Somerville Firefighters Familiarization Training With New Green Line MBTA Stations

Photos provided by Somerville Firefighters Local 76 Post

Throughout this week all companies are rotating through familiarization training with the new Green Line MBTA stations in preparation for their opening in a few weeks. Each station presents its own unique challenges that our firefighters are planning for in order to be of best service to MBTA riders. Continue reading Somerville Firefighters Familiarization Training With New Green Line MBTA Stations

Letter from the Editor: NO TREE FOR YOU!

By William Tauro

This will be the first year in Somerville’s history without a Christmas tree at the City Hall Concourse! When will this madness end?

First they took away our Veteran’s Monuments, then our Memorial Day Parade, our parking spaces, then they’re trying to take away our cars and now they’ve taken away our City Hall Christmas Tree! What’s next? Continue reading Letter from the Editor: NO TREE FOR YOU!

Celebrate the Holidays in Somerville in December

Holiday Lighting & Santa Visit, Menorah Lighting,

Self-Guided & Bike Illuminations Tours, and Citywide Caroling

SOMERVILLE – All are invited to join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and City staff for Somerville’s 2022 holiday celebrations throughout the month of December.

Holiday Lighting & Santa Visit

We’ll kick off on Thursday, December 8, with the Holiday Lighting on the City Hall Concourse, followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Cafeteria. All children who attend will receive a special gift from Santa and will have an opportunity to take a photo with Old St. Nick. Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. with live entertainment prior to the official lighting of the City Hall Concourse. Santa Claus will, as always, be escorted by the Somerville Fire and Police Departments making his grand entrance atop a shiny red fire truck. Light refreshments will be served. Continue reading Celebrate the Holidays in Somerville in December

Two Affordable Rental Opportunities: 126 Cross St. and 29 Alpine St.

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce two affordable rental opportunities: one 4-bedroom unit at 126 Cross St. and one 2-bedroom unit at 29 Alpine St. Income-eligible households with a combined gross income at or below 50% of the Median Family Income (Cross St.) or between 81% and 110% of the Median Family Income (Alpine St.) will be eligible to apply.

About 126 Cross St.: One income-restricted four-bedroom unit is available at 126 Cross St., a three-story, six-unit building near the new East Somerville MBTA Green Line station and the Capuano Early Childhood Center. Amenities include in-unit laundry, central A/C, stainless steel appliances, white granite countertops, modern tiled bathrooms, and a private deck. Common areas include an entryway mail area and a bike storage room. Residents will have access to a basement, and storage units are planned to be added in the future. All utilities are included in the rent. On-street parking is available by permit. Continue reading Two Affordable Rental Opportunities: 126 Cross St. and 29 Alpine St.

Prepare for the 2022/2023 Snow Season by Reviewing Parking Rules, Signing Up for Alerts

Because this winter begins in an even-numbered year, snow emergency parking will be on the even side of the street all winter, unless posted signage says differently. Check street signs in your neighborhood so you know where you can park ahead of winter weather. Continue reading Prepare for the 2022/2023 Snow Season by Reviewing Parking Rules, Signing Up for Alerts

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“As energy costs go up this winter, we want to make sure families know that help is out there to put food on the table and keep the lights on in their homes. We’re grateful to Project Bread and our regional food banks and pantries for partnering with us to educate residents on how they can access the financial assistance and support they need.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate gave final approval to and sent to Gov. Baker legislation that would repeal current state laws which create professional licensure consequences for anyone who defaults on their student loan. Under existing law, a borrower’s state-issued professional or occupational certificate, registration or license can be suspended, revoked or cancelled if the borrower is in default on an education loan. Continue reading PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

ALLOW PHARMACISTS TO GIVE INSULIN IN AN EMERGENCY

By Bob Katzen

Bill (S 691) – Shipped off to a study committee was a bill that would permit pharmacists to issue insulin to patients in emergency situations, which is described as an event in which authorization for the dispensing of insulin may not be readily obtained from a doctor or other practitioner. The pharmacist would be limited to providing the insulin every six months per individual.

