Funding secured for Billerica’s Lexington and Glad Valley Project in FY19 Budget The Lowell Sun

BILLERICA — The town is expected to receive $75,000 from the state toward the design and construction of a project on Boston Road at the intersections with Lexington Road and Glad Valley Drive, according to a press release from state Senator Cindy Friedman’s office.

The funding for the project was secured by Friedman in the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget, according to the release.

The $2 million project proposes extending the sidewalk and apron near the intersection and landscaping the area between the two roads.

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Friedman, Jehlen and Garballey testify at MBTA meeting Your Arlington

A news release from Friedman‘s office details testimony from Friedman, Democrat of Arlington; Sen. Patricia Jehlen, Democrat of Somerville; and Garballey, Democrat of Arlington:

The three implored the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board to promptly provide both short- and long-term plans for repairs to the garage’s infrastructure to increase safety and improve the quality of life for commuters.

“The decrepit conditions of the Alewife garage are well-known to the thousands of commuters who use the garage daily to get to work,” Friedman said in the release. “It’s time for the MBTA to stop with the patchwork repairs and invest in long-term fixes to improve the safety and usability of the garage. There is no reason why people should be paying so much to park in a garage that is in such poor condition.”

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Baker holds school safety roundtable in Burlington Burlington Union

Gov. Charlie Baker was joined by more than a dozen legislators, superintendents and police chiefs on Monday, Aug. 20 for a roundtable discussing his supplemental spending plan to aid public school security.

State Senator Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, applauded the funding, but also said that unless the state begins to work with insurance providers to enhance mental health coverage, the long term improvements will be hindered by a lack of access to services that would make a difference.

“The members of our public schools and public safety officers are doing a phenomenal job, it is a real honor to be a resident of Massachusetts and working with those officials,” Friedman said. “But if we don’t engage our insurance companies and our providers and people who make decisions about the value they play in our communities, we are not going to solve this problem. It’s all going to be put on the schools and the public safety administrators, so we have to look at that piece really seriously and I think it has to be part of anything we do.’”

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State Environmental Bill Includes $3 Million For Burlington Burlington Patch

Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) recently lauded the passage of the final version of the Environmental Bond Bill. The bill includes local earmarks to benefit the Town of Burlington, including $3 million for the design, planning and preconstruction of a new water transmission main connecting the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s (MWRA) Arlington transmission main line with the Town of Burlington.

“I’m pleased that this legislation includes critical funding to connect Burlington’s water supply with Arlington, especially during a time when our residents are experiencing a water ban,” said Senator Friedman. “This funding will increase access to water supply in town and make necessary infrastructure improvements to enhance the quality of life for our residents while protecting our environment.”

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Some Massachusetts Inmates Could Get Medication To Help With Opioid Addiction New England Public Radio

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed legislation that would provide treatment with medication to inmates addicted to opioids.

The bill would allow some inmates at five county jails, including three in the western part of the state, to take prescriptions designed to limit the urge to use opiates. State Senator Cindy Friedman worked to make sure the pilot program was included in a larger opioid bill. “There is a major crisis going on around people with substance use disorder and incarceration,” she said.

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Elected officials secure funding for Lexington Visitors Center Lexington Minuteman

The ongoing project to modernize the Lexington visitors’ center just earned a boost of state support. The state’s budget for the new fiscal year, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, appropriates $200,000 for the renovation, which will cost about $4.5 million and aims to expand the visitors center’s exhibit space and amenities.

Likewise, state Sen. Cindy Friedman grouped the visitors center among other “key priorities” for the town, and Sen. Mike Barrett noted that the facility needs an upgrade. Prior to the project’s approval at annual Town Meeting, advocates said the building often becomes congested as tourists – whose numbers have tripled since the center opened 52 years ago – fight for space to view exhibits and buy souvenirs.

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Woburn delegation looks back on recent accomplishments Woburn Daily Times

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legisture’s 2018 legislative session officially ended at 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning with legislators, including local legislators, having a brief chance to take a quick look back over the past few days.

For one thing, Representatives Jim Dwyer (D-Woburn), Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington), and Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Lexington) note they took pride in the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) state budget.

The final budget features substantial investments in key areas related to public education, local aid, transportation, health and human services, housing and assistance for low income families. In addition, the budget includes several items of specific interest to the city of Woburn, they reported.

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Arlington receives funding in 2019 state budget Arlington Patch

ARLINGTON, MA – State Sen. Cindy Friedman, State Rep. Sean Garballey and State Rep. Dave Rogers are proud to announce funding for a myriad of projects in and around the Town of Arlington in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) state budget. The final budget features substantial investments in key areas related to public education, local aid, transportation, health and human services, housing and assistance for low income families.

METCO will use its funding to provide late afternoon and evening transportation for students in Arlington and Lexington. “Many students in Arlington benefit from the METCO program,” Friedman said in a statement. ‘Expanding access to late afternoon and evening transportation will ensure that METCO students have the opportunity to fully participate in after school athletics and extra-curricular programs at Arlington and Lexington high schools.”

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Massachusetts opioid bill includes help for pain patients Boston Globe

The bill on opioids that the Massachusetts Legislature approved late Tuesday contains several provisions that have nothing to do with combating opioid addiction, but instead aim to help people often seen as casualties of that fight — those suffering from chronic pain.

Spooked by worries about addiction and poorly trained in pain management, many physicians have reduced or stopped prescribing medications for pain, and some avoid pain patients altogether, advocates say. At the same time, insurance often doesn’t cover other types of treatment for pain.

“For some people, they’re just uncomfortable with this notion that you give drugs to a person who has an addiction that’s chemical-based,” Senator Cindy F. Friedman, chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery, said Wednesday.

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