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7/24/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Somerville’s Building Types

by on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on the building types proposed in the new ordinance. More…


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7/22/14 Conservation Commission Hearing on Partners Healthcare Project

by on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Agenda includes a hearing on the Partners Health Care project and updates on Amelia Earhart Dam operations documents. More…


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STEP talks transportation at ArtBeat!

by on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Thanks to everyone who dropped by to visit STEP at ArtBeat this year! We had a great time talking about the coming Green Line, the about-to-open Assembly Square stop, the eventually grounded McGrath Highway, and so much more. Keep clicking for more p…


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Glovebox Brings Art to Unexpected Places

by on Mon, Jul 21, 2014

  GLVBX – also known as Glovebox — is a volunteer run organization that brings together artists and the public to form a collaborative, educational community. They work to enable artists to exhibit their work in non-traditional spaces in the Boston area, … Continue reading


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Somervillians Wary of Casinos

by on Sun, Jul 20, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 15, 2014 – The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision to allow a casino repeal measure on the November ballot has Somervillians talking about the billion-dollar casino and gambling industry again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwsUQHql6pw
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Angus Jennings – Candidate for Lt. Governor (7.16.14)

by on Sat, Jul 19, 2014

Greater Somerville and Joe Lynch continue the Mass Election 2014 coverage of the candidates with two new special episodes. Greater Somerville Episode link United Independent Party Candidate for Lt. Governor, Angus Jennings, sat with Joe Lynch to discuss his party’s platform, the role he sees the Lt. Governor fulfilling and hew the un-enrolled voters could play a big […]


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Tom Conroy – Candidate for Massachusetts Treasurer (7.16.14)

by on Sat, Jul 19, 2014

Greater Somerville and Joe Lynch continue the Mass Election 2014 coverage of the candidates with two new special episodes. Greater Somerville Episode Link Candidate for Massachusetts Treasurer, Tom Conroy discusses his legislative accomplishments, his plans for the Treasurer’s office and his thoughts on the future of the lottery and casino gambling in Massachusetts. Watch them […]


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Poor, Latino Youth Hit by Nationwide Obesity Crisis

by on Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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Beadkreative, A Retail Shop and More on Somerville Ave

by on Fri, Jul 18, 2014

There’s sparking energy in the cluster of Union Square storefronts along Somerville Avenue past PA’s Lounge. Joining the cafe of Fortissimo and the recently opened bike shop of Somervelo is Beadkreative. Beadkreative has all the supplies you need to create … Continue reading


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Envisioning Public Spaces of Union Square

by on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

By Shu Talun, Union Square Neighbors With all of the planning initiatives and development proposals underway in Union Square, the changes to come are on the minds of many. The long-awaited arrival of the Green Line and the City’s bold … Continue reading


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

by on Sun, Jun 23, 2013

These are two scheduled meetings of the BOA Land Use Committee, one at 6 PM and another at 7 PM. Agenda at 6 PM includes discussing a zoning amendment to separate supermarkets from other retail in the zoning code, and another to add Medical Marijuana Treatment Facility to the table of land use categories. Agenda at 7 PM includes processing a zoning amendment, currently withdrawn, to permit a ground floor supermarket that exceeds the Ground Level Retail Size Cap in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District. More…


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6/4/13, 6/5/13 Forums on Ethanol Trains through Cambridge and Somerville

by on Sun, Jun 2, 2013

The Cambridge legislative delegation is holding two public forums about a plan proposed by Global Partners to transport ethanol through Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea using the existing rail system. The ethanol trains may be a mile long and contain up to a million gallons of hot-burning, hard-to-extinguish ethanol. Far better to transport it by barge from Albany NY. More…


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Public TV and Walmart: WGBH Responds

by on Sun, Feb 24, 2013

When my membership renewal came due  I sent WGBH a letter explaining the dilemma I faced deciding whether to continue to support Boston’s non-commercial public television station. I had recently seen a promotional piece- a…


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What we can learn from the School Committee’s selection process

by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Last month the School Committee chose a replacement for their colleague, Maureen Bastardi, who had been appointed Ward 1 Alderman. They did so through an open process that involved soliciting interest from potential candidates and…


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2/6/13 Public Hearing on Ethanol Train Routes

by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013

Ethanol trains carrying large amounts of flammable liquid would pass through Somerville, including right by Brickbottom, East Broadway and Assembly Square. More…


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Why Should ‘Villens Consider Livestock Grazing (Ever)?

by on Sat, Jan 26, 2013

When a sober, soft-spoken, octogenarian with a Scottish accent delivers a somber warning about a six-degree temperature increase on our planet the impact is immediately warmly felt. So it was in the ASEAN Auditorium at…


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Why a new library?

by on Thu, Jan 17, 2013

Why build when we can use what we have so much better?


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Mayor @JoeCurtatone Misses Own Deadline for OpenData Initiative

by on Wed, Aug 1, 2012

In June, the City proudly announced that it would be posting lots of operational data in July online at data.somervillema.gov.  Well, it’s August 1st and that webpage hasn’t been set up yet. …


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Shea leaves legacy: human rights, schools, wit

by on Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Described “a force for good in the world,” William E. Shea was honored at a funeral Mass Friday, July 27, in St. Camillus Church, in Arlington, following his July 24 death at home. He had been president Ames Envelope and had been active in many ways in Somerville. See the full story at YourArlington.com…


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Assembling the Pieces

by on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Construction is underway at Assembly Row, Somerville’s great hope for economic development. The path to this point has been winding.

What will the way forward bring?


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