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Medford Lions Club Making a Difference

By William Tauro

The Medford Lions Club met this past Monday night at the Mount Vernon Restaurant in Somerville voicing their opinions on how to make life better for our residents who are in need of assistance of our neighboring city’s as well as concerns, and definitely possible remedies to make living in both cities, Medford and Somerville, more safe, healthier and enjoyable for our residents and to assist the needy and blind with all the tools necessary to make a difference!
Continue reading Medford Lions Club Making a Difference

Mayor Ballantyne and RSJ Department Seeks Community Members for Public Safety for All Task Force

Deadline to Apply is February 24

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City’s Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) today invite Somerville residents and workers to apply to fill three open community seats on the Public Safety for All Task Force. Task force members will review feedback from thousands of community members, as well as expert testimonials and independent data to craft public safety policy recommendations for the City of Somerville. Applications are available starting Monday, January 30, at 8 a.m. and must be received by Friday, February 24, at 7 p.m.
Continue reading Mayor Ballantyne and RSJ Department Seeks Community Members for Public Safety for All Task Force

Somerville/Medford Remembering ALICE K. WOLF

ALICE WOLF OBITUARY

WOLF, Alice K. (Koerner) Former Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1997-2013), member of the Cambridge City Council (1984-1994), Mayor of Cambridge (1990-1992), member of the Cambridge School Committee (1974-1982) died on Thursday, January 26, 2022 after a short battle with leukemia. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering ALICE K. WOLF

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“One of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, not only among low-income individuals but also for youth, is to significantly increase the tax on all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Multiple studies have shown that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces consumption by about 4 percent among adults and about 7 percent among youth.”
—The American Lung Association recommending that Massachusetts lawmakers increase the state’s current $3.51 per pack tax on cigarettes by at least $1. Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FROM $15 PER HOUR TO $20 PER HOUSE (HD 3965)

By Bob Katzen

This bill would increase, over a 4-year period (2024-2027), the minimum wage from $15 per hour to $20 per hour; and the tipped worker minimum from $6.75 to $12, increasing it from 45 percent of minimum wage to 60 percent of it. Another provision beginning in 2028, would index the minimum wage for inflation, using the consumer price index. Continue reading RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FROM $15 PER HOUR TO $20 PER HOUSE (HD 3965)

ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

6,403 BILLS FILED FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2023-2024 SESSION – Legislators filed 6,403 pieces of legislation by the January 20 deadline. The 159 House members filed 4,050 while the 40 senators filed 2,353. Here are some of the 6,403:

HEARING AIDS (HD 3777) – Would require all health care plans to provide hearing aid coverage of up to $500 per hearing aid and then 80 percent coverage of the next $1,500 for each hearing aid.
Continue reading ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL

POST HOW REPRESENTATIVES VOTED ON BILLS IN COMMITTEE (H 3930)

By Bob Katzen

The House 38-121 and 41-117, rejected two similar amendments that would require that committees make public how each legislator on the committee voted on whether or not to favorably report a bill to the House. This would replace a section that would only post the names of legislators who voted against the bill and list the aggregate vote tally without names, of members voting in the affirmative or not voting. Continue reading POST HOW REPRESENTATIVES VOTED ON BILLS IN COMMITTEE (H 3930)

SOMERVILLE Comcast License Renewal Public Hearing Mon, February 13, 2023, 6 p.m.

Comcast License Renewal Public Hearing

Monday, February 13, 2023, 6 p.m.

All interested persons are invited to a public hearing on the draft proposal for the license renewal of Comcast Cable. The proposal sets guidelines for operations, service provision, licensing fees, and in-kind and capital contributions to the City via a federally regulated process for municipal issuance of local cable franchise licenses. Continue reading SOMERVILLE Comcast License Renewal Public Hearing Mon, February 13, 2023, 6 p.m.

Sean Walshe’s American Son CD Review

Artist: Sean Walshe
CD Title American Son

Going Track By Track

Review Joe Viglione

The January 2023 release of Sean Walshe’s American Son is an easy accessible listen which brings back melody, strong lyrics and musical entertainment on record. It, hopefully, will reach that wider audience that it so richly deserves. The musicians who interpret these compositions with producer/engineer Rob Fraboni’s guiding hand certainly know how to make hit records, and American Son is chock full of potential hits.
Continue reading Sean Walshe’s American Son CD Review

Somerville Police Department Crime Log

Arrest

23002817: On 1/17/23 at approximately 12:17 PM, Somerville Police responded to a business on Mystic Ave for report of a larceny. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the manager who stated a male party stole numerous items from the store then brandished a knife and swung it at him. Officers observed the male fleeing toward the Assembly train station and ordered him to stop. A knife was recovered from his pocket and he was placed into custody.

