Saturday, May 3, 2014

Senator Spilka: Updates from the State House

MAY 2014

Dear Steve,

Spring is finally here! The State House has been buzzing with activity, including Marathon events, advocacy days, tours and visits from constituents. We are also continuing our work on legislation and starting the process of crafting the state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1st.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or need my assistance at (617) 722-1640, or email me at For more updates, visit my website, follow me on Twitter and "like" my Facebook page.

Warm Regards,

Senator Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk

Senator Spilka or a member of her staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns at district office hours:

Friday, May 16th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Golden Spoon
85 W. Main Street

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Haven
76 Railroad Street

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Cafe
24 Front Street


Stone Park Pavilion
Saturday, May 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This annual Earth Day event is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends while cleaning up parks and neighborhoods in the community. Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 3rd
Jordan Hall
725 Washington Street
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit Holliston local businesses as part of the Holliston Business Association's annual Spring Stroll. More details here.

Natick Common
Saturday, May 10th
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the return of spring with live music, fresh produce, baked goods, local cheeses and crafts. The Farmers' Market is every week beginning on Saturday, May 10th. For more details, click here.

Saturday, May 17th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club to plant flowers across town for the 11th annual Beautification Day. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Rome Restaurant. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 17th
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Medway Middle School Field

Show your Medway community spirit and spend time with family, friends and neighbors at the 20th Annual Pride Day. More details here.

Town Common
Saturday, May 17th
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Buy beautiful plants, flowers and herbs on the Town Common while supporting the Garden Club's beautification, conservation and education efforts. More details here.

Sunday, May 18th
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore historic homes in Framingham and learn about the town's cultural history. For details and tickets, click here.


Impact Framingham supports important community projects to enhance the civic, educational, recreational, cultural and benevolent interests of Framingham and its people. Learn more here.


My annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be held at Keefe Technical School in Framingham on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

Office of State Senator
Karen E. Spilka
Room 320, State House
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1640 

118th Boston Marathon

Marathon Monday was a beautiful day out in MetroWest, and the day's events were a perfect example, as always, of our shared commitment as a Commonwealth to freedom, perseverance and community connection. I had a great time kicking off the 118th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton with BAA Executive Director Tom Grilk and Representative Carolyn Dykema - it all starts here!

Annual Marathon Wreaths Ceremony

Every year, the Greek Consulate presents the Boston Athletic Association with beautiful olive branch wreaths to crown the winners of the Boston Marathon. The wreaths are grown, cut and hand-crafted in Marathon, Greece and are symbols of our connections to the original Marathon Run in Greece. They embody the spirit of the Boston Marathon: the spirit of freedom, democracy, peace and community celebration. As Hopkinton's sister city, Marathon, Greece has particular significance for all of MetroWest.

I was proud to participate in the annual ceremony at the State House last month and catch up with Dimitri Kyriakides and his wife, Fay. Dimitri is the son of the famous Stylianos Kyriakides, who won the 1946 Boston Marathon and is known as the first runner for charity.
The Caring Force Rally

The Caring Force held a rally for human services at the State House last month. I was proud to stand with the advocates and providers and thank them for their tireless work every day for our state's most vulnerable and their families. These people provide critical services for individuals in our communities, including: people with developmental or physical disabilities, people with mental illness, children, elders, veterans, people who are homeless or poor and people who are abused.

Child Welfare Advocacy Day

The Children's League of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children organized an important gathering of advocates and providers of child welfare services at the State House last month. These are critical services keeping our children safe and strengthening our families and communities. I was pleased to welcome these terrific advocates and share updates on my work with Family Resource Centers, the Adoption Task Force and the conference committee working on domestic violence legislation. This event was also an opportunity for legislators to learn what many differnet private agnecies across the state are doing to help children and families.

Franklin Students Tour the State House

Representative Jeff Roy and I welcomed a group of 80 fifth graders from the Oak Street Elementary School in Franklin for a State House tour, including an inside look at the Senate Chamber, some building fun facts and Massachusetts history highlights.

Legislative Updates

Last month, we passed a bill to fund transportation infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth, just in time for spring construction season. A reliable, well-maintained transportation system is key for quality of life and economic development in our community and across the state. This bill supports many important projects in MetroWest and state-wide to address accessibility, safety and traffic issues. Read more about MetroWest projects in the bill here.

The Senate also unanimously passed a bill to prevent and repair gas leaks in our state's natural gas pipeline. Natural gas leaks are a critical environmental issue, as well as a public health and safety threat. I am proud to support this legislation, which takes important steps to repair our aging infrastructure and reduce costs and dangers of gas leaks in our communities. Read more about the bill here.

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