HOTLINE TO THE UNDERGROUND BY JOE VIGLIONE

The Beatles, Steve Keith, Kat Quinn, Mary Gatchell, Barry Wilson, Cindy Latin

BEATLES
54 hours of film footage from the Let It Be movie now available on the underground railroad and nowhere else. Peter Jackson, whose film about World War 1 was amazing, especially for the post script on how Jackson resurrected so much damaged film. Here Paul McCartney tells Howard Stern on the air that: “It is great,” a video floating out there on YouTube has a tremendous take on the song “Get Back.” Continue reading HOTLINE TO THE UNDERGROUND BY JOE VIGLIONE

My Outline for a Greater Somerville by William Tauro

My outline for a greater Somerville is to begin with restoring the dignity and integrity of the mayor’s office as well as to restore the faith of the people and to let them know that I will always hear them and that I’m here to work for them.

As I have made public in a previous announcement, I first plan on entertaining an open door policy. My belief is that right now, it is vital for communication between city Hall and the citizens of our city to be as transparent as possible. There are far too many problems that have gone unattended for many years. My team and I will be active on the ground prior to starting from day one!  Continue reading My Outline for a Greater Somerville by William Tauro

COVID SPENDING WEBSITE

By Bob Katzen

The House 31-126, Senate 4-35, rejected Gov. Baker’s amendment to a bill requiring the state to create a searchable website that will show how the state spends the federal funds it receives to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Baker’s amendment made several changes including deleting a section that requires the site to be updated on a weekly basis and replacing it with a requirement it be updated on a “regular” basis. Continue reading COVID SPENDING WEBSITE

POLICE CHANGES

By Bob Katzen

The House 107-50, Senate 31-9, approved and sent to Governor Charlie Baker a new version of a bill making major changes in the state’s policing system. The House and Senate adopted some of Governor Baker’s amendments including scaling back a moratorium on the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement and limiting the influence of a civilian-led commission over police training.

Continue reading POLICE CHANGES

BAN TOXIC FLAME RETARDANTS

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would ban 11 toxic flame retardants from children’s products, bedding, carpeting and residential upholstered furniture sold or manufactured in Massachusetts, except for inventory already manufactured prior to December 1, 2021. Another provision requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review, at least every three years, chemical flame retardants used in these type of products and include them on the list of prohibited chemical flame retardants that are documented to pose a health risk. Violators would be fined up to $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offense. Continue reading BAN TOXIC FLAME RETARDANTS

BAKER UNVEILS $668 MILLION SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PACKAGE

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker announced a $668 million program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is counting on federal funds the state will receive from the federal COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress. But the Baker administration says it will soon start releasing millions in new funding to restaurants, retailers and other small businesses across the state regardless of the fate of the federal funding. Continue reading BAKER UNVEILS $668 MILLION SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PACKAGE

MINIMUM WAGE HIKE AND PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM EFFECTIVE JANUARY

By Bob Katzen

Effective January 1, the state’s minimum wage rises from $12.75 per hour to $13.50 per hour and the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers will rise from $4.95 per hour to $5.55 per hour. This hike is the third of five annual increases mandated by a law passed in 2018 that will eventually bring the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2023. Continue reading MINIMUM WAGE HIKE AND PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM EFFECTIVE JANUARY

Somerville Speakup Line:Somerville Doctor Calling on Mayor and City Council to Remove Inspectional Services Director Mr. Antanavica from His Position Immediately

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Please publish this letter from Somerville Inspectional Services:

Mr. Antanavica (cc City Council, Mayor, Attorneys, Journalists)

I don’t deserve this email. No human does.

