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Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Mayor Ballantyne and Somerville City Council

Open Letter to Mayor Ballantyne and Somerville City Council:

I write to ask if you would kindly reconsider your support to build a PSB at 90 Washington Street and instead find a more suitable land parcel next door to your home, or your place of employment or your house of worship. Please accept my apologies as it seems like everyone in your Planning Department thinks this is such a great idea. The Cobble Hill residents do not.
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Somerville-Supervised Consumption Site Virtual Forum, June 1

The City of Somerville and Fenway Health invite you to a virtual community forum to discuss a local supervised consumption site (SCS) on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. This forum will discuss what SCSs are, what the need is in Somerville, and ongoing efforts to explore establishing an SCS. This is an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and share feedback.
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A Talk with DJ Lou Spinnazola of The Spin Room Hotline to the Underground Interviews Lou Spin!

By Joe Viglione

Musician Greg Paquette introduced me to disc jockey Lou Spinnazola’s show on Camup. The program, the Spin Room, is moving to Mixclound beginning Monday, May 30, 2022. This interview conducted Sunday 5/22/22.

The Spin Room now on Mixcloud starting Monday May 30, 2022.
JV: Lou, how long have you been in radio?
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Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Somerville Will Participate in Regional Gun Buy Back Initiative 2022

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – The City of Somerville Police Department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will partner to host the Somerville gun buyback initiative Saturday, June18, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Somerville Department of Public Works Yard located at 1 Franey Road. The regional initiative includes several communities in the Middlesex county over the past couple of years. The focus is on providing residents with a safe and secure way of removing unwanted firearms from their homes. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Somerville Will Participate in Regional Gun Buy Back Initiative 2022

Somerville/Medford Remembering Michael V. Hogan

Michael V. Hogan, a lifelong Somerville resident, passed away suddenly on May 11, 2022, he was 47.
Born in Somerville he was the cherished son of of Judith Hogan-White and Robert W White of Nashua, NH.
He was the father of Jarrod Hogan and Kiley Hogan and the late Cayden Michael Hogan Grace and step father of Katelyn and Casey Delaney who he loved very much. Nephew of Debbie Hogan Vicente and Joe Vicente. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Michael V. Hogan

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“As Massachusetts motorists are on the verge of paying six dollars a gallon for gasoline, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka should reconsider their thoughts that suspending the state gas tax is a gimmick. Instead, they should address suspending the gas tax and cutting other taxes to help middle class Massachusetts taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money.”
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$500 PAYMENTS TO 330,000 ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME WORKERS

By Bob Katzen

The Baker Administration announced that 300,000 low-income workers will each receive $500 under the second round of the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay Program that was part of the American Rescue Plan Act approved by the Legislature in December 2021. The administration was given the power and flexibility to implement the program and announced last week that these round two checks will be mailed out soon.
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BORROW $5 BILLION FOR STATE PROJECTS

By Bob Katzen

The House 155-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $5 billion bill that borrows money for hundreds of projects—the majority involving maintenance and modernization projects of buildings—many of which are decades old. The House added $125 million during consideration of the package. A key provision imposes a five-year moratorium on any prison or jail construction in Massachusetts.

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MARIJUANA LAWS (H 4791)

By Bob Katzen

The House 155-0, approved a bill that makes changes in the cannabis industry including a section that would require the state to put its tax and licensing revenue from the sales of marijuana revenue into a newly created Social Equity Trust Fund to provide grants and loans, including forgivable and no-interest loans, designed to assist entrepreneurs and businesses from communities disproportionately harmed by the decades of marijuana prohibition. Continue reading MARIJUANA LAWS (H 4791)

MBTA Proposes Bus Network Changes

An MBTA bus leaves a station at night with MBTA logo and Better Bus Network logo
The MBTA has been working on a Bus Network Redesign to improve service for the people who depend on it most. They are proposing some major changes to reimagine bus service and more equitably serve the region. This week, they published a draft of what the new network could look like. Continue reading MBTA Proposes Bus Network Changes

SomerStreets: Carnaval Returns to East Somerville

SomerStreets: Carnaval returns to East Somerville with free activities and entertainment on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date: June 12). Enjoy an opening parade, interactive games and activities, an artisan market, live music on three stages, and food from many of your favorite neighborhood restaurants. Head to Broadway between McGrath and Pennsylvania Ave. to join the fun. Continue reading SomerStreets: Carnaval Returns to East Somerville

New Partnership: Run Medford — McGillivray Gives Back to Medford

Run Medford — McGillivray Gives Back to Medford
Inaugural Run Medford Road Race set for Sunday, September 18, 2022

Medford, MA (May 18, 2022) – Former Medford, MA, resident Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and president/founder of DMSE Sports, will be coming back to his roots to celebrate and memorialize his connection to his hometown. Continue reading New Partnership: Run Medford — McGillivray Gives Back to Medford