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Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: MBTA determined to convince us that eliminating our buses is a great idea…WHAT??


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

Please post this Notice on your Facebook Page. The mayor and The MBTA are determined to convince us that eliminating our buses is a great idea…WHAT??! Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: MBTA determined to convince us that eliminating our buses is a great idea…WHAT??

Ignite Festival Celebrates Global Street Food, Fire, & Light on October 1

Celebrate Union Square’s sizzling food landscape at the Ignite Festival this Saturday, October 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of international eats while artists and performers light up Union Square Plaza. This year’s festival features fire throwers, interactive light installations, lively performances, and a dance party to round out the night. Local eateries throughout the square will offer Ignite-themed specials. Please see the full schedule attached or at somervilleartscouncil.org. Continue reading Ignite Festival Celebrates Global Street Food, Fire, & Light on October 1

90 Washington Street Redevelopment Public Meeting, October 6

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and City of Somerville staff invite you to attend the next community meeting to discuss 90 Washington Street, a 4-acre site near the East Somerville Green Line station envisioned as the home of a new Public Safety Building and a range of civic, commercial, and residential spaces. Continue reading 90 Washington Street Redevelopment Public Meeting, October 6

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“This winter will be, at best, a very high-cost energy winter. So everybody should conserve. Everybody who has close friends, please tell them conserve … I think it’s useful for everyone to be aware of that and spread the word for conservation as much as possible.”
—Judy Chang, undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

REQUIRE STUDENTS TO DISCLOSE WHY THEY CHOOSE TO GO TO A SCHOOL OUTSIDE THEIR CITY OR TOWN (H 704)

By Bob Katzen
Bill:(H 704) – Under current law, students can request, under the inter-district school choice program, that they be allowed to attend a school outside of where they live. Participation in the program is limited to 2 percent of all public school students enrolled. Each district decides whether it will participate in this program. For the 2021-2022 school year, 170 or 53 percent of Massachusetts’ total districts chose to participate in the program. Tuition is paid by the sending district to the receiving district.
Continue reading REQUIRE STUDENTS TO DISCLOSE WHY THEY CHOOSE TO GO TO A SCHOOL OUTSIDE THEIR CITY OR TOWN (H 704)

MEDIA LITERACY (H 688)

By Bob Katzen

Bill: (H 688) – Would require the Department of Education to integrate media literacy skills in all health and core curricular content for grades K-12. Media literacy is defined in the bill as consumption and production of media, digital products and communication technology of all kinds including news in print, television, radio, movies, music, video games, websites, advertisements, content posted on social media platforms, AI, algorithms, virtual reality and surveillance systems. And it encompasses the foundational skills of digital citizenship and Internet safety “including the norms of appropriate, responsible, ethical, healthy behavior and cyberbullying prevention, and the ability to recognize bias, stereotypes, representation and the lack of inclusion in media messages.” Continue reading MEDIA LITERACY (H 688)

TEACH PERSONAL FINANCE IN SCHOOLS

By Bob Katzen

Bill:(H 578) – Would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop and assist in the implementation of curriculum on personal financial literacy to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to become self-supporting and to enable them to make critical decisions regarding personal finances. The components of the curriculum would include the understanding of loans, borrowing money, interest, credit card debt and online commerce; rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home; saving, investing and planning for retirement; banking and financial services; balancing a checkbook; state and federal taxes; and charitable giving. Continue reading TEACH PERSONAL FINANCE IN SCHOOLS

REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker has proposed amendments to a bill, sent to him by the Legislature a few days ago, designed to protect “vulnerable road users” which includes pedestrians, construction workers, emergency responders, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skates and wheelchair users. “[The bill] strengthens traffic safety regulations, making our roads safer and taking critical steps to save lives, and reduce crashes that needlessly put people at risk,” said sponsor Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville) when the House approved the bill on September 12 and sent it to the governor. “With an emphasis on enhancing safeguards for pedestrians and bikers, the commonwealth positions itself as a leader in road user safety and promotes alternative modes of transportation.”
Continue reading REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS

Somerville Fire Department Marine Unit and Somerville Animal Control Saving a Swan In Distress on the Mystic River

By William Tauro

Late Wednesday afternoon, Somerville Fire fighters from the Somerville Department Fire Marine Unit and Somerville animal control officer Haley LaMonica were on a mission to help a swan in distress.
Continue reading Somerville Fire Department Marine Unit and Somerville Animal Control Saving a Swan In Distress on the Mystic River

The MBTA Board of Directors Vote on Bus Proposal?

