Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Being a Senior in Somerville and Handicapped

By Arthur Moore

In the last few years this is not a place to be if you are a senior or handicapped person. Seems like when the ADA got after cities years ago this one has made it even more impossible to live here. Many years ago when they started with the brick type crossing my father was one of the first to complain as these case many to trip in you use them. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Being a Senior in Somerville and Handicapped

Audit Finds Land Court Department Did Not Properly Administer Abandoned Escrow Funds or Properly Maintain its Partition Commissioner List

BOSTON – In an audit released today, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) found that the Land Court Department (LCD), one of seven departments of the Massachusetts Trial Court, did not properly administer funds held in abandoned escrow accounts in accordance with state law and did not maintain an accurate publicly available master list of Continue reading Audit Finds Land Court Department Did Not Properly Administer Abandoned Escrow Funds or Properly Maintain its Partition Commissioner List

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Residential Breaking & Entering

Residential Breaking & Entering

22015659: On 3/24/22 at approximately 4:27 PM, Somerville Police responded to a residence on Myrtle St for report of a past breaking and entering. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated she left her residence earlier in the day and when she returned home, observed her bedroom had been ransacked. A laptop and jewelry were stolen.

Residential Breaking & Entering

22015253: On 3/22/22 at approximately 9:03 PM, Somerville Police responded to a residence on Wilton St for report of a past breaking and entering. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated after he returned home from work, he observed his back door was kicked open and his house was ransacked. Cash was reported missing. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Residential Breaking & Entering

Somerville to Launch Mattress & Box Spring Recycling Curbside pickup by appointment to start week of April 4

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne announces that the City of Somerville is launching mattress and box spring recycling starting the week of April 4, 2022. This free service is available to all residential households that have City-managed trash collection. Residents will simply need to schedule a pickup and place their items on the curb on the pickup day. Continue reading Somerville to Launch Mattress & Box Spring Recycling Curbside pickup by appointment to start week of April 4

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Gun & Drug Seizure


On March 22, 2022, at approx. 1:09 PM, the SPD responded to an apartment at Canal St for a reported assault. After a preliminary investigation police obtained a search warrant for an apartment at Canal St. A search warrant was granted and as a result the Somerville Police recovered a 9mm firearm with ammunition (gun was reported stolen from North Carolina), 1.45lbs of marijuana (plant), 1074 grams of THC butter, 2344 grams of THC concentrate, & numerous digital scales. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Gun & Drug Seizure

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: LETTER TO THE EDITOR:HUNDREDS OF COBBLE HILL SENIOR RESIDENTS AGAINST CITY’S PLANS FOR A MUNICIPAL BUILDING AT 90 WASHINGTON STREET

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

To Whom it May Concern:

I am the Property Administrator for Cobble Hill Apartments and have been employed at the property for over 20-years. In addition to maintaining a 224-unit residential community, my larger responsibility is to attend to the needs of approximately 300 independent seniors who have an average age of 71-years. It is truly a great honor of mine.
Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: LETTER TO THE EDITOR:HUNDREDS OF COBBLE HILL SENIOR RESIDENTS AGAINST CITY’S PLANS FOR A MUNICIPAL BUILDING AT 90 WASHINGTON STREET

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF COBBLE HILL APARTMENTS? PRESENT DAY COBBLE HILL

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

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) Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF COBBLE HILL APARTMENTS? PRESENT DAY COBBLE HILL

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: 90 Washington St. City Plan

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

Subject: FW: 90 Washington St. City Plan

Dear Mayor Ballantyne:

Mr. John Chochrek asked that I send you this letter in opposition to the City’s Plans for 90 Washington Street.

Respectfully,

Evelyn Ortiz
Property Manager
Cobble Hill Apartments

Letter to Ward 1 Somerville City Councilor Matthew McLaughlin

Dear Matt:

I was surprised you put a flyer under every door at Cobble Hill on Sunday, although I am glad that all residents are informed of the City’s scheduling of a Brown Bag Lunch for Cobble Hill Residents on December 8th from 11:00-1:00 PM at the Ralph & Jenny Center.

