Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: LIBRARIES MAY NO LONGER PROVIDE WHOLESOME ENVIRON- MENTS FOR CHILDREN… JUST THE OPPOSITE!

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

HOW ABOUT IF I, Karen Glover, a woman, decide that I want to be a DRAG KING? Yes, that’s right, a DRAG KING…I’ll wear an oversized mustache, thick fake eyebrows, a man’s wig…I’ll wear exaggerated muscular padding to emulate that of the most extreme body builder. I’ll have to attach a huge, prominent plastic male appendage below my waist to be hidden in extra room jeans to achieve my desired effect. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: LIBRARIES MAY NO LONGER PROVIDE WHOLESOME ENVIRON- MENTS FOR CHILDREN… JUST THE OPPOSITE!

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Larceny)Arrest

On the afternoon of October 18, 2022, I, Officer Ferrara, was in full uniform working for the Somerville Police Department, assigned to marked unit East-1. At approximately 2:52 P.M, I was dispatched to 460 Assembly Row, (Ralph Lauren) for a report of a past larceny. Officer Nick Moreira, East-2, responded as back up.
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DESIGNATING JULY 8 AS MASSACHUSETTS EMANCIPATION DAY (H 3117)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved a measure, sponsored by Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington), designating July 8 as Massachusetts Emancipation Day also to be known as Quock Walker Day, in recognition of the court ruling that rendered slavery unconstitutional in the commonwealth. Walker, born to enslaved Black parents in Massachusetts, was the driving force behind this ruling.
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RARE DISEASE DAY (H 3101)

By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill designating the last day of February as rare disease day in Massachusetts in order to “increase public awareness of rare diseases which affect millions of Americans resulting in special challenges encountered by patients and their families as well as the impact upon medical professionals, researchers, educators and others who serve the rare disease community.”
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THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (H 4722)

By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would create a “chain of custody” for used catalytic converter sales. A catalytic converter is a device that converts the environmentally hazardous exhaust emitted by a vehicle’s engine into less harmful gasses. The measure requires the buyer to keep records of each converter purchased, from which vehicle it was removed from, and who the seller was. These records would be made available upon request to law enforcement. Continue reading THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (H 4722)

SomerStreets Monster Mash: Sunday, October 30, 2-6 p.m.

Free Open Streets event to feature live music, family-friendly activities, and more

SomerStreets: Monster Mash, the final SomerStreets festival of the year, takes over Somerville Avenue on Sunday, October 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date: November 6). Join the family-friendly festivities for tricks and treats aplenty between School Street and Warren Avenue, including: Continue reading SomerStreets Monster Mash: Sunday, October 30, 2-6 p.m.