Appointments Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

The City of Somerville seeks five members for the Mayor’s Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC), 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 Appointments Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

Somerville Holding Vigil for Victims of Domestic Violence

Vigil Scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 6:00pm

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the Somerville Commission for Women, and RESPOND, Inc. are honored to invite residents to join them for the annual Domestic Violence Vigil on Wednesday, October 26, to remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2022.
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THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“The ability to grant pardons is a very serious responsibility, but through careful consideration and review, I believe these individuals are worthy candidates for a pardon. All of these individuals have shown a commitment to their communities and rehabilitation since their convictions. However, the charges are related to decades-old convictions that continue to have an impact on their lives. I look forward to the Governor’s Council’s review of these recommendations.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

UP TO $250 TAX CREDIT FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF PLANTS AND LANDSCAPING INTENDED TO REDUCE WATER USAGE

By Bob Katzen

Bill# (H 3058) – Would create a 25 percent personal income tax credit of up to $250, on the purchase and installation of plants and landscaping items intended to reduce water usage including drought resistant plants that last for more than one year; kits or devices specifically designed for generating compost; rainwater recovery and storage devices where they are used for watering plants; and underground drip irrigation systems.
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CHANGE DISTRIBUTION FORMULA FOR $2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF (HD 5394)

By Bob Katzen

Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge) has filed a bill that would change the formula for how $2.9 billion in tax refunds will be distributed 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 on a proportional basis equal to the amount of state income tax they paid the state in 2021. Auditor Suzanne 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.
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Question #3: EXPANDS AVAILABILITY OF LICENSES FOR OFF-PREMISES CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

By Bob Katzen

QUESTION 3 – The third question on the November ballot asks voters if they support a law that would increase the statewide limits on the combined number of licenses that one retailer could control for the sale of alcoholic beverages and beer and wine for off-premises (non-restaurant and bar) consumption. Off-premises includes package stores, supermarkets and other venues where alcohol can be purchased but not consumed. The law would increase the number from the current nine to 12 licenses in 2023; 15 licenses in 2027 and 18 licenses in 2031. Continue reading Question #3: EXPANDS AVAILABILITY OF LICENSES FOR OFF-PREMISES CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (MV Vandalism, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct)

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On Sunday, October 16, 2022, I, Officer David Ruf, was in full-uniform and assigned to marked cruiser East-1, for the Somerville Police Department. At approximately 5:02 A.M, Officer Morel (East-4) and I were dispatched to 10 Connecticut Ave for a dispute.
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