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Aldermen Are More Than Just Overpaid 311 Technicians

Posted by a 8:14 pm on August 31, 2009

Almost half of the Aug 27th BOA mtg agenda (pdf) basically consists of 311 service requests like orders to fix potholes and sidewalks. The other half contains some interesting items including these highlights (emphasis added by me):

Note that Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane was the only member to not have sponsored any items. The Aldermen each earn a salary of $24,521.03 in FY2010.…


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Posted in City Finances, Civic Action, Politics | 7 Comments »

Mayor Curtatone Proclaims Monday, Sep 28th, 2009 as Family Day

Posted by a 7:36 pm on

From item # 79. of the Aug 27th BOA mtg agenda (pdf) :
Mayor’s Comm.
Proclaiming Monday, September 28, 2009, as Family Day, a day to eat dinner with your children.
Our baby daughter is usually in bed by the time we eat dinner, so I hope that’s ok.

How often does your family eat dinner together?

Why do you think the mayor would make this proclamation?…


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Aldermen Raise Meals and Hotel Taxes

Posted by a 11:37 am on

On Aug 27th, the Board of Aldermen raised taxes on meals by 0.75% and on hotels by 2% effective Oct 1st, according to Danielle Dreilinger’s report today on Boston.com. These taxes will generate an estimated $620,715 in revenue. One wonders why this item did not appear on the meeting agenda (pdf) and also how the extra money will be spent?…


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Posted in Announcements, City Finances | 40 Comments »

MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Posted by a 1:22 am on

MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Thurs. Sep. 3, 10:00 AM

State Transportation Building
Conf Rms 2-3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of…


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Comment Period for Status of Public Transit Projects Required by State Implementation Plan

Posted by a 1:15 am on

Comment Period for Status of Public Transit Projects Required by State Implementation Plan

Ends Tues. Sep. 15, 5 PM

MassDEP Main Office
Washington Street Conference
One Winter Street
Boston, MA…


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Posted in All Ages, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Neighborhoods and Squares, Special, Transportation Projects | 1 Comment »

Senator Kerry Townhall at Somerville High

Posted by a 9:00 pm on August 29, 2009

Senator John Kerry will be holding a Town Hall at Somerville High School this Wednesday, September 2 from 7:30-9:00pm. The event information from his website has been copied below.

Join Senator John Kerry…


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Posted in All Ages, Events, Politics | 7 Comments »

89 Bus Route: Declaring Victory

Posted by a 4:35 pm on

It was over a year ago, in May of 2008, that I posted to Somerville Voices my idea for changing the 89 bus route to better serve Somerville residents. My chief complaint being that there was no easy return trip from Davis Square after 7pm on weekdays and no service on weekends. Well, earlier this year the route changed for the better, and I’m declaring victory.…


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August 31 Public Hearing on the Issue of Inter-District Choice

Posted by a 7:33 pm on August 28, 2009

On Monday, August 31, 2009 beginning at 6:45 p.m., the Somerville School Committee will conduct a public hearing on the issue of participating in the inter-district-choice program for the 2009-2010 school year. …


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FossFest 2009

Posted by a 5:27 pm on August 27, 2009

FossFest 2009 is a free outdoor music event in Somerville’s Foss Park (corner of Broadway and Fellsway W) taking place on Saturday, September 5th from 2-6pm. Bring a blanket and a picnic (no alcohol; there will…


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Posted in All Ages, Arts and Culture, Events | No Comments »

Welcome back message from the Superintendent of Schools

Posted by a 10:32 am on

Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi provides advice to families as they prepare for the new school year on Wednesday, September 2nd (Grades 1-12) or Tuesday, September 8th (Grades PK-K).

Read it online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/administration


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Somerville Stories about Senator Kennedy

Posted by a 6:03 pm on August 26, 2009

I don’t have a personal story on how Senator Kennedy’s office helped me but I’ve heard quite a few astonishing stories over the years that gave me an impression of a truly compassionate public servant. …


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350 Coast to Coast Kick-Off in Davis Square

Posted by a 1:26 pm on

Sign a 350-ft. banner for a national climate change project – first stop Somerville! Send a message to the Obama administration
for strong global climate policy.


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The Self-Interested Memorial Vote

Posted by a 10:35 am on

A five month delay in filling Kennedy’s seat with a similarly minded temporary successor guarantees a health care bill to the advantage of current insurers. Can it be coincidental that CEO of the largest of…


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Posted in Health Care, Politics | 4 Comments »

Public Records Request : 311 Service Requests

Posted by a 10:07 am on

to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>,
John Gannon <JGannon(at)somervillema.gov>
date Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 9:16 AM
subject Public Records Request : 311 Service Requests

Dear Public Information Officer Jackie Rossetti, (cc…


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Public Records Request : Parking Meter Revenues

Posted by a 9:56 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

—————–

to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Parking Officer Data

Posted by a 9:54 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Car Towing Information

Posted by a 9:51 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Parking Ticket Appeals

Posted by a 9:47 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Parking Ticket Data

Posted by a 9:43 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the city:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Posted in Public Records / FOIA Requests, Special, Traffic & Parking | 8 Comments »

Ward 4 School Committee Candidate Kick Off for Christine Rafal

Posted by a 9:59 pm on August 25, 2009

Join the Progressive Dems at the kick off of one of their endorsed candidates for School Committee!

Christine Rafal will be kicking off her campaign for School Committee on Sunday, September 13th from 3pm to 5pm at the Paddock Rest at 249 Pearl Street in Somerville. Suggested donation is $50.…


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Posted in Announcements, Events, Politics, Schools and Youth | 1 Comment »

Bullying in Somerville-Is it a problem?

Posted by a 2:16 pm on

Bullying, is it a problem in Somerville-Why or why not? Prevention and how to deal with bullying in school.


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Crime, Events, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Teens | 2 Comments »

Good Choices Free Workshop For Parents

Posted by a 3:40 pm on August 24, 2009

Improve Family Bonding and Reduce Risk of Teenage Drug Use, Violence and Teen Pregnancy.  Register now.  See how below.

Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all parents of pre-teens and teens, children…


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CAFEH Needs your Help…

Posted by a 11:20 am on

As many of you may be aware, STEP and Tufts University have come together in a community partnership to form CAFEH (the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure). We have just begun a year long study to learn whether living very near major highways poses health concerns for residents’ health. I am writing to ask for your help. …


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Posted in Announcements, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Tufts | 4 Comments »

30-Day Comment Period on MPO Transportation Improvement Plan

Posted by a 8:46 pm on August 23, 2009

30-Day Comment Period on MPO Transportation Improvement Plan

Starts Mon. Aug. 24
Ends Wed. Sep. 23

The draft Transportation Improvement Plan 2010-2013 (TIP) and Regional Transportation Plan 2010-2030 (RFP) are available…


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Posted in All Ages, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Neighborhoods and Squares, Special, Transportation, Transportation Projects | 4 Comments »

Somerville Committee on Public Health and Public Safety

Posted by a 8:35 pm on

Somerville Committee on Public Health and Public Safety

Wed. Aug. 26, 7:30 PM

2nd Floor Committee Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)…


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Housing Trends in Somerville

Posted by a 8:35 pm on

Housing Trends in Somerville

Tues. Aug. 25, 6:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville…


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Posted in All Ages, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Special | No Comments »

4th Annual Viva la Vinal Music Festival 8/28-29

Posted by a 6:25 pm on

The 4th annual Viva la Vinal Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 28th and 29th (rain date Sunday, August 30th) at the Vinal Avenue Growing Center located at 22 Vinal Ave. in Union…


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SomSigns Lie

Posted by a 8:57 pm on August 22, 2009

Whoda thunk that a simple sign could be a liar?  Here’s a photo essay of some misleading signage in three City of Somerville facilities.

