GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 31, the 212th day of 2018 with 153 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:34 and sunset is @ 8:06. 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: 1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. 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 Jessie Glingan, Michelle Angiulo Bowler, Joey Kreimeyer, Drew Valera, Sandra Darling-Taylor, Lenny Russell, Robert Leung, Joe Szulewski, Tommy O’connor, bobby biagiotti, Patricia Frasier, Darlene Defrancesco, David Badger, Barbara Spindler, Nicholas Oliveira, Steve Ferreira, Mark Tauro, Peter Martin, Tom Kerr, Marjorie Decker, Ron Kenny, Frank Fraumeni, Junior Dunne, Alicia Lafuente, Ricky Chan, Pam King, John Alan Roderick, Steve Jeffres and Diane Snow

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Somerville’s New Gateway To The City

photo: Private locks on gates now keeping intruders and city officials out.

By William Tauro

Last week we wrote about and featured the senseless closing of the McGrath Highway bridge and tunnel and how its negative affect has impacted the Ward 2 neighborhood and businesses.

This week we’d like to take you inside that closed down tunnel and show you firsthand how a once vital roadway that provided the crucial bloodstream of traffic full of consumers and residents to and from the many businesses and homes in Ward 2 and now converted into a makeshift homeless shelter by its new inhabitants.

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‘Seize the Summer’ at SomerStreets on Holland St., Sunday, August 5‬

Celebrate Free Open Streets event to feature live music, family-friendly activities, and more!

SOMERVILLE – Celebrate the season at “Seize the Summer,” the August installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival, on Sunday, August 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. between Davis Square and Teele Square on Holland Street. Continue reading ‘Seize the Summer’ at SomerStreets on Holland St., Sunday, August 5‬

UDPATE: Community Path (Buena Vista Rd. to Cambridge Line) to Close for Drainage, Retaining Wall Repairs Beginning July 30, 2018

This portion of the path expected to be closed for approximately three months during excavation. Detour routes available at www.somervillema.gov/detours

 

A new date for the closure of a portion of the Community Path (Buena Vista Road to the Cambridge City line) has been announced. The closure is now set to begin on July 30, 2018, and will last for approximately three months.

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SENATE ALLOWS NEIGHBORHOODS TO BAND TOGETHER AND FORM A DISTRICT

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 27-10, approved a local option amendment allowing a city or town to authorize the creation of community benefit districts which would allow owners of contiguous property in a city or town to form a district and require property owners in that district to pay for additional services, improvements, events and other projects and activities within the district. The districts would be operated by a nonprofit board.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 30, the 211th day of 2018 with 154 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:33 and sunset is @ 8:07. 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: 1502 – Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville, A Safe Haven for Dirty Deeds

Click on link to hear interview:https://m.soundcloud.com/user-940376055/life-with-the-curtatones

By William Tauro

There are so many unanswered questions and potential unsolved criminal investigations out there about the Curtatone‘s and their political hack accomplices with no answers leaving Somerville as well as Middlesex County constituents blindfolded.

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Somerville Speakup Line: Mayor Joe Has Sold the Community Out to Benefit His Future and Career, to Leave a Legacy.

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line:

Whenever the GLX sets up to inform you or solicit your opinions, it’s a done deal. The Ball Square Bridge will close for a year thanks to Mayor Joe approving it before any of the city’s emergency departments had any say. Police, Fire and EMS will now take twice as long perhaps three times as long to get to the 30+ thousand that live west of Willow Ave.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 27, the 208th day of 2018 with 157 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:30 and sunset is @ 8:10. The Full Buck Moon is exact @ 4:22PM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1214 – At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeated John of England.

