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Sannicandro Moderates Single Payer Health Care Forum

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Politics by News Staff at 4:25 pm on July 25, 2011
MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - (From Press Release) - Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland), will be moderating a forum, "Spotlight on Health Care: Exploring Single Payer Option" from 6:30p.m until 9:30p.m., Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 in the Forum Room of the D. Justin McCarthy Center at Framingham State University, 100 State Street, Framingham, MA.

Rep. Sannicandro will moderate a four person panel featuring Senator Jamie Eldridge, the chief sponsor of single payer legislation in the Massachusetts legislature; Ben Day, the executive director of Mass-Care, a single payer advocacy organization; Dr. Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst; and Alex Robbins, a small business owner.

In advance of the forum, Tom will be accepting questions from the public via his Twitter account, @TSannicandro

Other "tweets" on the subject ...[read more]


Sannicandro Bill Supporters Give Gov 100 Foot Petition

Filed under: Politics,Schools & Education by News Staff at 2:40 pm on June 21, 2011
Supporters and Rep. Tom Sanicandro Present Gov. Patrick with Petition for Transitional Services for Disabled High School Students (June 21, 2011)

Supporters and Rep. Tom Sanicandro present Gov. Patrick with petition at State House, June 21, 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - State Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-MA 7th Middlesex District), who represents constituents in Framingham and Ashland, met with supporters this morning before a hearing on House Bill No. H159.

The legislation if approved will amend Massachusetts General Law, (MGL Ch. 71, Sec. 38G) to define a special "Transitional Services" teacher license.

Those teachers would be trained to assist and guide the successful transition of students with disabilities to activities after graduating high school including; furthering ...[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]


French Biotech Company CYTOO Opens U.S. Subsidiary in Framingham, Massachusetts

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 12:02 pm on December 21, 2009

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and other state officials participated in ribbon-cutting ceremony

FRAMINGHAM, MA (Dec. 11) - CYTOO Cell Architects, a French biotechnology company focused on applications in cell based assays, high content analysis and cell screening for life sciences research, announced today that it is expanding its operations to serve researchers in the United States by opening a U.S. subsidiary headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The company officially opened its United States headquarters in Framingham today. The company's main offices are in Grenoble, France. Company officials were joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President and CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, Massachusetts Department of Business and Technology Director George Ramirez representing the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, MassBio Economic Development Director Peter Abair, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Pam Richardson and Selectmen Ginger Esty, Laurie Lee and Dennis Giombetti.

"It is outstanding that CYTOO, an international company on the cutting edge of Life Sciences research, has sought out Framingham for its US headquarters," Representative Pam Richardson said. "Framingham is already home to a host of Life Sciences companies and I am pleased to welcome yet another."

CYTOO provides innovative enabling technologies and products for high content cell analysis. CYTOO chips streamline cellular analysis by decreasing cell variability. The chips are composed of four square inches of 20,000 concave geometric micropatterns, which standardize cell position, shape, and organization when the cytoskeleton architecture and organelle morphology adapt to the shape of the micropattern. By April 2010 the company hopes to release a new technology, CYTOO plates, which hold up to 384 wells of 1,000 micropatterns. The company is the first to offer a technology that standardizes cells, streamlining analysis and speeding up discoveries. By opening a US subsidiary in Massachusetts, the company hopes to better address the worldwide market for cell-based assays in life sciences research.

In June of 2008, Governor Patrick signed into law the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, a ten-year, $1 billion commitment to maintaining and strengthening the life sciences as a major economic engine for the Commonwealth. Conversations with CYTOO began at the BIO International Convention, held in Atlanta in May, 2009. Company officials cite their meetings with MOITI and the Life Sciences Center, and subsequently with Governor Deval Patrick directly, as having been key to their decision to locate in Massachusetts.

"It is terrific to see our state's Life Sciences initiative, and our presence at BIO International, bringing new companies to Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We warmly welcome CYTOO to the Commonwealth, to Framingham and to the diverse group of pioneering companies that make Massachusetts a global leader in the life sciences industry."

CYTOO's decision to locate in Framingham is part of a growing trend of foreign life sciences companies locating their regional headquarters in Massachusetts. Last week Systagenix Wound Management, a British company, opened its headquarters for the Americas in Quincy, Massachusetts. Biocell Center, an Italian company, recently opened their US headquarters in Medford, Massachusetts. The companies have cited the state's Life Sciences Initiative as a key factor in their decision to locate here.

"CYTOO's decision to locate in Framingham is a direct return on investment for our state's presence at the BIO International Convention in Atlanta this past May," said Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the quasi-public agency charged with implementing the state's Life Sciences Initiative. "Massachusetts is a great place to do business for life sciences companies, both international and domestic, and we welcome CYTOO to the world's leading life sciences Supercluster."


Route 126 Corridor Transportation Improvement Study Approved

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 10:07 am on May 27, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On May 20, 2009 the Metrowest Legislators announced that the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has approved a Route 126 Corridor Transportation Improvement Study that will encompass the towns of Bellingham, Medway, Holliston, Ashland and Framingham. Work is set to begin immediately.

The objectives of the study are to identify mobility, access, safety, and other transportation-related problems at selected locations along Route 126 and to identify and evaluate multimodal transportation solutions to the problems, with the goal of improving accessibility to the towns' shopping, commercial, educational, and service centers.

"Route 126 is extremely important to the towns included in this study, as well as the greater MetroWest region, connecting as it does to 1-495, Route 16, Route 109, Route 135, and Route 140," stated Senator Karen Spilka. "This study is great news for these towns and the region as a whole, as we continue our efforts to grow smart and grow strong."

The first step in the project will be the formation of an advisory task force that includes town officials, affected residents, members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Massachusetts Highway Department, and the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works, as well as local Senators and Representatives. This task force, which is scheduled to meet once in mid-June and once again within twelve months, will participate in the study by offering advice and input on data, study location selections, and recommendations.

"The Route 126 corridor is a main thoroughfare in the Town of Framingham," stated Representative Pam Richardson. "It is a crucial component in the economic development and revitalization of our downtown. I am looking forward to working on the task force, the outcome of the study and the subsequent improvements to this important corridor."

The end result of the study will be recommendations for geometric, traffic control, and other changes for improved traffic operations, with special emphasis on the effective and safe accomodation of pedestrians and bicyclists. Bus service improvement recommendations may also be developed. A long-term vision for the Route 126 corridor compatible with the land use and economic development in the area is also expected.

"The development of Route 126 is a quality of life issue for the people of my district" stated Representative Tom Sannicandro. "The jobs and economic development that will come from these proposed transportation improvements will not only transform much of Ashland and Framingham, but all of Metro West."

All results will be presented for discussion and input at the second meeting of the advisory task force. A final report documenting all of the project's tasks and products, including its recommendations, will be submitted to the Transportation Planning and Programming Committee of the MPO for final approval.

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