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Mayor @JoeCurtatone Misses Own Deadline for OpenData Initiative

Posted by at 9:58 pm on August 1, 2012

In June, the City proudly announced that it would be posting lots of operational data in July online at data.somervillema.gov.  Well, it’s August 1st and that webpage hasn’t been set up yet. …


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Brociner Justified in Calling Letter Patently Dishonest

Posted by at 10:45 am on June 22, 2012

Clearly, Curtatone dodged his responsibility to properly ensure the event was accessible for persons with disabilities. We deserve better from our mayor!


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5/21 Aldermen Address Accessibility Issues In Sidewalk Ramps and Brick Crosswalks, 6pm

Posted by at 9:57 am on May 18, 2012

From the agenda of the  upcoming meeting of the BOA Public Health and Public Safety Committee on Monday 5/21 in the 2nd floor Committee Room at City Hall:…


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City Silences the Human Rights Commission with Obsolete Quorum Rule Instead of Fixing It

Posted by at 4:58 pm on May 17, 2012

Given the City’s clear interest in having a functioning HRC to protect the civil and human rights of Somerville residents, and given the difficulty with growing our membership, it makes little sense to have an out-dated quorum rule so high that it prevents us from meeting.


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Local Hacktivists Organize for Government Transparency

Posted by at 3:44 pm on May 5, 2012

My friend and Somerville hacktivist, Adam Friedman, recently alerted me to two new local transparency groups which both seem to have a strong Somerville focus and include another Somerville hacktivist Michael @Morisy (from the FOIA-made-easy site MuckRock).…


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Mayor Curtatone’s ACE Webpage for Responsiveness Data Late Again

Posted by at 3:15 pm on

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


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4/9: HRC Agenda, 6:30pm @ TAB

Posted by at 10:07 pm on April 6, 2012

The monthly public meeting of the Human Rights Commission will be at 6:30pm on 4/9 at SCALE
in the TAB at 167 Holland Street (2nd floor, top of stair, straight ahead, small conference room). This is an accessible location.

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@SomervilleCity’s Retaliation Against Accessibility Whistleblower Casts Chilling Effect

Posted by at 9:09 pm on

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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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Ward 5 | 7 Comments »

Why @311Somerville Does Not Track Loose Utility Wire Calls

Posted by at 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 »

Rep. Capuano to Address Democratic City Caucus Feb 13th

Posted by at 4:35 pm on January 8, 2012

Mayor Curtatone will introduce Candidate for US Congress in the newly created 7th (yes seventh) Congressional District, Congressman Michael Capuano. Candidates for US Senate have been invited to address the meeting.


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City’s ACE Webpage for Responsiveness Data Now 3 Months Stale

Posted by at 12:02 am on January 4, 2012

“We should not have to tell you we are doing well. We should be able to show we are doing well. And if we are falling short in some areas, then you should be able to see that too. ” – Mayor Curtatone, in his 7/15/2011 op-ed to the Somerville News announcing his new ACE program and stating a customer bill of rights.


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Young Democrats of MA Endorse Ballantyne, Barber for Alderman

Posted by at 10:40 pm on November 4, 2011

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts (YDM) and Greater Boston Young Democrats (GBYD) have endorsed Katjana Ballantyne and Christine Barber in their races for Somerville Alderman seats.


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Somerville Journal Endorses Neither Candidate in Ward 7

Posted by at 6:34 pm on

Yesterday, the Somerville Journal announced (see quote below) it would not endorse in the race for Ward 7 Alderman.…


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Ward 7 Alderman Trane’s 1st General Election Mailing

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

Hypocrisy. Negativity. Obsolescence.


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Come to the Progressive Massachusetts Kickoff on October 2nd!

Posted by at 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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Joan Whitney Puglia Proposes Community Preservation Act Referendum

Posted by at 10:14 am on August 23, 2011

Saying, “the Community Preservation Act (CPA) could generate millions of dollars for affordable family housing, open space and historic preservation”, Ward 7 alderman candidate Joan Whitney Puglia has announced her support for a city-wide referendum seeking adoption of the Act.…


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The Shameful Truth About the Ward 7 PDS Endorsement

Posted by at 11:48 pm on August 16, 2011

On Tues, Aug 9th, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville held a meeting at which they cast endorsement votes in the upcoming municipal races. Challenger Katjana Ballantyne received the group’s endorsement in the Ward 7 race. However, given what happened, that endorsement might be more of a liability for her ……


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Joan Whitney Puglia calls for major reform to the zoning approval process

Posted by at 9:54 pm on August 11, 2011

“There is no accountability in the existing zoning approval process…. I believe decisions about developments that could substantially impact our neighborhoods should be made by the aldermen, who must answer to the voters every two years.”


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Curtatone Administration Not as Transparent and Open as Promised

Posted by at 1:26 am on July 28, 2011

As the following examples indicate, the Curtatone administration routinely ignores, delays, or over-charges for data sought under the state’s public records law, in contrast to what the Mayor calls an “open, transparent and efficient government”.…


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Follow-up to Parking Ticket Trends Story

Posted by at 11:20 pm on July 27, 2011

Inspired by SJ reporter Andy Metzger’s skeptical review of my investigative article Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals: Uncovered , I followed up about two months ago with the as-yet-unresolved email below to Traffic & Parking Director Matt Dias.…


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Puglia reacts to new parking fee increases

Posted by at 11:28 am on June 30, 2011

City government should not misrepresent its hostile revenue-boosting scheme as a policy to improve parking conditions. For many residents it imposes greater hardship.


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Posted in Announcements, City Finances, Politics, Press Release, Traffic & Parking | 5 Comments »

Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals: Uncovered

Posted by at 12:26 am on May 19, 2011

When Watertown, MA resident Mark Pickering received a parking citation during a visit to a friend in nearby Somerville, he figured a simple letter to the Office of the Parking Clerk would result in a scheduled hearing or a ticket dismissal. Instead, he received an anonymous note of rejection with an extra $5 fine. [See Mark's letter in the SJ : Parking ticket appeal system needs work]…


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Posted in City Finances, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Somerville By The Numbers, Traffic & Parking | 14 Comments »

Tom Bok and the Summer Street Showdown on Greater Somerville

Posted by at 10:17 pm on May 6, 2011


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5/10 Progressive Democrats of Somerville Spring Potluck

Posted by at 11:48 am on

From local jobs, to development, to budget cuts … what are the issues facing Somerville? It’s a local election year and it’s time to talk about the issues candidates and elected officials need to address! Come to the PDS  Spring Potluck and join in the discussion!…


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Joan Whitney Puglia announces candidacy for Ward Seven Alderman

Posted by at 11:02 pm on April 25, 2011

Saying “we need an alderman who represents us at least as effectively as the parking control officers ticket us,” Joan Whitney Puglia announced her candidacy for Ward Seven Alderman.

Joan Whitney Puglia, Candidate for Ward 7 Alderman

Joan Whitney Puglia


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Parking Ticket Appeals Story Update

Posted by at 11:24 pm on April 9, 2011

Following the last update on this story in late February, T&P Director Matt Dias offered and provided the requested data including a column indicating whether each ticket appeal was made online or not. Even better, the cost was $30 less than his original quote.…


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3/14 Somerville Human Rights Commission monthly meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on March 14, 2011

Link to meeting announcement http://www.somervillema.gov/calendar/eventdtl.cfm?id=8180


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3/16 Young Somerville Advisory Group to discuss Somerville Public Schools

Posted by at 11:56 pm on March 13, 2011

The following email was just sent out to the mayor’s Young Somerville Advisory Group :

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Hey Young Somerville –

A quick reminder that our next formal meeting will be this Wednesday…


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3/15 Somerville Teachers Association annual meeting

Posted by at 10:36 pm on

The STA Annual Meeting
March 15, 2011 (3:15 PM)
Capuano School

As announced today by @somerteachers on www.SomervilleTeachers.com


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Jillian Fennimore – Somerville Journal Editor & Walter Pero – Ward 4 Alderman (3.8.11) on Greater Somerville

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Apr 5th, Re-Districting: What is it all about?