Your remarkable message below states that you will not vacate the first 12 days of Certificate of Occupancy Violations even after the Building Code Appeals Board determined I did not need a CO.
That means you are no longer enforcing the building code. You are actually violating it. Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:Somerville Doctor Calling on Mayor and City Council to Remove Inspectional Services Director Mr. Antanavica from His Position Immediately

Letter from the Editor:Mayor Joe Says It’s My Ice and You Can’t Play With It As He Fires Somerville Youth Hockey Coach

By William Tauro

A very well-known Somerville Youth Hockey coach that everybody has loved and adored for many seasons was let go for political retaliation just recently after he refused to meet Mayor Joe’s demands to make his son captain of the hockey team. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Mayor Joe Says It’s My Ice and You Can’t Play With It As He Fires Somerville Youth Hockey Coach

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Sponsored by STEALING SOMERVILLE Death of an Urban City To order STEALING SOMERVILLE go to: www.Amazon.com

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, December 26, the 361st day of 2020 with 05 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:12 and sunset is @ 4:16. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1620 – The Pilgrim Fathers landed at New Plymouth, MA, to found Plymouth Colony, with John Carver as Governor. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Vehicle Involved in 12/22 Crash

Updated: We just found out that Snuggles the dog was found safe.

The Somerville Police Department is seeking any information about a vehicle involved in a Tuesday, December 22, crash. At around 7:52 a.m. a 9-year-old boy was struck at Broadway and Walnut Street while walking his dog. Continue reading Somerville Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Vehicle Involved in 12/22 Crash

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Year end review: Charter reform, affordable housing overlay, Covid-19 relief

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

5 million prominsed to small businesses? Where is the money coming from? Please investigate. They are also promising more housing? Where the hell are they going to put it? This is a newsletter generated by Matt McLaughlin. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Year end review: Charter reform, affordable housing overlay, Covid-19 relief

The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week


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Happy Birthday to a number of Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville and in the square! Happy Birthday to Happy Birthday Killian Medeiros, Carol Benoit, Paige Liana, Joanne Iantosca, Sheila O’Keefe, Steven Culleton, Michael Spear, Brendan Fletcher, Mary O’Brien, Janet Papa, Mary Midge Donovan Kelly, Joey Fahey, John Berniche, Shawn Coffman, Donna Cicolini-Overholser, Janice Angelini Natorelli, Doreen Winters, Tammy Lyman, William LaCource, Mike Holland, Terri Martin, Carol Antonelli, Karen Rosberg Furey, Mariluce Alves Braga, Laura Russell Adams,  Chris Sciortino, Diane Nazzaro, Donna Clark, Noemia Alves-Vendetti, Kim Cotter Bocchino, Vince Beaudet, Mary E. Pother, Steve Botelho, Andrea Joy, Jessica Russell, Bobby Pasco, Catherine Therese, Christine Willard, Chrissy Willard, Christina Perrotti, Kimberly Ferreira, Marisa Penta Coughin, Peggy Piwinski, Maggie Chaves, Debbie Noe Alderman, Jim Henry, Ricky Salvia, mMaureen McKenna Keane, Mary Elizabeth, Rob Sullivan, Grace Silva Barton, Kristie Clough, Joellen Margarita, John Gogos, Karen Ricci Pelagrino, Patrick Arthur, Victor Ng, Chris Whalen, Terri Sannicandro Sullivan, Sheri Rios Graziano, Jim-Bob Farrel, Julie Gray, Tina McCarthy, Catherine Casey, Bridget Capobianco m-Rios, Happy 18th Birthday to Danny Sullivan, Happy 27th Birthday to Tori Lucreziano, Happy 19th Birthday to Rainb Savoia M, Happy 19th Birthday to Kyle Moniz and Happy Birthday to Michael, Ánthony and Benny Scarpa AKA the Scarpa Triplets, and Happy 90th Birthday to our absolute favorite Kay Post!
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HOTLINE TO THE UNDERGROUND MONDAY DEC 21, 2020

BY JOE VIGLIONE

OUR CHRISTMAS ISSUE WITH A FOCUS ON TWO ARTISTS

If you’ve seen Teen Wolf star Ian Nelson – try Law and Order Special Victim’s Unit where he’s playing Erick Hendrickson – the grandson of a billionaire in the episode Decline and Fall, you know the rising star has acting talent.  Now you can add singer/guitarist to the resume.

