News Archive

Jan 17 2012 Sen. Patricia Jehlen supports Employment Rights Bill for victims of domestic violence
The Medford Transcript
Medford — The Senate last week passed legislation establishing new employment rights for victims of domestic violence that will help victims keep their jobs and increase long-term economic productivity. The vote was 34-0. The bill has wide support from advocacy...
Jan 12 2012 The MBTA Needs Adequate Funding: Raise the Gas Tax
Bostinno.com
As you know by now, the MBTA is proposing to cut service and raise fares to stay within their budget. These proposals are certainly upsetting to all of us who support the MBTA and its riders. We know that they will reduce ridership, and increase traffic and air pollution...
Jan 11 2012 Gov. Patrick Waits-and-Sees on Crime Bill
Bay State Banner
Black activists and elected officials are calling for a massive lobbying campaign to persuade the Legislature to veto or amend a controversial three-strikes law many say would have a devastating impact on the state’s black and Latino communities. Members of the...
Jan 11 2012 Senator Jehlen Takes Action Against Financial Abuses at State Education Collaboratives; Senate Passes Reform Legislation to End Mismanagement
Inside Medford
Senator Jehlen Takes Action Against Financial Abuses at State Education Collaboratives; Senate Passes Reform Legislation to End Mismanagement The Senate on Tuesday took decisive action to end mismanagement and financial abuses at the Commonwealth’s education...
Jan 11 2012 Mass. retains mediocre traffic safety grade
Taunton Daily Gazette
BOSTON — A national highway safety organization on Wednesday graded Massachusetts in the middle of the road when it comes to traffic safety, faulting the state for lacking a primary enforcement seat belt law and five other statutes. On a color-coded scale of red...
Dec 28 2011 A Growing "Care Gap"
The Cape Cod Times
The co-chairwoman of the state Legislature's Joint Committee on Elder Affairs predicts a shortage of professional caregivers as demand rises across the state. State Sen. Pat Jehlen, D-Somerville, said she wants to establish a task force to ensure that there is an...
Dec 21 2011 Charter School Question Rages
The Somerville News
It was a packed house at the Somerville High auditorium this last Wednesday, December 14, more audience members than this reporter has ever seen at any public hearing. This circumstance, a hearing before the state Board of Secondary and Elementary Education, was one of...
Dec 19 2011 Woburn gets $231,925 to Fund Energy-Efficient Lighting
The Woburn Advocate
Woburn, MA — Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today presented Woburn and five other of the state's newest Green Communities with more than $1 million in awards to finance high-efficiency lighting, energy management systems and other...
Dec 14 2011 Somerville Council on Aging’s Annual Christmas Party celebrated on the water
The Somerville News
Over 125 Somerville seniors enjoyed a fun filled day at the Council on Aging’s Annual Christmas Party that was hosted and sponsored by the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Somerville.   WHYC Commodore Bill Rogers,  Registrar Gene Brune, Alderman Bruce Desmond,...
Nov 20 2011 Traditional Veterans Day Parade gives Winchester chance to say thanks
The Winchester Star
Winchester, MA — On Friday, Nov. 11, more than 300 Winchester residents marched through town to commemorate Veterans Day with a parade to honor the service of men and women who have fought for America over the years. The marchers made their way from Winchester High...
Nov 17 2011 Hearing Held on Bill to Establish a Massachusetts Direct-Care Workforce Task Force
PHI Blog
Massachusetts lawmakers heard testimony on November 15 on a Senate bill to establish a task force to ensure that there is an adequate direct-care workforce to meet the rising demand for long-term services and supports in the state. The proposed direct-care task force...
Nov 15 2011 Massachusetts Judiciary Committee votes to support transgender anti-discrimination bill
Masslive.com
BOSTON - The Judiciary Committee has approved legislation extending non-discrimination protection to transgender residents of Massachusetts, an aide confirmed Tuesday morning. Senators on the Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 in support of the bill. Senators voting in support...
Nov 14 2011 Is Massachusetts Prepared to Care?
The Boston Globe
Last year, I had the opportunity to spend part of the day visiting with an elder resident in my community and the home care worker who helps her to remain in her home. My constituent is 102 years old, and with the help of Philomena Ahern, she lives independently in an...
Nov 10 2011 Sen. Jehlen Named to Criminal Justice Commission
Inside Medford
Senator Patricia Jehlen has been named to a special commission to study Massachusetts’ criminal justice system. The commission is charged with reviewing all aspects of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system including the prisoner classification system,...
Nov 10 2011 Medford to Receive Additional $741,818 in Local Aid
Inside Medford
Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Paul Donato, Representative Sean Garballey, and Representative Carl Sciortino have announced that Medford will receive an additional $741,818 in local aid because of action taken on the supplemental budget in the end of October....
Nov 10 2011 Massachusetts Families to Face “Care Gap” as Demand Rises for Direct-Care Workers
PHI Blog
Joint Committee Hearing to be Held on Bill to Establish a Task Force to Assess State’s Long-Term Care Preparedness Boston, MA — Massachusetts lawmakers will conduct a hearing on a bill to establish a task force to ensure that there is an adequate direct-care...
Nov 10 2011 Sen. Jehlen, Rep. Sciortino on Weekend Red Line Shutdown
Somerville Patch
On November 5, the MBTA started a maintenance project to address one of the most safety-critical areas: the floating concrete slabs in the Red Line tunnel between Alewife and Harvard stations. While this project is vital to prevent train derailments and reduce breakdowns,...
Oct 24 2011 Funding for 10-day bed hold reinstated in supplemental budget
The Medford Transcript
Medford — The 10 Day Bed Hold program will be maintained through the end of the fiscal year thanks to funding provided in the supplemental budget. The program allows MassHealth nursing home residents to return to their own bed after short leaves for medical or non-...
Oct 24 2011 My Letter about Redistricting to Cambridge
The Cambridge Chronicle
Cambridge — I was pleased to see the proposed 2012 district map for the Second Middlesex, which is my current district, contains about a third of Cambridge. I have spent most of my life less than a couple of blocks from the Cambridge city line and am happy to have...
Oct 24 2011 My Letter about Redistricting to Winchester
Winchester Patch
I was surprised and sad that the new redistricting proposal splits Winchester between two Senate districts. I love representing Winchester and have greatly enjoyed getting to know the community better over the past 6 years.  I look forward to serving the entire...
Oct 21 2011 Casino Bill May Aid Rich Schools
The Boston Globe
In another instance of the tail wagging the dog, the Senate with little debate decided how to spend any money the casinos generate for education. I argued that it was worth deliberation, and pointed out that the Boston Foundation study last year found that, despite spending...
Oct 21 2011 Mock Green Line groundbreaking drives point in Somerville
The Boston Globe
Scores of Green Line extension supporters decrying the continued delay of the project rallied yesterday outside Somerville High School, where state transportation officials held a public hearing. At the mock groundbreaking, supporters handed out green plastic shovels,...
Oct 13 2011 Could Happy Hour Return to MA?
My Fox Boston
Watch me discuss the so called "Happy Hour" amendment on Fox 25
Oct 13 2011 A Hundred and Two and What Do You Do?
The Valley Advocate
More than a dozen years ago, the nonprofit MotherWoman got off to a deceptively modest start, with a drop-in support group for mothers in Amherst. Annette Cycon, who founded the organization with a friend, told the Advocate a couple of years ago that they started the...
Oct 12 2011 Critics doubtful of casino job creation
WWLP 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Gaming opponents are attacking the heart of a proposed expanded gaming bill, calling its potential for job creation, as predicted by supporters, “wildly optimistic”. Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) dismissed critics’...