Thursday, May 9, 2013
Bicycling reduces traffic congestion, improves air quality and promotes healthy lifestyles.
Bay State Bike Week will take place from May 11-19, and to celebrate bicycle transportation hundreds of events have been planned by bicycling organizations, neighborhood groups and local governments across the Commonwealth. "I applaud the bicyclists who ride to school or work regularly, and I encourage more people to give it a try," Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement released through his office. "Together we can make Massachusetts a greener, healthier and more sustainable state by decreasing traffic, congestion, cleaning air and enabling people to get some more exercise in the course of their busy daily lives." The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is organizing and leading this event by partnering with the Massachusetts …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Secretary of Economic Development Greg Bialecki to discuss importance of infrastructure investments and building on the Governor’s plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunity throughout the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki will address the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the Exec-Connect Luncheon at the Sheraton Framingham. He will discuss the importance of infrastructure investments and building on the Governor’s plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. In Gov. Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address and in his budget announcement in January, he laid out a plan to grow jobs by making investments in education, innovation and infrastructure to grow opportunity in the near-term, and strengthen Massachusetts in the long-term. Bialecki’s remarks will focus on the investments in education and transportation that the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents.
The Associated Press is reporting Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is considering signing legislation that would require teachers, workers at child care centers, school bus drivers and others to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks. The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents, as the legislation is written. Fingerprints would be submitted to the Massachusetts State Police for a state criminal history check and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check, reported the Associated Press. What do you think about this idea? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor had a live chat with Patch yesterday.
Natick resident and Patch blogger Ben Jackson asked Gov. Deval Patrick a question during Patch's live chat. "Governor, those of us in the MetroWest area currently pay an unequal premium to commute into the city. Are there plans to finally elminiate the Mass Pike tolls, or to equally tax those who enter the city from the North and South—and possibly to use that money to fill the MBTA or MBCR budget deficits?" The governor responded: "Hi, Ben. Tolling on the Pike is a function of commitments made by previous administrations in our bond agreements. Tolling on the central artery (for example) can be done only with federal approval, because it's a federal highway. Rest assured, all of it is under consideration as we think through a …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The governor is taking your questions right now.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick will answer your questions during right now. To join the chat, enter your name and question in the widget above. We will try to get to as many questions as we can within the allotted 45 minutes, but can't guarantee every question will make it into the chat.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation allowing an extra liquor license for Natick so Tilly & Salvy's Bacon Street Farm can sell beer and wine, as encouraged by Natick Town Meeting and the Board of Selectmen last fall.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation allowing Tilly & Salvy's Bacon Street Farm to sell beer and wine, which was not previously possible due to the smaller number of liquor licenses allowed in Natick. “Tilly’s is a Natick institution having served its residents for three generations," said Rep. David Linksy. "It is a well respected and well run local establishment and it is important that we support small businesses and help them meet the needs of their customers. I thank Governor Patrick for signing this important local bill into law.” Linksyy pushed for the legislation along with Sen. Karen Spilka and Rep. Alice Peisch at the request of Natick Town Meeting and the Board of Selectmen. "Increasing the number of …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
State health officials want to put restrictions on school bake sales to discourage unhealthy eating habits, but will this hurt fundraising efforts?
Massachusetts state health officials recently recently approved regulations that would prevent bake sales from being held during school and in the 30 minutes before and after school to discourage unhealthy eating habits. Gov. Deval Patrick has backed down on the regulations after criticism from parents and organizations that say putting restrictions on bake sales would negatively impact fundraising efforts for the schools and nonprofit groups, according to USA Today. Legislation passed in 2010 will still require schools serve healthy snack options in the cafeterias and limit sugary foods. In today's poll question, we're asking: Do you think Gov. Deval Patrick should enforce the bake sale ban to help encourage Massachusetts youth to have …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Megan H. Christopher, who has practiced law for 22 years at MetroWest Legal Services, was nominate to be a circuit judge in the Massachusetts probate and family court system.
Governor Deval Patrick announced the nominations of experienced Framingham attorney and Natick resident Megan H. Christopher as a circuit judge in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. Also nominated was Patrick W. Stanton associate justice of the Plymouth County Division. “It is an honor to nominate these well qualified and highly respected attorneys to the Probate and Family Court,” said Governor Patrick in a press release. “I am confident that they have the experience, knowledge and temperament to excel on the bench and I thank them for their willingness to serve.” Christopher has practiced law for 22 years at MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham, representing low income and elder clients in administrative and court …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
A tax on cigarettes, junk food, aim to raise money for state and make residents healthier.
Under a proposal by Gov. Deval Patrick, "sin taxes" on cigarettes will increase and new sales taxes on candy and soda will be put into place. Patrick is proposing the increase as a way to raise $260 million in new revenues for the state budget, according to an Associated Press article on Wednesday. Under the plan, the cigarette tax will be increased from $2.51 per pack to $3.01 per pack - an increase of 50 cents. The plan will also ask to impose the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on candy and soda — both items are currently exempt from the tax — and expand the state’s bottle deposit law to include bottled water, sports drinks and other beverages, the Associated Press reported. The plan would also double the taxes paid on other tobacco …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Technology is changing daily; tell us what you view will become obsolete in your lifetime via our poll.
We may not have hit the technology of The Jetsons, but technology has changed and continues to change rapidly. Last week, Governor Deval Patrick toured Keefe Technical School in Framingham. When he stopped in a freshman English class, the students were learning vocabulary words, including the word "obsolete." One student said CD players, just introduced in the 1980s, are now obsolete. Many teens today listen to mp3 or other down-loadable music. Another student had difficulty identifying a "rotary telephone," something many Americans age 40 or older likely used growing up. Today, many households have cancelled their landline telephones, even if they are "cordless," and stay connected via cellular telephones or smart phones. Already in our …