Eight Somerville Officers Recieve Awards after a Life-Threatening Encounter in Early August 2020

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, Somerville Police received a call for a report of a male with a gun inside of an apartment on Highland Ave. Upon arrrival, the reporting party advised officers that the suspect was in the back room and was pointing a gun at a female’s head. Continue reading Eight Somerville Officers Recieve Awards after a Life-Threatening Encounter in Early August 2020

RAISE ALLOWANCE FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

By Bob Katzen

More than a year ago on May 13, 2019, the Committee on Elder Affairs gave a favorable report to and recommended the Legislature approve a proposal raising the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) for nursing home residents from the current $72.80 monthly to $100 monthly. It also includes a provision that gives the residents an annual cost of living increase. Continue reading RAISE ALLOWANCE FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

REDUCE PACKAGING WASTE

By Bob Katzen

More than a year ago on July 29, 2019, the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee recommended that the Legislature approve legislation that would require that beginning on January 1, 2021, all retail food establishments using any food serviceware for any food prepared or packaged on the premises use biodegradable, compostable, recyclable or reusable products. The measure remains stuck in the House Ways and Means Committee. Continue reading REDUCE PACKAGING WASTE

Somerville Distributes $2.2 Million for Rental Assistance, Food Security, and Other Pandemic Supports

Nearly $1 million in additional job training/retention funds also approved

SOMERVILLE, MA – In response to the immense need for community assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Somerville has distributed $2,218,384 to local non-profit agencies to help residents with necessities such as rent, food, and childcare. Continue reading Somerville Distributes $2.2 Million for Rental Assistance, Food Security, and Other Pandemic Supports

Somerville Council on Aging Press Outreach

Taxi Rides
Do you need a ride?
The COA has a new program just for you.
Taxi Rides for Somerville Residents 60 and Over
Rides can be used for:
Grocery Shopping in Somerville
Pharmacy Prescription pick up in Somerville
Routine Medical Appointments in the follow areas:
Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, Boston or the V.A. in Jamaica Plain or West Roxbury
Two Days Advanced Notice Required
For more information please call Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2319 Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Press Outreach

Somerville Virtual Community Meeting to Discuss Dilboy Field Improvements, September 9

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 7 City Councilor Katjana Ballantyne, and City of Somerville staff invite you to a virtual meeting to review plans to replace the Dilboy Stadium synthetic turf field and improve the natural-grass Dilboy Auxiliary Fields adjacent to Alewife Brook Parkway. Continue reading Somerville Virtual Community Meeting to Discuss Dilboy Field Improvements, September 9

Bus Improvements along Washington St. in East Somerville Set for Fall

Bicycle lane extension also part of transit corridor upgrade

SOMERVILLE, MA – As part of an MBTA initiative to make bus service more efficient and safer for passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerville will be installing a westbound dedicated bus lane along Washington St. in East Somerville between Tufts St. and McGrath Highway. Continue reading Bus Improvements along Washington St. in East Somerville Set for Fall

Somerville Arts Community Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for 9/15,

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First in an Upcoming Series of COVID Town Halls Hosted by ResiStat

Mayor Joe Curtatone, the City Council, the Somerville Arts Council, and the City’s ResiStat program invite Somerville’s artists and the cultural community, as well as all interested persons, to join a virtual town hall to discuss challenges faced by the arts community that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as possible solutions. Continue reading Somerville Arts Community Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for 9/15,

Virtual Community Meeting to Discuss the Kensington Connector Pedestrian Crossing Under I-93, September 3

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, State Senator Pat Jehlen, State Representative Mike Connolly, City Council President and Ward 1 Councilor Matt McLaughlin, and City of Somerville staff invite you to a virtual meeting to discuss the community needs at the Kensington Connector. Continue reading Virtual Community Meeting to Discuss the Kensington Connector Pedestrian Crossing Under I-93, September 3

City Finally Cuts Embattled Somerville Police Sergeant’s Pay Off

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By William Tauro

For almost over one year now, a Somerville Police Sergeant who has been out on supposedly a medical leave, has finally had his pay shut off by the City of Somerville.

Somerville Police Sergeant Michael Kiely has been out on a paid medical leave for over a year for supposed health reasons. Continue reading City Finally Cuts Embattled Somerville Police Sergeant’s Pay Off

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, August 28, the 240th day of 2020 with 126 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:04 and sunset is @ 7:25. 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: 1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson. Continue reading

Bus Improvements along Washington St. in East Somerville Set for Fall

– Bicycle lane extension also part of transit corridor upgrade

SOMERVILLE, MA – As part of an MBTA initiative to make bus service more efficient and safer for passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerville will be installing a westbound dedicated bus lane along Washington St. in East Somerville between Tufts St. and McGrath Highway. In the eastbound direction, a dedicated protected bike lane will start at Joy St., linking with the protected bike lane that begins at New Washington St.

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Somerville Preparing for Limited Phase 3 Step 1 Businesses to Reopen 9/8

At a Monday, August 24, meeting with Phase 3 business owners, Mayor Joe Curtatone announced that, if the data continues to trend in the right direction, the City will consider a limited reopening for fitness centers, gyms, and indoor recreation facilities on approximately September 8. Continue reading Somerville Preparing for Limited Phase 3 Step 1 Businesses to Reopen 9/8

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, August 27, the 239th day of 2020 with 126 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:03 and sunset is @ 7:27. 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: 1660 – The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Mayor Joe Curtatone Breaking Social Distancing Rules in Somerville for Ed Markey

By William Tauro

For too many years, our Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin has been declared as the “Prince of Darkness,” but now Mayor Joe Curtatone has truly surpassed the secretary’s proclamation and has absolutely earned that title for himself these days.

Continue reading Mayor Joe Curtatone Breaking Social Distancing Rules in Somerville for Ed Markey

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Mayor Joe Circumventing the Covid19 Closure Laws in Somerville

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

We all know that Mayor Joe always gets what he wants in Somerville and lately he’s been sneaking in and getting what he wants on Somerville Avenue especially at the new Founders Memorial Skating Rink. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Mayor Joe Circumventing the Covid19 Closure Laws in Somerville

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Handicap Parking Scam @ Assembly Row

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

I am hoping my voice gets heard through your newspaper. I am a merchant at Assembly Row, times are tough just keeping the lights on during this difficult time and I need all the foot traffic I can get and parking spots.

Lately since the 2 new buildings that are being built, I have noticed numerous Iron workers, Electrical workers, carpenters ect… are using Handicapped Plaque-cards to park at meters on Assembly Row and Foley streets, close to the job site and leave their vehicles there all day, resulting in my establishment not getting the customers as there is no place to park as these workers are sitting there for over 8 hours. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Handicap Parking Scam @ Assembly Row