Waltham reps help pass comprehensive gun violence legislation

Tom Stanley and John Lawn, Waltham’s state representatives, helped pass comprehensive gun violence legislation which, for the first time, authorizes a police chief to deny a firearm identification (FID) card if there is credible information that the applicant poses a public safety risk, authorizes licensed gun dealers to access criminal offender record information (CORI), and prohibits a convicted felon from […]

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House adopts Stanley amendment to help major job centers meet downtown parking needs

The House of Representatives adopted Rep. Stanley’s amendment to the Economic Development Bill which will help qualified municipalities address their downtown parking demands. Under the criteria, the City of Waltham would be eligible to receive up to $100,000 in grants for the study and implementation of a parking management plan. Traditionally, cities and towns seek to resolve parking issues by […]

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House Adopts Stanley Amendment to Restore $20 Million for UMASS Center for Urban Sustainability

The House of Representatives adopted Rep. Stanley and Rep. Lawn’s amendment to the Environmental Bond Bill to restore $20 million to the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Center for Urban Sustainability in Waltham.  The funding was cut by the House during the legislative process but Rep. Stanley and Rep. Lawn filed the amendment to restore funding for this important program. The […]

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Waltham council looking for I&I Advisory Committee members

The Waltham City Council is looking for volunteers to serve on the Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) Advisory Committee. No less than four members shall represent the interest of businesses and shall have expertise in the area of land use, environmental law, commercial leasing, residential and commercial construction, engineering, the local business climate or the I&I practices of other Massachusetts communities. […]

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Letter to the Editor: City needs to be friendlier to business

On Tuesday, May 6, I called a citizens input hearing before the City Council’s Economic Development Committee to learn more about the city’s inflow and infiltration (I&I) policies, in response to the many complaints I’ve heard from businesses over recent months and years. The hearing was well attended, and what I heard was downright alarming! The message from businesses was […]

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Waltham urban sustainability center moves forward

Local lawmakers rejoiced Monday after an environmental bond bill, which includes funding for an urban sustainability center in Waltham, was passed out of a legislative committee. The $1.7 billion bond bill was unanimously passed out of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and contains a $20 million provision for UMass-Amherst to build a Center for Urban Sustainability at […]

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Stanley calls hearing to discuss inflow, infiltration

The city of Waltham has been party to a consent agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for several years to resolve a critical environmental issue and infrastructure shortfall regarding inflow and infiltration (I&I). The city of Waltham administration is responsible for setting policy and mitigation strategies to meet the conditions of the consent agreement and ultimately resolve this […]

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