Continue reading HOTLINE TO THE UNDERGROUND MONDAY DEC 21, 2020

Reality Bites:Somerville’s No Show “Snow” Joe

by James Norton

A snow day to remember in the ‘Ville.

When it comes to snowstorms and how the city handles them, over the years, we have openly railed against the current mayor because his administration would treat every single snow storm as if it was “snowmageddon” – the overkill was utterly ridiculous, especially when there ended up being very little of it.

Continue reading Reality Bites:Somerville’s No Show “Snow” Joe

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:To Many Selfish Changes Were Made Without Thinking of Our Residents and Senior’s Well Being, Time For Change In Somerville’s Leadership

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Arthur Moore It’s definitely time for a change. The mayor wanted a walk and bike only city. The war on cars has been apparent for the last 10 years. Ward 4 is building apartment buildings that will not provide parking. They expect that everyone who rents there will use a bike or take the bus. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:To Many Selfish Changes Were Made Without Thinking of Our Residents and Senior’s Well Being, Time For Change In Somerville’s Leadership

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Time For Mayor Curtatone To Leave Dodge, Time For a New Mayor That Cares

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Judy Locchi Jacobs Since the city has been eliminating parking here in the city with an average of 800 cars being added to the city each year it is a plan that is going to cause problems. It’s just one more nail in the coffin for this city. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Time For Mayor Curtatone To Leave Dodge, Time For a New Mayor That Cares

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: City Plow Workers Called In Sick To Boycott Mayor’s Treatment, Scabs Ruin Streets During Storm

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Attached photos will show a large area of snow left by the plow that my elder neighbor was forced to remove in order to get his car out of the driveway. The one below shows 2 young women pushing snow to the sidewalk. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: City Plow Workers Called In Sick To Boycott Mayor’s Treatment, Scabs Ruin Streets During Storm

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Snow plows blocking the sidewalk and blocked the handicapped spot access

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Handicap parking snow removal should take priority over bike lanes. During the last storm the city piled the snow at the corner of Fairfax and North St blocking the sidewalk and blocked the handicapped spot access. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Snow plows blocking the sidewalk and blocked the handicapped spot access

THE SHOT HEARD  AROUND THE WORLD THAT BEGAN IN SOMERVILLE

Somerville leads the way again with longtime Somerville resident Margaret Klessens being the first VA patient in the nation to receive the new Covid19 vaccine!

Margaret Klessens, a former Bartlett Street Somerville resident who now is a resident of the Community Living Center in the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford made headlines around the world last Monday. Margaret now 96 years old and a World War II veteran made history being the first VA patient in the country to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please read the biography below of a real American hero! Continue reading THE SHOT HEARD  AROUND THE WORLD THAT BEGAN IN SOMERVILLE

Snow Removal in Somerville, Only for the Young and Agile

By Arthur Moore

On my street we have some handicapped parking, probably not enough as we have many elderly and handicapped. And I am also one of them. I do resent the fact that the unused bike lane on Winter Hill is so well plowed out while most streets are not and the handicapped people are ignored altogether. Continue reading Snow Removal in Somerville, Only for the Young and Agile

Somerville Speakup Line: The gas smell is out of control

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

I have a very long story but short version…National Grid has been doing work as I’m sure you are aware for quite a few months. The gas smell is out of control. I was told once my house was connected to the new meters and the old gas lines were turned off, I wouldn’t smell it anymore by Matt Carmody the construction supervisor. Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line: The gas smell is out of control

