THE ELIZABETH PEABODY HOUSE CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF IMPACT

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125th Anniversary Soirée Concludes Year of Celebration

SOMERVILLE, Mass. April 27, 2021 – The Elizabeth Peabody House celebrated its 125th Anniversary Soirée on April 23, 2022, marking the conclusion of its 125th anniversary year. Some 125 supporters, staff members, families, and neighbors celebrate this historic milestone at The Harvard Club of Boston, enjoying the music of Shore Jazz, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction. Continue reading THE ELIZABETH PEABODY HOUSE CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF IMPACT

Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks New Member

Open Positions: One
Term: Three years
The Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees seeks one new member, 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 New Member

Local Travel Industry Veteran Joins Cruise & Travel Experts Call 617-645-2273

Mena Tuccinardi to Offer More Perks, Higher Level of Customer Service Through New Affiliation

Somerville, Massachusetts 4/01/2022 – Local Travel Expert Mena Tuccinardi has joined a new national travel affiliation called Cruise & Travel Experts. Tuccinardi has served the New England communities for over 30 years as a Business Development Manager by helping travel agents plan memorable family vacations, cruises, honeymoons and tours. Continue reading Local Travel Industry Veteran Joins Cruise & Travel Experts Call 617-645-2273

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“It has been a pleasure to work with municipal leaders in the last several years to improve our trail networks and roadways to promote bicycling as a way to travel. Partnerships with city and town leaders, bicycle advocates and non-profit groups have enabled us to expand and connect the commonwealth’s networks of on-road and off-road shared use pathways, bike lanes and recreational Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

REQUIRE RETAILERS THAT SELL TOBACCO TO ALSO SELL PRODUCTS TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT

By Bob Katzen

Another bill on its way to a study committee would require any retailer that sells tobacco products to also sell at least one type of nicotine replacement therapy drug or device that has been approved by the FDA for assisting with helping people quit tobacco. Violators would be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and $300 for a third or subsequent offense. Continue reading REQUIRE RETAILERS THAT SELL TOBACCO TO ALSO SELL PRODUCTS TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT

FUND SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee has recommended that a measure that would establish a grant program to provide money to cities and towns for School Resource Officers (SROs) go to a study committee where bills are rarely actually studied and are essentially defeated. It is a way to kill a proposal without holding a vote on the bill itself. A school resource officer, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is a law enforcement officer “responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.” Continue reading FUND SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

MASS TO BAN DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee held a virtual hearing on legislation, filed by Sen. Susan Moran (D-Falmouth), that would ban disposal of radioactive material directly or indirectly into coastal or inland waters, tide water or land owned by another entity. The measure imposes fines ranging from up to $10,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for any second and subsequent offenses. It also holds the offender liable for all damages or losses suffered by the state, a business or an individual as a result of the disposal. Continue reading MASS TO BAN DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE

EXCAVATION SAFETY

By Bob Katzen

The House gave near-final approval to and sent to the Senate a proposal that would require a professional land surveyor working on a preliminary design for a new facility or renovation where excavation is necessary to pre-mark the proposed excavation. The bill is sponsored by former Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) who recently resigned her seat to take a job as Northeast policy director Boston-based Nexamp, a solar energy company. Continue reading EXCAVATION SAFETY

Ocean State Job Lot Revisited In Somerville

By Arthur Moore

It has been many years some we lost this wonderful opportunity here on Winter Hill to have something close to what most of the people here would want and like. I know this as many people stop by my front porch to talk about it and my mom who is no longer here about how badly they wanted this to go through. It has turned out that unknown to us this company has a wonderful track record of giving. One I remember was winter coats for homeless vets. Continue reading Ocean State Job Lot Revisited In Somerville

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (B&E MV) Arrest

On Sunday, April 17, 2022, at 5:54 P.M., Somerville Police control received a 9-1-1 call from a female victim (XXXX) reporting a male and a female broke into her vehicle. The victim gave the call taker a clothing description of the female (blue leggings and a black jacket). The victim confronted the couple on Grand Union Blvd where her vehicle was parked and removed several Chick-fil-A gift cards from the female’s hand (Value: $299.50). These gift cards were stolen from the victim’s vehicle. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (B&E MV) Arrest

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:OUI Liquor Arrest

On 04/16/2022, I, Officer Christopher Collette was assigned to Somerville marked unit West Seven. At approximately 03:17 hours, I was dispatched to Holland St. for an unconscious individual inside a motor vehicle. As I proceeded to the area, Somerville Control advised me that the vehicle was on Broadway near it’s intersection with Curtis St. Both streets are public ways. Once on scene, I observed three Somerville Firefighters standing by an SUV bearing MA TAG XXXX. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:OUI Liquor Arrest

Second Audit in Five Years Finds Longer Delays in Providing Financial Relief for Families of Children with Catastrophic Medical Conditions Time taken to process applications has increased since the last audit in 2017

BOSTON – State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today released an audit of the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF), which found that delays in processing applications for assistance had not improved since the last audit in 2017, and in fact increased by 11 days, with families waiting an average of 300 days to be approved for reimbursement. Continue reading Second Audit in Five Years Finds Longer Delays in Providing Financial Relief for Families of Children with Catastrophic Medical Conditions Time taken to process applications has increased since the last audit in 2017

Naveo Credit Union Joins Inclusiv to Support its Commitment to Serving Underbanked Communities within their Field of Membership.

(Somerville, MA) Naveo Credit Union joined Inclusiv, a membership-based network intermediary, connecting financial institutions across the country with the common mission of serving the underbanked. Naveo joined Inclusiv to help with the expansion of strategies focused on serving the underbanked and low-to-moderate incomes communities within their field of membership. Continue reading Naveo Credit Union Joins Inclusiv to Support its Commitment to Serving Underbanked Communities within their Field of Membership.

Inaugural Medford Pride Committee Members Named Group is tasked with planning and organizing the City’s first ever Pride festival in June

(MEDFORD)—The City has announced that six Medford residents have joined the inaugural Pride Festival Committee and are now tasked with helping to plan, organize and coordinate the City’s first celebration this June. Continue reading Inaugural Medford Pride Committee Members Named Group is tasked with planning and organizing the City’s first ever Pride festival in June

Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Seeks New Members

Open Positions: Seven
Term: Three years
The City of Somerville seeks seven members for the Historic Preservation Commission, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. Six of the current openings are for candidates with specific expertise: one architectural historian, one contractor, one architect, one historian, and two Local Historic District residents or architects. Continue reading Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Seeks New Members

Medford, Housing Authority to Pilot Free E-Bike Program at Housing Authority Buildings This Spring

City partnered with Metro Mobility to secure State grant

MEDFORD – In partnership with Metro Mobility and the Medford Housing Authority, the City of Medford is piloting an E-Bike ownership and lending program in Medford this year. The program is made possible through a $1 million regional grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Medford’s e-bike program will create an affordable and accessible zero-emission transportation option by prioritizing low-income residents, essential workers, and renters in Environmental Justice areas. Continue reading Medford, Housing Authority to Pilot Free E-Bike Program at Housing Authority Buildings This Spring