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.

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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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