Somerville City Hall’s Political Nonsense, A Chicken In Every Pot

By Arthur Moore

Granted this is early in the game for the upcoming election. I can already see the running for office slogans coming up. The ones used to get themselves voted in. Slogans that are really meaningless as nothing will be done with it. Big one is affordable housing. We already know what that means. Some apartments which can be rented for less money but still not affordable. Continue reading Somerville City Hall’s Political Nonsense, A Chicken In Every Pot

Somerville Speakup Line: Why is it that one of the biggest construction sites in the city at Assembly Row is a no holds barred

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

While the mayor of Somerville is shutting down businesses again for three weeks why is it that one of the biggest construction sites in the city at Assembly Row is a no holds barred. Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line: Why is it that one of the biggest construction sites in the city at Assembly Row is a no holds barred

Somerville Speakup Line:Somerville Still Closed via More Curtatone Political Games


Photo by William Tauro

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Here is a point you should make on line. The Mayor and his group of puppets on the Somerville City Council have proven that his strategy in handling the virus has failed. Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:Somerville Still Closed via More Curtatone Political Games

Somerville/Medford Speakup Line: “Commissioner Antanavica Abused Power against Minority”

(After reading this speak up line request, please notice “EDITORS NOTE” below)

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Dear Journalists Julia Taliesin and William Tauro (cc Commissioner Antanavica, City Council, Mayor’s Office, City Clerk, City Solicitor, Planning Staff, Somerville News Weekly),

This is a moment of reckoning….one that I truly never wanted to be a part of. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Speakup Line: “Commissioner Antanavica Abused Power against Minority”

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Sponsored by STEALING SOMERVILLE Death of an Urban City To order STEALING SOMERVILLE go to: www.Amazon.com

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, December 15, the 350th day of 2020 with 16 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:05 and sunset is @ 4:18. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1654 – A meteorological office established in Tuscany began recording daily temperature readings. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville/Medford Speakup Line: Margaret Klessens of Bartlett Street in Somerville Massachusetts First VA Patient Nationwide to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Margaret Klessens of Bartlett Street in Somerville Massachusetts

Ninety-six-year-old WWII veteran Margaret Klessens made history Monday as the first VA patient nationwide to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Klessens, who lives at the VA in Bedford, says she was very happy to get a dose of it. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Speakup Line: Margaret Klessens of Bartlett Street in Somerville Massachusetts First VA Patient Nationwide to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Many Villens celebrating their Birthdays this week in the Ville as well as in the Square. Happy Birthday to Brenna Kalicki, Annmarie Costante, Vanessa Leigh Oppedisano, Mrs. Guimaraes, Mary Byrne Snow, Taylor Janedy Medeiros, Mary Agritha, Joseph Nargi, Carol Siciliano Bailey, Lisa Noviello, Cheryl Callahan, Robin Foster Bouchard, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Somerville Rolls Back COVID-19 Reopenings to a Modified Version of Phase II, Step 2

New closures primarily affect gyms and indoor recreation spaces

Mayor proposes $5 million in local business stabilization funds for City Council approval

SOMERVILLE, MA – Due to the accelerating spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and CDC warnings that the United States has entered a dangerous and record-breaking phase of high-level transmission for the virus, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Board of Health are rolling back the City of Somerville to a modified version of Phase II, Step 2 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ reopening plan effective end of day Wednesday, December 16, at 11:59 p.m. and will be in effect for at least three weeks.

Continue reading Somerville Rolls Back COVID-19 Reopenings to a Modified Version of Phase II, Step 2

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Rachid BELHADJ (Resisting Arrest) (Braintree & Boston Warrants)

On December 10, 2020, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol of Assembly Row. At approximately 2:00pm, while parked at the intersection of Artisan Way and Assembly Row, I observed a male known to me as Rachid Belhadj walking past LegoLand. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Rachid BELHADJ (Resisting Arrest) (Braintree & Boston Warrants)

GOVERNOR BAKER ACTS ON $45.9 BILLION FISCAL 2021 STATE BUDGET AND ABORTION PROVISIONS

 


