Medway and Franklin received state grants to support local efforts to increase recycling and reduce waste, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) and Representative John Fernandes (D-Milford) announced today.
“Recycling and waste reduction efforts improve the health of our communities and protect our environment for future generations,” Senator Spilka said. “These grants will allow Franklin and Medway to continue to advance innovative green initiatives that save money on waste disposal costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the use of sustainable energy.”
“Franklin and Medway both have a long and successful history of improving energy use and recycling while reducing waste and cost,” said Representative Roy. “These grants will go a long way to continue these valiant efforts and ensure cleaner communities for years to come.”
“I join with Representative Roy and Senator Spilka in welcoming these grant awards to Medway,” said Representative Fernandes. “These timely and targeted state grants will enable Medway to continue its successful and effective efforts aimed at promoting recycling community-wide, which directly benefits the environment, reduces the overall waste stream and lowers related trash removal costs.”
The Town of Medway received $25,000 to hire local waste reduction enforcement coordinators to assist in enforcing compliance with existing recycling programs and an additional $1,000 grant for other small scale recycling initiatives.
The Town of Franklin received $7,500 to expand its existing recycling program to collect carpet materials at municipal recycling stations. Franklin also received a $1,000 grant for outreach and educational materials for the Town’s drop-off recycling program.
The grants are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). The SMRP funds recycling, composting and reuse activities to limit the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. Waste prevention and recycling reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the embodied energy in every-day product and packaging waste and converting these sources into new products with a smaller carbon footprint.
Last week, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill creating a new MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.
Modeled after the state-wide Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW), the MetroWest regional commission will study and report on the status of women and girls in the region and report findings annually to MCSW. The MetroWest women’s commission will identify and address the challenges that women face in MetroWest communities and work at the local level to promote equal access to health care, employment, education and economic development opportunities for women and girls.
“This commission will amplify the voices of women and girls in the MetroWest region and identify specific ways to advance women’s rights here and across the state,” Senator Spilka said. “We are promoting equality and opportunity for all women in our communities and helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Commonwealth.”
There are currently five county and regional women’s commissions operating under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape and Islands, Essex County and Worcester County. The new law fills a gap in commission coverage to ensure that women and girls of MetroWest also have their voices heard.
The MetroWest Commission will consist of nine members appointed by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, in consultation with local women’s organizations. Applications to serve on the Commission are due December 1st, and all individuals with knowledge of the challenges women face in MetroWest communities are encouraged to apply.
For the purpose of this act, MetroWest communities include: the towns of Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston and Wrentham, and the city of Marlborough.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency created in 1998 by the Legislature to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The Commission works to provide a permanent, effective voice for all women across Massachusetts.
Senator Karen Spilka will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn about ways to continue to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
“Staying happy, healthy and active is important for everyone in our community,” said Senator Spilka. “Each year I am honored to host this terrific day of health and wellness presentations, screenings and educational opportunities, and I always look forward to seeing friends and neighbors from across MetroWest.”
Seniors will participate in a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. Representatives from a variety of health care and elder services organizations will also be available to share information on services in MetroWest. The Fair will include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.
More details are available on the 2014 Senior Health and Wellness Fair Flyer.
NOTE: All MetroWest seniors are encouraged to attend this free event, but RSVP is required.
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Legislation will support economic growth and quality of life in MetroWest
The Massachusetts Legislature’s schedule of formal sessions came to a close in the early hours of Friday morning as legislators finalized and enacted a wide range of bills and sent them to the Governor’s desk to be signed, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. Legislation includes a comprehensive bill to encourage job creation and continued economic growth, spending authorization for environmental projects and facilities improvements and other initiatives to improve quality of life and promote economic prosperity in MetroWest and across the Commonwealth.
Bill protects victims and works to prevent future acts of domestic violence
The Senate and House on Thursday passed final domestic violence legislation, which creates new criminal offenses and elevated penalties, boosts prevention efforts, seeks to empower victims and establishes new employment rights, Senator Karen Spilka announced. Senator Spilka was the lead Senate negotiator on the conference committee working out differences between House and Senate versions of the legislation.
“Too many people in our communities are victims of terrible acts of domestic violence. This bill takes very important steps to improve protections for these victims and increase penalties for perpetrators,” Senator Spilka said. “With these reforms, we are ensuring that victims receive the services, support and compassion they deserve, and we are helping to prevent future cases of violence and abuse.”
The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to strengthen reporting requirements for independent expenditure committees and bring a higher level of transparency to elections in the Commonwealth, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.
“These important reforms allow us to enhance transparency and accountability in the electoral process,” Senator Spilka said. “We are helping voters in Massachusetts to make better informed decisions, and we are encouraging more thoughtful civic engagement and participation.”
The Massachusetts Senate today unanimously passed legislation updating privacy protections for personal electronic information, lead sponsor of the bill Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. The Electronic Privacy Act would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to access personal information derived from telecom customers’ cell phone and internet use.
“The fundamental right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure is firmly entrenched in our state’s history,” Senator Spilka said. “Our phones and laptops store some of our most private thoughts and details of our everyday movements and activities, and this personal information should not be open to government inspection without a warrant. This bill strengthens public safety and protects the privacy of law-abiding people, updating our search warrant laws to fit the realities of the digital age.”