Lowell Sun: Lawmakers pushed to back earlier dyslexia screening

Lawmakers pushed to back earlier dyslexia screening By Colin A. Young, State House News Service UPDATED:   07/12/2017 07:49:50 AM EDT BOSTON — Parents, educators and medical professionals pushed lawmakers Tuesday to support earlier screening for dyslexia so that children can receive the additional help they need before falling behind their peers. “We know that […]

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Sheriff Koutoujian, Senator L’Italien announce funding to establish a restoration center in Middlesex County

Friday, July 7 BOSTON, Mass. – State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D- 2nd Essex & Middlesex District) and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today announced the Legislature has appropriated $250,000 in the FY2018 budget for the first year of a pilot program to establish a restoration center in Middlesex County. Senator Ken Donnelly originally sponsored the […]

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Legislature passes state budget; L’Italien secures funding for children with autism, students with dyslexia, Alzheimer’s awareness, and more

BOSTON, MA: The Massachusetts legislature yesterday passed the FY18 state budget, which included several amendments sponsored by 2nd Essex and Middlesex Senator Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover. The budget now heads to the desk of Governor Baker. Despite an incredibly difficult fiscal year due to revenue shortfalls, L’Italien was able to successfully advocate for the funding of […]

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UPDATE: Andover monopole issue

6/30/17 4:02 PM Thank you to everyone who contacted my office over the past weeks to express concerns about the proposed construction of monopoles along the commuter rail, particularly in Andover’s Shawsheen Village. Earlier this afternoon, I received promising news from the MBTA who have announced that they will be conducting a 30-day assessment of this […]

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Your Tewksbury Today: L’Italien Honors TJ Callahan’s Pub Owner Dawn Callahan of Tewksbury With Unsung Heroine Award

L’Italien Honors TJ Callahan’s Pub Owner Dawn Callahan of Tewksbury With Unsung Heroine Award                Dawn Callahan, owner of Tewksbury institution TJ Callahan’s Pub, was one of several women from across the Commonwealth honored on Wednesday at The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 14th Annual Unsung Heroines of […]

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Your Dracut Today: Helen Dunlap of Dracut Named As An Unsung Heroine

Helen Dunlap of Dracut Named As An Unsung Heroine              (Photo from Helen Dunlap’s Facebook page.) Helen Dunlap of Dracut was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2017 class of Unsung Heroines. State Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut) recommended Ms. Dunlap for this recognition […]

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Newburyport News: Services sought for autistic patients

Services sought for autistic patients Many don’t qualify for state services By Christian M. Wade Statehouse Reporter BOSTON — When Beth Homand applied a decade ago for mental health counseling for her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, she was turned down. Because her son’s primary diagnosis was autism, and his IQ level was higher than […]

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L’ITALIEN SECURES FUNDING FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA, ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS, MEDICALLY NEEDY CHILDREN, AND MORE IN SENATE BUDGET

BOSTON, MA: The Massachusetts State Senate today passed the state budget, which included several amendments sponsored by 2nd Essex and Middlesex Senator Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover. After three long days of debating budget amendments, the upper legislative chamber settled on a document to pass on to conference committee with the House. Among those amendments adopted into […]

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L’Italien hosts activist forum with 150+ attendees from across Merrimack Valley

LAWRENCE, MA: Over 150 people attended a political engagement in Lawrence this morning, hosted by State Senator Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover. Titled “Let’s Get Organized! Building a Grassroots Coalition of Activists in the Merrimack Valley,” the forum for local activists drew people from across the Merrimack Valley, from Westford to Georgetown, to New Hampshire, to the Relief’s […]

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