1.  Somerville Schools Administration Building, 181 Washington Street:   At…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Schools and Youth, Sports | 4 Comments »

‘Roots and Rock’ Music Breaks Out of Jail at Old Somerville Police HQ

Posted by a 5:05 pm on August 21, 2009

On Sunday, September 13, 2009, Pabst Blue Ribbon [www.pabstblueribbon.com] and Precinct Bar and Restaurant [www.precinctbar.com] in Union Square, Somerville, will present “Music Festival 2009” to benefit RESPOND, Inc., a New England agency providing safe haven for women and children., and CAAS,(Community Action Agency of Somerville). The event will run from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


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Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part II: Access, Safety & Equity Considerations

Posted by a 2:34 am on

Our friend reports that her son (22 months) fell while walking on bricks at the Walnut Street Park, fractured his right femur, and is in a cast for four weeks.  She says that…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Sports | 6 Comments »

SCC 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by a 10:05 pm on August 20, 2009

Celebrating at:

The Center for Arts at the Armory

191 Highland Ave, Somerville

Visit the Somerville Community Corporation online at SomervilleCDC.org


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Tufts Community Day

Posted by a 9:52 pm on

From the Tufts website:
All are invited to a day of education, art, and family entertainment. All activities, including lunch, are free of charge.

Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to celebrate the seventh annual Community day at Tufts University from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 27. The event will take place on the academic quad at Tufts’ Medford and Somerville campus and is cosponsored by the two cities.…


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Towards a Safer, More Trustworthy, and More Accountable Online Community

Posted by a 10:28 pm on August 19, 2009

How do you know that I, Barry Rafkind, am a real person who is authoring this blog post? Maybe this name is just a pseudonym for somebody else? Until now, you’ve had to trust that I am who I say I am. But, now there is a brand new online service called Validize which allows anyone to authenticate him or herself and then display a “badge” on blogs to prove their identity.…


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HONK! Festival Parade Open Meeting

Posted by a 8:56 pm on August 18, 2009

Get the skinny on Somerville’s own sassy, classy, and definitely brassy festival of alternative marching bands coming up October 11th, and find out how to be part of the fun!


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Free Bike Maintenance/Tune-Up Workshop

Posted by a 6:01 am on

Free workshop with Ace Wheelworks, TONIGHT!
Come learn how to maintain and tune-up your bike!
Bike on Over with a Picnic
The Growing Center, Vinal Avenue, Union Square

(will be rescheduled the event of…


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Tracking 311 Service Requests on a Map

Posted by a 12:22 am on

See a problem, report a problem

The SeeClickFix tool on the Globe’s local Somerville website allows anyone to report and track 311 service requests on a map of the city.  You can even include a photo of the problem. All reported requests are visible to everyone, so it’s easy to view what others have submitted and add your support to those that you care about.…


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Is Prospect Hill Academy Selective?

Posted by a 9:58 pm on August 17, 2009

The Prospect Hill Academy Charter School enrolls much smaller percentages of special education and limited English proficient students than the two districts where it is based.


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Public Information Response from ADA Coordinator Raises Red Flag

Posted by a 3:23 pm on

Thanks to SomervilleVoices for providing this venue to post our Public Information Requests -and to share the responses (or lack therof) that we receive.

Here’s one example of a PIR response that raises red…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 12 Comments »

ResiStat Request for 311 Information

Posted by a 9:17 am on

I just submitted the following query through ResiStat’s public Q/A tool called SomerBlog:
What types of information are stored with each 311 request? (e.g. request, date + time of request / resolution, service…


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Are Two Head Houses Better Than One At Future Assembly Square T Stop?

Posted by a 7:45 pm on August 16, 2009

As Wig Zamore and others explain, adding a second entrance to the future T Stop at Assembly Square would expand public transportation ridership there and improve air quality in East Somerville, an environmental justice neighborhood.…


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Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Posted by a 5:15 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Traffic Commission to discuss extending resident-only parking throughout Somerville and increasing meter rates and time periods. Thurs. Aug. 20, 6 PM , Tufts Admin. Building (TAB) 167 Holland St.


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Somerville Planning Board and Land Use Committee Joint Meeting

Posted by a 5:12 pm on

Somerville Planning Board and Land Use Committee Joint Meeting

Thurs. Aug. 20, 6:00 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda


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MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:11 pm on

MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Thurs. Aug. 20, 9 AM

State Transportation Building
Conf Rms 2-3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This…


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Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Posted by a 5:03 pm on

Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Mon. Aug. 17, 7 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

The monthly meeting of STEP provides an…


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Are Somerville’s parking regulations available online?

