Somerville Speakup Line: Aldermen Although They Serve the People of Somerville, They Truly Serve Only Select Fractions

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

The geniuses don’t think of anything but their own perspective. The BOA continue to be shocked at push-back on anything such as the transfer tax. Although they ‘serve’ the people of Somerville, they truly serve only select fractions – ie the affordable housing people and the special interest groups.

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Jennifer RIVERA (Larceny Over $1200)

On Sunday, September 30th 2018, I, Officer Mark Canty, responded to KMART at 4:15 PM for a shoplifter in the office. Upon arrival I spoke with the loss prevention officer, XXXX, who said he had observed Ms. Jennifer Rivera reaching over the jewelry counter and remove a ring from the display case. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Jennifer RIVERA (Larceny Over $1200)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Sophie DOUGLAS (Resisting, Disorderly, A&B PO)

On the evening of September 29, 2018, while in uniform, I, Ofc. Moreira, along with my partner Ofc. Lorenti were assigned to marked unit East-3. At 9:42 PM, I was dispatched, along with East-1, Ofc. Van Nostrand, and Ofc. Cleary to 1xx Highland Ave, (XXXX) for a report of 4 unwanted parties.

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Pedro RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ (Shoplifting) at Kmart

On September 27, 2018, at approximately 13:50 hours, I received a request for assistance from Kmart Loss Prevention, regarding a shoplifter who had just fled the store. Loss Prevention officers stated that they were currently watching the suspect in front of the Steve Madden store. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, wearing a blue shirt and blue pants.

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Luis ACEVEDO (Armed Robbery)

“Report entered by SPD Records Personnel based upon report by SHA (LC)”

NARRATIVE

The following is a brief summary of facts pertaining to incident #18057885.

Investigators Browne and Gabaree were dispatched to 1xx Alewife Brook Pkwy- outside- for a report of an ARMED

ROBBERY C265 S17 to with a knife.

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kevin MACDONALD (Defacement Malicious Wanton Property)

On Thursday, 09/27/2018, at @ 2;47 A.M., while on uniformed patrol in Car E-2, I was dispatched to the area of #xx Union Sq. for a report of possible glass breakage and attempted B&E. A call was received by Somerville 911 of loud noises and possible breaking glass at this building site. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kevin MACDONALD (Defacement Malicious Wanton Property)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kelli LOPER (A&B, A&B on 60+ or Disabled, Larceny from Person) & Keith HILL (A&B, A&B on 60+ or Disabled, Larceny from Person) & SPD Warrant)

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018,  Officer Mark Nevin and I (Officer Dylan Lambert)  were working our assigned shift in Ward 6. At approximately 7:45 PM we were dispatched to a call involving a fight in front of Sligo’s Bar. We were around the corner and arrived within a minute from being dispatched.

Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kelli LOPER (A&B, A&B on 60+ or Disabled, Larceny from Person) & Keith HILL (A&B, A&B on 60+ or Disabled, Larceny from Person) & SPD Warrant)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shea-Lyn MORTON (A&B, Attempt to Commit Crime)

On the afternoon of Monday, September 24, 2018, Somerville E-911 received a call for a black female possibly trying to abduct a child from the area of the Argenziano School. E-2 Officer Brioso, E-3 Officer Ubeda, C-2 Officer Manzelli, E-4 Officer Morreira and I responded to the scene. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shea-Lyn MORTON (A&B, Attempt to Commit Crime)

BEACON HILL DISCUSSIONS ON TAXING COLLEGE ENDOWMENTS

By Bob Katzen

Bill#(H 1617) – Imposes an excise tax on private universities that have an endowment fund in excess of $1 billion. The tax would be 2.5 percent of the institution’s funds that exceed $1 billion. The bill earmarks the revenue for subsidizing the cost of higher education, early education and childcare for lower-income and middle-class residents. Current state law exempts nonprofit institutions, including universities, from paying property taxes.

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ADOPT AN EMBRYO COMING TO MASSACHUSETTS

By Bob Katzen

Bill# (H 788) – Allows adults to petition the probate court for the adoption of an embryo.

Embryos are often left over from in vitro fertilization attempts to help couples have children. The couples would have the option of freezing the embryos and then donating them to other couples, giving them to scientists for embryonic stem-cell research or destroying them. Continue reading ADOPT AN EMBRYO COMING TO MASSACHUSETTS

HIDE IDENTITY OF LOTTERY WINNERS

By Bob Katzen

Stuck in the Senate Rules Committee since August 3, 2017 after the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee gave it a favorable report, is a bill that would allow Lottery winners to refuse to have their name, address or other identifying information be released to the public. The measure also allows winners to forego all public appearances related to his or her winning the Lottery including the one at which the winner is given an oversized check to hold at Lottery Headquarters.

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OH RATS! SOMERVILLE’S RODENT INFESTATION

By William Tauro

I think it’s time to complain to the Somerville Board of Aldermen about the rodent problems going on throughout the city.

We’ve been getting more reports of increased rat and mice populations getting into homes of residents, some rodents are embedding themselves into stoves and in other hidden areas which could pose a health hazard.

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Somerville Public Library to Launch “Food For Thought” Community Gardening and Cooking Initative

New program possible thanks to grant award from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

SOMERVILLE – The Somerville Public Library will soon introduce “Food for Thought,” a community gardening and cooking initiative, thanks in large part to a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in the amount of $8,315 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Continue reading Somerville Public Library to Launch “Food For Thought” Community Gardening and Cooking Initative