Mayor Katjana Ballantyne Testifies in Support of Home Rule Petition Establishing Net Zero Emissions Standard for New Construction & Major Renovation Projects in Somerville

Bill sponsored by Somerville Representatives Barber and Connolly would create path for Somerville to seek to pilot standards for fossil-fuel free construction and major renovations
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Sprinkler systems prevent two serious fires this past week in Somerville

Sprinkler systems in two Somerville buildings prevented serious fires this past week during the early morning hours while occupants were asleep. On Friday, October 28th at 425 a.m. the Fire Department was notified of a fire alarm activation via a building alarm system which was directly connected to the City fire alarm box system. Continue reading Sprinkler systems prevent two serious fires this past week in Somerville

GRANDMA! …PROMISE NOT TO SIT THERE…!!! A SENIOR CITIZEN “SITTING DUCK” BENCH!! YIKES!

By Karen Glover

Once again, The Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD} outdoes itself and achieves THE VERY OPPOSITE RESULT from the goals outlined in its statements regarding its plans to implement changes to advance Somerville’s goal of making transportation, for instance, SAFE.
SAFE: Webster’s Dictionary defines the word SAFE as meaning:
1. Free from harm or risk, unhurt.
2. Secure from threat or danger, harm or loss.
3. Affording safety and security from danger, risk or difficulty.
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This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“These facilities will provide a wonderful opportunity for our Massachusetts students and workers to get the hands-on skills training they need to enter into cybersecurity careers. At the same time, these new centers will offer cost-effective security monitoring to support small towns, businesses and nonprofits, protection that is becoming increasingly important for these institutions.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

BEHIND THE SCENES ON QUESTION 1

By Bob Katzen

The first question on the November ballot asks voters if they favor a proposed constitutional change that would allow a graduated income tax in Massachusetts and impose an additional 4 percent income tax, in addition to the current flat 5 percent one, on taxpayers’ earnings of more than $1 million annually. Language in the change requires that “subject to appropriation, the revenue will go to fund quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.” Continue reading BEHIND THE SCENES ON QUESTION 1

Limited Drop-Off Service for Residential Household Hazardous Waste Offered This November & December

The City of Somerville will offer limited household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off service to residents starting Thursday, November 3, through the end of the year. Residents may dispose of eligible items each Thursday in November and December, excluding Thanksgiving, between 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Public Works yard (1 Franey Rd.). Drop-off will be canceled in the event of heavy snow. HHW will not be accepted outside of the designated hours.
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