Matt, you have known me for many years. Several times you were an important part of our annual Cobble Hill Christmas party. That said, your “leaflet bombing” of every Cobble Hill apartment without my knowledge seems unusually aggressive and on some level threatening. Had you asked for me to circulate the flyer I would have done so. But you already know that.
Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: 90 Washington St. City Plan

Somerville to Host Small-Group COVID-19 Listening Sessions as Part of Ongoing COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

As part of Mayor Katjana Ballanytne’s First 100 Day Agenda and the City’s ongoing work to ensure an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Ballantyne will be hosting small-group listening sessions with Somerville residents and workers disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Somerville to Host Small-Group COVID-19 Listening Sessions as Part of Ongoing COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Meet the City’s Racial and Social Justice Department Staff

The City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) Department invites the community to a virtual forum to meet department staff, learn about their work, and find out how to get involved in ongoing racial and social justice initiatives on Thursday, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m. Register to attend online, or call 311 to get call-in information. Continue reading Meet the City’s Racial and Social Justice Department Staff

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL


By Bob Katzen

“We … applaud plans to develop a hybrid hearing model that retains the benefits of remote access for the public. Across the commonwealth, remote access to public meetings has significantly increased public participation in state and local government, and has lowered longstanding barriers for people with disabilities, people with limited access to transportation and people with work and family obligations. After the pandemic, access to the democratic process should not hinge on a person’s health or disability or their ability to afford a car, get time off work or find a care provider. More transparent and accessible government means a stronger democracy for all.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

ASSIST MUNICIPAL LIGHTING PLANTS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

By Bob Katzen

The Telecommunications Utilities and Energy Committee held a virtual hearing on a measure that would allow the state’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to assist municipal lighting plants in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by facilitating collaboration between municipal lighting plants and other state, local, regional and federal agencies. Continue reading ASSIST MUNICIPAL LIGHTING PLANTS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

SUSPEND THE 24-CENTS-PER GALLON GAS TAX UNTIL LABOR DAY

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 11-29, rejected an amendment that would immediately suspend the state’s 24-cents-per gallon until September 5. The measure also requires that the total amount of revenue lost as a result of the suspension be taken out of the General Fund and transferred to the Transportation Fund, where the gas tax currently goes. Continue reading SUSPEND THE 24-CENTS-PER GALLON GAS TAX UNTIL LABOR DAY

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Residential Breaking & Entering

Break Ins Mar 15 to Mar 21 2022

22014113: On 3/17/22 at approximately 1:31 PM, Somerville Police responded to a multifamily residence on Buckingham St for report of a past breaking and entering. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated his laptop, cash and a diamond ring were stolen. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Residential Breaking & Entering

Somerville White Plastic Pole Complaints

By Arthur Moore

To the current administration Spring 2022 and the dreaded plastic poles.

Since many poles are gone and some are in places that have no business being placed back into use I am hoping that now maybe some common sense can be used in the use of these poles. First is Broadway Winter Hill. They have been a burden on the small businesses, the handicapped and less mobile citizens. Continue reading Somerville White Plastic Pole Complaints

Somerville/Medford Remembering John A. Barrett

JOHN’S OBITUARY
John A. Barrett – Of Arlington, Somerville and The Hague, 83, on March 21, 2022. Raised in Somerville, son of the late Joseph F. Barrett and Elvira F Viveiros. Brother of the late Irene, James, Edward and Robert Burton, and the late Joan (Strassmann) Joseph and Ruth Barrett. Survived by William, Gerald and Eugene Barrett.
Husband of the late Mary A. Hanly and father of Catherine Duffy of Somerville, Erin of Lexington and Rachel of The Hague. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering John A. Barrett

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Billy Can You Help Us In Revere With Our Mayor:”When Human Rights Commissions are weaponized as a tool to discriminate”

Photo:Gina Salamone Castiello protesting private mediation of a constituent on who was called a “white supremacist.”

