|www.findaJP.com Branches out to Kentucky
Our eighth state! (Slowly but surely.) The new jpUS member (and new JP) is Jim Gruenke,
who explains: "At one time my county was under magistrate rule. Some
time ago that was changed to commissioners. But they couldn't take
the JP off the ballot because it was established by the state
constitution. No one has ever run for it before me! When I
filed, it was too late to get my name on the ballot so I was a
write-in candidate. I got ten votes and was elected Justice of the
Jim has been married
to Paulette for 34 years and has three grown children
(Shannon, Joshua and Sarah). After almost 28 years in the Army,
he took a position at a local power plant and now supervises
Materials Management for two power plants. He is happiest at the
May's Lick Baptist Church where he is a deacon. His first
wedding, on July 11, went "real well." He's hooked.
Marrying the Military
Many JPs wrote to say that they marry active military for
free or at a steep discount, including Anne Balogh,
Hamden, CT; Jane Rokes, Keene, NH; Claire Watts,
Wethersfield CT; Rosaria Salerno, Boston; MyraAnne
Healey, Weare, NH; Diane MacLeod, Windham NH; Marie
Killackey, Cambridge MA; Mimi Malkin,
Newtown CT; Karen M Salwocki, Berlin, CT;
Jodi Paris Anastos
, Salem MA. Some comments:
- "I do but am reconsidering [offering pro
bono]. I can only do so many "no pay" services and I have had
quite a few lately." Judy Nelson, Chelmsford MA
do only for service personnel going to Iraq or Afganistan. Sadly I
did one pro bono wedding on Dec 23 in Rockland; he was killed in
Iraq in a road accident on Jan 22. One day short of one month of
marriage!" Maria A. Taylor, Abington, MA
- "My first wedding
was done in the armory 12/6/90 for a soldier who was headed to
Desert Storm. We were all in uniform." Chris Henes,
a Navy veteran, I have been marrying service personnel for
free since I first became a JP. It is with great joy and
satisfaction to see their faces when I tell them my part of their
wedding is free." Richard E Casper, Arlington MA
offer free services to both active and reservists. My son is in
the Air Force so I know they do not make very much money. It's an
honor for me to participate as they are doing the greatest honor
by serving our country." Linda A. Lofstrom-Piolunek, E.
also marry firefighters and law enforcement officers for free.
They put their lives on the line for all of us, so it is the least
that I can do for them." Carol Merletti, Malden MA.
you are a jpUS member, let us know
if you wish to add "Pro bono weddings for active military" (or
similar) to your listing. But Florance Azzariti, Natick, MA
warns: "Sometimes it feels like you are being taken advantage of
because they saw it on your website and can't get [a closer] JP to
do it for free. At least I feel like I'm doing something to help
these young families."
JPs In the News
Albert Sherman, Brookline MA JP and
Vice Chancellor for University Relations at UMass Medical School,
has been honored with a major new building complex named for him.
Sherman Center will
an "interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and
education facility that will foster interaction and collaboration
among scientists and promote innovation and synergies across
disciplines." It will be built in Worcester and is scheduled to open
in 2012. Congratulations, Albie.
When you Move, do you take your JP Hat with
Last month CT JPs bemoaned the fact that they must give up their JP
position when moving to another town. If you're a Dem or Republican,
you must establish your bona fides with the party in your new town
appointed. In CT, one-third of the JP slots go to
unaffiliated or minor party voters. If that's you, you can be
appointed by the Town Clerk -- but only between August 1 and
November 1 of the presidential election year. After Nov. 1, even if
slots were not filled, there are "no vacancies." What about
JPs in other states, especially where you are appointed by the
governor or other state official?
The Onward March of Marriage Equality
A law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and
countries went into effect on July 7 in Washington D.C. The
law grants to same-sex couples married elsewhere the same benefits
that heterosexual couples receive under D.C. law. Congress had 30
days to negate the bill approved by the D.C. Council in May -- and
did not do so.
Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage in
2004, sued the U.S. government earlier this month, arguing that the 1996 federal
Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union
between a man and a woman forces the state to treat same-sex married
couples differently from heterosexual married couples. The former
are denied access to federal income tax credits, employment and
retirement benefits, health insurance coverage and Social Security
payments. Also, different rules apply when determining eligibility
for Medicaid benefits and whether the spouse of a veteran can be
buried in a Massachusetts veterans' cemetery.
JPs with Blogs (that we know about)
blog? Don't have one? If you're a jpUS member and would like to try blogging,
jpUS can host and help.
- Mary Ann Overbaugh, Windsor CT JP, started her
last spring to publicize her business. Recent posts include
photos of wedding chapels she recently visited in Las
- David Berman writes both a traditional blog,
and a non-blog, www.bermansbits.com,
that replaces his newspaper column that was discontinued a few years
back. Both are interesting and sometimes touch on being a JP.
blog of Ken Cornet & Joe Mustich, married JPs
from Washington CT, is all about the JP business. Joe writes, Ken
does the artwork:
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