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THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HiLL

By Bob Katzen

“Mayor Wu’s announcement demonstrates that the new climate law is already working. Cities and towns are lining up to do their part in the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.”
—Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts, on Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s announcement that she will lobby to have Boston included among the 10 cities and towns authorized under the new climate law to set fossil-fuel-free requirements for new buildings.
Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HiLL

PLASTIC POLLUTION ACTION DAY (H 3122)

By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill designating September 14 as Plastic Pollution Action Day, in recognition of the need to address the environmental impact of plastic pollution. House sponsor Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the bill’s passage.
Continue reading PLASTIC POLLUTION ACTION DAY (H 3122)

BOARD OF EDUCATION RAISES THE MCAS SCORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL NEED IN ORDER TO GRADUATE

By Bob Katzen

The State Board of Education voted to raise the minimum score that future high school students must receive on some of their MCAS tests in order to graduate including English language arts, math and science and technology/engineering. The higher score requirement will apply to students entering high school as freshmen beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. Continue reading BOARD OF EDUCATION RAISES THE MCAS SCORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL NEED IN ORDER TO GRADUATE

MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker vetoed and sent back to the Legislature a section of the cannabis bill that he recently signed into law. The section he vetoed would require the Cannabis Control Commission, in consultation with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health, to conduct a study and issue recommendations on how to remove obstacles that currently prevent students at public and private K-12 schools from possessing and consuming medical marijuana on school grounds. Continue reading MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

FILL OUT ONE APPLICATION FOR MULTI-STATE BENEFITS

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed into law a measure that would allow individuals to simultaneously apply online, on a state-sponsored website, for various state-funded benefits including MassHealth, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), childcare subsidies, housing subsidies, fuel assistance and other needs-based health care, nutrition and shelter benefits.
Continue reading FILL OUT ONE APPLICATION FOR MULTI-STATE BENEFITS

Join Somerville’s Participatory Budgeting Working Group

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The City of Somerville is convening a Participatory Budgeting Working Group to help plan what participatory budgeting will look like in Somerville, and all residents are invited to apply. “Participatory budgeting” means members of the public decide how to spend money in a public budget. Earlier this year, for the first time in Somerville, Mayor Ballantyne earmarked $1 million in the City’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget for participatory budgeting. Residents and community-based organizations will be able to propose and vote on priorities for those funds. Continue reading Join Somerville’s Participatory Budgeting Working Group

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/ Commonwealth Real Estate

We have been busy, but never too busy for you!

These four properties were sold in one month!
If you see something you would like to know more about, have any questions or are thinking about buying or selling a property, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us call!

Helen Praysman
Broker Associate
REALTOR®
(617) 610-5382 Helen.Praysman@commonmoves.com

Patricia Ng
Broker Associate
REALTOR®
(617) 818-5736
Patricia.Ng@commonmoves.com
Continue reading Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/ Commonwealth Real Estate

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Student Receives Perfect School Attendance Entire Life

Editor’s Note: In this world of never ending bad news, finally there’s some good news to report in Somerville.
Congratulations to young Somerville student for achieving a lifetime of perfect school attendance in Somerville! Congratulations on a job well done! 👍”

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

I would like to say Congratulations to Antonio Michael Anderson. Antonio has received Perfect attendance from Kindergarten-High School. Antonio NEVER missed a day of school in his whole life. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Somerville Student Receives Perfect School Attendance Entire Life

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Note to MBTA: Please don’t ruin my lifestyle!

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

…Happy me…Standing at my #87 Bus Stop on Highland Ave. Somerville, MA…returning home from shopping at the best store in America…
Family Dollar Tree! So much fun…$20 spent = about $200 elsewhere… Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Note to MBTA: Please don’t ruin my lifestyle!

