Author Archives: Tim Toomey

Upcoming Hearing on Inman Square Safety Improvements

In the wake of a tragic accident that took the life of a young Cambridge woman last month, many have called for quick action to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians in the busy Inman Square intersection where she was … Continue reading

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Public Info Meetings on Longfellow Bridge Rehab Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)  will hold meetings in Cambridge and Boston next week to give an update on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Staff from MassDOT and the design/build contractor White-Skanska-Consigli JV will present a status on the … Continue reading

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Somerville Rallies to Help Rush Street Fire Victims

Our communities have responded with great urgency and support after 32 people where displaced last week by a fire on Rush Street in Somerville. The Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) has set up an online fundraiser, which, as of now, has … Continue reading

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GLX Legislators Push Back Against Public Meeting Cancellation

I was very concerned to learn last night that MassDOT plans to cancel its final public meeting on the Green Line Extension design review, which was originally planned for the evening of May 5th. Given the importance of this project … Continue reading

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Time for medical release law for terminally ill inmates in Massachusetts

Below is an op-ed I co-authored with Senator Pat Jehlen on why Massachusetts should release terminally ill inmates from incarceration to a supervised community setting in cases where a judge has determined that an inmate is permanently incapacitated and no … Continue reading

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Construction Advisory: Overnight Closure of Land Blvd/Memorial Dr on April 21

Land Boulevard/Memorial Drive near Longfellow Bridge will be closed from 11pm on Thursday, April 21 to 5am on Friday, April 22 for construction related to the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation project. Signage will be in place to indicate approved detour routes, … Continue reading

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Why Rental Subsidies Help Prevent Chronic Homelessness

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a legislative briefing on the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) with Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) at the State House. AHVP is a transitional rental assistance program that provides accessible and affordable housing options to approximately 560 … Continue reading

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Rental Applications Now Available for Union Sq Apartments

The Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) is accepting applications for Union Square Apartments through May, 5th 2016. The apartment complex, which will replace the old Boys and Girls club on 181 Washington Street, is a mixed-use development project expected to include ground … Continue reading

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McGrath/McCarthy Overpass Traffic Pattern Changes Coming April 11

Some substantial changes are coming to the Somerville Avenue/Medford Street Intersection at McGrath Highway. On April 11th, the Somerville Ave off-ramp will permanently close to traffic, along with the tunnel under the McCarthy Overpass that connects Somerville Ave and Medford … Continue reading

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Why Single Payer should be the next step for healthcare reform in MA

Earlier this week, I testified in support of H.1026, An Act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts, which was heard before the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. I wanted to share with you my testimony on why I think … Continue reading

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