Commercial Breaking & Entering Continue reading Somerville Police Department Crime Log

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:City out of Control It’s the New Wild, Wild, West

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Bike lanes, bollards cross walk signs that all get run over and reduction in parking. All for what? climate change to save the world.
All the streets, sidewalks, hp curb cuts, municipal buildings and schools deteriorating right before our eyes.. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:City out of Control It’s the New Wild, Wild, West

Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Thirteen-Member Task Force Will Propose Model for Civilian Oversight Body in Somerville

Thursday, January 12, 2023
The City of Somerville’s Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) today announces that it is seeking three Somerville community members to join RSJ’s Civilian Oversight Task Force. Task Force members will explore civilian oversight models for local law enforcement, gather data, and engage in research that will inform the future of a civilian oversight entity in Somerville, including its powers, duties, composition, and more.
Continue reading Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Letter from the Editor:Somerville High School Threat

By William Tauro

This recent threat against the Somerville High School and it’s students that was made this past Monday, is more reason why we need police in our schools. Our elected officials are more concerned about creating traffic islands, removing parking spaces and giving themselves pay-raises and staff which they don’t need instead of putting the money toward policing our schools and keeping our children safe. All they talk about is defunding, defunding, defunding instead of protecting our community. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Somerville High School Threat

Somerville/Medford Remembering Patrick J. McCloskey

PATRICK’S OBITUARY:
U.S. Veteran

McCloskey Patrick J. Jr. of Milton (formerly of Somerville and Medford), died peacefully with his family by his side, on January 20, 2023, at 91 years old. Son of the late Patrick J. Sr. and Mary T. (Morandi) McCloskey. He was the loving husband of Evelyn M. (Johnson), for 67 years. Everyone that met them immediately knew it was a true love story. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Patrick J. McCloskey

Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs Open House, January 26

The City of Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs (SOIA) is pleased to host an open house to connect with residents, City staff, and local service providers. SOIA provides multilingual, culturally competent programs and services and advances policies to support Somerville’s immigrant community. Continue reading Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs Open House, January 26

Somerville Takes Next Step Toward “Consolidated Waitlist” to Greatly Simplify Application Process for Affordable Inclusionary Rental Units

Launching in late 2023, allowing one application for multiple below market housing opportunities expected to be game changer

Community Members Invited to Learn More at Informational Sessions Beginning January 24, 2023
Continue reading Somerville Takes Next Step Toward “Consolidated Waitlist” to Greatly Simplify Application Process for Affordable Inclusionary Rental Units

THOUSANDS OF BILLS FILED FOR 2023-2024 SESSION

By Bob Katzen

Friday, January 20 at 5 p.m. was the “soft deadline” for legislation to be filed for consideration by the Legislature during the 2023-2024 legislative session. However, under House and Senate rules, bills filed after January 20 can still be admitted to the Legislature following the deadline if the Legislature agrees to admit it by a four-fifths vote of the members of the branch where the bill is introduced. Each legislative session, hundreds of bills are admitted as late-filed bill Continue reading THOUSANDS OF BILLS FILED FOR 2023-2024 SESSION

Letter from the Editor:LOCAL Democratic ELECTED OFFICIALS VOTED AGAINST INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS

By William Tauro

Look how our local elected officials voted against tax credits for our seniors! On another note these three would be the first to vote for their own self serving pay increases for themselves! Remember in November!
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 INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)
Continue reading Letter from the Editor:LOCAL Democratic ELECTED OFFICIALS VOTED AGAINST INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS

INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)

By Bob Katzen

The House 31-125, rejected an amendment that would increase by $1,005 (from $750 to $1,755) the maximum tax credit which seniors over 65 who qualify, can receive under the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Law. The law applies to seniors with homes valued at less than $884,000 and who earn $62,000 or less for a single individual who is not the head of a household; $78,000 for a head of household; and $93,000 for married couples filing a joint return.
Continue reading INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)

Attend a “Consolidated Rental Waitlist” Information Session

The City is hosting a series of in-person and virtual information sessions to introduce the coming Consolidated Rental Waitlist. The list will allow one application to be filed for multiple affordable rental housing opportunities rather than requiring individual applications for each project.
Continue reading Attend a “Consolidated Rental Waitlist” Information Session

Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: 411 & 432 Norfolk Street

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce two affordable homeownership opportunities to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers through the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program at 411 and 432 Norfolk Street. Both condos will be offered to households earning between 81% and 110% of the area median income (AMI). Both are a 5-minute walk from the new Union Square MBTA Green Line station.
Continue reading Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: 411 & 432 Norfolk Street

Letter from the Editor: Defunding the police has led to higher crime levels around the city over the past two year

By William Tauro

Defunding the police has led to higher crime levels around the city over the past two years.