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Mayor Stands Up Weston Manor Seniors

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

Somerville, MA “Mayor” was was due to visit Weston Manor, 15 Weston Ave., Somerville, MA. She cancelled and left about half of the residents who planned to question her about the proposed Somerville Bus Service cuts disappointed and, frankly, disgusted with this apparent brush-off.
Perhaps the article in last week’s Somerville, Medford Weekly Newspaper featuring residents signing the Bus Petition and expressing their opinions caused the Mayor to have a last minute “conflict.” Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Mayor Stands Up Weston Manor Seniors

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Proposed Parking Permits Rates

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

Re:Proposed Parking Permits Rates

I emailed all the City Council members regarding the Facebook posting by Jake Wilson in his recent Newsletter and only 2 councilors replied! J. Clingnan basically laughed it off. Kristen Strezo called me and would look into it. She’s very pleasant to speak with. I think Wilson should be removed from Council if he’s going to send out items like this to cause an uproar!
If you want to send emails to Council members, don’t waste your time! They don’t respond! Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Proposed Parking Permits Rates

Somerville-Applications Open for 66 Affordable Rental Units at Assembly Row

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce a rental lottery for 66 income-restricted units at Alta Revolution in Assembly Row (290 Revolution Drive), available through the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Units are available to households making at or below 50%, 80%, and 110% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units are available. The first apartments will be ready for occupancy this December. Continue reading Somerville-Applications Open for 66 Affordable Rental Units at Assembly Row

Somerville/Medford Remembering Stephen E. Conley

Stephen E. (Steve) Conley – passed away suddenly in an accident while riding his bike, August 12, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Thayne (Eastman) Conley. Son of the late Ann and Thomas A. Conley Sr. Loving father of Michelle Bache and her husband Paul of Abington, Kevin Conley, Kerri Conley and her fiance Brandon Cunningham all of Somerville. Brother of the late Thomas A. Conley Jr. and Maureen Conley. Dear grandfather of Joshua Bache. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Stephen E. Conley

MBTA Orange and Green Line Closure Information

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – MBTA is closing the entire Orange Line and part of the Green Line for one month. Closures start this Friday, August 19. Get ready and stay informed:

– Alternative travel options will include free shuttle buses, enhanced commuter rail service, accessible vans, and free Bluebikes passes.
– Visit mbta.com/bbt2022 for all shutdown information, or email olt@mbta.com with questions.
– Find your best route using the MBTA Trip Planner at mbta.com/trip-planner.
– Sign up for MBTA text or email alerts at alerts.mbta.com. Continue reading MBTA Orange and Green Line Closure Information

Prepare for MBTA Orange and Green Line Closures in Somerville

The MBTA is suspending service on the entire Orange Line and part of the Green Line for one month to make necessary repairs and improvements. The Orange Line will close starting Friday, August 19, and the Green Line will close from Government Center to Union Square station starting Monday, August 22. Continue reading Prepare for MBTA Orange and Green Line Closures in Somerville

Letter from the Editor: Tragic Somerville Bicycle Accident Involved An Electric Bicycle

By William Tauro

Before anyone goes out to shoot the messenger here and the bicycle community forms an organized lynch mob in Somerville and begins to take away all parking across the city, there are some parts of this story that the city nor the news stations aren’t telling you. Maybe it doesn’t fit their narrative? Who knows? Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Tragic Somerville Bicycle Accident Involved An Electric Bicycle

Somerville Residents Against The Removal Of Bus Routes

My name is Gale Mahan. I’m 66 years old. I was born and raised in Somerville Massachusetts. I have lived at CHT (Clarendon Hill Towers) for approx 28 years. When I first moved into CHT. I was a single mother of two children without a vehicle. The T was very important in my life, as it was my only means of transportation to get my kids to and attend their extra-curricular activities. Continue reading Somerville Residents Against The Removal Of Bus Routes

Somerville Cyclist Fatally Injured on Broadway

Somerville Cyclist Fatally Injured on Broadway

72-year-old Somerville resident succumbed to injuries after August 12 collision

SOMERVILLE – On Friday, August 12, a 72-year-old Somerville man was fatally injured in a collision while cycling near 1055 Broadway just outside of Teele Square. Somerville Police officers responded to the report of the crash at 11:20 a.m. The operator of the vehicle involved remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The cyclist was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Continue reading Somerville Cyclist Fatally Injured on Broadway

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (OUI Liquor, Operate w/ Suspended License)

On 08/12/2022, while assigned to marked unit East-4, I responded to the area of Broadway and Lombardi for a motor vehicle accident. East-1, had requested my assistance. Upon my arrival Officer VanNostrand pointed out a male party, later identified as Mr. Daniel Escobar who had been involved in the accident. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (OUI Liquor, Operate w/ Suspended License)