Posted by at 10:32 pm on March 12, 2011

The City Democratic Committee presents special guest, Representative Mike Moran (Brighton) House Chair of Elections to speak about the re-districting process and its implications.


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Christine Barber Announces Candidacy for Ward 4 Alderman

Posted by at 10:28 pm on March 8, 2011

The following is a campaign press release sent to SV by Christine. In January, she attended an EmergeMA event meant “to boost the number of women holding elected office in Massachusetts”. Current Ward 4 Alderman Walter Pero will not be seeking re-election , so Christine will be challenging former mayoral candidate Tony Lafuente for the seat.…


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Somerville’s Ashraf Hegazy talks about Egypt on WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Posted by at 10:39 pm on February 13, 2011

Ashraf spoke with Tom Ashbrook and guests twice recently.…


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2/14 : Somerville Human Rights Commission meeting

Posted by at 10:36 pm on

The monthly public meeting of the Human Rights Commission will be at 6:30pm at SCALE in the TAB at 167 Holland Street (basement level, room #103) The agenda is:


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ISD Report Conspicuously Fails to Mention that Dept Head was Unqualified for Job

Posted by at 11:58 pm on January 27, 2011

The recently released departmental review of the City’s Inspectional Services Division lists many problems and suggested solutions, but strangely neglects to mention that the department head, George Landers, was unqualified to hold that position.…


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Charting the City’s FY11 Budget

Posted by at 12:28 am on January 20, 2011

How are our tax dollars, fines, and fees being spent by City Hall? City of Somerville : FY11 Total Expenditures, Approx $207M


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Somerville’s Bob Massie to Challenge Scott Brown for Senate Seat in 2012

Posted by at 8:56 pm on January 15, 2011

Read more in the Boston Globe’s article The timely return of Bob Massie and check out his new campaign website Bobmassie.org


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OCPF cracks down on Ward 7 Ald. Trane for delinquent campaign finance report

Posted by at 9:38 pm on January 13, 2011

As part of Tom Nash’s investigation into the campaign finance reports of Somerville’s mayor and Aldermen, he has discovered that the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance referred Ward 7 Ald. Bob Trane to the Attorney General for failing to file a year-end 2009 report.…


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The Calendar is Gone and other Technical Difficulties

Posted by at 9:20 pm on January 9, 2011

On December 22nd, our web-hosting company performed server maintenance that briefly took this blog off-line. When it came back later that day, all of our Wordpress plug-ins were disabled, including the ones for the calendar, spam-filtering, and automatic moderator notifications for pending posts. We appreciate your patience as I work on gradually restoring these features in my spare time.


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Help Uncover Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals

Posted by at 7:41 pm on January 1, 2011

When Watertown, MA resident Mark Pickering received a parking citation during a visit to a friend in nearby Somerville, he figured a simple letter to the Office of the Parking Clerk would result in a scheduled hearing or a ticket dismissal. Instead, he received an anonymous note of rejection with an extra $5 fine.


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Posted in Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Traffic & Parking | 3 Comments »

New Report Inspects City’s Inspectional Services Division

Posted by at 9:38 pm on December 10, 2010

As reported by Andy Metzger in the SJ and Tom Nash on Post Somerville, the Mayor has commissioned a report exposing problems in the City’s Inspectional Services Division (ISD). Below is the full report, as posted by Post Somerville.…


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Today is Human Rights Day

Posted by at 9:05 pm on

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, December 10 is celebrated around the world as Human Rights Day.

This year’s theme is:  SPEAK UP STOP DISCRIMINATION.…


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A Tale of Two Public Records Requests

Posted by at 5:42 pm on December 5, 2010

This is the true story of how the City of Somerville stonewalled my request for public records and then went out of its way to satisfy a very similar request by BU’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR).…


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Posted in City Finances, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Traffic & Parking | 5 Comments »

Over last 2 years, SPD Notified ICE in Nine Cases

Posted by at 5:07 pm on December 4, 2010

See case summaries and read my update in Help discover the relationship between ICE and Somerville police


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KyAnn, Joe, and a Reindog Shop Local on Greater Somerville

Posted by at 6:02 pm on November 25, 2010

[11/23/2010]

Greater Somerville takes its show on the road to kickoff the holiday season,
encourage local shopping, taste some great wines and prove that reindogs can
host a TV talk show.…


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Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting w/ film Somerville: on the Right Track

Posted by at 4:53 pm on

Where: West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Boulevard


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Help discover the relationship between ICE and Somerville police

Posted by at 12:50 pm on November 21, 2010

Mayor Curtatone says the SPD won’t “assume the role of federal authorities in terms of immigration enforcement”, but this would mark a departure from how local police have been operating.


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Posted in Immigration, Investigative Reports, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 3 Comments »

12/17 Centro Presente’s Annual Holiday Fiesta!!

Posted by at 11:45 am on November 19, 2010

Location:
Somerville City Club

20 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA 02143

See map: Google Maps

Centro Presente


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Watch Ward 2 Alderman MaryAnn Heuston on Greater Somerville

Posted by at 10:26 pm on November 17, 2010


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Watch Somerville Pundits Jim Campano and Dan Hurley on Greater Somerville

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How responsive is your Alder(wo)man? Your School Committee Member?

Posted by at 2:10 pm on November 12, 2010

Our Alder(wo)men and School Committee Members are elected to represent us. In order to do that, they need to hear from us and let us know what’s going on at City Hall.  This gets me wondering if there’s a good way to score / track / rate them on how well they communicate with constituents. Perhaps you and I can come up with a set of criteria and then collectively keep tabs on how they’re doing.…


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Somerville Trading Post meets Sunday 11/14

Posted by at 9:00 pm on November 9, 2010

In yesterday’s Time Trade Circle newsletter (I’m a member), I learned about the Somerville Trading Post that meets at the Somerville Community Growing Center on Vinal Ave. Have you…


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Where is the North Street Playground?

Posted by at 2:31 pm on

Last night, I was the only member of the public to attend a City planning meeting for the renovation of the North Street Playground.


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Posted in Beat Reporter, Civic Action, Environment and Open Space, Schools and Youth, Teele Square, Ward 7 | 7 Comments »

11/13 Mayor Curtatone Holds Rally to Support Immigrants

Posted by at 5:33 pm on November 6, 2010

Following the unanimous approval by both the School Committee and Aldermen of resolutions supporting passage of the DREAM Act, comes this announcement yesterday from Tito Meza of the Somerville Community Corporation’s Voices of Immigrants of Somerville (SCC VIS):…


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Progressive Democrats of Somerville Hires Organizing and Communications Intern

Posted by at 4:49 pm on

The following announcement was sent to the PDS membership yesterday:

Nov 5, 2010

PDS Members,

Besides the good news of keeping Massachusetts blue this week, the PDS leadership team wanted to send out an announcement that we hired a new Organizing and Communications intern to help us as an organization grow and thrive. We know this was a top priority coming out of the visioning work we did and we are so excited to bring on Andrew Bunyard!…


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Have you thought of running for elected office? Alderman? Mayor? Rep? Senator?

Posted by at 3:53 pm on November 5, 2010

Some recent commenters on this blog have expressed an interest in running for an Alderman seat or for Mayor. Have you? For what office?  Why? What’s holding you back? Have  you been a candidate? Do you know someone whom you think would be a good candidate? Please share your thoughts with us.…


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Watch Playwright/Producer Bill Doncaster on Greater Somerville

Posted by at 10:53 pm on November 3, 2010

[11/2/2010] Click photo to watch.

Joe and KyAnn take a break from politics and talk with Bill Doncaster about his new…


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North Street Playground Community Meeting Ward 7

Posted by at 9:45 pm on November 1, 2010

A City of Somerville Public Announcement:

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Robert Trane invited all interested community members to a community meeting to discuss renovation plans for the North…


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Help liberate Somerville’s mandatory financial disclosures

Posted by at 12:14 pm on October 28, 2010

By law, public officials in Massachusetts have to disclose a lot of information regarding where they receive their campaign funding from, and what they spend it on. These reports paint a vivid picture of who scratches whose back, and can help map political connections and motivations. Unfortunately, many of these reports are relatively inaccessible to the general public.


