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This Saturday Help Rebuild a Community Garden at Mystic Housing

Posted by a 2:00 am on April 30, 2008

Warren Goldstein-Gelb, director of the Welcome Project, has asked for help in getting the word out about the need for volunteers this Saturday (May 3) in rebuilding the community garden at Mystic Housing, which was a casualty of the Somerville Housing Authority’s need for space for a maintenance shed.


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Extended Learning Time/School Day

Posted by a 6:01 pm on April 28, 2008

It is one of our School Committee’s Long Range goals to consider extending the school day. There is a big push for this gathering on the state level as well, and schools are beginning to take advantage of grant money offered to give $1,300 per student for 300 hours of additional instruction/enrichment hours. I found…


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Toward an ecological politics in Somerville?

Posted by a 7:00 pm on April 24, 2008

Bill Shelton’s post made me wonder… is an ecological politics possible in Somerville?


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How to remove a double pole

Posted by a 10:42 pm on April 23, 2008

We have been waiting for years to have a double pole — two utilitiy poles lashed together — turned back into a single pole in front of our house. The extra pole blocks visibility, obstructs strollers and impedes snow removal. Recently we stumbled upon someone who actually seems to know how the process works! …


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Indie Film Festival Brings SUVs to Davis Sq

Posted by a 10:41 pm on

New England Ford is sponsoring the festival and drove an SUV into the middle of the plaza in Davis. Thanks…


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CAAS to Elect Board: Candidates Wanted

Posted by a 11:07 pm on April 22, 2008

Do you want to help set the direction for Somerville’s anti-poverty agency? The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking candidates—and voters—for its Board elections, coming up the week of May 19th at two locations in Somerville.


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directory of summer activities for kids

Posted by a 10:56 am on April 21, 2008

It’s great that people have been responding to Linda Conte’s post proposing a parent-made directory of summer camps and other summer educational activities.…


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Comment Period on Waterfront Access at Assembly Sq. ends Monday, April 14

Posted by a 7:35 pm on April 12, 2008

April 14, is the last day the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will accept public comments on how to improve the proposed Assembly Square IKEA, and lessen its impact on the public’s right to freely travel to and enjoy our Mystic River waterfront.


Posted in Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Transportation | 1 Comment »

Find out about local poetry happenings

Posted by a 6:01 pm on April 10, 2008

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April 27 Walk to Prevent Homelessness

Posted by a 9:47 pm on April 9, 2008

Come one, Come all. On April 27 afternoon (1:30pm registration), the 5th Annual Walk to Prevent Homelessness in Somerville will again take off from the Somerville High School.…


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Auction to Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 5:59 pm on April 6, 2008

Thalia Tringo is looking for items for a silent auction at the Somerville Homeless Coalition fundraiser on April 26, 2008. Each auction item will have a value of $250 or higher, but some of them will be combined packages (e.g, a night-out-on-the-town item consisting of a gift certificate for $100 to a Boston restaurant and…


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Winter Soldier : Veterans Testify Against Occupation

Posted by a 1:14 am on

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.…


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Gentrification: another look

Posted by a 1:18 pm on April 4, 2008

I’m frequently seeing the word “gentrification” employed to describe the demographic change taking place in Somerville since the late 1990s. We’re certainly seeing changes, but I question how much of it is gentrification.

When the term came into general use it described a revival of old and run-down neighborhoods by well-to-do…


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Somerville Tree Photo Contest!

Posted by a 9:32 am on

Consider the overburdened utility pole… Some call it the Somerville tree, others (insert utility company name here) would just rather ignore it. Some lean a little and some lean a lot. Most seem to need major help!


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“The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear”

Posted by a 9:00 pm on April 3, 2008

This speech about Somerville young people killed by drugs, made the front page of the Globe’s City section. But publicity’s not enough. What should Somerville do about it?…


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A Guide To Tax Breaks

Posted by a 10:30 pm on April 2, 2008

Many residents are eligible for a property tax break. Are you? Find out.…


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Summer Camps for Somerville Kids

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 1, 2008

Having toddlers kind of put the kibosh on my favorite summertime activity—reading at the beach. Still, when they would eventually exhaust themselves with swimming, shell collecting, and digging to China, we could stay on the beach a little longer if I pulled out some read-aloud material.…


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Somerville’s Changing Politics, Part 1

Posted by a 9:47 am on

When a region’s climate changes over long periods, its ecosystems change as well. Woodlands can become grasslands, tundra or desert. This process involves prolonged conflict between differing plant and animal groups, and between how they change their environment by living and propagating. Even if they were conscious, they would not see themselves as at war, but rather merely doing what they can to survive.…


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