By Bob Katzen
On March 30, Reps. Paul Mark (D-Peru) and Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton) filed a bill that would prevent all increases in rent until 30 days after the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted. Local cities and towns would also have the power to freeze rents in their local communities. Continue reading FREEZE ON RENT INCREASES
By Bob Katzen
On April 26, Rep. Chris Hendricks (D-New Bedford) filed a bill that would create a legal presumption that any COVID-19 diagnosis of a front-line health worker is work-related. Continue reading FRONT LINE HEALTH WORKERS COVID19 DIAGNOSIS PROTECTION
We have received many calls over the past few months regarding wild turkeys, specifically the one that hangs out on Summer St and Somerville Ave. Continue reading Somerville Animal Control Updates: Turkey Awareness In Somerville
Our sincere condolences thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kathryn “Kathy” (Gorman) Rodrigues on her passing.
Continue reading SOMERVILLE/MEDFORD REMEMBERING KATHRYN (GORMAN) RODRIGUES
By Arthur Moore
Even though we have the national election coming up, it is only a year away from our city elections. I am really hoping that this time we can get some really good people out there to jump into the race for office. Continue reading Election Year 2021 In Somerville, It’s Time to Start
By Jack Connolly
Whether you’re new to Davis Square or a lifetime long-timer, it is obvious something is not right; On-street parking on Elm St. gone, restaurant tables and chairs in the street, Dunkin’ Donuts closed, empty storefronts on Elm St., the Somerville Theatre closed, most due to the scourge of the COVID-19 virus. Continue reading Somerville’s Davis in Distress
Why is the Penis wielding Somerville Police Sargent Keily still the active treasurer of the Massachusetts Police Association and is the Somerville Police representative on the executive board? I wonder what he has on Mayor Joe and the chief? More Intel coming soon!
Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Why is the Penis wielding Somerville Police Sargent Who’s on the Brady List Still on Payroll and Holding Two Trusted Positions?
Our sincere condolences thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Brian Buckley on his passing. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Brian Buckley
By Aurther Moore
This city just keeps doing more and more stupid things that are senseless. They took a program like shared streets and turned it into a nightmare. So many of the streets they are designating as a shared street have no business being named one. They are running around tossing these stupid horses up everywhere. Continue reading Somerville Shared Streets Joke is Over, Now to Ignore Them
By William Tauro
This past Thursday, a ceremony was held honoring the 52nd anniversary of PFC RONALD J POINTER’S ultimate sacrifice to his country in the Quan Tri Province of Vietnam.
A square was dedicated to Somerville native PFC Ronald J. Pointer of the United States Marine Corp who lost his life in the line of duty. Continue reading Somerville Honoring PFC Ronald J. Pointer USMC
The City of Somerville will install protected bike lanes on Route 28 across the Wellington Bridge thanks to a MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces Program grant award. Continue reading Somerville Installing Protected Bike Lanes on Wellington Bridge This Fall as Part of COVID-19 Mobility Response
$250,000 REWARD IS STILL IN EFFECT
Twenty-eight years ago this morning, the body of Susan Taraskiewicz was found in the trunk of her car, which had been left outside an auto repair shop on Route 1A in Revere. So much time has passed since then. But the determination of the Massachusetts State Police and Revere Police to bring Susan’s killer or killers to justice is as fierce today as it ever was. Continue reading AFTER 28 YEARS, WE ARE AS DETERMINED AS EVER TO BRING SUSAN TARASKIEWICZ’S KILLER OR KILLERS TO JUSTICE
Our sincere condolences thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Robert A Hall on his passing Continue reading Somerville Remembering Robert A Hall
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, September 15, the 258th day of 2020 with 108 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:3 and sunset is @ 6:54. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1775 – An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word “Liberty” spelled on it. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer
Happy Birthday to a number of Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville and in the square! Happy Birthday to Gary DiZoglio, Linda Arias, Roberta Riel, Sophia DeMarco, Lenny Clarke, Marybeth Caturello, Theresa Tsoi, Stephen Borelli, Phip J. Jeffres, Lynda Amorella Silva, Dorothy Martin, Eddie Bergen, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week
On September 11th, 2020, I, Officer James Torres, was in full uniform, while assigned to marked unit East 2, during the First-half shift. At approximately 6:49 PM, I as well as Officer Ashley Catatao (East 3) responded to the area of Prospect Street and Somerville Ave, for a report of a black male wearing a gray shirt that had exposed himself.
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Steve MILICE (LEWDNESS, OPEN AND GROSS, VCO POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS)
By William Tauro
Current and retired Somerville Firefighters, Police Officers along with residents in Davis Square were in attendance this past Friday night to remember those that perished and the many that are affected after that terrible day 19 years ago.
Continue reading Somerville Firefighters and Somerville Police 911 Vigil in Davis Square Photos
ROCK JOURNALIST JOE VIGLIONE’S
ROCK’S GREATEST RECORD PRODUCER
Writing about Jimmy’s legacy.
As I write this at 10:15 pm on September 13, 2020, producer Jimmy Miller has broken yet another record. His final album with the Rolling Stones, Goat’s Head Soup, re-released on the fourth of September, 2020, hit #1 in just eight days in the United Kingdom! 13 #1 albums in a row according to the Universal Music Group online newsletter UDiscoverMusic dot com which states: Continue reading The Story of Rolling Stones Producer Jimmy Miller FEVER IN THE FUNK HOUSE
Winter Hill Bank, a community bank, an- nounced today that Kevin J. Gatlin has been promoted to Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Gatlin will now be responsible for the strate- gic direction of the commercial lending function of the Bank, and overseeing the management and development of the Bank’s commercial, residential real estate lending and other lines of business. In addition, as a member of the Bank’s Executive Manage- ment Team, he will work closely with senior leaders to focus on the strategic growth of lending relationships. Continue reading Winter Hill Bank Announces Promotion
By Bob Katzen
Helps cities, towns, businesses and individuals solve some of the problems created by COVID-19.
Provisions permit a moderator of a town meeting to declare a 30-day postponement due to a public health emergency after consulting with the Select Board; permit a Select Board to vote to extend the date of an annual town meeting beyond the existing statutory cut-off of June 30; allow towns that are unable to finalize a budget before the start of the new fiscal year to continue month-to-month spending on essential operations at the same levels as the current fiscal year; and modify local permitting processes, extend municipal tax deadlines and allow municipalities to extend property tax exemptions and deferrals. Continue reading HELP CITY AND TOWN GOVERNMENTS, BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS
By Bob Katzen
Allows changes to the state’s high school standardized testing requirements. The measure would allow Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to authorize changes to the state’s high school standardized testing requirements, including suspending the MCAS test. Continue reading CHANGES TO HIGH SCHOOL STANDARDIZED TESTING REQUIREMENTS AND THE MBTA
By Bob Katzen
Places a moratorium on most residential, commercial and nonprofit evictions and foreclosures until August 18 and gives the governor the power to postpone the August 18 expiration in increments of up to 90 days. At the end of July, Gov. Baker extended the moratorium until October 17. Continue reading MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES