May 2 2013
Loan Program Provides Options for the Needy
Faced with physical limitations, some seniors and people living with disabilities may have difficulty navigating their own homes safely. In some cases, they might even be forced to move away or to assisted living facilities. The Massachusetts Home Modification Loan Program...
Apr 4 2013
Jehlen led on new retirement community safeguards
Congratulations to state Sen. Pat Jehlen, who helped lead the effort to bring more safeguards to seniors who buy into continuing care retirement communitites. The new law should give buyers more control over their decisions.
Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial bill...
Apr 2 2013
Sen. Jehlen: Common Sense Tax Reform Needed to Move MA Forward
Massachusetts has reached a fork in the road. One path leads to an even better education system, a reliable public transit system, well maintained roads and bridges, and a revived economy. The other path leads to further cuts for vital services, decrepit roads and bridges...
Jan 15 2013
Jehlen, Aide Attend ‘Artists for Alzheimer’s’ Event
On December 13, 2012 Senator Patricia Jehlen and her Elder Affairs director Vicki Halal attended Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ) “Meet Me at the Coolidge…and Make Memories!” This is a free, quarterly, inclusive, interactive film program for people...
Dec 30 2012
Much Done, Much Left to Do
As 2012 comes to an end, the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is also wrapping up its business.
Over the last two years we tried to shepherd the Commonwealth through a tough fiscal climate while also addressing many major and controversial issues...
Nov 16 2012
Scanner Will Help Animal Control Officer
In an effort to help bring lost pets home, Senator Patricia Jehlen, along with representatives from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC), presented a microchip scanner to Animal Control Officer Jay Donovan.
About the size of a grain of rice, microchips have been...
Nov 14 2012
Review your Medicare Options, Save Money
The annual Medicare enrollment period is earlier than usual this year, starting October 15 and lasting through December 7. During this window, and only during this window, you can review your Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans’ coverage options. While...
Oct 14 2012
State House Forum on Community Housing on Oct. 17
On October 17th from 4pm-5pm in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House there will be a public information and listening session regarding the implementation of An Act Relative to Community Housing and Services. At this session, Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein and...
Oct 8 2012
Falls Can Be Prevented
As most of us know from our own experience or from friends and family, falling is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to older people. But falls aren’t inevitable!
That’s the message of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, recently celebrated at the...
Sep 26 2012
Medford Legislators Pat Jehlen and Rick Carviello enjoy Circle the Square
The Medford Transcript
Check out this photo of Sen. Pat Jehlen and Medford City Councilor Rick Caraviello trying out the stilts. Jehlen put this out on her Facebook and we're sharing it with you...oh, by the way...they were at the Circle the Square event...you should...
Sep 18 2012
Somerville Cultural Institutions Get $58K in State Grants
Somerville arts and cultural organizations received $58,690 in grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, according to an announcement sent from Somerville State Sen. Patricia Jehlen.
The bulk of the grant money, $40,890, went to the Somerville Arts Council, which...
Sep 7 2012
Bread and Roses Strike Centennial Event at Library
On Thursday, September 13, at 7:00pm at the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, storyteller Sharon Kennedy will present an hour-long performance that tells the tale of the “Bread and Roses” Mill Strike, a strike of predominantly female workers that...
Aug 6 2012
State Sen. Jehlen Touts New Animal Control Laws
A new law signed by the governor updates old laws governing pets and animals in the state, according to Somerville State Sen. Patricia Jehlen.
Medford State Sen. Patricia Jehlen sent an announcement (below) about new animal control laws recently signed by the governor....
Aug 3 2012
Senate passes resolution to overturn Citizens United ruling
The Medford Transcript
The Massachusetts Senate passed a resolution calling for the United States Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
In that decision...
Aug 3 2012
Senate and House Agree on Bill Preventing Foreclosures
The Medford Transcript
The Legislature has approved a bill that establishes greater protections for homeowners. The legislation aims to prevent unnecessary and unlawful foreclosures, reduce the number of abandoned properties across the commonwealth and help remove one of the...
Aug 2 2012
Governor Patrick Signs Animal Control Bill into Law
The Animal Rescue League of Boston
Today, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed S.2192 ”An Act Further Regulating Animal Control” into law, making important changes to our animal control laws. Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor, Director of the Center for Animal Protection...
Jul 27 2012
NuPath Staff Describe Struggle with Limited Wages to Senator Jehlen
The Winchester Daily Times Chronicle
WOBURN - NuPath, Inc. was honored to welcome Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), who represents Winchester, to its Woburn headquarters located at 147 New Boston St.
Sen. Jehlen had the opportunity to meet with some of the NuPath staff, listening to them describe the...
Jul 24 2012
MA Senate Votes to Expand the Bottle Bill
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate voted to expand the bottle bill, which adds a 5 cent redeemable deposit to certain beverage containers. The law, which currently covers soda and beer, would be expanded to also cover water, juice, sports drinks, and iced tea...
Jul 17 2012
Gov. Patrick Signs Two Bills
WWLP 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick has signed a couple of bills Monday to improve health care and honor our fallen veterans.
One of the bills Governor Patrick signed renames a couple of bridges in Cape Cod after a fallen soldier, Matthew Pucino.
Jul 4 2012
Upper Mystic Dam Unveiled with Better Flood Controls, Fish Ladder
The Winchester Star
Winchester, MA —
When a 2006 storm led to significant overtopping into the Upper Mystic Lake Dam’s emergency spillway and raised concerns about the dam’s structural integrity, local and state officials knew it was time to renovate the 150-year-old...
Jun 22 2012
Mass. Senate Backs Teacher Evaluation Bill
The Boston Globe
BOSTON—A measure calling on school districts to implement a new teacher evaluation system and place performance ahead of seniority in deciding future layoffs was approved Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate.
The legislation, which now moves to the House,...