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

Posted by at 12:59 pm on November 8, 2016

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


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Somerville Solicitor invokes “attorney-client privilege” to conceal PR strategy

Posted by at 5:29 pm on March 1, 2014

Redacted portions of at least one Somerville Official’s City Hall email that is in regional news lately (DigBoston and Somerville Journal) is revealed here. The City Solicitor insists that this text, outlining a PR strategy, is protected under “attorney-client privilege.”


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SomerServe Outreach: Youth Snow Shoveling Opportunities Plus Volunteer Opps 4 All

Posted by at 12:13 pm on December 15, 2013

Nancy Bacci, Director of SomerServe, sends a message to us all. Warm up the community with service! Opportunities for Youth to Shovel Snow and create safe pedestrian paths for everyone. Plus, contact info to learn about Volunteer opportunities for Somerville residents of all ages.


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Transportation | 1 Comment »

Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

Posted by at 2:19 pm on August 12, 2013

What kinds of performance measures were examined prior to the recent announcement about Union Square’s upcoming transportation improvements?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

Celebrate the ADA! Free Movie Screening 7/27/13- MUSIC WITHIN

Posted by at 3:35 pm on July 24, 2013

The Anniversary of the signing of the ADA is Friday July 26th! Want to celebrate this weekend? Here’s one free event: On Saturday, a free screening of MUSIC WITHIN– the 2007 drama about the true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker, whose hearing disability attained in the Vietnam War drove him to become an activist for the Americans with DisAbilities Act.


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Disability Reframed Film Series Presents ‘Children of a Lesser God’ on January 12, 2013

Posted by at 3:37 pm on December 21, 2012

DisAbility Reframed presents a showing of Children of A Lesser God at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center on January 12, 2012. All welcome!


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Information request to Somerville Housing Authority

Posted by at 8:35 pm on December 10, 2012

The Community Access Project has submitted a public information request to the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA) to gain Access For All to its 2012 Annual Plan (which is currently online in inaccessible format); and, to gain a listing of the SHA program’s accessible project-based voucher sites and units.


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CCPD Board Votes to Oppose Assisted Suicide Ballot Question

Posted by at 10:40 pm on October 24, 2012

Members of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities  have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to


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Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board Votes To Oppose Question 2

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Members of the Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to disAbility


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How did SOS determine principal arguments for each of the three MA Ballot Initiatives FY12?

Posted by at 5:00 pm on August 14, 2012

Prior to and on statewide Elections Day, the MA Secretary of State’s Office publishes arguments for and against every ballot measure that is placed before the voters of the Commonwealth.  In 2012, Massachusetts voters will…


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John B. Kelly Day Proclaimed by Boston’s Mayor Menino

Posted by at 11:08 pm on July 26, 2012

John B. Kelly, friend to all Somervillians and especially BFF with Community Access Project Somerville and human rights defenders throughout Massachusetts, receives a Proclamation from Boston’s Mayor Menino, who named today, July 26, 2012, John B. Kelly Day!


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ADA 22nd Anniversary- Presidential Proclamation July 26, 2012

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2012

Presidential Proclamation — Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2012

ANNIVERSARY OF…


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May All Villens Be Free…

Posted by at 3:28 am on July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth, Somerville!


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False information posted at Ward 5 Online

Posted by at 2:25 pm on April 2, 2012

I’ve just been alerted to a new posting of inaccuracies regarding my architectural access facility complaint about the Armory.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Courtney O’Keefe posted “Armory Gets New Entrance, Support!” on…


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

Posted by at 2:39 pm on March 29, 2012

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


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

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

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


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Somerville Variance Hearing 2/27/12: Community Path Cedar to Lowell

Posted by at 1:54 pm on February 24, 2012

This Monday, the Architectural Access State Board will hear the City of Somerville’s request to waive the necessity to place an accessible ramp adjacent to a proposed shortcut between the Lowell St. bridge and the future Community Path Extension. Public transportation stewardship begins at home! Let’s encourage Somerville’s deciders to sTop wasting local and sTate transportation resources on exclusive facilities- and instead, plan for the future by designing accessible multi-modal pedestrian routes at every step.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, MBTA, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Transportation, Transportation Projects | 4 Comments »

If Somerville’s Mayor stepped inside our shoes, would he be smiling…?

Posted by at 8:19 pm on February 14, 2012

The Community Access Project and other disability rights colleagues appeared at a Hearing to hear how the City rationalized deferring corrections of recent streetscape construction mistakes. And we discovered that even the surveys are not being completed correctly.


