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Sean Walshe’s American Son CD Review

Artist: Sean Walshe
CD Title American Son

Going Track By Track

Review Joe Viglione

The January 2023 release of Sean Walshe’s American Son is an easy accessible listen which brings back melody, strong lyrics and musical entertainment on record. It, hopefully, will reach that wider audience that it so richly deserves. The musicians who interpret these compositions with producer/engineer Rob Fraboni’s guiding hand certainly know how to make hit records, and American Son is chock full of potential hits.
Continue reading Sean Walshe’s American Son CD Review

Somerville Police Department Crime Log

Arrest

23002817: On 1/17/23 at approximately 12:17 PM, Somerville Police responded to a business on Mystic Ave for report of a larceny. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the manager who stated a male party stole numerous items from the store then brandished a knife and swung it at him. Officers observed the male fleeing toward the Assembly train station and ordered him to stop. A knife was recovered from his pocket and he was placed into custody.

Commercial Breaking & Entering Continue reading Somerville Police Department Crime Log

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:City out of Control It’s the New Wild, Wild, West

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

Bike lanes, bollards cross walk signs that all get run over and reduction in parking. All for what? climate change to save the world.
All the streets, sidewalks, hp curb cuts, municipal buildings and schools deteriorating right before our eyes.. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:City out of Control It’s the New Wild, Wild, West

Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Thirteen-Member Task Force Will Propose Model for Civilian Oversight Body in Somerville

Thursday, January 12, 2023
The City of Somerville’s Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) today announces that it is seeking three Somerville community members to join RSJ’s Civilian Oversight Task Force. Task Force members will explore civilian oversight models for local law enforcement, gather data, and engage in research that will inform the future of a civilian oversight entity in Somerville, including its powers, duties, composition, and more.
Continue reading Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Letter from the Editor:Somerville High School Threat

By William Tauro

This recent threat against the Somerville High School and it’s students that was made this past Monday, is more reason why we need police in our schools. Our elected officials are more concerned about creating traffic islands, removing parking spaces and giving themselves pay-raises and staff which they don’t need instead of putting the money toward policing our schools and keeping our children safe. All they talk about is defunding, defunding, defunding instead of protecting our community. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Somerville High School Threat

Somerville/Medford Remembering Patrick J. McCloskey

PATRICK’S OBITUARY:
U.S. Veteran

McCloskey Patrick J. Jr. of Milton (formerly of Somerville and Medford), died peacefully with his family by his side, on January 20, 2023, at 91 years old. Son of the late Patrick J. Sr. and Mary T. (Morandi) McCloskey. He was the loving husband of Evelyn M. (Johnson), for 67 years. Everyone that met them immediately knew it was a true love story. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Patrick J. McCloskey

Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs Open House, January 26

The City of Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs (SOIA) is pleased to host an open house to connect with residents, City staff, and local service providers. SOIA provides multilingual, culturally competent programs and services and advances policies to support Somerville’s immigrant community. Continue reading Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs Open House, January 26

Somerville Takes Next Step Toward “Consolidated Waitlist” to Greatly Simplify Application Process for Affordable Inclusionary Rental Units

Launching in late 2023, allowing one application for multiple below market housing opportunities expected to be game changer

Community Members Invited to Learn More at Informational Sessions Beginning January 24, 2023
Continue reading Somerville Takes Next Step Toward “Consolidated Waitlist” to Greatly Simplify Application Process for Affordable Inclusionary Rental Units

THOUSANDS OF BILLS FILED FOR 2023-2024 SESSION

By Bob Katzen

Friday, January 20 at 5 p.m. was the “soft deadline” for legislation to be filed for consideration by the Legislature during the 2023-2024 legislative session. However, under House and Senate rules, bills filed after January 20 can still be admitted to the Legislature following the deadline if the Legislature agrees to admit it by a four-fifths vote of the members of the branch where the bill is introduced. Each legislative session, hundreds of bills are admitted as late-filed bill Continue reading THOUSANDS OF BILLS FILED FOR 2023-2024 SESSION

Letter from the Editor:LOCAL Democratic ELECTED OFFICIALS VOTED AGAINST INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS

By William Tauro

Look how our local elected officials voted against tax credits for our seniors! On another note these three would be the first to vote for their own self serving pay increases for themselves! Remember in November!
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 INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)
Continue reading Letter from the Editor:LOCAL Democratic ELECTED OFFICIALS VOTED AGAINST INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS

INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)

By Bob Katzen

The 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 INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)

Attend a “Consolidated Rental Waitlist” Information Session

The City is hosting a series of in-person and virtual information sessions to introduce the coming Consolidated Rental Waitlist. The list will allow one application to be filed for multiple affordable rental housing opportunities rather than requiring individual applications for each project.
Continue reading Attend a “Consolidated Rental Waitlist” Information Session

Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: 411 & 432 Norfolk Street

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce two affordable homeownership opportunities to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers through the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program at 411 and 432 Norfolk Street. Both condos will be offered to households earning between 81% and 110% of the area median income (AMI). Both are a 5-minute walk from the new Union Square MBTA Green Line station.
Continue reading Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: 411 & 432 Norfolk Street

Letter from the Editor: Defunding the police has led to higher crime levels around the city over the past two year

By William Tauro

Defunding the police has led to higher crime levels around the city over the past two years.

By fully funding the police, more resources can be allocated to the training they need to avoid tragic situations. Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Defunding the police has led to higher crime levels around the city over the past two year

Somerville Police Department Crime Activity

Assault

23001473: On 1/9/23 at approximately 7:47 PM, a female party entered the station and reported that she was victim of an assault on the morning of 1/8/23. The victim stated she left Encore Casino and was followed by another vehicle. When the victim stopped at a light, a male and female exited the other vehicle and the female party threw her onto the ground and kicked her. As the victim tried to get up, the male party pushed her back to the ground. The female party then vandalized the victim’s vehicle.

Assault Continue reading Somerville Police Department Crime Activity

TROOPERS ARREST MAN WITH MULTIPLE FIREARMS AFTER FOOT PURSUIT

Shortly after 3 a.m. today Trooper Ryan Crumbaker, assigned to State Police-Milton, was patrolling Blue Hill Ave in Boston when he observed a gray BMW being operated at a high rate of speed before passing through a red traffic signal. Trooper Crumbaker caught up to the vehicle and stopped it at the intersection of McLellan Street. Continue reading TROOPERS ARREST MAN WITH MULTIPLE FIREARMS AFTER FOOT PURSUIT

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense financial harm to millions of families and borrowers. The Biden Administration’s debt cancellation plan will help prevent student loan borrowers from needlessly suffering even more pandemic-related economic harm, including the devastating cascade of harms that follow from default. We are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold the Secretary’s authority to provide much-needed relief to people across the country who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

WRAPPING UP THE 2022 SESSION

By Bob Katzen

WRAPPING UP THE 2022 SESSION – Before the 2022 session ended on January 3, the House and Senate acted on several bills including:
REVENGE PORN (H 4498, S 3167) – The House and Senate approved different versions of a proposal that would prohibit the posting of sexually explicit images of another person online without their permission—commonly referred to as “revenge porn.” Continue reading WRAPPING UP THE 2022 SESSION

FOOD INSECURITY EVENT

By Bob Katzen

As the costs for basic necessities rise, more Massachusetts residents living on the economic margins must choose between buying groceries and paying for housing, transportation, childcare and other basic utilities. It’s a dilemma that plays out in hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts households every day. Hunger and access to proper nutrition remain pervasive, with nearly 1 in 3 adults experiencing food insecurity in Massachusetts in 2021. Continue reading FOOD INSECURITY EVENT

Two Affordable Homeownership Opportunities in Somerville: 411 & 432 Norfolk St.

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce two affordable homeownership opportunities to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers through the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program: one 3-bedroom unit at 411 Norfolk St. and one 1-bedroom unit at 432 Norfolk St. Both condos will be offered to households earning between 81% and 110% of the area median income (AMI). Continue reading Two Affordable Homeownership Opportunities in Somerville: 411 & 432 Norfolk St.

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville City Councilors Please Do Your Jobs, MBTA bus terminal! Potholes, cracks, etc.

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

Somerville Alert #2…Clarendon Hill Twrs. Bus Riders and All Bus Riders in the area: Please be extra cautious walking in the Clarendon Hill Twrs. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville City Councilors Please Do Your Jobs, MBTA bus terminal! Potholes, cracks, etc.

