THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

HAPPY CRANBERRY MONTH – Gov. Charlie Baker declared October as “Massachusetts Cranberry Month.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to support cranberry growers, who make significant contributions to the commonwealth’s agricultural sector and local economies. Our local growers are true stewards of the land, implementing the latest in proprietary technology and equipment to harvest their fruit, and utilizing innovative methods that conserve water and protect Massachusetts’ natural resources.”
— Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

ALLOW RESIDENTS TO REQUEST ANONYMITY ON STREET LISTINGS

By Bob Katzen

Bill# (S 456) – Under current law, all Massachusetts households receive in the mail and must fill out an annual street listing (census) form that includes each resident’s name, address, date of birth, occupation, veteran status and nationality, if not a citizen of the United States, in January of each year. The information is used to maintain voting and jury lists, aid in school enrollment projections and for many other things including veterans’ benefits and proof of residency for state universities. Continue reading ALLOW RESIDENTS TO REQUEST ANONYMITY ON STREET LISTINGS

ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO COLLECT CONDO FEES ACCUMULATED DURING FORECLOSURE PROCESS

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill that applies to cities and towns which have put a tax lien on a condominium property for the owner’s failure to pay property taxes. The measure allows cities and towns to collect, at the time of the foreclosure sale, any condo fees owed to the condo association, during the foreclosure process. Under current law, the city or town can collect only the back taxes but not the condo fees. Continue reading ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO COLLECT CONDO FEES ACCUMULATED DURING FORECLOSURE PROCESS

BALLOT QUESTION #2 – REQUIRE DENTAL INSURANCE PLANS TO SPEND AT LEAST 83 PERCENT OF THEIR PREMIUMS ON DENTAL CARE

By Bob Katzen

The second question on the November ballot asks voters if they support a requirement that dental insurance plans spend at least 83 percent of their premiums received from members on dental care for the members and quality improvements rather than the administrative expenses of running the company. Continue reading BALLOT QUESTION #2 – REQUIRE DENTAL INSURANCE PLANS TO SPEND AT LEAST 83 PERCENT OF THEIR PREMIUMS ON DENTAL CARE

Somerville’s Community Choice Electricity Program to Provide Stable Electricity Costs, Double the Renewable Energy

SOMERVILLE — Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment today announced the continuation of the City’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program, which will increase amounts of zero-carbon renewable energy from regional sources. Direct Energy is Somerville’s current supplier through the CCE program. After a competitive process, Direct Energy will continue to be Somerville’s CCE program supplier, with new electricity rates that will be fixed from November 2022 through December 2024.
Continue reading Somerville’s Community Choice Electricity Program to Provide Stable Electricity Costs, Double the Renewable Energy

Somerville/Medford Remembering Clorinda M. DeVito

CLORINDA’S OBITUARY:

DeVito, Clorinda M. (Gazzola- October 6, 2022 at age 101. Clorinda was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Mary Gazzola, and sister of the late John Gazzola and Louis Gazzola of Somerville. She was born and raised in Somerville where she was a life long resident. She graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1938. She was a stitcher for many years. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Clorinda M. DeVito

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Bus Routes-The Next MBTA Board Meeting is Oct.27th

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

The Next MBTA Board Meeting is Oct.27th.
The rewrite of MBTA Bus Proposal will be submitted…because we stuck together and loudly let them know…the 88 & 89 buses will remain!
But…now we have to save the #89 bus to arrive & depart from Clarendon Hill Towers as it has been for decades!. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Bus Routes-The Next MBTA Board Meeting is Oct.27th