Neighbors, August 17, 2020
We are in unusual times, this is certain, but that may be the only certainty we have before us. Many of us are frightened for our health, stunned at the squandering of our wealth, and worried about the very structures that support Democracy. Continue reading Be a Sharp Voter from Joe Lynch
On August 13, 2020 at 4:16 PM, Somerville Police received a call for a well being check at XX Woods Avenue. The caller was a man named XXXX. Mr. XXXX reported that earlier in the afternoon, his roommate, Mr. XXXX heard a “popping sound” in their apartment. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Robert LOPER (FIREARM WITHIN 500 FT OF DWELLING, AMMUNITION WITHOUT FID CARD, POSSESS, FIREARM WITHOUT FID CARD, POSSESS)
By Bob Katzen
The Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to a bill that would allow tenants to ask a court to seal records relating to a recorded eviction in three cases: three years after a recorded eviction, provided no other eviction or landlord action is brought within that time; after satisfaction of any judgment in an eviction or landlord action; and any time after the recording of a no-fault eviction which is when a landlord decides to end a tenancy because of reasons other than non-payment of rent. Continue reading SEAL EVICTION RECORDS
By Bob Katzen
A bill before the Financial Services Committee would allow borrowers who are struggling to pay their mortgages due to the COVID-19 crisis to defer the payments for up to six months. Following the six months, the bank would be required to work with the borrower to maintain the original payment or to agree to a loan modification reducing the monthly payments. Continue reading MORTGAGE PAYMENT DEFERRAL
By Bob Katzen
The Education Committee accepted only written testimony on a bill that would suspend the requirement that a student take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test as a graduation requirement for the school year, beginning in the fall of 2020 through the school year ending in 2024. Continue reading SUSPEND MCAS TEST
By Bob Katzen
The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee held a virtual online hearing on legislation that would repeal a current law the requires that liquor licensing boards include at least one member of each leading political party. Continue reading LOCAL LIQUOR LICENSING BOARDS
As neighboring communities are showing elevated rates of COVID according to data released from the state, Somerville’s Phase 3 Step 1 reopening will remain on hold.
Continue reading Somerville’s Phase 3 Reopening Remains on Hold
The Somerville Public Library is seeking to fill two vacancies on its Board of Trustees, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply.
Continue reading Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees Seeking Applicants for Two Vacancies
Four polling places were moved for COVID-19 safety; one to address resident feedback
SOMERVILLE, MA – Five of Somerville’s polling places have been relocated for the September 1 and November 3 elections. Four were moved into locations where COVID-19 safety measures could be better put in place and a fifth – formerly at the Kennedy School – was moved in response to resident feedback. Continue reading Five Somerville Polling Places Have Been Moved for the September 1 and November 3 Elections
BOSTON– Representative Christine P. Barber of Somerville and Medford recently voted to pass An Act creating a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving commonwealth. Continue reading Representative Barber Votes in Favor of Transformative Climate Change Legislation
Somerville Prevention Services, in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance, seeks up to 12 Somerville teens and their caregivers to participate in a photovoice project to raise awareness about the risks of problem gambling. Over the course of 8 to 12 weeks, teen participants will attend online workshops to learn about youth gambling and build skills in advocacy, leadership, and photography. Participants will take photos to convey educational messages and present their images at a final virtual showcase for state and local leaders in the fall.
Continue reading Paid Opportunity for Somerville Teens: Use Photography to Raise Awareness of Problem Gambling
“Harley” went missing yesterday(08/16/20) in the Cherry St area. Continue reading Somerville Animal Control Updates: LOST FERRET!