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Sen. Karen Spilka honored by Framingham State University as Citizen Laureate

Filed under: Politics,Schools & Education by News Staff at 9:40 pm on May 22, 2013

[photo] Senator Spilka and Dr. Timothy Flanagan at Framingham State University (5/19/2013)

Senator Karen Spilka and Dr. Timothy Flanagan at Framingham State University, (5/19/2013).

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Sunday morning, May 19th Senator Karen Spilka was presented with the Citizen Laureate Award at the Framingham State University graduate commencement ceremony. The award, given annually to an individual who has consistently supported the University, was awarded to Spilka in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the MetroWest region.  President Flanagan praised Spilka for her leadership in advancing public transportation and strengthening public higher education in the Commonwealth.

Accepting the award, she remarked on the importance of the University in her career. "In my many years as a MetroWest resident and legislator, I have had a long and extremely rewarding relationship with Framingham State University – we are truly partners in advancing higher education," Spilka said. "FSU is a prime example of what makes my work as a public servant worthwhile: the opportunity to invest resources, creativity and new ideas into an institution that prepares the next ...[read more]


Spilka Named to Head-Up Finance Reform Committee

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 1:43 pm on March 26, 2012

Sen. Karen Spilka Named to Head-Up Conference Committee on State Finance Reform, Modernizing and Improving Efficiency, Transparency, and Accountability of State Government

Sen. Karen Spilka

Senator Karen Spilka

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today, Senator Karen Spilka announced that she was named to serve as the Senate Chair of the six member conference committee tasked with resolving the differences between the Senate and House versions of the state financial and administrative reform legislation.

"This legislation improves efficiency and accountability by updating the Commonwealth's finance laws and requiring our agencies and programs to start measuring performance and outcomes," said Spilka. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the conference committee on a final bill that will increase oversight and require smart and effective management of the state’s finances."

The provisions of the Senate bill include:

  • Requiring regular reviews and analysis of state agencies through ...[read more]

Spilka Files Gambling Bill Amendments

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 3:13 am on September 23, 2011
Senator Karen Spilka

Sen. Karen Spilka

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an effort to protect municipalities concerned about negative impacts from a bill to expand gaming in the Commonwealth, Senator Karen Spilka, (who represents Framingham and other area towns in the Massachusetts 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk districts), filed amendments today with the Senate Clerk's Office to strengthen safeguards and provide additional protections for surrounding communities.

"The legislature has debated and voted on expanded gambling in Massachusetts for several years now, and this year it looks closer to becoming a reality than ever before," said Spilka. "Throughout this entire process, my main priority has always been to protect and support my district’s residents, communities, neighborhoods, and local businesses. I have filed these amendments to ...[read more]


Framingham Folks in Natick 4th of July Parade (2011)

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Randy Harris at 10:03 pm on July 4, 2011
Nancy Kelly Dancers from Natick and Framingham pose for a picture before the parade.

Dancers from the Nancy Kelly Dance Studio pose for a picture before the 2011 Natick 4th of July parade.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Many residents of Framingham got up early this morning to take a short drive over the town line to Natick.

Some got up early just to make sure they had a good spot to watch Natick's Annual 4th of July Parade -- and others to get ready to be in it.

As a town, we should thank our neighbors to the east for putting together a first-class, traditional, all-American Independence Day parade -- and for being unselfish enough to include Framingham performers, musicians, politicians, classic car owners, fire engines as well as parade watchers.

Most of the images below are of people from Framingham, we have many, many more photos and videos of parade participants from ...[read more]


Redistricting Hearing at FSU, Saturday June 18th

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 4:35 pm on June 16, 2011
Map of Massachusetts Congressional Districts (2011)

Map of Massachusetts Congressional Districts (2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Following the results of the 2010 Census, the State of Massachusetts is losing one congressional district. District lines need to be redrawn to reduce the total from ten districts to nine.

The current legislators representing Framingham; State Sen. Karen Spilka, (D-Ashland), a Member of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, along with State Reps. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland),  and State Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), US Rep. Ed Markey (MA-7th), and several other other MA legislators will be holding a public forum to discuss redistricting, Saturday, June 18, 2011, ...[read more]


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