State to Postpone April 15 Tax Deadline...

Mar 27, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2020 By MATT MURPHY State House News Service BOSTON — The April 15 deadline for filing state income tax returns will be postponed until July 15 under a deal announced Friday between Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders. The change, which requires legislation, means the state tax deadline will now align with the new federal tax deadline, which was postponed last week by Internal Revenue Service. “In partnership with our colleagues in the Legislature, we are committed to providing this flexibility to taxpayers in a way that protects the Commonwealth’s strong fiscal footing that we have all worked hard to develop over the past several years,” Baker said in a statement announcing the agreement. Conservative groups like the Pioneer Institute and the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, along with the Massachusetts...

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Standing with Asian Americans in our community...

Mar 26, 2020 by

Published March 27, 2020 This is an open letter to all of Melrose from Mayor Paul Brodeur, Police Chief Mike Lyle, Supt. of Schools Cyndy Taymore, the Board of Directors of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence and the Melrose Clergy Association. The COVID-19 virus has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives. As situations worsen in the job sector and as more cases arise, people’s fears are understandable. For those who need something or someone to blame, members of our Asian American community are easy targets. This is completely unacceptable. Across the country, there are reports of despicable hate, bigotry and scapegoating of Asian Americans. Please don’t think it can’t happen in Melrose. A mother in our community reached out because she is worried about her Asian American children, based on past experiences...

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She is now State Rep. Lipper-Garabedian...

Mar 26, 2020 by

Published March 27, 2020 BOSTON – Early Wednesday afternoon, Kate Lipper-Garabedian of Melrose was sworn in as state representative of the 32nd Middlesex District representing Malden, Melrose and Wakefield. Lipper-Garabedian, formerly a Melrose city councilor, ran a grassroots campaign in the March 3 special election to replace former state representative and current Mayor of Melrose Paul Brodeur. She was sworn in at the Statehouse with a limited audience due to restrictions put in place surrounding the coronavirus social distancing protocols. Joining Kate at her swearing in (all at least 6 feet apart) were Governor Baker, Governor’s Council Member Terrence Kennedy, Speaker DeLeo, and legislative colleagues Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Paul Donato. Under normal circumstances, the ceremony would have taken place during a formal House session with a great deal of pomp and circumstance. “You have witnessed...

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City has first woman DPW director...

Mar 26, 2020 by

Published March 27, 2020 MELROSE — Elena Proakis Ellis will be the first woman to lead the city’s public works department. This week, the City Council unanimously approved an order sent earlier by Mayor Paul Brodeur asking to name the current assistant DPW director to the top post. She becomes the DPW director on March 30. Proakis Ellis has been the city engineer and assistant DPW director since 2015. She replaces interim Director Richard Stinson, who was appointed in September to fill in for a few months after John Scenna left to become head of the Lynnfield Center Water District. Stinson was formerly the longtime DPW director in Wakefield, retiring last year. Proakis Ellis, a Wakefield resident who lives in Greenwood, earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and her master’s in Environmental...

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PHOTO: Heed the message

Mar 26, 2020 by

Published March 27, 2020

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