Posted by a 1:58 pm on

I would like to read Somerville’s official parking regulations, including the schedule of fines, the hearing process, etc. Does anyone know if this information is available online? Thanks…


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Evening of civility ends with abrupt rejection at Traffic Board Meeting

Posted by a 12:39 pm on August 15, 2009

Thursday’s event at City Hall was a far cry from the tense, emotion-high fracas that went down at the Traffic Commission meeting two weeks ago. The stately Aldermanic chamber was likewise filled with concerned Somerville citizens, but this time, the city’s controversial May 21 vote was the agenda.…


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Posted in Civic Action, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Traffic & Parking | 3 Comments »

Recording of August 13 Traffic Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 am on

Click here to listen: link


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Fund This Story : Somerville Parking Tickets

Posted by a 1:14 am on

Badges

Although parking tickets are meant to punish violators and provide maximum street access to those who live, work, or visit here, the city depends on this revenue to shore up its budget. We intend to find out whether all residential neighborhoods and business districts pay an equitable share of parking fines. If not, why? We will analyze the ticket data to see who is paying or not and for which types of tickets.…


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quick update on garbage

Posted by a 1:41 pm on August 14, 2009

The clerk in the health inspection office/trash pick-up just told me that they had access to the system to abate citations up until a few months ago, but it was taken away from them…


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“Back in the ‘Ville” is a Hit!

Posted by a 5:01 pm on August 13, 2009

Last night’s performance by Project Star at the Somerville High auditorium was a lot of fun.  Jimmy DelPonte’s original musical showed his talent as a storyteller, humorist, and song writer.  He can be forgiven as…


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8/18 Bike-tune up workshop

Posted by a 11:35 am on

Get some bike tune-up help and tips with Ace Wheelworks

and learn how to get involved in the International Day of Climate Action on October 24th

with Somerville


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Seed Saving Workshop-Vinal Ave. Garden

Posted by a 10:17 pm on August 12, 2009

Learn how to save your own seeds for next year or to share with friends and family. Two experienced gardeners share their secrets and tips, Union Square’s own fabulous Guy “the tomato guy” and Aviva…


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Theatre in the Garden: Wiley and the Hairy Man

Posted by a 10:12 pm on

Out of the mists of the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, comes a tale of magic, trickery, and courage. This coming-of age adventure is appropriate for children of all ages.

All events and programs are open…


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fighting city hall, garbage division

Posted by a 5:12 pm on

So I get a trash violation citation in the mail — all but illegible & addressed to a misconception of my name — dunning me for $50 for putting out trash too early and in…


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Boston.com Launches Somerville Your Town

Posted by a 11:59 pm on August 11, 2009

Today, Somerville became the 4th community in the “North of Boston” region to have its own Your Town portal on Boston.com. Your Town websites are local hubs for real estate, events, sports, news, schools, and…


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Help Strategize to Vaccinate Against Flu

Posted by a 9:43 pm on

H1N1 Vaccination Strategy Meeting, Saturday, Aug. 29th, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Center for Arts at the Armory. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has selected Somerville as one of ten national sites for…


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Planning to walk or bike to school in the Fall?

Posted by a 12:57 pm on

Crossing guard posts have been announced.

Please visit the Somerville Public Schools’ website to download a copy of the crossing guard list and see a google map of posts.

Or browse the…


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Afterschool planning

Posted by a 12:56 pm on

Information about the new and improved elementary after-school programs offered by the Somerville Public Schools will soon be available in print copy and online. We apologize for the delay and have been waiting for funding…


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Lively Election Picks Tenant Executive Board

Posted by a 10:02 am on

Election Day in July?  Yes, for residents of Clarendon Hill Public Housing Development.

This summer, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) helped the Clarendon Hill Tenant Association (CHTA) to hold elections. …


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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

Posted by a 11:24 pm on August 10, 2009

2nd Floor Conference Room
Super Stop & Shop
775 Mcgrath Hwy

Agenda:

  • Director’s Report
  • Immigrant Police Dialogues
  • Snow Removal Committee
  • Other activities
  • Recruitment
  • Evaluate

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Tufts Hosts Panelists on Honduran Resistance Movement Against Recent Coup D’Etat

Posted by a 10:22 pm on

Over 60 people filled a lecture hall at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University on Thursday (Aug 6) to hear a panel of Honduran social movement leaders speak about the growing resistance movement against the recent coup d’etat in their country.


