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12/7/16, 12/14/16 Green Line Extension Public Meetings

by on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

The MBTA is sponsoring two public meetings about the status of the Green Line Extension. The meetings will include a general update on status, contractor selection process, and schedule. There are ongoing issues about the revised GLX plans, which eliminate several neighborhood connections and provide an awkward connection along McGrath Highway to the Community Path. More…

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David Dahlbacka Testimony on Ades Development Proposal (MEPA #15955)

by on Sun, Nov 20, 2016

This letter is with regard to the MEPA filing for all four phases of project EEA #15595, “The Office and Research Center + The Residences at Assembly”. I wish to indicate general support for the project as a whole. The mixed-use office/R&D developments in phases 2 and 3 meet Somerville’s goals for jobs and commercial tax base, while phases 1 and 4 include a useful mix of other uses that could help to activate the area.

The following comments are intended to make the proposal more desirable to all stakeholders. More…

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2016 Union Square Holiday Stroll

by on Wed, Nov 16, 2016

On Saturday, December 10th, Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with our local businesses to bring you our second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll. We will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with … Continue reading

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11/17/16 Public Hearing on Green Line Extension Funding Proposal

by on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

The City of Somerville is holding a public hearing at which Mayor Curtatone will present a funding proposal on Somerville’s $50M contribution to the Green Line Extension project. More…

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Somerville, MA displays #Safety Hazards, #FostersDependency on #ElectionDay2016

by on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

ada.gov  states, “HAVA [Help America Vote Act of 2002] requires jurisdictions conducting federal elections to have a voting system (such as the actual voting machines) that is accessible, including to citizens who are blind

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November 12 – 2nd Saturday Offerings

by on Mon, Nov 7, 2016

Join us this coming Saturday, 11/12 to enjoy the offerings of our local Union Square participating businesses.  Come to the Market to buy your fresh local produce and then visit one of our participating businesses for a great deal on lunch, … Continue reading

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11/9/16 Public Presentation on Michael Ades Development in Assembly Square

by on Wed, Nov 2, 2016

Michael Ades is giving a project presentation on their proposed development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square. This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail. At issue is what community benefit this development can provide in exchange for the vehicle trips and other impacts of the project. Please come, listen, and make your voice heard. The time for influencing this development is now. More…

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10/26/16: East Somerville Main Streets Board Meeting

by on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

East Somerville Main Streets is holding a Board meeting at which, among other matters, the Board will discuss the proposed Michael Ades development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square. This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail and in phase 2 a 14-story mixed-use building with office and lab space. More…

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11/23/16 Comment Period on Michael Ades Residential and Office/R&D Development

by on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

The MEPA comment period is open on the proposed Michael Ades development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square (EEA# 15595). This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail and in phase 2 a 14-story mixed-use building with office and lab space. More…

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11/5/16: Airport Impacts 101: Perspectives on Environmental Health

by on Sun, Oct 16, 2016

AIR Inc., Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP), and Partners Healthcare are sponsoring a day-long conference on the environmental impacts of airports, including air and noise pollution. The conference will bring some of the world’s foremost airport impact experts together with citizens and decisionmakers. More…

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Editors' Picks

Shea leaves legacy: human rights, schools, wit

by on Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Described “a force for good in the world,” William E. Shea was honored at a funeral Mass Friday, July 27, in St. Camillus Church, in Arlington, following his July 24 death at home. He had been president Ames Envelope and had been active in many ways in Somerville. See the full story at YourArlington.com…

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Assembling the Pieces

by on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Construction is underway at Assembly Row, Somerville’s great hope for economic development. The path to this point has been winding.

What will the way forward bring?

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Announcing the “Somerville Stock Exchange” community art project

by on Sun, May 6, 2012

Hi everyone!

I’m working on a new community art project– and I hope you’ll decide to participate!

It’s called “The Somerville Stock Exchange,” or SSE for short. Unlike our New…

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Mayor Curtatone’s ACE Webpage for Responsiveness Data Late Again

by on Sat, May 5, 2012

The City’s transparency initiative has again fallen into neglect.…

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Copy of e-mail to Nancy Busnach, Chair, Somerville Redevelopment Authority

by on Sun, Apr 29, 2012

Now that the Somerville Comprehensive Plan has been endorsed by the city and adopted by the Planning Board, I would like to pass along a suggestion.

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@SomervilleCity’s Retaliation Against Accessibility Whistleblower Casts Chilling Effect

by on Fri, Apr 6, 2012

Last week, Mayor @JoeCurtatone retaliated against Somerville accessibility rights advocate Eileen Feldman after she blew the whistle on the City’s attempt to have the U.S. Surgeon General’s March 23rd health grant event held at the then-inaccessible Armory…

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

by on Thu, Mar 29, 2012

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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Why @311Somerville Does Not Track Loose Utility Wire Calls

by on Sun, Mar 25, 2012

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

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

by on Thu, Mar 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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Somerville Labor Coalition Accuses Curtatone of Divide And Conquer Strategy on GIC

by on Fri, Mar 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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