Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:What Would Curtatone Do If Riots Hit Home?

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

What would these liberal progressives do if a riot took place in Somerville and destroyed personal and public property?

Of course, I wouldn’t want that to happen because many of my friends are police officers, but I wonder what Joe and the city council would do. Would he order a stand down? Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:What Would Curtatone Do If Riots Hit Home?

Somerville Announces Additional $1.5 Million for Rental Assistance

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With more than $2 million in CARES Act funds on the way for COVID-19 relief, City earmarks most for tenants in need

SOMERVILLE, MA – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone today announced an additional $1.5 million in rental assistance for Somerville residents experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Somerville Announces Additional $1.5 Million for Rental Assistance

Collaborative Process Between City & Local Proprietors Sets Higher Safety Standards and June 1 Reopening Date for Somerville Salons & Barber Shops

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Compliant Safety Plans, and adherence to State safety guidelines required;

Blow-drying initially prohibited as safety remains under review

SOMERVILLE, MA – After a collaborative effort by Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, local salon and barbershop owners, the Somerville Board of Health, and City staff, a reopening timeline and safety requirements are now in place for Somerville hair service providers. Continue reading Collaborative Process Between City & Local Proprietors Sets Higher Safety Standards and June 1 Reopening Date for Somerville Salons & Barber Shops

SMC Documentary on Opioid Crisis Wins Hometown Media Award

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“FROM MY HEART TO YOURS”
WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY
BY THE ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY MEDIA

Video production by Somerville Media Center
focuses on the local impact of the opioid crisis

[SOMERVILLE, MA – June 1, 2020] SMC is pleased and honored to announce that it won Best Documentary in the Access Professional Category of the Alliance for Community Media Hometown Awards for the documentary “From My Heart to Yours”. Continue reading SMC Documentary on Opioid Crisis Wins Hometown Media Award

Suspect Sketch: Somerville Police Seeking Suspect in Shots Fired into Occupied Vehicle Incident

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On 05/25/2020 at 08:44 PM, the Somerville Police Department received several reports of gunfire in the area of Greenville Street and Boston Street. When officers arrived on scene they located evidence indicating that numerous shots had been fired at an occupied vehicle. Continue reading Suspect Sketch: Somerville Police Seeking Suspect in Shots Fired into Occupied Vehicle Incident

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Plastic Trash Bins vs Metal Trash Cans

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

During this pandemic with all the restaurants closed and the rats not eating in dumpsters, the rat festation is doubling due to the escovating with the Somerville Greenline project the rats are scattering elsewhere to eat. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Plastic Trash Bins vs Metal Trash Cans

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Dictator Curtatone Has Spoken

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Bill, I don’t know if your looking for this kind of info but FYI the school Custodians have been back to work full time since May 11th, 40 hours a week. They are doing their regular summer shut down work. I don’t know how the mayor can justify keeping the rest of Somerville closed. Even to this day the barber shops, bars,  restaurants and even churches still remain closed. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Dictator Curtatone Has Spoken

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Mayor Open Up City Enough Is Enough!

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

The Farmers Market can open in the city of Somerville but restaurants with outside seating cannot open nor barber shops cannot open and neither can all nail salons or restaurants cannot open are you f****** kidding me? Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Mayor Open Up City Enough Is Enough!

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 26, the 147th day of 2020 with 219 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:13 and sunset is @ 8:09. 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: 0017 – Germanicus of Rome celebrated his victory over the Germans.
1328 – William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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 around the Square! Happy Birthday to Frank Pasquarello, Shirley Foley, Lenny Silva, Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Marsha Cook, Kevin Tavares, David Miele, Mike Legee, Mark Murdza, Jaril Gauthier, Charles Roche, Tim Morine, Lewis Bacon, Bobby Addison, Marilyn Walsh, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

EXEMPT ACTIVE OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY PERSONNEL FROM STATE INCOME TAX

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By Bob Katzen

Bill (S 2586) – Exempts active duty military personnel from state income tax while based out of state.

