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A Message From Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn:After 21 years of serving the public, Medford Assistant Library Director Kathleen Kane is officially calling it a career

After 21 years of serving the public, Assistant Library Director Kathleen Kane is officially calling it a career.

I stopped by her retirement party today and thanked her for all the tremendous work she has done for the community. The Medford Public Library will not be the same without her. Continue reading A Message From Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn:After 21 years of serving the public, Medford Assistant Library Director Kathleen Kane is officially calling it a career

Somerville/Medford Remembering Richard E. Payzant

Mr. Richard E. Payzant, of Somerville, passed away on August 27, 2022,he was 87. Born and raised in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Hilda (Swallow) and Earl Payzant. A graduate of Rindge Technical High School he also enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of the Army Occupation of Berlin and Good Conduct medals. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Richard E. Payzant

Petition Signing at Highland Gardens – An Ongoing Great Success! If It Ain’t Broke, don’t fix it.”

On Tuesday, August 23, 2022
The Highland Gardens Tenant Association held a Petition-signing event in their community room. It’s still decorated with an eyecatching flamenco backdrop from theirJuly fun-filled Hawaiian Luau Extravaganza. Continue reading Petition Signing at Highland Gardens – An Ongoing Great Success! If It Ain’t Broke, don’t fix it.”

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“This spending plan supports a sector that has shown both incredible resilience and incredible need over the past two years. Through this plan we will see public dollars directed further and more broadly and equitably than ever before at a time when support is vital to the cultural sector’s recovery and growth.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

CREATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM

By Bob Katzen

A law that that would require the state to develop and implement a Women’s Rights History Trail Program took effect last week. The measure includes requiring the state to designate properties and sites that are historically and thematically associated with the struggle for women’s rights and women’s suffrage. Continue reading CREATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM

A CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

By Bob Katzen

It looks like the new law that would allow, starting July 1, 2023, undocumented/illegal immigrants to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver’s license is going to be on the November ballot for voters to decide whether to repeal it or leave it intact. Continue reading A CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO REPEAL THE NEW LAW ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED/ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Unlicensed Operation) (Framingham Warrants) Arrest

On Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 8:13 PM, I, Officer Richard Lavey III, was travelling eastbound on Somerville Ave, in a fully marked cruiser, behind a gray Lexus sedan (MA REG# XXXX). The driver of the Lexus, later identified as Brian SOARES, stops at the traffic signal at the intersection of Somerville Ave and Prospect St. in the left turn only lane with his left blinker on. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Unlicensed Operation) (Framingham Warrants) Arrest

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Handicap Parking Taken From The Elderly and Disabled

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

Recently attended a function at the Mt. Vernon Restaurant on Broadway. For as long as I can remember, which is many, many years, there were 2 Handicap Accessible parking spaces to frequent the local business, 1 on Broadway and 1 on the side street. They are no longer there just to accommodate a bus lane! Once again, this make believe mayor does not care for the elderly and the disabled’. Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Handicap Parking Taken From The Elderly and Disabled

The people finally getting a say in the licenses for illegal immigrants

By Arthur Moore

This got started by one of the ladies from Angel moms whose child was killed by an illegal immigrant. Regardless of people showing up trying to stop them from collecting signatures which is illegal they managed to get double the amount needed to get it on the ballot. Continue reading The people finally getting a say in the licenses for illegal immigrants

City of Somerville to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31, and Recovery Month in September, the City of Somerville will plant 15 purple flags on the City Hall lawn in memory of the 15 Somerville residents who died of an opioid-related overdose in 2021. A larger flag will also be on display in recognition of all Somerville residents who have died of an overdose. City Hall will be illuminated with purple lights through September to bring awareness to Recovery Month. Continue reading City of Somerville to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month

