GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, June 30, the 182nd day of 2020 with 184 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:10 and sunset is @ 8:25. 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: 1097 – The Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum. 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 Angela Perry, Richie Mochi, Joe Colarusso, Anthony Colarusso, John Cabral, Caroline Thompson, Mike Moccia, Aliana Oppedisano, Joelle Martin, Chloe DeMaria, Carmine DeMaria, Ryan McNeill, Scott Macinnes, Katherine Cremin, Donna J Clifford, Emily Yu, John Avakian, EJ Frammartino, Stacy Rogers, Rita Lyons, Stacy Ann, Len Ferrari, Annmarie Griffin, Jennifer Cucinotta Strykowski, Dawn Rae, Patricia Morrison Shaughnessy, Jay Flanagan, Tina Minson, Albert T Primo, Johnny Pizzi, Edie Shea, Mike LaFrance, Julia Taliesin, Sheila Analetto, Ambria Breen, Daisy Monsalve, Melanie Murray, Edward Tauro, Bob Staffiere, Ken Webber, Jen Oliveira, Jeffrey Harrington, Anthony Accardi, Rob Ciampi, Charlie Cappello, Paul Nonni, Barbara Zabriskie Williams, James Alcott, Barbara Favaloro, Daniel Cook, Billy Dalrymple, Heather Roderick, Tim Winn, Jodie Lynn and Happy 92nd Birthday to Jim Bremis

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

Mayor Curtatone Submits FY2021 Budget with Belt-Tightening, But No Cuts to Services and No Layoffs

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Strong local tax base, long-game fiscal management & strategic cuts enable City to avoid austerity measures;

$1.6 million allocated for new Racial and Social Justice investments funded in part via $750,000 in funds diverted from Somerville Police budget Continue reading Mayor Curtatone Submits FY2021 Budget with Belt-Tightening, But No Cuts to Services and No Layoffs

Applications Available for Fiscal Year 2021 Community Preservation Act Funding Eligibility Determination Forms due July 17 at 4:30 p.m.

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SOMERVILLE, MA – Applications for this coming fiscal year’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds and the fiscal year 2021 Community Preservation Plan, which sets the funding allocations and priorities for the year, are now available. An estimated $630,000 is available for projects that preserve Somerville’s historic resources and/or expand and improve our parks and recreation land.

Continue reading Applications Available for Fiscal Year 2021 Community Preservation Act Funding Eligibility Determination Forms due July 17 at 4:30 p.m.

CLOSURE OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES AT A HOSPITAL

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By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, approved an amendment that would require the Health Policy Commission to report on the adverse effects suffered after the closure of any essential services at a hospital. The amendment also would require an examination of the efficacy of existing standards and requirements intended to maintain such essential services. Continue reading CLOSURE OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES AT A HOSPITAL

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, June 23, the 175th day of 2020 with 191 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:25. 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: 1683 – William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania. 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 Renee Grimes, Tina Beatty Hill, Jana Lynn Nally, Annie Catherine, Scott Capuano, Jun Jie Yang, Alice Keenan, Mike Delgizzi, John Eleftherakis, David Tauro, Larry Mulrey, Trish Vallery, Robert Holahan, Claire Seaboyer, Kathy Webber, Mary Murphy, Roger Fisk, Linda August Devereaux, Cory Mashburn, John Cannon, Kenneth Carroll, Karen A Jenner, Anthony Baliola, Michael Fronduto, Steven Marino, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Allegations Surfacing Several Pharmacists Fired for Opiates Prescription Fraud

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

If you and your readers want to dig a little further into these alegeded allegations that that are now surfacing that Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Allegations Surfacing Several Pharmacists Fired for Opiates Prescription Fraud

Somerville to Host Rep. Pressley, D.A. Rollins, and other Regional Leaders for Panel Discussion on Structural Racism

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Byron Barnett to Facilitate Panel Tuesday, June 23, with
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D.A. Rachael Rollins, Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Mayor Joe Curtatone,
Councilor Will Mbah, School Committee Member Andre Green, and
SHS Black Student Union President Floreisha Bastien Continue reading Somerville to Host Rep. Pressley, D.A. Rollins, and other Regional Leaders for Panel Discussion on Structural Racism

Somerville Budget Manager to Host Reddit AMA (Q&A) Session on Budget: Monday, 6/22, 11 a.m.

