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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

Veterans Day Assembly at Freeman-Kennedy School Makes Lasting Impression

Jackie Gately
November 16, 2014

While the elementary students at Norfolk’s Freeman-Kennedy School have returned to their daily routines, the Veterans Day Assembly held earlier in the week was one to be remembered. This year’s annual event included important messages from local politicians, veterans, and fellow classmates to honor all who served, past and present. It was a meaningful gathering, punctuated by music, thought-provoking speeches, and heart-felt thanks.

Assistant Principal, Kelly C. Whitmore, quieted vivacious elementary students, Grades 3 through 6, who filled the auditorium. She welcomed guests, students, and families to the assembly. Speakers included Norfolk Selectman, Jim Lehan, Commander of the American Legion, Ben McCarty, Senator Richard Ross, and Representative Shawn Dooley. Parents and a group of veterans from the children’s families also attended.

Jack McCreedy, Jack Dooley, and Sam Murphy, all of Mrs. Trombert’s 3rd Grade class, led the “Pledge of Allegiance” to commence the assembly.

The Freeman-Kennedy Advanced Band, led by Conductor John Fouracre, then performed a well-practiced and professional-sounding rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Lehan, delivered a speech in which he described veterans as “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” He spoke to the children about the freedoms and liberties we enjoy, and that they come at great sacrifice.

“Those serving protect our liberty, our rights, and our very lives,” explained Lehan. He expressed gratitude for all the men and women who serve us, including the Police, Fire, and soldiers among us.

Lehan also pointed out a special lapel-pin he was wearing. The pin is symbolic of a season-long effort by the King Philip Regional High School Hockey Team to celebrate and recognize the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to veterans. He announced that the Hockey Team’s efforts would culminate with a special event to be held in late February. All were invited.

McCarty, himself a veteran, and Commander of the American Legion, spoke of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He asked students to imagine, if they could, a government that would wall citizens in to prevent them from leaving. McCarty pointed out how we are to be part of a country whose “government allows for dissention and disagreement.”

When Ross took the stage, he encouraged students to think about the country’s history. He highlighted important documents, like the “Bill of Rights” and “The Declaration of Independence,” which he said define who we are, and why we are willing to protect those freedoms that define us as a people.

Ross pointed out that the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the oldest constitution in the nation, and he invited students to come into the State House for a visit. He thanked the all veterans, past and present, for defending those tenants held by our forefathers and by which we live.

To read the rest of the article, please click here.


Senator Ross Announces Spring Semester Internship Opportunities

November 19, 2014

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

“With a new Governor, administration, and legislative session beginning in January, this is an exciting time to be on Beacon Hill,” said Senator Ross. “Interning in my office presents an excellent opportunity to experience the workings of state government and I am looking for driven, professional individuals who are capable of taking on real challenges daily.”

Intern duties include drafting correspondence with constituents, gathering news clips, legislative research, general administrative tasks, as well as attending formal Senate sessions and public hearings. Internships are unpaid, but present an opportunity to learn about the legislative process. 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: Paulhus Brothers Floorcovering, Plainville

November 18, 2014

Small Business Spotlight: Paulhus Brothers Floorcovering, Plainville

With two of the owners of Paulhus Bros. Floorcovering, Gregg and Dave Paulhus.

With two of the owners of Paulhus Bros. Floorcovering, Gregg and Dave Paulhus.

Having been friends with the family for years, I was excited to visit Paulhus Brothers Floorcovering in Plainville, and meet with the owners about their flourishing small business.

Paulhus Brothers Floorcovering is a family business run by brothers Dave, Gregg, Kevin, and Chris Paulhus, specializing in floor covering services. The brothers are experts in providing sales and installation for all types of floor covering including carpet, hardwood, and laminate flooring.

When they first opened their doors in 1986, the Paulhus brothers relied on “word-of-mouth advertising” through family and friends. This approach allowed them to eventually double in size, providing professional service for restaurant chains, colleges, sporting celebrities, office buildings, home remodeling, and new home construction for over 25 years.

What is so great about Paulhus Brothers is their pride in where they came from and how much they give back to their community. I enjoyed speaking with the family about the hard work it takes to run a successful small business and what the legislature can focus on in the next session to assist business owners like them in a growing economy.

For more information on Paulhus Brothers Floorcovering, visit

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

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