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Somerville Actions to Support Rite Aid Workers

Posted by a 1:20 pm on

Rite Aid warehouse workers in Lancaster, California need our support. Before workers voted to form a union in 2008, Rite Aid committed dozens of unfair labor practices. And since then, in an effort to prevent them from achieving a first contract, the warehouse workers have faced continuing anti-union terror.


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Let Your Voice Be Heard on Somerville Cable

Posted by a 11:37 am on

Bill Bumpus and regular Somerville Voices contributor Fred Berman are the co-hosts of a live, (roughly) biweekly show on Somerville Cable Access Television (SCAT, Channel 3) titled “Progressive Voices”. If you or your organization are working to make a difference on a local, state, national or world level, we’d like to interview you!


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Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

Posted by a 8:54 pm on August 9, 2009

Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

Thurs. Aug. 13, 6 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This is…


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Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Neighborhoods and Squares, Traffic & Parking, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Movies and Music in the Garden

Posted by a 8:15 pm on

On Friday, August 14 from 7 to 10 pm Somerville Community Access Television is the producer of “Somerville….In Shorts!” SCAT comes in under the Arts Council’s ArtsUnion umbrella to present an evening of locally produced…


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MBTA Fare Increases and Service Cuts: Somerville Workshop

Posted by a 7:38 pm on

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

MBTA Fare Increases and Service Cuts: Somerville Workshop

Thurs. Aug. 13, 5:30 PM

Auditorium
Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)…


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Broadway Rezoning Community Meeting

Posted by a 7:37 pm on

Broadway Rezoning Community Meeting

Wed. Aug 12, 6:30 PM

Cross Street Senior Center
165 Broadway
Somerville MA (map)

This is the last of a series of community meetings…


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“Back in the ‘Ville”

Posted by a 7:34 pm on

Project STAR (Summer Theater Arts Recreation) presents this original musical written and directed by Jimmy Del Ponte at the Somerville High School Auditorium.  Admission is FREE.  Assistant Director, Sophia Carafotes…


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Aug 13 Public Hearing on Parking Changes

Posted by a 4:30 pm on August 8, 2009

This public hearing will be convened by the Traffic Board in the Aldemanic Chamber at City Hall. I initially noticed this in Deb Filcman’s Aug 7 SJ blog post.  For background about the parking changes, visit the SPARC blog , check out the just-posted video of the 7/27 interview on SCAT’s Progressive Voices of SPARC-co-founder Courtney Koslow,  or see the recent articles on Somerville Voices/Journal/News.…


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WILD INK: Live Comics, Live Music

Posted by a 11:01 am on

‘Nuff talkin’. DRAW! Live comics creation, artistic head-to-head showdowns, live music, and PRIZES to benefit Boston Comics Roundtable.


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Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part 1

Posted by a 11:20 pm on August 7, 2009

Many Somerville residents are not aware that the City manages 46 parks, playgrounds and ball fields for residents. With this astonishing number comes certain responsibilities on the part of the city, such as upkeep and accessibility.


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Pig Pickin’ for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 3:12 pm on

Pig out and enjoy a cool drink and cooler music to benefit SHC!


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Arts and Culture, Economy & Poverty, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares | No Comments »

First official Somerville Weatherization Barnraising!

Posted by a 3:07 pm on

Take action on climate change, learn skills, and build community! · Help to weatherize a Somerville house · Learn skills you can take back to your own home · Decrease carbon-emissions · Make new friends. … Here’s your chance to make a difference and learn something in the process…


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Posted in Announcements, Civic Action, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing | 4 Comments »

“New” Somerville Youth Recreation Groups Page!

Posted by a 1:39 pm on August 6, 2009

For the latest clinics, programs and events related to Somerville youth sports and organizations – please log on to the ‘NEW” Somerville Youth Recreation Google Groups page.…


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TOPSoccer – Sunday Sept 13th

Posted by a 1:28 pm on

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a FREE community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 7-18, who have a mental or physical disability.…


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Attend town hall meetings and get active!