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

It’s important to increase awareness about the Human Rights Commissions (HRC) throughout Massachusetts, but especially the one in Revere MA, where I am a lifelong resident.
I received information that a constituent in my community was called a White Supremacist, which is in direct violation of the HRC Mission Statement. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Billy Can You Help Us In Revere With Our Mayor:”When Human Rights Commissions are weaponized as a tool to discriminate”

Somerville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Seeks One Member

Open Positions: One
Term: Five years
The Somerville Housing Authority (SHA) Board of Commissioners seeks one new member, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. This position does not have to be filled by an SHA resident, but SHA residents are encouraged to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. Continue reading Somerville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Seeks One Member

March 22nd, 2022 Print Edition Online

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Meet the City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice Department and Learn About Its Work at a Virtual Forum, March 31

The City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) Department invites the community to a virtual forum to meet department staff, learn about their work, and find out how to get involved on Thursday, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m. Go to somervillema.gov/virtualtownhall at the start time of the forum to join online, or call 311 on March 31 to get call-in information. Continue reading Meet the City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice Department and Learn About Its Work at a Virtual Forum, March 31

Somerville/Medford Remembering Shubh R. Joshi

SHUBH’S OBITUARY
JOSHI, Shubh R. – Of Somerville March 19, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Rama Joshi. Loving father of Sunita Sharma and husband Sudershan, Baij Joshi and wife Durgesh, Anita Bhardwaj and husband Anuj, Lalit Joshi and wife Mana. Dear brother of Ramesh Sharma, Ravindar Joshi and the late Dr. Sewa Ram Joshi. Uncle of Dr. Ashok K. Joshi. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Shubh R. Joshi

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (ABPO, Resisting, Disorderly, Intimidation)

On Monday, March 14, 2022, while working a day shift, assigned to marked unit East 2, at approximately 2:05 PM I was dispatched to Somerville located at 361 Somerville Ave, for an alarm call. Marked units East 1 (Officer Samir Messaoudi), and East 3 (Officer Brian Pavao), and S8 (Sgt. Wolf Berrouet) responded as backup.
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (ABPO, Resisting, Disorderly, Intimidation)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Arrest: (OUI Liquor, Leave Scene of Property Damage)

On Saturday, March 19, 2022, at approximately 1:27 A.M., Somerville Police control received a call from a person reporting she heard a loud crash at the intersection of Walnut Street and Radcliffe Rd. The reporting party also stated she observed broken glass on the ground and a gray SUV fleeing the scene. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Arrest: (OUI Liquor, Leave Scene of Property Damage)

Somerville/Medford Remembering Philip J. DiCarlo

PHILIP’S OBITUARY:

DiCarlo, Philip J. (Nardone) – Of Florida formerly of Boston March 19, 2022.
Beloved husband of the late Arlene DiCarlo.
Loving father of Gail Federico and her husband Christopher of Somerville, Lynn Mersereau and her husband Jimmy of Taunton, Michele Cuellar and her husband Jaime of Webster, Lorie DiCarlo of Hilliard, OH, Rita Chavez and her husband Oscar of Chelsea, Philip DiCarlo and his wife Amy of North Attelboro, Alyson DiCarlo of Mansfield and Brigitte Sostilio of New Orleans. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Philip J. DiCarlo

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“Massport is committed to working with our surrounding communities to reduce our impacts to the environment, while remaining focused on supporting the region’s economy. Massport’s Roadmap to Net Zero aligns with the commonwealth’s climate goals.”
—Massport Board Chairman Lew Evangelidis announcing Massport’s plan to reduce carbon emissions across all facilities and become Net Zero by 2031. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

VOTERS PAY FINE FOR NOT VOTING

By Bob Katzen

This bill#TEAMTAUROforMAYOR2021 (H 788) – Would require eligible voters to cast a ballot in every November general election or face a fine of $15 that would be added to the person’s state tax liability for each election missed. The measure also clarifies that the voter does not have to actually vote for anyone and is allowed to leave the ballot blank. Continue reading VOTERS PAY FINE FOR NOT VOTING

ALLOW SOME 17-YEAR-OLDS TO VOTE IN PRIMARIES

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 483) – Would allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the time of the November general election to vote in the preceding primary despite the fact that they will be under 18 on the day of the primary. The bill was initially introduced by sponsor Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) three years ago on behalf of Samantha Bevins, a Hingham constituent and Dartmouth College student. Continue reading ALLOW SOME 17-YEAR-OLDS TO VOTE IN PRIMARIES

CRIME VICTIMS’ PHOTOS

By Bob Katzen

The House gave near final approval to and sent to the Senate legislation that would prohibit first responders from taking photos of crime scene victims, accidents or emergencies unless it is in the course of their official duties or with the consent of the victim. If the victim is unable to consent, an immediate family member of the victim is allowed to give consent. Continue reading CRIME VICTIMS’ PHOTOS

