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19th Annual Tour de Somerville: “Arts in the ‘Ville”

Posted by a 9:13 am on September 29, 2011

The Somerville Bicycle Committee invites you to ride our 19th Annual Tour de Somerville.  This year’s theme is “Arts in the ‘Ville”.

We’ll meet at 10 am on Saturday, October 15 in Seven Hills…


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10/6/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 6:58 pm on September 25, 2011

Agenda includes public hearings on proposed developments at Blocks 1 and 4 of Assembly Square. These developments help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Orange Line, Transportation Projects | 2 Comments »

9/29/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:34 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Orange Line | 1 Comment »

9/26/11 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:32 pm on

Agenda will likely include the Avalon Bay developments at Blocks, 1, 3, and 4 and may include prospects for further development.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Orange Line, Transportation | 1 Comment »

Ward 7 Alderman Trane’s 1st General Election Mailing

Posted by a 9:54 pm on September 24, 2011

Hypocrisy. Negativity. Obsolescence.


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Posted in Politics, Ward 7 | 12 Comments »

Come to the Progressive Massachusetts Kickoff on October 2nd!

Posted by a 9:00 pm on

As we launch on October 2, we will: take positions on public policies through a democratic process; organize members to directly contact elected officials to support these policies; and help elect and support progressive candidates for public office.


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Poverty Growing in U.S. and in Somerville

Posted by a 3:39 pm on September 23, 2011

If you’re in a room with ten other Somerville residents, two of them are likely to be poor.

Over 13,000 Somerville residents lived below the poverty level last year, according to figures the U.S…


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Posted in Economy & Poverty | 3 Comments »

10/5/11 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by a 7:21 am on September 19, 2011

We will present a summary of the City’s almost finished Comprehensive Plan, followed by discussion. The plan is the product of over two years of work by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Neighborhoods and Squares, Orange Line, Pedestrians, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

9/19/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 am on

The group will review the zoning change maps, begin to review the comprehensive plan draft document, and create a map describing future transportation improvements.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Orange Line, Red Line, Somerville By The Numbers, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

Magic For Smart People – Bob The Magic Guy

Posted by a 10:22 pm on September 18, 2011

Magic For Smart People 
 
Somerville Theater, Davis Square
Saturday Sept 24

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Events, Special | No Comments »

9/22/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:54 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Special | 1 Comment »

9/22/11 Somerville Community Path Workshop

Posted by a 6:49 pm on

Extending the Community Path along the proposed Green Line spur will encourage people to bike and walk through central Somerville.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Pedestrians, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

Oct 2nd, Tastes of Community Cooks @ Somerville Museum

Posted by a 1:06 pm on

Community Cooks, a volunteer organization of neighbors feeding neighbors, is pleased to announce its first annual celebration. Tastes of Community Cooks, an exhibition of food and art, will take place on Sunday, October 2 from 4 – 7 pm at the Somerville Museum at 1 Westwood Road.


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FOIA to OSPCD: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

Posted by a 6:34 pm on September 16, 2011

Disabled residents of Somerville experience disproportionate poverty, substandard housing conditions, and face pervasive exclusion, even in the city’s inclusionary and affordable housing opportunity programs. Today, a FOIA request was lodged to learn how four influential nonprofits guide the City to step up to its obligations to affirmatively further Fair Housing for economically disadvantaged residents.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Housing, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 2 Comments »

Green

Posted by a 12:25 pm on

The latest robocall announced the 4th Annual Riverfest, Saturday, 9/17, featuring “fireworks, entertainment, food and family activities” for Somerville residents. The familiar and friendly voice of Jackie Rossetti encouraged residents to participate. The latter part…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Assembly Square, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, MBTA, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation | No Comments »

Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

Posted by a 6:49 pm on September 15, 2011

Although the City of Somerville is well aware that the Armory facility is still inaccessible at the entrance ramp, the Mayor continues to hold important events and meetings here. At the same time, the Architect and Owner continue to claim that various City Departments are refusing to accept an accessible design. Who’s benefitting from this back-and-forth?


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Ward 5 | 1 Comment »

CAAS Annual Meeting & Celebration, Tuesday, October 25

Posted by a 3:31 pm on September 13, 2011

Celebrate with the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), the organization working to end poverty where we live.  Enjoy music, refreshments, a look back at the past year and a look ahead at how we are…


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What Is the Boston MPO and Why Is It Important?

Posted by a 7:29 pm on September 11, 2011

The Boston MPO is a Federally-mandated organization responsible for conducting transportation planning for the Boston region. Among other documents, it produces a yearly Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which allocates funding for transportation improvements. A project must be included in the TIP to receive Federal funds. The Green Line Extension has been omitted from the 2012-2015 TIP. As a result, Massachusetts is in danger of losing its Federal transportation funding.


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Posted in Assembly Square, Ball Square, Beat Reporter, Green Line, Orange Line, Porter Square, Red Line, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

9/21/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 5:51 pm on

The agenda includes 149-151 Washington St. seeking a Special Permit with Design Review to establish a tattoo parlor.


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Posted in All Ages, Arts and Culture, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Events, Public Health & Safety, Union Square | No Comments »

9/18/11 Walking Tour of Union Square

Posted by a 5:44 pm on

Free walking tour highlighting American Tube Works complex, workers’ housing in Duck Village, and brick row houses along Summer Street with refreshments served at India Palace.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Historical, Housing, Special, Union Square | No Comments »

9/22/11 Boston Region MPO Meeting – MPO vote on TIP and LRTP

Posted by a 3:44 pm on

At this meeting the MPO will vote on whether to ignore the needs of Somerville and Medford residents and push back the Green Line Extension to 2018.


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Posted in Ball Square, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Magoun Square, MBTA, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

9/20/11 Grounding McGrath: Public Information Meeting

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

An important improvement to McGrath Highway would be to return it to its original concept, as a ground-level boulevard with predestrian crossings.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Pedestrians, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

If over 30 other Universities can do it, Why Not Here!?

Posted by a 11:23 am on September 9, 2011

Universities and Comcast redline Somerville!


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Somerville “Happiness Survey” Weighted Towards Wealthy

Posted by a 7:33 pm on September 7, 2011

September 6, 2011:  The City of Somerville has generously published the raw data spreadsheets from the much-touted “Happiness Survey” online.

The Community Access Project heard from low-income, disabled and senior residents, who…


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Media, Somerville By The Numbers | 16 Comments »

Somerville: The Most Interesting Place on the Planet

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9/8/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:05 pm on September 6, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Blocks 1, 3, and 4, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Orange Line, Transportation Projects, Union Square | 1 Comment »

9/13/11 DEP Public Meeting on Green Line Delay

Posted by a 9:41 pm on September 5, 2011

This is a critical meeting to give your comments on the Green Line extension delay. If you can’t attend either meeting, please send your comments by Sept 13.


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Posted in All Ages, Ball Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Union Square | No Comments »

9/15/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:01 pm on

The agenda should include removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Special, Transportation | 1 Comment »

9/15/11 Walking Routes to the Mystic River

Posted by a 8:57 pm on

MAPC is working with neighboring communities to create a network of safe walking routes to connect neighborhoods with the lower Mystic River, Chelsea Creek, Mill Creek, and the Malden River. You can help.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Pedestrians, Special, Transportation | No Comments »

9/14/11 Porter Square Visioning – Community Meeting

Posted by a 8:55 pm on

At this meeting, the city will present a proposed rezoning map depicting zoning changes that will allow for mixed-use development in the key gateways of the Porter and Wilson Square areas.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Buses, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, MBTA, Porter Square, Trains, Transportation, Ward 6 | No Comments »

UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on

The Community Access Project did a reality check of the 2010 East Somerville Safe Routes 2 School Map. We found that less than 20% of the pedestrian features are even up to basic standard code. “Safe” is a misnomer.

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Transportation Projects | 2 Comments »

9/14/11 Come Shape McGrath/O’Brien Redesign Goals

Posted by a 11:05 pm on August 29, 2011

It is important to reunite neighborhoods, lower traffic speeds, and add more trees to make McGrath Hwy a boulevard.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

9/6/11 and 9/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings

Posted by a 11:02 pm on

The agenda includes upgrades to a building on 70 Inner Belt Road.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Special, Transportation | 1 Comment »

9/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 11:00 pm on

The agenda includes removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Transportation | 1 Comment »

8/8/11 – 9/13/11 FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Comment Period

Posted by a 10:58 pm on

The Green Line Extension, a legal obligation of the Commonwealth, has been dropped from the 2012-2015 TIP and delayed until 2018. This not only deprives Somerville of long-needed transit access, it jeopardizes the state’s access to Federal transportation funding.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Neighborhoods and Squares, Orange Line, Transportation | 3 Comments »

2011 Saturday Afternoon Family Films at the Library

Posted by a 1:05 am on December 10, 2010

As promised, here’s the lineup of family films that we’ll be showing at the Central Library one Saturday afternoon per month at 2:00 p.m.

January 15th:
Muppets from Space

February 12th:


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Library announces film series lineup for 2011

Posted by a 12:15 pm on December 6, 2010

A few weeks ago I posted a question: what would draw you to a free film at the Library?  I got a small amount of feedback through the Library’s blog, Facebook, and by talking with…


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