$165.5 MILLION TO MODERNIZE THE STATE’S COURTHOUSE AND COURT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM AND A CHANGE IN GUN LAWS

By Bob Katzen

The governor signed into law a bill providing $165.5 million to modernize the state’s courthouses and technology system. The measure also includes a section dealing with state’s gun laws.
Provisions include $95 million to allow courts to go digital; $35 million to ensure the safety of the courts’ employees and guests; and another $35 million for the technological modernization of court administrative operations.
Continue reading $165.5 MILLION TO MODERNIZE THE STATE’S COURTHOUSE AND COURT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM AND A CHANGE IN GUN LAWS

MARIJUANA LAWS (S 3096)

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed into law a bill that makes changes in the cannabis industry including a section that would require the state to put some of 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. The measure would also allow municipalities to vote by a local referendum or through a vote of the municipal government for social consumption of marijuana to take place in their community.
Continue reading MARIJUANA LAWS (S 3096)

LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING

By Bob Katzen

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that legalizes sports betting on professional and college sports for Massachusetts residents over 21 years old at the state’s casinos, slots parlors, simulcast centers and through mobile platforms. Betting on Massachusetts colleges and universities would not be allowed unless the school is playing in a tournament like March Madness. The betting would be regulated by the Gaming Commission, the same commission that regulates the state’s casino gambling. Continue reading LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING

SKATING RINKS

By Bob Katzen

The House 133-20, Senate 39-0, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of a provision that requires Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) skating rinks to remain open and staffed for the full rink season and that ice skating be available from September 1, 2022 to April 15, 2023. The provision also requires the MDC to prepare and submit reports to the House and Senate including the status of hiring for additional staffing levels; the staffing levels for the previous ten fiscal years; and the average staffing level at each park. Continue reading SKATING RINKS

Somerville Board of Elections Commissioners Seeks One New Member

Open Positions: One
Term: Three years
The City of Somerville seeks one registered Democrat to serve on the Board of Elections Commissioners. The Board consists of four people who represent each of the two leading political parties (Democratic and Republican), as defined in Chapter 50, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Continue reading Somerville Board of Elections Commissioners Seeks One New Member

Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities Seeks Four Members

Open Positions: Four
Term: Three years
The Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) seeks four new members, and Somerville residents are encouraged to apply. Three of the openings must be filled by people who identify as having a disability, and one must be filled by a Somerville resident who is a family member of a person with a disability. Continue reading Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities Seeks Four Members

Shots Fired In Somerville

On Saturday, August 13th, at approximately 01:05am, Somerville 911 received two calls reporting shots fired around Memorial Rd. In speaking with witnesses and reviewing video in the area, police learned a suspect on foot exchanges gunfire with two suspects operating a scooter on River Road. Officers recovered more than 15 shell casings on River Rd. No victims or injuries have been identified at this time, but police have located ballistic damage to vehicles and buildings. Continue reading Shots Fired In Somerville

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: new highschool was a big waste of taxpayer money

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

The new highschool was a big waste of taxpayer money. Let’s see the names and salaries of all the former mayors friends and donors kids who got a job there to teach and be an administrator— we no longer have a student population to justify the $300+ million! Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: new highschool was a big waste of taxpayer money

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Don’t Allow Longtime Somerville Locals To Be Pushed Out, Let’s Unite

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

I get it, between our higher than normal taxes and now this obsurd parking permit increase, they are pushing long time residence out. That’s just what the political establishment here wants — they won’t be done with condo and apartment building for however long it takes. All while, I’m hearing that there are a lot of vacancies throughout the city. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Don’t Allow Longtime Somerville Locals To Be Pushed Out, Let’s Unite

Letter from the Editor: The Real Reason Why Somerville Ward 2 City Counsilor Is Recusing Himself From Billion Dollar Project Neighborhood Meeting

By William Tauro

Now all of a sudden it appears that our Somerville Ward 2 City Councilor JT Scott is the man of the people, I guess? Don’t you think it’s kind of odd that Somerville Ward 3 City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen is hosting this billion dollar project meeting in Ward 2? Do you find it odd that Somerville Ward 2 Councilor JT Scott isn’t hosting this huge monumental development project meeting in his very own ward? Continue reading Letter from the Editor: The Real Reason Why Somerville Ward 2 City Counsilor Is Recusing Himself From Billion Dollar Project Neighborhood Meeting

