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Richard J. Ross Signature

Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Small Business Spotlight: Extended Family, Wayland

Small Business Spotlight: Extended Family, Wayland

January 19, 2017


This week I stopped by the office of Extended Family of Wayland, a home health care service owned by my constituents Michael and Victoria Abend. Extended Family’s mission is to help members age on their own terms by promoting independence, good health, and engagement in life. They offer in home services such as elder care advocacy, fitness and wellness programs, concierge services such as home maintenance, transportation and medical assistance, and around the clock care or hourly companionship.

With about 50 employees, Extended Family of Wayland is committed to top notch care coordination and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to any request the customer.  Extended Family believes that every person is different, so they start with an initial assessment of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Together they formulate a plan for living an ageless lifestyle. There are goals involved and a quarterly reassessment to adjust, celebrate and reaffirm progress.

If you are looking for further information on Extended Family of Wayland, please don’t hesitate to contact their office at 508-318-4885 or visit their website at


Ross Lauds New Defibrillator Law

January 18, 2017

Boston – Senator Richard Ross joined colleagues in applauding the passage of new legislation relative to automated external defibrillator (AED) access on school grounds in Massachusetts. The bill, recently signed into law by Governor Charles Baker, requires that all schools in the state have automated external defibrillators on site by July 2018. Senator Ross has been very supportive of this legislation passing in the senate.

Automated external defibrillators are medical devices that analyze heart rhythms and can deliver electrical shocks that can help reestablish an effective rhythm in the heart during sudden cardiac arrest.

“Losing a child to sudden cardiac arrest is something a family should never have to endure,” said Senator Ross. “When the lives of our youth are in jeopardy, it seems like common sense to ensure that these defibrillators are accessible on all school grounds. The legislature has always valued the health and safety of students, and this AED bill will add another layer of protection for student athletes.”

Ross, who serves on the Joint Committee on Public Health, where the bill originated, supported the legislation on the Senate floor and throughout the legislative process.

The bill is one of nearly 100 pieces of legislation that made it to the governor’s desk in the final days of the session. Several families of children who died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest during athletic events have played an active role in the bill’s passage as well. Currently, about 20 percent of the state’s schools do not have AEDs.

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


Senator Ross Announces Community Safety Grant for Attleboro

Senator Ross presenting Attleboro Police Chief  Kyle Heagney and Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas with a Massachusetts Senate citation.

Senator Ross presenting Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney and Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas with a Massachusetts Senate citation.

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce that the City of Attleboro has recently been awarded a grant through the Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (CSI). The $68,562.07 grant will be shared with the City of Taunton in an effort to address community gang and youth violence problems.

The Shannon CSI will assist the City of Attleboro by assembling a steering committee using data to develop strategies in areas such as social intervention, suppression, opportunity provision, organizational change and community mobilization. In turn, the city will work with community-based partners and programs to combat gang violence issues.

“Public safety and the well-being of youth in my district have always been a top priority,” said Senator Ross. “The Shannon Community Safety Initiative grant will provide the City of Attleboro with new resources to combat youth violence, and is a necessary stride to ensuring a safe, gang-free community.”

Since 2006, the Massachusetts Legislature has appropriated funds to support the Shannon Community Safety Initiative in an effort to reduce gang violence across the Commonwealth. The Shannon CSI is modeled after the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM), a multi-sectored approach to address a community’s gang violence problem.

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