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ARRIGO TO DELIVER State of the City ON February 6

Mayor Brian Arrigo’s State of the City address will take place on Monday, February 6 at 6 PM. The address will take place in the City Council chambers. This will be his second State of the City address with last years coming after a recount of the mayoral race between Arrigo and Dan Rizzo. In the past year Arrigo has seen the development of 205 Revere Beach Parkway, the former Shaw’s site, and the receiving of a $2.5 million grant to go toward work on infrastructure. He has also seen playgrounds built at the Garfield School and Oak Island. Arrigo has also professionalized City Hall with the creation of a human resources office and the restructuring of some offices and city spending that is operating below budget forecasts.

Resident parking permit program extended to Tuesday, Feb. 21

In an effort to give residents more time to acquire their 2017 Resident parking permits, the grace period for enforcement of resident-only parking on posted streets will continue through Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Parking permits became available this week at the City Clerk’s office and online via Those who have already filled out their applications had their permits mailed out this week.

Alternatively, residents may visit and download an application to request a Resident Parking Sticker and/or Visitor Parking Permit(s) by mail or in-person.  Upon approval of your application, your Resident Parking Sticker and/or Visitor Parking Permit(s) will be mailed to the residential address on file.

When the grace period ends on Feb. 21, tickets will be issued to those violating resident parking rules.

The list of streets that are designated resident parking only can be viewed at


    The first meeting will April 11, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

April 20     Adam Trent Magician at Lantana’s

                Star of Broadway Hit The Illusionists   $98.00

                  Includes Lunch, Show, Driver tip

Please call Lorraine 781-289-3039 for reservations..


Bay State Skating School has Learn-To-Skate classes offered in 12 Greater Boston rinks: Brookline, Cambridge, Cleveland Circle, Medford, Newton/Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, South Boston, Waltham, West Roxbury and Weymouth.  Our emphasis is on having fun while learning to skate.

Bay State Skating School has become a Boston institution, teaching ice skating classes for children ages 4 ½ to 18, for over forty-eight years.  Skaters learn recreational, hockey or figure skating skills at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  The winter months are great months for ice-skating.

We have attached a sheet of days and times of lessons in the various rinks, in case you would like to send a photographer and/or a feature writer to capture the fun and excitement as beginners take their first glide and see other skaters’ master new skills.  Start a fun routine in 2017!

Bay State Skating School is a non-profit organization. Call 781-890-8480 or go to our web site

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Urges Caution to Fans Purchasing Patriots Super Bowl Tickets

Excitement is in the air as the New England Patriots head to Super Bowl LI on February 5. As Massachusetts residents look to travel to Houston, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is warning about ticket and travel scams.

“Events that have high ticket demand and low availability drive the ticket re-sale market,” warns Consumer Affairs Undersecretary John Chapman. “Unfortunately, fans hoping to buy tickets to one of the most coveted games of the year often fall victim to scams, losing not only their chance to view the game, but also losing thousands of dollars.”

Advice to Consumers

  • Attempt first to buy tickets straight from the venue or an authorized vendor. If that is not an option, consumers should only buy from third party resellers that have an authenticity guarantee.
  • Avoid purchasing tickets or travel packages from sites such as Craigslist or eBay.
  • Check reviews from multiple sources and Read the Service or User Agreements.
  • Read the policies regarding cancellations and returns for all ticket, hotel, and travel purchases.
  • Use a credit card to pay for tickets or travel purchases. Credit cards provide some protections should you need to dispute the charge. This is made more difficult with checks, money orders, wire transfers, or cash.
  • Consumers renting property from an online site should confirm the property site and destination, and that the rental is legitimately available.
  • If game tickets are advertised as a part of a travel package, the consumer must be shown either the actual tickets or a written confirmation of how the tickets will be delivered.
  • Federal “Truth in Ticketing” rules also provide for a full refund of the entire package price if your deal was supposed to include a game ticket and you did not receive one.
  • Consumers may cancel a tour package without penalty if the operator increases the price by more than 10 percent of the originally quoted

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