By Karen Glover

WHEN???
Somerville, MA residents are anxiously anticipating the MBTA Board of Director’s Vote on the redesign proposal.
We have along with Medford, MA submitted petitions, articles, online commentaries, emails and voicemails.
The Question is: Will the MBTA Board of Directors pay attention to our loud and clear opposition to this ill-conceived proposal for cutting and changing routes in Somerville and Medford?
Will the MBTA respect the loud outcry and testimonies from the young, the seniors, school children, workers, the able-bodied and the disabled citizens?
WHAT WILL BE OUR FATE??? Continue reading The MBTA Board of Directors Vote on Bus Proposal?

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“We remain committed to delivering support to local officials who understand the positive effect of sustainable roadway safety. Every tool made possible by today’s grants empowers police to educate the public about our commonwealth’s laws, reduce speeding, renew our commitment to wear seat belts and properly address all forms of distracted and impaired driving.”
—Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito upon announcing $10.9 million in federal grant funding to cities and towns to improve road safety across the state.
Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

BALLOT QUESTION ASKS VOTERS TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (H 4805)

By Bob Katzen

The new law that would allow, starting July 1, 2023, undocumented/illegal immigrants to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver’s license is going to be on the November ballot for voters to decide whether to repeal it or leave it intact. “Fair and Secure Massachusetts,” the group spearheading the repeal campaign, submitted 71,883 voter signatures to get the question on the ballot, far more than the 40,120 signatures required. Continue reading BALLOT QUESTION ASKS VOTERS TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (H 4805)

REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill designed to protect “vulnerable road users” which includes pedestrians, constructions workers, emergency responders bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skates and wheelchair users. A key provision requires vehicle drivers, when passing a vulnerable user, to pass at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet when the motor vehicle is traveling at 30 miles per hour or less, and an additional foot of clearance for every ten miles per hour that the vehicle is traveling above 30 miles per hour.

Continue reading REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF IS ON ITS WAY

By Bob Katzen

The State Auditor Suzanne Bump has certified that the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) figures are correct and Massachusetts must return $2.9 billion 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. 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. Continue reading 2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF IS ON ITS WAY

BEACON HILL UPDATES: THE HOUSE AND SENATE

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times in the 2021-2022 session each senator sided with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and voted to sustain the governor’s 31 vetoes of items, mostly in the fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 state budgets. A vote to sustain means the senator supports Baker’s veto. A vote to override means the senator voted to fund the item despite the governor’s veto. Continue reading BEACON HILL UPDATES: THE HOUSE AND SENATE

Parks & Recreation Fall Festival at Trum Field, September 24

Come join Somerville Parks and Recreation for a Fall Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trum Field. Kick off the new school year with an afternoon of free fun and entertainment for the whole family, featuring live music, games, bounce houses, face painting, and more. Families can also register for upcoming Parks and Rec programming. Learn more at somervillerec.com. Continue reading Parks & Recreation Fall Festival at Trum Field, September 24

Special Traffic Commission Meeting to Discuss New Protected Bike Lanes & Parking Changes on Holland Street, September 21

Please join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, City staff, and Traffic Commission members for a special meeting of the Traffic Commission to discuss new plans for protected bike lanes on Holland Street on Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading Special Traffic Commission Meeting to Discuss New Protected Bike Lanes & Parking Changes on Holland Street, September 21

VETERAN HEROES HONORED IN SOMERVILLE AT WHYC 2022 VETERANS CRUISE

By William Tauro

This past Sunday the members of the Winter Hill Yacht Club of Somerville and the Chelsea Rotary Club hosted their Annual Veteran’s Cruise on the Boston Harbor.

The flotilla, carrying dozens of American veterans on vessels that consisted of over twenty donated privately owned power boats from members of Winter Hill and Wellington Yacht Clubs, shoved off from the docks of the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Somerville. 
Continue reading VETERAN HEROES HONORED IN SOMERVILLE AT WHYC 2022 VETERANS CRUISE

Comedy at south end Italian club Jamie

Saturday night September 24 at the Southend Italian club here in Woburn it will be an evening of comedy. Headliner Paul Gilligan, Wakefields Sean O’Brien, local funny guy Jim Ruberti and the host for the evening Woburn’s Gary Leavitt, the man of 6666 celebrity voices will be performing.

