Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
I would ask that on behalf of all home and business owners, there be a full investigation on the water and sewer bills and accounting of money received and paid out to repairs of the sewer, water lines and salaries of city workers and all contractors.
Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:Somerville Water and Sewer Bills
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Ruth Hazel Maloney on her passing.
Ruth Hazel Maloney will be sadly missed here in Somerville.
Continue reading Somerville Remembering Ruth Hazel Maloney
RESPOND would like to thank all guests, donors and our Benefactor Sponsor, Pegasystems, and Community Service Sponsors, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Nancy Busnach and Joe D’Ovidio, Rockland Trust – Peoples Federal Foundation, and Winter Hill Bank. This generosity helps RESPOND serve over 10,000 people in the community each year. Continue reading A World of Thanks From RESPOND
On 4/29/2018, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to marked cruiser East-1 during the 4pm-12am shift. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Justin ZOMPANTI (OUI Liquor, Malicious Destr of Prop Over)
Dear Dr. Rizkallah (cc: Somerville News Weekly. Attorney Joel Rosen, Zone Smart Somerville),
My apologies for not getting back to you in response to your claims on the Demolition Review Ordinance, most of which I think are wildly overblown and simply inaccurate. Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang’s Reply to Regarding Published Misinformation Regarding Demolition Review
GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, April 30, the 120th day of 2018 with 245 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:40 and sunset is @7:41. 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: 0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer
Photos by Rosalee Zammuto
By William Tauro
This past Sunday dozens of participants gathered in Davis Square at the Buena Vista Lot to celebrate Color Fest 2018.
Continue reading COLOR FEST SOMERVILLE 2018
Audit Shows Inadequate Recycling Practices Could be Wasting Taxpayer Dollars
BOSTON, MA —The Executive branch agency charged with management of properties owned and leased by the Commonwealth is not ensuring solid waste recycling takes place in those buildings, despite an executive order to do so, according to an audit released today by State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump. Continue reading State Auditor Suzanne Bump: DCAMM is a “Poor Steward of Earth and Taxpayer Dollars”
SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen invite residents to the Spring 2018 ResiStat Community Meetings, a twice-yearly effort to share the latest City news, data, and neighborhood updates directly with residents and gather their feedback. Continue reading Somerville Spring 2018 ResiStat Meeting Schedule
This celebration for people of all ages combines the worlds of comics, graphic novels, film and television, anime, science fiction, cartoons, books, fantasy, gaming, and collectibles. There will be costumes, a super hero scavenger hunt, K-pop trivia, free comic books, a visit from Imperial troopers, magic wands, free food, and more.
For this first time, Somerville residents will be able to invest in small-denomination municipal bonds – minibonds – during a purchase period this May.
Continue reading Somerville Offers Minibonds to Residents
Affordable housing: This year the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust will distribute $1.2 million in funding to projects that create, preserve and support affordable housing in the city. Local residents, businesses and organizations are invited submit proposals, and the application deadline is May 24.
Continue reading Two More Ways to Get Involved with Housing Issues
A second public hearing on the proposed transfer fee home rule petition has been scheduled for Monday, May 7, starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. You can learn more about the proposal on the City website.
If you like data, updates on what’s happening in your neighborhood, talking with elected officials and city staff, and/or pizza, read on.
Continue reading Somerville Spring ResiStat Schedule
By Bob Katzen
The law signed by Gov. Baker at the end of July 2017 that prohibits an employer from discriminating against, refusing to employ or firing a woman because she is pregnant or has a condition related to pregnancy took effect on April 1.
Continue reading CHAIR FOR PREGNANT WOMEN IS PLACED OUTSIDE THE HOUSE CHAMBER
By Bob Katzen
The House gave initial approval to a measure that makes exceptions to the current law that prohibits all Lottery employees and their spouse, child, brother, sister or parent living with them to buy a Lottery ticket.
Continue reading SENATE TO ALLOW LOTTERY EMPLOYEES TO BUY LOTTERY TICKETS
By Bob Katzen
Senate 35-3, approved an amendment allowing early voting for five days before the Sept. 4 primary election between Aug. 27 through Aug. 31. Early voting was first used in the Nov. 2016 election but current state law only allows early voting for the November General Elections, not the primaries.
Continue reading SENATE APPROVES TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING FOR STATE PRIMARY ELECTIONS
By Bob Katzen
House 136-19, approved an amendment that would cut off local aid to sanctuary cities but delay the cutoff until the Office of Public Safety furnishes a study of the cutoff’s impact on the public safety of the state, cities and towns. The amendment is essentially meaningless because as in past years, the study will never be done, and it is just a way to kill the cutoff without having a direct vote on the cutoff itself.
Continue reading HOUSE APPROVES TO INDEFINITELY DELAY CUTTING OFF LOCAL AID TO SANCTUARY CITIES
By Bob Katzen
The House 10-145 rejected an amendment that would allow state and local law enforcement agencies to arrest and hold a person without a warrant if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an immigration detainer on that person. The amendment was proposed in response to a July 2017 ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that ruled local law enforcement could not assist federal immigration agents in enforcing federal civil enforcement immigration detainers.
Continue reading HOUSE REJECTS TO HOLD DETAINED IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT A WARRANT