“A military professional who spends a significant portion of their time serving our nation out of state should not be required to pay income tax for the time spent away from home on active duty,” said sponsor Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “This weighs disproportionately on military homeowners and their families, who already sacrifice so much to defend our country. Continue reading EXEMPT ACTIVE OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY PERSONNEL FROM STATE INCOME TAX

REPORT WORKPLACE SAFETY CONCERNS

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By Bob Katzen

 Attorney General Maura Healey today announced enhanced resources to allow workers to easily report workplace safety concerns related to COVID-19 to her office. Workers can fill out an easy complaint form at https://www.mass.gov/forms/report-unsafe-working-conditions-during-covid-19 or they can call the dedicated Fair Labor hotline at 617-727-3465. They have the option to file a complaint anonymously.
Continue reading REPORT WORKPLACE SAFETY CONCERNS

Somerville’s Shared Streets Pilot to Begin Next Month; Additional Measures Planned to Aid Contactless Pickup and Social Distancing

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The Somerville Shared Streets plan prioritizes creating routes that connect residents to critical services.

SOMERVILLE, MA – In late May, the City of Somerville will begin a Shared Streets pilot program in an effort to provide more walking and biking routes that allow for social distancing. Continue reading Somerville’s Shared Streets Pilot to Begin Next Month; Additional Measures Planned to Aid Contactless Pickup and Social Distancing

Letter to the Editor: No Menthol. Know Why.

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Dear Somerville News Weekly,

Below my signature and attached is a letter to the editor about a new tobacco law that will be taking effect ‪on June 1st‬ removing menthol, mint, and wintergreen flavored tobacco from stores across the state and some resources that are available. This is something that will be happening soon, and will interest your readers.

Continue reading Letter to the Editor: No Menthol. Know Why.

Non Profits Suffering Substantial Loss of Revenue From Covid19 Pandemic

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The Northeast School of Ballet, home of the Northeast Youth Ballet, located in Reading, MA, and led by Artistic Director Denise Cecere, is one of many not-for-profit arts organizations that have been devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continue reading Non Profits Suffering Substantial Loss of Revenue From Covid19 Pandemic

RICHARD LEE (RICHARD ‘SHAM” SCHAMACH)) and EDEN’S CHILDREN:An Interview With Richard Lee

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By Joe Viglione

JV: We’re talking to Richard Lee (nee Schamach) of Eden’s Children – see the Ed Symkus mini bio in the Music Museum of New England https://www.mmone.org/edens-children/

Richard, what was your original inspiration for becoming a musician? Continue reading RICHARD LEE (RICHARD ‘SHAM” SCHAMACH)) and EDEN’S CHILDREN:An Interview With Richard Lee

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Blue Bikes Should Be Sanitized or Shut Down But Instead Get Free Pass

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

I recently saw this on a Facebook posting and it absolutely caught me undivided attention and definitely raises a serious health concern for public safty! Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Blue Bikes Should Be Sanitized or Shut Down But Instead Get Free Pass

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, May 19, the 140th day of 2020 with 226 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:18 and sunset is @ 8:02. 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: 1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail for North America.
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville to Phase In Reopening on More Cautious Timeline Than State

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Construction, hospitals and medical services, and curbside retail to reopen on state timeline

Citing regional differences in COVID-19 impacts, warnings from experts, and need for greater clarity on issues such as worker protections, City to review remaining State reopening plan before implementation Continue reading Somerville to Phase In Reopening on More Cautious Timeline Than State

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Paul PHANEUF (Defacement, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest) (Concord Warrants)

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On Friday, May 15, 2010, I, Officer Kim, was working patrol in marked police cruiser West 6. At approximately 21:15 hours I was dispatched to the 711 Store, located at 4 College Avenue, for a report male who had broken a glass window of the store. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Paul PHANEUF (Defacement, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest) (Concord Warrants)

Honda North Receives The American Honda President’s Award for the 10th Consecutive Year

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Honda North earns Top Honda Dealership for the 13th Time overall

