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Somerville/Medford Remembering George R. Eberlein


Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of George R. Eberlein on his passing.

He was always a big part of Saint Joseph’s Church in Union Square, a great man who helped anyone. He also helped with Pop Warner in his earlier days.

George R. Eberlein was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed here both in Somerville and Medford.

Obituary: Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering George R. Eberlein

City of Medford to Equip Police Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

City also Secures $293,000 per Year Grant to Hire Two Additional Social Workers at Police Department

(MEDFORD)—Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn and Medford Police Chief Jack Buckley signed a 5-year contract for $330,000 last week with Motorola Solutions to equip the entire 100-person department with body-worn cameras. Continue reading City of Medford to Equip Police Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Brendan KEEFFE (ABPO, Disorderly, Resisting)

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, I, Officer Sergio Costa was working patrol in full-uniform on the West District in cruiser (W-6) during my assigned 12AM-8AM shift. At approximately 1:00 AM, I, was dispatched to 247 Elm St, for a report of man hitting the door of the Burrem with a chair. Officer Jorge Morel (W-7) and Officer J. Brown (W-5) responded as back-up. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Brendan KEEFFE (ABPO, Disorderly, Resisting)

Somerville COA Press Outreach for January

Attached you will find our Press Outreach for January.
Please we did not get the grant for the taxi rides so rides will no longer be booked.
Any assistance in helping us get the word out would be much appreciated.
Thanks,

EVENTS

Bingo – Tuesdays at Ralph & Jenny Center starting at 10:00 a.m. and Thursdays at Holland Street starting at 10:00 a.m. Grab and Go lunch available following Bingo. RSVP to Debby Higgins by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov Continue reading Somerville COA Press Outreach for January

On Beacon Hill: SEVERAL BILLS HEARD BY THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

By Bob Katzen

Here are three proposals that were the subject of a hearing by the Education Committee last week:

MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS (H 572) – Adds mental health of students to the current list of physical illnesses that qualify as a legitimate reason for a student’s absence from school. Rep. Carol Doherty (D-Taunton) sponsored the legislation that was initiated and backed by the Class of 2021 at Oliver Ames High School in Easton.
Continue reading On Beacon Hill: SEVERAL BILLS HEARD BY THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

RESTAURANTS MUST MAKE A PICTURE MENU AVAILABLE (H 4027)


By Bob Katzen

Another bill heard by the Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee would require restaurants to make available to customers a photographic or visual menu that contains a written description and a photograph of each food and drink item to assist individuals with communication impairments with ordering. The state would be required to develop a program for restaurants to be designated as “Communication Impairment Friendly” and maintain a listing of restaurants receiving that designation on its website. Continue reading RESTAURANTS MUST MAKE A PICTURE MENU AVAILABLE (H 4027)

ALLOW SPOUSE TO BE A PAID CAREGIVER

By Bob Katzen

The Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee held a hearing on legislation that would expand the current law that allows most family members, except spouses, to serve as a paid caregiver for relatives with disabilities who are eligible for nursing home care under MassHealth—the state’s Medicaid program that provides health care for low-income and disabled persons. The bill would allow a spouse to be a paid caregiver. Continue reading ALLOW SPOUSE TO BE A PAID CAREGIVER

ROADS AND BRIDGES

By Bob Katzen

The House 160-0, Senate 40-0, approved and Governor Baker signed into law a bill 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. The $350 million package, a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds, also includes $150 million to pay for bus lanes, improvement of public transit, electric vehicles and other state transportation projects. Continue reading ROADS AND BRIDGES

$48.1 BILLION FISCAL 2022 BUDGET

By Bob Katzen

The House 160-0, Senate 40-0, approved and Gov. Charlie Baker on July 16, 2021 signed into law, after vetoing several items, a $48.1 billion fiscal 2022 state budget for the fiscal year that that began on July 1.

The budget was based on new estimates that tax collections in fiscal year 2022 will increase by more than $4.2 billion above the amount originally predicted by the governor, the House and the Senate. In light of the pandemic, elected officials had for months braced themselves for a substantial decrease in tax revenues and a cut in some programs and/or even a tax increase. Continue reading $48.1 BILLION FISCAL 2022 BUDGET

Somerville/Medford Remembering Clifford F. Pitts III May 17, 1950 – January 05, 2022

OBITUARY
Pitts III, Clifford F.– Of Somerville, January 5, 2022. Beloved son of the late Clifford F. Pitts II and Margaret “Peggy” (Frampton) Hayes. Devoted brother of Stephen Pitts, Mary Leslie, Christopher Kent and Ronald Kent. Loving uncle of 5 nieces and nephews. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Clifford F. Pitts III May 17, 1950 – January 05, 2022

SOMERVILLE SNOW EMERGENCY ENDS FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, AT 5 p.m.

