and make her community proud.”

Anna will be applying for college this fall and while her plans are still up in the air, her favorite schools are Dartmouth and UCLA and she hopes to major in the humanities, possibly History, International Relations, or Political Science.

Throughout the year, Senator Richard J. Ross hosts interns in his State House office from across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. The internship program allows for students to gain professional experience, listen to speakers from across Massachusetts government, and acquire a better understanding of matters impacting their hometown and the Commonwealth as a whole.

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



Senator Ross Announces Fall Internship Opportunities

July 22, 2015

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross would like to announce that internships in his State House office are currently available for college students for the fall semester. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

“Interning in my State House office presents an invaluable opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the legislative process and the workings of state government. Ideal candidates are motivated individuals who are eager to learn and grow professionally,” said Senator Ross.

Intern duties include drafting correspondence with constituents, gathering news clips, legislative research and general administrative tasks. Internships are unpaid, but present a chance to learn about state government firsthand. Senator Ross and his staff will work with students to gain credit where applicable.

It is important to note that preference will be given to candidates from Senator Ross’ district, which includes Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to

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


Small Business Spotlight: Cilla’s Coffeehouse, Norfolk

July 13, 2015

Small Business Spotlight: Cilla’s Coffeehouse, Norfolk

With the owner of Cilla's Coffeehouse, Mary Ellen Blue.

With the owner of Cilla’s Coffeehouse, Mary Ellen Blue.

Mary Ellen Blue’s dream of opening a coffee shop of her own began in 2012, and last month that dream came to fruition with the opening of Cilla’s Coffeehouse in the heart of Norfolk Center.

Mary Ellen describes Cilla’s Coffeehouse as a “coffee shop that happens to sell really great food” placing emphasis on her “perfect blend” of coffee. Cilla’s also has more than just the morning beverage for its customers with a working fireplace, large screen televisions, and a liquor license permitting customers to enjoy their visit in a variety of ways.

Named after her mother, Cilla’s location is perfect for both residents and commuters. Right near the Norfolk Commuter Rail stop, Mary Ellen will have a beverage cart set up on the train platform to provide commuters with the chance to grab a last minute pick-me-up on their way to work.

The future for Cilla’s Coffeehouse looks promising as Mary Ellen continues to come up with different ideas to make her business more engaging and welcoming to the community. In the upcoming months, Mary Ellen hopes to have open mic nights, art exhibits, game nights, and tea tastings, among others.

From kicking back with a cup of tea by the fireplace, to having a beer and a sandwich while watching the game, Cilla’s Coffeehouse is the perfect place for residents of all ages to enjoy a fun and friendly social environment. I have no doubt that Mary Ellen will be extremely successful in her new endeavor and I hope you decide to stop by and check out this fantastic new small business in Norfolk.

For more information on Cilla’s Coffeehouse, please visit their Facebook page here.

If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at

Small Business Spotlight, Cilla's Coffeehouse, Mary Ellen Blue & Senator Ross