By Arthur Moore
This is incredible. No Memorial day parade due to covid. We had porchfest with covid and about to have an East Somerville part with covid. So, what gives with our elected officials and these ridiculous decisions. Continue reading Somerville Showing Their Lack of Respect for Our Veterans
By Bob Katzen
“As Massachusetts motorists are on the verge of paying six dollars a gallon for gasoline, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka should reconsider their thoughts that suspending the state gas tax is a gimmick. Instead, they should address suspending the gas tax and cutting other taxes to help middle class Massachusetts taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money.”
— Paul Craney, spokesman for the Mass Fiscal Alliance Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL
By Bob Katzen
The Baker Administration announced that 300,000 low-income workers will each receive $500 under the second round of the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay Program that was part of the American Rescue Plan Act approved by the Legislature in December 2021. The administration was given the power and flexibility to implement the program and announced last week that these round two checks will be mailed out soon.
Continue reading $500 PAYMENTS TO 330,000 ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME WORKERS
By Bob Katzen
Stuck in the Bills in Third Reading Committee since approved by the House on Dec. 30, 2021, is a bill that would amend current law that imposes up to a 7-year prison sentence and/or $5,000 fine for a first offense of animal cruelty and a 10-year prison sentence and/or $10,000 fine for a second offense. Continue reading RAISE FINES FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY
By Bob Katzen
The Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government held a virtual hearing on legislation that would allow cities, towns and water or wastewater districts to impose “reasonable” fees that would be used only to remedy/offset impacts that water withdrawals and discharges have on the natural environment. Continue reading ALLOW CITIES AND TOWN TO IMPOSE WATER FEES
By Bob Katzen
The House 155-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $5 billion bill that borrows money for hundreds of projects—the majority involving maintenance and modernization projects of buildings—many of which are decades old. The House added $125 million during consideration of the package. A key provision imposes a five-year moratorium on any prison or jail construction in Massachusetts.
Continue reading BORROW $5 BILLION FOR STATE PROJECTS
By Bob Katzen
The House 29-126, rejected an amendment that would require that a public hearing be held prior to the signing of an agreement between a host city or town and a marijuana business. Continue reading PUBLIC MEETING BEFORE LICENSING (H 4791)
By Bob Katzen
The House 155-0, approved a bill that makes changes in the cannabis industry including a section that would require the state to put its tax and licensing revenue from the sales of marijuana revenue into a newly created Social Equity Trust Fund to provide grants and loans, including forgivable and no-interest loans, designed to assist entrepreneurs and businesses from communities disproportionately harmed by the decades of marijuana prohibition. Continue reading MARIJUANA LAWS (H 4791)
An MBTA bus leaves a station at night with MBTA logo and Better Bus Network logo
The MBTA has been working on a Bus Network Redesign to improve service for the people who depend on it most. They are proposing some major changes to reimagine bus service and more equitably serve the region. This week, they published a draft of what the new network could look like. Continue reading MBTA Proposes Bus Network Changes
The orange Conway Park building with white lettering
After years of remediation and renovation, Conway Park (550 Somerville Ave.) will open in its entirety on Friday, May 27. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Ward 2 Councilor J.T. Scott will mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting that morning at 11 a.m. Continue reading Somerville-Conway Park Reopens May 27
SomerStreets: Carnaval returns to East Somerville with free activities and entertainment on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date: June 12). Enjoy an opening parade, interactive games and activities, an artisan market, live music on three stages, and food from many of your favorite neighborhood restaurants. Head to Broadway between McGrath and Pennsylvania Ave. to join the fun. Continue reading SomerStreets: Carnaval Returns to East Somerville
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Boston metro region this Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, and community members are urged to take precautions. High temperatures and significant humidity are expected both days. Continue reading Stay Safe in the Heat This Weekend
Open Positions: Five
Term: Three years
The City of Somerville seeks five members for the Mayor’s Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC), and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. Continue reading Somerville Appointments Advisory Committee Seeks New Members
Run Medford — McGillivray Gives Back to Medford
Inaugural Run Medford Road Race set for Sunday, September 18, 2022
Medford, MA (May 18, 2022) – Former Medford, MA, resident Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and president/founder of DMSE Sports, will be coming back to his roots to celebrate and memorialize his connection to his hometown. Continue reading New Partnership: Run Medford — McGillivray Gives Back to Medford
LIVE IN PERSON networking, free appetizers, business card drawing & cash bar in a fun, relaxed environment that is one of Somerville’s leading Dining & Nightlife destinations!
Continue reading Somerville Chamber of Commerce After Hours: American Flatbread
Dear Community, Students, Parents, and Guardians,
On Friday, youth in our City rallied for peace including calling for safety from gun violence and the impacts of racism in all of its forms. It was an act of both frustration and hope, of both concern and determination organized by youth involved with the nonprofit Teen Empowerment. Many of us went, and we were impressed and moved.
Continue reading SOMERVILLE OPEN LETTER: Joint Message and Resources Following Shooting in Buffalo, NY
This Memorial Day, the City of Somerville will host a ceremony of remembrance to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. Continue reading Somerville Memorial Day Ceremony Set for May 30
Ceremony Will Be Recorded and Aired on Medford Community Media
Volunteers Sought for Placing Flags at Veterans’ Gravesites
Medford’s traditional Memorial Day Ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery will be held on May 30th.
Continue reading Memorial Day Ceremonies Planned in Medford
The City of Medford is currently accepting applications from Medford residents to serve on one of many City Boards & Commissions.
Residents who are interested in serving on any of the boards and commissions below should complete the Board and Commission Interest Form available at http://www.medfordma.org/boards. Completed forms should be submitted via email to, Continue reading Medford-CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS SEEKING RESIDENTS TO FILL VACANCIES
Open Positions: Two
Term: Five years
The Somerville Housing Authority (SHA) Board of Commissioners seeks two new members, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. These positions do not have to be filled by SHA residents, but SHA residents are encouraged to apply. Continue reading Somerville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Seeks Two Members
Mary Ellen (Moriarty) Ward, of Somerville, formerly of Kenmare,Co. Kerry, Ireland, age 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by love and family on May 19, 2022. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Mary Ellen (Moriarty) Ward
NEW RELEASE, June 2022:
The new novel by Timothy Gager, Joe the Salamander
“Gager both invokes psychological insight and mocks its blindness. He imagines an autistic child’s coming of age, both through and out side the child’s eyes. From infancy, Joe “thinks” articulately, but rarely speaks, and his understanding of the world of Not Me is wry and sensitive, somewhat like Faulkner’s Benjy’s. Continue reading The new novel by Timothy Gager, Joe the Salamander
Ok here’s the best one yet!
Someone asks if there will be a parade – No Covid 19 precautions.
Same city right ???? Continue reading Letter from the Editor: “No Memorial Day Parade” WELCOME TO THE NEW SOMERVILLE
On Memorial Day, the City will host its annual ceremony of remembrance to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. Continue reading Somerville Memorial Day Annual Ceremony of Remembrance
Brianna’s Cafe 393 medford st Somerville MA 02145 open 6am to 3pm Continue reading Grand Opening of Brianna’s Cafe in Somerville