 

Going into this year’s budget season, we’ve gotten a lot of questions from residents about how the budget process works. To help residents better understand the process and how to participate, the City’s Budget Manager is doing a live “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) event at http://www.reddit.com/r/somerville starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22. Continue reading Somerville Budget Manager to Host Reddit AMA (Q&A) Session on Budget: Monday, 6/22, 11 a.m.

Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund Loan Recipients Announced

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$1 million in emergency small business support to be distributed to 123 local small businesses

SOMERVILLE, MA – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone today announced that $1 million in Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief funds will be awarded to 123 local, small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund Loan Recipients Announced

Somerville’s Second Shared Streets Route to Open in West Somerville

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Somerville’s second Shared Streets route, which connects West Somerville and Davis Square, is set to open Tuesday, June 23. The Shared Streets initiative opens up low-volume or residential side-streets to pedestrians, cyclists, and other users while still allowing vehicle access for residents Continue reading Somerville’s Second Shared Streets Route to Open in West Somerville

A TAVOLA RESTAURANT WINCHESTER OPEN FOR OUTDOOR PATIO DINING & TAKEOUT ORDERS: (781)729-1040 34 CHURCH STREET WINCHESTER

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“Without all of the hustle and bustle of heading into Boston, why not just head locally right in Winchester at TAVOLA RESTAURANT where a little piece of Italy is waiting for you!”
“It’s as close as you can get for a real authentic Italian dining experience that will keep you coming back for more” “Definitely a two thumbs up rating and absolutely worth checking them out!” Somerville/Medford News Weekly/Boston News Group Continue reading A TAVOLA RESTAURANT WINCHESTER OPEN FOR OUTDOOR PATIO DINING & TAKEOUT ORDERS: (781)729-1040 34 CHURCH STREET WINCHESTER

Somerville Summer Updates: Pool, Splash Pad, and Playground Openings New Summer Face Covering Guidelines Heat Safety Tips

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SOMERVILLE, MA – Pools, playgrounds, and splash pads will be opening in Somerville soon with new safety protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The City is also putting summer face covering guidelines into effect. Effective immediately, face coverings are still required for people ages 2 and up at all times when in public both indoors and outdoors, with the exception that during the hot weather season masks may be removed temporarily when outdoors if a distance of at least six feet from others can be maintained. Medical and disability exceptions continue to apply. Finally, as part of the City’s Beat the Heat efforts, all are encouraged to review our heat safety tips and ideas for keeping cool.
Continue reading Somerville Summer Updates: Pool, Splash Pad, and Playground Openings New Summer Face Covering Guidelines Heat Safety Tips

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

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Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Lynda Norton,John J., Will and Sam Alberts, Grbz Joseph, Robert S McCarthy, James Findlay, Jose Mesmar, Sean Clifford, Anthony Lima, Jack Kehoe, Noah Kreatz, Elaina Manolis, Marie DiDomenico, Kelsie Ann, Mia DeMarco, Joannie Allison, 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 TUESDAY, June 16, the 168th day of 2020 with 198 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:23. 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: 0455 – Rome was sacked by the Vandal army.
1487 – The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Representative Barber Leads Successful Effort to Ensure Meal Sites for Children Continue to Operate throughout the Summer

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BOSTON– Representative Christine P. Barber (D-34th Middlesex) of Somerville and Medford, led an effort along with Hannah Kane (R-11th Worcester) and Jay Livingstone (D-8th Suffolk District) that resulted in the extension of children’s meal sites throughout Massachusetts for the entire summer. Continue reading Representative Barber Leads Successful Effort to Ensure Meal Sites for Children Continue to Operate throughout the Summer