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Representative Provost’s Smart Framework For Sustainable Transportation

Posted by at 1:04 pm on February 5, 2012

Somerville Representative Provost has just published a piece at bostinno called: MBTA Troubles Just a Symptom of Systemic Crisis.
This Monday February 6, 2012 at 11:30 will be the Public Hearing on Rep. Provost ‘s House Bill 2659, a bill relative to transportation finance and equity. Location: State House, room A-1.
Rep. Provost article link: http://bostinno.com/2012/02/01/mbta-troubles-just-a-symptom-of-systemic-crisis/


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Current MaxPac Covenant Request via MuckRock.com

Posted by at 2:51 pm on January 14, 2012

A MuckRock.com public information request for a complete and current copy of the amended MaxPac covenant between Developers and City of Somerville is submitted, effective January 17, 2012.


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Support our Firefighters!

Posted by at 6:49 pm on January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012:  State and local news organizations report today that the City is suing the local firefighters union and a state panel in order to halt payment on what is legitimately owed Somerville’s Fire Fighters Local 76.  (See today’s Boston Globe report)…


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State-run Rinks Offer Adaptive Ice Sleds

Posted by at 9:58 am on December 19, 2011

Some Massachusetts DCR Ice Skating rinks offer independently-usable and accessible ice skating sleds. These are available during the public skating hours posted for each rink. Here is more information along with a list of rinks with phone numbers.


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Somerville’s latest route around our rights

Posted by at 5:18 pm on December 15, 2011

The City of Somerville submitted a variance application on December 2, 2011 that stated that a “proposed secondary stair case” was being considered for the west sidewalks of Lowell St. Bridge into the future Max’sGreen. Since there’s already a staircase less than 200 feet away, why does the City want to waste 109K of public funds on that second staircase?


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Students With DisAbilities, Speak Up!

Posted by at 11:33 am on December 3, 2011

Today, December 3rd is:  International Day of Persons With Disabilities.

In celebration, the American Association of People with Disabilities has launched a video, in which Students with Disabilities Speak Up and say “I…


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SCC’s Build Boston Charrette re: 181 Washington St., Union Square

Posted by at 12:47 pm on November 13, 2011

Although there appears to be  a lot of neighborly opposition to SCC’s 181 Washington Street proposed development at this time, the Boston Society of Architects is calling it an “active project.” Below, information about the…


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Somerville, MA: Millions Wasted on Deficient Walkability Improvements

Posted by at 4:31 pm on November 2, 2011

Over 80% of Somerville’s new sidewalks and curb cuts, installed since 2004, are hazardous for people with various types of disabilities (one-in-five). These infrastructure improvements don’t even adhere to basic, standard building code. See a listing of the first 50 locations that the City of Somerville promises to re-do, equalling about $500K wasted the first time around- for starters.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Government Reform, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Schools and Youth, Seniors | 9 Comments »

FOI Request: Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Units, 1991- present

Posted by at 8:51 pm on October 24, 2011

October, 2011:  The Somerville Community Corporation is organizing strategy sessions to get more affordable housing in Somerville by “strengthening our city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.”

The Community Access Project has placed a FOI request to the…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Special | 2 Comments »

Mayor Curtatone’s YSAG No-Way Planning

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If there were a listing of  ”100 Worst Communities for Young Residents With DisAbilities,” Somerville would be at the top of the list.

The Mayor’s Young Somerville Advisory Group end-of-year meeting and presentation…


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Great job, Joe!

Posted by at 5:06 pm on October 16, 2011

At Chester and Elm Streets in Davis Square, the brick curb cuts have been replaced with concrete, compliant ones. People using wheelchairs and other rolling mobility devices at this location can now rock and roll to the beat of the Ville, knowing that they don’t have to “pull the hill” at either end of the crosswalk. Keep up the good work, Mayor Joe!


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Environment and Open Space, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 6 | 2 Comments »

This Incredible, Smaht Villen is on Jeopardy!

Posted by at 8:19 pm on October 11, 2011

Joon Pahk, a physics teacher from Somerville, MA, is winding up a whirlwind of wins. Watch Jeopardy! tomorrow and cheer him on!


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FOIA to OSPCD: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

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

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


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Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

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

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


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

Somerville “Happiness Survey” Weighted Towards Wealthy

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

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

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


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

UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by at 1:42 pm on September 5, 2011

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

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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Dilboy Tot Lot IS Deplorable. Thank You, Ward 7 Candidate Puglia!