Medford High School Girls Varisty Team Big Win Against Somerville High School at Tufts University’s Winter Classic

Photos courtesy of Mayor Breanna Lungo Koehn’s Facebook Page

The Medford High School girls Varisty team had a big win today against Somerville High School at Tufts University’s winter classic! Continue reading Medford High School Girls Varisty Team Big Win Against Somerville High School at Tufts University’s Winter Classic

Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Thirteen-Member Task Force Will Propose Model for Civilian Oversight Body in Somerville

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) today announces that it is seeking three Somerville community members to join RSJ’s Civilian Oversight Task Force. Task Force members will explore civilian oversight models for local law enforcement, gather data, and engage in research that will inform the future of a civilian oversight entity in Somerville, including its powers, duties, composition, and more.
Continue reading Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice Announces Community Applications for Civilian Oversight Task Force

Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway Intersection Redesign Community Meeting, February 1, 2023

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Ward 7 Councilor Judy Pineda Neufeld invite you to a virtual community meeting to learn about the City’s reconstruction of the intersection at Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway.
City contractors will reconstruct the existing traffic circle to create a T-shaped intersection with traffic signals. Construction will begin this winter and is expected to continue through the fall of 2024. Continue reading Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway Intersection Redesign Community Meeting, February 1, 2023

Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Neglecting Safety and Health Conditions for First Responders

It’s a disappointing shame that our elected officials are ignoring all of these horrific conditions for over so many years. It should have been dealt with and done with automatically without hesitation!

All of these elected officials they were CCed here in this letter, selfishly rallied for pay raises for themselves for their own personal gain. They even rallied for having the city hoof the bill for their own personal office staff!  Simply put “Greed!” Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Neglecting Safety and Health Conditions for First Responders

Discover the joy of dance this summer at Northeast School of Ballet (NSB)!

Northeast School of Ballet (NSB) will offer dance programs for all ages this summer during July. NSB, under the artistic direction of Denise Cecere, is a ballet school that is recognized for training dancers over the past 52 years in the Greater Boston area. The 2023 summer programs will be held at NSB’s studios conveniently located in historic downtown Reading, MA. at 32 Lowell Street, RT 129. Continue reading Discover the joy of dance this summer at Northeast School of Ballet (NSB)!

Letter from the Editor: Letter from the Editor:Kitchen Gas Cooking Stoves Soon to be Outlawed!

Photos by Fox News

By William Tauro

Just when you thought we heard enough stupidity over the past few years, here we go again. Now the White House wants to ban natural gas cooking stoves! Just imagine an Italian restaurant trying to cook Chicken Cacciatore or a Chinese restaurant trying to cook Beef lo mein in a wok using an electric stove, not happening! Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Letter from the Editor:Kitchen Gas Cooking Stoves Soon to be Outlawed!

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: WHY IS THE SOUTH MIDDLESEX REGISTRY OF DEEDS STILL PARTIALLY SHUT DOWN? MARIA IS USING TAXPAYERS!

By William Tauro

Does anybody know when the Registry of Deeds will be fully opened again on Cambridge Street? We know that the Covid19 Pandemic work remote at home was in 2019 but some took advantage of the situation and milked it and made it last at until the end of 2021, but for God sakes it’s 2023 and Maria is taking us all for a ride! Continue reading LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: WHY IS THE SOUTH MIDDLESEX REGISTRY OF DEEDS STILL PARTIALLY SHUT DOWN? MARIA IS USING TAXPAYERS!

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (A&B PO, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting x 2)

On Thursday, January 5, 2022, I Officer Paul Beckford, was on duty for the Somerville Police (East 3). At approximately 10:38AM, Officer Robert Anaya (West 5) and I were dispatched to Sathi Convenience located at 153 Highland Ave for a shoplifter. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (A&B PO, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting x 2)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Cocaine, Trafficking in Over 14 Grams x 2; Drug, Distribute Class B, Subsq.)

The following is a brief summary to incident #23000978.

Members of the Somerville Police Community Action Team along with Officers Thomas Lambert and Samir Messaoudi, initiated a drug investigation engineered by a Karl Maurice AKA Malachi (DOB XXXXXX), and his alleged role in the distribution of Crack Cocaine. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Cocaine, Trafficking in Over 14 Grams x 2; Drug, Distribute Class B, Subsq.)