Continue reading ALLOW PHARMACISTS TO GIVE INSULIN IN AN EMERGENCY

RAISE PENALTIES FOR VOTER FRAUD

By Bob Katzen

The House 32-126, rejected an amendment to a current law that imposes up to a $10,000 fine and/or up to a 5-year prison sentence on anyone who knowingly engages in any type of voting fraud including illegally registering to vote; illegally voting or attempting to vote; voting more than once; and aiding and abetting a person who is illegally voting. The amendment would raise the fine to up to $20,000. Continue reading RAISE PENALTIES FOR VOTER FRAUD

REPLACE SAME DAY REGISTRATION PROPOSAL WITH A STUDY (H 4359)

By Bob Katzen

The House 93-64, approved an amendment to a measure that would implement same day registration (SDR) that allows people to register to vote at the polls on Election Day and on any of the early voting days prior to the election. The amendment would replace SDR with a requirement that Secretary of State Bill Galvin complete a study that would analyze the cost of the proposed policy to the state, cities and towns and what it would take for local city and town clerks to implement SDR. Continue reading REPLACE SAME DAY REGISTRATION PROPOSAL WITH A STUDY (H 4359)

ELECTION LAW CHANGES (S 2924)

By Bob Katzen

The House 126-29, approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a conference committee version of a bill making permanent the mail-in and early voting options used in Massachusetts in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Senate had approved different versions of the bill and a conference committee hammered out a compromise version which did not include the controversial section allowing same day voter registration that was in the Senate version but not in the House one. Continue reading ELECTION LAW CHANGES (S 2924)

SOMERVILLE REDLINE DAVIS SQUARE MBTA TRAIN AND BUS STATION DOUBLES AS A “ROUND THE CLOCK” CLUBHOUSE FOR “PEOPLE WHO LIVE OUTSIDE”{OUR HOMELESS POPULATION)

By Karen Glover

As we all have been made very aware, The Woke People are quite hypersensitive regarding semantics. They focus on meaningless semantics that have no relevance to the harsh reality of complex issues; but that being said, let’s be cognizant to the hypersensitive virtue signaling sensitivity of The Woke People. The Woke People spend a great deal of time and energy posting commentaries chastising the rest of us rude, insensitive, horrible people to never to refer to homeless people as “homeless.” The Woke People think (and this is using the word “think” loosely) the word “homeless” is insulting and demeaning. Continue reading SOMERVILLE REDLINE DAVIS SQUARE MBTA TRAIN AND BUS STATION DOUBLES AS A “ROUND THE CLOCK” CLUBHOUSE FOR “PEOPLE WHO LIVE OUTSIDE”{OUR HOMELESS POPULATION)

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Why Is Somerville Brainwashing Our Students With a “White Washed“ version of THANKSGIVING? Seriously?

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Why Is Somerville Brainwashing Our Students With a “White Washed“ version of THANKSGIVING?

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

Did you see this message that was sent out to all parents today from the West Somerville Neighborhood School (WSNS)?

It’s an email we received from west Somerville neighborhood school from the principal of the school! I’m bullshit Billy! Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Why Is Somerville Brainwashing Our Students With a “White Washed“ version of THANKSGIVING? Seriously?

THE RATS!!! SOMERVILLE, MA OUR REAL LIFE RODENT HORROR STORY!!!

By Karen Glover

Sound Familiar? … as in…THE BIRDS…the 1963 fictional horror film by the Master, Alfred Hitchcock. Maybe your initial reaction is this comparison is certainly far-fetched…but is it? Hopefully, after reading the observations and facts gleaned from various published articles and commentary, you may readily agree with thousands of Somerville Citizens who are victimized on a daily basis by this out-of-control diseased RAT infestation. Continue reading THE RATS!!! SOMERVILLE, MA OUR REAL LIFE RODENT HORROR STORY!!!