MOVE CARS FROM CITY LOTS BY 7 p.m.

Property owners must shovel sidewalks by 1:30 p.m., Saturday

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s snow emergency will end Friday, January 7, at 5 p.m., and normal parking rules will resume at that time. Vehicles can be parked on the even side of the street starting at 5 p.m. Continue reading SOMERVILLE SNOW EMERGENCY ENDS FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, AT 5 p.m.

Congratulations to Medford PD’s Lt. Vincent Distefano and Sgt David Buono on Their Retirements

Congratulations to Lt. Vincent Distefano and Sgt David Buono who worked their last tours of duty today. Both Lt. Distefano and Sgt. Buono came on together 35 years ago and it is bittersweet that they both finish out their outstanding careers on the same day. Continue reading Congratulations to Medford PD’s Lt. Vincent Distefano and Sgt David Buono on Their Retirements

USPS Accepted More Than 13.2 Billion Mailpieces and Packages this Holiday Season with an Average Delivery Time of Less Than 3 Days

Mail and package volume accepted into network increased year over year
Operational improvements and strategic investments under 10-year plan boosted daily processing capacity by 13 million packages
Preparations helped mitigate delays even as volumes surged to 2.8 billion the week after Thanksgiving Continue reading USPS Accepted More Than 13.2 Billion Mailpieces and Packages this Holiday Season with an Average Delivery Time of Less Than 3 Days

Medford Mayor Removes Interim Tag from Current Chief of Staff’s Title


Nina Nazarian Assumes Permanent Chief of Staff Role in Lungo-Koehn Administration

(MEDFORD) — Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn officially named Nina Nazarian as her Chief of Staff on December 27. Nazarian had been serving on an interim basis since September 13, when she took over for departing Chief of Staff David Rodrigues. The City posted the Chief of Staff job listing on December 2. Continue reading Medford Mayor Removes Interim Tag from Current Chief of Staff’s Title

Somerville/Medford Remembering Lorraine L. Roache August 05, 1925 – January 04, 2022

LORRAINE’S OBITUARY
ROACHE, Lorraine L. (Flores) – Of Somerville January 4, 2022. Beloved wife of the late James F. Roache. Loving mother of James A. Roache of Somerville, Kevin T. Roache and his wife Christina of Marshfield, Lorraine Roache of Somerville, the late Mark and Maureen Roache. Sister of the late Marilyn Hanifin. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Lorraine L. Roache August 05, 1925 – January 04, 2022

Somerville/Medford Remembering Daniel J. Rogovich May 31, 1953 – January 04, 2022

OBITUARY
ROGOVICH, Daniel J. – Of Winthrop formerly of East Somerville, January 4, 2022. Beloved Son of the late Edward Rogovich and Barbara Poirier. Loving father of Michelle Shanahan and her husband David of Haverhill, Richard Brown of Seabrook, NH, Daneille Rogovich and her partner Derek Major of Winthrop, Carlos Valente and the late Shawn Clark. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Daniel J. Rogovich May 31, 1953 – January 04, 2022

Somerville Declares Snow Emergency Effective Thursday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m.


Move vehicles by 11:30 p.m. Thursday to odd-numbered side of street (unless otherwise posted) to avoid ticketing and towing
Parking is also allowed in municipal lots (but not in school lots)
Trash/Recycling pickup on normal schedule, no delays
Schools, Libraries, and all activities closed and canceled Friday Continue reading Somerville Declares Snow Emergency Effective Thursday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m.

CITY OF MEDFORD DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 AT 2 AM

Parking restrictions in effect as of 2am Friday

MEDFORD – The City of Medford is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 2 a.m. on Friday morning. As staff works throughout the early morning and into the day prepping and removing snow from the roadways, please be patient as many departments, including the Department of Public Works, are experiencing staffing issues due to the spread of the Omicron variant. The City is working diligently to ensure that this storm is dealt with swiftly and efficiently. Continue reading CITY OF MEDFORD DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 AT 2 AM