State Democratic Party calls on lawmakers to decriminalize overdose prevention centers

BOSTON, January 6, 2023—The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee announces today that it has overwhelmingly endorsed legislation to legalize life-saving drug consumption care and grant municipalities the option of creating dedicated overdose prevention centers to combat the surge in fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts. Continue reading State Democratic Party calls on lawmakers to decriminalize overdose prevention centers

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

Excerpts from Gov. Maura Healey’s inaugural speech

“I thank Gov. Baker, who has led this commonwealth with a steady hand. He has governed with integrity and care—eager to study problems and work together on solutions. The example he set for eight years was in the best traditions of public service, and it now becomes his legacy. Gov. Baker, I thank you, and our state thanks you.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

EXPAND CIVIL SERVICE OPTION FOR CITIES AND TOWNS (S 1661)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate both approved a bill that would allow legislative governing bodies of cities and towns the option to expand the definition of local residency for civil service hiring preference to include anyone who received a high school diploma from a school in that city or town. Neither branch gave the measure final approval. Continue reading EXPAND CIVIL SERVICE OPTION FOR CITIES AND TOWNS (S 1661)

PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate on November 21, approved and sent to then-Gov. Baker legislation that would repeal a current state law which creates professional licensure consequences for anyone who defaults on their student loan. Under current law, a borrower’s state-issued professional or occupational certificate, registration or license can be suspended, revoked or canceled if the borrower is in default on an education loan.
Continue reading PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

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

By Bob Katzen

Gov. Baker signed into law a bill that would protect vulnerable road users which includes pedestrians, construction workers, emergency responders bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and wheelchair users. A key provision requires vehicle drivers, when passing a vulnerable user, to pass at a safe distance of not less than 4 feet. Continue reading REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: I do not wish to fight to stay in a city that now sucks big time

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

I am done here. I am 100% into my move out of here now. We decided to rent an apartment outside of Somerville and sell our house. I am way overdue at doing this but it’s time while I still can. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: I do not wish to fight to stay in a city that now sucks big time

Letter from the Editor: “New Traffic Laws Mean Safer Roads for Bicycling!”

By William Tauro

While I applaud Governor Charlie Baker for pushing this bill into law before he left office this past week, just checking below on item number “3” and who carries the liability if a biker doesn’t have the red light if something goes wrong and a serious tragedy occurs. Your thoughts? Continue reading Letter from the Editor: “New Traffic Laws Mean Safer Roads for Bicycling!”

State Police, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Crush Two Drug Trafficking Organizations, Take More Than 6 Kilos of Fentanyl Off the Street

By Massachusetts State Police Facebook page

State Police, Along With Local and Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Crush Two Drug Trafficking Organizations, Take More Than 6 Kilos of Fentanyl Off the Street

In a less than two-day period late last week, Massachusetts State Police narcotics and gang interdiction Troopers and MSP’s federal and local law enforcement partners in a joint task force dealt severe blows to two highly organized, high-volume drug trafficking organizations operating out of the Merrimack Valley, as well as to a Fall River-based street level drug operation supplied by one of the DTOs. The combined operations seized approximately 6 1/2 kilograms of suspected fentanyl, numerous pills, and a firearm, and resulted in several arrests, all in less than 48 hours. Continue reading State Police, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Partners, Crush Two Drug Trafficking Organizations, Take More Than 6 Kilos of Fentanyl Off the Street

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill


By Bob Katzen

“A goal of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is to help keep the state’s food supply safe and secure. By assisting farmers with grants and technical assistance, the Baker-Polito Administration is helping to modernize their operations, open new market channels and meet regulatory requirements that will directly benefit farmers and consumers of their products.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES On Beacon Hill

THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (S 3169)

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. Continue reading THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (S 3169)

MAKE ADOPTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS EASIER (S 2616)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, (House on a voice vote without a roll call), approved and the governor signed into law a bill that repeals a law which prohibits adoption of children by family members including older siblings, aunts and uncles. The proposal would allow these family members, with the permission of the county probate courts, to legally adopt their family members. Current law only allows these family members to apply to become a guardian. Continue reading MAKE ADOPTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS EASIER (S 2616)

ALLOW AMBULANCES TO BE USED FOR INJURED POLICE DOGS – NERO’S LAW (S 2573)

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, (House on a voice vote without a roll call), approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law legislation that would require EMS personnel to provide emergency treatment to a police dog and use an ambulance to transport the dog injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital if there are not people requiring emergency medical treatment or transport at that time. Continue reading ALLOW AMBULANCES TO BE USED FOR INJURED POLICE DOGS – NERO’S LAW (S 2573)

Where Do We Draw The Unforeseeable Probability Liability Line In Case A Tragedy Does Occur In A Bike-Lane?

