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New Sharps and Prescription Drug Disposal Kiosks in Framingham

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 4:36 am on January 23, 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Through a grant received from the Office of Local and Regional Health, the Framingham Health Department will provide residents with a free disposal site for their needles, syringes and lancets and their unused or expired medications.

Safe disposal of sharps and prescription drugs is essential in ensuring the health and safety of the community and environment. In 2012 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts banned the disposal of medical sharps in local trash and recycling program leaving residents to find new methods for disposing of these items. The addition of sharps kiosks in Framingham will address this gap.

Sharps should be placed in a sealed container that is puncture and leak proof, such as a coffee can or soda bottle. They should not be placed in glass containers, paper, or plastic bags. Residents can bring their sharps to the Town of Framingham Health Department located at 150 Concord Street, Room 221 or to Framingham Police Headquarters located at 1 William Welch Way.

Unused or expired medications, pills, creams or patches can also be disposed of and can be deposited in a medication kiosk located in the lobby of Framingham Police Headquarters. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies have shown that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

These are a free service, anonymous with no questions asked.

Drop off hours:
Town of Framingham Health Department: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Framingham Police Headquarters: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

For more information visit www.framinghamma.gov/290/Health-Department or email the Town of Framingham Health Department at health@framinghamma.gov

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Senator Spilka Named Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 8:08 pm on January 21, 2015
Karen Spilka

Karen Spilka, named Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Senate President Stan Rosenberg today announced his leadership team and Committee chairmanship assignments. Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) has been named the new Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which oversees the budget and finances of the Commonwealth.

“I would first like to thank Senate President Stan Rosenberg for this honor,” said Senator Spilka. “I am grateful and humbled that he would place his confidence, faith and trust in me. This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I will work hard every day to help President Rosenberg achieve his ambitious, bold agenda to empower all members, increase transparency and reduce public skepticism about government. I will work hard every day with my colleagues to assist our communities and help raise up all of the residents of Massachusetts. Now, we have a lot of work to do.”

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Former Middlesex Assistant DA Charged with Trading Drugs for Confidential Info

Filed under: Legal Notices by News Staff at 6:43 am on January 9, 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A former Middlesex Assistant District Attorney allegedly violated conflict of interest laws and has been indicted in connection with misuse of his position, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. He allegedly traded information in exchange for oxycodone pills.

Stephen Gilpatric, age 35, of Somerville, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury on charges of Unlawful Gratuity, Unlawfully Communicating Criminal Offender Record Information, and Receiving Unlawful Compensation. He will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 9:00a.m.

Gilpatric served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) from November 2007 until October 2014, when the AG’s Office began an investigation. He most recently worked within the MDAO’s Public Protection, Anti-terrorism, Corruption and Technology (PACT) Unit, where he handled a variety of specialized prosecutions, including public corruption, white collar crime and major narcotics cases. The AG’s Office received the full cooperation of the MDAO throughout the investigation.

The investigation revealed that in October 2011, Gilpatric allegedly provided his drug supplier with information that he obtained through his position as an Assistant District Attorney in exchange for drugs. He allegedly gave this drug supplier sensitive information about another man, including a Board of Probation record, a police report, a photograph, and other personal identifying information, in exchange for oxycodone pills.

Authorities further allege that Gilpatric also provided additional confidential law enforcement information—a criminal record and an organizational chart of a drug ring—to this same drug supplier and his brother, hoping to receive pills in exchange.

At this time, the AG’s investigation has no evidence to suggest Gilpatric provided information related to any criminal cases he was personally investigating or prosecuting.

Additionally, in August 2011, Gilpatric allegedly made an agreement with a woman to help get her son’s commercial driver’s license back, which was revoked following a guilty plea in a criminal case, in exchange for $1,500.

Authorities allege that Gilpatric was spending hundreds of dollars a week to feed his addiction to Oxycontin.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General James O’Brien, Chief of Attorney General Coakley's Public Integrity Division, and Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone, Deputy Chief of the AG’s Criminal Bureau, with assistance from Sallyann Nelligan, Chief of the AG’s Financial Investigations Division, State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.

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Nine New MA Status of Women Commissioners Appointed, Two From Framingham

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 3:09 pm on January 8, 2015

[logo] Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Logo of the newly established Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, (Oct. 2, 2014)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce the appointments of nine commissioners to the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. The Commissioners are as follows: Cathy Ashton of Wayland, Leonor Filipe of Framingham, Patricia Hohl of Framingham, Kelly Love of Norwood, Jennifer Maseda of Natick, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert of Norfolk, Nancy Rosenblum of Ashland, Denise Schultz of Franklin, and Heather Wightman of Hopkinton.

The Commissioners will be sworn-in at the Inauguration of the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women at the D. Justin McCarthy Center at Framingham State University in Framingham, MA on ...[read more]


UPDATED - Central Street Bridge in Saxonville Being Rebuilt

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 1:32 am on December 28, 2014
2014 - Framingham, MA - Central Street Bridge Project Map

Central Street Bridge Project Map - Click to Enlarge.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Central Street Bridge which spans the Sudbury River over the "Great Falls at Saxonville" is being removed and replaced, check for detours and construction delays.

UPDATES:

12/27/14 - According to a large flashing construction sign by the School Street /  Concord Street intersection; the Central Street bridge will close on January 5th, 2015.

12/26/14 - traffic island at intersection of Central St. and Water St. removed, traffic signals and wiring being cleared for demolition.

Project Background:

The bridge replacement project is being performed by contractor under the direction of  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, (MassDOT).  Construction schedules call for contractors to performed deconstruction and removal of the bridge starting in late December or early January and continuing through the winter months so that reconstruction may begin in the Spring of 2015.  MassDOT has established a deadline of August, 2015 for completion of the new bridge.

The current bridge is named for Anthony M. "Tony" Colonna, a former public servant and lifetime Framingham resident who served as a MA State Representative, (many tribute Tony with bringing two MassPike exits to Framingham), then as Head of the Public Works Department and a Magistrate, and eventually the Clerk of the Framingham District Court for many years.

The Central Street Bridge project was planned in coordination with the recently completed Wickford Street Bridge replacement so that traffic which would usually come into or leave  Saxonville via Central Street can be detoured over the Sudbury River using the Wickford Street Bridge.

For more info about the project, visit the Town of Framingham web page, or MassDOT, visit: www.massdot.state.us



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