Giurleo, Elizabeth (Oppedisano) Of Somerville, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022 surrounded by her family at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 97. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Elizabeth (Oppedisano) Giurleo
LEE, Louise V. (Ricci) – Of Somerville January 19, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Francis J. Lee Sr.
Loving mother of Francis J. Lee Jr., Somerville District Fire Chief and his wife Julianne of Chelmsford. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Louise V. (Ricci) Lee
At this youth-hosted event, learn more about the 2021 Student Health Survey results via a fun trivia format and participate in discussions about issues impacting youth in Somerville. Join us for this virtual event on Thursday, January 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Continue reading January 27 – Student Health Data Trivia Night & Discussion
The City issued a vaccine requirement for all full-time and part-time benefitted City employees (1,038) last fall. Continue reading City’s Employee Vaccine Mandate Results in Outstanding Compliance
Local Artwork Inspired by Pandemic Living
The Somerville Arts Council’s prompt From The Inside Out called upon local artists to create art that highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work. Continue reading “From The Inside Out” Opens Jan. 29
After more than a year of continued community engagement, we’ve integrated the feedback we received through workshops and surveys into the Brickbottom Vision Plan Draft available HERE.
Continue reading Help Shape the Brickbottom Vision Plan: Feedback on Draft Plan Sought
The City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice Department has two opportunities for residents to help advance and inform ongoing racial and social justice work in the city. Both are part-time, paid opportunities. Continue reading Racial & Social Justice Office Seeks Members for Youth Justice League & Ambassadors for Reimagining Policing Efforts
Mayor Ballantyne and the City of Somerville are pleased to announce an affordable homeownership opportunity for a 1-bedroom condo at 375 Canal St. (unit #602) at Assembly Row. This condo is available to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers as part of the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Continue reading Affordable Housing Opportunity Available at Assembly Row
(MEDFORD)—As of January 6, 2022, the City is now in charge of parking operations and enforcement with the cancellation of its contract with vendor Park Medford. With the City back in control, there will be a brief transitional period while the parking department is building its team and updating equipment. Continue reading Medford-City Gives Update on Parking Plan Medford Took Control of Parking Operations in Early January
By Bob Katzen
QUOTABLE QUOTES – Farewell Edition – Four state representatives are exiting the House to take on new jobs in the federal or state government. Rep. Sheila Harrington (R-Groton) did not respond to several e-mails from Beacon Hill Roll Call asking her to comment on her appointment by Gov. Charlie Baker as clerk magistrate of the Gardner District Court. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL
By Bob Katzen
Bill (H 3393)allows cities and towns to increase the current fines of $100 to $300 for drivers who violate handicapped parking violations. The bill would allow communities to assess an additional separate fine of up to $450 in addition to the $100 to $300 one. Continue reading INCREASE FINES FOR HANDICAPPED PARKING VIOLATIONS
Permits electric-powered autonomous vehicles to be operated on Bay State roadways. Current law does not allow any autonomous vehicles on these roads.
“We have a unique opportunity to ensure that the emerging technologies behind automated vehicles contribute to our efforts to reduce carbon emissions,” said sponsor Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham). Continue reading ALLOW SOME AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ON BAY STATE ROADWAYS (H 3434) –
Prohibits Condominium Associations, Historic District Commissions and Neighborhood Conservation Districts from banning or unreasonably restricting an owner from installing an electric vehicle charging station to charge their electric vehicle. Continue reading CHARGING STATIONS IN CONDO BUILDINGS (H 3425) –
ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee held a virtual hearing on a measure that would allow cities and towns to require all new buildings, building construction projects or major renovation projects to be all-electric. The bill bans on-site fossil fuel infrastructure but does allow for natural gas and propane service if they are integral to the building’s function. Continue reading PROHIBIT FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE (S 1333) –
By Bob Katzen
The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would repeal a current law, passed in 1990, which created professional licensure consequences for anyone who defaults on their student loan. Under existing law, the Massachusetts Educational Continue reading DEFAULT ON STUDENT LOANS (H 4339)
By Bob Katzen
The House 159-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $55 million COVID-19 response bill. A key provision provides $30 million to increase the number of COVID-19 testing sites and purchase COVID-19 tests—with $5 million of that earmarked to expanding vaccination rates among kids ages 5 to 11 in communities disproportionately affected by the virus. Continue reading $55 MILLION FOR COVID-19
Thomas I Henderson Jr., originally of East Providence, RI, but more recently a resident of Medford, passed away on Monday January 17, 2022 at home surrounded by family. Tom was the beloved son of the late Thomas I Henderson Sr. and Jean Henderson both of Rhode Island. Tom was happily married to Margaret “Peggy” (Lyons) Henderson for 42 years with whom he raised 3 children with in Medford, MA.
Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Thomas I Henderson Jr.
By Friends of Somerville
Covid Mandates and the lingering uncertainty of the City of Somerville Board of Health to enforce them
As members of the Board of Health in Somerville made a decision to reject the vaccination card mandate, via webinar of January 20, 2022, once again the Somerville Mandate Debate within the community rages on. Continue reading Somerville BOH Rejects Mandates