Gov. Deval Patrick said today he will ask state employees to help clean up state parks next month.
The remarks came as Patrick makes a swing through communities west of Boston this morning. He started with comments on civic engagement in a talk to Leadership MetroWest's Annual Forum in Framingham.
"Next month, we intend to invite all state employees and anyone else who is willing to come and join us in a cleanup of state parks and beaches, just to get us on the right foot this spring," Patrick said.
He also offered a tribute to the late state Rep. Deborah D. Blumer, of Framingham, who died of a heart attack last year.
"Deb was one of the earliest and hardest-working supporters during the campaign," Patrick said. "I think Deb would be proud of what we've done so far and I aim to make her proud."
From there he headed to Needham High School, where school officials had asked Patrick to offer a morale boost. Four teenagers from the town died of suicide between 2004 and 2006, and the school has reached out to nearby Wellesley High School, where three students have taken their own lives in the last three years.
The school asked that the governor's talk to the student body be closed to the media.
"He was asked to speak to the students to lift their spirits," said Jose Martinez, a spokesman for the governor.
Around noon, Patrick will tour Boston Scientific, the Natick-based medical devices company.
-- John C. Drake
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