FORBID DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE

By Bob Katzen

The House 155-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would prohibit any person or entity including educational institutions, workplaces and public spaces from implementing any policy that would explicitly target someone who wears their natural hairstyle. The measure defines natural hairstyle as “hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists and other formation.” Continue reading FORBID DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE

USQ DEVELOPMENT TO GIVE AWAY 200 DONUTS FROM UNION SQUARE DONUTS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE GREEN LINE EXTENSION IN SOMERVILLE

Aerial View of USQ, a $2 billion 2.4 million square foot development centered around the MBTA’s Union Square Station in Somerville, MA, Developed by US2; Rendering Credit: US2

WHO: USQ, the new 2.4 million square foot development adjacent to Union Square Station in Somerville Continue reading USQ DEVELOPMENT TO GIVE AWAY 200 DONUTS FROM UNION SQUARE DONUTS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE GREEN LINE EXTENSION IN SOMERVILLE

Somerville:The Community Preservation Committee Seeks Your Input!

The CPC is in the process of preparing its 2022 Community Preservation Plan, which identifies community needs and priorities that will guide funding priorities for things like open space/recreation, historic preservation, and affordable housing. Let us know how would like to see these funds used! Continue reading Somerville:The Community Preservation Committee Seeks Your Input!

Somerville/Medford Remembering William S. Casey II


Casey, William S. II – Of Medford, March 18, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Eleanore M. (Murphy) Casey. Devoted father of Mary Lou Seidner and her husband Marc of Boston, William S. Casey III of Pleasant Hill, CA., Joseph W. Casey and his wife Susan of Medford, James W. Casey and his wife Mary Caddle of Melrose. Loving grandfather of Jillian, Casey, John, Lexi, Piper and Henry. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering William S. Casey II

Medford Offering Rebate to Residents for Upgrading Water Pipes Lead Abatement Program Offers $1,000 in Rebates

(MEDFORD)—The City of Medford is offering residents a rebate of $1,000 to remove lead-lined water pipes and upgrade their home plumbing system to safe standards, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced. The program’s goal is to incentivize residents to replace aging lead-lined pipes which can lead to various health complications. Continue reading Medford Offering Rebate to Residents for Upgrading Water Pipes Lead Abatement Program Offers $1,000 in Rebates

Somerville Council on Aging Board of Directors Seeks New Members

Open Positions: Seven
Term: Two years
The City of Somerville Council on Aging Board of Directors seeks seven new members, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community.
Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Board of Directors Seeks New Members

MSP AND BPD HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNITS ARREST MAN FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

By Massachusetts State Police

The Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victims Unit, in conjunction with the Boston Police Human Trafficking Task Force and other BPD officers, conducted operations in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston, resulting in the arrests of two men attempting to pay women for sexual acts. Continue reading MSP AND BPD HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNITS ARREST MAN FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

FOR THE $2 BILLION USQ, THE OPENING OF THE MBTA’S UNION SQUARE STATION ON THE GREEN LINE EXTENSION ON MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2022, IS CENTRAL TO DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Aerial View of USQ, a $2 billion 2.4 million square foot development centered around the MBTA’s Union Square Station in Somerville, MA, Developed by US2; Rendering Credit: US2 Continue reading FOR THE $2 BILLION USQ, THE OPENING OF THE MBTA’S UNION SQUARE STATION ON THE GREEN LINE EXTENSION ON MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2022, IS CENTRAL TO DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks Three Members

Open Positions: Three
Term: Three years
The Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees seeks three new members, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. Continue reading Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks Three Members

Somerville/Medford Remembering Marie L. Linscott (Colosi)

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Marie L. Linscott (Colosi) on her passing.

Marie L. Linscott was a wonderful person and very close to many of us here at the Somerville/Medford News Weekly. She was more like family to us.

Marie L. Linscott (Colosi) will be sadly missed here both in Somerville and Medford by many.