Posted by at 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011

Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town.  Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…


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FOIA: Affordable Housing Waiting Lists for Somerville, MA

Posted by at 12:48 pm on July 24, 2011

Rising rents, increased privately-funded housing development, excessive rental burdens, and physically inadequate subsidized housing stock are contributing to Somerville’s transformation into an less diverse, more expensive place to live.


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City Stalls Access at Noncompliant Armory

Posted by at 4:26 pm on July 20, 2011

The Armory at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville fails to uphold their promise to State Board to achieve an Accessible entrance by May 15, 2011.


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R.I.P. Joe Medeiros

Posted by at 7:39 pm on June 23, 2011

Joe Medeiros, man about town, disability rights activist, and wry humorist, died June 14.  He would have turned 91 on June 21, 2011.

 

The Somerville Home held a lovely Memorial Service for…


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Joe’s Repetitive, Discriminatory Jazz

Posted by at 11:54 am on June 14, 2011

Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville has made plans to discriminate yet again, during the 2011 Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest, curated by the Somerville Arts Council.


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Artist Karen Aqua, 1954- 2011

Posted by at 7:34 pm on June 3, 2011

Karen Aqua passed away May 30, 2011.  She was a warm, funny, incredible human being and a brilliant artist and animator, and she shared her extraordinary work and process with great candor and kindness in…


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When will Somerville get a PLAN?

Posted by at 1:18 pm on June 2, 2011

FCC Chair Genachowski says that, by next April, cities across the country will have access to a new technology just launched in New York City-to send critical emergency alerts to residents’ mobile phones when public safety is threatened. This new technology and service is called the Personal Localized Alerting Network, a.k.a., PLAN. Would it benefit Somerville?


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Home Modification Loan Program

Posted by at 4:43 pm on June 1, 2011

The MRC recently redesigned their brochure for the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP). This is a well-funded state low-interest loan program for projects to allow elders, adults with disAbilities, and families with children with disAbilities to keep living independently. Information for Somerville residents included in this post.


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Over 100 Organizations Ask Gov. Patrick to say NO to “Secure Communities”

Posted by at 2:05 pm on May 27, 2011

At least seven Somerville organizations, including civil rights, immigrant, anti-poverty, churches and peace groups, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Patrick “to decline to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement to participate in a program that damages the social fabric of our Commonwealth and makes our communities more vulnerable and less safe.” The letter was delivered on May 27, 2011 by the ACLU of Massachusetts.


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FOIA Request- ADA ramps constructed in 2009

Posted by at 2:55 pm on May 17, 2011

A FOIA request was placed via Muckrock on April 7, 2011 for all documents related to new construction of 12 ADA ramps at 4 municipal locations.

On May 16, 2011, the City of…


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Congressman Capuano responds to U.S. Sen. Brown’s Redistricting Idea

Posted by at 4:14 pm on April 28, 2011

Congressman Capuano lays down the stats in response to US Senator Scott Brown’s call to establish “a new congressional district centered in Suffolk County that creates a majority-minority seat under the Voting Rights Act. . .”


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Somerville Arts Council Plans to Discriminate Again

Posted by at 8:58 pm on March 2, 2011

The Somerville Arts Council has made plans to discriminate against residents with disabilities again.


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Students are Red, Teachers are Blue

Posted by at 12:08 pm on February 14, 2011

Do students do better if their teachers look and sound like them?


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1/26/11 Design Public Hearing on Broadway Streetscape Project

Posted by at 3:08 pm on January 24, 2011

MA DOT holding a Public hearing on Broadway Streetscape improvement Project on January 26, 2011 at the Cross Street Senior Center, 7 pm. Public Comments are also accepted via mail.


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Events, MBTA, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Press Release, Public Health & Safety, Special, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4 | 3 Comments »

Somerville School District Signs Disability Civil Rights Agreement With DOE

Posted by at 6:30 pm on January 12, 2011

In the first week of 2011, City of Somerville Mayor Joseph E. Curtatone and Somerville School District Superintendent Pierantozzi signed a Final Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to voluntarily come into compliance regarding inaccessible public school facilities and programs. In addition, Somerville will redraft its policies regarding relocation and other accessibility accommodations.


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Please Clear Curb Cuts, too!

Posted by at 12:38 pm on December 26, 2010

Property owners need to keep snow and ice from accumulating on their walkways. But what is the City’s responsibility?


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Somerville Armory To Be Accessible by May 15, 2011

Posted by at 5:50 pm on December 16, 2010

On November 29, 2010, the state Architectural Access Board voted to accept the Armory architect’s Plan 1.1b, dated October 17, 2010, which will provide for an accessible entrance ramp for this much-used Somerville facility.