Somerville Police Department Updates

Residential Breaking and Entering
22042867: On 8/2/22 at approximately 4:43 PM, Somerville Police responded to a residence on Dartmouth St for report of a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a victim who stated her son was walking home and was chased by a group of juveniles who were attempting to beat him up. The victim’s son arrived home and the juveniles began pushing on the door causing it to break off its hinges. Continue reading Somerville Police Department Updates

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: newly opened portion of Medford Street is going to be permanently closed

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

Hey Billy, I heard today that the newly opened portion of Medford Street is going to be permanently closed by our wonderful new Mayor Katjana Ballantyne for green space. We can’t even get School Street opened. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: newly opened portion of Medford Street is going to be permanently closed

POACHING

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed into law a measure that would regulate poaching—the illegal hunting that harms or kills wildlife including fish, birds, mammals and endangered or threatened species. Other provisions elevate the fines and penalties for poaching; align Massachusetts poaching regulations with other states; and bring Massachusetts into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which helps states work together to prevent illegal hunting across state lines.
Continue reading POACHING

SOLDIERS’ HOMES MANAGEMENT (H 5106)

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed into law legislation that will make major changes to the oversight and governance structure of the state’s veterans’ homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. The proposal follows the deaths of 77 veteran residents in 2020 as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke facility. The measure elevates the Department of Veterans Services to a cabinet-level executive office with direct reporting to the governor and the ability to hire and fire superintendents. Continue reading SOLDIERS’ HOMES MANAGEMENT (H 5106)

STEP THERAPY

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, approved a bill that would limit the use of health care plan mandated prescription drug “step therapy” protocols and provide more exemptions to the mandate. Step therapy requires the patient to try less expensive options before “stepping up” to drugs that cost more. The House has approved a different version of the measure and the Senate version now goes to the House for consideration. Continue reading STEP THERAPY

BORROW $5 BILLION FOR STATE PROJECTS

By Bob Katzen

The House 153-0, Senate 39-0 approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law most of a $5 billion bond bill that borrows money for hundreds of construction projects—the majority involving maintenance and modernization projects of buildings related to health care, higher education, information technology, workforce development, the environment and affordable housing. Many of the buildings are decades old. Baker vetoed several provisions including one that would have imposed a five-year moratorium on any prison or jail construction in Massachusetts.
Continue reading BORROW $5 BILLION FOR STATE PROJECTS

Somerville Council on Aging Press & Organizational Outreach

EVENTS

Bingo – Tuesday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th at Ralph & Jenny Center starting at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, August 4th, 18th and 25th at Holland Street starting at 10:00 a.m. Keep your eyes open for occasional Wednesday Bingos. Lunch available following Bingo. RSVP to Debby Higgins by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov
Project Outlook, Low Vision Group- 3rd Thursday of each month (August 18th) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Street Center. Project Outlook is a group of residents with low or no vision who enjoy getting together for camaraderie and socialization. Project Outlook has been active for over 30 years. Come join in the conversation, we look forward to meeting you. For more information, please contact Claudia Ferro at 857-237-1801. Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Press & Organizational Outreach

Letter from the Editor:Somerville Mayor’s and City Councilor’s Sideshow on “Where’s The Money Going?”

By William Tauro

What games are the city playing with our tax dollars at a time when crime is on the rise and the Somerville Police Department is short staffed with officers that are burnt out with guns and drugs all over the city .

Somerville Police Officer Dante DiFronzo was reinstated to return to work in June 2021.
Police Chief Femino wrote this letter to Dante in July 2021 ….
Clearly someone up in Somerville City Hall missed the memo a month prior. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Somerville Mayor’s and City Councilor’s Sideshow on “Where’s The Money Going?”

Letter from the Editor: Why didn’t Somerville have a National Night out as well? Vote These Assholes Out!

By William Tauro

Why didn’t Somerville have a National Night out as well? Every other city in town across the nation celebrated it but not Somerville! Why? Does our mayor and city counselors hate the police that much? What have we become as a society? Please remember during the next election to get out and vote and do the right thing vote these morons out! We’ve become victims of our own vulnerability! Don’t just talk about it please do it for Somerville and it’s future! Vote these assholes out!