The doors will open at 7:30 and for just $25 you will get the comedy show plus Pizza. Continue reading Comedy at south end Italian club Jamie

Letter from the Editor:Homeless Population In Somerville Rising

By William Tauro

At 1:18 PM on Wednesday September 14th, a Somerville resident texted me a photo of a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk at Broadway at Temple Street in Somerville that had been there most of the day as you can read in the attached text stating how the city has gone downhill. The text read:”Hey Billy just thought I’d share this with you all my life living in Somerville I’ve never seen this the corner of Broadway and Temple this is what this city’s come to.” I replied back with a text that read:”Sad. Yesterday I was out with my son delivering the paper and a guy was sitting on steps on Somerville Ave unzipping his fly and just pissing away on the sidewalk in front of everybody sad!”
Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Homeless Population In Somerville Rising

Somerville Youth Hockey Assosiation News: * NEW * WOMEN’S LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY PROGRAM STARTS WED. OCT. 5 – SIGN UP

* NEW * WOMEN’S LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY PROGRAM STARTS WED. OCT. 5 – SIGN UP TODAY: Medford Youth Hockey Board of Directors are please to announce and support a new “Women’s Learn to Play Hockey Program” that will skate at the LoConte Rink, Medford beginning Wednesday Oct. 5th at 9:00 PM and run for 7-weeks. Tuition is $245 per player and full hockey equipment is required including a hockey helmet with full face mask (shield or cage). Continue reading Somerville Youth Hockey Assosiation News: * NEW * WOMEN’S LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY PROGRAM STARTS WED. OCT. 5 – SIGN UP

STUDENTS MUST PASS CIVICS TEST TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 574) – Would require that in order to graduate from high school, students must correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions listed on a civics test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for immigrants aspiring to become naturalized citizens. A students who does not pass the test on the first try is allowed to take the test as many times as he or she wants until he or she passes it. Continue reading STUDENTS MUST PASS CIVICS TEST TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL

INFORM PARENTS ABOUT STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT TESTS

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 659) – Would require school districts, at the beginning of each school years to provide parents or guardians of students from kindergarten through twelfth grade information about each standardized assessment test that will be given during that school year including the date of the assessment; the estimated time a student will take to complete each assessment; whether students will be required to take assessments online, or have the option of paper and pencil; and the availability of appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners, which will be translated for non-English speaking parents into their preferred language. Continue reading INFORM PARENTS ABOUT STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT TESTS

SCHOOL MANDATES

By Bob Katzen

(H 634) – Would establish an 11-member task force to review all existing state mandates placed on public schools. In addition to determining the cost of these unfunded mandates for budgeting purposes, the task force would also develop recommendations to streamline, consolidate or eliminate any mandates and reporting requirements that are outdated, duplicative or unnecessary.
Continue reading SCHOOL MANDATES

COMPUTERS FOR ALL STUDENTS (H 637)

By Bob Katzen

This bill would establish a 14-member commission to research the best way of acquiring technology for Massachusetts students, including how to incentivize companies to take part in a program to provide personal computers or tablets to students. As part of its research, the commission will review the current policies in place to provide students with a personal computer or tablet and the barriers to providing all students with one. It would also evaluate the effect on benefits or drawbacks to providing students with a personal computer or tablet and its effects on the digital divide. Continue reading COMPUTERS FOR ALL STUDENTS (H 637)

THE WORD IS OUT! MORE AND MORE SOMERVILLE, MA BUS RIDERS MEET ON BROADWAY,THE CLARENDON HILL BUS TERMINAL SITE, TO SIGN MBTA BOGUS BUS PROPOSAL PETITION

By Karen Glover

The enthusiastic response from The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Readers to continuous weekly  articles revealing the secretive tactics of the MBTA and The Mayor’s Office, i.e. their mutual avoidance to transparently share vital information to our community, is propelling increasing numbers of petition signers to take action and spread the word to quickly sign the petition. Continue reading THE WORD IS OUT! MORE AND MORE SOMERVILLE, MA BUS RIDERS MEET ON BROADWAY,THE CLARENDON HILL BUS TERMINAL SITE, TO SIGN MBTA BOGUS BUS PROPOSAL PETITION

FALL 2022 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS WITH MAYOR BALLANTYNE Meetings for All Seven Wards Will Be Held in October

SOMERVILLE, MA – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville City Council invite residents to attend the fall Community Meetings of 2022. After a hiatus during the pandemic, this twice-yearly meeting series, formerly known as the ResiStat program, will return to each of Somerville’s seven wards to share the latest City progress and neighborhood updates with residents, while also providing an opportunity for residents, elected officials, and City staff to talk with one Continue reading FALL 2022 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS WITH MAYOR BALLANTYNE Meetings for All Seven Wards Will Be Held in October

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Removal of the glass enclosure used to sit, wait for the bus and be protected from the elements on Holland St.

