CBS: Mass. Lawmaker Proposes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

By Danielle Niles, July 16th, 2014 BOSTON (CBS) – Plastic shopping bags are something most shoppers take for granted, but environmentalists have a different view. They believe they often become blight as litter and can harm marine life like dolphins and turtles. Brookline, Great Barrington, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, and Nantucket have all put municipal bans in […]

Nashoba Publishing: State’s first community solar garden opens in Harvard after years of work

By Amelia Pak-Harvey HARVARD — The sun was beaming down on the state’s first community shared solar garden on Friday, as officials gathered to celebrate the opening of the Harvard Solar Garden. Nestled behind some greenery on the side of Ayer Road, the new communal garden produces 294 kilowatts of energy dispersed among the 47 […]

Wicked Local Harvard: HARVARD SOLAR GARDEN BILL ADVANCES OUT OF REVENUE COMMITTEE

Legislation that would help establish a shared community solar garden in the town of Harvard sponsored by Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) received a favorable report from the Joint Committee on Revenue on Thursday, June 12th. June 23,2014 Legislation that would help establish a shared community solar garden in the town […]

Community Advocate: State officials visit seniors from Middlesex and Worcester District

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Region – State officials interacted with guests at the 34th annual Senior Conference, held April 24 at Hudson High School. For the sixth year, the free conference was hosted by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, for constituents from 14 communities in the Middlesex and Worcester District including Hudson, Marlborough, […]

WBUR: Why Immigrant-Friendly Legislation Has Stalled In Mass.

BOSTON — With comprehensive immigration reform once again stalled on Capitol Hill, local advocates have been turning to Beacon Hill. States across the country are taking immigration issues into their own hands. Last year, eight states passed laws that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. But, here in Massachusetts, there’s been little appetite […]

MWDN: Mass. House OKs minimum-wage hike to $10.50

BOSTON — The House voted to raise the state’s minimum-wage bill on Wednesday from $8 to $10.50, with the majority of Greater Lowell representatives voting in favor. The 123-24 vote would also freeze unemployment insurance, raise the tipped minimum wage and protect the rights of domestic workers. State Reps. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, […]