Posted by a 8:56 pm on August 5, 2009

How do we get the silent majority of residents in Somerville — most in this city are either blue-dog, conservative or liberterian — more active and attend city meetings to voice our displeasure with the…


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Community Conversation on Bullying

Posted by a 6:33 pm on August 4, 2009

Are you, your friends, or your children being affected by bullies?
A discussion for YOUTH, PARENTS, AND SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS to discuss
• What is Bullying
• Types of Bullying
• Tips for youth to assist them with bullying
• Tips for parents to assist youth with bullying…


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Comment Period for Mass Highway Improvements around Assembly Square

Posted by a 10:36 pm on August 2, 2009

Comment Period for Mass Highway Improvements around Assembly Square

Ends Mon., Aug. 3, 2009.

The comment period for the proposed highway changes around Assembly Square ends Mon., Aug. 3, 2009. The existing proposals…


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Comment Period for Transportation Improvement Plan 2007-2010 (Correction)

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Comment Period for Transportation Improvement Plan 2007-2010 and Unified Planning Work Program 2010 (Correction)

Ends Tues., Aug. 4, 2009, 5 PM

The comment period for the Federal Transportation Improvement Plan 2007-2010…


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Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to Mass Air Quality Standards

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Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to Mass Air Quality Standards

Tues. Aug. 4 10 AM

MA Department of Environmental Protection
2nd Fl. Atlantic Conf. Rm.
One Winter St.
Boston MA (…


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Special Meeting, Somerville Board of Aldermen

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Special Meeting, Somerville Board of Aldermen

Tues. Aug. 4 6:30 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This special meeting of the Board…


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Transportation and Infrastructure Trends in Somerville

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Transportation and Infrastructure Trends in Somerville

Tues. Aug. 4, 6:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the…


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End of Comment Period Urban Ring Phase 2

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End of Comment Period Urban Ring Phase 2 EEA #12565

End of comment period:
Aug. 7, 2009

The Executive Office of Transportation has filed a Notice of Project Change that modifies…


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Gilman Square T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

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Gilman Square T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

Wed. Aug. 5, 6 PM

Community Room
Pearl Street Park
238 Pearl St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important event is…


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Somerville Voices now on Facebook

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Thanks to the Socialite plugin, you can now follow Somerville Voices on Facebook as well as Twitter. Befriend the blog and help spread the word to all your friends!…


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OPENAIR Circus A Blast!

Posted by a 10:26 pm on August 1, 2009

Today at 2 pm, a bunch of kids and grownups laughed, danced, clapped, sang, screamed with laughter and marvelled in unison. The OpenAir Circus is again in Somerville- and you’ve got one more day to catch it! (with pics)


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National Night Out Against Crime & Drugs

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For the sixth consecutive year, Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) will partner with the City of Somerville and the Somerville Police Department to host the local celebration of the National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs.…


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Citizen Scientist Training Workshop

Posted by a 10:06 pm on July 26, 2009

Citizen Scientist Training Workshop

Sat. Aug 1 PM – 4 PM

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
143 Border St.
East Boston MA (map)

This workshop sponsored by…


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Radical Organizing Methods Workshop this Sunday at CAAS

Posted by a 3:20 pm on July 15, 2009

We will look at what makes a radical organizing method by examining winnability, strategy/tactics, coalitions, spirituality, building a majority movement, role of political education, and the effectiveness of well known organizing methods such as 1-1’s, story-telling, relationship-building. The format will be group discussion.


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New England Revolution vs L.A. Galaxy – Fundraiser Night!

Posted by a 9:32 am on July 7, 2009

The Somerville Youth Soccer League is putting together a Somerville Youth Soccer Fundraiser Night! … On Behalf of myself and the Somerville Youth Soccer League – we thank you for your support! Best, John Teves – Somerville Youth/Recreation Commissioner


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Green Line Community Meetings!

Posted by a 2:37 pm on July 6, 2009

Interested in better public transportation? Open spaces? Affordability? Healthy communities? … The Community Corridor Planning Project will host station-based meetings throughout summer 2009 to engage the community in conversations about how the Green Line will affect their neighborhood. Our goals include…


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