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:(A&B w/ Dangerous Weapon) Victim Struck In Face With Shovel

On Saturday, November 19th, 2022, Somerville Police control received a call for a fight occurring at Montaje apartments, located at 449 Canal Street. Officers Campers, Pavao, Lorenti, Messaoudi, and I were all dispatched to that location. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:(A&B w/ Dangerous Weapon) Victim Struck In Face With Shovel

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: RE: 90 Washington St. City Plan

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

Dear Mayor Ballantyne:

At several of the city’s Envisioning 90 Washington Street listen sessions you encouraged attendees to “think like a Mayor.” I am intrigued by this encouragement as I was when your predecessor used to encourage his development staff to “be abnormal”? Both Mayoral encouragements are top of mind in writing you this request.

If I were to think like a Mayor, I would take to heart the words of Albert Einstein when he said, “whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: RE: 90 Washington St. City Plan

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

“If you or anyone you know has interest in serving on a committee or working with us in this administration, I encourage you to get involved. I will say out loud, we are not above poaching. So if you have talent, be prepared to share.”
—Lt. Governor-Elect Kim Driscoll, head of the Maura Healey transition team planning for the transition from the Baker Administration to the Healey Administration. Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

PRIVACY OF LOTTERY WINNERS (S 223)

By Bob Katzen

Legislation that would allow Lottery winners to request that their name, address and other identifying information not be disclosed by the Lottery Commission has died in a study committee. The measure also requires the Lottery Commission to inform a winning ticket holder of their right not to have their personal information disclosed to the public. Another provision gives winners the right to refuse to perform any public action in connections with the awarding, payment or collection of prize money. Continue reading PRIVACY OF LOTTERY WINNERS (S 223)

CELL PHONE SAFETY (S 187)

By Bob Katzen

A bill that would require all mobile phones sold or leased in Massachusetts to disclose the dangers of mobile phones clearly and conspicuously on product packaging has died after being shuttled off to a study committee. The notice to consumers would read: “To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. Continue reading CELL PHONE SAFETY (S 187)

SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS (H 5094)

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed into law a bill that would allow fully licensed speech pathologists to be granted a provisional license to practice in Massachusetts during their 36-month fellowship. Currently, Massachusetts is one of only eight states that does not provide a provisional license that allows their students to begin practicing during their fellowship. Continue reading SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS (H 5094)

PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES IF A PERSON DEFAULTS ON A STUDENT LOAN (H 5195)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved legislation that would repeal current state laws which create professional licensure consequences for anyone who defaults on their student loan. Under existing law, a borrower’s state-issued professional or occupational certificate, registration or license can be suspended, revoked or cancelled if the borrower is in default on an education loan. The House has already approved the measure and only final approval is necessary in each branch prior to the measure going to Gov. Charlie Baker.
Continue reading PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES IF A PERSON DEFAULTS ON A STUDENT LOAN (H 5195)

TAX CUTS BILL #(S 4)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 10-30, rejected a tax reduction amendment that would provide a 3-month suspension of the 24-cents-per-gallon gas tax; reduce from 12 percent to 5 percent the short-term capital gains tax rate; double the dependent care tax credit from $240 to $480 for one qualifying individual and to $960 for two or more individuals; increase the rental deduction cap from $3,000 to $5,000; increase the threshold for “no tax status” to $12,400 for single filers and $24,800 for joint filers; and double the maximum Senior Circuit Breaker Credit. Continue reading TAX CUTS BILL #(S 4)

Joint Statement on the Club Q Mass Shooting in Colorado

City of Somerville, Somerville Public Schools, City Council, Somerville School Committee

November 20, 2022

By now, many of you have already heard reports from Colorado Springs, Colorado about a fatal shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub. The shooting is currently being investigated as a hate crime, and rightfully so. Continue reading Joint Statement on the Club Q Mass Shooting in Colorado

OTHER EVENTS AND DATES

Monday, 11/21: Neighborhood Meeting – 45 Mystic Avenue

Tuesday, 11/22: Racial & Social Justice Comm. Visioning Focus Group (Ward 6)

