MASS DOT MOVES FORWARD WITH MASS AVE CORRIDOR PROJECT IN ARLINGTON

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation received approval from Federal Highway Administration to bid out the Massachusetts Avenue Corridor construction project (Project # 604687).

MassDOT advertised the project for construction bids on September 21, 2013 with a bid closing date in January of 2014.

Project construction is anticipated to start during the 2014 construction season and is expected to continue for two construction seasons.

Construction details will become available when MassDOT has selected its contractor.

In the coming months, MassDOT will work with the Town of Arlington to develop a communication plan to inform property and business owners of anticipated impacts of the project.

For additional information on this project please visit the state website at:

http://www.mhd.state.ma.us//default.asp?pgid=content/projectsRoot&sid=wrapper&iid=http://www.mhd.state.ma.us//ProjectInfo/

Select “Arlington” from the drop down menu and search for Project # 604687.

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: http://www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: http://www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/massdot and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.

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Somerville Political Signs, Like a Runaway Freight Train

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By William Tauro

With all the controversy about Political signs in and around Somerville, the Somerville Massachusetts sign ordinance article 12 clearly states: all political signs can only be up from “thirty days before the election and must be down by thirty days after the election.

The election sign laws in Somerville regarding the time frame are definitely being abused and obviously it’s not being obeyed here in the Ville!

Obviously the photo are not Somerville signs or candidates.

So not to embarrass any one or two or even three particular candidates, a photo of somewhere else has been used for this article.

Cavalia, Now You See It, Now You Don’t

By William Tauro

After a long and successful run in Somerville, Cavalia is dismantling its big white big top tent and moving on to its next venue city.

Thousands of spectators enjoyed Cavalia’s performances, with a sellout audience at all times.

The horses, the equipment, and the entertainers have all packed up their gear and have shipped out earlier today as yesterday, Sunday, was the show’s final performance in Somerville, at least for this year.

The makers of the Cavalia show have also timed their performances in such a strategic way that we are pretty sure that it also cut into some of the annual Barnum & Bailey Circus business that is coming to town and due to take place in Boston this coming October.

The Cavalia show brought a bit of excitement to Somerville especially in the Assembly Square area where construction has been ongoing for the past couple of years developing a city within a city.

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Lowell Voter Transportation

LOWELL, MA Need a ride to the polls? The City of Lowell Election Commission in partnership with the Lowell Senior Center will be providing voter transportation on Tuesday, September 24th for the Preliminary Election between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM.
Call the Election Office at (978) 674-1200 to schedule a ride.

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Cambridge Public Library Launches New Poetry Series

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The Cambridge Public Library is pleased to announce a new poetry series this fall, in honor of Louisa Solano, owner of the Grolier Book Shop from 1974 to 2006 and patron of the poetry community. Poets will read from their selected works at the Main Library, 449 Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Each reading will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall Books will be available for purchase and signing. Continue reading Cambridge Public Library Launches New Poetry Series

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Newtonville Village Day & Jazz Festival

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Sunday, September 29th

Bullough’s Pond Fair: 8:30am – Noon

All are invited to the first ever Bullough’s Pond Fair located on picturesque Bullough’s Pond in Newtonville. Sponsored by the Bullough’s Pond Association, there are free activities for everyone: including guided birdwatching, fly fishing, en plein air painting lesson, a model yacht regatta, arts & crafts for kids, music, an art show and a sponsored fundraising kayak race. Visit www.bulloughspond.org for a full schedule of events. Continue reading Newtonville Village Day & Jazz Festival

Malden Community Garden Comes to Life

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Mayor Gary Christenson, Councillor Barbara Murphy and Clay Larsen gathered with volunteers at the newly installed community garden along the Northern Strand Community Trail (Bike to the Sea Path). The garden is located about a 10-minute walk east from Malden High School.  A grand opening is planned for Saturday, October 26th from 2:00-4:00 PM.

Malden residents now have the opportunity to adopt a planting bed for just $20 per year! Gardeners will provide their own plants or seeds and water will be supplied by the city. Volunteers who helped to build the garden will get the first choice of the 25 garden locations.

Councillor Murphy initiated the project which was built by volunteers under the direction of Clay Larsen, project manager for Groundwork Somerville. Mayor Christenson’s office provided leadership, grant-writing support and outreach. Funding was obtained from several sources including a federal community development block grant obtained by the Malden Redevelopment Authority and private donations from Keurig, Inc. and the non-profit organization Seeds of Change. Non-profit partners also include Bike to the Sea, Inc. and the Malden Cultural Council.

More information about renting a garden bed can be obtained by contacting Clay Larson at bikepathcommunitygarden@gmail.com or 617-908-1022.

Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Bills Public Hearings Tuesday September 24 at 1:00PM

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The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) alerts riders that the Joint Committee on Transportation has scheduled Public Hearings on Tuesday, September 24 for at least 10 Bills of interest to Massachusetts Motorcyclists. The MMA recommends support for 7 of the bills, and opposition to 3 as follows:

 

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BILLS TO SUPPORT Continue reading Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Bills Public Hearings Tuesday September 24 at 1:00PM

Chelsea Police Department is Awarded “Accreditation” Status

On September 12th, 2013 the Chelsea Police Department received a State Accreditation Award from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission at a ceremony held at the Andover Country Club.