FLY FLAGS AT HALF-MAST TO RECOGNIZE OPIOID DEATHS

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By Bob Katzen

Team Sharing, a Massachusetts-based organization comprised of parents who have lost a child to an opioid overdose, is urging Gov. Baker and other governors across the nation to fly flags at half-mast on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, in memory of all the people who have died from an overdose. Continue reading FLY FLAGS AT HALF-MAST TO RECOGNIZE OPIOID DEATHS

Somerville School Committee, STA Paraprofessionals Reach Tentative 3-Year Agreement

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SOMERVILLE, MA — The Somerville School Committee and the Somerville Teachers Association (STA) Paraprofessionals Unit C reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a 3-year contract that reflects the City’s and District’s commitment to equity and the important role that Paraprofessionals play in our schools supporting and working with classroom teachers. Continue reading Somerville School Committee, STA Paraprofessionals Reach Tentative 3-Year Agreement

Somerville’s Phase II Reopening Schedule Matches State’s Timeline and Increases Safety Measures

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City-Required Site Safety Plans, Contact Tracing Requirements, and Cleaning Protocols Added to Enhance Safety and Sustainability of Reopening

Creative Sidewalk Expansion Efforts, Proposed Expedited Permitting Underway to Support Outdoor Dining Continue reading Somerville’s Phase II Reopening Schedule Matches State’s Timeline and Increases Safety Measures

Somerville’s Phase II Reopening Schedule Matches State’s Timeline and Increases Safety Measures

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– City-Required Site Safety Plans, Contact Tracing Requirements, and Cleaning Protocols Added to Enhance Safety and Sustainability of Reopening

– Creative Sidewalk Expansion Efforts, Proposed Expedited Permitting Underway to Support Outdoor Dining Continue reading Somerville’s Phase II Reopening Schedule Matches State’s Timeline and Increases Safety Measures

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Mayor Call’s Upon Police and Feds For Immediate Protection Fear of Facebook Post

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

Hey Billy, can’t really talk. Just got a call. I guess someone posted a loose threat about Curtatone on Facebook. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Mayor Call’s Upon Police and Feds For Immediate Protection Fear of Facebook Post

Churches Inform Somerville Mayor of Plans to Immediately Resume In-Person Church Gatherings Despite His Order

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Somerville, MA—First Liberty Institute and the Massachusetts Family Institute today sent a letter to Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joseph Curtatone informing him that several churches in the city will immediately resume in-person church services on June 14, 2020. Continue reading Churches Inform Somerville Mayor of Plans to Immediately Resume In-Person Church Gatherings Despite His Order

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

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Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday greetings go out to John Heymann, Charlie McCarthy, Diana Martins Reilly, Aprile Boos, Barbara McKenna-Richardson, Rebecca Gil, Paul Cammarata, Terence Mcgeogheanmcgeoghean, Eric Tedesco, Marilyn Paladino, Denise Napolitano Grosse, Anthony David, Kamala Vasanthakumar, Anna Rebelo, Maxine Koerber, Carolyn Pedersen, Carol Barilka, Jim Povio, Ed Starr, Michael T. Dwyer, Chuck Roche, Roseanne Jackson, John F. Burke, Raíssa Storch, Jim Crowley, Damenta Damenta, Ricky Migliacci, Don Bohnwagner Sr., Richard Leccese, Darlene Cetrullo, Sharon Sheppard, Peter Westcott, Louise Fiorenzio, Kathleen Donofrio, Donna M. Quinn, Lorraine Benoit, Sandra Heron, Pat Centofanti, Verge Figueiredo, Darlyne Harff, Larry Bethune, Melissa Reddin Hickey, Chanel Cyrus, Danielle Vitiello, Mercedes Barata-Larregola, Mira McCabe, Karen Lambert, Erin Mcphee Donovan, Mathew Richardson, Dina Sinatra Reeves, Tim Toomey, Frank Zaganjori, Jennifer Dever Wood, Nancy Galvin, Happy 10th Birthday to Jayden Vasanthakumar, Happy Sweet 16 Birthday to Lauren Crockton and Happy 6th Birthday to Kody Koehn
Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Sharp Questions Uyterhoeven’s Eligibility to Run for House Seat

