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Somerville Dem Caucuses for State Convention

Posted by a 8:04 pm on January 30, 2009

According to “Latest News” on the website of the Somerville Democratic City Committee www.SomDems.org :
The Ward Caucuses to elect delegates to the 2009 State Convention in Springfield will be held on…


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Time to TAP for SAP

Posted by a 3:24 pm on January 29, 2009

The days are lengthening and the sap will soon begin flowing. That’s right, it’s Maple Syrup Time! The Somerville Maple Syrup Project will be kicking off the 2009 season this Saturday, January 31st at 12pm!…


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It’s Time to TAP for SAP

Posted by a 3:02 pm on

The days are lengthening and the sap will soon begin flowing. That’s right, it’s Maple Syrup Time! The Somerville Maple Syrup Project will be kicking off the 2009 season this Saturday, January 31st at 12pm!…


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Volunteer for the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 12:58 pm on

I want to share with you a call I received this week from an 80-year-old Somerville woman. Olga is a retired math teacher who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. After hearing President Obama’s Inaugural Address and his call to service, she picked up the phone, saying she was moved to “give back any way I can.” Olga will be tutoring math at Somerville High School three hours a week. I know that there are many more Olgas in Somerville and beyond who are searching for meaningful ways to connect with and give back to their community.


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Is the mayor’s Financial Advisory Committee good for Somerville?

Posted by a 9:50 pm on January 28, 2009

This sounds like a proactive and timely step on the part of the mayor, but is this “outside” panel of “experts” truly a good source of guidance for our city in these dire times?


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Invitation to share your advice about improving the website of the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 9:23 am on

Dear colleagues and neighbors,

At least three times a week I get email from members of our community offering advice on ways the website of the Somerville Public Schools can be reorganized to better meet their information needs.…


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Davis Square Area Resident-Business Initiative Monthly Mtg

Posted by a 9:12 am on

Monthly DARBI Meeting, Wed., Feb. 4, 7pm.

The Davis Square Area Resident-Business Initiative (DARBI), a registered 501(c)4 nonprofit association of volunteers who live and/or work in the area, aims to:

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Are YOU Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Posted by a 9:51 am on January 27, 2009

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can put up to $5,548 in your pocket this tax season! EITC is the federal and state income tax credit available to low and moderate-income working families and individuals. Don’t miss out! Last year, more than 50,000 eligible working families in Massachusetts failed to apply for EITC, leaving an estimated $75 million in unclaimed money in Washington, D.C. Couldn’t you use that money where you live?


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How is the recession affecting Somerville?

Posted by a 10:17 am on January 26, 2009

Do you see the effects of the economic down-turn here in Somerville? Have you seen for-sale and foreclosure signs in your neighborhood? Have you or your neighbors lost jobs? Do you see businesses closing or reducing hours? Have you noticed higher prices at the supermarket and in your energy bills? How are you affected?…


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Somerville Adult Evening School Winter Classes start Feb. 3.

Posted by a 11:50 pm on January 25, 2009

Somerville Adult Evening School Winter 2009 Classes start the week of February 3.

 

Whether you long to learn to ice a cake like a pro, play an African drum, speak Portuguese, deliver CPR, design a web page, do your own home improvements, or simply cut your home energy costs, Somerville Adult Evening School has an affordable course for you. Weekly classes are held at Somerville High School and cover everything from mastering pastry dough to learning to create architectural plans with AutoCAD.…


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming MA

Posted by a 11:39 pm on January 23, 2009

The young people from Centro Presente’s Pintamos Nuestro Mundo, and The Welcome Project’s Youth Program would like to cordially invite you to: “A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts” .
Tuesday, January 27th from 4:30


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts

Posted by a 11:33 pm on

This event is an opportunity for Somerville youth and community partners to meet in person, build community, and discuss how Somerville can become a safer and welcoming place for everyone. At the event, our youth members will present personal stories, and sit in small dialogue groups with adults.


