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Richard J. Ross
May 16, 2016
Senator Ross with Conor Lemanowicz.
Boston – This past semester Senator Richard J. Ross was pleased to have Conor Lemanowicz, of Franklin, intern in his State House office.
Conor has lived in Franklin for most of his life. He graduated from Franklin High School in 2015 and just completed his freshman year at Boston College where he is studying Finance and Business Analytics as well as Political Science.
“It was great having Conor intern with my office this past semester. With formal session every week, Conor was prompt, professional, and dependable—qualities that are essential for success in state government,” said Senator Richard J. Ross. “There is no doubt in my mind that Conor will continue to go far and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.”
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 Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.
Small Business Spotlight: GravOxy Fitness, Natick
April 27, 2016
With the owner of GravOxy, Joanne Schmalenberger and her son Kyle Sheppard.
This past year a number of new remarkable businesses have opened across my district. Recently, I had the pleasure of touring a new and unique fitness facility in Natick called GravOxy. Founded by Joanne Schmalenberger back in October, the GravOxy fitness regimen employs the use of trampoline-like devices called Rebounders which offer a simpler, reduced impact workout over traditional exercises. Although the exercises at GravOxy are quite different than what you would expect at a gym, they can be just as beneficial to your long-term health.
Born with a disorder of the lymphatic system, Joanne understands that typical gyms are not for everyone. With that in mind, she set out to establish a program that would include people at all skill and health levels, while still providing them with a “comfortable challenge.” The result of her hard work was GravOxy ensuring that workouts are tailored specifically to each person and are “interesting and challenging” for all participants.
Since opening their doors last year, GravOxy has held group classes each day, as well as individualized classes. From children to seniors, GravOxy offers programs for people of all age groups. Additionally, Joanne holds “Reboundology” classes which enable students to train others by using GravOxy techniques.
It was wonderful to meet Joanne, and her son Kyle Sheppard, at GravOxy in Natick and have the opportunity to tour this fantastic new wellness outlet available to my constituents. Joanne has dedicated her life to wellness education and fitness training and I am excited to see where she continues to take this great small business.
For more information on the GravOxy studio, or to sign up for one of their classes, please visit http://gravoxyfitness.com/.
Small Business Spotlight: Sugar Shoppe, Franklin
March 11, 2016
With Corey and Courtney Nappa, owners of Sugar Shoppe.
Sugar Shoppe in Franklin has only been open for a few months, but in a short amount of time it is already a local hit. The owners, Corey and Courtney Nappa, have put a unique twist on the traditional candy shop. While they stock all of your favorite confectionaries, like penny candies, fudge, jelly beans, and truffles, they also give all net proceeds to a charity they started, Make Change for Change.
Their mission as a small business and a charity is to ensure that our children have a roof over their heads and do not go hungry. At Make Change for Change Corey and Courtney believe that “children are the foundation of our future” which is why the funds raised from Sugar Shoppe help to provide housing for families in need as well as gift baskets for the homeless.
With such a fantastic vision, service, and vast selection of treats, customers are eager to give back to their community. The Nappas’ candy knowledge is unparalleled and as an up and coming business they encourage customer input and feedback. Additionally, if your favorite candy is missing, just let them know and they will order it for you.
Sugar Shoppe has been one of my favorite stops on my Small Business Spotlight; a true beacon of hope in our community. If you would like to get involved and help volunteer with Make Change for Change email Courtney at email@example.com.
For more information on Sugar Shoppe, please visit www.sugarshoppe.org.