Sunday, May 5, 2013
Internship Coordinator at Framingham State University and the Executive Director of the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau were named Unsung Heroines of 2013 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women announced 83 Unsung Heroines of 2013, including two Framingham women. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities, and towns. They are mentors, volunteers, and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them. Framingham resident Susan Nicholl, who is the first Executive Director of the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau, was nominated by Sen. Karen Spilka, who …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
In the Senate's $300 million transportation budget, Framingham is scheduled to receive $2.8 million.
The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation calling for a $100 million increase over Chapter 90 funding from last year, as part of a $300 million local transportation funding package for Fiscal Year 2014. In the budget, Framingham is scheduled to receive $2,863,194 in funding, an increase of $954,398. “Investment in our local road and bridges is essential to the lives of our residents and the economic health of our communities,” said Sen. Karen Spilka, who represents Framingham “This is a significant and much-needed boost for each city and town across the state and will give our partners at the local level additional resources to help accelerate these important projects.” Communities can use Chapter 90 funds for local projects such as …
Monday, April 15, 2013
“This partnership with Mass 2-1-1 will give families 24-hour access to trained professions that can connect them with services for children who are having serious problems at home or in school,” said Mass. Health & Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz
Monday, April 15
Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz announced a new partnership with MASS 2-1-1 that will provide enhanced information and referral services to children and families in need of services beginning today, April 15. The partnership will give families greater access to community-based services to help children who are truants, runaways or otherwise at risk of entering the criminal justice system. “This partnership with Mass 2-1-1 will give families 24-hour access to trained professions that can connect them with services for children who are having serious problems at home or in school,” said Polanowicz. “By investing in community-based supports and resources, we can keep more kids with their families and support …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
“The largest contribution to the maintenance of the Central Artery, which runs north-south, comes from MetroWest commuters, who travel east-west, forcing Mass Pike commuters to pay every day for a roadway they don’t use, in a direction they don’t travel."
Saturday, April 13
As the Senate continues to debate critical legislation to reform the state’s transportation finance system, Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) has filed a number of amendments that address the issue of transportation and taxpayer equity for the residents of MetroWest and the entire Commonwealth. “Investing in our state’s transportation and infrastructure systems is crucial to ensure a high quality of life for residents and to promote economic vitality in our communities for generations to come,” said Spilka, who represents Framingham. “This comprehensive bill addresses our critical infrastructure and transportation needs without over burdening our working residents and families. The amendments I filed to this bill will increase transportation …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Staff members from Sen. Warren and Rep. Markey and Sen. Karen Spilka, and Representatives Conroy, Sannicandro and Walsh will hold a joint office hour this morning at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 4
Staff members from the offices of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) will be joined by Massachusetts Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), State Representatives Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), and staff from the office of State Representative Tom Conroy (D-Wayland) today at the Congressman Markey's office at 188 Concord St., Suite 102, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. “These office hours are a great way for people to share their concerns about what’s happening in Washington or to ask for assistance with the federal government,” said Sen. Warren in a press release. “This is a chance for us to hear from local residents about the issues that matter to them, so I can best represent …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Three of the four members of the town's legislative delegation urged Framingham officials to budget conservatively.
State lawmakers told Framingham officials not to count on sizeable increases in state aid as they prepare next year's budget, but expressed optimism that state education funding at least would continue to climb. "If I were a prudent fiscal manager in your shoes, I would not plan on an increase in state aid," Rep. Thomas P. Conroy (D-Wayland) told Framingham Selectmen Tuesday night. Conroy, whose district includes the Saxonville section of Framingham, said budgetmakers used a one-time windfall of more than $500 million to balance this year's budget. "That hole will have to be addressed again." "That is not what we wanted to hear," said Selectmen Chair Charles Sisitsky. Earlier this month, Town Manager Bob Halpin unveiled a $236 million …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Sen. Spilka has joined the firm’s corporate and business law department in the Boston office.
Day Pitney LLP announced Massachusetts State Senator Karen E. Spilka has joined the firm’s Corporate and Business Law department in the Boston office as of counsel. Spilka has been a state senator for the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District in Massachusetts since 2005, and represents Framingham. She was recently appointed Senate Majority Whip and serves as Senate Chair of both the BioTech Legislative Caucus and Tech Hub Legislative Caucus. She is also currently on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and STEM Goddard Council. She was instrumental in the passage of legislation on clean energy and broadband and is the chief author of major economic development and regulatory reform legislation. She also recently served as Senate Chair of …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Spilka: “I look forward to taking on this new role as Majority Whip and remain steadfast in my commitment to being a responsible steward for the taxpayers and an advocate for working families across the Commonwealth."
Thursday, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) advanced Sen. Karen Spilka who represents Framingham, to serve as Majority Whip of the Massachusetts Senate. Previously, Spilka served as Assistant Majority Whip. “It is an honor to once again be appointed by Senate President Murray to serve as a member of her leadership team,” Spilka said in a press release. “I look forward to taking on this new role as Majority Whip and remain steadfast in my commitment to being a responsible steward for the taxpayers and an advocate for working families across the Commonwealth. I am eager to work with my colleagues on continuing our efforts to bring about necessary reform, promote job growth and economic development, and support the important …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The mission of the S.A.F.E. program is to provide students with the information needed to recognize the dangers of fire, including the fire hazards that smoking-related materials pose.
Town of Framingham will receive a $7,625 grant through the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program, to help educate students about fire prevention and safety. The grant was announced in a joint press release from Sen Karen Spilka, Rep. Chris Walsh and Rep. Tom Sannicandro. “The S.A.F.E program is a great way to increase fire education and allows local fire departments to show our students how to prevent fires and what they should do in an emergency,” said Spilka in the release. “This grant will ensure our students have the skills they need to be safe and prepared in their everyday lives. I am pleased that the towns in my district that applied for funding have been awarded grants through this invaluable program.” “S.A.F.E. is…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sen. Karen Spilka, Sen. James Eldridge, Rep. Chris Walsh and Rep. Tom Sannicandro put on an apron and lent a hand serving hungry families and individuals at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café Tuesday night.
MetroWest state senators and representatives spent an hour serving up chicken noodle soup and chicken parm Tuesday night. Sen. Karen Spilka, Sen. James Eldridge, Rep. Chris Walsh and Rep. Tom Sannicandro put on an apron and lent a hand serving hungry families and individuals at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café in downtown Framingham Tuesday night, Jan. 15. Spilka, Walsh and Sannicandro all represent Framingham. Besides serving food, the legislative delegation spent time lending an ear to those in need. "We are delighted that our local elected officials are helping shine some light on our Pearl Street Cupboard & Café. The number of those in need of food has increased by 400 percent at our Pearl Street Cupboard in the last year alone. The …