By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed onto law a $45.9 billion fiscal 2021 state budget that was approved by the House and Senate and sent to him on December 4. Baker also vetoed and amended several items and cut $156 million in spending on various programs. Continue reading GOVERNOR BAKER ACTS ON $45.9 BILLION FISCAL 2021 STATE BUDGET AND ABORTION PROVISIONS

PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING (S 2973)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate gave initial approval to legislation that would provide victims of violent crime and human trafficking enhanced protections under the law. The bill standardizes the process for law enforcement, prosecution, judicial and investigatory agencies to provide noncitizen victims, who have been helpful in the investigation or prosecution of serious crimes, with the certification form they need to apply for a U-visa or T-visa. Continue reading PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING (S 2973)

State intervention, not personal responsibility, needed to stop the surge State Representative Christine Barber

The number of COVID-19 infections throughout Massachusetts is rising at an alarming rate. Massachusetts now has more new COVID-19 cases per capita than Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, or Texas— and in the last week alone, MA has seen more COVID-19 deaths per capita than 23 other states. Continue reading State intervention, not personal responsibility, needed to stop the surge State Representative Christine Barber

Somerville Remembering Mary T Murphy (McNeil)

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mary T Murphy (McNeil) on her passing.

Mary T Murphy (McNeil) will be sadly missed by many here in Somerville.

Mary’s Obituary:

Mary T Murphy (McNeil) R.N. of Peabody, formerly Somerville and Cape Breton Island, NS Canada passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Monday December 7th 2020. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Mary T Murphy (McNeil)

Mark Niedergang, Ward 5 City Councilor Not Running for Re-Election

Left: Rae. Marya and Mark, Summer 2005; Right: Mark, Marya and Rae, Fall 2020

Dear Ward 5 neighbors, Somerville community members, friends, and supporters,

I am writing to let you know that I will not be a candidate for re-election for Ward 5 City Councilor in the November 2, 2021 City election. The past 15 years serving on the School Committee and City Council have been the highlight of my work life. Continue reading Mark Niedergang, Ward 5 City Councilor Not Running for Re-Election

Somerville’s Theresa Dipietro Receives Cornerstone Award from Massachusetts Housing Shelter Alliance


Congratulations goes out to Theresa Dipietro who received the Cornerstone Award from Massachusetts Housing Shelter Alliance. This was a big milestone in her career and she thanks the MHSA for recognition for all of her work with the homeless population in the Somerville, Chelsea, Medford, Winthrop, Malden, Melrose and Everett areas. Continue reading Somerville’s Theresa Dipietro Receives Cornerstone Award from Massachusetts Housing Shelter Alliance

Christmas Nightmare On Somerville’s Winter Hill

By Arthur Moore

I had hoped for some relief by now for those poor businesses in Winter Hill for this Christmas. Especially with the pandemic. I know the beauty places really could have used the parking for their less mobile patrons but looks like they will just have to suffer more losses since their parking was taken away from them.
Continue reading Christmas Nightmare On Somerville’s Winter Hill

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, December 08, the 343rd day of 2020 with 23 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:0 and sunset is @ 4:1. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1765 – Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

REV CLINICS CELEBRATES THREE YEARS IN SOMERVILLE

SOMERVILLE, December 3, 2020 – Revolutionary Clinics, one of the state’s leading providers of medical marijuana, is celebrating the three year anniversary of its medical marijuana dispensary located at 67 Broadway, Somerville, MA. Since opening on November 9, 2017 as the city’s second dispensary, the location has served over 160,000 patient visits. To mark the momentous occasion, Rev will make $10,000 in contributions to be split among four local non-profits. Continue reading REV CLINICS CELEBRATES THREE YEARS IN SOMERVILLE

$46.2 BILLION FISCAL 2021 STATE BUDGET (H 5164)