Real Life Somerville Police Stories and Updates

Arrest
22041832: On 7/1/22, there was an armed carjacking at 460 Mystic Ave. Through investigation, Detectives identified one of the individuals involved as Daniel VIVAS, 19, of Somerville. On 7/28/22, Detectives conducted surveillance and located VIVAS at the Florence Street Park where they proceeded to serve him with a search warrant. While searching his person, Detectives recovered a loaded Glock 29 firearm, six grams of crack cocaine and $1149 USC. VIVAS was arrested on firearm and narcotics charges as well as a Somerville warrant for armed carjacking and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories and Updates

Letter from the Editor:Somerville Election Officials Still Scheming Now with the Next Election. Now Ditching the Trum Field Voting Location for the Armory

By William Tauro

We were just informed that they’re (Our idiotic City Councle) is considering changing the voting location to the Armory and that there will be no more voting at Trum Field location. What a disaster with parking and what a big inconvenience that will be especially be for the elderly. Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Somerville Election Officials Still Scheming Now with the Next Election. Now Ditching the Trum Field Voting Location for the Armory

POACHING

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a measure that would regulate poaching—the illegal hunting that harms or kills wildlife including fish, birds, mammals and endangered or threatened species. Other provisions elevate the fines and penalties for poaching; align Massachusetts poaching regulations with other states; and bring Massachusetts into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which helps states to work together to prevent illegal hunting across state lines. Continue reading POACHING

NEGRO ELECTION DAY (S 2703)

By Bob Katzen

On July 22, Gov. Baker signed into law legislation establishing the third Saturday in July as Negro Election Day. The third Saturday in July this year was July 16 which had already passed by the time Baker signed the bill. So the day passed without it officially being Negro Election Day. The Legislature approved and sent the bill to the governor on July 14, just two days ahead of the 16th.
Continue reading NEGRO ELECTION DAY (S 2703)

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed into law a bill that would make Massachusetts the 18th state in the nation to prohibit any person or entity including educational institutions, workplaces and public spaces from implementing any policy that would explicitly target someone who wears their natural hairstyle. The measure defines natural hairstyle as hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists and other formations.
Continue reading PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE

SOLDIERS’ HOMES OVERSIGHT BILL

By Bob Katzen

The House 153-0, Senate 40-0, approved and sent to the governor a bill that would make major changes to the oversight and governance structure of the state’s veterans’ homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. The proposal follows the deaths of 77 veteran residents in 2020 as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke facility. A key provision would elevate the Department of Veterans Services to a cabinet-level executive office with direct reporting to the governor and the ability to hire and fire superintendents.
Continue reading SOLDIERS’ HOMES OVERSIGHT BILL

PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEMS

By Bob Katzen

The House 153-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would accelerate improvements to local and regional public health systems across the state to address disparities in public health services by requiring the Department of Public Health to enshrine a set of standards for foundational public health services. The measure creates minimum public health standards for every city and town; incentivizes municipalities to share services; creates a uniform data collection and dedicates state funding to support local boards of health and health departments. Continue reading PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEMS

SPORTS WAGERING

By Bob Katzen

The House 151-2, Senate 36-4, approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would legalize sports betting on professional and college sports for Massachusetts residents over 21 years old. Betting on Massachusetts colleges and universities would not be allowed unless the school is playing in a tournament like March Madness. The betting would be regulated by the Gaming Commission, the same commission that regulates the state’s casino gambling.
Continue reading SPORTS WAGERING

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE

By Bob Katzen

The House 137-16, Senate 40-0, approved and Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill designed to further protect reproductive health care and those who perform abortions in the Bay State. The measure specifically declares that both reproductive health care and gender-affirming care are rights secured by the constitution or laws of Massachusetts and would shield providers of reproductive and gender-affirming care and their patients from out-of-state legal action. The measure would ensure that patients over 24 weeks of pregnancy are able to receive an abortion in Massachusetts because of a grave fetal diagnosis that indicates the fetus is incompatible with sustained life outside of the uterus without extraordinary medical interventions and requires that those decisions are made between the patient and their treating physician. Continue reading REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Clarendon Hill Towers Petition