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Mayor Curtatone says Somerville could lose approx $3 million in local aid this fiscal year

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Following Gov. Patrick’s announcement today of $128 million in local aid cuts, Mayor Joe Curtatone told CBS radio station affiliate WBZ that Somerville could lose “close to $3 million in this fiscal year”. How much pain will that mean for jobs and services in our city?


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Buried in unwanted phone books?

Posted by a 9:43 pm on

Aldermen Gewirtz and Desmond, and simultaneously Aldermen White and Sullivan, have introduced measures to stem the flow of unwanted phone books (text below the cut). If you have an opinion about unwanted phone books, the My Somerville page is a good way to find out who your aldermen are and let them know.…


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Want your future kindergartener to learn a foreign language? Try Unidos!

Posted by a 8:30 pm on

Learn more about the Unidos program at the February 3rd Open House/Tour at the Capuano Early Childhood Center (150 Glen Street).  The Open House starts at 8:30 am.

Families of children who will be 5 by August 31, 2009 are invited to learn more about the Unidos program at this open house. Unidos is a bi-cultural/bi-lingual program  where students in Grades K-8 learn core content in both English and Spanish.


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Tuesday meeting on the rights of immigrants

Posted by a 4:55 pm on

On Tuesday, January 27 from 4:30-6:30 pm, Centro Presente and the Welcome Project will be holding an event focused on the rights of immigrants in the area of Boston. We will be talking about the…


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 2:10 pm on January 22, 2009

Click “Read more” to learn about:

- College Goal Sunday on January 25th
- Kindergarten registration paperwork help, January 26-29
- Bye Bye Birdie at Somerville High School February 6-8
- Student art on exhibit at the Nave Gallery
- Somerville Special Olympics Swim team


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Know a Somerville High School student looking for leadership experience?

Posted by a 1:57 pm on

The Food Services Department is starting a Student Advisory Board in February to give students the opportunity to voice their thoughts about school meals.  Students will meet with the Food Service Director and Nutrition Outreach Coordinator on a monthly basis to advise on the school breakfast and lunch program through the rest of the school year.  All interested students should contact Charlotte Stephenson, Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, at (617) 625-6600 x6095 or cstephenson(at)k12.somerville.ma.us.


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Inauguration Day party at Sabur

Posted by a 10:34 am on January 19, 2009

A couple weeks shy of a year since I first heard it, I checked in to Dipdive.com to listen to will i. am’s “Yes We Can Song,” and must report with mild embarrassment that it…


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College Goal Sunday

Posted by a 10:41 pm on January 18, 2009

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College Goal Sunday, 2pm Jan 25, SHS

Posted by a 10:38 pm on

I’m helping the School Department with publicity for College Goal Sunday, on January 25 at 2:00, in the Somerville High School cafeteria. Please pass this information on to students who could use some help completing the FAFSA financial aid form.


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Celebrating the Inauguration?

Posted by a 2:09 pm on

Seriously, I am feeling like celebrating.  Our friend Seth Itzkan (Planet Tech, Davis Sq.) took off for DC yesterday at dawn.  He said that they would be closing the roads after that so you couldn’t…


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Progressive Dems of Somerville January Meeting

Posted by a 12:44 pm on January 17, 2009

[Note, I am the Endorsements Chair of PDS - Barry]

Come out to the first meeting of the new year!