Somerville/Medford Remembering Former Somerville Police Officer James E. Ribeiro

James E. Ribeiro, age 67, of Woburn formerly of Somerville passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Friday, August 19, 2022. He was the loving companion for 30 years of Karen Spinosa. James is also survived by his loving children, Jimmy Ribeiro of Medford, Ronnie Ribeiro of Lexington, Gina and her husband Peter Bratton of Medford, and his son from a previous marriage, James Tongen of Montana. Born in Somerville he was one of six sons of the late Gilbert and Florence (Otis) Ribeiro. He was the brother of Robert Ribeiro and his partner Kevin Moore of Boston, Ronald Ribeiro and his partner Gianna Poirier of Leominster, Richard Ribeiro and his wife Donna of Somerville and the late Steven and Gilbert Ribeiro. He is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Former Somerville Police Officer James E. Ribeiro

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Proposed Permit Fees for Parking Communications Gone Wrong Between Somerville Resident and Somerville City Councilor Jake Wilson

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

This is a trail of email communications between Somerville Resident Claire Gibbins and Somerville City Councilor Jake Wilson regarding “Proposed Permit Fees for Parking”

CLAIRE’S FINAL RESPONSE TO SOMERVILLE CITY COUNCILOR JAKE WILSON ON HIS RESPONSE:

From: Claire
Date: August 23, 2022 at 7:26:51 PM EDT
To: Jake Wilson
Subject: Re: Proposed Permit Fees for Parking

I found your post to be immature and irresponsible.  You posted this and went on vacation so that residents could not get in touch with you.  Your stupidity sent me into a severe panic/anxiety attack which could have easily led to a heart attack!  I believe you should be REMOVED from the council for your immature behavior add that to your Calendly!

Claire Goodwin

Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line:Proposed Permit Fees for Parking Communications Gone Wrong Between Somerville Resident and Somerville City Councilor Jake Wilson

Somerville Kiwanis Club Delivers Over 200 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies To Middle and High School Students

Pictured members of the Kiwanis Club of Somerville and many of the PUMA volunteers.

Second photo of 204 backpacks ready for distribution

SOMERVILLE_ For the third year, members of the Kiwanis Club of Somerville delivered over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to middle and high school students who are most in need of assistance. The students who will receive these backpacks will be identified by the Somerville Parent Information Center and the administrators at Prospect Hill Academy. Continue reading Somerville Kiwanis Club Delivers Over 200 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies To Middle and High School Students

HIGHLAND GARDENS TENANT ASSOCIATION MOBILIZE THE COMMUNITY AROUND MBTA PETITION SIGNING PROCESS

Highland Gardens, 114 Highland Avenue, is a federal senior/young disabled housing complex. Among its amenities are spacious balconies. Outside the complex are comfortable benches surrounded by a very aesthetic landscape design.
The tenants quickly acknowledge how ideal it is to have the MBTA #89 bus stop right outside the complex! The direct bus route offers easy access to Davis Square and Lechmere Station. Needless to say, this direct route pleases everybody!
The Highland Gardens Tenant Association is extremely active, not only in sponsoring memorable in-house Holiday Parties and Festivities, but its Officers also keep abreast of current affairs, policy-making and relevant announcements in Somerville. Continue reading HIGHLAND GARDENS TENANT ASSOCIATION MOBILIZE THE COMMUNITY AROUND MBTA PETITION SIGNING PROCESS

Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Why do grown men wearing dresses need an audience of children in our Somerville Public Schools?

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

I just read a comment by a Somerville resident that Somerville school children were sitting on the laps of the Drag Queens at a library storytelling?!?? Omg…as much as I’m disgusted with the MBTA Bus Reroute Proposal…this blatant, twisted, Godless, indoctrination of innocent children to…let’s say it in a politically correct venacular…
“alternative lifestyle”… Continue reading Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Why do grown men wearing dresses need an audience of children in our Somerville Public Schools?

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Deface Property)

On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, I, Officer Pavao, was assigned to marked unit East 2. At 6:56 P.M., I was dispatched along with East 3, Officer Khoury, to 54 Newton Street for Check Condition. The reporting party, Ms. XXXX, stated her neighbor was attacking her. Officer Campers responded as backup. It should be noted that there is an extensive history of disputes between Ms. XXXX and Ms. HARDING, and they have even been physical with each other in the past. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Deface Property)

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

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These four properties were sold in one month!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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