MASSACHUSETTS SENATE APPROVES CLEAN ENERGY LAW

By Bob Katzen

The House 150-1, Senate 36-0, approved and Gov. Baker signed into law a clean energy bill that increases the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 1 percent until the end of 2019, then by 2 percent each year until the end of 2029, and then back to 1 percent indefinitely. The RPS governs the amount of clean energy that utilities must purchase and integrate into the state’s energy system.

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GOVERNOR SIGNS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION

By Bob Katzen

The House 151-0, Senate 37-0, approved and the governor signed into law legislation designed to protect cats and dogs. Provisions double the hit and run penalty for an accident involving cats and dogs; permit animal abuse to be reported by Department of Children and Families, the Department of Elder Affairs and Disabled Persons Protection Commission employees; and add animal control officers as mandatory reporters of child abuse, elder abuse and abuse against disabled persons.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, August 13, the 225th day of 2018 with 140 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:48 and sunset is @ 7:49. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1521 – Present day Mexico City was captured by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez from the Aztec Indians. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

6th Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival ‪September 6-October 13, 2018‬

in 3 locations:Nave Gallery, Brickbottom Gallery, Washington St. Gallery

(Somerville, MA) Since 2013, the Somerville Toy Camera Festival (STCF) has celebrated the quirky and creative results that can happen when photographers are compelled to loosen their controls, submit to the light, and embrace the accidental. Continue reading 6th Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival ‪September 6-October 13, 2018‬

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, August 12, the 224th day of 2018 with 141 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:47 and sunset is @ 7:51. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1676 – “King Phillip’s War” came to an end with the killing of Indian chief King Phillip. The war between the Indians and the Europeans lasted for two years.

1851 – Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine.

1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.

1867 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

1877 – Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.

1879 – The first National Archery Association tournament took place in Chicago, IL.

1898 – The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed.

1915 – “Of Human Bondage” by William Somerset Maugham was first published.

1918 – Regular airmail service began between Washington, DC, and New York City.

1937 – Red Skelton appeared on network radio for the first time on the “Rudy Vallee Show” on NBC.

1939 – “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.

1953 – The Soviet Union secretly tested its first hydrogen bomb.

1960 – The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite.

1962 – The Soviet Union launched Pavel Popovich into orbit. Popovich and Andrian Nikolayev, who was launch a day before, both landed on August 15.

1964 – Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game.

1969 – The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million. At the time it was the highest price paid for a pro basketball team.

1973 – Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title. The win broke the record that had been held by Bobby Jones for 50 years.

1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.

1981 – IBM unveiled its first PC.

1986 – It was announced by NASA that they had selected a new rocket design for the space shuttle. The move was made in an effort at correcting the flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster.

1986 – Rod Carew became the first player in the history of the California Angels franchise to have his uniform (#29) retired.

1988 – The movie “The Last Temptation of Christ” opened.

1992 – The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations.

1993 – U.S. President Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring air traffic controllers that had been fired for going on strike in 1981.

1994 – Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.

1998 – Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims.

1999 – Hang Thu Thi Ngyuen shot an arrow from a bow with her feet on “Guinness World Records: Primetime” and hit a target that was 16 feet and 5 inches away.

2000 – The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sank and its 118-man crew died during naval exercises in the Barents Sea.

2004 – The California Supreme Court voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages that had been sanctioned in San Francisco earlier in the year.

2008 – Russia halted its five-day assault on Georgia.

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, August 11, the 223rd day of 2018 with 142 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:46 and sunset is @ 7:52. The New Moon is exact at 5:59 AM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1860 – The first successful silver mill in America began operations. The mill was in Virginia City, NV. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Retired Police Officers Become Special Officers

This past week Somerville City Hall welcomed our retired police officers as Special Officers. There are more than 200 years of police experience in this group. These retired police officers want to continue serving Somerville and we are proud of them continuing their commitment to this city. (L to R: Officers; E.Nadile, M.Ameral, M.Cabral, N.Stiles, J.Macarelli, B.Campbell, S.Gamble) #spdproud

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, August 10, the 222nd day of 2018 with 143 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:45 and sunset is @ 7:53. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1792 – King Louis XVI was taken into custody by mobs during the French Revolution. He was executed the following January after being put on trial for treason. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, August 09, the 221st day of 2018 with 144 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:43 and sunset is @ 7:55. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1790 – The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, August 08, the 220th day of 2018 with 145 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:42 and sunset is @ 7:56. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1356 – Edward “the Black Prince” began a raid north from Aquitaine. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, August 07, the 219th day of 2018 with 146 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:41 and sunset is @ 7:57. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1789 – The U.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Karen McLaughlin, Ned Piazza, Timothy McKenzie, Lucinda Catino, John Fiorentino, Meredith Canavan, Patti Splaile Crowley, Nick Lanzilli, Donna Fazio, Kaitlin Norton, Vincent Chia, Ronnie Sousa, Joseph Benedetto, Brian Novak, Karen Haley, Lainie Dellorfano, Sandra Cowie, Jerry Carvalho, Billy Consolo, Henry Lima, Larry Burke, Lisamarie Tauro, Aaron Ciccariello, Anthony Boyd and Brandon Wilson

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