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Stand Up Against Walmart

Posted by a 9:08 pm on March 29, 2012

Somerville residents opposed to Walmart coming to our town have scheduled a campaign day this Saturday, March 31. They will knock on doors, hand out flyers, and ask small


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Somerville, MA: Civil Rights Discrimination in Motion, circa 2012

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Ms. Renault-Caragianes’ letter is a cover-up on behalf of Mayor Curtatone and designed to distort the facts about why State officials had to quickly step in to relocate the U.S. Surgeon General’s visit to the Ville last Friday, March 23, 2012, for the official launch event of the Middlesex County’s health wellness and prevention initiative called “Mass in Motion.”


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Cinematic Disobedience Presents "Money Talks" Film Screening

Posted by a 11:36 pm on March 28, 2012

Come by the SCATV studio on Friday, March 30 at 7:00pm for a potluck dinner and talk with Occupy journalist Chris Faraone. The film screening will begin at 8:30pm. Donations will be accepted.
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MBTA proposes 23% fare hike, no Somerville service cuts

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Boston Globe: “MBTA unveils 23 percent fare hike; limited service cuts also proposed”
“I can’t emphasize enough this is a one-year solution. And all things being the same, we will be back in the same position a year from now, looking at service cuts an…


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Jillian Fennimore – Former Somerville Journal Editor (3.27.12)

Posted by a 11:25 pm on March 27, 2012

Tonight on Greater Somerville, co-hosts KyAnn Anderson and Joe Lynch bid adieu to Somerville Journal editor, Jillian Fennimore. Fennimore, a past guest on the show, has accepted a postition with the American Red Cross in eastern Massachusetts.  She will be working with the communications division concentrating on new media initiatives. Follow Jillian on Twitter:  @SomerJille [...]


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Why @311Somerville Does Not Track Loose Utility Wire Calls

Posted by a 11:24 pm on March 25, 2012

Here’s what I’ve learned so far via the following Twitter conversation (in chronological order):…


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Posted in 311 Requests, Government Reform, Public Health & Safety | 2 Comments »

4/16/12 London || Tucson: The Art and Politics of Urban Transformation

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This session explores how progressive transportation and planning policies can strengthen a city’s economy, encourage exciting new urban development, and improve quality of life and long-term sustainability.


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4/9/12 Wikicity: How Web-Enabled, Citizen-Driven Planning and Design is Changing the City

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This session explores how grassroots, Internet-empowered “tactical urbanism” concepts are changing the way we plan, design and program urban public space.


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3/26/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, Somerville Avenue, planned bridge repairs by Mass DOT, and the Comprehensive Plan.


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STEP letter on McGrath overpass repair and de-elevation

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Sent to the Board of Directors of MassDOT

As residents of Somerville advocating for good transportation for our city and the region, we are writing to express our dismay over the rush to repair the McCarthy Overpass on the McGrath Highway. It was with…


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Still waiting…

Posted by a 10:33 am on March 23, 2012

Almost six years after the city made its initial push to attract life science businesses, the industry has seen little growth in Somerville. Can we expect it soon?


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Somerville’s Curtatone Prevented from Hosting U.S. Surgeon General at Inaccessible Armory

Posted by a 8:10 pm on March 22, 2012

Somerville’s Mayor Curtatone, who announced on WGBH this week (Boston’s Growing Income Gap, hosted 3/20/11 by Kara Miller) that he is “advising the First Lady on the Let’s Move Initiative,” attempted to get the US Surgeon General’s launch of a major Public Health initiative at the inaccessible Somerville Armory this Friday (March 23, 2012).


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Health Care, Public Health & Safety | 10 Comments »

Introduction to WordPress Web Design

Posted by a 7:23 pm on March 21, 2012

Wordpress creates a full content management system that is as easy to learn as Microsft Word. All of the basics needed to begin your own site will be covered in this eight-session course. 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 3 to april 26. $1…


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Did You Know? A Creative Way to Rethink Local

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Did you know that there is more than one legal currency in the United States? Inspired by the think local trend reshaping the way Americans think about local businesses, communities across six states have begun to circulate their own local currencies t…


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Slides from Green Line designers/contractors meeting

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On February 27, MassDOT held a meeting for potential Green Line extension designers and contractors. Download the slides for more details on construction phases and the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process.


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Campaign Kickoff/Bread and Roses Musical Celebration Saturday 3/24

Posted by a 11:39 pm on March 20, 2012

Bring your whole family to a singing celebration of victory in the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence, the first large labor victory in America. 20,000 immigrant mill workers, largely women and children, struck…


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Dawn Morrissey – Irish Film Festival Co-Director (3.20.12)

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The 13th Irish Film Festival hits the historic Somerville Theater this weekend.  Joe Lynch and Irish Film Festival co-director, Dawn Morrissey, give us a sneak preview of what’s on screen.  This year’s screening’s include an Oscar winning film, Martin Sheen appearing in one of his latest indies and lots of great work by some of [...]


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April 11 forum: “First they Came for the Immigrants…”

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In the aftermath of Sept 11, there have been dramatic and chilling changes in government practices toward immigrant communities. These changes have extended to surveillance of those expressing dissent or protesting US policies, and beyond. This forum will include testimonies from people whose rights have been jeopardized by the Homeland Security Surveillance State. It will also provide an overview of policy changes that are eroding basic constitutional rights, and the implications for us all.


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Report from Community Forum on Education

Posted by a 7:58 pm on March 18, 2012

This afternoon, a good group of Somerville parents, educators and administrators chose to forego the amazing weather and meet at the Argenziano School cafetorium to talk about our schools. There was a panel of speakers…


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4/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and small changes to the Assembly Square PUD. Adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan may be deferred.


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3/29/12 Somerville Joint Land Use/Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

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This is a joint meeting of the BOA Land Use and Housing and Community Development Committees. The agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/31 Duhamel Education Initiative 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Posted by a 10:06 am on March 16, 2012

The Annual Pancake Breakfast is a great way to see old friends and meet the DEI supporters, as well as financially support the work of drop-out-prevention programs in the Somerville Public Schools. (3/31 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church, 89 College Avenue)


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Joe & KyAnn Recap TEDx Somerville (3.6.12)

Posted by a 11:04 pm on March 12, 2012

Join hosts Joe Lynch & KyAnn Anderson as they recap the TEDx Somerville event that was held on Sunday, March 4th, 2012, at the Arts at the Armory. An amazing day of inspiring speakers, musicians, artists, and local cuisine was had by all, with Mayor Joe Curtatone kicking things off with a welcome speech in [...]


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3/15/12 Somerville Joint BOA and Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:19 pm on

Agenda includes evaluating whether the City should adopt the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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One if By Land, Two if By Sea: Celebrate the Historic Ride of Paul Revere

Posted by a 9:52 am on

East Somerville Main Streets and the City of Somerville are looking for volunteers to help celebrate one of the most historically significant events in East Somerville, the 237th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s inspiring Midnight Ride. The city is looking for volunteers to help facilitate activities and distribute refreshments on April 16th at the City of Somerville’s Annual Patriots Day Celebration.

On the historic night of April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere raced from Boston through modern day East Somerville and onto Lexington and Concord, bringing warning of the attacking British army to the militia men, including Sam Adams and John Hancock. His decisive ride gave the militia men enough warning to stand against the British and launch the American Revolution.

The City of Somerville’s Annual Patriots Day Celebration is hosted this year at FossPark from 10-11:30am, rain or shine, and volunteers are needed from 9:15-Noon. Volunteers will help residents learn about life in the late 1700s by leading Colonial era games, serving refreshments, and distributing and stamping Colonial Passports. To set the scene, all volunteers will dress in Colonial era clothing, and the city has clothing to lend and tips for what to wear of your own. Volunteers will also learn games to lead including hop scotch, cat’s cradle, hoop rolling and ring toss.

Whether you are interested in volunteering ( ESMS will be there) or enjoying the games and welcoming Paul Revere as he rides into Somerville, be sure to check this out!

For more information contact Executive Director Brandon Wilson at bwilson@somerville.ma.gov


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Volunteers Needed for Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

Posted by a 9:30 pm on March 11, 2012

Help the City re-live Paul Revere’s historic ride from Boston through Somerville and onto Lexington and Concord. Adults and high school students are needed to volunteer at the City’s annual Patriots Day Colonial Fair at…


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3/26/12 Become a Super Designer! Get Planning & Transportation, Save the City

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Progressive urban planning requires not only urban transformation, but also neighborhood enhancement and conservation.


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3/21/12 Green Line Extension Public Meeting: Ball Square and College Avenue

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Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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3/14/12 Rally at MBTA Board Meeting

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Join Mass Senior Action in telling the MBTA…”Bail Out the Riders, Build Massachusetts!”


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3/21/12 Somerville BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes a change to the definition of pervious area that could bar completely paving new construction. (Note: Rescheduled from 3/13/12.)


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3/13/12 MAPC Panel Discussion: Transportation and the Economy

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Massachusetts public transit is grossly underfunded. How do we address this problem? (Note: Morning event.)


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Tufts University President Tony Monaco on Greater Somerville

Posted by a 9:15 pm on March 10, 2012

Tufts University President Tony Monaco came in to the SCATV studio on March 9 to speak with Joe Lynch on a special edition of "Greater Somerville." President Monaco explained his vision for the University, and discussed the importance of its…


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3/17 Somerville Little League In-Person Registration and Tryouts

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2012 online Registration is now open, Register today at SomervilleLittleLeague.org


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Tufts University President Monaco on Greater Somerville

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Tufts University President Tony Monaco came in to the SCATV studio on March 9, 2012 to speak with Joe Lynch on a special edition of “Greater Somerville.” President Monaco explained his vision for the University, and discussed the importance of its enag…


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Are City’s Senior Centers Accessible?: RESISTAT Responds

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The letter to resistat previously posted on SV is copied below. The response (which follows)  was posted on the resistat blog within 72 hours of the letter’s submission.…


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Somerville Labor Coalition Accuses Curtatone of Divide And Conquer Strategy on GIC

Posted by a 10:09 pm on March 9, 2012

The following letter (circa Fall 2011) was recently obtained by Somerville Voices from Peter Blaikie with the Somerville Labor Coalition after a reference to the letter appeared in the 12/29/2011 SJ article Somerville unions form coalition against recent health care switch by Andy Metzger…


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Denise Provost – State Representative (3.7.12)

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http://blip.tv/iamkyann/greater-somerville-denise-provost-6012279
Host Joe Lynch discusses with state Representative Denise Provost the proposed MBTA fare hikes and service cuts and the impacts on Somerville, its residents and businesses.  This episod…


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Richard Davey on Green Line extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 7, 2012

Somerville News: “MassDOT Secretary talks GLX plan”
“The FTA and the administrator, Peter Rogoff, are well aware of the Green Line Extension being a top priority of the Patrick Administration, and obviously the Governor enjoys some close relationships …


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3/7/12 T-Stop Design Workshop – Gilman Square & Lowell Street Stations

Posted by a 8:16 pm on March 5, 2012

Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 2:37 pm on

The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here. Visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!

There are plenty of reasons to love March: the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and our next undiscovered dessert, St. Joseph’s Zeppole, a delicious treat only available a few weeks a year.

Hailing from Italy, but enjoyed across the world, this delectable Italian pastry is a combination of fried dough with a creamy custard filling topped with powered sugar and fortunately, (for our wallets and perhaps pants size), only available for a few weeks surrounding March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day.

Family owned Patsy’s Pastries, as one of the few bakeries in Somerville that make Zeppole, is one of East Broadway’s busiest shops in March. Customers come from all over to try Patsy’s Zeppole, and in fact much like trying to get a Thanksgiving Pie at Patsy’s, if you go on March 18th, be prepared to wait in line while salivating and hungrily peering through their glass cases.

St. Joseph’s day is an Italian National holiday and also Catholic holiday in honor of St. Joseph, the protector of families. Its origins stems back to Sicily where it is believed that St. Joseph saved the people from a drought in the Middle Ages. A proper Italian St. Joseph’s Day celebration is not complete without 2 or 3 of these delectable pastries to finish off an evening of feasting.

Whether you have grown up eating Zeppole or are just learning about this delicious dessert it is well worth your time to travel over to Patsy’s (182 Broadway) and try them out!

Keep your eyes open for our final dessert, Brazilian Easter Eggs!


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Are City’s Senior Centers Fully Accessible?

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The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…


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TEDx Somerville: A Stimulating Hodge Podge

Posted by a 10:13 pm on March 4, 2012

Well, I’m missing the after-party, but I wanted to share some tidbits from this event that raged all day at the Armory today.…


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3/22/12 HUD One Year Action Plan – Public Hearing

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Next to road repairs, community housing has the most immediate effect of all City programs on the day to day lives of Somerville residents. Come and make your views known.


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3/20/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes status reports on Assembly Square and the Green Line Extension, acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave.


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3/12/12 Somerville BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes the proposed rezoning of Somerville Ave. and Elm St. between Porter and Wilson Squares, which is controversial.


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3/7/12 Grounding McGrath Working Group Meeting

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The McGrath overpass cuts Somerville in pieces. A boulevard would work better with the new Green Line T-Stop at Union Square.


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Somerville High School Contestants on WGBH Quiz Show

Posted by a 10:53 am on March 3, 2012

Somerville students face Rockport students for a spot in the High School Quiz Show quarterfinals Sunday March 4th @ 6:30 on WGBH TV. High School Quiz Show is a fairly new and quite…


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3/6 Screening of Oscar-nominated film, GASLAND

Posted by a 8:25 pm on March 2, 2012

State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action present the Oscar-nominated film “GASLAND”. The billion dollar energy industry has a dirty little secret… Followed by a discussion. Free of charge.


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MBTA Service Cuts and Fare Increases

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This program considers the changes that were proposed to deal with the MBTA’s dire financial condition. Panelists are State Representative Denise Provost, Victory Allah of Urban Family Outreach, Ellin Reisner of STEP, and Rafael Mares, Attorney for the…


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Farm Share Fair 2012

Posted by a 9:10 pm on February 21, 2012

::  2012 FARM SHARE FAIR!  ::
Thursday March 1st @ 5:30-8PM  |  Free Admission
The Argenziano School in Union Sq @ 290 Washington St / Somerville

Come meet the folks who grow your…


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Creative, Sustainable, TEDxSomerville

Posted by a 8:59 pm on February 19, 2012

Do you ever play the “If-I-had-a-million-dollars” game? Whenever I play, I think of throwing intimate parties for brilliant, powerful people who will orchestrate the betterment of society before my eyes. Now that TEDx is coming to the Armory, I don’t have to hit the lottery to get a full day’s taste of the experience.…


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Dance Against Poverty, March 3, at Temple B’nai Brith

Posted by a 5:47 pm on February 8, 2012

Put on your dancing shoes for a good cause.  The Social Action Committee of Temple B’nai Brith invites you to a Benefit Dance for the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), Saturday, March 3…


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