By fully funding the police, more resources can be allocated to the training they need to avoid tragic situations. Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Defunding the police has led to higher crime levels around the city over the past two year

Somerville Police Department Crime Activity

Assault

23001473: On 1/9/23 at approximately 7:47 PM, a female party entered the station and reported that she was victim of an assault on the morning of 1/8/23. The victim stated she left Encore Casino and was followed by another vehicle. When the victim stopped at a light, a male and female exited the other vehicle and the female party threw her onto the ground and kicked her. As the victim tried to get up, the male party pushed her back to the ground. The female party then vandalized the victim’s vehicle.

Assault Continue reading Somerville Police Department Crime Activity

TROOPERS ARREST MAN WITH MULTIPLE FIREARMS AFTER FOOT PURSUIT

Shortly after 3 a.m. today Trooper Ryan Crumbaker, assigned to State Police-Milton, was patrolling Blue Hill Ave in Boston when he observed a gray BMW being operated at a high rate of speed before passing through a red traffic signal. Trooper Crumbaker caught up to the vehicle and stopped it at the intersection of McLellan Street. Continue reading TROOPERS ARREST MAN WITH MULTIPLE FIREARMS AFTER FOOT PURSUIT

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense financial harm to millions of families and borrowers. The Biden Administration’s debt cancellation plan will help prevent student loan borrowers from needlessly suffering even more pandemic-related economic harm, including the devastating cascade of harms that follow from default. We are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold the Secretary’s authority to provide much-needed relief to people across the country who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

WRAPPING UP THE 2022 SESSION

By Bob Katzen

WRAPPING UP THE 2022 SESSION – Before the 2022 session ended on January 3, the House and Senate acted on several bills including:
REVENGE PORN (H 4498, S 3167) – The House and Senate approved different versions of a proposal that would prohibit the posting of sexually explicit images of another person online without their permission—commonly referred to as “revenge porn.” Continue reading WRAPPING UP THE 2022 SESSION

FOOD INSECURITY EVENT

By Bob Katzen

As the costs for basic necessities rise, more Massachusetts residents living on the economic margins must choose between buying groceries and paying for housing, transportation, childcare and other basic utilities. It’s a dilemma that plays out in hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts households every day. Hunger and access to proper nutrition remain pervasive, with nearly 1 in 3 adults experiencing food insecurity in Massachusetts in 2021. Continue reading FOOD INSECURITY EVENT

Two Affordable Homeownership Opportunities in Somerville: 411 & 432 Norfolk St.

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce two affordable homeownership opportunities to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers through the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program: one 3-bedroom unit at 411 Norfolk St. and one 1-bedroom unit at 432 Norfolk St. Both condos will be offered to households earning between 81% and 110% of the area median income (AMI). Continue reading Two Affordable Homeownership Opportunities in Somerville: 411 & 432 Norfolk St.

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville City Councilors Please Do Your Jobs, MBTA bus terminal! Potholes, cracks, etc.

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Somerville Alert #2…Clarendon Hill Twrs. Bus Riders and All Bus Riders in the area: Please be extra cautious walking in the Clarendon Hill Twrs. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville City Councilors Please Do Your Jobs, MBTA bus terminal! Potholes, cracks, etc.

Medford High School Girls Varisty Team Big Win Against Somerville High School at Tufts University’s Winter Classic

Photos courtesy of Mayor Breanna Lungo Koehn’s Facebook Page

The Medford High School girls Varisty team had a big win today against Somerville High School at Tufts University’s winter classic! Continue reading Medford High School Girls Varisty Team Big Win Against Somerville High School at Tufts University’s Winter Classic

Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Thirteen-Member Task Force Will Propose Model for Civilian Oversight Body in Somerville

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) today announces that it is seeking three Somerville community members to join RSJ’s Civilian Oversight Task Force. Task Force members will explore civilian oversight models for local law enforcement, gather data, and engage in research that will inform the future of a civilian oversight entity in Somerville, including its powers, duties, composition, and more.
Continue reading Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway Intersection Redesign Community Meeting, February 1, 2023

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Ward 7 Councilor Judy Pineda Neufeld invite you to a virtual community meeting to learn about the City’s reconstruction of the intersection at Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway.
City contractors will reconstruct the existing traffic circle to create a T-shaped intersection with traffic signals. Construction will begin this winter and is expected to continue through the fall of 2024. Continue reading Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway Intersection Redesign Community Meeting, February 1, 2023

Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Neglecting Safety and Health Conditions for First Responders

It’s a disappointing shame that our elected officials are ignoring all of these horrific conditions for over so many years. It should have been dealt with and done with automatically without hesitation!

