A statement from Mayor Joseph Curtatone regarding Salvadoran TPS:

Ending Salvadoran TPS with plans to deport nearly 200,000 upstanding immigrants who work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to the fiber of our communities is more than unjustified, unnecessary, and inhumane; it’s also reckless and irresponsible. On the heels of the decisions to also end TPS for Nicaraguans and Haitians, this is part of the administration’s continuum of cruelty. Continue reading A statement from Mayor Joseph Curtatone regarding Salvadoran TPS:

Auditor Bump Certifies More Than $1 Million in Unfunded Mandated Early Voting Costs on Municipalities for 2016 Election

 

BOSTON, MA — In a letter to members of the Massachusetts Legislature today, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump certified that municipalities spent $1,063,978.14 in unfunded, mandated costs to provide early voting in the 2016 general election. Continue reading Auditor Bump Certifies More Than $1 Million in Unfunded Mandated Early Voting Costs on Municipalities for 2016 Election

Community Preservation Act Community Meetings ‪January 16‬, and ‪January 24‬

The Somerville Community Preservation Committee invites all interested community members to hear about the FY 2018 Community Preservation Act (CPA) historic resources and open space/recreational land project proposals before the Community Preservation Committee, and offer feedback on which deserve to receive funding, at two community meetings in January. Continue reading Community Preservation Act Community Meetings ‪January 16‬, and ‪January 24‬

Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Updates & Information

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Join the SCOA’s email group – The email group is for Somerville Council on Aging Seniors and / or Caregivers who are interested in the latest information on resources, events, programming, etc…in and around the Somerville area.  Use the link https://groups.google.com/group/somerville-council-on-aging – If you have any questions or need help joining please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

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Somerville Speakup Line:Should Somerville Allow the Public to Skate on the Mystic River or is it a Potential “Thin Ice” Accident Waiting To Happen?

By William Tauro

With this recent cold snap that has occurred this winter across the state of Massachusetts including right here in Somerville, people have been seen skating on the Mystic River.

Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:Should Somerville Allow the Public to Skate on the Mystic River or is it a Potential “Thin Ice” Accident Waiting To Happen?

STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON MARIJUANA REGULATIONS

By Bob Katzen

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission announced a series of hearings across the state to get public input on the regulations that it adopted in December on the legalization of recreational marijuana including licensing, cultivation, manufacturing, retail sales, social use, enforcement and administrative appeals. Continue reading STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON MARIJUANA REGULATIONS

BAY STATE’S LEGALIZATION OF POT COULD BE IN JEOPARDY

By Bob Katzen

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a reversal of the Cole Memorandum, written in 2013 by the Obama Administration’s Deputy Attorney General James Cole. The memo provided non-interference guidance to federal prosecutors instructing them to take a laissez-faire stance and not interfere with the laws in states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana.

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SEPTEMBER 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION DATE CONFLICTS WITH JEWISH HOLIDAYS

By Bob Katzen

Under existing law, the 2018 state primary election would be held on Tuesday, September 18, which coincides with the important Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. If there is a conflict with a religious holiday, state law requires Secretary of State Bill Galvin to move the primary to a date within seven days of the original September 18 – giving Galvin a choice of the 15 days from Sept. 4 until Sept. 18 to hold the election. A logical choice would be to hold the election the week before on Tuesday, September 11, but that would create another problem because that date coincides with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

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MASSACHUSETTS Will REQUIRE DECAL FOR DRIVERS ON LEARNER’S PERMIT

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to legislation 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.

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Brian BARRY (Armed Assault to Rob)

The following is a summary of the facts pertaining to incident #18000585:

On January 3, 2018, at approximately 2140hours, I, Officer Yvon Jean-Jacques Jr., while in marked cruiser 871, working sector West, was dispatched to XXXXX convenience store (XXX Willow Ave) for a robbery.  Upon heading westbound on Broadway towards Cedar street.  Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Brian BARRY (Armed Assault to Rob)

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, January 08, the 08th day of 2018 with 357 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 4:27. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1642 – Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.

1675 – The first corporation was chartered in the United States. The company was the New York Fishing Company. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer