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)
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
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
By Bob Katzen
Bill (H 2527) Doubles the excise tax on beer, alcohol and wine and uses the revenue to create a comprehensive Substance Use Treatment Fund under the Department of Public Health. Continue reading INCREASE ALCOHOL TAX TO FUND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT
By Bob Katzen
This bill Provides a tax deduction for the school fees that parents must often pay for their public school children and for trash pick-up and disposal fees. Continue reading ALLOW STATE INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR SCHOOL AND MUNICIPAL FEES PAID BY RESIDENTS
By Bob Katzen
Repeals a current state law that sets a tax revenue growth limit for each fiscal year that is calculated based on the growth in total wages and salaries of the state’s residents. Continue reading STATE EXPENDITURE GROWTH LIMIT
EXEMPT FACE MASKS FROM THE SALES TAX (H 4760) By Bob Katzen
Exempts protective facial coverings, including face shields and masks, from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. Continue reading EXEMPT FACE MASKS FROM THE SALES TAX
By Bob Katzen
These three bills were filed by Rep. Jack Lewis (D-Framingham). The first would exempt from the motor vehicle excise tax seniors over 65 (H 2534) who are at or below the federal poverty guideline income of $12,760. Continue reading TAX EXEMPTIONS AND CAP
By Arthur Moore
It seems like every year it just goes more and more downhill here. More money is spent on signs and road painting that no one cares about or even pays attention. And we just keep painting over and over the same spots all year. Accomplishing zero except wasting taxpayers dollars. Continue reading Traffic and Mobility in Somerville Help Needed
Boston, MA – In an audit released today, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump called on the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) to improve its oversight of cybersecurity awareness training for employees. Continue reading Audit Calls for Improvements in Cybersecurity Training at Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
The Covid pandemic has forced the world of comedy to evolve and the Boston Comedy Festival is no exception. Join the BCF inputting 2020 in the rearview mirror. You too can prove laughter is the best medicine by joining the Virtual Boston Comedy Festival – Nov 30th through Dec 5th. Continue reading Boston Comedy Festival 2020 #BostonComedyFestival
I, Officer Roger Desrochers, report the following summary of events based on direct interview with the persons named.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, I, Officer Desrochers, was in full-uniform and assigned to marked cruiser 665(E2), and patrolling the East district, for the Somerville Police Department when I was dispatched along with E3 Officer Khoury and E4 Officer Lambert to 51 Springfield Street for a reported car accident. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Alan KELLY (OUI Liquor, Negligent Operation)
Online Pre-Order Market, Sunday – Thursday (order deadline is Thursday by 1pm)
Indoor & Curbside Pick Up, Saturday 10am – 1pm
Outdoor Market, Saturday 10am – 1pm
November 29 – April 10*
191 Highland Ave, at the Armory
*please note there will be no market on December 26
Online Ordering Goes LIVE! Continue reading Somerville Winter Farmers Market
Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Brendan Mark “Sully” Sullivan on his passing.
Brendan Mark “Sully” Sullivan was a very nice young man who will be sadly missed here in Somerville. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Brendan Mark “Sully” Sullivan
CORBETT, Donna M. (Sweny) – Of Medford November 23, 2020. Beloved wife of William Corbett. Loving mother of Keith Corbett of Medford and Kerri Krall and her husband Philip of North Reading. Dear grandmother of Charlotte and Kellan. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Donna M. Corbett
Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin J. Murphy on his passing.
Kevin J. Murphy was a very nice man who will be sadly missed here in Somerville. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Kevin J. Murphy
Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Charles A. Pike on his passing.
Charles A. Pike was a very nice man who will be sadly missed here in Somerville. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Charles A. Pike
Our sincere condolences, thoughts go out to the family and friends of Victor Arthur DiFranco on his passing.
Victor Arthur DiFranco was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed here in Somerville.
Victor Arthur DiFranco, born on December 1, 1934, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020, after bravely battling cancer. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Victor Arthur DiFranco
Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Thomas Allen Hall on his passing. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Thomas Allen Hall
It’s here and it’s epic, folks. It’s something we started pre-Covid and we didn’t let the pandemic stop us – we’re opening a second location in Ball Square! And it’s incredible and it’s scary and it’s exciting and we’re here for all of it. Continue reading Neighborhood Produce is at Ball Square Somerville
This Time Around Remember Your ABC’s, “Anybody But Curtatone” and Make the Needed Change
During the past two mayoral elections here in Somerville against Curtatone, previous opponents exposed his vulnerability by garnering over 30% of the vote before losing to him. The reason we feel is only an average of 13,000 out of 57,000 registered voters came out and voted. Continue reading This Time Around Remember Your ABC’s, “Anybody But Curtatone” and Make the Needed Change In Somerville
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, November 24, the 327th day of 2020 with 39 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:46 and sunset is @ 4:15. 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: 1615 – French King Louis XIII married Ann of Austria. They were both 14 years old. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer
Click on link below to read November 24th, 2020 The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Print Edition Online
By Joe Viglione
Adventure Set, Idb Green, Greg Paquette and Rockower
We’ve got a wild array of music this week at the Hotline… Rino Benenati’s radio edit remix of Adventure Set’s “Cleaner.” Continue reading Hotline to the Underground