Danvers, Mass. – March 10, 2020 – Honda North, a member of the International Cars, Ltd. family of dealerships, has been named a recipient of the President’s Award for 2019 by American Continue reading Honda North Receives The American Honda President’s Award for the 10th Consecutive Year

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Public’s Help Needed to Identify Somerville Burglar

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

Good morning Billy hope this is helpful to you and to me

May 3,2020
North St Somerville

While I went out shopping at 1:00 pm, my apartment was being robbed. It seemed as if the thief knew exactly where to go (my bedroom) Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Public’s Help Needed to Identify Somerville Burglar

Somerville Ward 5 City Councilor Mark Niedergang:Starting May 18: Some Somerville construction & utility work to resume

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First, I hope that you and your family, friends and loved ones are healthy and enduring the stay-at-home restrictions as well as possible.

As I am sure you have heard, things are starting to open up a bit in some places around the country. It seems that there may be some changes in Massachusetts starting next Monday, May 18th. Continue reading Somerville Ward 5 City Councilor Mark Niedergang:Starting May 18: Some Somerville construction & utility work to resume

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 18, the 139th day of 2020 with 227 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:19 and sunset is @ 8:01. 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: 1302 – The weaver Peter de Coningk led a massacre of the Flemish oligarchs. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

DPH TO TAKE CONTROL OF NURSING HOMES

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By Bob Katzen

A bill before the Public Health Committee would allow the Department of Public Health (DPH) to take control of a nursing home during a public health emergency, inspect a nursing home at any time and require nursing home employees to undergo COVID-19 and other disease testing as well as temperature monitoring as a condition of reporting for work. Continue reading DPH TO TAKE CONTROL OF NURSING HOMES

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: SHARED STREETS PILOT COMING TO SOMERVILLE

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

You need to ride their asses on this one. They are social engineering their political agenda through COVID-19. You should do an article that the city of Somerville is stealing people’s freedoms. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: SHARED STREETS PILOT COMING TO SOMERVILLE

Somerville’s Health Emergency Will Remain in Place Beyond May 18th

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COVID-19 cases distributed throughout the city;

local case counts still necessitate caution

New mobile COVID-19 testing unit to begin operation

SOMERVILLE, MA – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that the citywide state of emergency due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus will continue beyond Monday, May 18. Continue reading Somerville’s Health Emergency Will Remain in Place Beyond May 18th

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Good Deeds In Somerville

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Lost THEN Found Story—-The SPD would like to share the following lost and found story. During these difficult economic times, the following story deserves recognition:
Mr. Adam C., came into the station on May 3, 2020 to turn in a wallet that he had found. There was $767 in cash, plus cards and ID, in the wallet. The ID belonged to Eric M. in Somerville. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Good Deeds In Somerville

MA Nursing Homes Failures & the Coronavirus

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By Caroline Colarusso
Last week I lost my dear aunt after she tested positive for the Coronavirus. She was 89 years old,and was living in a nursing home. She was in relatively good health, had all her faculties, could walk and take care of herself and had a very high quality of life. She was widowed in mid-life, had 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Continue reading MA Nursing Homes Failures & the Coronavirus

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:”Time to end the hypocrisy.”

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

“I call upon Elizibeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley, Katherine Clark, Ed Markey, Patrica Jehlen, Denise Provost, Christene Barber, Mike Connlley, and the US Congress and Massachusetts State Representatives to publicly call for an investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Joe Biden by his former staffer Tara Reade. Tara Reade is entitled to the process she deserves. Time to end the hypocrisy.” Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:”Time to end the hypocrisy.”