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12/06/10. BOA Public Safety Committee Hearing

Posted by at 7:23 pm on December 8, 2010

Somerville, Boston and Cambridge Human rights activists encouraged the BOA Public Health and Safety Committee to allow economic integration, safety, inclusion and accessibility to trump aesthetics at a recent Meeting.


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You can do it! Making Your Programs and Products Accessible

Posted by at 6:43 pm on December 7, 2010

A lot of Somervillians care about inclusion. Here are 10 examples of easily removable barriers with easy-to-implement solutions!


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Brick and Brick Paver Pedestrian Surfaces Hurt

Posted by at 2:29 pm on December 2, 2010

On December 6 at 6 pm, Alderman White and the Public Safety Committee will hold a Special Hearing to understand the justification for using brick paver materials in the recently constructed Somerville Avenue crosswalks. The vibrations from such materials hurts wheelchair drivers, and causes additional discomfort for people with visual and balance impairments.


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Public Information request re: West Library Accessibility Study

Posted by at 6:01 pm on November 10, 2010

On October 5th, I submitted the following request to the Director of Somerville Historic Commission:

October 5, 2010

To: Brandon Wilson, Executive Director, Somerville Historic Preservation


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Disenfranchised in Somerville … Again.

Posted by at 2:51 pm on November 3, 2010

Somerville’s disability culture should also be celebrated as part of our rich multicultural diversity. But as we see, even voting is still not routinely made accessible and integrated for voters with physical disAbilities. How can we reverse Segregation in Somerville?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Pedestrians, Seniors, Teele Square, Uncategorized, Ward 1, Ward 4, Ward 6, Ward 7 | 40 Comments »

Public Information Request: Municipal Master Facilities Plan

Posted by at 2:27 am on October 20, 2010

Submitted a Public Information request regarding the City’s Municipal Needs Analysis and the Municipal Master facilities Plan again this month (This is the 3rd request since August, 2009.).  Per M. Tintocalis, Principal Planner, Economic Development…


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Youth Ask for Help to Fulfill Dreams

Posted by at 6:04 pm on September 27, 2010

This Thursday, September 30, at 6 pm, Villens and others will have the opportunity to hear the voices of youth members from Centro Presente and The Welcome Project, who are working to support the Dream Act.


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How Mayor Joe Curtatone Contravenes the Spirit of the Law

Posted by at 1:07 pm on September 12, 2010

In these final crazy hazy days of summer 2010, Mayor Joseph Curtatone has succeeded in sneaking a detour around a new State rule. Here’s why that matters to Human Rights advocates..


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The Unreliable Narrator Theatre Group and The Pluto Tapes a Laugh-Outloud Cyberpunk Delight

Posted by at 3:16 pm on August 25, 2010

The combined talents of Somerville writer and Artistic Director Carl Danielson, composer and Musical Director Andy Hicks; and a savvy, funny cast and crew called “Unreliable Narrator Theater Group” benefit Equality Now!


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Street Reconstruction Project: Promises Never Kept

Posted by at 2:08 pm on August 7, 2010

Three years after the Somerville Avenue Reconstruction Project began, Union Square businesses are still hindered by lack of thoughtful pedestrian planning during construction; and Union Square residents, visitors and workers are still unable to walk these streets with confidence and comfort.


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Glen Park: Beautiful Park, Complicated Park. Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part III

Posted by at 3:48 pm on July 11, 2010

Environmental and safety concerns haunt this lovely park. Joe’s Astroturf and Streetscape SNAFUS don’t help, either…


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Superintendent of Inspectional Services Misleads Architectural Access Board

Posted by at 9:55 am on May 20, 2010

The Architectural Access Board will hold a Hearing on 18 Architectural Access Code Violations for Arts at the Armory facility on Monday, May 24, at 1 p.m.

back story: On February 8, Building…


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Public Health & Safety | 40 Comments »

Gubanatorial Candidates To Speak at All-Accessible Forum Tuesday May 18

Posted by at 4:02 pm on May 16, 2010

An all-present and accounted-for Gubernatorial Candidates Forum will be held May 18, 2010 from 1 p.m. – 3:30p.m. at the Perkins School in Watertown. WBUR’s Bob Oakes will be the Moderator.


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Power Outage in Somerville

Posted by at 8:04 am on April 22, 2010

On April 22, 2010, between 5:55 a.m. and approximately 7:21 a.m., power was out in Somerville.  NStar’s explanation is that a manhole blew and there was a fire. This writer experienced the effects in Ward…


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4/23/10 MA Open Meeting Law Changes- Public Comments Due

Posted by at 9:16 pm on April 19, 2010

The AGO, through its Division of Open Government is requesting public comment on proposed alternatives to the notice posting requirement in the Open Meeting Law. Comment should be submitted by April 23, 2010.


