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  • In Recognition of Angela Sanfilippo and J.J. Bartlett

    by Representative William R. Keating

    Posted on 2013-12-19

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    KEATING of massachusetts in the house of representatives Thursday, December 19, 2013 Mr. KEATING. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Ms. Angela Sanfilippo and Mr. J.J. Bartlett, this year's recipients of the Offshore Mariners' Wives ``Friends of the Fishing Industry'' awards.



    In late 1994, a group of people got together and formed an organization called the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership. The name was fitting, as it truly has been an organization or partnership of as many as eighteen distinct fishing organizations from throughout the state. The group's founders soon recognized the strong need for comprehensive health care for fishermen and their families.

    One of the original founding members of the MFP and one of this year's award recipients is Mrs. Angela Sanfilippo. Ms. Sanfilippo is well known throughout the industry. For thirty-seven years she has been a constant crusader for the fishermen of Gloucester in her role as the President of the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association. She has battled to prevent the drilling for oil on Georges Bank and to keep The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary open to fishing, both commercial and recreational. Her many years of dedicated service to the local fishing industry have been invaluable to its success.

    This year's second recipient of the ``Friend of the Fishing Industry Award'' was Mr. J.J. Bartlett. For twenty years he has served as the focal point of the ``Fishing Partnership's Health Plan'' and has worked tirelessly on creating and providing affordable, comprehensive health care for fishing industry families. In 2008 the Boston Business Journal named him a ``40 under 40'' honoree, and in 2009 he testified on rural health issues and hard to reach populations at the request of the White House Office of Health Reform. The Fishing Partnership under the guidance of Mr. Bartlett now provides access to professional counseling, assistance with health insurance applications, and offering Safety at Sea Training. The Fishing Partnership has now become the Human Resource Department for the Massachusetts fishing community.

    Mr. Speaker, I am proud to honor Ms. Angela Sanfilippo and Mr. J.J. Bartlett, this year's recipients of the Offshore Mariners' Wives ``Friends of the Fishing Industry'' awards. I ask that my colleagues join me in thanking them for their service to the local Massachusetts fishing industry.

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