POSSIBLE 2018 BALLOT QUESTIONS CONFIRMED

By Bob Katzen

Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office announced that sponsors of seven ballot questions have met the signature and all other requirements to take the next step to get on the 2018 ballot. These proposals now go to the Legislature and, if not approved by May 2, 2018, proponents must gather another 10,792 signatures by July 4, 2018, in order for the question to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

The seven questions include:

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DECAL FOR DRIVERS ON LEARNER’S PERMIT

By Bob Katzen

The House Ways and Means Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would require two copies of a highly-reflective decal or other symbol to be clearly visible to law enforcement officers on the window of any vehicle being operated by a driver with a learner’s permit or a junior operator’s license. The size, fee and other details would be determined by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. A violation of the requirement would result in a fine up to $50.

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RAISE ALCOHOL TAXES AND FINES DISCUSSED ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Alcohol Task Force that she formed in February issued its report with 37 recommendations, including raising the excise tax on beer, wine and liquor; increasing the fines for violations of laws relating to alcohol; spending an additional $3.1 million per year for hiring 30 new investigators and 15 staff members for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC); and making some operational changes to the ABCC.

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Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 52 December 25-29, 2017

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week.

This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local representatives voted with their party leadership.

The votes of the 2017 membership of 34 Republicans were compared with those of GOP House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading). The votes of the 2017 membership of 125 Democrats were compared to House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop). Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 289 votes from the 2017 House session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not quorum calls or votes on local issues. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 52 December 25-29, 2017

City Pairs Youth with Seniors, Persons with Disabilities for Assistance with Snow Shoveling Sign up now for winter 2017-18

The City of Somerville is looking for Somerville teens to pair with residents in need of shoveling assistance during upcoming snow storms. Additionally, Somerville senior citizens and residents with disabilities may contact us to be added to the list. Continue reading City Pairs Youth with Seniors, Persons with Disabilities for Assistance with Snow Shoveling Sign up now for winter 2017-18

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, December 31, the 365th day of 2017 with 00 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 4:2. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1687 – The first Huguenots set sail from France for the Cape of Good Hope, where they would later create the South African wine industry with the vines they took with them on the voyage. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, December 30, the 364th day of 2017 with 01 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 4:19. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1460 – At the Battle of Wakefield, in England’s Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York was defeated and killed by the Lancastrians. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, December 29, the 363rd day of 2017 with 02 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 4:18. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1170 – St. Thomas à Becket, the 40th archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his own cathedral by four knights acting on Henry II’s orders. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Richard BARBOSA (Firearm Carry, Poss Large Capacity Firearm; Clinton, Southboro, & Cambridge Warrants)

On December 20, 2017, I, Officer Bork, was patrolling area East 1 for the Somerville Police Department. At approximately 03:45, I was conducting a directed patrol in the area of the Capuano School. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Richard BARBOSA (Firearm Carry, Poss Large Capacity Firearm; Clinton, Southboro, & Cambridge Warrants)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Peter PIANTDOSI (Disorderly, Resisting)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.

On Sunday, December 24, 2017, I, Officer David Ruf, was in full-uniform and assigned to marked cruiser East-1, for the Somerville Police Department. At approximately 1:32 P.M., Officer McCarey and Officer Costa (East-4) were dispatched to 1XX Broadway for a dispute between an MBTA bus driver and a passenger.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations in Somerville Planned for ‪Jan. 15‬

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Health and Human Services Department and the Somerville Public Schools announce the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event, entitled, “Growing Our Community,” to be held on Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of national Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, December 27, the 361st day of 2017 with 04 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:12 and sunset is @ 4:17. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1703 – The Methuen Treaty was signed between Portugal and England, giving preference to the import of Portuguese wines into England. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

ALLOW BUSINESSES TO OPT INTO “DO NOT CALL” LIST

By Bob Katzen

Bill(H 137) Approved on June 21, 2017 – Restricts telemarketing companies doing business in the state by allowing businesses to sign up for a “do not call” list and fining companies up to $5,000 if they call a business on the list. Current law only allows individual consumers to sign up for the list.

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Somerville Non-profit CASPAR, Inc. Chosen to Receive 5kW Solar Array Donation from City’s install partner SolarFlair

 

Donation earned through City’s Solarize Somerville initiative for exceeding home solar installation goal

 

SOMERVILLE – Local non-profit CASPAR, Inc. (Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation) will soon expand its tremendously positive impact on the community. Continue reading Somerville Non-profit CASPAR, Inc. Chosen to Receive 5kW Solar Array Donation from City’s install partner SolarFlair