All of these elected officials they were CCed here in this letter, selfishly rallied for pay raises for themselves for their own personal gain. They even rallied for having the city hoof the bill for their own personal office staff!  Simply put “Greed!” Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Neglecting Safety and Health Conditions for First Responders

Discover the joy of dance this summer at Northeast School of Ballet (NSB)!

Northeast School of Ballet (NSB) will offer dance programs for all ages this summer during July. NSB, under the artistic direction of Denise Cecere, is a ballet school that is recognized for training dancers over the past 52 years in the Greater Boston area. The 2023 summer programs will be held at NSB’s studios conveniently located in historic downtown Reading, MA. at 32 Lowell Street, RT 129. Continue reading Discover the joy of dance this summer at Northeast School of Ballet (NSB)!

Letter from the Editor: Letter from the Editor:Kitchen Gas Cooking Stoves Soon to be Outlawed!

Photos by Fox News

By William Tauro

Just when you thought we heard enough stupidity over the past few years, here we go again. Now the White House wants to ban natural gas cooking stoves! Just imagine an Italian restaurant trying to cook Chicken Cacciatore or a Chinese restaurant trying to cook Beef lo mein in a wok using an electric stove, not happening! Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Letter from the Editor:Kitchen Gas Cooking Stoves Soon to be Outlawed!

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: WHY IS THE SOUTH MIDDLESEX REGISTRY OF DEEDS STILL PARTIALLY SHUT DOWN? MARIA IS USING TAXPAYERS!

By William Tauro

Does anybody know when the Registry of Deeds will be fully opened again on Cambridge Street? We know that the Covid19 Pandemic work remote at home was in 2019 but some took advantage of the situation and milked it and made it last at until the end of 2021, but for God sakes it’s 2023 and Maria is taking us all for a ride! Continue reading LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: WHY IS THE SOUTH MIDDLESEX REGISTRY OF DEEDS STILL PARTIALLY SHUT DOWN? MARIA IS USING TAXPAYERS!

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (A&B PO, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting x 2)

On Thursday, January 5, 2022, I Officer Paul Beckford, was on duty for the Somerville Police (East 3). At approximately 10:38AM, Officer Robert Anaya (West 5) and I were dispatched to Sathi Convenience located at 153 Highland Ave for a shoplifter. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (A&B PO, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting x 2)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Cocaine, Trafficking in Over 14 Grams x 2; Drug, Distribute Class B, Subsq.)

The following is a brief summary to incident #23000978.

Members of the Somerville Police Community Action Team along with Officers Thomas Lambert and Samir Messaoudi, initiated a drug investigation engineered by a Karl Maurice AKA Malachi (DOB XXXXXX), and his alleged role in the distribution of Crack Cocaine. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Cocaine, Trafficking in Over 14 Grams x 2; Drug, Distribute Class B, Subsq.)

State Democratic Party calls on lawmakers to decriminalize overdose prevention centers

BOSTON, January 6, 2023—The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee announces today that it has overwhelmingly endorsed legislation to legalize life-saving drug consumption care and grant municipalities the option of creating dedicated overdose prevention centers to combat the surge in fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts. Continue reading State Democratic Party calls on lawmakers to decriminalize overdose prevention centers

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

Excerpts from Gov. Maura Healey’s inaugural speech

“I thank Gov. Baker, who has led this commonwealth with a steady hand. He has governed with integrity and care—eager to study problems and work together on solutions. The example he set for eight years was in the best traditions of public service, and it now becomes his legacy. Gov. Baker, I thank you, and our state thanks you.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

EXPAND CIVIL SERVICE OPTION FOR CITIES AND TOWNS (S 1661)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate both approved a bill that would allow legislative governing bodies of cities and towns the option to expand the definition of local residency for civil service hiring preference to include anyone who received a high school diploma from a school in that city or town. Neither branch gave the measure final approval. Continue reading EXPAND CIVIL SERVICE OPTION FOR CITIES AND TOWNS (S 1661)

PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate on November 21, approved and sent to then-Gov. Baker legislation that would repeal a current state law which creates professional licensure consequences for anyone who defaults on their student loan. Under current law, a borrower’s state-issued professional or occupational certificate, registration or license can be suspended, revoked or canceled if the borrower is in default on an education loan.
Continue reading PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

By Bob Katzen

Gov. Baker signed into law a bill that would protect vulnerable road users which includes pedestrians, construction workers, emergency responders bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and wheelchair users. A key provision requires vehicle drivers, when passing a vulnerable user, to pass at a safe distance of not less than 4 feet. Continue reading REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: I do not wish to fight to stay in a city that now sucks big time

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

I am done here. I am 100% into my move out of here now. We decided to rent an apartment outside of Somerville and sell our house. I am way overdue at doing this but it’s time while I still can. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: I do not wish to fight to stay in a city that now sucks big time

Letter from the Editor: “New Traffic Laws Mean Safer Roads for Bicycling!”

By William Tauro

While I applaud Governor Charlie Baker for pushing this bill into law before he left office this past week, just checking below on item number “3” and who carries the liability if a biker doesn’t have the red light if something goes wrong and a serious tragedy occurs. Your thoughts? Continue reading Letter from the Editor: “New Traffic Laws Mean Safer Roads for Bicycling!”

State Police, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Crush Two Drug Trafficking Organizations, Take More Than 6 Kilos of Fentanyl Off the Street

By Massachusetts State Police Facebook page

State Police, Along With Local and Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Crush Two Drug Trafficking Organizations, Take More Than 6 Kilos of Fentanyl Off the Street

In a less than two-day period late last week, Massachusetts State Police narcotics and gang interdiction Troopers and MSP’s federal and local law enforcement partners in a joint task force dealt severe blows to two highly organized, high-volume drug trafficking organizations operating out of the Merrimack Valley, as well as to a Fall River-based street level drug operation supplied by one of the DTOs. The combined operations seized approximately 6 1/2 kilograms of suspected fentanyl, numerous pills, and a firearm, and resulted in several arrests, all in less than 48 hours. Continue reading State Police, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Crush Two Drug Trafficking Organizations, Take More Than 6 Kilos of Fentanyl Off the Street

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill


By Bob Katzen

“A goal of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is to help keep the state’s food supply safe and secure. By assisting farmers with grants and technical assistance, the Baker-Polito Administration is helping to modernize their operations, open new market channels and meet regulatory requirements that will directly benefit farmers and consumers of their products.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (S 3169)

By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would create a “chain of custody” for used catalytic converter sales. A catalytic converter is a device that converts the environmentally hazardous exhaust emitted by a vehicle’s engine into less harmful gasses. The measure requires the buyer to keep records of each converter purchased, from which vehicle it was removed from and who the seller was. Continue reading THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (S 3169)

MAKE ADOPTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS EASIER (S 2616)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, (House on a voice vote without a roll call), approved and the governor signed into law a bill that repeals a law which prohibits adoption of children by family members including older siblings, aunts and uncles. The proposal would allow these family members, with the permission of the county probate courts, to legally adopt their family members. Current law only allows these family members to apply to become a guardian. Continue reading MAKE ADOPTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS EASIER (S 2616)

ALLOW AMBULANCES TO BE USED FOR INJURED POLICE DOGS – NERO’S LAW (S 2573)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, (House on a voice vote without a roll call), approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law legislation that would require EMS personnel to provide emergency treatment to a police dog and use an ambulance to transport the dog injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital if there are not people requiring emergency medical treatment or transport at that time. Continue reading ALLOW AMBULANCES TO BE USED FOR INJURED POLICE DOGS – NERO’S LAW (S 2573)

Where Do We Draw The Unforeseeable Probability Liability Line In Case A Tragedy Does Occur In A Bike-Lane?

By William Tauro

Bike lanes are here and here to stay. In an ever-changing world and laws, bike lanes have been accepted nationwide and are a part of our society and which rightfully should be. Cities and towns have also received millions of dollars in grants from the federal government for installing bike lanes. But we still have a lot of kinks in the laws and regulations that have to be ironed out.
Continue reading Where Do We Draw The Unforeseeable Probability Liability Line In Case A Tragedy Does Occur In A Bike-Lane?