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

…I guess it’s some dire necessity to cause the removal of the glass enclosure used to sit, wait for the bus and be protected from the elements on Holland St., a few steps from The Senior Center. In addition, to further enhance this utterly deranged “redesign,” the bus stop sign has been removed from its secure position on the ample sidewalk and placed on a skinny island on this now supercrowded, lumpy, cement blobbed out street…so enjoy waiting by this bus sign, getting soaking wet, and then maybe getting clobbered by a bus, car, or truck…take ur pic…if you don’t get splattered all over the street, considerate it a miracle! Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Removal of the glass enclosure used to sit, wait for the bus and be protected from the elements on Holland St.

Medford Unarmed Bank Robbery

At approximately 8:40am on Friday September 9, 2022 the Medford Police responded to the Brookline Bank at 201 Salem St. Medford, Ma for a bank robbery. The Suspect is a black male who is approximately 5’5” – 5’ 7” tall, medium build, wearing a dark blue hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled up and covering his forehead to his eyes. He also wore a light blue medical type mask to help conceal his identity. We believe he is approximately 50 – 57 years old. No weapon was shown or implied. Continue reading Medford Unarmed Bank Robbery

Somerville Kiwanis Club Welcomes New Member at District Interclub

SOMERVILLE – On Thursday, September 8th, the members of the Somerville Kiwanis Club gathered at the Mount Vernon Restaurant for the first joint meeting of District Kiwanis Clubs as well as local Service clubs since 2019. The annual gathering,, known as an Interclub Meeting, has not been held due to the restrictions and concerns caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Kiwanis members from East Boston, Malden and Medford and Greater Boston Young Professionals and members of the Somerville Rotary Club and Lions Club attended the celebration which was themed, Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day.

Continue reading Somerville Kiwanis Club Welcomes New Member at District Interclub

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: They’re house caught fire on Monday morning 9/5/22 & they lost everything

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

Hi Billy I wanted to ask a big favor of you. I was wondering if you could share my go fund me for my dad & family. They’re house caught fire on Monday morning 9/5/22 & they lost everything. My dad didn’t own the home & unfortunately he did not have renters insurance either. Here is the link Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: They’re house caught fire on Monday morning 9/5/22 & they lost everything

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Medford Teacher Negotiating has been called off

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

💥 Teacher Negotiating has been called off😪

Here we have it another slap in the face to Medford teachers and the good old administration trying to be sneaks only posting to one website, this important information. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Medford Teacher Negotiating has been called off

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: “FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS…WE’RE IN FOR A BUMPY RIDE”

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

Teresa Lopez and her husband, Jerry, enjoy life in their newly-renovated apartment at Clarendon Hill Towers. Due to their mobility issues, the couple was transferred to a handicapped apartment which features special amenities for the disabled. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: “FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS…WE’RE IN FOR A BUMPY RIDE”

SOMERVILLE PETITION SIGNING PROGRESS REPORT AT CLARENDON HILL TOWERS MUSIC NITE! “FACE THE MUSIC?”

By Karen Grover

Last Wednesday, August 31st, tenants at Clarendon Hill Towers were treated to another great night of happiness at its Music Nite Series, created by our Resident Services Coordinators, Jessie and Wesmyne. During intermission, Karen Glover, CHT Tenant and Rep. of Somerville Bus Riders Take Action Committee, addressed the crowd with remarks concerning progress made relative to petition signing goal as follows: Continue reading SOMERVILLE PETITION SIGNING PROGRESS REPORT AT CLARENDON HILL TOWERS MUSIC NITE! “FACE THE MUSIC?”