By William Tauro

Bike lanes are here and here to stay. In an ever-changing world and laws, bike lanes have been accepted nationwide and are a part of our society and which rightfully should be. Cities and towns have also received millions of dollars in grants from the federal government for installing bike lanes. But we still have a lot of kinks in the laws and regulations that have to be ironed out.
Continue reading Where Do We Draw The Unforeseeable Probability Liability Line In Case A Tragedy Does Occur In A Bike-Lane?

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture

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

2022 marks the Sesquicentennial–the 150th Anniversary–of Somerville’s establishment as a City. This is a pretty significant milestone in my opinion. In 1972, the Centennial was observed with great fanfare which included a huge parade. Somerville was a less affluent city then, but it was rich in civic pride, having recently been named an All American City. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture

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We have plenty of hots and sweets. We take pride in our peppers and making sure we clean and stuff them with love and more importantly we stuff them with the best quality cold cuts and cheese.

Carmella’s Market is a fully licensed and inspected food service business.
Continue reading www.carmellasmarket.com 86 Cottage Street East Boston MA Call 617.567.6373 to place your order

Thank You Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah – Toys For Local Children!

By William Tauro

TLC President, David Smith hands Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah a plaque, which recognizes him for seven years as the major supporter of Toys for Local Children.
 
Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah addresses the crowd at the 17th TLC Gala, while his wife holds a picture that hangs in their home, and his children demonstrate what the caption “Nothing I hold Onto” looks like.
  Continue reading Thank You Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah – Toys For Local Children!

LICENSING OF SECURITY GUARDS BILL (H 3798)

By Bob Katzen

This bill Requires security guards and watchmen to be licensed by the state.

Supporters say under current state law, there is no such thing as a security guard or watchman license. They note that guards and watchmen are regulated through their Massachusetts security employer which is officially called a Watch Guard Patrol Agency.
Continue reading LICENSING OF SECURITY GUARDS BILL (H 3798)

FALSE MARINE DISTRESS CALLS BILL (H 2458)

By Bob Katzen

This bill Requires the Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Attorney General to establish regulations setting a penalty schedule for individuals making false marine distress calls. The penalties must include reimbursements by individuals making the false call of the costs incurred by the responding state agencies. Continue reading FALSE MARINE DISTRESS CALLS BILL (H 2458)

$11.3 BILLION TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE (H 5151)

By Bob Katzen

The House 153-0, Senate 39-0, approved and the governor signed an $11.3 billion transportation and infrastructure package that includes $1.375 billion for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) modernization and $1.27 billion for non-federally aided roads and bridges.
Continue reading $11.3 BILLION TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE (H 5151)

$350 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND MORE (H 4638)

By Bob Katzen

The House 155-0, Senate 38-0, approved and Gov. Baker signed into law a $350 million package that includes authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state to be distributed under the Chapter 90 program formula. Continue reading $350 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND MORE (H 4638)

GLX is here! Celebrating and Looking Ahead

By State Representative Christine P. Barber

After decades of advocacy, I was thrilled to celebrate the opening of the Green Line Extension through my district in Somerville and Medford last week. This public works project is the result of years of hard work from countless community members, laborers, activists, and colleagues at all levels of government. I’m proud that we made it to our opening day to celebrate this momentous occasion. Continue reading GLX is here! Celebrating and Looking Ahead

City Announces $2M for Projects to Help Close the Gender Wage Gap

The City is now seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations that aim to address the gender wage gap, particularly for women of color who face the greatest pay disparity. Programs that create and maintain employment opportunities for low- and moderate-income women residing in the city are sought. Continue reading City Announces $2M for Projects to Help Close the Gender Wage Gap