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Post  mermaid on Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:21 pm

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By KYLE CHENEY
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
March 13, 2012BOSTON – Steven Xiarhos, deputy police chief in the town of Yarmouth, recalled Monday the moment he learned that his son Nick was dead, the 21-year-old victim of an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

It was a Thursday in July 2009, Xiarhos said, and he received a phone call urging him to return to local police headquarters. “I knew it had something to do with Nick,” he told a dozen lawmakers at a Committee on Transportation hearing.

“When I arrived at the station and saw my fellow officers waiting, I knew it was bad,” he said. When he saw two Marines approaching him, he said, he knew Nick had died.

“All of our worst nightmares had come true,” said Xiarhos, accompanied by his wife, Lisa.

Xiarhos testified before the transportation committee regarding a bill that would rename the Route 28 span connecting Yarmouth and Dennis after his son in honor of all veterans. Bridge-naming bills are typically advanced with little public scrutiny or debate, and they often encounter little resistance.

The Yarmouth proposal is sponsored by Rep. Demetrius Atsalis, D-Barnstable, vice chairman of the committee.

A choked-up Rep. George Ross, R-Attleboro – who has previously advocated renaming a bridge connecting Attleboro and Pawtucket, R.I., after a couple killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – urged his colleagues to back the proposal, which also won accolades from Sen. Michael Rush, D-West Roxbury, a veteran of the war in Iraq and member of the committee. Rush, co-chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said the bill has his committee's “full support.”
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Excuse me. With all due respect, haven`t we been through this already & decided to leave it the way it is?? :facepalm3:
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Post  Betep on Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Demetrius J. Atsalis Representative
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Demetrius.Atsalis@mahouse.gov

We said "No" before and we meant No.
No.

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Post  Betep on Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:33 pm

Cape Cod Times Poll:

A bill to rename the Bass River Bridge in honor of Marine Col Nicholas Xiarhos, who was killed in Afghanistan, has been revived. Some locals objected to an earlier bill because it singled out one fallen soldier. Your opinion?

March 13, 2012 - March 13, 2012



They forgot:
Don't rename it.

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Post  mermaid on Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:13 pm

Oh ya, I can see how something so insignificant would slip their minds. Rolling Eyes
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Post  mermaid on Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:21 am

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Leave Bass River Bridge with its long-held name

March 18, 2012

You offered two options in your March 13 online poll about renaming the Bass River Bridge: Rename the bridge after Nicholas Xiarhos, and don't single out one veteran.

You left out a third option: Don't rename it.

No disrespect to anyone; just leave the poor bridge alone. When people said no before, they didn't mean "Ask again in a couple years."

If state Rep. Demetrius Atsalis wants to do something for the bridge, perhaps he can get rid of the stupid No Fishing law. You know, in memory of Molly Benjamin.

Mark Baker

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This letter along with a couple other letters get the point...what didn`t Atsalis understand the first time we all said NO ?? WTF
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Post  mermaid on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:11 am

Thanks for the link....I wrote to Demitrius as well. That oughta do it. coffee
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Post  Betep on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:52 pm

Bridge renaming on hold after public outcry in Yarmouth
THE REGISTER
Posted Mar 29, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

YARMOUTH —

A bill that proposed renaming the Bass River Bridge for the late U.S. Marine Nicholas G. Xiarhos has been temporarily put on hold by the state representative who sponsored it.

Xiarhos was a Yarmouth resident who died in Afghanistan in 2009.

State Rep. Demetrius Atsalis, D-Barnstable, who proposed the bill in the Joint Transpotation Committee, had not notified any public officials in Yarmouth or Dennis about it and received many calls from constituents on both sides of the issue. The bridge connects the two towns on Route 28. Last week, Atsalis took the unusual step of putting a hold on the bill, keeping it from being reported out of the committee.

“It was unique because of the large outcry,” Atsalis said. Such action is not usually taken on a bill such as this.

“We want to get it right. There is no rush on the bill,” Atsalis told The Register. He said he would consider other options, such as naming the bridge Veterans Memorial Bridge for all veterans or naming other locations to honor Xiarhos. “I’ll listen to everybody who calls, both pro and against,” Atsalis said. “The selectmen shouldn’t feel slighted.”

Atsalis maintained that he strongly supports renaming the bridge after Xiarhos because he was the first and only Yarmouth soldier to die in either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars and there are no other memorials in Yarmouth sponsored by the state for a soldier in those wars. He said the proposal meant no disrespect to other war veterans.

Read more: Bridge renaming on hold after public outcry in Yarmouth - - The Register http://www.wickedlocal.com/yarmouth/news/x586831937/Bridge-renaming-on-hold-after-public-outcry-in-Yarmouth#ixzz1qWdhG1qG
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Post  Betep on Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:25 pm

New plan to name Rte. 6 overpass after Xiarhos
By Patrick Cassidy
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March 30, 2012

YARMOUTHPORT - A compromise is in the works over the naming of a local bridge after fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos.