Thursday, 11/24: Thanksgiving Day (City offices closed)

Friday, 11/25: Day After Thanksgiving (City offices closed)

Monday, 11/28: Narcan Distribution at Davis Square Statue Park

Wednesday, 11/30: Updated COVID-19 Booster Clinic

Thursday, 12/1: Household Hazardous (HHW) Drop-Off Continue reading OTHER EVENTS AND DATES

Get Updated on Youth Substance Misuse & Prevention Data

Join Somerville’s Prevention Services division and the communities of Everett, Arlington, and Lexington (known as the S.E.A.L MassCALL3 cluster) for a virtual Community Data Share Back & Discussion event on Thursday, December 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will outline data obtained from the needs assessment process each community completed regarding youth substance misuse trends. Continue reading Get Updated on Youth Substance Misuse & Prevention Data

Sing and Decorate Your Business or Home for Illuminations 2022

Give the gift of song, or light up Somerville with your best and brightest holiday display. Residents and business owners can now sign up to be featured on the Illuminations tour map for community members to take deconstructed tours on their own time. The deadline to sign up is Monday, December 5. A digital tour map will be available to the public on the Somerville Arts Council website starting Thursday, December 8, through Thursday, January 1. Register your home or business. Continue reading Sing and Decorate Your Business or Home for Illuminations 2022

Somerville to Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance, Tuesday, November 22

SOMERVILLE – Join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the Somerville Department of Health and Human Services, and the Somerville High School Gender and Sexuality Awareness Alliance (GSAA) on Tuesday, November 22, at 3 p.m. for a Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony and flag raising in honor of those who have lost their lives to violence. Continue reading Somerville to Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance, Tuesday, November 22

Somerville/Medford Remembering Joseph F. McPherson

Joseph F. McPherson of Burlington, Massachusetts
December 20, 1957 – November 17, 2022

McPherson, Joseph F. – Of Burlington, formerly of Somerville, passed away on November 17, 2022. Beloved husband of Anne-Marie (Viola) McPherson. Loving father of Ryan McPherson and his wife Lynne of Burlington and Matthew McPherson of Cambridge. Dear brother of William, Robert, James and Edward McPherson, Mary Graham, the late Cindy McPherson and Joseph’s twin brother John McPherson. Cherished grandfather of Chase, Marin and Rose. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Joseph F. McPherson

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Receive Stolen Property, Unregistered MV, Unlicensed Op, Attaching Wrong Plates)

On 11/09/2022, I , Officer Joseph S. Teves was working at the intersection of Medford Street and Central Street, assisting with an unfilled crossing guard post. While in the course of my duties I observed an individual on a black motorcycle travelling southbound on Central Street approaching the intersection that I was posted at. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Receive Stolen Property, Unregistered MV, Unlicensed Op, Attaching Wrong Plates)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Possess Class D to Distribute, Drug Distribute Class D)

The Following is a brief summary to incident/investigation #22064740.

Members of the Somerville Police Community Action Team have been conducting an investigation regarding illegal drug activity that was allegedly occurring in the area of XX Oxford Street. This narcotic investigation was started due to an email Ward X City Councilor XXXX sent to Somerville’s Chief of Police Charles Femino. In this email Councilor XXXX notified Chief Femino that a number of his constituents reached out to him concerned about what they believe to be ongoing drug-dealing at and around the area of XX Oxford St. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Possess Class D to Distribute, Drug Distribute Class D)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Larceny, Armed Burglary)

On November 12, 2022 I was in full uniform working for the Somerville Police Department in a patrol capacity. At 8:52 P.M., I was dispatched to XX Walnut Road #X for a report of male who kicked the back door in and had entered the home. While on the way to the scene, dispatch lost contact with the reporting party. Multiple other units responded as backup. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Larceny, Armed Burglary)

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

With 95 percent of the votes counted, voters, by a narrow 52 percent to 48 percent margin (Yes – 1,229,630 votes. No – 1,134,238 votes) approved Question 1 – a proposed constitutional amendment 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 amendment 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 This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