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

   I just spoke to you sent to you the Letter and Petition signed by Clarendon Hill Towers Tenants and other Citizens from Somerville and surrounding areas.
     Due to the MBTA’s arbitrary deadline for letters, etc. of July 31,(which falls on a Sunday) we made sure the Petition was sent in July 30th…same day mail postage (very expensive.) Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Clarendon Hill Towers Petition

The Skating Academy Opens Fall Registration at Founders Memorial Rink on Aug. 3rd

The Skating Club of Boston’s The Skating Academy Opens Registration for Fall Classes on August 3rd

The Skating Academy Offers Classes for All Ages Across Nine Locations

BOSTON (August 1, 2022) – The Skating Academy, The Skating Club of Boston’s Learn to Skate USA program, will open their fall registration on Wednesday, August 3rd. As New England’s premier ice skating school, The Skating Academy offers top-quality instruction and small group ice skating lessons for children and adults using the Learn to Skate USA curriculum endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey. Continue reading The Skating Academy Opens Fall Registration at Founders Memorial Rink on Aug. 3rd

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (FIREARM, CARRY WITHOUT LICENSE, COCAINE, POSSESS TO DISTRIBUTE, DRUG VIOLATION NEAR SCHOOL/PARK) (Somerville Warrant)

The following is a brief summary to incident/investigation (s) #22041832/#22036749.

Members of the Somerville Police Department have been investigating an Armed Car Jacking that occurred at 460 Mystic Ave in Somerville Ma, on July 01, 2022. During the course of this investigation Detective Cicerone and I, were able to Identify two males that were involved in this incident. One male was identified as Daniel Vivas Miguel (DOB XXXX). I would note that Daniel Vivas Miguel is known to carry firearms. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (FIREARM, CARRY WITHOUT LICENSE, COCAINE, POSSESS TO DISTRIBUTE, DRUG VIOLATION NEAR SCHOOL/PARK) (Somerville Warrant)

MBTA REDESIGN – BUS ROUTES PROPOSAL PETITION

Residents of Clarendon Hill Towers
1374, 1370, 1366 Broadway
Somerville MA 02144

July 26, 2022

MBTA

Re: MBTA REDESIGN – BUS ROUTES PROPOSAL

The tenants of Clarendon Hill Towers, a 501 Unit, multi-family, low-income apartment community, as well as thousands of Somerville residents, strongly oppose the pending MBTA bus route eliminations and redesign proposal.

Clarendon Hill Towers is located adjacent to a thriving bus terminal. This terminal has been the main source of transportation for the multitude of Clarendon Hill Towers tenants. The diverse population of Somerville residents as well as the multitudes of people in surrounding neighborhoods and communities wholeheartedly support this terminal and its tried-and-true bus routes. Continue reading MBTA REDESIGN – BUS ROUTES PROPOSAL PETITION

Letter from the Editor: Why is the South Middlesex Registry of Deeds still partially shut down?

Our registrar is taking everybody for a ride on the taxpayer’s expense. It’s time for Maria Curtatone to leave office. “It’s time for Change!” Getting rid of two Curtatone’s for the price of one! Stay tuned!
Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Why is the South Middlesex Registry of Deeds still partially shut down?

Take a Survey About Parking & Curb-Use Policies A Somerville streetscape with a No Parking sign in the foreground

Last month, as part of the ongoing Citywide Parking and Curb-Use Study, the team leading the project shared a slate of proposed recommendations to better use curb space in Somerville. The recommendations include strengthening parking administration and operations, reallocating curb space, changing regulations to better manage parking demand, and revising the permit program. Continue reading Take a Survey About Parking & Curb-Use Policies A Somerville streetscape with a No Parking sign in the foreground

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: PSA to the RATS on See click fix and the Building dept who want to make demands to my mother a Senior with a disability who has lived in this home for over 50 years

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

PSA to the RATS on See click fix and the Building dept who want to make demands to my mother a Senior with a disability who has lived in this home for over 50 years:

1. The stuff I have on the sidewalk my mom who suffers from dementia mind you, called Waste Management not her fault they are short staffed and never picked this up. We had 2 pick up dates I made one for the 27th of July also. We did our part. Not my fault the city can’t do theirs.