Obituary: Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Marie L. Linscott (Colosi)

Somerville Tenants’ Rights Webinar, March 23

Please join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the City of Somerville Office of Housing Stability (OHS), and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) for a webinar about tenants’ rights in Somerville, housing advocacy and rental assistance services, and community organizing to prevent eviction and displacement. Somerville’s local eviction moratorium, established in March 2020, currently remains in effect until Saturday, April 30, 2022. Continue reading Somerville Tenants’ Rights Webinar, March 23

Audit Identifies Areas of Risk in the Monitoring Controls at the Department of Youth Services

BOSTON – In an audit of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) released today, the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) identified a need for DYS to take measures to more effectively manage its 51B report resolution process. Continue reading Audit Identifies Areas of Risk in the Monitoring Controls at the Department of Youth Services

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“The COVID-19 pandemic taught us many hard lessons. The failure to center both equity and public health expertise in the state’s response to the pandemic cost us dearly. Now, we must commit to building a 21st-century public health system that will provide robust protections to all Massachusetts residents, regardless of income, race or zip code.
—Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL INSIGHTS ON THE LEGISLATURE’S UPCOMING AGENDA –

By Bob Katzen

Beacon Hill has a full plate: Offshore wind, solar and other climate change policies. Leftover American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and spending options. The fiscal year 2023 budget. Tax cuts. Mental health care access. Prescription drug costs. Education priorities. The MBTA. Sports betting. Continue reading ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL INSIGHTS ON THE LEGISLATURE’S UPCOMING AGENDA –

REQUIRE SOLDIERS’ HOMES TO MEET STATE STANDARDS

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-1, approved an amendment that would require that both veterans’ homes be licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and be required to meet state standards that are currently required for nursing facilities. Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton), the sponsor of the amendment, said the amendment will ensure that the homes meet high state standards. Continue reading REQUIRE SOLDIERS’ HOMES TO MEET STATE STANDARDS

Somerville to End Mask Mandate for City Buildings Monday, March 21

After March 21, masks will be optional at City buildings and events

SOMERVILLE – With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations down, the City of Somerville will lift its mask requirement for City buildings and events starting Monday, March 21. This means all City-issued mask mandates are now either lifted or set to lift. Some federal and state mask requirements remain in effect. Continue reading Somerville to End Mask Mandate for City Buildings Monday, March 21

Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities Seeks Three Members

Open Positions: Three
Term: Three years
The Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) seeks three new members, and Somerville residents and employees of the City of Somerville are encouraged to apply. Two of the openings must be filled by people who identify as having a disability and one is open to any Somerville resident or City of Somerville employee. Continue reading Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities Seeks Three Members

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Somerville resident overcomes abusive childhood

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

I Am the Director of My Own Story
By: Janice Perez-Gomez, Somerville

I grew up in a physically and psychologically abusive home where I was told that I was useless and wouldn’t amount to anything. In addition to enduring physical abuse, my family tried to stop me from achieving my dreams of going to college; so, when I turned 18, I left. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Somerville resident overcomes abusive childhood

Affordable Homeownership Opportunity at 13 Alpine Street Now Accepting Applications


Applications are now open for an income-restricted homeownership opportunity at 13 Alpine Street. This two-bedroom unit features one garage parking space, modern kitchen appliances, marble bathroom tile, hardwoord oak flooring, and further modern amenities. Continue reading Affordable Homeownership Opportunity at 13 Alpine Street Now Accepting Applications

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (License Suspended) (MSP Warrant)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.

On Thursday, March 3, 2021, I, Officer David Ruf, was in full-uniform and assigned to marked cruiser East-1, for the Somerville Police Department. At approximately 12:40 A.M., I was dispatched to Grand Union Blvd and Great River Rd, both public ways in the city of Somerville, for a single motor vehicle accident. Somerville dispatched informed me that the vehicle was on the island and the parties were outside the vehicle. Officer Henriquez (East-4) and Officer Morel (Sector-East) also responded. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (License Suspended) (MSP Warrant)

EXPUNGEMENT OF RACIST “WHITE ONLY” LANGUAGE IN PROPERTY DEEDS

By Bob Katzen

In 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racist “white only” language in property deeds prohibiting Blacks and other racial minorities from living on the property were illegal and unenforceable. However, under current Massachusetts law, there is no mechanism in place to remove these covenants from property deeds and they remain in the deeds of hundreds of homes for homeowners across the state. Continue reading EXPUNGEMENT OF RACIST “WHITE ONLY” LANGUAGE IN PROPERTY DEEDS