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Watch Local Author Nancy Carlsson-Paige on Greater Somerville

Posted by at 2:51 pm on October 27, 2010

[10/26/2010]

Join hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they talk with Somerville resident, Lesley University professor and author Nancy Carlsson-Paige.  Carlsson-Paige is the author or co-author of five books on childhood learning.  Tonight she discusses her latest, “Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids”.

Visit: http://www.nancycarlssonpaige.org/


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Watch Somerville Playwright John Shea on Greater Somerville

Posted by at 8:34 pm on October 22, 2010

John Shea on Greater Somerville.

[Oct 19, 2010]

Somerville playwright John Shea, talks with Joe Lynch about his newest…


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Voter Choice Vacay in Portland, Maine – Oct 23 & 24

Posted by at 1:55 pm on October 18, 2010

One all-expenses paid volunteer weekend to make history and win IRV in Portland.


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Somerville Voices now available in any language

Posted by at 11:10 pm on October 10, 2010

Just click the translate link at the top or bottom of the page. Translations powered by Google…


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Watch Two Great Interviews About Affordable Housing and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

Posted by at 10:28 pm on October 6, 2010

First, James Madden with the Campaign to Protect Affordable Housing discusses campaign initiatives, November’s ballot Question 2 concerning 40B affordable housing, and whether or not it should be repealed. In the previous episode, Joe and KyAnn interview Jed Lippard, Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. Only on Greater Somerville


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Housing, Schools and Youth, Video | 7 Comments »

ICE/Secure Communities Program Information Session

Posted by at 3:36 pm on October 4, 2010

Location:
Centro Presente

17 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA 02143


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Somerville Gets Two New Local News Blogs

Posted by at 11:06 pm on October 3, 2010

Post Somerville launched around mid-August. Somerville Patch just hatched on Sep 28th. I say, the more journalism, the better! What do you think?…


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10/6/10 Public Hearing on Somerville District Improvement Financing (DIF) Program

Posted by at 3:36 pm on October 1, 2010

A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 6th at 7pm at the Aldermanic Chambers to discuss the District Improvement Financing (DIF) Program covering Union Square, Boynton Yards, Inner Belt, and Somerville Avenue. This is displayed prominently on the City’s homepage.

This program will affect Somerville financing for the next 30 years and could result, in the future, in property takings by the city.


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9/21 Pat Jehlen on Greater Somerville on Budget Cuts, Casino Gambling, Politics

Posted by at 10:53 pm on September 27, 2010

Hosts Joe Lynch & KyAnn Anderson discuss the impact of budget cuts, casino gambling & the benefits of political competition during election season with Massachusetts State Senator & longtime Somerville resident, Pat Jehlen.

Watch


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Somerville Voices Twitter UP, City of Somerville website DOWN

Posted by at 11:15 pm on September 25, 2010

Now you can follow new posts and updates at our Twitter account @SomervilleVox . Due to some technical problems, this service stopped working in February. We’re glad to have…


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PHCS Neighbors Meeting this Monday, 9/20

Posted by at 7:54 am on September 19, 2010

As the City continues to move ahead with the focus group meetings, our community meetings are vital to ensure that our neighborhood works together so that the site of the Powderhouse Community School is reused in a way that is most beneficial to our neighborhood AND to our city.


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New campaign to prevent mistakes of Somerville Ave reconstruction project from being repeated

Posted by at 1:22 pm on September 16, 2010

The following is a letter that was submitted to the Board of Aldermen at last Thursday’s meeting by a group of concerned residents. Do you share these concerns?…


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Posted in Development and Zoning, Transportation Projects | 15 Comments »

Public Meeting on the Green Line Extension Final Environmental Impact Report

Posted by at 10:38 pm on June 12, 2010

From www.Mass.gov/GreenLineExtension :
A public meeting on the FEIR will be held on Wednesday, June 30th at 6PM at the Somerville High School Auditorium.  The FEIR will be available on June 16 on the…


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Democratic City Committee Meets

Posted by at 12:49 pm on May 29, 2010

As a member of the Democratic City Committee, I received the following meeting announcement today:

Where : VNA, 259 Lowell St.

Agenda includes:

  • Election of a new Female Vice Chair

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Powder House School 2nd neighborhood meeting

Posted by at 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 »

City’s Reserve Fire Force Sparks Controversy

Posted by at 9:32 pm on May 2, 2010

A heated debate has developed recently in the op-ed pages of The Somerville News between columnist Bill Shelton and Somerville’s Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher over the City’s use of a Reserve Fire Force/List.…


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4/22/10 Notes from the Somerville Coffee Party’s 1st Meeting

Posted by at 10:43 pm on April 25, 2010

Personally, I was very impressed with the quality and civility of the conversation we had and the enthusiasm we developed around our idea for organizing a community-wide event.


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Thurs 4/22 : Somerville Coffee Party — first meeting

Posted by at 4:18 pm on April 21, 2010

We’re going to get together and find strategies to fix our democracy, and then we’re going to put them into action. Bring your ideas and your energy. Join us.


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Sen. Pat Jehlen : This is the worst budget year we’ve ever faced

Posted by at 9:41 pm on April 14, 2010

On Tuesday evening, State Sen. Pat Jehlen sat down with Joe Lynch for his show “Greater Somerville” on SCAT to discuss the pending driving bill, the shrinking state budget, health care reform, and casino gambling. I just watched the show and took some notes from their conversation.…


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Campaign Kick-off Party for State Rep Sciortino

Posted by at 11:12 am on April 11, 2010

Please join me at Carl’s campaign kick-off party, Today, April 11, 3-5 pm, at Sabur Restaurant, 212 Holland Street


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Apr 8 : Somerville Human Rights Commission Meets With Police Chief Cabral

Posted by at 9:10 am on April 7, 2010

We’ll be joined by Acting Somerville Police Chief Michael Cabral for a discussion to include the following topics: * the 2008 Romelus Police Beating Case * Private security contractors in Somerville * DHS Surveillance Cameras * The idea of creating a public oversight board for the SPD


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FW Russell Trash Contract Reveals Options for Aldermen

Posted by at 12:27 am on

Through a public records request, I recently obtained scanned copies of the City’s trash contracts with the FW Russell company. The fine print challenges the claim made at the March 2nd BOA Legislative Matters Committee meeting by former City Solicitor, John Gannon, that only the Mayor has the power to break a contract.…


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Public Records Request for FW Russell Contracts

Posted by at 11:57 pm on March 24, 2010

Residents have a right to know whether the FW Russell Company voided its contract with the City when it was found to have intentionally violated state wage and hours laws by AG Coakley’s office.


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Demand for Affordable Family Housing is 4 Times Greater than Senior/Disabled Housing in the City

Posted by at 12:01 am on March 21, 2010

Through a question to the ResiStat blog, I recently learned this fact which makes one wonder why Mayor Curtatone has been pushing so hard for a new Senior Housing Ordinance


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What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

Posted by at 10:26 pm on March 18, 2010

What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

WHY :       The City is moving ahead with plans to rezone and sell the Powder House School property.

WHAT :    Join your neighbors to…


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Progress on the Parking Tickets Story

Posted by at 9:17 am on February 25, 2010

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has taken an interest in our (Somerville Voices) proposed investigation of parking fines and has offered to analyze the ticket data for the amount of $500.…


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Progressive Dems To Discuss Elections and Future Direction

Posted by at 9:53 am on February 23, 2010

After six years as an organization, PDS is spending some time assessing our work and visioning about our efforts moving forward.


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Coffee with Carl

Posted by at 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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Education Readiness Program Uses New Metric : College Enrollment

Posted by at 8:57 am on February 10, 2010

According to this post on the ResiStat blog in answer to my question, the Mystic Children’s Zone will use college enrollment as the final measurement of its success.  Perhaps this, and not high school graduation, should be used to measure the performance of our school system over all.…


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Pieces of Somerville’s History

Posted by at 10:45 pm on February 9, 2010

Having only lived in Somerville for about three and a half years, I have much to learn about the city’s past. Here are some historical articles that may be of wider interest. I hope others will share other stories that can inform the newer residents of what life was like in the good/bad old days.…


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Petition to Oppose the Senior Housing Zoning Amendment

Posted by at 4:45 pm on February 7, 2010


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Keynote Speech from Somerville’s 2010 MLK Jr. Celebration

Posted by at 1:39 pm on January 31, 2010

The night before Martin was assassinated he spoke of going to the mountain top and seeing The Promised Land. In a premonitory way, he wondered out loud if he would get there, but he seemed powerfully convinced WE would surely get there. You might well ask: ‘Are we there yet?’


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Somerville Democrats to Caucus for 2010 Mass Dem Convention

Posted by at 7:49 pm on January 29, 2010

Registered Democrats in Somerville will be holding a caucus at the Capuano School, 150 Glen St. on Monday, February 8 at 7:20 PM to elect 8 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2010 Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held on Fri June 4th and Sat, June 5th at the DCU Center in Worcester. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse statewide candidates.


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SCAT Hot Set Open House, Annual Meeting, Award Ceremony, and Raffle

Posted by at 9:44 pm on January 27, 2010

Cross-posted from the SCAT website [link to source here]

Save the date: January 28 from 6:00 to 9:00pm for the SCAT Annual Meeting. This year, to celebrate the redesign of the HotSet…


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An Evening of Haitian Film & Video: A fundraiser for Haitian relief

Posted by at 9:41 pm on

Cross-posting from the SCAT website [link to source here]

Thursday, February 4, 6:30-9; afterparty to follow
SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville
6:30pm: doors and prescreening activities; 7:00pm sharp: screening followed by panel…


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VOTE Today! For Martha Coakley!

Posted by at 9:05 am on January 19, 2010

In this close race, your vote counts more than ever!

Find your polling place here and then go vote while you can before 8pm…


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City Releases Powder House School Real Estate Analysis; Mayor Seeks Property Sale This Year

Posted by at 10:22 pm on January 18, 2010

As the City prepares to sell the closed Powder House School building to private developers, the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) just posted an Aug 24, 2009 real estate analysis report (pdf) to its website .…


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Annual MLK JR. Day Celebrations Set For January 18th

Posted by at 3:44 pm on January 16, 2010

Ceremony to Honor Local Individual, Organization for Community Service; Program Begins at 10am at SHS


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OneVille : A New Community Project to Support Somerville Youth

Posted by at 10:17 pm on January 15, 2010

OneVille.org just launched today with a message that begins:
We’re writing to introduce a new community project in Somerville called OneVille. OneVille is working to unite people in our vibrant, diverse city around one goal: pursuing the success of every young person in Somerville.…


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Choice Program Info Night

Posted by at 10:18 pm on January 12, 2010

My wife saw this message on the Somerville Moms Yahoo list.

Barry

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Information Night for the Choice Program will be held next Thursday, January 21, at the Healey School (5 Meacham…


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Learn about the Argenziano School from other Parents!

Posted by at 10:15 pm on

My wife saw this on the Somerville Moms group:

Barry

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Learn about the Argenziano School from other Parents!

As you explore your options for public schools in Somerville, make sure…


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Have Safety Issues Been Addressed at Market Basket?

Posted by at 10:47 pm on January 10, 2010

Following an armed robbery in the Market Basket parking lot last October, store representatives promised the Aldermen to address safety issues by installing surveillance cameras and better lighting in the parking lot. They also promised to undertake a parking study to address concerns about overcrowding and parked cars in fire lanes.  I wonder how much progress they’ve made so far?…


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Workshop on Redirecting Military Spending to Meet Human Needs

Posted by at 10:48 pm on January 2, 2010

From http://justicewithpeace.org/node/819 :

Redirecting Military Spending to Meet Human Needs

The 25% Solution Task Force of UJP is conducting an interactive workshop on…


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Would you like a weekly Drop-in Playgroup for your child, aged 0-3?

Posted by at 7:06 pm on January 1, 2010

This was posted to the Somerville-4-Schools list on Monday by Consuelo Perez:

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Would you like a weekly Drop-in Playgroup for your child, aged 0-3?

Come to the next Somerville…


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Farm Share Fair + Film

Posted by at 5:24 pm on

By way of Abby Yanow of Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace:

These events come to us by way of Transition Somerville and Somerville Climate Action.  SMUJP is exploring ways to support


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Screening “Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela”

Posted by at 5:20 pm on

By way of Abby Yanow with Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace:

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela is a just-released documentary filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the…


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A Call For Greater Transparency At Somerville City Hall

Posted by at 8:50 pm on December 25, 2009

To have an effective democratically-elected Government, the People must trust that their elected officials are acting as good stewards of public resources. This trust is hindered when people can not verify the integrity of candidates and office-holders.…


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Local Group Organizes to Support Martha Coakley’s Senate Campaign

Posted by at 9:34 pm on December 24, 2009

This post came today from Cambridge-Somerville for Change:
The Elections Team held their first meeting Monday night, and we’re working on a bunch of initiatives. We’ll be holding our first phone bank on…


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Jan 13 FCC Workshop: Innovation, Investment, and the Open Internet

Posted by at 8:40 pm on

From http://www.openinternet.gov/workshops/innovation-investment-and-the-open-internet.html

January 13, 2010 5:00 PM EST
MIT Media Lab Cambridge, MA
Workshop will be live streamed on OpenInternet.gov
Coordinator info: Carol Simpson (202) 418-2391 Carol.Simpson@fcc.gov

The Internet has…


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Flu Vaccination Clinics Available to General Public

Posted by at 9:40 pm on December 22, 2009

PSA from the City website:
Important Influenza (FLU) Update

Updated December 21, 2009

The Somerville Health Department has begun to receive more doses of H1N1 vaccine…


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CSfC Immigration Reform/In-state Tuition Team

Posted by at 9:25 pm on December 19, 2009

Cambridge Somerville for Change presents:


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CSfC Energy and Climate Team Meeting

Posted by at 9:21 pm on

We need your help and ideas to help to get CSfC‘s energy and climate effort going. So please come to our meeting on January 12th, at 7pm, at 154 Auburn Street in Cambridge…


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CSfC Health Care Team Mtg

Posted by at 9:16 pm on

Cambridge Somerville for Change


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CSfC Election Team Meeting

Posted by at 9:10 pm on

Come discuss what we can do in Cambridge and Somerville to help progressives win the 2010 elections, starting with the special senate election on January 19!

Critical state and national races are on tap


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Cambridge Health Alliance Offers Innovative Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Posted by at 8:39 pm on

Are you concerned about your opioid drug use, or that of a loved one? The holiday season is often a time of strain and stress, especially for individuals who are struggling with addiction. Yet, the advent of a new year is a time when many people make efforts toward change. The Opioid Addiction and Family Project may be able to help.


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The Jingle Bell Runaround

Posted by at 10:26 pm on December 11, 2009

This Sunday, Dec 13th, many of my Davis Square neighbors and I will be unable to get in or out of our neighborhood by car between the hours of 9am and 1pm due to the 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Run.  This 4-hour restriction will be my birthday present from the City of Somerville, a headache I didn’t ask for nor was ever consulted about it.…


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Somerville Pols Split Over Senate Race Endorsements

Posted by at 10:25 pm on November 27, 2009

According to a Globe article published earlier this evening [Coakley picks up endorsements from Capuano's hometown] endorsements from current and former Somerville pols break down like this:…


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Despite unresolved allegations against FW Russell, City renews waste disposal contract

Posted by at 5:15 pm on

Last week, the Board of Aldermen extended the City’s contract with FW Russell for another year plus 5 more under a new contract despite concerns stemming from a 2-year-old investigation by AG Coakley’s office into the waste disposal company’s labor practices. The company was selected for offering the lowest price among 4 bids procured by the City this past year.…


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Should a Staples come to Davis Square?