An original proposal to name the Bass River Bridge after Xiarhos met with resistance from some members of the community who objected to renaming the iconic bridge or singling out one member of the military in doing so.

A new piece of legislation is now being drafted that would name a Route 6 overpass after Xiarhos, state Rep. Demetrius Atsalis, D-Barnstable, said today.

Xiarhos used the North Dennis Road overpass between exits 8 and 9 to go from his home in Yarmouthport to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in South Yarmouth when he was a student there, Atsalis said.

“This is a road that Nick drove to and from, at least during high school,” Atsalis said.

Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouthport was killed in July 2009 serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. He was the son of Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos and Lisa Xiarhos.

The overpass, which is frequently draped with American flags and “welcome home” messages to soldiers, would likely be named the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Veterans Memorial Overpass under the proposed legislation, Atsalis said, adding that the name may include Marine Corporal before Xiarhos' name.

“This wasn't the only site we were looking at,” Atsalis said about the overpass and some of the concerns surrounding the Bass River Bridge proposal. When he refiled legislation originally proposed by state Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Dennis, he had to include specific language, which some people took to mean that the Bass River Bridge was the only option, Atsalis said.

Beside the Bass River Bridge and the overpass, a third option was to name a stretch of Route 6 near the overpass after Xiarhos.

Given the choice, the Xiarhos family chose the overpass, Atsalis said.

“We're honored,” Steven Xiarhos said today. “It's the perfect fit. It's the bridge that we've put flags on ever since day one.”

Steven Xiarhos said he is sorry for any grief caused by the original proposal to rename the Bass River Bridge.

“We always were told that it didn't have a name,” he said, adding that now that the history of the Bass River Bridge has been explained it made sense that the community did not want to rename it.

“We like this site better,” he said about the overpass, adding that he wished it had been thought of first.

Steven Xiarhos said he is supportive of similar efforts to memorialize other military members from the Cape who have died.

During his testimony at the Statehouse regarding the original bill to rename the Bass River Bridge, Xiarhos listed each soldier from the Cape who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan and asked state lawmakers to support efforts to remember each of them in their hometowns.

“I'll be the first out there to help out,” he said Friday. “We understand the pain.”

If the naming of the overpass in Xiarhos' honor is approved by the state Legislature, plaques will be installed on either side of the bridge and on the overpass so they are visible from Route 6, Atsalis said.

Atsalis said he hopes to get the bill passed before the end of the legislative session and before “Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen,” an annual motorcycle ride in memory of Xiarhos scheduled for July 21.

Although renaming the overpass may not generate the same concern as renaming the Bass River Bridge has, Atsalis said he is prepared for opposition to the idea.

“Somebody is going to come out against this, but you can't please everybody with legislation,” Atsalis said. “This is the right thing to do.”
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Post  mermaid on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:47 am

Ya, I have no problems with that spot.

Glad the family is pleased with this !! They`ve been through so much - I just can`t imagine how horrible this has been and still is for them.


Thank God its settled bounce

A feather in Atsalis`s cap I suppose...!
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Xiarhos to be honored with name on bridge

Post  Betep on Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:35 pm

Xiarhos to be honored with name on bridge

By CAPE COD TIMES
July 20, 2012

The state Senate voted Thursday to name a bridge in Yarmouth after a Marine killed in the war in Afghanistan.

The legislation allows the North Dennis Road overpass between exits 8 and 9 on Route 6 to be named after U.S. Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos in honor of all veterans.

Xiarhos, 21, was killed July 23, 2009, in a roadside bombing in Helmand province. He grew up in Yarmouth and was the son of Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos and Lisa Xiarhos.

"We're very humbled, very honored, very proud," Steven Xiarhos said Thursday. He added it is "an honor" to have Nicholas and the veterans remembered.

The proposal won House approval June 28. It now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature.

The overpass, which is frequently draped with American flags and "welcome home" messages to members of the military, will be named the Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos Veterans Memorial Overpass.

Nicholas Xiarhos used the overpass to go from his home in Yarmouthport to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in South Yarmouth when he was a student there.

An original proposal to name the Bass River Bridge after Xiarhos met with resistance from some members of the community who objected to renaming the iconic bridge or singling out one member of the military in doing so.

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Post  Betep on Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:21 am

Governor OKs bridge naming after Cpl. Xiarhos

July 26, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Wednesday naming an overpass on Route 6 after a young Marine who died in Afghanistan.

The North Dennis Road overpass in Yarmouth between exits 8 and 9 is now officially named after U.S. Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos of Yarmouthport.

The 21-year-old graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School died July 23, 2009, in Afghanistan.

Attending the governor's signing were Xiarhos' parents, Steven and Lisa Xiarhos, and fellow Marine Dominic Davila.

Davila lost a leg when an improvised explosive device exploded under his Humvee during the same attack that killed Nicholas Xiarhos.