Somerville/Medford Remembering Mary V. Kangas

Kangas, Mary, V. of Medford, September 2, 2022
Daughter of the late John & Katherine Hudd of Somerville. Sister of the late John Hudd of Winthrop and his late wife Eleanor.
Her Late Husband Robert Kangas of Medford. Her daughter Rosemary Portrait & Late Husband William of Medford. Late Son Kris Kangas, Eric Kangas of Medford, Kurt Kangas and his Wife Jill Sweet of Shelburne Vt. Daughter-In-Law Felina Robinson of Brookline and her now husband Joseph Robinson.
Her Grandchildren: Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Mary V. Kangas

Somerville/Medford Remembering Joan A. (Cordice) Barowski

Joan A. (Cordice) Barowski, of Somerville, passed away on August 27, 2022, she was 78. Born in Portland, Maine she was the cherished daughter of the late Eleanor M. (Hatch) and Frankie Cordice. Joan had a successful career for 22 years at the MWRA and and a proud member of the Steelworkers Union Local 9360″ Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Joan A. (Cordice) Barowski

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“The industry has grown rapidly since the voters legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, topping $3 billion in sales this past spring. While the law was intended to create new economic opportunities for diverse communities and those previously harmed by harsh drug laws, this promise has not been fully achieved, leaving many aspiring equity entrepreneurs with a very challenging pathway to achieve the success that larger corporate interests have enjoyed.”
—Former State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien on her appointment as chairperson of the Cannabis Control Commission. Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

PROHIBIT EXPIRED INSPECTION STICKER FROM BEING A SURCHARGEABLE OFFENSE

By Bob Katzen

Would prohibit driving with an expired inspection sticker from being counted as a surchargeable offense. Under Bay State law, surchargeable offenses can lead to temporary higher insurance premiums. In additional the state will immediately suspend or revoke a learner’s permit or driver’s license for 60 days if a driver has accumulated seven surchargeable offenses or moving violations within a 3-year period. Continue reading PROHIBIT EXPIRED INSPECTION STICKER FROM BEING A SURCHARGEABLE OFFENSE

AUTO INSURANCE BILLS SENT TO A STUDY COMMITTEE

By Bob Katzen

Last week, several bills affecting auto insurance rates, surcharges and premiums were sent to a study committee where 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. Here are some of the bills that were sent off to a study committee.
———— Continue reading AUTO INSURANCE BILLS SENT TO A STUDY COMMITTEE

2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF PENDING (H 5260)

By Bob Katzen

Governor Charlie Baker filed a $1.6 billion supplemental budget to close out the books on fiscal year 2022. A key section sets aside $2.9 billion of the state’s projected surplus to be returned to taxpayers based on the recent “discovery” of 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. It is estimated that the 1986 law would return $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2022 revenue to Massachusetts taxpayers. Continue reading 2.9 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF PENDING (H 5260)

Glen Street Community Garden Expansion Public Meeting, September 7

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Ward 1 City Councilor Matt McLaughlin, and City of Somerville staff invite you to a virtual public meeting about expanding the Glen Street Community Garden in East Somerville. The City is finalizing plans to expand the existing community garden into an adjacent vacant lot at 5 Palmer Avenue, more than doubling its current size and adding approximately 15 new, appropriately sized plots that will be manageable for gardeners of all skill levels. The expansion will also feature accessible garden beds, water hookups, a shed, and some shaded gathering areas. Continue reading Glen Street Community Garden Expansion Public Meeting, September 7

SomerStreets Festival on Highland Ave., 9/11

‘Strike Up the Bands’ at SomerStreets on Highland Avenue, September 11
Free Open Streets event to feature live music, family-friendly activities, and more

Come sing along at “Strike up the Bands,” the next installment of Somerville’s SomerStreets festival series on Sunday, September 11, from 2 to 6 p.m. Programming will extend along Highland Avenue between Central Street and Lowell Street, including:
Continue reading SomerStreets Festival on Highland Ave., 9/11

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Somerville Is In Political Shambles

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

The more I see the lack of leadership and the overwhelming stupidity and favoritism for self-gain political games in and around Somerville, the more I’m upset that you were cheated out of the election. Please run for mayor again and save Somerville.

Susan Namanski
Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Somerville Is In Political Shambles

Statement from Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne Regarding the FTA MBTA Report:

“The FTA report is an important wake-up call for our Commonwealth. Massachusetts needs a world-class public transit system. Good public transit is a benefit to everyone in the region because it has the potential to touch so many people in positive ways. It’s good for economic justice, environmental justice, and racial justice. Continue reading Statement from Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne Regarding the FTA MBTA Report:

A Message From Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn:After 21 years of serving the public, Medford Assistant Library Director Kathleen Kane is officially calling it a career

After 21 years of serving the public, Assistant Library Director Kathleen Kane is officially calling it a career.