Posted by at 2:18 pm on

From Ward 6 Ald. Gewirtz’s Winter ’09 newsletter :
There is a proposal being made by the owners of the Citizens Bank building on Elm Street on the corner or Bowers Ave. to…


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Free (H1N1 and Seasonal) Flu Clinic

Posted by at 2:32 pm on November 26, 2009

PSA: The following message was sent to the City’s Parents ResiStat email list [link to original message]

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Mayor Curtatone and the City of Somerville Health Department are pleased to…


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Illuminating Irresponsibility

Posted by at 9:52 am on

It looks like the climate crisis is taking a back seat to the economic crisis as Mayor Curtatone and the Somerville Arts Council promote the annual Illuminations Holiday Tour,  “the annual trolley tour of holiday light displays” around the city.  Certainly, keeping the holiday lights off is the least we could do to help reduce our carbon footprint.…


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Debate Watch Party for US Senate Seat

Posted by at 9:08 pm on November 22, 2009

The Somerville Democratic City Committee is hosting a Debate Watch Party. What: Candidates for US Senate televised debate. Where: The Precinct Bar in Union Square. When: 6:30 pm Tues December 1st


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Somerville Parking Updates from SPARC

Posted by at 11:02 pm on November 13, 2009

Permit parking changes are coming. The City has officially set Monday January 4th as the enforcement date for citywide resident permit parking. + SPARCs Push for Tweaks to Permit Parking- Wins to Report + Summary from Nov 4th Parking Solutions Task Force meeting.


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Don’t Miss The Somerville Electoral Forum

Posted by at 1:35 pm on October 4, 2009

As part of ‘Our Voices, Our Vote,’ a civic participation campaign, Centro Presente would like to invite you to an Electoral Forum (Oct 7, 6pm) to hear from local candidates on the issues of concern to the community of Somerville, to talk about how to increase civic participation in the city, and to educate ourselves about the next electoral process.


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Tell Your Great Recession Story

Posted by at 5:52 pm on October 3, 2009

My wife and I are fortunate enough to have kept our jobs through this Great Recession, but the news is filled with reports of massive layoffs, furloughs, and benefit reductions. Are you still employed? Do…


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Somerville Health Foundation Announces Recipients of 2009 Community Funding

Posted by at 10:50 pm on September 25, 2009

The Somerville Health Foundation (SHF) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s community funding.


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Towards a Safer and More Transparent Community : Crime Maps

Posted by at 8:48 pm on

A new online tool exists to plot crimes on a searchable map. This would empower residents to know how safe their neighborhood is and where and what to watch to deter crime. It would probably catalyze neighborhood crime watches and make our streets safer.


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Somerville Human Rights Commission Mtg

Posted by at 10:18 pm on September 13, 2009

Here is the agenda for our meeting this coming Tuesday.

Somerville Human Rights Commission
Tuesday, Sep 15th Monthly Public Meeting
6:30pm-8:30pm
Super Stop & Shop
2nd Floor Conference Room
775 McGrath Hwy, Somerville…


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SeeClickFix or SeeClickIgnore? How effective is Somerville 311?

Posted by at 10:27 am on

About a month ago, on Aug 16th, I submitted a 311 service request through the new SeeClickFix tool to repair a loose utility wire tied to the fence at Hodgkins-Curtin Park along Simpson Ave (see photo below). After an initial flurry of promises from a Somerville 311 rep to have the issue fixed asap, it was ignored. Today the wire is still there, menacing passers-by and testifying to the failure of the 311 system.…


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Aldermen Are More Than Just Overpaid 311 Technicians

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

Posted by at 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 at 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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Public Records Request : 311 Service Requests

Posted by at 10:07 am on August 26, 2009

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 at 9:56 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 Officer Data

Posted by at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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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SCC 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by at 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 at 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 at 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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Tracking 311 Service Requests on a Map

Posted by at 12:22 am on August 18, 2009

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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ResiStat Request for 311 Information

Posted by at 9:17 am on August 17, 2009

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 at 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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Fund This Story : Somerville Parking Tickets

Posted by at 1:14 am on August 15, 2009

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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Boston.com Launches Somerville Your Town

Posted by at 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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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

Posted by at 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 at 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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Aug 13 Public Hearing on Parking Changes

Posted by at 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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Somerville Voices now on Facebook

Posted by at 1:41 pm on August 2, 2009

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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ResiStat Enters the Blogosphere Inconspicuously

Posted by at 8:58 am on July 28, 2009

I am excited to see that the City has launched SomerBlog: “the open community forum associated with the Somerville ResiStat program.”. Started on July 14th and managed by ResiStat’s Stephanie Hirsch, the blog adds to the City’s growing array of online communications with residents which started with CTY emails and Google email groups targeted by ward and demographics. …


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SV Blog Meeting

Posted by at 8:16 pm on July 27, 2009

All are invited to our next semi-biweekly blog meeting where we will discuss story ideas for our new journalism initiative, fundraising campaigns, and anything else related to the Somerville Voices blog.

Where : VNA…


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Recycle Your Gadgets And Help SV Raise $500

Posted by at 12:40 pm on

Do you have any used or unwanted gadgets at home that you’d like to recycle? Would you also like to help support a great cause at the same time?! We at Somerville Voices are hosting an online gadget recycling drive through Gazelle to raise money for the blog and would love your support!…


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Somerville Voices Now on Twitter!

Posted by at 10:30 pm on July 25, 2009

Thanks to the TwitterBot plugin, you can now follow Somerville Voices blog posts on our Twitter account @SomervilleVox. Followers will receive short Tweets with the blog title and a link back to the post. This will help connect us with readers wherever they are using their mobile devices.…


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Unanswered questions about the Romelus police beating

Posted by at 10:34 pm on July 21, 2009

Many questions remain unanswered from George Hassett’s July 16th Somerville Journal article “Somerville vet awarded $225K after police beating“.

Here are my questions. Feel free to add your own!…


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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

Posted by at 8:22 pm on July 13, 2009

The Somerville’s Human Rights Commission invites the public to its monthly meeting to discuss: * Recruitment (we currently only have 4 serving commissioners out of a possible 12) * Director’s Update
* Complaints before the commission * Any other business


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SCAT Provides Fiscal Sponsorship to Somerville Voices

Posted by at 12:08 am on June 25, 2009

This new partnership will enable SV to collect and use tax-deductible donations from you so we can focus on producing high quality local stories that matter to you while SCAT (Somerville Community Access TV) gets to handle our filings to the IRS and also take a small cut for their help.…


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Somerville Voices Team Meeting

Posted by at 2:30 pm on June 17, 2009

Please join us for a team meeting this Friday, June 19th, 6:30-8:30pm to discuss the blog and plans for community-funded reporting.…


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Somerville Human Rights Commission

Posted by at 9:55 pm on June 15, 2009

Public meeting of the Somerville Human Rights Commission
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
6:30pm-8:30pm
2nd Floor social hall, Tufts Administration Bldg, 167 Holland St., Somerville

Agenda:

  • Introductions (10 min)
  • Discussion on DHS

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Why is everyone talking about a Single Payer Health Plan?

Posted by at 4:00 pm on June 6, 2009

According to a recent report (pdf) by the city of Somerville, health care costs currently account for about 15% of the municipal budget and are out-pacing growth in revenues. A single payer plan would lift this burden, allowing cities like Somerville to maintain threatened services such as education, police, fire and libraries.…


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Somerville Bloggers and Tweeters

Posted by at 10:18 pm on June 5, 2009

How many Somerville residents blog or tweet regularly about life in Somerville? Which blogs or Twitter accounts do you check regularly? I’m not into the Twitter scene yet, but here are some of the local blogs I’d recommend.…


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Inspirational Immigrant Stories

Posted by at 11:54 pm on May 30, 2009

The Welcome Project has helped produce Digital Storytelling Videos of inspirational immigrant stories including one that seemed especially moving to me entitled “My Mom” by Rocky Man :

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/1ZSU-EtOYKU”…


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Welcome Project Graduation Celebration

Posted by at 6:47 pm on

From a flyer of The Welcome Project:

Join us at the Welcome Project for our Graduation Celebration!