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

2022 marks the Sesquicentennial–the 150th Anniversary–of Somerville’s establishment as a City. This is a pretty significant milestone in my opinion. In 1972, the Centennial was observed with great fanfare which included a huge parade. Somerville was a less affluent city then, but it was rich in civic pride, having recently been named an All American City. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture

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We have plenty of hots and sweets. We take pride in our peppers and making sure we clean and stuff them with love and more importantly we stuff them with the best quality cold cuts and cheese.

Carmella’s Market is a fully licensed and inspected food service business.
Continue reading www.carmellasmarket.com 86 Cottage Street East Boston MA Call 617.567.6373 to place your order

Thank You Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah – Toys For Local Children!

By William Tauro

TLC President, David Smith hands Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah a plaque, which recognizes him for seven years as the major supporter of Toys for Local Children.
 
Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah addresses the crowd at the 17th TLC Gala, while his wife holds a picture that hangs in their home, and his children demonstrate what the caption “Nothing I hold Onto” looks like.
  Continue reading Thank You Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah – Toys For Local Children!

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If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, or the content or practices of our website, you can contact Mass Publishing Inc. directly at: Wmtauro@aol.com WHAT OUR PRIVACY POLICY COVERS · What our Privacy Policy Covers · What Personal Information is Collected · How We Protect Your Information · How We Use Your Personal Information · Who Views Your Personal Information · Making a Purchase · Children Under 13 · Website Cookies · Questions About This Policy WHAT OUR PRIVACY POLICY COVERS Thank you for visiting our site. We are committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy covers any personal information that we obtain from you when you use services on our site. This policy does not cover the practices of companies that we do not own or control, or the actions of people that we do not employ or manage. Our Privacy Policy may change in the future. We invite you to check back periodically to see if we have made any changes. By using this site, you agree to the terms of our policy. For more information about the terms of use for this site, please visit our legal page. WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED Depending on how you use our site, we may ask you to share personal information with us. Whether you choose to give us this information is completely up to you, but keep in mind that if you withhold information, you may not be able to use some of our services. We will ask you for information, including some personal information, when you Make a purchase. When you buy something on this site, you have to supply a billing address, phone number, shipping address, and credit card information. HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION We realize that our customers trust us to protect their personal information. We take that task seriously. We never display your full credit card number once it has been entered. We urge you to protect your own privacy. We recommend that you do not share your password with anyone or share your password in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail. Unfortunately, despite all of our efforts, there is always a risk that third parties may unlawfully intercept transmissions. This reality is true of all Internet use. As a result, we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit, and you transmit all information at your own risk. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION We collect personal information primarily to make our services more rewarding for you to use. We usually use this information for internal purposes, such as studying our customers' preferences. We may also use your information to contact you for account and promotional purposes. WHO VIEWS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION We may share your personal information with companies that perform services for us, such as delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mails, processing credit card payments, investigating fraudulent activity, and providing customer service. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not disclose your personally identifiable information for other purposes. Some personal information is stored on servers owned by other companies. Only our personel and our websites have the right to access this information. We do not currently sell or license personal information and have no plans to do so. Your personal information will only be used by this site. At this time, we do not share any personal information with marketing affiliates. It is unlikely that this policy will change in the future. If we do decide to share information with our affiliates, we will post a notice in this Privacy Policy. MAKING A PURCHASE When you buy something on this site, you have to supply a billing address, phone number, shipping address, and credit card information. By making a purchase, you become a registered user. You can choose to store information needed to make a purchase, such as your shipping and billing addresses in the My Account — Profile page. Your credit card information is NEVER stored in our databases and is used only for the duration of the purchase transaction. This data is always transmitted securely to the merchant bank and immediately erased from our systems. CHILDREN UNDER 13 Our site is not designed for children. We do not wish to collect personal information from children under 13. This policy is designed to protect children. Federal law requires us to take special steps to safeguard children's privacy. If you register with us and we discover that you are under 13, we will delete your registration. We will send you a message if we do this. If you are under 13 and want to make a purchase, please ask a parent to place the order for you. WEBSITE COOKIES We collect some anonymous information about how you use the site by setting and accessing cookies on your computer. These cookies track information such as how often you visit our web site, what pages you view, and where you go after you leave the site. The cookies track your computer, not you. They are not connected to any personal information about you. QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POLICY If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, or the content or practices of our website, you can contact us directly at: Mass Publishing Inc. wmtauro@aol.com Terms & Conditions/ Cancellation/return policy:If unsatisfied with subscription 7 day money back cancellation return policy on monthly subscriptions. 30 day money back cancellation return policy on yearly subscriptions. Contact Email: Somervillenewsweekly@yahoo.com