2. My mother nor will any other Senior in this city pay a dime especially $300 a day, due to the Mayor and her administrations mismanagement of money. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: PSA to the RATS on See click fix and the Building dept who want to make demands to my mother a Senior with a disability who has lived in this home for over 50 years

Good News, Star Market Project May Not Happen

By Arthur Moore

This would be a great thing for the people of Winter Hill as most never wanted this. What is really desperately wanted here regardless of what a council of large says is a store. Ocean State was the best chance we had of having something to help this area. I was told when the Star ended it was going to be multiuse property and no store was going in. Continue reading Good News, Star Market Project May Not Happen

Somerville to Host “The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial, November 10-14

SOMERVILLE – Somerville has been announced as a host city on this year’s nationwide tour of The Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Moving Wall has been traveling to cities and towns across the country for nearly forty years to give those who can’t get to Washington a chance to experience the power of the memorial. This fall, it makes its way to Somerville for the first time, setting up in the Mass General Brigham Great Lawn at Assembly Row (399 Revolution Drive), November 10-14. Continue reading Somerville to Host “The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial, November 10-14

Fishin’ With A Mission Medford MA

Hello All

The deadline for registration for the Fishin with a Mission Striped Bass Fishing Tournament is at 9 p.m. this Friday July 29th If you would like to register, please go to:

I would like to wish everyone good luck in the tournament and thank everyone that is participating. Also, I would like to thank everyone who has made donations to the My Little Buddy’s Boat Charity! This is a great cause so if you haven’t registered to fish there is still time left. Or if you would like to make a donation please send your donation to My Little Buddy’s Boat, c/o Mystic Wellington Yacht Club, P.O.Box 235, Medford Ma 02155
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Somerville Police Firearms Recovered

On the morning of March 25, 2022, Officers Mackenzie Richardson, Alex Lorenti, Joseph Moreira and Detective Jason Costa were assigned to serve a Harassment Prevention Order and an Arrest Warrant to a male party residing at 32 Kent Street # 308. Prior to the Officer’s responding to Kent St. an operational plan was established. Detective Costa provided the Officer’s with information pertaining to the individual’s past violent criminal history and possession of firearms. Continue reading Somerville Police Firearms Recovered

Somerville Residents Fighting To Save Bus Routes

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Thank you to the residents of Clarendon Hill Towers for your invite tonight to address the problems with the city and especially with the MBTA canceling multiple bus routes throughout the city! The worst part is that the city officials are allowing it to happen because they don’t care. Continue reading Somerville Residents Fighting To Save Bus Routes

Envisioning 90 Washington Street: Design Workshop

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville invite you to a design workshop for 90 Washington Street, a 4-acre site near the East Somerville Green Line station envisioned as the future home of a new Public Safety Building and a range of civic, commercial, and residential uses. This is the latest engagement event for the 90 Washington Street project, coming after a series of community meetings and listening sessions held earlier this year. At this workshop, participants can use LEGOs to design their ideal redevelopment of the site. Each model will be photographed and used with other feedback collected to inform a development concept for public review.
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HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION?

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. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. Continue reading HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION?

GOLD STAR FAMILIES

By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved an amendment filed by Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee chair Sen. John Velis (D-Westfield) that would repeal a current law that restricts Gold Star spouses from receiving their annuity if they remarry. The amendment would also increase from $2,000 to $3,000 the annual annuity payment that Gold Star parents and spouses receive annually from the state. Continue reading GOLD STAR FAMILIES

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE

By Bob Katzen

The Senate gave final approval to and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would prohibit any person or entity including educational institutions workplaces and public spaces from implementing any policy that would explicitly target someone who wears their natural hairstyle. The measure defines natural hairstyle as hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists and other formations. Continue reading PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A PERSON WITH A NATURAL HAIRSTYLE

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TAX RELIEF

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 40-0, approved a $4.57 billion economic development and tax relief package.

The bill 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 ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TAX RELIEF

CHANGES TO GUN LAWS

By Bob Katzen

The House 120-33, approved an amendment that makes changes to the Bay State’s gun laws. The amendment was attached to a separate bond bill. The changes were proposed in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling in in New York Pistol and Riffle vs Bruen, that a state licensing authority could not ask applicants applying for a license to carry firearms to demonstrate they have a special need or proper cause to carry a firearm. The court also ruled that the licensing authority could not have unfettered discretion to decide whether that proper cause existed. Continue reading CHANGES TO GUN LAWS