1245 – Frederick II was deposed by a council at Lyons after they found him guilty of sacrilege. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville OPENAIR Circus performs this weekend

The big top tent goes up again near Union Square, as OPENAIR Circus returns for its 33rd annual performances.  Over 100 children, teens and adults will show off the circus skills they have learned over the summer, and indeed over the years.  Tumbling toddlers, poi spinners, stilters of all ages, unicyclists, hula hoopers and much more.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 26, the 207th day of 2018 with 158 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:29 and sunset is @ 8:11. 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: 1775 – A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 25, the 206th day of 2018 with 159 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:28 and sunset is @ 8:12. 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: 0326 – Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 24, the 205th day of 2018 with 160 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:27 and sunset is @ 8:13. 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: 1847 – Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah. 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 Corinne Brune Dellanno, Debbie Brune Cabral, Marisa Tauro, Ronny Aylward, Linda Leblanc Correia, Felista Murray, Joanne Blundon, Frank Tello Jr, Vincent Chiappini, Jacques Fleury, Ada Lam, Joan Campo McKenna, Richard Nilsson, John Serpico, Drew Calera, Doc D’Errico, Peter Petruzziello, Jimmy Del Ponte, Janice Delory, Anne Collette, Anna Buonopane, Corey Norton, Mark Niedergang, Robert Carnes, Mario Oliveira and our own Doti Wedge-Metivier

Sent in by our readers!

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89th Annual Feast of St. Rocco to be held in Malden ‪on‬ ‪August 10, 11 and 12, 2018‬ A full weekend of entertainment!

The greatest event in Malden for 89 years

On August 10, 11 and 12, Saint Rocco’s Feast Association will celebrate 89 years of tradition during their annual “Grande Festa”.

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NET NEUTRALITY ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 37-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that would require the Department of Telecommunications and Cable to develop a user-friendly grading system that will grade Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on how effectively they provide net neutral services and protect customer’s privacy. A good grade will allow an ISP to display a “Massachusetts Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy Seal” on their marketing materials.

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SENATE ALLOWS NEIGHBORHOODS TO BAND TOGETHER AND FORM A DISTRICT

The Senate 22-15, approved a local option bill allowing a city or town to authorize the creation of community benefit districts which would permit owners of contiguous property in a city or town to form a district and require property owners to pay for additional services, improvements, events and other projects and activities within the district. The districts would be operated by a nonprofit board.

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STATE RAISES AGE FROM 18 TO 21 TO PURCHASE TOBACCO

By Bob Katzen

House 146-3, Senate 32-3, approved a bill raising from 18 to 21 the age to legally purchase cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in the Bay State. Other provisions ban e-cigarettes and other vape devices from the workplace and prohibit pharmacies and healthcare facilities from selling any tobacco or vape products.

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$41.88 BILLION FISCAL 2019 STATE BUDGET APPROVED

By Bob Katzen

The House 143-6, Senate 36-1, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker the conference committee compromise version of a $41.88 billion fiscal 2019 state budget. Baker has ten days to sign the budget and to veto sections of it. It would then take a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override any vetoes. The conference committee version was hammered out after the House and Senate each approved different budgets. The final version is nearly $400 million more than what either branch approved.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 23, the 204th day of 2018 with 161 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:26 and sunset is @ 8:14. 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: 1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Letter to the Editor: Middlesex County Needs a District Attorney Who Will Step Up To The Plate

Dear Editor:

In Massachusetts, young adults make up 10% of the general population but nearly 30% of people arrested. That means a disproportionate number of our young people are coming into contact with our criminal justice system. And we must ask: what kind of criminal justice system are they encountering?

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Peter MCILROY (OUI Liquor, Reckless Op of MV)

On July 15, 2018 at approximately 11:55 PM, I (Officer Mark Nevin / West 6) was sitting in the driver’s seat of my assigned cruiser waiting for my relief. My cruiser was parked facing West on Kidder Avenue about 100 feet from the intersection of Kidder Avenue and Willow Avenue. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Peter MCILROY (OUI Liquor, Reckless Op of MV)

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, July 22, the 203rd day of 2018 with 162 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:2 and sunset is @ 8:1. 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: 1376 – The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, July 21, the 202nd day of 2018 with 163 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:24 and sunset is @ 8:15. 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: 1733 – John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Museum Executive Director Evelyn Battinelli, and Former Director of Exhibitions Michael O’Connell Honored

On Thursday, July 12th, the Somerville Board of Aldermen honored the work and contributions of Somerville Museum’s Executive Director, Evelyn Battinelli, and former Director of Exhibitions, Michael O’Connell. The event took place at Somerville’s City Hall and was well attended by members of the community, museum volunteers, neighbors and friends.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 20, the 201st day of 2018 with 164 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:24 and sunset is @ 8:16. 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:  1801 – A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Ward 5 Somerville Alderman Mark Neidergang:GLX Traffic Detour Update

If you live anywhere near Ball Square, or drive through it, get ready for a year of traffic nightmares starting Nov. 2018. As part of the Green Line Extension (GLX) project, the Ball Square Broadway Bridge will be completely closed for a year. No pedestrian or bike crossing either. The GLX Team is working with Somerville and Medford City officials on detour routes.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 17, the 198th day of 2018 with 167 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:21 and sunset is @ 8:18. 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: 1212 – The Moslems were crushed in the Spanish crusade.

