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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.


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.



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)

MBTA Proposes Bus Network Changes

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

SomerStreets: Carnaval Returns to East Somerville

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

New Partnership: Run Medford — McGillivray Gives Back to Medford

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

SOMERVILLE OPEN LETTER: Joint Message and Resources Following Shooting in Buffalo, NY

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


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 Completed forms should be submitted via email to, Continue reading Medford-CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS SEEKING RESIDENTS TO FILL VACANCIES

The new novel by Timothy Gager, Joe the Salamander

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

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