"It's very emotional and very hard," Steven Xiarhos said of the signing. He is deputy chief of police for Yarmouth.

"To me, it's three years overdue," said state Rep. Demetrius Atsalis, D-Barnstable, the bill's sponsor. "We saw it to the end."

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Post  Betep on Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:20 pm

Xiarhos overpass to be dedicated Tuesday

By CAPE COD TIMES
November 12, 2012

A dedication ceremony will be held at the the North Dennis Road overpass Tuesday to commemorate the naming of the span in honor of fallen Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos of Yarmouthport.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill in July to name the overpass, located between exits 8 and 9 on Route 6, in honor of Xiarhos, who died July 23, 2009, in Afghanistan in a roadside bombing in Helmand province.

Xiarhos grew up in Yarmouth, was a graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, and was the son of Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos and Lisa Xiarhos.

According to a press release from state Representative Demetrius Atsalis, the dedication ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.


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Post  Betep on Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:33 pm

Cold, windy rainy day on the overpass.



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Post  Betep on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:29 am

Slightly related:

Cape highway bridge honor for Navy SEAL


By Patrick Cassidy
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April 26, 2013

WEST BARNSTABLE — When Janette Brown-Anderson talks about her son's connection to Cape Cod, she smiles often and broadly.

"He used to climb on people's roofs," she said Thursday about Kevin Houston's "missions" when he was growing up in and around Hyannis and preparing, even at a young age, to become a Navy SEAL.

Brown-Anderson laughed as she spoke about her family's time on the Cape during an impromptu interview in the rest area parking lot near the Route 6 overpass that spans Route 132. The giant American flag that flapped in the breeze overhead was a visual cue the family used as an indication they were close to home whenever they traveled back to Hyannis from off-Cape, she said.

Brown-Anderson, who lives in Chesapeake, Va., was back on the Cape to attend a meeting of Barnstable Town Council, where the board voted in favor of dedicating the overpass in memory of her son and all veterans from Barnstable who have died while serving.

Houston, 35, died along with 29 other Americans and eight Afghans when the Chinook transport helicopter they were in was shot down over Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.

Houston graduated in 1994 from Barnstable High School, where he was a captain on the football team. He joined the Navy in 1995 and became part of the elite special operations unit known as SEAL Team 6.

"It's the village that raised him," Brown-Anderson said about the town of Barnstable.

It's fitting that her son be memorialized on Cape Cod even though he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, she said.

"For me, that's not where I feel him," Brown-Anderson said about her son's grave. "I feel him with me. I feel him here."

During public comment at the town council meeting, Brown-Anderson said her son was shaped primarily by his time in Barnstable.

"He was a product of Barnstable's teaching staff, Barnstable's coaches, people appointed, hired and put in different positions to reach out to these kids," she said.

After she spoke, the town council and the crowd of supporters for the dedication of the bridge in Houston's name gave her a standing ovation.

Houston's death has prompted an outpouring of support for his family and for recognition of his service. Already a stone and plaque with his likeness is installed on the green in front of Barnstable Town Hall. An annual 5-kilometer run in his honor has drawn hundreds of runners each year since his death.

That support continued at Thursday's town council meeting. The only point of contention was whether the overpass should be named exclusively in his honor or include reference to all veterans from the town of Barnstable who have died while serving in the military.

"As a veteran he's somebody who needs to be recognized," John Hardy of Barnstable said about the debate over singling out an individual to memorialize. "It's an honor for me as a veteran to see Kevin's name up on that bridge."

Rob Mador, who said he is the administrator of a group called Bridges of the Fallen, which seeks to have bridges named for veterans who have died, said naming the bridge for Houston is an opportunity for the councilors to serve their country.

Several councilors protested the more inclusive language that the board sought to forward to state Rep. Brian Mannal, D-Barnstable, who sponsored the bill that would name the bridge in Houston's honor. Mannal said he was amenable to the change.

"As a veteran I'm not offended at all that a particular bridge is named after a particular individual," said Councilor John Norman. Other councilors argued that the decision to add language referencing all veterans from the town who have died was appropriate.

After an initial vote passed 8-4 to forward the amended language to Mannal asking him to change the bill, Councilor Thomas Rugo suggested a second vote in an attempt to achieve unanimity.

Councilor James M. Tinsley Jr., however, said that while he understood the intent of the second vote, he still believed the bridge should be dedicated specifically in Houston's name.

"It's very difficult for me to change a vote so it looks like we were unanimous behind that change when truly we were not," Tinsley said. The second vote fell again in favor of the amended language 9-3. Councilor Michael Hersey was the only person to change his initial vote.

The vote is largely symbolic as the state Legislature has the final say on the overpass naming, but the bill has bipartisan support and more than 20 co-sponsors, Mannal said. The bill has been assigned to the Committee on Transportation, which could hold a public hearing on it this summer.
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