News Archive

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
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’...
Oct 12 2011 Will Massachusetts Bring Back Happy Hour?
Greater Boston with Emily Rooney
Watch me discuss the so called "Happy Hour" Amendment on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney
Oct 11 2011 A Battle Over Beer Sales
The Boston Globe
Another example of why I filed a bill to end non-compete agreements. They reduce our competitiveness and are often enforced in ways that can derail the careers of even lower level employees.  
Oct 11 2011 Could Happy Hour Be Returning to Massachusetts?
CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – The state Senate passed an amendment in the casino debate Tuesday to level the playing field between casinos and outside businesses that could be a first step in the return of so-called Happy Hour specials. Democratic State Senator James Timilty,...
Oct 8 2011 Horse bigs jockeying for benefits
The Boston Herald
Lucky Bay State thoroughbred owners, trainers and jockeys could reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in special-interest goodies under Senate and House gaming bills that would use slot machine dough for pension and health-care benefits in the moribund horse racing...
Oct 6 2011 MBTA accepts $29m bid to build Assembly Square station
The Boston Globe
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority awarded a $29.2 million construction contract to begin work on a new Orange Line station at Assembly Square, the City of Somerville announced yesterday. S&R Construction of Lowell is expected to complete the station,...
Oct 6 2011 Sen. Jehlen Plans to Vote No on Casinos
The Winchester Star
Winchester, MA — Next week, the Massachusetts State Senate is expected to take up a bill that would bring three casinos and a slot parlor to the state. When the time comes, State Sen. Patricia Jehlen plans to vote against the measure. Jehlen, whose district...
Oct 2 2011 Great, immeasurable gains are made in this classroom
The Boston Globe
Great, immeasurable gains are made in this classroom OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS’ school is not making “adequate yearly progress.’’ But we’re delighted with the education they’re getting (“Underperforming schools show MCAS improvement: But...