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! Happy Birthday to Darlene Hamel Brown, Teri Sannicandro Sullivan, Sheri Rios Graziano, Jim-Bob Farrell, Judy Gray, Tina McCarthy, Chris Whalen, Catherine Casey, Bridget Capobianco-Rios, Mido Anko, Lisa Brisbois Dyer (Lisa Grasso), Jeanne DiMuzio, Richard Byrne, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

HEN TREATMENT AND CAGE-FREE STANDARDS


By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and Governor Baker signed into law a conference committee version of legislation that would make changes and put Massachusetts in line with other larger egg-producing states that have put in place standards for hen confinement. In 2016, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly passed Question 3 to prevent cruelty to pigs, calves and egg-laying hens. At the time it was the strongest law for farm animals in history but since then leading retailers, producers and other states mandated even stronger standards in the shift to cage-free conditions for hens. Supporters said the bill will ensure the Bay State adapts to the new science unavailable in 2016.

Senate sponsor Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) said the standard around the country for egg-laying hens has evolved, and Massachusetts is now an outlier, which could threaten the state’s supply of eggs. “Fortunately, the egg producers and animal welfare groups have come together to agree on this legislation, ensuring safe and humane conditions for egg-laying hens and affordable eggs for Massachusetts consumers,” said Lewis.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has lobbied against the bill. “Whether hens are given 1 or 1.5 square feet of space, the term ‘cage-free’ is still a scam.” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “These exploited animals are forced into a hellscape of crowding and chaos before they’re slaughtered and replaced by the next batch of doomed souls. PETA is launching an ad campaign in Boston exposing the suffering that hens will endure under this bill, and we’re urging the public to see through the egg industry’s lies and greed and go vegan.”

SENATORS WANT TO ABOLISH THE ESTATE TAX/DEATH TAX

By Bob Katzen

The Revenue Committee will hold a virtual hearing on January 12, 2022 on separate bills sponsored by Sens. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) and Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) that would abolish the tax that the estate of a person with assets of more than $1 million is required to pay following their death before distribution to any beneficiary. Continue reading SENATORS WANT TO ABOLISH THE ESTATE TAX/DEATH TAX

STATE-CORPORATIONS MUST PAY HIGHER TAXES IF THE CEO’S SALARY IS MORE THAN 100 TIMES THAT OF THE MEDIAN WORKER’S SALARY

By Bob Katzen

The Revenue Committee held a virtual hearing that would require that an additional 2 percent tax be paid by publicly-traded corporations which pay the CEO more than 100 times the median worker’s salary. Continue reading STATE-CORPORATIONS MUST PAY HIGHER TAXES IF THE CEO’S SALARY IS MORE THAN 100 TIMES THAT OF THE MEDIAN WORKER’S SALARY

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week

By Bob Katzen

This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times in the 2021 session each senator sided with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and voted to sustain the governor’s 25 vetoes of items, mostly in the fiscal 2022 state budget. A vote to sustain means the senator supports Baker’s veto. A vote to override means the senator voted to fund the item despite the governor’s veto. Continue reading THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week

Somerville Commits $9M in ARPA Funds to Childcare, Rental Assistance, and a Universal Basic Income Pilot Project

Additional $3 million for transit subsidies under consideration

SOMERVILLE, MA – Somerville’s outgoing and incoming Mayors jointly announced the City’s first major allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars today, dedicating $9 million in funding to childcare, rental assistance, and a Universal Basic Income pilot project. Continue reading Somerville Commits $9M in ARPA Funds to Childcare, Rental Assistance, and a Universal Basic Income Pilot Project

City of Somerville Distributes Free At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Testing Kits to Vulnerable Residents with Barriers to Accessing Testing

City of Somerville Distributes Free At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Testing Kits to Vulnerable Residents with Barriers to Accessing Testing

The City of Somerville received 16,650 free at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits from the state that are being distributed via various channels to Somerville residents who have limited access to testing, limited means to purchase at-home tests, and are at high risk of exposure. Continue reading City of Somerville Distributes Free At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Testing Kits to Vulnerable Residents with Barriers to Accessing Testing

