BOSTON – Various organizations in Nashoba Valley will be happy to know about specific fundings secured by State Senator Edward Kennedy for the 2020 fiscal year.

On Thursday, May 23, the Massachusetts State Senate approved its $42.8 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. Senator Kennedy secured $500,000 in the budget to fund several priorities in the First Middlesex District.

Those priorities include $92,400 for an emergency generator at the new Groton Senior Center, $25,000 to redevelop a nine-acre parcel at the site of the Fitzpatrick School in Pepperell and $17,600 for enhancement to the corridor on Main Street in Pepperell. According to Senator Kennedy’s office, the new senior center on West Main Street will also serve as an emergency shelter for community members during serious weather conditions and power outages.

Other priorities in the district include $100,000 for the study and design of a new building at Middlesex Community College’s Lowell Campus dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math, better known as STEM. There will also be $10,000 going to procuring and installing an Assistive Listening System at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell and $55,000 to extend the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.

Senator Kennedy said on Tuesday that the priorities were selected after communities were given the chance to request what priorities should be focused on in the next fiscal year. That process was done a few months ago, according to the senator. If the Senate-approved budgets pass the Conference Committee in the remaining days of the current fiscal year, the communities will have access to the money by July 1, the start of the 2020 fiscal year.

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