Show your support for our Youth Interpreters and Adult English Language Learners!

The event will…


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Somerville Public School Budget Meeting

Posted by at 9:40 pm on May 28, 2009

From the SPS homepage, entitled “A message from Tony Pierantozzi, Superintendent of Schools”
… The extent of the impact of the current financial crisis on fiscal year 2010 remains unclear. We do know…


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PDS Monthly Meeting

Posted by at 2:12 pm on May 26, 2009

Come on out to our next PDS meeting. There is a lot going on so come on out and get involved in one of the most exciting organizations in the city!

When: Tuesday, May…


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Brainstorming the News

Posted by at 11:35 pm on May 19, 2009

Somerville by the numbers, our community’s carbon foot-print, and collecting resident immigration stories are just a few of the story ideas generated at last Sunday’s Brainstorming Session. Read on for more suggestions and please leave your ideas and feedback below in the comments. Some of these stories will soon be pitched (in more detail) for funding on the blog!…


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Future of the PowderHouse Community School

Posted by at 8:09 pm on May 13, 2009

As announced in the Somerville Journal : What should happen with the former Powder House Community School?

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Robert

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SomDems to receive economic presentation from Mayor Curtatone

Posted by at 10:25 pm on May 12, 2009

According to the Somerville Journal:
Somerville Democrats will meet Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Visiting Nurses Association at 259 Lowell St.

Mayor Joe Curtatone will…


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Spring Reception to Support Rebekah Gewirtz, Ward 6 Alderman

Posted by at 8:47 am on

Please join us!

Spring Reception to Support

Rebekah Gewirtz

Ward 6 Alderman

Where: Sagra Restaurant, 400 Highland


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Discussion on SV Journalism Initiative tonight on SCAT

Posted by at 10:38 am on May 11, 2009

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Somerville Budget Forum

Posted by at 10:09 pm on April 26, 2009

The following was posted by Ward 5 School Committee member Mark Niedergang to the list of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) on Apr 24th.

How do you think Somerville should respond to the…


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4/28 Public forum on Somerville’s FY2010 budget

Posted by at 10:04 pm on

From Mark Niedergang… The Board of Aldermen and School Committee together will be holding a public forum on the FY 2010 budget this Tuesday, April 28th, at 7 PM in the Aldermen’s Chambers in City Hall. This is an opportunity to get an update from the Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools on the City and School budgets for next year and to share your concerns, ideas, and suggestions about priorities and ways to make the FY 2010 budget stretch further.


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Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:23 pm on April 25, 2009

Wednesday, May 27th, Cross Street Elderly Center. From Dave Ficociello’s post on the Somerville Parking Problems group:
Regarding parking and other city policies, I encourage you all to
attend Somerville’s spring “ResiStat” meetings…


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Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:22 pm on

Tuesday, May 26th, 7:00 p.m., VNA Community Room, 259 Lowell Street. From Dave Ficociello’s post on the Somerville Parking Problems group:
Regarding parking and other city policies, I encourage you all to
attend…


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Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:21 pm on

Wednesday, May 20th, 7:00 p.m., First Congregational Church of Somerville, 89 College Avenue . From Dave Ficociello’s post on the Somerville Parking Problems group:
Regarding parking and other city policies, I encourage you…


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Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:20 pm on

Tuesday, May 12th, 7:00 p.m., Senior Center, TAB building, 167 Holland Street. From Dave Ficociello’s post on the Somerville Parking Problems group:
Regarding parking and other city policies, I encourage you all to…


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Ward 3 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:19 pm on

Monday, May 11th, 7:00 p.m., Central Library Meeting Room, 79 Highland Avenue. From Dave Ficociello’s post on the Somerville Parking Problems group:
Regarding parking and other city policies, I encourage you all to…


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Ward 4 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:17 pm on

Tuesday, May 5th, 7:00 p.m., Healey School, 5 Meacham Street. From Dave Ficociello’s post on the Somerville Parking Problems group:
Regarding parking and other city policies, I encourage you all to
attend Somerville’s…


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Somerville Climate Action hosts presentation on community visioning

Posted by at 8:50 am on April 23, 2009

Last night, I attended a presentation about Transition Towns, a grassroots movement to catalyze community visioning processes with an aim towards local, sustainable, and environmentally friendly economies.  The presenters admitted this was not meant as a panacea for the impending triangle emergency of peak oil, global climate change, and our economic crisis, but it was at least something concrete that people can do together with their neighbors.…


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An Interview with Ward 1 Alderman Bill Roche

Posted by at 2:12 pm on April 18, 2009

Following up on my 4/10 article “Ald. Roche wants to keep public business “privileged and confidential”” is my email exchange with him below from last weekend. Since he intended this to be a public conversation (“I do this openly and not behind closed doors.”), I felt it was appropriate to share it with the community and hopefully provide some insight into his thinking. …


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Somerville Human Rights Commission

Posted by at 10:49 pm on April 15, 2009

Public meeting of the Somerville Human Rights Commission
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
6:30pm-8:30pm
2nd Floor social hall, Tufts Administration Bldg, 167 Holland St., Somerville

Agenda:

  • Introductions (10 min)
  • Director’s Report (10

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Capuano staff office hours at City Hall

Posted by at 9:04 pm on April 11, 2009

From the Somerville Journal web-announcement Capuano staffer visits Somerville April 23

A member of Eighth District Rep. Mike Capuano’s staff will hold office hours Thursday, April 23, from 4 to…


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FY 2010 Earmarks Betray Capuano’s Role as Enabler of the Military-Industrial Complex

Posted by at 7:21 pm on

As the following pie chart shows, nearly 60% of Rep. Capuano’s 2010 earmark requests (totaling almost $80 million of tax-payer money) are for military research programs out of a total of close to $136 million in pet projects. He claims he didn’t know about the political contributions he received from the PMA Group lobbying firm, but he should have checked into it before earmarking millions of dollars for its members! We need to send Capuano a strong signal that we’re watching him and we won’t tolerate his earmarks!


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Ald. Roche wants to keep public business “privileged and confidential”

Posted by at 9:52 pm on April 10, 2009

It sounds like the reason he was upset was not that his email was leaked early, but that there was organized opposition to his idea. The only rational conclusion is that he hoped his motion would come to a vote without much public scrutiny. When a legislator wants to keep the public out of the legislative process, that should be grounds for impeachment!


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Home Energy Savings for Renters

Posted by at 10:26 am on April 8, 2009

Home Energy Savings for Renters to learn hands-on ways you can reduce home energy use and expenses. Refreshments provided.

April 14, 2009
6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Alderman’s Chambers, Somerville City Hall
93 Highland…


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Addressing the Lack of Investigative Journalism in Somerville

Posted by at 12:19 am on

Our community is not being served adequately by the level of investigative reporting provided by our two local newspapers: The Somerville Journal and The Somerville News. There is a plethora of local blogs offering opinions…


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Keep Big Brother Out of Somerville

Posted by at 10:20 pm on April 5, 2009

Dear Chairperson Bill White and distinguished aldermen, I strongly object to the installation of surveillance cameras in public spaces around our city and urge you to request their immediate removal. I believe this surveillance program, which was roundly rejected in Cambridge, MA, violates American ideals of freedom and liberty and the Constitutional right to privacy…


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Somerville Snow Removal

Posted by at 10:32 pm on March 29, 2009

This past January, when my wife was 31 weeks pregnant with our baby, she slipped on an icy patch of sidewalk in Somerville, did a belly-flop, and ended up in the hospital with pre-term contractions as a result.  A group of residents is organizing to advocate for more effective snow removal policies and stronger enforcement.…


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Welcome Project discusses immigrant issues

Posted by at 11:42 pm on March 19, 2009

Maria Landaverde says:

yes, the meeting is from 5 to 6:30 pm our organization is The Welcome Project and it is located at 530 Mystic Ave Somerville, MA you can invite other…


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Neighbors share parking ticket stories and seek reform

Posted by at 3:15 pm on March 8, 2009

My neighbor, Dave, got so fed up with the unfairness of Somerville’s parking regulations, he started an online discussion group to collect stories of similarly aggrieved residents.