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

Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVHappy Birthday to a number of Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville and around the Square! Happy Birthday to Maureen Higgins, Marylou Costante, Candace Lillis, Alma Wahlberg, Meghan Russell, Ashley Dellanno Keleher, Michele Merrell, Khloe Camblin, Monica Sheridan, Fatima Ramos, Olga Martinez, Lauren Crowley, Justin Crowley, Jeanne Thompson, Michelle Angiulo Bowler, Kristin Ann, Joseph Dussalt, Billy Korecki, Ed Palazzolo, Gayle A Snow, Jan Dodge Jonsson, Patricia Barson, David Anny-Barnes, Kristi Palmisano, Tina Ramsey Cosentino, Joanne DiLorenzo, Tom DeBenedictis, David Campbell, Stephanie Chute, Donald Ducky Down, Melissa Hurley, Steve Drugas, Sharon Whittier, Lisa Saverse-Maille, Paul Ciccolo, Beth Foley Delacruz, Roberta Dion, Leigh Marchand, Paul Yip, April Killoren, Jason Edmonds, Joseph Baldasaro, Diana Dicenzo, Kathleen Goodwin, Tatou Hilaire, Happy 22nd Birthday to Raquel Anne Oppedisano, Happy 15 th Birthday to Olivia Grace, Happy 90th Birthday to Mr Cabral, Happy 98th Birthday to Mrs Catherine and a Happy 3rd Birthday to Lorenzo
Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, May 11, the 132nd day of 2020 with 234 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:26 and sunset is @ 7:54. 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: 0330 – Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Message From Somerville Chamber Of Commerce

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TO: Chamber Members & Friends

This is a request for your feedback this weekend.

As we all explore reopening the economy, the Somerville Chamber of Commerce recognizes that public health is job #1. In recent weeks, the Chamber has been engaged with both Governor Baker’s administration and Mayor Curtatone’s administration regarding COVID-19 public health and economic issues. Continue reading Message From Somerville Chamber Of Commerce

COLLEGES WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE

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By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee also accepted only written testimony on two bills that grant indemnity from lawsuits to public and private colleges and secondary schools as a result of any act or omission by the institution when it develops, manufactures, tests or distributes personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to COVID-19, unless the act or omission constitutes willful, wanton or reckless conduct. Continue reading COLLEGES WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE

Somerville Virtual Town Hall Series to Discuss COVID-19 Response Starts 5/12

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Join us for a series of virtual town hall meetings with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone where you can learn about and ask questions about the City’s COVID-19 response. Five meetings are planned – one geared toward a general audience and four tailored to address the concerns of specific communities. Continue reading Somerville Virtual Town Hall Series to Discuss COVID-19 Response Starts 5/12

Naveo Credit Union Donates Over $6,000 to Benefit their Neighbors and Local Organizations

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(Somerville, MA) Naveo Credit Union donated over $6,000 during the month of April to benefit their neighbors and local organizations affected by COVID-19. Donations were made to support the most vulnerable individuals in the community and the organizations that provide these services. Continue reading Naveo Credit Union Donates Over $6,000 to Benefit their Neighbors and Local Organizations

City to Distribute 100,000 Commercial Masks to Residents; Launches 10,000 Mask Drive for Homemade Cloth Masks

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Distribution will prioritize seniors and other vulnerable populations.

SOMERVILLE, MA – Starting this week, the City of Somerville will be distributing 100,000 civilian three-ply masks with a focus on getting masks to people most vulnerable to COVID-19. Continue reading City to Distribute 100,000 Commercial Masks to Residents; Launches 10,000 Mask Drive for Homemade Cloth Masks

Somerville Announces Timeline for Phased Construction Restart Under Strict COVID Safety Protocols and Additional Business Updates

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After approval of safety plans, a limited number of essential projects to be allowed to restart May 18, others to phase in during June and July

SOMERVILLE, MA – In anticipation of the easing of statewide stay-at-home restrictions on May 18, the City is preparing for a phased resumption of construction under strict COVID-prevention protocols. Continue reading Somerville Announces Timeline for Phased Construction Restart Under Strict COVID Safety Protocols and Additional Business Updates

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, May 08, the 129th day of 2020 with 237 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:30 and sunset is @ 7:51. 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: 1096 – Peter the Hermit and his army reached Hungary. They passed through without incident. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Really Wish Someone Would Investigate the Center Dialysis Inc Clinic

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

I really wish that someone would investigate the CDI center (Center Dialysis Inc.) on Broadway Somerville. They have at least 12-15 dialysis patients at the center that have Covid 19. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Really Wish Someone Would Investigate the Center Dialysis Inc Clinic