Audit Identifies Issues with How Nonprofit Serving Vulnerable Populations Resolves Complaints and Manages Finances of Individuals in its Care

In an audit released today, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) found issues in how the Center for Human Development (CHD), a nonprofit that provides programs and services to vulnerable populations, resolves complaints for persons served by its group homes and programs and manages the finances of individuals in its care. Continue reading Audit Identifies Issues with How Nonprofit Serving Vulnerable Populations Resolves Complaints and Manages Finances of Individuals in its Care

Somerville/Medford Remembering Domenico Patania September 06, 1937 – December 21, 2021

DOMENICO’S OBITUARY
Mr. Domenico Patania, of Somerville, passed away suddenly on December 21, 2021, he was 84. Born in Augusta, Sicily, Italy he was the son of the late Maria (Morello) and Salvatore Patania. He came to the United States in the 1960’s and proudly became a US citizen in June of 1967. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Domenico Patania September 06, 1937 – December 21, 2021

Somerville Moves Inauguration Ceremonies to Virtual Events on January 3

Civic Celebration to Be Held in Spring

SOMERVILLE – Due to increasing public health concerns amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases locally and regionally, as well as the spread of the more infectious Omicron variant, Mayor-elect Katjana Ballantyne is moving Somerville’s January 3 Inaugural Ceremony to virtual and the reception will be postponed and transformed into a Civic Celebration in the spring. Continue reading Somerville Moves Inauguration Ceremonies to Virtual Events on January 3

IBEW Local 103 Joined by Congresswoman Pressley, Quincy Mayor Koch, Somerville Mayor-Elect Ballantyne and Boston Elected Officials Donates Toys to Local Families

 

Just in time for the holidays, IBEW Local 103 joined by elected officials donates hundreds of toys to local families across Greater Boston.

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

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Happy Birthday to Maureen Moniz, Lea Bowler-Hardy, Harold Moochie Medeiros, Keri-Lyn Florence (Keogh), Diane MacKay, Pat Frangolini, Kate Amanda Brown, Richard Senesi, Shannon Hickey Mahoney, Chris Dischino, Brian Caterino, Joseph Panciotti, Brian Pitcher (Bmanpitt), Heather Robichaud, Laura Whalen, Brendan Fletcher, Mary O’Brien, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week!

What Is The future of Cobble Hill Apartments? Present Day Cobble Hill

By Friends of Cobble Hill

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville/Medford News Weekly belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville/Medford News Weekly, its staff or publishers)

While the much-valued quality-of-life at Cobble Hill Apartments hangs in the balance, representatives of the City of Somerville continue to ignore and avoid important questions asked by Cobble Hill residents. The most glaring common complaint is that city planners, including members of city council, have not explained to anyone’s satisfaction why they intend to build a public safety building contiguous to their residence at 90 Washington Street. Even worse, at no time did the City consult the community before choosing this location. Quite the contrary, the Planning Department leveraged, for the first time, a heavy handed urban renewal tactic known as a Demonstration Plan that legally allows the city to exclude from its decision making any form of public review and comment. Continue reading What Is The future of Cobble Hill Apartments? Present Day Cobble Hill

TELEMARKETERS MUST SHOW REAL PHONE NUMBER

By Bob Katzen

The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee held a virtual hearing on a bill that would prohibit “spoofing,” a practice used by telemarketing companies to have a phony telephone number show up on a consumer’s Caller ID. The company’s intent is to deceive, defraud or obtain anything of value, including financial resources or personal identifying information, from the consumer. Current law only prohibits the telemarketers from preventing their phone number from appearing on Caller ID but doesn’t address the legitimacy of the phone number that appears on Caller ID. Continue reading TELEMARKETERS MUST SHOW REAL PHONE NUMBER

ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO ESTABLISH A WATER BANK OR SEWER BANK

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill that would allow cities and towns to create a water bank or sewer bank to offset the cost of new and upgraded water infrastructure projects. Communities would also be allowed to assess a fee on the project developer to offset the cost of the projects. Continue reading ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO ESTABLISH A WATER BANK OR SEWER BANK