The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Jessica Mantia, Francis Khalil, Patricia Anne, Cindy Moss, Dusty Gerlach, Dino Alves, Darrell English, Bernard Gibbons, Albert Piacentini, Jimmy Gondolfe, Lisa Winchester Catino, Lou Ferrara, Steve Grossman, Susan Lampedecchio, Scott Gamble, Krissi Dunne Ali, Carmen Alicea, Jimmy DeFrancesco, Bridget Capobianco-Rios, Brooke Metivier, Gus Filosi, Happy 8th Birthday to Lyric Champ Saulnier and Happy 4th Birthday to our friend Cole!

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REQUIRE EFFICIENT USE OF ENERGY AND WATER BY MASSACHUSETTS POT GROWERS

A bill proposed on Beacon Hill that requires the secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, in consultation with the commissioners of Energy Resources, Environmental Protection and Agricultural Resources, to make recommendations for energy and water use efficiency for licensed marijuana cultivators in Massachusetts.

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SAFE BABY SLEEP DISCUSSED ON BEACON Hill

By Bob Katzen

The Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee held a hearing on a proposal that would require the Department of Children and Families to establish a safe sleep program that provides infant safety information on its website for expecting and new parents. An online training course would also be offered to educate them on infant safety and safe sleep techniques.

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MASS SENATE APPROVES 3.65 BILLION FOR REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS

By Bob Katzen

Senate 37-0, approved authorizing up to $3.65 billion in bonds for repairs and improvements of capital facilities across the state including $475 million for improvements to state university and community college campuses; another $475 million for campus improvements to UMass; $85 million for clean energy and efficiency programs at state-owned facilities; $675 million for trial court facility improvements; and $500 million for public safety and security facilities.

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CHANDLER WILL BE SENATE PRESIDENT FOR ALL OF 2018

By Bob Katzen

Senate 37-0, approved a motion to remove the adjective “Acting” from Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler’s title and make the Worcester senator the permanent Senate president for the remainder of 2018. Chandler, 80, was majority leader and second in command in the Senate before former Senate President Stan Rosenberg resigned on December 4. Rosenberg’s resignation came after allegations in the Boston Globe that his husband, Bryon Hefner, groped three men and kissed another one against his will. The Globe story also included claims that Hefner has said he speaks for Rosenberg and talks about Senate business with legislators and their staffs. The Senate Ethics Committee is currently investigating the matter.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, February 11, the 42nd day of 2018 with 323 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:46 and sunset is @ 5:09. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

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