1453 – France defeated England at Castillon, France, which ended the 100 Years’ War. 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 Margi Frattura, Cheryl Chaille Horan, Jeff Northrup, George Barnoski, John Casey, Kristen Glejzer, John Buccelli, Michelle McCollem Dasilva, Cheryl Cottis Ricci, Dianne DesRoches, Andre Green, Delio Susi Sr., Kenny Manzi, Eileen Costa, Michael Chiapperini, Mark McCabe, Paul Burke, Renee Santangelo, Jimmy Stanichuck, Dominique Fiorentino Lisa Gay, Donna Langill, Anne Vigorito, Cindy Hickey, Bianca Tauro, Matt Larffarello and Happy 64th Birthday to Steven Haley, Happy 14th Birthday to Garon

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Puerto Rico Pup Gets Happy Home in Somerville

My Forever Family

Somerville residents Alicia and Justin, who recently got engaged, have a new love: Zora, a sweet 4 month old, tan, white and black puppy. Zora traveled from post-hurricane Puerto Rico to Somerville as part of a rescue effort assisted by pet photographer Mindy Dutka of Dogs I Meet, Global United Foundation and Stray From the Heart. It’s a dog tale with a happy ending.

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Rep. Michael E. Capuano Files Legislation to Reunite Separated Families

Rep. Michael E. Capuano has filed the “Reunite Separated Families Act of 2018” which would halt the deportation of families at the border, require the Trump administration to reunite separated parents and children immediately and report to Congress on its efforts to remedy the suffering created by their immoral policy. Continue reading Rep. Michael E. Capuano Files Legislation to Reunite Separated Families

Annual “National Night Out” at Foss Park, August 7

“America’s Night Out Against Crime” to feature Fire and Police demonstrations,

children’s activities and games, performances, and more.

SOMERVILLE – Join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Police Department for Somerville’s 15th Annual National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs, hosted by Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP). Continue reading Annual “National Night Out” at Foss Park, August 7

Somerville Joins Growing List of Cities and Towns Responding to National Grid Worker Lockout

The City of Somerville has issued a directive to staff informing them that, to prevent potentially unsafe conditions created by National Grid’s lockout of 1,200 workers in Massachusetts, no non-emergency permit should be issued to National Grid during this time without undergoing an additional stringent review process. Continue reading Somerville Joins Growing List of Cities and Towns Responding to National Grid Worker Lockout

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 16, the 197th day of 2018 with 168 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:20 and sunset is @ 8:19. 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: 1765 – Prime Minister of England Lord Greenville resigned and was replaced by Lord Rockingham. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

$2.2 BILLION FOR CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, approved a bond bill allowing the state to borrow up to $2.2 billion for climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection and investment in recreational assets. The House has approved a different version of the bill and a House-Senate conference committee will try to hammer out a compromise.

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AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION APPROVED

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, approved a House-approved bill that would automatically register to vote a person who fills out an application with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) or MassHealth, unless the person opts out. Officials at the RMV and MassHealth would be required to explain to each person that the transaction automatically registers them to vote, unless they opt out; and also inform them that non-citizens are ineligible to vote.

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$50 MILLION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE

By Bob Katzen

The House 143-1, approved an economic development package that would authorize $50 million for a grant program targeting coastal communities and create jobs in the maritime economy sector; $300 million for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program which provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding; and $12.5 million in capital dollars for MassVentures to continue providing competitive grants to Massachusetts-based companies commercializing technologies.

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

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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Somerville Speakup Line:How Come The City Has No Money When it Comes to Notifying Residents

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

The city has no money for resident mailings of important meetings, yet they are spending money on postcards and pink plastic bags alerting residents of pink bags being dropped off and asking for donations of clothing, shoes and accessories be left on the curb, yet do not say where this is going.

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