Law Enforcement Accreditation is a self-initiated voluntary evaluation process by which police departments from across the commonwealth strive to meet and maintain law enforcement standards that have been established for the profession and by the profession. These carefully selected professional standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and the efficient operation of a secure holding facility. The accreditation program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to citizens of the commonwealth.

Under the direction and leadership of Chief Brian A. Kyes and CPD Accreditation Co-Managers Captain David Batchelor and Captain Thomas Dunn as well as Accreditation Assistant Helen Ramirez, the Chelsea Police Department was assessed in June of 2013 by a panel of highly trained Commission Assessors. The MPAC Assessment Team found the CPD to be in compliance with ALL applicable Mandatory Standards and the department also exceeded by over 20% the required number of the Voluntary Standards necessary for Accreditation.

“Achieving Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is a very significant accomplishment and a recognition highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.

“Going through the process initially requires intense and ongoing self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a comprehensive top-down quality assurance review of the entire agency,” stated Chief Kyes. “In pursuit of this endeavor I remain extremely proud of all the men and women of the CPD who continually strive for excellence in the delivery of an optimum law enforcement and community policing product to the stakeholders in our community”, continued Kyes.

The Chelsea Police Department is currently only one of 37 police departments statewide (including 10 major college and university police agencies) and only one of 9 of the 35 Major City Police Departments in the commonwealth to attain Accreditation. The CPD was first Certified in 2003, Re-Certified in 2008, first Accredited in 2010 and now Re-Accredited in September of 2013.

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The Urban Public Safety Alliance Recognition and Honor Banquet in the spirit of “Boston Strong”

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By William Tauro
This past Friday evening a crowed function hall of over five hundred attendees, elected officials and law enforcement agencies from across the state filled the IBEW Local 103 Union Hall located on Freeport Street in Dorchester, where The Urban Public Safety Alliance hosted it’s 1st Annual  “Recognition and Honor Banquet”  in the spirit of “Boston Strong” that was dedicated to the public safety personnel who lost their lives and/or put themselves in harm’s way during the horrific attacks of the Boston Marathon and aftermath.
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Town of Hudson Construction Alert!! September 23 – 27

 

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Beginning Monday September 23, paving will begin along Route 85/Washington Street. Final top coat paving will begin from Park St to Giasson St. Then they will pave the binder undercoat from Walmart to the new roundabout. The remaining section, the final top coat from Giasson St up to the roundabout, will be paved, pending the removal of the utility poles.

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Fatal Single Motor Vehicle Collision in Bedford

 

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By William Tauro

Bedford Police with assistance from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are investigating a single car crash that resulted in the death of a 20 year old Billerica man.

On Saturday morning at about 3:20 AM the Bedford Police and Fire Departments responded to the crash scene at 97 Page Road. Speed does appear to be a factor, and police are investigating what, if any, other factors may have contributed to the crash.

The name of the operator is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The case remains under investigation by the Bedford Police Department.

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Mayor Menino and MassChallenge Announce Expansion of Innovation District

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MassChallenge to Anchor District Growth with 2014 Move to New Home in Innovation and Design Building

 

5,000 New Innovation District Jobs Added over Four Years; 1,000 new Jobs since February 2013

 

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, to Continue reading Mayor Menino and MassChallenge Announce Expansion of Innovation District

Mayor Menino Unveils Innovative Boston Bike Network Plan

 

A 30-Year Vision for 350 Miles of Cycling Infrastructure

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the release of the Boston Bike Network Plan, identifying a comprehensive network of bike routes through the city and calling for the creation of 75 new miles of bike routes within five years.

 

            “The Boston Bike Network Plan will improve the quality of life for every Bostonian by improving our health and reducing and congestion on our streets.” Mayor Menino said. “Boston is fast becoming one of the top biking cities in Continue reading Mayor Menino Unveils Innovative Boston Bike Network Plan

LYNNFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH FLU CLINIC

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Age 10 & Over/Non-Lynnfield Residents Welcome

 

Lynnfield Council on Aging

525 Salem Street, Lynnfield

Friday, October 4, 2013

9:00 am –12:00 pm

  • No allergies to eggs or egg products
  • No history of Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)

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Most insurance accepted

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City to Host Fun, Informative Emergency Preparedness Event for Pets and their Owners September is National Preparedness Month and Mayor Menino Wants to Ensure All Families and Pets Are Prepared

By William Tauro

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management Animal Control will announce today Friday, September 20th at 4-6 p.m. at Peters Park,230 Shawmut Avenue in the South End of Boston out of it’s City Hall To Go Truck a “family and pet preparedness event.”

During this event, residents using mobile city hall services will receive a family preparedness go-bag from the city. 

City residents who are pet owners applying for a new or renewed 2013 pet license will receive a free pet preparedness go-bag full of toys, nonperishable food, emergency drinking water, medical supplies and more! Residents with pets may also show a current 2013 license to receive a bag.