By Bob Katzen

The House 147-10, Senate 40-0, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise version of a $46.2 billion fiscal 2021 state budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2020. The state has been operating on temporary budgets approved by the Legislature. The package includes using $1.7 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund which is $350 million more than Gov. Baker had recommended. That withdrawal leaves the fund with about $1.8 billion.
Continue reading $46.2 BILLION FISCAL 2021 STATE BUDGET (H 5164)

ENCOURAGING SUICIDE (H 4186)

This bill (H 4186) Criminalizes suicide coercion in Massachusetts by imposing up to a 5-year prison sentence on any person who knows of another person’s propensity for suicidal ideation and exercises substantial control over the other person through control of the other person’s physical location or circumstances; deceptively or fraudulently manipulates the other person’s fears, affections or sympathies; or has undue influence whereby the will of one person is substituted for the wishes of another.

Continue reading ENCOURAGING SUICIDE (H 4186)

Somerville Speaking Line: More broken promises out of City Hall

Broken Promises and breached agreement dishonesty

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

I had a conversation with Karen at the mayor office in regards to my street in how empty promises have been made to repave the street ….
& How the trees are popping up 45 percent of the sidewalk panels ……
Her response to me was I will get back to u ….. Continue reading Somerville Speaking Line: More broken promises out of City Hall

The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week


Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville and square this week! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Lucille Bordonaro, Mary Vasconcelos, Maeve Craven, Jimmy Del, Michael Giannasce, Jamie Lynn, Henry Korecki, Gerald Callahan, B Sherri M Sears, Maria Federico Digiustini, Gary Sullivan, Sean Higgins, Susan Caron, Janet Flynn, Tracy Desmond, Craige Resmini, Salvatore Noto, Lisa Duggan, Carmine Bonavita, Paul Teves, Bobby Foley, Brian Coveney, Robert Finocchiaro, Deborah Thomas, John J Alberts, Peter Forcellese, Lee Grassia Anderson, Antoniette Brooks, Linda Nixon, Mark P Shine, Amy Didomenico, William Stephens, Louise A Bernard, Laurie Luongo, Guy Contaldi, Peter Blaikie, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Jimi Hendrix   Live Maui -Joe Viglione takes Another Look at the Haleakala Center Recordings

The dreamworld that was the collection of films and bootlegs of Jimi Hendrix at Rainbow Bridge, including a Reprise records album (Original Motion Picture Sound Track From Rainbow Bridge) back in the 1970s, are for the many Hendrix collectors as exciting and difficult as figuring out the philosophical maze presented by the film The Matrix. Continue reading Jimi Hendrix   Live Maui -Joe Viglione takes Another Look at the Haleakala Center Recordings

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) BENEFITS (S 4)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, approved an amendment that would allow low-income applicants and recipients of MassHealth and the Medicare Savings Program to initiate an application for federally-funded SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits at the same time as their application or renewal for MassHealth or the Medicare Savings Program. Continue reading SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) BENEFITS (S 4)

PROTECT TENANTS DURING COVID-19

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, approved an amendment designed to protect tenants during COVID-19. The amendment seals eviction records for defendants in eviction proceedings for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 when the case does not result in a judgement against the defendant or a defendant has made a good faith effort to come to a reasonable agreement. Continue reading PROTECT TENANTS DURING COVID-19

REQUIRE PARENTAL OR JUDICIAL CONSENT IF THE MOTHER IS UNDER THE AGE OF 18

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 5-35, rejected an amendment that would replace a provision, later approved, that would allow abortions after 24 weeks in the case of lethal fetal anomalies and would lower the age from 18 to 16 at which a minor can choose to have an abortion without parental or judicial consent. The amendment would still allow abortions after 24 weeks in the case of lethal fetal anomalies but would keep 18 as the age at which a minor can choose to have an abortion without parental or judicial consent. Continue reading REQUIRE PARENTAL OR JUDICIAL CONSENT IF THE MOTHER IS UNDER THE AGE OF 18