What: PDS January Meeting

When: Tuesday


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Pintamos Nuestro Mundo

Posted by a 1:14 am on

I want to tell you about Pintamos Nuestro Mundo (We Paint Our World), which is the youth group of Centro Presente. …


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Inauguration Watch Party

Posted by a 9:03 am on January 15, 2009

Rep. Denise Provost and I invite people to join us in a celebratory inauguration lunch at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square on Jan. 20 at 11:30. There will be a large-screen TV tuned to the…


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Somerville Voices open meeting

Posted by a 11:50 am on January 14, 2009

Got ideas for improving and expanding Somerville Voices? Come talk about them. 6 to 8 pm at the Somerville Visiting Nurses assisted living facility, 259 Lowell Street, in the small dining room…


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Brown School Open House and Evening Coffee Hour

Posted by a 10:43 am on January 13, 2009

The Benjamin Brown School, a Somerville public school located at 201 Willow Ave (corner of Kidder), will hold its Open House week the same hours as the rest of the district’s schools, with the addition of open house hours on Tuesday, January 20th, starting at 8:30 a.m and ending at 1:30 p.m.  Open House will continue Wed, Jan. 21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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SCA energy-efficiency in underserved communities!

Posted by a 10:02 am on

Volunteer on National Service Day with Somerville Climate Action
MLK Day, Monday, January 19th
Spread the word on energy-efficiency in underserved communities!
On Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), we

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Freedom of Information

Posted by a 10:38 pm on January 9, 2009

I was looking for some general information about Portland, OR and went to their city website and there, right in full view(!), was a link labled “Request Public Records.” The link leads to…


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Smith-Cofield is New Director at CAAS

Posted by a 10:12 pm on

The Board of Directors of CAAS, the Community Action Agency of Somerville, is pleased to announce that Kimberly Smith-Cofield is the new Executive Director of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency. She began work on Monday, January 5.


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Retirement Party for former CAAS ED Jack Hamilton

Posted by a 10:06 pm on January 8, 2009

Retirement Party

For Jack Hamilton

Date: Friday, January 23, 2009

Time: 3:30-8:00 p.m.

Place: Dante Club, Craigie Street,

Somerville, MA


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Retirement Party for former CAAS ED Jack Hamilton

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News Bites in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 3:44 pm on

The period after the December break is always a time of high activity in the schools.  What follows is a list of events and activities which might be of interest to all residents, business owners and others across the city:


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MBTA bag inspections at Davis Station

Posted by a 2:24 pm on January 2, 2009

On my way down to the train at Davis Station around 8:30am this morning, I was about to pass through the gate when a transit officer asked me to submit to a bag inspection. There was a group of about 4 or 5 officers wearing yellow and black jackets standing next to a small folding table with a machine on top.


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Early Childhood Festival

Posted by a 11:15 am on

The Early Childhood Festival celebrates young children and families, and provides families with the opportunity to learn more about early childhood education programs and resources in Somerville. Hosted by the Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC), an award-winning collaboration between the Somerville Public Schools and all of the city’s early childhood programs…


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Early Childhood Integrated Program (ECIP) Application Process

Posted by a 11:09 am on

ECIP is an integrated early childhood program with a mix of standard and special education children ages three and four. Classes meet four days per week for 5.25 hours per day. There is one teacher and one paraprofessional in each class for a maximum of 15 children.…


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Kindergarten registration begins on January 24th

Posted by a 11:05 am on

Students who will be 5 by August 31, 2009 are eligible for free, full-day kindergarten in the Somerville Public Schools. Kindergarten registration begins in January! Registration materials will be mailed home to the parents/guardians of every age eligible child born in Somerville.


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Realizing the Dream – Dr. King’s Legacy of Community Service

Posted by a 6:25 am on

10 A.M. – Noon, Monday, January 19, 2009

Somerville High School auditorium, 81 Highland Ave

  • Keynote address
  • 2009 MLK awards
  • Musical Performances

This event is free and open to…


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Somerville Climate Action

Posted by a 5:27 pm on December 26, 2008

Somerville Climate Action fights global warming by helping Somerville residents, businesses, and the municipality to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We promote energy-conservation, energy-efficiency and the adoption of renewable sources of power through education, advocacy…


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Annual Flag Raising

Posted by a 9:41 pm on December 17, 2008

Come learn about the important role YOUR city played in the American Revolution at the annual flag raising on January 1st. We will meet at City Hall at 11:30am and follow General George Washington on…


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