RAISE THE AGE OF JUVENILE JURISDICTION FOR SOME CRIMES

By Bob Katzen

The House sent to a study committee a bill that would gradually, over a 5-year period, raise the age that some defendants could be charged as juveniles. Currently, only youths who are under 18 can be charged as a juvenile. The bill would raise the age so that a defendant can be charged as a juvenile to include 18- 19- and 20-year-olds. Continue reading RAISE THE AGE OF JUVENILE JURISDICTION FOR SOME CRIMES

BAN CHILD MARRIAGE (H 1709)

By Bob Katzen

The House sent to a study committee a bill that that would ban the marriage of anyone under the age of 18. Current law allows minors to get married if they have parental consent. Bills that are sent to a study committee bills are rarely actually studied and are essentially defeated. It is a way to kill a proposal without holding a vote on the bill itself. Continue reading BAN CHILD MARRIAGE (H 1709)

SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS (H 5094)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would allow fully licensed speech pathologists to be granted a provisional license to practice in Massachusetts during their 36-month fellowship. Currently, Massachusetts is one of only eight states that does not provide a provisional license that allows their students to begin practicing during their fellowship.
Continue reading SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS (H 5094)

PRESERVE OPEN SPACE (S H 5381)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a conference committee version of a bill that would place into state law a current state policy regulation designed to ensure preservation of open space lands protected under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution by ensuring there be no net loss of conservation land when a city, town or the state acquires conservation space and uses it to build on or develop. Continue reading PRESERVE OPEN SPACE (S H 5381)

$4.2 BILLION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE AND TAX CUTS (H 5077)

By Bob Katzen

The House 154-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $4.2 billion economic development package which provides $500 million one-time tax rebates to an estimated 2 million eligible people. A $250 rebate would go, by September 30, to individual taxpayers and a $500 rebate to married taxpayers. Eligibility will be determined by annual income reported in 2021, with the minimum income required to be $38,000, and the maximum $100,000 for individual filers and $150,000 for joint filers. Continue reading $4.2 BILLION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE AND TAX CUTS (H 5077)

Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Oppose Gas Tax Suspension

By William Tauro

This is what our local state officials think of our Somerville residents by voting against driver’s tax breaks! Just look how our representatives here in Somerville voted against it! Just look at their names and remember them! Remember in November!

GAS TAX SUSPENSION (H 4700)

By Bob Katzen

House 32-124, rejected an amendment that would have suspended the state’s 24-cents-per-gallon gas tax for 60 days. The measure also requires the state to use money from its General Fund to cover transportation costs, normally funded by the gas tax, such as road and bridge maintenance, during the two-month holiday. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Oppose Gas Tax Suspension

Letter from the Editor:Our Local Elected Officials Voted against Tax Breaks For Our Seniors

Photo provided by Somerville counsel on aging Facebook site

By William Tauro

This is what our local state officials think of our Somerville seniors by voting against senior’s tax breaks! Just look how our representatives here in Somerville voted against it! Just look at their names and remember them! Remember in November!

INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)
House 31-125, rejected an amendment that would increase by $1,005 (from $750 to $1,755) the maximum tax credit which seniors over 65 who qualify, can receive under the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Law. The law applies to seniors with homes valued at less than $884,000 and who earn $62,000 or less for a single individual who is not the head of a household; $78,000 for a head of household; and $93,000 for married couples filing a joint return. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Our Local Elected Officials Voted against Tax Breaks For Our Seniors

Registration for Teen Center Memberships Now Open

Registration is open for the Teen Center at the Edgerly Education Center (33 Cross St.), operated by the Somerville Parks & Recreation Department. A Teen Center membership provides teens access to a safe space to hang out with friends with amenities including a gym, computer room, music room, and daily snacks, activities, and programming. Continue reading Registration for Teen Center Memberships Now Open

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Firehouse Foul! Firefighter Promotional Exam Canceled

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

Just sharing. Not diverse enough so they put a hold on it. Not sure. What it does it’s screws a lot of people that have been studying for months.