So far the stories touch upon a variety of issues, including:…


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Registration Deadline for Progressive Campaign Training

Posted by at 9:07 pm on March 2, 2009

Answer President Barack Obama’s call to action and get involved in your community by preparing for the next election cycle! You are invited to our training to learn the basics of how to run and…


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Winning Progressive Campaigns: A Training for Candidates and Activists

Posted by at 8:58 pm on

Answer President Barack Obama’s call to action and get involved in your community by preparing for the next election cycle! You are invited to our training to learn the basics of how to run and win a local campaign.


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Somerville’s Federal Stimulus Wishlist

Posted by at 2:55 pm on February 22, 2009

While Somerville stands to lose up to $5 million in state aid over the next 17 months , it has requested hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars through Gov. Patrick’s economic recovery infrastructure program. Mayor Curtatone sits on the program’s Municipal Facilities Task Force.


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An extra measure of transparency?

Posted by at 11:18 pm on February 7, 2009

So far, all we’ve been told by the city about the people appointed by Mayor Curtatone to serve on Somerville’s new Financial Advisory Committee is their names and titles. But, the residents of this city deserve to know more about these advisors who will have such big influence on how we cope with massive budget cuts.


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Somerville Dem Caucuses for State Convention

Posted by at 8:04 pm on January 30, 2009

According to “Latest News” on the website of the Somerville Democratic City Committee www.SomDems.org :
The Ward Caucuses to elect delegates to the 2009 State Convention in Springfield will be held on…


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Is the mayor’s Financial Advisory Committee good for Somerville?

Posted by at 9:50 pm on January 28, 2009

This sounds like a proactive and timely step on the part of the mayor, but is this “outside” panel of “experts” truly a good source of guidance for our city in these dire times?


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Davis Square Area Resident-Business Initiative Monthly Mtg

Posted by at 9:12 am on

Monthly DARBI Meeting, Wed., Feb. 4, 7pm.

The Davis Square Area Resident-Business Initiative (DARBI), a registered 501(c)4 nonprofit association of volunteers who live and/or work in the area, aims to:

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How is the recession affecting Somerville?

Posted by at 10:17 am on January 26, 2009

Do you see the effects of the economic down-turn here in Somerville? Have you seen for-sale and foreclosure signs in your neighborhood? Have you or your neighbors lost jobs? Do you see businesses closing or reducing hours? Have you noticed higher prices at the supermarket and in your energy bills? How are you affected?…


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Mayor Curtatone says Somerville could lose approx $3 million in local aid this fiscal year

Posted by at 11:24 pm on January 23, 2009

Following Gov. Patrick’s announcement today of $128 million in local aid cuts, Mayor Joe Curtatone told CBS radio station affiliate WBZ that Somerville could lose “close to $3 million in this fiscal year”. How much pain will that mean for jobs and services in our city?


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Progressive Dems of Somerville January Meeting

Posted by at 12:44 pm on January 17, 2009

[Note, I am the Endorsements Chair of PDS - Barry]

Come out to the first meeting of the new year!

What: PDS January Meeting

When: Tuesday


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MBTA bag inspections at Davis Station

Posted by at 2:24 pm on January 2, 2009

On my way down to the train at Davis Station around 8:30am this morning, I was about to pass through the gate when a transit officer asked me to submit to a bag inspection. There was a group of about 4 or 5 officers wearing yellow and black jackets standing next to a small folding table with a machine on top.


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Realizing the Dream – Dr. King’s Legacy of Community Service

Posted by at 6:25 am on

10 A.M. – Noon, Monday, January 19, 2009

Somerville High School auditorium, 81 Highland Ave

  • Keynote address
  • 2009 MLK awards
  • Musical Performances

This event is free and open to…


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Hodgkins Curtin Park Renovation Planning Meeting

Posted by at 10:01 pm on December 11, 2008

The following message was sent by Stephanie Hirsch to some ResiStat groups today. This is the park bounded by Holland Street, Simpson St., and Paulina St..

Hello ResiStat groups –

Please see below…


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From Exclusion to Empowerment: Chinese American Women in New England

Posted by at 9:30 pm on November 24, 2008

A new exhibition, cosponsored by the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Chinese Historical Society of New England features material from the Chinese American Women Oral History…


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Progressive Democrats November Meeting

Posted by at 6:52 pm on

And now, a meeting announcement from the Chair of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville…
HEY PDSers…

Come to our November meeting at the VNA at 259 Lowell Street on Tuesday, November 25th from 6:30 to…


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Somerville Cracks Down on Sidewalk Cyclists

Posted by at 9:29 pm on November 15, 2008

Two days ago, the City of Somerville announced it would start enforcing regulations prohibiting the use of bicycles on sidewalks with fines between $20 and $50… Given the city’s budget problems, I wonder whether this policy change is motivated more by a need to find new sources of revenue rather than by public safety concerns.


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What’s Next? The US + the World After Bush

Posted by at 6:00 pm on

[Posted on behalf of Alisa Wind]

Dear friends at Somerville Voices,

We would like you to join us at a special “What’s Next?” event with Noam Chomsky next Wednesday, Nov 19th. We would…


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Immigrant City : Then and Now, Nov 1- Dec 31

Posted by at 11:14 pm on November 13, 2008

Nearly a third of Somerville residents were born outside of the United States. Who are we in this immigrant city? What dreams and aspirations brought us here? How did we cope in a new community and in a new country? What brings us together – what pulls us apart – across generations of immigrants?


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United For Justice With Peace’s “Post-Election Conference”

Posted by at 10:03 pm on

Saturday, November 22 at the Cambridge Senior Center in Central Square, United for Justice with Peace is holding a


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From Wall St to Main St – A Community Speak-Out on the Economic Meltdown

Posted by at 10:00 pm on

This announcement appeared on the smujp(at)yahoogroups.com list on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30-9:30 PM

at the Middle School


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Grimmons Park Community Meeting

Posted by at 9:49 pm on

The following message was sent by Jackie Rossetti to the ResiStatYoungSomerville Google group on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:56 PM
Hi All,

If you live in the Grimmons Park area, you…


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Pathways to Progress : SCC 39th Annual Meeting

Posted by at 9:34 pm on

I just received this invitation in the mail from the Somerville Community Corporation:

The Somerville Community Corporation

Cordially invites you to attend our

39th Annual Dinner and Meeting

“PATHWAYS TO PROGRESS”…


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Somerville Voices Applies for Knight News Challenge Competition

Posted by at 1:06 am on November 10, 2008

On November 1st, I submitted a grant proposal for $390,000 on behalf of the Somerville Voices team to the 2009 Knight News Challenge titled Transforming the News and Each Other. Please take a look. Your comments would be appreciated. We should find out if we make it past the first round on Nov 15th, so stay tuned for more details.


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Forum on Educational Choices for Parents of Young Children

Posted by at 6:31 pm on November 9, 2008

Do you want to learn more about schools in Somerville? Did you miss the last forum, or want another opportunity to ask questions? Many of us have babies or toddlers and haven’t


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BG: Immigrant workers are more vulnerable to occupational injuries

Posted by at 12:12 am on October 13, 2008

From an Oct 12th article on Boston.com: Romulo Santos of Somerville headed off to work Sept. 9 at a Wal-Mart in Walpole as usual. But that day he was electrocuted on the job. Some might consider the 47-year-old Brazilian native’s death a freak accident, but local advocates say that for many immigrant workers, the risk of injury is all too real. Tufts University, Cambridge Health Alliance, and five Somerville community groups have come together to raise awareness of occupational health risks and to teach people their rights.


