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Somerville Remembering Victor Arthur DiFranco

Our sincere condolences, thoughts go out to the family and friends of Victor Arthur DiFranco on his passing.

Victor Arthur DiFranco was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed here in Somerville.

VICTOR’S OBITUARY
Victor Arthur DiFranco, born on December 1, 1934, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020, after bravely battling cancer. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Victor Arthur DiFranco

This Time Around Remember Your ABC’s, “Anybody But Curtatone” and Make the Needed Change In Somerville

This Time Around Remember Your ABC’s, “Anybody But Curtatone” and Make the Needed Change

During the past two mayoral elections here in Somerville against Curtatone, previous opponents exposed his vulnerability by garnering over 30% of the vote before losing to him. The reason we feel is only an average of 13,000 out of 57,000 registered voters came out and voted. Continue reading This Time Around Remember Your ABC’s, “Anybody But Curtatone” and Make the Needed Change In Somerville

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, November 24, the 327th day of 2020 with 39 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:46 and sunset is @ 4:15. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1615 – French King Louis XIII married Ann of Austria. They were both 14 years old. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville and square this week! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Paula Jorge, Jennifer Mochi Chernisky, Eve Chirco, Deacon Belizarie, Elizabeth Leavitt, Ann Francey, Jim Dunne, Vanessa Ashleigh, Dan Reidy, Vanessa Pino, Sal Cicero, Sabino Lagattolla, John Tivnan, John Holbrook, Geraldine Nolan McLaughlin, Continue reading The Somerville/Medford News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Somerville Mayoral Candidate William Tauro to Host Meeting on Dec 10th from 6PM-7PM to Discuss Ramifications and Current Policies Concerning The Special Needs, Autistic Individuals, Disabled Children That the City May Not Provide Enough Needs to Meet Their Demands

We would like to cordially invite the general public to an open meeting to discuss the ramifications and current policies concerning the special needs, autistic individuals, and all other disabled children that the city may not provide enough needs to meet their demands. Continue reading Somerville Mayoral Candidate William Tauro to Host Meeting on Dec 10th from 6PM-7PM to Discuss Ramifications and Current Policies Concerning The Special Needs, Autistic Individuals, Disabled Children That the City May Not Provide Enough Needs to Meet Their Demands

APPROVE $46 BILLION FISCAL 2021 STATE BUDGET

By Bob Katzen

The senate 40-0, approved an estimated $46 billion fiscal 2021 state budget that uses $1.5 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help cover expenses. The budget increases spending by 5.5 percent over last fiscal year’s 2020 budget. The Senate added $36.1 million in additional spending during two days of debate. The package also includes a controversial amendment that would allow abortions after 24 weeks in the case of lethal fetal anomalies and lower the age from 18 to 16 that a minor can choose to have an abortion without parental or judicial consent. Continue reading APPROVE $46 BILLION FISCAL 2021 STATE BUDGET

REQUIRE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES TO PAY SALES TAX DIRECTLY TO THE STATE

By Bob Katzen

The senate 4-35, rejected an amendment that would change the current law under which credit card companies process transactions and send the money from the sale price and the sales tax directly to the merchant. The merchant then has up to 50 days to send the sales tax portion to the state. Continue reading REQUIRE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES TO PAY SALES TAX DIRECTLY TO THE STATE

STATE TO CAP FOOD DELIVERY CHARGES

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 12-27, rejected an amendment that would cap delivery fees charged by third parties like GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats at 15 percent of the order price until 45 days after the COVID-19 state of emergency ends. When the pandemic struck, many restaurants were not equipped to offer online ordering or delivery and are forced to rely heavily on these delivery companies. Continue reading STATE TO CAP FOOD DELIVERY CHARGES

STIMULUS CHECKS TO IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS (S 2659)

By Bob Katzen

This bill provides a stimulus check to taxpayers who use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security number. The state-funded stimulus check would be equal to the federal stimulus checks of $1,200 for individual filers, $2,400 for joint filers and $500 per child that is currently provided by the federal government through the CARES Act. It will also provide $10 million to immigrant aid organizations.
Continue reading STIMULUS CHECKS TO IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS (S 2659)

ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO IMPOSE A 2 PERCENT SURTAX ON PROPERTY TAXES

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 4516) – Allows cities and towns the option to charge a 2 percent surtax on current property taxes to help build or repair affordable housing or provide rental vouchers in the community. The surtax would take effect only upon approval by a two-thirds vote of the local city council or board of selectmen and acceptance by the voters as a ballot question at the next regular municipal or state election. Continue reading ALLOW CITIES AND TOWNS TO IMPOSE A 2 PERCENT SURTAX ON PROPERTY TAXES

KIMBERLY BUDD CONFIRMED AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE STATE’S SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT (SJC)

By Bob Katzen

Associate SJC Justice Kimberly Budd was confirmed as the next chief justice of the SJC after she was unanimously confirmed 7-0 by the Governor’s Council to succeed the late Chief Justice Ralph Gants. When sworn in, she will make history and become the first Black woman to lead the state’s highest court.
Continue reading KIMBERLY BUDD CONFIRMED AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE STATE’S SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT (SJC)