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Joe’s All American Barriers- the DPW Facility

Posted by at 11:23 pm on March 25, 2010

The City of Somerville was one of 10 cities honored as an All America City by the National League of Cities in 2009. During the announcement, the audience was informed that, “this is a community that uses information to improve the lives of its residents.” Here’s some information about the inaccessible DPW facility.


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Posted in Accessibility, City Finances, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Somerville By The Numbers | 2 Comments »

Somerville’s Cherry Sheets Challenge

Posted by at 3:52 pm on March 23, 2010

A town cannot set its tax rate until it has received the Cherry Sheet. But what does it mean?


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Disability Discrimination Rocks in Somerville, MA- again

Posted by at 6:52 pm on March 12, 2010

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the inaccessible Somerville High School auditorium this past Monday March 8, 2010, celebrating the fact that Somerville, MA was named one of the 10 All America Cities


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Arts and Culture, City Finances, Civil and Human Rights, Historical, Neighborhoods and Squares | 4 Comments »

It ain’t wicked smaht to exclude people

Posted by at 2:58 pm on February 23, 2010

The City of Somerville, with it’s clear mandates and civil rights obligations from Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, continues to be really , truly, obviously unskilled at inclusive community-building.


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Haitian Coalition Leads Community-Wide Meeting Friday @ Healey, 6 pm

Posted by at 7:41 pm on January 13, 2010

The Somerville Haitian Coalition, in an effort to mobilize care and support for the Haitian community, will hold a community-wide meeting on Friday January 15 at 6:00 at the Healey School, located at 2 Meacham St.


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Hey! Will Capuano’s Hometown Be Accessible on Primary Day?

Posted by at 2:25 am on December 6, 2009

Judging by the fumbles on Election Day, 11/3/09, we can’t assume that Somerville will provide Accessible Voting on Primary Day, December 8. Despite the fact that the Secretary of State’s Office ordered structural accessibility changes at 7 Somerville polling sites after an audit in July, a spot-check of 9 Somerville Polling sites on Election Day 2009 proved that the current Mayor’s heart is still not in the game.


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Caveat emptor

Posted by at 1:29 pm on December 5, 2009

1.  The Disability Policy Consortium hoped to be able to offer some guidance to its constituency on the candidate most likely to fill the late Senator’s big shoes on disability issues. In mid-November, DPC sent…


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Public Meeting re: Senior Housing Zoning Amendment

Posted by at 6:42 pm on November 27, 2009

From SOMERVILLE, MA City website: There will be a joint public hearing by the Board of Alderman Land Use Committee and the Somerville Planning Board regarding proposed amendments to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance to define senior housing types, add design guidelines, establish Senior Housing Zoning and Dimensional Requirements and incorporate relevant parking requirements. WHEN: Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm


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Groundwork Somerville Fundraiser Nov. 6th

Posted by at 1:17 pm on November 2, 2009

Groundwork Somerville is holding its first “Doughraiser” at Pizzeria Uno’s in Porter Square on Friday November 6th.  Uno’s will donate 20% of the check to Groundwork, if you write “Groundwork” on your check!

Groundwork…


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A 12% Running Slope Is 100% Inaccessible

Posted by at 11:41 pm on October 25, 2009

Here’s a 12% slope in Union Square, at the crosswalk between 2 HP parking spaces, nearest curbcut to the Union Square Bus stop, necessary to access the commercial area and the SCAT building…


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Amy Goodman comes to town! Launch of “Inside the Activists’ Study”

Posted by at 10:28 am on September 29, 2009

On Friday, October 9 at 51 Winthrop Street, Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning “Democracy Now!” and David Goodman, prominent investigative journalist, will have a lively discussion about the problems and promise of media to bring about social change.


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Middle School Students sought for paid SA Prevention Program

Posted by at 2:10 pm on September 27, 2009

Somerville Cares About Prevention is seeking middle school students interested in community substance abuse prevention for its new Somerville Positive Forces Junior (SPF, Jr.) program.  Participants will be paid $100 for 2-4 hours per month…


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Did Mayor Mike Capuano “Turn Somerville Around?”

Posted by at 10:54 am on September 22, 2009

Rep. Michael Capuano, Democrat from Somerville, MA,  is running for the seat left by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  He says that he is the candidate “most like Kennedy,” and his first TV Campaign ad claims: “As Mayor, he turned Somerville around.”

Let’s hear it from Somervillians who’ve been there:  What was Mayor Mike like?…


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Joe’s Original Crosswalks

Posted by at 1:23 pm on September 17, 2009

Q:  Why Didn’t the Rolling Somerville Pedestrian Cross the Road at the Crosswalk?

A:  Because the City of Somerville Deciders have been playing chicken with standards.

This photo essay will show 30 lost opportunities to create a safer community on Mayor Curtatone’s watch.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Traffic & Parking, Transportation Projects | 20 Comments »

Davis Square Pedestrian Environment Not Up To Code

Posted by at 10:45 pm on September 6, 2009

My long-lived friends keep telling me stories about pedestrian accidents in Davis Square.  Fractured a jaw.  Twisted knees.  Fractured elbow, shoulder, wrists.  Slipped and broke an ankle, on crutches for 5 months, still don’t feel…


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Posted in Accessibility, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Transportation | 13 Comments »

Somerville Stories about Senator Kennedy

Posted by at 6:03 pm on August 26, 2009

I don’t have a personal story on how Senator Kennedy’s office helped me but I’ve heard quite a few astonishing stories over the years that gave me an impression of a truly compassionate public servant. …


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SomSigns Lie

Posted by at 8:57 pm on August 22, 2009

Whoda thunk that a simple sign could be a liar?  Here’s a photo essay of some misleading signage in three City of Somerville facilities.

1.  Somerville Schools Administration Building, 181 Washington Street:   At…


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Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part II: Access, Safety & Equity Considerations

Posted by at 2:34 am on August 21, 2009

Our friend reports that her son (22 months) fell while walking on bricks at the Walnut Street Park, fractured his right femur, and is in a cast for four weeks.  She says that…


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Public Information Response from ADA Coordinator Raises Red Flag

Posted by at 3:23 pm on August 17, 2009

Thanks to SomervilleVoices for providing this venue to post our Public Information Requests -and to share the responses (or lack therof) that we receive.

Here’s one example of a PIR response that raises red…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 12 Comments »

OPENAIR Circus A Blast!

Posted by at 10:26 pm on August 1, 2009

Today at 2 pm, a bunch of kids and grownups laughed, danced, clapped, sang, screamed with laughter and marvelled in unison. The OpenAir Circus is again in Somerville- and you’ve got one more day to catch it! (with pics)


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Radical Organizing Methods Workshop this Sunday at CAAS

Posted by at 3:20 pm on July 15, 2009

We will look at what makes a radical organizing method by examining winnability, strategy/tactics, coalitions, spirituality, building a majority movement, role of political education, and the effectiveness of well known organizing methods such as 1-1’s, story-telling, relationship-building. The format will be group discussion.


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Lady Liberty Says…

Posted by at 1:40 pm on July 4, 2009

Lady Liberty 2009
…what say this Lady, Dear SomervilleVoices Reader?…


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Somerville, MA ARRA Funding Watch

Posted by at 6:58 pm on June 24, 2009

This Somerville ARRA Funding Watch is gleaned from the Massachusetts Area Planning Council’s Municipal Resource Guide on the Federal Economic


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Disability Reframed: A Community Film Series

Posted by at 6:36 pm on May 20, 2009

June 6   Disability Reframed: A Community Film Series –

Come to a FREE matinee screening, as we kickoff our new film series. We will be showing Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” at MIT Stata Center…


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10 Days to Go! Submit your Comments about the use of $772,044

Posted by at 2:29 pm on May 4, 2009

The City of Somerville, as an Entitlement Community, receives millions of Federal dollars from HUD each year from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and HOME programs.  These monies must be spent on…


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Lowell Zero, Somerville 221. Mistakes, that is.

Posted by at 6:12 pm on April 19, 2009

On March 19, 2009, the City of Somerville was one of the 118 recipients of an “e-government Award,” from Common Cause. This citation is given for providing online access to Board


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PUBLIC HEARING 4/23- Somerville Hospital Inpatient SA Services

Posted by at 8:25 pm on April 8, 2009

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONCERNING
CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE – SOMERVILLE HOSPITAL
INPATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

On March 18, 2009, the Department of Public Health received
notification from Marlborough Hospital of their…


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Somerville’s Multimodal Roadways Planning

Posted by at 8:09 pm on

Thanks to the interdependence of everything, Barry Rafkind’s post Keep Big Brother ouf of Somerville has morphed into a discussion about whether or not traffic cameras can induce more folks to obey traffic laws (see comments starting from # 7). I’m saying that, with regards to the specific pedestrian safety issues that Steve Roix has worked gallently to solve, this speaks to a deeper need to create a signal timing plan…


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Somerville’s JAG monies

Posted by at 12:23 am on March 7, 2009

March 6, 2009:  Today, President  Obama and Attorney General Holder announced funding allocations for state and local law enforcement assistance.  MA is allocated State joint funding, plus 148 MA cities will also receive local government individual…


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Marx in Soho, followed by a conversation with Howard Zinn. ASL provided.