End of promotional exams as we know it. Now it will be an assessment center. You sit down with a bunch of people picked by city hall they ask you questions. Like on sexual harassment racial harassment. What do you do about it. Not a damn thing about fighting fire. Then they pick who they want. Not 1 out of top 3. Anyone who applied from people taking the test.

——————————- Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Firehouse Foul! Firefighter Promotional Exam Canceled

Somerville/Medford Remembering Pasquale Fiorenzio

Pasquale Fiorenzio, age 87, of Somerville passed away on Tuesday, November 8th in Mt. Auburn Hospital of Cambridge. Born and raised in Gaeta, Latina, Italy, he was the son of the late Ugo and Luigia (Socorsso) Fiorenzio. Pasquale immigrated to the U.S. in 1970, settling in Somerville and working as a machinist. He also had a home in Wareham, and loved to spend time on his boat fishing, or working in his garden. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Pasquale Fiorenzio

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Street Signs Dead Safety Hazard Center In Middle Of Sidewalk

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

They put a sign on the side walk for the speed hump/bump on Kidder Avenue coming from College Avenue and it’s dead center in the sidewalk!! Handicap people with wheel chairs and people with baby carriages have to go around it.
Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Street Signs Dead Safety Hazard Center In Middle Of Sidewalk

Honoring Tamar Bucci A Young State Trooper Who Tragically Lost Her Own Life While Assisting A Broken Down Motorist

Woburn’s Renee Leavitt and her Country band the Renegades are providing the music for the Tamar A Bucci Foundation Event on Thursday November 17 at Premiere on Broadway in Somerville. Doors open at 6 pm.

Bucci was the young state trooper who lost her life tragically while assisting a broken down motorist on Route 93 in Stoneham. Continue reading Honoring Tamar Bucci A Young State Trooper Who Tragically Lost Her Own Life While Assisting A Broken Down Motorist

Being The Change! The First Gas to Electric Conversion!

 

Interviewed by William Tauro
By Justin Bernard

My name is Justin Bernard and I’m set to launch a conversion from gas to electric boat next spring. This boat is for sale and intended to fund future sustainability projects.

The Electric boat has fantastic key features; ample and expandable power storage with 800w energy production…which is a perfect example of converting an existing gas power outboard motor to Electricity. The 1969 Chrysler Charger hull used is a beautiful and powerful boat to restore. The boat was designed ask one of the first water ski boats. Continue reading Being The Change! The First Gas to Electric Conversion!

Honoring Veterans Day in Somerville

This year, there are several opportunities to honor Veterans Day in Somerville. First, The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial will welcome visitors 24 hours a day starting Thursday, November 10, at noon. This half-sized replica of the monument in Washington, D.C., will be on view at Mass General Brigham, 399 Revolution Dr., through Monday, November 14, at 9 a.m. Continue reading Honoring Veterans Day in Somerville

Massachusetts Expands Waste Disposal Ban to Include Mattresses & Textiles

A worker deconstructs a mattress at a recycling facility

As of November 1, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has expanded its waste disposal bans to include mattresses and textiles. MassDEP reports that residents and businesses dispose of approximately 230,000 tons of textiles annually, about 85% of which could be donated, reused, or recycled instead. Similarly, approximately 600,000 mattresses and box springs are discarded in Massachusetts each year, even though 75% of a mattress is made of recyclable materials. Continue reading Massachusetts Expands Waste Disposal Ban to Include Mattresses & Textiles

Rats Taking Over Somerville Everywhere And Nothing Being Done About It

By William Tauro

Today I was on Minnesota Avenue in Somerville. When I checked out a friend of mine‘s house, the house was infested with rat holes/boroughs in and around his entire front yard. How are people supposed to live like this in Somerville? He was told that funding for zapping these critters was unavailable in his side of the city. Now that’s totally unacceptable! Continue reading Rats Taking Over Somerville Everywhere And Nothing Being Done About It

