LAW MAKERS DISCUSS IMPOSiNG SALES TAX ON ITEMS BOUGHT ONLINE

By Bob Katzen 

Bill (H 1524) – Requires the state to plan and prepare to collect the state’s 6.25 percent sales taxes on all items purchased online if and when the federal government authorizes states to mandate that Internet sellers collect sales taxes. Federal law currently only requires the sales tax to be collected by sellers who have a physical presence like a store or warehouse in the state. Continue reading LAW MAKERS DISCUSS IMPOSiNG SALES TAX ON ITEMS BOUGHT ONLINE

Somerville Not On List of Municipal Small Bridge Program Award Winners


   $16 MILLION FOR SMALL BRIDGE REPAIRS – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded 36 cities and towns grants to fund the repair of bridges that are 20 or fewer feet in length. This 5-year, $50 million program was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last August. It will reimburse communities up to $500,000 per year to repair these small bridges, which are not eligible for federal aid. The funds can be used for the design, construction and administrative costs for the preservation, rehabilitation or replacement of these bridges.
   Supporters, noting there are some 1,300 small bridges across the state, say that many of these are in desperate need of repair or replacement and are at high risk for full or partial closure in the near future if action is not taken.  Continue reading Somerville Not On List of Municipal Small Bridge Program Award Winners

Letter to the Editor:A Letter of Thanks by Katherine Cremin

I am extending my heart felt gratitude and indescribable feelings of love and strength to everyone, every single one of all the beautiful people I have known and have come to know throughout the past twenty two years for the loss of my daughter Deanna Cremin and throughout the last month for the loss of my daughter Christine Cremin. Continue reading Letter to the Editor:A Letter of Thanks by Katherine Cremin

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, March 31, the 90th day of 2017 with 275 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:28 and sunset is @ 7:08. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, March 30, the 89th day of 2017 with 276 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:30 and sunset is @ 7:06. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

RUN, WALK OR PADDLE FOR THE HERRING!


Register today for the 21st annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Saturday, May 20th https://mysticriver.org/herring-run-paddle  – note the new date! The event includes a 5K road race, a 3, 9 or 12 mile paddling race on the Mystic River, a family friendly bicycle ride and much more. Register by May 1st for your free organic cotton T-shirt. Continue reading RUN, WALK OR PADDLE FOR THE HERRING!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOMERVILLE! CITY CELEBRATES A “VERY SOMERVILLE” PARTY AT SOMERVILLE-CHARLESTOWN LINE

Photos by Frank Santangelo 

By William Tauro 

This past Wednesday night, dozens of residents came out to celebrate Somerville’s 175th Birthday on Broadway. 
 
The month of March officially marks 175 years since Somerville separated from Charlestown (in 1842). 
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, March 29, the 88th day of 2017 with 277 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:31 and sunset is @ 7:05. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1461 – Edward IV secured his claim to the English thrown by defeating Henry VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Is Somerville Really a Sanctuary City or Not? Or Is It A 30 Year Old Bluff! 


By William Tauro

 

Fact is, based on what we have been able to uncover, that Somerville is no longer a Sanctuary City and hasn’t been legally designated a sanctuary city since 1989. If Somerville is a Sanctuary City, will someone please show us proof of this? Until then, we contend that Somerville is no longer a Sanctuary City and it hasn’t been for quite some time. Since 1989, to be exact. Continue reading Is Somerville Really a Sanctuary City or Not? Or Is It A 30 Year Old Bluff!