Posted by at 1:01 am on March 6, 2009

posted on behalf of Debra Wise and the Underground Railway Theater

 

Dear Friends,

I want to invite you to an ASL-interpreted production of Marx in Soho this Saturday March 7, 2009…


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Attention, Women Bloggers!

Posted by at 6:12 pm on March 2, 2009

Perhaps a SomervilleVoices.org blogger can be the next Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow?

The International Women’s Media Foundation announces the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for  full-time, part time or freelance journalists working (for at least 3 years)…


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Dec. 9: Civil rights advocates ramp it up for accessible communities

Posted by at 7:04 pm on December 5, 2008

A focus group of Civil and DisAbilities Rights advocates will join with the longest-running TV Access producers group in the country during Civil Rights Week in MA to tackle the challenges of designing equal opportunity communities.


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JOE THE MAYOR’S IRRESOLUTE PLEDGE

Posted by at 12:11 am on November 12, 2008

On Martin Luther King day, January 15, 2006, during his introduction to invited speaker (then-candidate) MA Governor Deval Patrick in front of a full house at the East Somerville Community School, Mayor Joe Curtatone pledged to search far and wide in order to hire the very best possible staff leadership to implement the civil rights of constituents with disAbilities in Somerville… But meaningful change and independent choice still seems out of reach for some voters here in the ‘Ville.


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City holds public hearing on 2008 Charter Committee

Posted by at 9:32 pm on November 1, 2008

The following is quoted from the City of Somerville Website PR of October 27, 2008:

The City of Somerville’s Charter…


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US Enabled Voters

Posted by at 8:59 pm on October 8, 2008

This week’s Somerville Journal includes an Op-Ed regarding our rights as voters. Voting is a fun community activity, and no voters should be steered to vote absentee-unless they prefer it that way (or will be out of town on the 4th). Here are 2 photos showing a polling site that was entirely inaccessible (right at the entrance), for wheelchair using voters of Ward 7, Precinct 2, during the Primary, September 16, 2008:


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Tibetans Speak Out in Somerville

Posted by at 11:12 pm on July 29, 2008

On August 5, from 8 – 9 p.m. on SCAT’s celebrated DEAD AIR LIVE show, the Tibetan community will offer viewers a first-hand report of what Tibet was like before the Chinese invasion, and talk about what it was like to have to flee their beloved homeland and become exiled citizens of the world. Tune in to SCAT Channel 3 next Tuesday, for a fascinating and moving account of a beautiful culture and people, who cultivated the roof of the world.


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Tibetans Speak Out in Somerville

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On August 5, from 8 – 9 p.m. on SCAT’s celebrated DEAD AIR LIVE show, the Tibetan community will offer viewers a first-hand report of what Tibet was like before the Chinese invasion, and talk about what it was like to have to flee their beloved homeland and become exiled citizens of the world. Tune in to SCAT Channel 3 next Tuesday, for a fascinating and moving account of a beautiful culture and people, who cultivated the roof of the world.


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Metropolitan Planning Organization Open House

Posted by at 5:08 pm on July 27, 2008

PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY FOR

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING INPUT

UNTIL AUGUST 5, 2008:

The Boston Region MPO will hold two Open House sessions on July 30, 2008 from 12:30 pm – 2 p.m.

and from 5:30 pm – 7 pm

AT: Suite 2150, State Transportation Building

10 Park Plaza, Boston…


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This day in Civil Rights history

Posted by at 9:39 pm on July 25, 2008

In the first week of May 2008, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone placed a “Welcome Desk” in the foyer of City Hall that utterly disregards MA Access Building Code. [snip] It seems that yesterday’s design standards are as tenacious as yesterday’s attitudes, even today: the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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Inspiring Radio Interview with Representative Sciortino at…

Posted by at 11:45 am on July 20, 2008

Here’s just a short post to encourage folks to take a listen to the Open Media Boston interview with incumbent Representative Carl Sciortino. I was lucky to stumble upon it!