ABDB6084-F991-4F61-8F82-E27D92FED7CBSomerville — Catia Sharp, a candidate for the seat to be vacated by Representative Denise Provost, today filed a formal objection with the Ballot Law Commission requesting an inquiry into Erika Uyterhoeven’s eligibility to appear on the ballot in the 27th Middlesex district in the September 1st primary.
Continue reading Sharp Questions Uyterhoeven’s Eligibility to Run for House Seat

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT (SJC) WEIGHS IN

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By Bob Katzen

The seven justices of the state’s SJC penned an open letter to members of the Judiciary and attorneys across the state. Here are some excerpts:

“The events of the last few months have reminded us of what African Americans know all too well: that too often, by too many, black lives are not treated with the dignity and respect accorded to white lives. Continue reading SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT (SJC) WEIGHS IN

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 07, the 159th day of 2020 with 207 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:18. 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: 1494 – Spain and Portugal divided the new lands they had discovered between themselves. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Practice What You Preach In Somerville Mayor Curtatone

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By William Tauro

Somerville under Covid19 pandemic restrictions and all going on while racial motivated riots with looting alerts throughout our city streets but the mayor wants change in the Somerville Police Department. If our police department is so expendable, why are they patrolling our streets at Assembly Row and Davis Square for looting and why in the world is Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone being escorted around the city in a chauffeured SUV driven by an armed Somerville police officer? Continue reading Practice What You Preach In Somerville Mayor Curtatone

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:My Kids Matter!

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

Mr. Tauro, I frequently walk highland ave with my granddaughter while my daughter and husband are working and trying to make ends meet during this difficult time. After seeing your post today and the Somerville official not wearing his required mandatory mask. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:My Kids Matter!

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville City Employee Breaking City’s Own Rules

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

This is a PMA employee hired by the City of Somerville to oversee the operation he is on Highland Avenue  with no mask or face covering during this covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville City Employee Breaking City’s Own Rules

HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING?

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By Gene Brune

What have we learned listening and watching all that has happened and continuing today regarding the sad ending of the life of George Floyd? When I first watched on television the police officer holding down Floyd with his knee putting pressure on Floyd’s neck and listening to Floyd begging for him to stop as he couldn’t breathe, I immediately felt disgust for the police officer. Continue reading HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING?

Somerville to Officially Declare Systemic Racism a Public Safety and Health Emergency

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Mayor Curtatone Announces Next Steps in Ongoing Efforts to Provide Just, Unbiased, and Compassionate Community Policing

Establishment of Civilian Oversight Committee,
Continued Pursuit of Officer Body Cameras,
Changes to Asset Forfeiture Funding Policies,
Call for State-Level Special Prosecutor for Police Violence Cases, Continue reading Somerville to Officially Declare Systemic Racism a Public Safety and Health Emergency

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, June 02, the 154th day of 2020 with 212 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:15. 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: 1537 – Pope Paul III banned the enslavement of Indians. 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 Joe Hall, Frank Olivieri, Larry Travaglione, Randy MacArthur, Leo Henry, Liam McCain, Darlene Kelly Dumond, Eddie Baldasaro, Bill Hill, Bill White, Lori Santos Santoro, Wai Lee, Luis Guzman, Antonio D. Agostino, Dorene Jenkins, Anthony P. Carvello, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

STATE OWES CITIES AND TOWNS $727,000 FOR EARLY VOTING EXPENSES

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By Bob Katzen

State Auditor Suzanne Bump urged the state to reimburse communities $727,169.37 to cover the costs of mandated early voting expenses in the 2020 presidential primary election. She also urged the Legislature to create a permanent process to fund this service automatically following each election.
Continue reading STATE OWES CITIES AND TOWNS $727,000 FOR EARLY VOTING EXPENSES

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, June 01, the 153rd day of 2020 with 213 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:14. 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: 1533 – Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s new queen, was crowned. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer