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Proposed Zoning Ordinance Raises Questions

by today at 10:55 pm

The new zoning code being proposed by City Hall is causing some concerns and raising questions, at meetings, in the news, and on street corners or in cafés.

The 308-page document would overhaul and…


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Tufts Will Fund Undocumented Students

by today at 12:04 pm

Somerville, MA, April 21, 2015 – The Tufts administration surprised student demonstrators on April 7 by announcing it will now provide financial assistance to the undocumented students it accepts.

Tufts “will now consider all undocumented…


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Latest Somerville Neighborhood Newscast

by today at 12:04 pm

Somerville, MA, Apr. 23, 2015 – Check out a Tufts rally to support undocumented students, learn about youth homelessness, go to a march in downtown Boston, discover a nationwide contest to help Somerville fight climate…


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5/6/15 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting as a Whole

by on Sun, Apr 26, 2015

5/6/15 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting as a Whole Wed. May. 6 6:00 – 8:00 PM Somerville City Hall Aldermanic Chamber 93 Highland Ave. Somerville MA (map) Agenda (PDF) This is a special meeting of the BOA Land Use Committee. Agenda is to discuss and recommend action upon the proposed change to form-oriented zoning throughout Somerville. The Land Use Committee evaluates proposed zoning changes and reports to the BOA. For more information, see: Somerville Meeting Portal Aldermanic Standing Committees WITI?


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4/30/15 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

by on Sun, Apr 26, 2015

Agenda not available. Agenda likely includes an Assembly Square update and an update on Union Square. More…


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Please help with the 2015 Farmer’s Market SNAP Match

by on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Union Square Main Streets needs your help to provide fresh, local food from the farmers market to Somerville’s lowest income residents. How it Works SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) recipients use their benefit cards to purchase farmers market tokens. … Continue reading


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Somerville Boxing and Youth Development

by on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Somerville, MA, Feb. 24, 2015 – Tucked in the basement at 11 Otis Street in East Somerville, there’s a fight going on… in fact, a couple of them!

But not the kind of fighting that…


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Field Video Production Workshop at SCATV

by on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Field Video Production Workshop at SCATV
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This four-session class introduces students to all the elements of field video production including video, audio, and lighting. Learn to operate SCATV’s Panasonic video camcorders…


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Intro to Podcasting Workshop at SCATV

by on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Intro to Podcasting Workshop at SCATV
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We invite people to learn how to plan and produce effective audio podcasts that engage your audience. Producing a podcast is simple but on this…


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SCATV offers Stop Motion Animation Workshop – Fun for All Ages

by on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

STOP MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT SCATV: website link

Learn stop-motion animation with animation guru, Jessica Barnthouse. Students of all ages will work in groups to plan, produce, and edit original stop-motion animations using professional…


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3/5/15 Joint Planning Board / Land Use Committee Hearing on New Zoning

by on Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Agenda consists of a hearing on the new, building-type oriented zoning ordinance to replace the current zoning ordinance. More…


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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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