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Somerville’s FY09 Budget trivializes Human Rights agenda

Posted by at 6:44 pm on July 19, 2008

I certainly agree with Barry’s post of 7/15/08 in this SomervilleVoices blog entitled, “City’s Commission Staffing Plan Hurts Human Services.” Three questions seem particularly germane to this issue: 1. Are Somerville’s municipal resources distributed equally and fairly to all residents? 2. Are all residents offered equal participation within public programs, without regard to differences in age, income, birth culture, abilities, religions, race, gender, job status, or city address? 3. Do certain Somerville residents experience social and economic inequities that would support the fuller engagement and investigation of the specialized Human Rights Commissions?


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Ward 7 Sidewalk Access Report, Endicott to Alewife along Broadway

Posted by at 8:37 pm on June 29, 2008

If a municipality’s Bus stops are unreachable and inaccessible, due to badly built street facilities, then its residents are restricted from accessing public transportation systems, etc..For some individuals, the challenges created by these issues cause them to be nearly or fully housebound.
Do you think such quality of life issues should continue to be put off until “tomorrow?” …


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National Council on DisAbility Seeks Your Input

Posted by at 11:12 pm on June 26, 2008

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Information gathered will be used in the development of NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” which is required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


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East Broadway Streetscape Planning

Posted by at 9:23 pm on June 21, 2008

Below, from City’s PR:

June 25th Meeting to Showcase Preliminary Designs for Public Discussion; …residents and business owners in East Somerville are invited to a community meeting to discuss preliminary plans and designs for a streetscape and roadway improvement project for Broadway, between McGrath Highway and the City Line near Sullivan Square. The meeting…


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FY09 City Budget Hearing

Posted by at 9:09 pm on

There will be a Public Hearing before the Board of Aldermen on Monday, June 23, 2008, at 6:30 PM, in the Aldermen’s Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, on the Order of Alderman Maryann M. Heuston, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, for public input on the proposed FY 2009 budget. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND BE HEARD.


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From Davis to Teele Square, Holland Street sidewalks are inaccessible

Posted by at 9:10 pm on June 19, 2008

Today, 2 residents from the Community Access Project of Somerville (CAPS) took their digital levels and measuring tapes and perambulated down Holland Street. We checked both sides of the sidewalk, from Winter Street to the Traffic and Parking Building (133 Holland St.) and then went back to Davis Square via the other side


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WARD 7 ACCESS REPORT

Posted by at 10:11 pm on June 10, 2008

So, you are a blind pedestrian at Weston and Broadway and you need to cross after getting off the bus. Because there is no curbcut on the bus stop side of Weston to cross to Dickson, you cross Weston to the corner pictured below. You rely on the tactile strips to guide you straight into the crosswalk and to the curbcut exactly opposite. Now, here: how many steps will it take before you’re a smashed pumpkin at rush hour?


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Union Square Access Report, Pedestrian Signal

Posted by at 9:50 pm on

The Pedestrian Signal post at the raised island mid-crossing in Union Square, at Somerville and Washington Street is inaccessible to wheelchair-mobile pedestrians. The pedestrian-activated button is at least seven feet – 84 inches- away from the wheelchair pedestrian’s hand!


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Somerville Ave./ Milk Row Cemetery Access Report

Posted by at 9:47 pm on

The Milk Row Cemetery is a Historic Preservation Commission project, and its improvements triggered sidewalk accessibility improvements by 2005. Below is the copy of the complaint I submitted today. This is at least the third time this issue has been brought to the attention of the City ADA Coordinator in the past year.


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Union Square Citizen’s Bank Gaining Access!

Posted by at 11:01 pm on June 7, 2008

On Friday, June 6, 2008, the Union Square Citizen’s Bank began breaking up the large platform front step that has been dividing this Bank and its services from people with mobility restrictions. Barack Obama won the nomination in 16 months. This access project for just one public accommodation has taken over 18 months already…


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Union Square Access Report 06/03/08

Posted by at 7:42 pm on June 3, 2008

In the ordinary course of business, one notices accessible route problems throughout Union Square’s Somerville Reconstruction Project area. During construction, it is very important for the City to maintain continuous, unobstructed, level and safe sidewalks, as well as safe curbcuts and walkways for everyone.


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How many zeros to the right of One?

Posted by at 1:27 pm on

Here’s an idea for formulating one’s beneficial worth to a community:

If you have a job serving the public, and you’re not doing it, then take the number of people you are not serving adequately, divide it by 10, and place those zeros to the left of one. Then put a decimal point at…


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What makes a Community?

Posted by at 10:41 pm on June 2, 2008

Even though today I feel like words are ultimately meaningless, I’m gonna start a little idea train here, asking what makes a community:


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