News Archive

Dec 30 2012 Much Done, Much Left to Do
Winchester Star
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
Woburn Patch
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
Medford Patch
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
Somerville Patch
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
Inside Medford
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
Medford — 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 Patch
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
Inside Medford
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
Medford Patch
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
Medford — 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
Medford — 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
Inside Medford
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. Family and...
Jul 8 2012 Somerville Receives $40.6 Million in Local Aid from State, Says Beacon Hill Delegation
Somerville Patch
Somerville to receive $40.6 million in Local Aid BOSTON – Somerville’s state legislators Senators Patricia D. Jehlen and Sal N. DiDomenico and Representatives Carl M. Sciortino, Denise Provost and Timothy J. Toomey joined their colleagues in the Legislature on...
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,...
Jun 20 2012 Mass. Senate Approves T Bailout, Reject Bid for Loan, Control Board
WBUR
BOSTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to deliver $51 million in bailout funds to the MBTA during a tense debate as lawmakers vented their anger and frustration with T officials for failing to put the transit agency on a self-sustaining path. The bailout...
Jun 20 2012 Mass. Senate OK's $49m MBTA Bailout
The Boston Globe
The state Senate agreed Tuesday to tap $49 million from a little-known state surplus to help the MBTA close its deficit for the coming year, avoiding steeper fare increases and wider service cuts than those scheduled for July 1. The plan, approved by a 26-9 vote after...
Jun 19 2012 News from State Senator Pat Jehlen
Inside Medford
Senate Budget Includes “Liberty Mutual” Provision Many people were outraged by recent stories revealing that retiring Liberty Mutual CEO Ted Kelly was paid $200 million in the past 4 years, while policy holders got rate increases and taxpayers gave Liberty...
Jun 19 2012 Interview with Senator Jehlen
Somerville Patch
Hello Somervillians reading this blog! I had the honor to interview our wonderful state senator, Ms. Patricia Jehlen, about her time at the OAC. She helped found the program about 20 years ago, and usually volunteers to teach stilting. She has also taught kazoo band, co...
Jun 12 2012 Senate Bill Would Set Care Standards for Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients
The Patriot Ledger
BOSTON — Nursing homes that care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients would be subject to minimum care standards set by state government, under legislation unanimously passed in the Senate Tuesday. The bill closes a loophole in the law that allows nursing...
Jun 12 2012 Foreclosure Bill Will Keep People in Their Homes
Medford Patch
The Massachusetts State Senate last week approved a bill aiming to require lenders to offer modified loans to people on the verge of foreclosure. Under the legislation, lenders conduct a financial analysis to determine whether  receiving lower monthly mortgage...
May 23 2012 Lawmakers Target Big Pay Deals at Mutual Companies
The Boston Globe
Shocked that Liberty Mutual paid its former chief executive roughly $50 million a year, three Massachusetts senators have proposed budget amendments to discourage other mutual companies from awarding outsized pay packages in the future. State Senator Brian A. Joyce,...