I stopped by her retirement party today and thanked her for all the tremendous work she has done for the community. The Medford Public Library will not be the same without her. Continue reading A Message From Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn:After 21 years of serving the public, Medford Assistant Library Director Kathleen Kane is officially calling it a career

Somerville/Medford Remembering Richard E. Payzant

Mr. Richard E. Payzant, of Somerville, passed away on August 27, 2022,he was 87. Born and raised in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Hilda (Swallow) and Earl Payzant. A graduate of Rindge Technical High School he also enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of the Army Occupation of Berlin and Good Conduct medals. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Richard E. Payzant

Petition Signing at Highland Gardens – An Ongoing Great Success! If It Ain’t Broke, don’t fix it.”

On Tuesday, August 23, 2022
The Highland Gardens Tenant Association held a Petition-signing event in their community room. It’s still decorated with an eyecatching flamenco backdrop from theirJuly fun-filled Hawaiian Luau Extravaganza. Continue reading Petition Signing at Highland Gardens – An Ongoing Great Success! If It Ain’t Broke, don’t fix it.”

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“This spending plan supports a sector that has shown both incredible resilience and incredible need over the past two years. Through this plan we will see public dollars directed further and more broadly and equitably than ever before at a time when support is vital to the cultural sector’s recovery and growth.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

CREATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM

By Bob Katzen

A law that that would require the state to develop and implement a Women’s Rights History Trail Program took effect last week. The measure includes requiring the state to designate properties and sites that are historically and thematically associated with the struggle for women’s rights and women’s suffrage. Continue reading CREATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM

A CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

By Bob Katzen

It looks like the new law that would allow, starting July 1, 2023, undocumented/illegal immigrants to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver’s license is going to be on the November ballot for voters to decide whether to repeal it or leave it intact. Continue reading A CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Unlicensed Operation) (Framingham Warrants) Arrest

On Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 8:13 PM, I, Officer Richard Lavey III, was travelling eastbound on Somerville Ave, in a fully marked cruiser, behind a gray Lexus sedan (MA REG# XXXX). The driver of the Lexus, later identified as Brian SOARES, stops at the traffic signal at the intersection of Somerville Ave and Prospect St. in the left turn only lane with his left blinker on. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Unlicensed Operation) (Framingham Warrants) Arrest

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Handicap Parking Taken From The Elderly and Disabled

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

Recently attended a function at the Mt. Vernon Restaurant on Broadway. For as long as I can remember, which is many, many years, there were 2 Handicap Accessible parking spaces to frequent the local business, 1 on Broadway and 1 on the side street. They are no longer there just to accommodate a bus lane! Once again, this make believe mayor does not care for the elderly and the disabled’. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Handicap Parking Taken From The Elderly and Disabled

The people finally getting a say in the licenses for illegal immigrants

By Arthur Moore

This got started by one of the ladies from Angel moms whose child was killed by an illegal immigrant. Regardless of people showing up trying to stop them from collecting signatures which is illegal they managed to get double the amount needed to get it on the ballot. Continue reading The people finally getting a say in the licenses for illegal immigrants

City of Somerville to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31, and Recovery Month in September, the City of Somerville will plant 15 purple flags on the City Hall lawn in memory of the 15 Somerville residents who died of an opioid-related overdose in 2021. A larger flag will also be on display in recognition of all Somerville residents who have died of an overdose. City Hall will be illuminated with purple lights through September to bring awareness to Recovery Month. Continue reading City of Somerville to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month

Somerville/Medford Remembering Former Somerville Police Officer James E. Ribeiro

James E. Ribeiro, age 67, of Woburn formerly of Somerville passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Friday, August 19, 2022. He was the loving companion for 30 years of Karen Spinosa. James is also survived by his loving children, Jimmy Ribeiro of Medford, Ronnie Ribeiro of Lexington, Gina and her husband Peter Bratton of Medford, and his son from a previous marriage, James Tongen of Montana. Born in Somerville he was one of six sons of the late Gilbert and Florence (Otis) Ribeiro. He was the brother of Robert Ribeiro and his partner Kevin Moore of Boston, Ronald Ribeiro and his partner Gianna Poirier of Leominster, Richard Ribeiro and his wife Donna of Somerville and the late Steven and Gilbert Ribeiro. He is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Former Somerville Police Officer James E. Ribeiro