Audit Finds Improvements to Determination Process to Provide State-Sponsored Legal Representation

Audit Shows Additional Improvements Still Needed

 

BOSTON, MA — State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump this past week released an audit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), which is responsible for providing legal services to low income people entitled by law to representation by legal counsel. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) determines if individuals seeking state-sponsored legal representation meet the financial requirements and maintains documentation of these determinations.

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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 Brian Gay, Jonathan James Jolicoeur, Christine A Resmini, Ana Zappala, Stephen Burgess, Joe Rainone, Bill Donnellan, Dorothy Galvin Larffarello, Shelly Foster, Michael Mulcahy, Shellby Sinclair, Teresa Lott-McCollem, Matt Dadog, Judy Baldasaro, Connie Trifone Muolo, Jennifer Howell, Kathleen Patricia Sarver-Glejzer, Mark Lawhorne, Debi Lydon Mitrano, Donald Coutoumas and Happy 9th Birthday to Nickolas Hickey!

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MARCH MAPLE MADNESS

By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved a House-approved bill designating March as Massachusetts Maple Month in recognition of the vital role maple sugaring plays in the agriculture industry, our culture, heritage and economy. The measure “commends the maple syrup producers that create a natural native sweetener and a versatile ingredient that adds unique flavor enhancing qualities to many dishes.”

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CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION (CCC) VOTES TO DELAY MARIJUANA DELIVERY AND POT CAFES

By Bob Katzen

While retail marijuana stores are scheduled to open in July, the CCC last week voted 4-1 to delay the granting of licenses to companies that plan to provide home delivery of marijuana and to open pot cafés where people could smoke marijuana socially. The commission now has until October 31 to gather information on these services and until March 1, 2019 to adopt regulations and begin licensing them.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, March 04, the 63rd day of 2018 with 302 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:15 and sunset is @ 5:36. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1634 – Samuel Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, MA.

1681 – England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area that later became the state of Pennsylvania. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, March 03, the 62nd day of 2018 with 303 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:16 and sunset is @ 5:34. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1791 – The U.S. Congress passed a resolution that created the U.S. Mint. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Democratic City Committee Caucus Well Attended On Saturday Morning

By William Tauro

A great turnout at Somerville High School for the Democratic City Caucus to Elect delegates for the 2018 State Convention. Members of each ward committee made nominations and the nominees gave short speeches why they should be chosen to be delegates. Some nominees named a candidate for Governor they would support as the actual gubernatorial candidates were in the room to greet ward members. Continue reading Somerville Democratic City Committee Caucus Well Attended On Saturday Morning

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, March 02, the 61st day of 2018 with 304 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:18 and sunset is @ 5:33. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1807 – The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.” Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Katjana Ballantyne Alderman Ward 7, Somerville President, Board of Aldermen:Meeting Announcements

There are many important upcoming meetings which I’d like to highlight in this email. Note “community meetings” (don’t appear on the city website), so I try to include those I believe are of interest to constituents based on their input. You’ll find many in this email, however not all.

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THE FIFTH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT TO SUPPORT ON THE RISE

Feed the belly, warm the soul. For $38, you select and take home your own handmade bowl donated by local potters from Feet of Clay Studio, MIT SAA, and Indigo Fire Studio and enjoy tasty soups and bread donated by local restaurants such as:1369 Coffeehouse, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, The Druid, City Girl Cafe, Nashoba Brook Bakery, Puritan & Company, The Automatic, Lord Hobo, Atwood’s Tavern, Loyal Nine,  Highland Fried, Classic Graphx and more!

All proceeds directly benefit On The Rise, a day shelter for homeless and formerly-homeless women located in between Central and Inman Square. Continue reading THE FIFTH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT TO SUPPORT ON THE RISE

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, March 01, the 60th day of 2018 with 305 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:20 and sunset is @ 5:32. The Full “Crow Moon” is exact @ 7:51 PM EST. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1498 – Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique on his way to India. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer