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Somerville Voices open meeting Sunday

Posted by a 12:41 pm on May 28, 2010

Somerville Voices will hold an open meeting Sunday, May 28, at the Visiting Nurses assisted living facility, 259 Lowell St., from 6 to 8 pm. Come and bring your ideas!…


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BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 9:03 pm on May 23, 2010

This meeting is important because charter amendments are always important, and adopting the Stretch Energy Code will reduce environmental impact throughout Somerville.


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SCAP Annual Meeting/Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

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At the SCAP Annual Meeting there will be the release of the:

2010 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

This is just a REMINDER that you invited to SCAP’s 6th Annual Coalition…


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Wards 3, 4, and 5 ResiStat Meetings

Posted by a 5:50 pm on May 18, 2010

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Events, Green Line, Somerville By The Numbers, Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5 | No Comments »

Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 5:48 pm on

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Events, Orange Line, Somerville By The Numbers, Ward 1 | No Comments »

5/22/10 SomerStreets Program Kick-Off

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This event is important because it puts interesting parts of Somerville, such as the bank of the Mystic, on display.


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

Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 5:40 pm on

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Green Garden Skill-Share and screening of Aftermath: Population Zero

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Wednesday, May 26 for the Green Garden Skill-Share and screening of Aftermath: Population Zero

Sponsored by Representative Denise Provost, Somerville Climate Action, and the Initiating Committee of Transition Somerville
Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland…


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Coffee Party meeting this Wednesday

Posted by a 10:36 pm on May 17, 2010

We’ll be holding the third meeting of the Somerville Coffee Party this Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00PM. It’s a great chance to talk about your vision for engaged, functional democracy, and particular steps we can take at the local level to make it happen. The meeting is at 14 Herbert Street (right behind Redbones). Join us!…


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School Committee Budget Meetings

Posted by a 10:33 pm on

Dear Friends, As you probably know, in May and June the School Committee enters the height of the budget season as we make plans for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. This is always a complicated process and one best conducted with the public fully informed of the process.


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Green Line Extension Project Land Use Workshop

Posted by a 11:03 pm on May 16, 2010

This meeting is important because it relates to land use around the new Green Line station at Lechmere.


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5/19/10 Green Line Extension Project Land Use Workshop

Posted by a 10:57 pm on

This meeting is important because it relates to land use around the new Green Line stations at Ball Square and College Avenue.


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

Somerville play exposes dangers for day laborers

Posted by a 9:37 pm on

Immigrants who gather at Foss Park each morning as early as 5 am looking for work as day laborers are the subject of a new play that will enjoy its community premiere on Friday, May 21st at the Black Box Theater at the Elizabeth Peabody House, 277 Broadway. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

The new play, “They Don’t Tell You Anything!” will be performed as part of an evening of theater, stories and conversation about the struggles and challenges that many Somerville residents face after they are picked up by contractors each morning to paint or perform demolition work. Written by playwright and English teacher Meryl Becker, the play will be performed by student actors from the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE).


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Posted in All Ages, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Events, Immigration, Politics, Workers' Rights | 2 Comments »

5/20/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:40 pm on

This meeting includes a continuation of the 1 Benton Road case, which has proved controversial.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Traffic & Parking | 7 Comments »

SCALE Theater Group performance at Elizabeth Peabody House

Posted by a 9:33 pm on May 15, 2010

Mark your calendars for May 21st, students at SCALE (collaborators
for our Intercambio Language and Cultural Exchange) are putting on a
great show!

SCALE (Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences) * The
Welcome Project…


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Forgotten History of Slavery Lecture & Book Signing at Somerville Museum

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Historic Somerville, Inc. in partnership with The Somerville Museum and The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission presents author Catherine Manegold at the intimate setting of The Somerville Museum One Westwood Road Somerville, MA May 16th, 2010


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Powder House School 2nd neighborhood meeting

Posted by a 11:29 pm on May 11, 2010

Join your neighbors to learn how the City is moving forward with its plans for the disposition of the Powder House Community School property. Discuss how we can keep our concerns about the reuse of this property at the forefront of the decision making process.


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Posted in Announcements, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Teele Square, Ward 7 | 16 Comments »

SUNDAY: 7th Annual Save Our Homes Walk

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The 7th annual Save Our Homes Walk will be held on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00pm with registration beginning at 1:30pm.  The Walk begins and ends at Somerville High School’s Atrium and all are welcome…


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 2

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This meeting is important because it begins work on sustainable station designs for the Green Line Extension.


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Posted in All Ages, Ball Square, Bicycles, Buses, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Housing, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 1

Posted by a 7:43 am on

This meeting is important because it provides background information on sustainable station designs for the Green Line Extension.


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Posted in All Ages, Ball Square, Bicycles, Buses, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Housing, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

School Budget Meeting

Posted by a 9:45 pm on May 9, 2010

Adam Sweeting, School Committee Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee, sent out this letter to a Somerville Schools Yahoo group today.  If you go to any of these meetings, please blog your impressions as…


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5/17/10 BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 8:11 pm on

This meeting is important because it relates to Green Line Extension economic development around Magoun Square.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Housing, Magoun Square | 1 Comment »

BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 7:57 pm on

This meeting is important because adopting the Stretch Energy Code will reduce energy use and environmental impact for all residences and businesses in Somerville.


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Somerville Natives To Host Grand Opening May 8th

Posted by a 11:20 pm on May 5, 2010

Somerville, MA May 3rd 2010 – Somerville “mompreneur” Kerri Friedlander and husband Lucas today announced their intention to hold a Grand Opening sale at the Upland Road location of “TwinkleStar Boutique” in Porter Square on…


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Arts and Culture, Consumer Money Saving, Events, Porter Square, Press Release, Schools and Youth, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Haitian youth embark on Book Release Tour

Posted by a 10:03 pm on

This May, local Haitian youth living in Somerville’s Mystic Housing Projects set off on a 10-stop book tour, called the Mystic Ink Tour, to bring their stories to communities across New England. The DIY tour will take the teens out of their economically-challenged neighborhood and bring them to some of the most celebrated spoken word venues and bookstores in the region. www.booksofhope-ma.org


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Monday: Legislators Listen about Revenue

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The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue has been traveling the state on a Listening Tour to hear from the public their thoughts on tax policy in Massachusetts. The Somerville stop of the


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Historic Bike Tour

Posted by a 7:27 pm on May 3, 2010

The 9th annual Historic Bike Tour will once again be sponsored in collaboration with the Somerville Bike Committee.  The theme this year will be the “Lost Theatres of Somerville.”  The guided ride, accompanied by the…


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Historic Preservation Awards-Somerville Museum

Posted by a 7:23 pm on

Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony.  A reception, with light refreshments, will start at 6:30 p.m. and be followed by a ceremony to honor 11 Somerville owners for their award winning preservation work on the exterior of…


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Librarian talks about your Somerville House/family

Posted by a 7:20 pm on

Talk about “Researching the History of Your House and Your Family,” by Reference Librarian Kevin O’Kelly.  Mini tour of sources as well as tips for getting started will take place at the Somerville Central Library…


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Historic Walking Tour of East Somerville

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“Historic Walking Tour of East Somerville Neighborhood” and its many historic houses, as well as businesses on Broadway.  Sponsored in collaboration with East Somerville Main Streets.  Tour is led by Edward Gordon, President of Victorian…


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Milk Row Cemetery Tour/Appreciation Ceremony

Posted by a 7:11 pm on

An “Appreciation Ceremony” for the DeMoulas Foundation and Cassidy Bros. Forge, Inc. in honor of their donation of major fence restoration work at the Milk Row Cemetery.  Mayor Curtatone and Ward 2 Alderman Heuston will…


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School is OPEN on Monday, May 3rd

Posted by a 8:56 pm on May 2, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools are OPEN all day tomorrow, May 3rd – and expect to be open throughout the water emergency. Students and staff are asked, if able, to bring their own safe, packaged beverages…


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Nourish Your Well Being

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Amethyst Center is again hosting a fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Saturday May 8, 1:00-5:00. “Nourish Your Well Being” will offer short treatments from its practitioners in exchange for a suggested $10 donation. …


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2nd Annual 2BGreen Expo

Posted by a 3:48 pm on

This event features presentations by local “green” businesses and tips for utilizing more sustainable and energy-efficient practices. A key part of sustainable development is making it a profit center for Somerville.


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Somerville Voices open meeting

Posted by a 1:59 pm on April 30, 2010

Come share your ideas for our community blog.

Sunday, May 2, 6 to 7:30 pm at the Somerville Visiting Nurses assisted living facility, 259 Lowell Street…


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Parent forum on the future of the Healey School

Posted by a 10:01 am on April 28, 2010

Come join other parents to talk about the kind of education we want at the Healey School and the future of the Choice and Neighborhood programs. Parent’s input will be collected and presented to the School Committee.


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Public Hearing on Participation in the Statewide School Choice Program on May 17th

Posted by a 4:35 pm on April 27, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools will conduct a public hearing to determine participation in the school choice program for the 2010-2011 school year. *This is NOT a public hearing about the Choice program at the Healey School.*


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Shaken, Not Speared?

Posted by a 10:01 pm on April 25, 2010

Shake Up Shakespeare with Theatre@First! Auditions May 10-12 for performances July 16-18 and July 22-24.


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5/6/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:39 pm on

This meeting is important because it deals with ongoing Somerville developments.


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Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing

Posted by a 7:35 pm on

Depending upon the agenda, the Zoning Board of Appeals may make decisions fundamental to Somerville’s future.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:35 pm on

This meeting is important because Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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5/3/10 BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 7:34 pm on

Depending upon the agenda, the Committee on Housing and Community Development may make decisions fundamental to Somerville’s future.


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Greening the City Gala at the Armory

Posted by a 9:20 pm on April 24, 2010

Please join us for this third annual benefit for Groundwork Somerville! This night will definitely satisfy your need for FUN, great MUSIC,magnificent ART and delicious FOOD! Evening includes musical performances by Mark Santoro, Saladin Islam…


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SHS Highlander Awards Night

Posted by a 11:07 am on April 16, 2010

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, 6:30 >
Location : SHS Auditorium…


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Free Parent/ Guardian Workshop: Bullying in Schools

Posted by a 11:06 am on

Monday, May 24th, 2010, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location : Kennedy School, 5 Cherry Street
Presented by Amy Bamforth, MS and MSW, from the Somerville Community Partnership for Children.

At this workshop we will…


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Spring String Fling- Somerville High School Auditorium

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010, 7:00 >
Location :
The Somerville High School Auditorium is located at 81 Highland Avenue…


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Young Artists in Action Gala for Healey Arts Enrichment

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Sunday, May 16th, 2010, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location : Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave
Healey School’s First Annual Young Artists in Action Gala to raise funds to support 2010-2011 arts enrichment activities…


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Citywide Spring Cleanup Sat. May 8

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Join the nearest team and clean up your neighborhood for Spring! T-shirt, breakfast, water bottle, and afterparty included…


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Somerville Highschool Vocational Awards Banquet

Posted by a 8:33 pm on April 9, 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, 6:30 >
Location : SHS Fieldhouse…


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Somerville Highschool Spring Concert

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010, 7:00 >
Location : Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue)…


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Somerville High School Scholarship Awards Night

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, 6:30 >
Location : Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue)…


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Teacher Appreciation Week

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All-Day
Location : District-wide…


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Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle Festival

Posted by a 9:42 pm on April 4, 2010

Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle Festival

Sat. May 16 8:00 AM

Blessing of the Bay Boathouse
32 Shore Drive, DCR
Somerville MA (map)

This is the 14th…


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Coffee with Carl

Posted by a 10:01 pm on February 20, 2010

Approximately fifteen people crowded around two small tables this afternoon at the Danish Pastry House in Medford to share their concerns and questions in a wide-ranging conversation with State Representative Carl Sciortino at his first district coffee hour of the year.  …


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Sticks and Stones Part 2: Bullying in Schools Today

Posted by a 9:20 pm on February 8, 2010

Free Parent/ Guardian Workshop offered by the Somerville Public Schools on Bullying in Schools Today

Monday, May 24th- 6:30-8:30pm, at the John F. Kennedy School
5 Cherry Street
Learn about school interventions to create…


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