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What Ashland Is Doing In the meantime, there is much we can do to use our technology more safely. We started the conversation in Ashland, and our School Committee did its due diligence. Says Chairwoman Laurie Tosti, “I found it concerning that medical academies and scientists were issuing warnings about the potential harm of cell radiation and wi-fi, confirmed by a multitude of scientific studies.” Former School Committee Chairwoman Marcia Reni researched the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and noted the telecommunications industry has a powerful interest in protecting the status quo. Upon learning manufacturers include a legal statement buried deep in the fine print cautioning users to keep the devices off one’s body, the School Committee developed Best Practices for Mobile Devices. Ashland Public Schools now train teachers to ensure students never use wi-fi devices on their bodies, to turn off devices when not in use, and to pre-download applications to iPads and Chromebooks when possible then turn off wi-fi in the settings so the antennas do not pull signal during student use. The technology department placed reminder signs in each classroom. While these are positive first steps, users should not be lulled into a false sense of security as all wireless technology still equals radiation exposure. Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Devra Davis and other leading scientists support technology but recommend using hard-wired connections, which are safer, faster and more reliable.

For more information, see: •

The BioInitiative Report, BioInitiative.org

Environmental Health Trust, EHStrust.org

The BabySafe Project, babysafeproject.org.

How to Limit Radiation Exposure from Wi-Fi Where wi-fi is deemed necessary, to limit radiation exposure, experts advise us to: • Keep all wireless devices off one’s body when in use. • Avoid carrying cell phones in a pocket or bra; switch to airplane mode when not in use. • Avoid Bluetooth; use the speaker setting or an “air tube” headset. • Avoid using wireless devices in cars, trains, or elevators (metal surrounds intensify radiation).

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In Memory of John “Jack” J. Healey, Sr. John “Jack” J Healey, Sr., 72, passed away on June 24 at the age of 73 after a long illness. Healey joined the Ashland Fire Department in 1974, where he was promoted to lieutenant. He was one of the department’s first EMTs. He served as president of Ashland Fire Department and the Professional Firefighters of MA, Local 1893, Commander of the VFW Post 2331 (19811982) and was a member of the American Legion Post 77.

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