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Ward 5 Alderman O’Donovan Loses Register of Probate Nomination Despite Supporters’ Deceptions

Posted by at 4:12 pm on September 25, 2008

Somerville Ward 5 Alderman Sean O’Donovan was defeated in last night’s Democratic Caucus for Register of Probate of Middlesex County despite his supporters’ attempts to deceive other delegates into believing that he had been endorsed by third-place candidate Maria Sheehy. O’Donovan finished in second place to Medford attorney Tara DeChristofaro…


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Oct 4th Som Dem City Committee Picnic

Posted by at 6:40 pm on September 20, 2008

From the homepage of the Somerville Democratic City Committee www.SomDems.org :
Our first annual Somerville Democratic City Committee Picnic has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 4th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at…


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Open Media Boston Hang-Out Thing

Posted by at 11:09 am on July 20, 2008

Come hoist a pint of whatever beverage catches your fancy at a casual after-work hang-out with the folks from Open Media Boston – at Johnny D’s, right across from the Holland St. entrance of the Davis Square Red Line T stop. If you want to talk about the OMB website or pitch content ideas that’s fine with us. If you just want to drink and chat about anything that comes to mind, that’s also good. Brought to you by your pals at Open Media Boston


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Special BOA Mtg on new Deputy Chief Positions

Posted by at 7:55 pm on July 15, 2008

The Mayor has called a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen to create two new Deputy Chief of Police positions that he then wants to take out of civil service. Without any community input or community process on the impact of creating two new politically appointed positions in the leadership of the police department, the Mayor is pushing the Board of Aldermen to agree to their removal from the civil service process.


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City’s Commission Staffing Plan Hurts Human Services

Posted by at 12:02 pm on

I share Melissa McWhinney’s concerns about the impact of the Mayor’s new commission staffing reorganization on the quality of the city’s human services. The HRC and other commissions should not have to compete with each other for staff services as they now do under the new arrangement.


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Soldiers for Peace Benefit

Posted by at 9:41 am on

Please join us for a wonderful evening of folk, rock, pop, and jazz music to benefit Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against The War. The benefit will be on Tuesday, July 29 at 8:30 PM at Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St. Davis Square Somerville. Performers include Celia Slattery, Deb Pasternak, Porch Party Mamas, Media Made, and Katrina Degel Jazz Quartet. Admission is $15.


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Poisoned for Pennies

Posted by at 1:33 pm on July 14, 2008

The misuse of cost-benefit analysis is impeding efforts to protect and clean up our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals. However, there is an alternative, precautionary approach to making decisions under uncertainty.


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Albion Park Meeting

Posted by at 6:03 pm on July 13, 2008

Just passing this along:
The city will be holding a meeting about Albion Park Monday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the VNA Building, 259 Lowell Street.

SOS members will be at the event to support keeping activities for young adults and teenagers. There have been several parks such as Perry Park and the Kemp Nuts site…


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Progressive Dems Endorse Rep. Carl Sciortino for Re-Election

Posted by at 5:21 pm on July 10, 2008

PDS has endorsed Rep. Carl Sciortino for re-election in the 34th Middlesex District (Somerville/Medford) House race. PDS members were impressed by Rep. Sciortino’s hard work on behalf of the district on a variety of issues including working for increased local aid for education, advocating for the extension of the Green Line and his continued efforts on behalf of all the residents of the district.


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Mayor’s Office Hours

Posted by at 1:09 pm on July 9, 2008

From Stephanie Hirsch’s announcement over the davis-square(at)yahoogroups.com list today:
Hi All -Stop by to see the Mayor tonight at his office hours in your neighborhood…

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will hold Community Office Hours on Wednesday, July 9th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Diesel Café in Davis Square. Residents can…


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Assembly Sq Community Mtg

Posted by at 10:40 pm on July 8, 2008

East Somerville residents deserve the dream of a better community. Let’s talk together about what costs and benefits the new development will bring to our community and to East Somerville residents.


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Rally for Tufts Janitors

Posted by at 11:34 pm on July 7, 2008

SEIU 615 26 West St Boston MA 02111

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:
Max Goldman                                  Roxana Rivera
Maxwell.Goldman@tufts.edu Rrivera@seiu615.org

Phone
W: 617-878-7559 C: 860-917-1742    W: 617-878-7458 C: 401-965-3555

Tufts Janitors and the Somerville Community Stand United

Who:     Contracted Janitors at Tufts University…


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Vicente Lebron Benefit Show

Posted by at 1:45 pm on

Conguero Vicente Lebron has been a cornerstone of the Latin and jazz scenes in Boston for over 30 years. He is currently being held in a Homeland Security prison and threatened with deportation.


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ArtBeat Festival

Posted by at 10:11 am on July 1, 2008

From the ArtBeat Festival webpage:

“During the heat of summer (held on the third weekend in July), artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole more…


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Progressive Democrats (PDS)

Posted by at 9:06 pm on June 17, 2008

Come out to the next PDS Meeting:

Tuesday, June 24th at 7:30pm at the College Avenue United Methodist Church on Chapel Street.

PLEASE NOTE: We have moved our meeting to start a little later so interested people can attend the Union Square Zoning Meeting that starts at 6pm.

Check out our June meeting which will…


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Dem City Committee Mtg

Posted by at 3:03 pm on June 10, 2008

Somerville Democratic City Committee Public Meeting, all are welcome!


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AHOC meeting

Posted by at 1:45 pm on

Please join us for this important AHOC meeting as we discuss our leadership, prepare for the Union Square meeting Zoning on June 24th, plan for a busy summer in the green line corridor and get updates on the Condo ordinance!


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Mystic River Reservation Master Plan

Posted by at 4:45 pm on June 9, 2008

This community meeting on the Mystic River Reservation Master Plan will include a presentation of the Draft Master Plan, followed by smaller group discussions on specific topics, including: Open Space and Recreation Programming, Conservation Plans, Pathways, and River and Riverfront Access.


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PDS Trivia Night

Posted by at 1:17 pm on June 8, 2008

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) invites you for a night of trivia, food and good company.

TRIVIA NIGHT at Johnny D’s – 17 Holland Street in Davis Square
Monday, June 9th
8:00pm – Trivia Night with Free Pizza
Come on down and join a PDS team in the ever so popular Trivia Night!

If you have…


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Union Square Zoning Mtg

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The city is holding a Community Meeting on the latest proposal for Zoning in Union Square on Tuesday, June 24th, at 6 PM at the Somerville High School auditorium.


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PDS Launches its Endorsement Process

Posted by at 11:59 pm on June 4, 2008

This week, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville officially launched their endorsement process for the upcoming round of state elections. Invitations were emailed to candidates in local contested races: Rep. Carl Sciortino and Ald. Bob Trane in the 34th Middlesex (Somerville/Medford) House race and Patrick McCabe, Jim Caralis, and Rep. Paul Donato in the 35th Middlesex…


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Living on Earth in Davis Square

Posted by at 5:26 pm on May 21, 2008

If you listen to a local NPR radio station like me, you’ve probably heard segments of Living on Earth with Steve Curwood, a program on the environment and environmental policy. After listening to this week’s show, I picked up on the fact that they broadcast from a studio in Davis Square, right down the hall from the office of the Somerville Journal, at 20 Holland Street Suite 408 to be exact.


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potential uses for federal tax incentive money

Posted by at 2:37 pm on May 16, 2008

I’m due to get some of this incentive money from the federal government. Perhaps some of you are too. Since it isn’t in my budget, I’d be happy to pool it with others for some good community cause.


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My application for the Charter Advisory Committee

Posted by at 8:56 pm on May 13, 2008

This would be a great way for the public to engage in a process that could impact Somerville in a big way. There are five resident seats on this committee, so I encourage you to apply and invite others who might be interested.


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Lack of Transparency Surrounds Hip-Hop Concert Cancellation

Posted by at 3:30 pm on May 6, 2008

The following letter was released by Centro Presente yesterday regarding the cancellation of their hip-hop concert scheduled for Friday of last week at the Somerville High School.


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May 8th: Screening of “Detained” and Community Discussion

Posted by at 12:15 am on May 2, 2008

The recent raids at the Pilgrim Pride poultry plants that garnered nationwide media attention only underscore the fact that future ICE raids are imminent.


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Winter Soldier : Veterans Testify Against Occupation

Posted by at 1:14 am on April 6, 2008

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.…


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