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

STATE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

By Bob Katzen

Governor Charlie Baker ordered all Massachusetts executive branch agencies to review their contracts and terminate any agreements with any executive department agency that is currently contracting with any Russian state-owned company or otherwise engaged in any partnership, affiliation, or exchange with any Russian state-owned company, Russian government-controlled entity or Russian governmental body. Continue reading STATE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

ELIMINATE THE ESTIMATED $1.37 PER CUSTOMER CHARGE TO FUND TAX CREDITS AND JOB TRAINING

By Bob Katzen

The House 28-127, rejected an amendment that would eliminate a new charge that would add an estimated $1.37 to the average gas customer’s monthly bill. The estimated $23 million in new revenue would be used to fund training programs, tax credits and incentives for companies. Continue reading ELIMINATE THE ESTIMATED $1.37 PER CUSTOMER CHARGE TO FUND TAX CREDITS AND JOB TRAINING

OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY

By Bob Katzen

The House 133-12, approved and sent to the Senate a bill to further develop and expand the offshore wind industry in Massachusetts. Provisions include investing hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade in infrastructure, innovation, job training, supply chain capacity and transmission upgrades; providing job training, tax incentives, grants and loans; investing in long-term energy storage to help the state’s transition to renewable energy; and implementing a new charge that would add an estimated $1.37 to the average gas customer’s monthly bill to raise an estimated $23 million in new revenue that would be used to fund the programs, tax incentives and grants. Continue reading OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY

Audit Recommends Improvements in Cybersecurity Practices at Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

BOSTON – Today, in an audit of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance’s (MOVA), the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) found that none of MOVA’s employees received cybersecurity awareness training, as required by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security. The audit, which examined the period of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020 recommends that MOVA establish policies and procedures requiring all staff members to receive mandatory cybersecurity awareness training. Continue reading Audit Recommends Improvements in Cybersecurity Practices at Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

Somerville Mask Mandate for Indoor Public Spaces to End Saturday, March 5

SOMERVILLE – With COVID-19 health indicators improving, the City of Somerville Board of Health has voted to end Somerville’s face covering mandate for indoor public spaces. Effective Saturday, March 5, the City will no longer require masks in privately owned indoor locations such as restaurants, stores, theaters, and gyms. Businesses, however, remain free to maintain their own mask requirements to best serve their health and safety needs. Continue reading Somerville Mask Mandate for Indoor Public Spaces to End Saturday, March 5

Somerville Youth Hockey Assosiation (SYHA) Hosting 1st Annual Somerville Youth Hockey Alumni Tournament at Veterans Rink

SYHA Alumni –

SYHA is hosting their 1st annual Somerville Youth Hockey Alumni Tournament at Veterans Rink in Somerville and we need you there! Teams of ~10 players will face off on the ice for the afternoon of games. Each team is guaranteed 2 games. Each game will be 2 15-minute running time periods. Continue reading Somerville Youth Hockey Assosiation (SYHA) Hosting 1st Annual Somerville Youth Hockey Alumni Tournament at Veterans Rink

Somerville/Medford Remembering Mary A. Doherty

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mary A. Doherty on her passing.

Mary A. Doherty was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed here in both Somerville and Medford.

Obituary:

Mary A. Doherty, a resident of Melrose and formerly longtime of Somerville, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Glen Ridge Nursing Care in Medford, at age 82. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Mary A. Doherty