Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
You’re doing a phenomenal job on uncovering major corruption and hidden info in the city against the Somerville’s self-serving elected and appointed entitleists by revealing the truth for the people.
Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:No More Entitlements →
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Commission for Women and RESPOND announce the annual Candlelight Vigil in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Statue Park in Davis Square.
Continue reading Somerville Annual Domestic Violence Vigil to be Held October 3 →
New Parade planned to honor our veterans following cancellation of 2018 Memorial Week Parade. Somerville’s is one of only two parades planned in the region in honor of Veterans Month in November.
SOMERVILLE –Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Director of Veterans Services Bryan Bishop announce a brand new ceremony to honor our City’s and our nation’s Veterans. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 4, 2018, for the rescheduled Veterans Memorial Parade. Continue reading New Somerville Veterans’ Memorial Parade Set for Sunday, November 4, 2018 →
Please join Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Veterans’ Commissioner Bryan Bishop on Friday, September 21 at noon to raise the POW-MIA (Prisoner of War – Missing in Action) Flag and remember the brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who served as Prisoners of War or are considered Missing In Action. Continue reading Somerville POW-MIA Flag Ceremony Scheduled for September 21 on City Hall Concourse →
The City of Somerville is currently seeking applicants for seven members of the public to re-establish the Urban Forestry Committee. The Committee’s input is intended to support and guide policies and plans currently being reviewed and advanced by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and the Department of Public Works. Continue reading Somerville Seeking Residents to Serve on City’s Urban Forestry Committee →
Gilman Square GLX Block Party set for 9/15; “A Ball for Squares” planned in Ball Square 9/30.
With construction for the Green Line Extension Project (GLX) now underway and ramping up in the coming weeks, the City of Somerville is partnering with local business organizations to host pop-up events at locations for several of the future GLX stations. Please join us for one of the following events this month, and stay tuned for additional events as GLX construction continues. Continue reading Somerville-Celebrate Local Business Districts around Planned GLX Stations with Series of Events in September →
BOSTON-Fall in New England means cooler temperatures, apple picking, fall foliage, and the return of thousands of college students. On Friday, September 21 from 5 to 9 pm, new and returning college students are invited to celebrate the start of the school year with College Night at the Museum of Science. Continue reading Museum of Science Hosts Annual College Night Welcoming New and Returning Students →
Openings available on eight essential Boards & Commissions
SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on eight essential boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for community members with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. Continue reading City Seeking Members for Boards and Commissions →
Annual programs are part of prevention and enforcement strategies in Somerville.
SOMERVILLE – Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) announced today the results of the program’s annual “Shoulder Tap Surveys,” designed to discourage adults from purchasing alcohol for people under twenty-one. During the project, youth worked to measure the willingness of a complete stranger to purchase alcohol for a minor. Continue reading Through SCAP Shoulder Tap Surveys & Compliance Checks, Somerville Youth Ask Adults to “Just Say No” →
(Somerville, MA) Naveo Credit Union continued their 90th Anniversary celebration by hosting a member appreciation summer BBQ on Saturday, September 8 from 11AM to 3PM at its Somerville branch. The event was well attended by over 150 members, neighbors, community partners, directors and employees.
Continue reading Somerville:Naveo Credit Union Hosts Celebratory Member Appreciation Summer BBQ in Honor of Their 90th Anniversary →
Somerville, MA, September 2018 – On behalf of Middlesex Federal, Peter Bazzinotti, Senior Vice President, Senior Loan Officer presents a $1,000 check to Jessica Brayden, Chief Executive Officer, RESPOND. Middlesex Federal was awarded funds at the 2018 Atlantic Community Bankers Bank Annual Charity Golf Tournament to donate to the charity of its choice. Continue reading Somerville-Middlesex Federal Donates $1,000 to RESPOND, Inc. →
Our 9th annual Foodie Crawl is quickly approaching! This year’s Foodie Crawl is next Tuesday, September 18th and will include tastings from your favorite East Somerville restaurants!
Continue reading Reminder: Foodie Crawl is Tuesday (9/18)! →
Event Sunday, September 16, 2018 – 2:00pm – 6:00pm
LOCATION:School St. to Lowell St.
Come sing along at “Strike up the Bands,” the September installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival, on Sunday, September 16, from 2 to 6 p.m. between School St. and Lowell St. on Highland Ave. SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Continue reading Somerville SomerStreets Strike Up The Bands Sunday September 16 →
By Bob Katzen
Approved by the Senate and stuck in the House Ways and Means Committee since June 30, 2017 is a measure that would prohibit drivers from using a hand-held cell phone or another device to make a call, operate the phone’s camera or access social media while driving. The measure allows drivers to use only a hands-free phone.
Continue reading SENATE TO BAN HAND-HELD CELL PHONES IN CARS →
By Bob Katzen
Sufficient economic growth in 2018 under the terms of a 2002 law may result in a tax cut for millions of Bay State taxpayers in 2019. The cut would come from a reduction in the income tax rate and long-term capital gains tax from 5.1 percent to 5.05 percent effective January 1, 2019.
Continue reading MASSACHUSETTS AUTOMATIC INCOME TAX AND LONG-TERM CAPITAL GAINS CUT LIKELY ON JANUARY 1 →
By Bob Katzen
The Local Government Advisory Commission heard from state and local officials at a hearing last week. The topic was how the state should spend its estimated $1 billion fiscal 2018 surplus. The 40-member commission was formed to be an independent advocate for the interests of local city and town governments in their relationship with state and federal governments. Under current law, approximately half of the surplus is required to go into the state’s reserve fund. The rest is up for grabs.
Continue reading BEACON Hill, HOW TO SPEND A $1 BILLON SURPLUS →
By Bob Katzen
THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week.
This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local senators voted with their party leadership in 2018.
Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 43 – Report No. 37 September 10-14, 2018 →
BOSTON – Representative Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge) and Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) secured $95,000 in funding for improvements to Somerville’s Kensington Underpass in the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget. Continue reading Connolly, Jehlen Announce Funding for East Somerville Pedestrian Infrastructure →
GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, September 15, the 238th day of 2018 with 107 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:23 and sunset is @ 6:55. 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 – An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word “Liberty” spelled on it. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer →
Photos: Broadway businesses a ghost town this past Friday night
Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
Last Monday you posted and exposed the story of how local businesses from 516-523 Broadway were effectively closed while construction on Broadway began because city construction equipment and street construction barriers were blocking our businesses from opening, deliveries from happening and our customers from parking.
Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line: Deathblow Being Delivered To Businesses Affected By Construction Project →