Newstalk – February 22
So far were correct on the re-election rally for Alderman At Large Mary Jo Rossetti on February 28 at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square across from the parking lot on 65 Holland Street, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Alderman-Lady Mary Jo works very hard for the city, she is always thinking of us the residents. She’s running for re-election and is one of many of the present alderman that is dedicated and listens to the residents here in Somerville.
Our View of the Times – February 22
Why is it that so many of us have to get in our cars or board public transportation each day when we go to work?
Is it just our bad luck that that the only job we can possibly work at happens to be 40 miles or more away from where live and shop and play and…well, live our lives?
Somerville: A Place for All
By Joseph A. Curtatone
Recently, I’ve been asked a number of times to discuss Somerville’s status as a sanctuary city and each time I do, I try to emphasize that we will not waiver from our commitment to being a city that welcomes and serves all. When we say all, we mean all – and that means acknowledging and addressing inequity on other fronts too.
Intolerance and arson
By William C. Shelton
The part of East Somerville where the avenues are named for states was once a high hill with a convent atop it. Both are gone.
Ploughed Hill, later renamed Mount Benedict, was razed to fill in the Middlesex Canal in the late 19th Century. Before that, a mob burned the convent in 1834.
Newstalk – February 15
How would you rate the snow removal this week? On a score of 1 being bad and 10 being great we here rate it as a 5. We’ve seen better, maybe Commissioner Koty might not want to yell at the workers over the air – oh, that’s right, he’s forbidden to stay on the air waves, isn’t he? Let us know how you rate the removal this week online.
Our View of the Times – February 15
Just when we thought we might be safe from any further snow hassles for the season, along comes last week’s belly-whopper that sent us out, clutching our shovels and wrenching our backs out of place.
Hopefully, the worst is behind us for the time being. At least it seems so for now.
Snow emergency data: Comparing February 2016 and 2017
By Joseph A. Curtatone
It seems that Punxsutawny Phil – the groundhog who predicts whether we’re going to have a long winter or early spring – was right earlier this month when he saw his shadow, prompting a declaration of more winter weather. Like many years before it, this February has brought with it a batch of snow storms that has tested our snow policies and procedures – and of course, everyone’s patience.
Rally for home care at Elder Lobby Day
By Nathan Lamb
February is budget season at Beacon Hill, and that has advocates from across the Commonwealth converging at the Statehouse for Elder Lobby Day on February 27.
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) will be there backing several proposals for Home Care and other community-based supports. As an elder services agency, we know that the vast majority of older adults prefer to live in their homes as long as possible, and we also know it’s crucial that lawmakers hear from constituents about how important these programs are.
The future of public transportation in Massachusetts
By Daniel Sullivan
Recently I attended a forum on the future of public transportation in Massachusetts. It was held at 50 Middlesex Ave in Somerville. I was invited by State Senator Pat Jehlen. So I’ve been making friends in high places. Not really a big deal.
Newstalk – February 8
The Somerville Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Breakfast with U.S. Representative Michael Capuano takes place at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street, on Thursday, February 9. Doors open at 7:45 a.m., Buffet breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Sponsored by Winter Hill Bank. $25 Chamber members, $35 Non-members. RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guest(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.