GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, May 31, the 151st day of 2018 with 214 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:13. 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: 1433 – Sigismund was crowned emperor of Rome. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, May 30, the 50th day of 2018 with 215 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:10 and sunset is @ 8:12. 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: 1416 – Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic by the Church. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 29, the 149th day of 2018 with 216 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:11 and sunset is @ 8:11. The Full Flower Moon is exact @ 10:21 AM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1453 – Constantinople fell to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, ending the Byzantine Empire. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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 Greg Vendetti, Maddie Poplawski, Annette Lazzara, Lisa Cappuccio, Diana Dicenzo, Kevin Andrade, Libby Earle, Shelly A Legee, Jim Pitcher, Diane Gentile, George Vendetti, William Donovan, Dee Tauro, Nicolette Hardy, Frank Olivieri, Darlene Kelly Dumond, Joe Hall, Bill Hill, Lori Santos Santoro, Lawrence Fidalgo, Bill White and Mr JR Santangelo

Sent in by our readers!

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 28, the 148th day of 2018 with 217 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:11 and sunset is @ 8:10. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 585 BC – A solar eclipse occurred that had been predicted by Thales Miletus.

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Somerville Mayor Curtatone on Unanimously Passed Home Rule Petition for a Transfer Fee

By Joe Curtatone

Historic vote last night at the Board of Aldermen meeting as it unanimously passed the home rule petition for a transfer fee that targets house flippers, speculators and investor-owners. What you see in the picture is me signing it immediately after it got approved.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, May 27, the 147th day of 2018 with 218 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:12 and sunset is @ 8:09. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1647 – Alse Young (Achsah Young or Alice Young), a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a “witch.” It was the first recorded American execution of a “witch.” Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

SENATE PROTECTS SCHOOL CUSTODIANS

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill designed to protect the rights of custodians, cafeteria and other non-teaching employees of school districts by exempting them from the Education Reform Act or 1993. That act gave school principals strong control over the hiring and assignment of teachers and other education professionals as part of the effort to improve test scores and overall student performance.

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SENATE TO INCREASE DEEDS EXCISE TAX FROM $20 to $50

By Bob Katzen

Senate 38-0, approved an amendment raising the state deeds excise tax from $20 to $50. The deeds excise tax is paid by the seller of the property and funds the state’s Community Preservation Act Trust Fund that “matches” the money raised by local cities and towns which are allowed to impose a surtax on real estate sales to fund projects like affordable housing, preservation of historical resources and open space.

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IMMIGRATION STATUS AMENDMENT APPROVED

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 25-13, approved an amendment that would prohibit police and other law enforcement from asking people about their immigration status. Other provisions end the practice that deputizes state and local law enforcement as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents; bans state resources from being used to create a registry based on ethnicity, religion, country of origin and other criteria; and requires that immigrants be notified of their due-process rights.

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