The MBTA Board of Directors Vote on Bus Proposal?

By Karen Glover

WHEN???
Somerville, MA residents are anxiously anticipating the MBTA Board of Director’s Vote on the redesign proposal.
We have along with Medford, MA submitted petitions, articles, online commentaries, emails and voicemails.
The Question is: Will the MBTA Board of Directors pay attention to our loud and clear opposition to this ill-conceived proposal for cutting and changing routes in Somerville and Medford?
Will the MBTA respect the loud outcry and testimonies from the young, the seniors, school children, workers, the able-bodied and the disabled citizens?
WHAT WILL BE OUR FATE??? Continue reading The MBTA Board of Directors Vote on Bus Proposal?

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“We remain committed to delivering support to local officials who understand the positive effect of sustainable roadway safety. Every tool made possible by today’s grants empowers police to educate the public about our commonwealth’s laws, reduce speeding, renew our commitment to wear seat belts and properly address all forms of distracted and impaired driving.”
—Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito upon announcing $10.9 million in federal grant funding to cities and towns to improve road safety across the state.
Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

BALLOT QUESTION ASKS VOTERS TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (H 4805)

By Bob Katzen

The new law that would allow, starting July 1, 2023, undocumented/illegal immigrants to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver’s license is going to be on the November ballot for voters to decide whether to repeal it or leave it intact. “Fair and Secure Massachusetts,” the group spearheading the repeal campaign, submitted 71,883 voter signatures to get the question on the ballot, far more than the 40,120 signatures required. Continue reading BALLOT QUESTION ASKS VOTERS TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (H 4805)

REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill designed to protect “vulnerable road users” which includes pedestrians, constructions workers, emergency responders bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skates and wheelchair users. A key provision requires vehicle drivers, when passing a vulnerable user, to pass at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet when the motor vehicle is traveling at 30 miles per hour or less, and an additional foot of clearance for every ten miles per hour that the vehicle is traveling above 30 miles per hour.

Continue reading REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF IS ON ITS WAY

By Bob Katzen

The State Auditor Suzanne Bump has certified that the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) figures are correct and Massachusetts must return $2.9 billion to taxpayers based on Chapter 62F, a 1986 law approved by the voters. That law requires that tax revenue above a certain amount collected by the state go back to the taxpayers. Bump has determined that the net state tax revenues of $41,812,654,358 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022 is $2,941,499,731 above the allowable state tax revenues of $38,871,154,627. Continue reading 2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF IS ON ITS WAY

BEACON HILL UPDATES: THE HOUSE AND SENATE

By Bob Katzen

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

This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times in the 2021-2022 session each senator sided with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and voted to sustain the governor’s 31 vetoes of items, mostly in the fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 state budgets. 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 BEACON HILL UPDATES: THE HOUSE AND SENATE

Parks & Recreation Fall Festival at Trum Field, September 24

Come join Somerville Parks and Recreation for a Fall Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trum Field. Kick off the new school year with an afternoon of free fun and entertainment for the whole family, featuring live music, games, bounce houses, face painting, and more. Families can also register for upcoming Parks and Rec programming. Learn more at somervillerec.com. Continue reading Parks & Recreation Fall Festival at Trum Field, September 24

Special Traffic Commission Meeting to Discuss New Protected Bike Lanes & Parking Changes on Holland Street, September 21

Please join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, City staff, and Traffic Commission members for a special meeting of the Traffic Commission to discuss new plans for protected bike lanes on Holland Street on Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading Special Traffic Commission Meeting to Discuss New Protected Bike Lanes & Parking Changes on Holland Street, September 21

VETERAN HEROES HONORED IN SOMERVILLE AT WHYC 2022 VETERANS CRUISE

By William Tauro

This past Sunday the members of the Winter Hill Yacht Club of Somerville and the Chelsea Rotary Club hosted their Annual Veteran’s Cruise on the Boston Harbor.

The flotilla, carrying dozens of American veterans on vessels that consisted of over twenty donated privately owned power boats from members of Winter Hill and Wellington Yacht Clubs, shoved off from the docks of the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Somerville. 
Continue reading VETERAN HEROES HONORED IN SOMERVILLE AT WHYC 2022 VETERANS CRUISE