SOMERVILLE POST OFFICE COMMUNITY FONDLY REMEMBERS GLEN MEMORY

By Karen Glover

Glen Memory (yes, that’s Glen’s correct last name) will remain among our fondest memories. The Day Street, Davis Sq. Somerville Post Office Employees and Customers are so saddened by the recent loss of a really genuine, consistently sincerely helpful, always pleasant coworker and Customer Service Front Window Employee. Glen worked for the United States Post Office for approximately thirty-five years, and he was close to retirement. Continue reading SOMERVILLE POST OFFICE COMMUNITY FONDLY REMEMBERS GLEN MEMORY

TYRANNY IS ALIVE AND WELL IN SOMERVILLE, MA! YOU THINK NOT? THINK AGAIN AND THINK HARD!! TODAY! NOW! VOTE WOKE OUT!

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of Boston News Group/Somerville News Weekly Publications belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of Boston News Group, it’s publications, its staff or publishers.)

By Karen Glover

The words Woke and Totalitarianism are becoming interchangeable. The only difference is The Woke People attempt to come off as all-knowing, sweet, genuine, and, eventually, you will come around because if we act so sweet and smiling, we must be right about everything hideous thing we inflict upon you, your children, your city, your property, in other words, everything that is you really belongs to us. TYRANNY! Continue reading TYRANNY IS ALIVE AND WELL IN SOMERVILLE, MA! YOU THINK NOT? THINK AGAIN AND THINK HARD!! TODAY! NOW! VOTE WOKE OUT!

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION ON BEACON HILL?

By Bob Katzen

Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Continue reading HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION ON BEACON HILL?

INCREASE PENALTIES FOR HIT AND RUNS WITH RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation, known as the James Ward Act, which would increase the penalty of a hit and run with a recreational vehicle that causes bodily injury from a fine between $500 and $1,000 to a jail sentence of one year and/or a fine between $500 and $1,000. The proposal also creates the penalty of up to a $5,000 fine and/or a jail sentence of 2.5 years for a hit and run with a recreational vehicle that results in the death of the other party. Continue reading INCREASE PENALTIES FOR HIT AND RUNS WITH RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

STEP THERAPY (H 4929)

By Bob Katzen

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that limits the use of health care plan mandated prescription drug “step therapy” protocols and provides more exemptions to the mandate. Step therapy requires the patient to try less expensive options before “stepping up” to drugs that cost more. Conditions which would exempt a patient from trying the less expensive drug first include if the treatment will harm the patient, or if the patient previously tried the required treatment, or similar treatment, and it was ineffective. Continue reading STEP THERAPY (H 4929)

$3.8 BILLION SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE (H 5374)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved different versions of a $3 billion plus economic development bill in July. The funds are from the state’s surplus of money. The two versions went to a conference committee to hammer out a compromise version. Finally last week, the House and Senate crafted the compromise version and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a $3.8 billion spending bill to fund an economic development package and a supplemental budget to close out the state’s books on fiscal 2022. Continue reading $3.8 BILLION SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE (H 5374)

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Medford vs Charlstown Tackle Scuffle

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

On Sunday, October 30th the Medford Mustangs(3-3) played the Charlestown Townies(1-5). Medford had already secured a playoff spot with their week 6 win over Watertown/Belmont . During the game #12 from Medford got an interception and after getting tackled by #12 on the townies the medford player got shoved back to the ground by #12 . Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Medford vs Charlstown Tackle Scuffle

Apply for the 90 Washington St. Redevelopment Civic Advisory Committee

The City of Somerville is forming a 12-member Civic Advisory Committee to represent the public in the redevelopment of 90 Washington St., and all residents are encouraged to apply. The Committee will meet regularly starting in January 2023 to advise City staff and consultants in selecting one or more development partners for 90 Washington St. Committee members will include eight residents, two local business or non-profit representatives, and two City Councilors. Continue reading Apply for the 90 Washington St. Redevelopment Civic Advisory Committee