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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, December 10, the 344th day of 2018 with 21 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:02 and sunset is @ 4:10. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Uranus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1520 – Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict. The papacy demanded that he recant or face excommunication. Luther refused and was formally expelled from the church in January 1521. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Riverside Community Care Announces Merger Agreement with The Somerville Home

Nonprofit to Renovate Former Rest Home and Bring Behavioral Healthcare
and Human Service Programs to Benefit the Community

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Dec. 4, 2018) – Riverside Community Care, a nonprofit provider of a broad range of behavioral healthcare and human service programs, today announced it has finalized an agreement to merge The Somerville Home into its operation and to occupy and improve the former rest home’s building for continued nonprofit community services.

The Somerville Home was a licensed residential care facility for senior citizens located since 1927 at 117 Summer St. in Somerville. The rest home previously announced its decision to close due to financial reasons. All of its residents have moved to other locations.

Riverside has provided services at multiple locations in Somerville for many years. The organization will renovate The Somerville Home property and use it as a new center for varied non-residential programs for children, adults and families. The renovated building may also eventually contain two apartments for people served by the agency.

Riverside will also continue to operate at its location on Broadway and Tyler Street in Somerville. The organization’s services located at South Street in Somerville will relocate to Summer Street due to redevelopment of the South Street area.

“Through this merger, Riverside is able to maintain and broaden the services we provide locally while enabling The Somerville Home to fulfill its commitment to offer continued beneficial use to the community,” said Scott M. Bock, Founder and President/CEO of Riverside Community Care. “Our organization is committed to working with neighbors and the city of Somerville to ensure a smooth transition.”

“We are pleased that the final chapter for The Somerville Home has culminated in a collaborative partnership with a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to serving the community,” said Jack Connolly, a member of The Somerville Home’s Board of Directors. “Riverside is of this community and already provides needed services to Somerville residents; now they will have a well-located, soon-to-be-updated facility in which to continue that work.”

About Riverside Community Care

Each year Riverside Community Care provides more than 40,000 children, adolescents and adults across Massachusetts with a broad range of behavioral healthcare and human services. The Dedham-based nonprofit organization offers mental healthcare, developmental and brain injury services, youth and early childhood programs, addiction treatment and trauma response. Riverside’s work includes partnerships with local hospitals, physicians and schools.

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, December 09, the 343rd day of 2018 with 22 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:01 and sunset is @ 4:10. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Uranus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1625 – The Treaty of the Hague was signed by England and the Netherlands. The agreement was to subsidize Christian IV of Denmark in his campaign in Germany. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Firefighters Make Special Delivery to Son of Fallen Philadelphia Firefighter

Deputy Chief Mike Avery and Firefighter Barry Hamilton made a special delivery of patches from Somerville Fire and Somerville Police, as well as Cambridge FD, Arlington FD and Stoneham FD to Philadelphia. Pa. Engine 33 to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of Evan Potter the son of a fallen Philadelphia Firefighter and Marine Veteran Michael Potter.

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Mass Association of Italian American Police Officers Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Mike Giacoppo

A very special congratulations to Mike Giacoppo, longtime leader of our Middlesex County Deputy Sheriffs Association, who was honored by the Massachusetts Association of Italian American Police Officers with their Lifetime Achievement Award!

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, December 08, the 342nd day of 2018 with 23 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:00 and sunset is @ 4:10. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Uranus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1765 – Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts.
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License to Possess and Use Taser Discussed on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 1249) allows people who have a firearms license to also possess and use a Taser, also known as a stun gun, for self-defense. The person must be 18 years of age or older and have completed a 4-hour training session in the use of a Taser. The training session would include an explanation of self-defense, a review of the mechanics of a Taser and the effects of the weapons on individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

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TREASURER CAMPAIGNS TO ALLOW THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS ONLINE

By Bob Katzen

Front and center up on Beacon Hill last week: Treasurer Deb Goldberg continued her campaign to allow the state’s Lottery to sell tickets online. She told a budget panel that Lottery sales have begun to drop, citing the record $1.035 billion it generated in 2017 and the drop to $997 million in fiscal 2018.

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Somerville Ave. Detour (Between Dane St. and the Somerville Ave./Washington St. Intersection) Delayed Until Early 2019

Part of ongoing Somerville Ave. Utility & Streetscape Improvements Project, work zone will require detour for through traffic for approximately six months. Access to businesses will be maintained.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, December 07, the 341st day of 2018 with 24 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:59 and sunset is @ 4:10. The New Moon is exact @ 2:22AM The morning stars are stars are Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn & Uranus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1431 – In Paris, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France.
1732 – The original Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Riverside Community Care Announces Merger Agreement with The Somerville Home

Nonprofit to Renovate Former Rest Home and Bring Behavioral Healthcare
and Human Service Programs to Benefit the Community

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Dec. 4, 2018) – Riverside Community Care, a nonprofit provider of a broad range of behavioral healthcare and human service programs, today announced it has finalized an agreement to merge The Somerville Home into its operation and to occupy and improve the former rest home’s building for continued nonprofit community services. Continue reading Riverside Community Care Announces Merger Agreement with The Somerville Home

Fourth Quarterly Public Meeting to Discuss Updates to Parking Changes on Central Hill Campus Scheduled for Wednesday, December 12

Join City staff on Wednesday, December 12, at 6 p.m. at the Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. for the fourth in a series of public quarterly meetings where updates about parking changes, new data collection, and strategies for impact mitigation will be discussed. Continue reading Fourth Quarterly Public Meeting to Discuss Updates to Parking Changes on Central Hill Campus Scheduled for Wednesday, December 12

Allen Street Playground Community Meeting December 18

Please join the Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, Ward 2 Alderman JT Scott, and Alderman at Large Stephanie Hirsch for the third in a series of community meetings, on Tuesday, December 18, to review renovation plans and the proposed construction schedule for the new Allen Street Playground. Continue reading Allen Street Playground Community Meeting December 18