A litany of elected state and local officials, friends and family packed into St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Thursday to bid farewall to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died Saturday at age 63.
"It's an honor to be here on behalf of an institution that Gail Cariddi loved and, by the way, loved Gail Cariddi," said Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Just two weeks ago, Mayor Richard Alcombright had sent an email to his representative asking for a House resolution for an event.
On Monday, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's aide brought it to his office.
Services for state Rep. Gailanne Marie Cariddi begin Wednesday evening, June 21, with a wake from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.
Her funeral will take place on Thursday, June 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's.
State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi updated the Maple Grove Civic Club on some of the work she has done in 2016 and what she plans to advocate for in 2017.
At the club's monthly meeting Sunday at the PNA, the North Adams Democrat spoke of her goals for the upcoming year and fielded some of the membership's question.
The community meetings, titled "There Ought to be a Law," will allow citizens to share ideas about local and district issues, state government, and legislation – particularly what laws should exist and what laws, if any, should be repealed.
State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi visited Beth Bourdon's third-grade class with Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco to help pass out the morning's meal, read the students a book while they ate, and observe the state grant-funded program that has improved learning throughout the school.
Rep. Gailanne Cariddi says the state has taken a lead on national issues over the last session.
The legislative session came to an end at the end of July and Cariddi said the highlights include working on stopping the opioid scourge and passing an omnibus energy bill.
State Rep. Gail Cariddi met with Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts on Monday and walked the girls through the process of the legislative branch.
The girls learned about the various committees Cariddi serves on, including the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. The girls were interested in how these committees affect the average citizen, as well as themselves.