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Divest the Commonwealth: A Panel of Local Climate Heroes at Tufts

Posted by at 7:54 am on November 11, 2013

Join us on Tuesday November 12th, 6-8PM, for a panel and dessert reception focused on local and statewide efforts to address the climate crisis. Today, Massachusetts is leading the fight against climate change with State…


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Historic St. Paddy’s Fundraiser

Posted by at 10:02 pm on March 14, 2013

A Benefit for the Somerville Museum and
A Celebration of the Emerald Isle

5:30-8:00PM
Friday, March 15th, 2013
1 Summer Street, Sancturary Unit
The Historic First Methodist Church, Union Square

Irish Music by…


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Why Should ‘Villens Consider Livestock Grazing (Ever)?

Posted by at 8:18 pm on January 26, 2013

When a sober, soft-spoken, octogenarian with a Scottish accent delivers a somber warning about a six-degree temperature increase on our planet the impact is immediately warmly felt. So it was in the ASEAN Auditorium at…


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What’s on the Ballot Here?

Posted by at 7:45 am on October 16, 2012

Am I the only one who doesn’t know what all the initiatives and relevant offices are on the ballot? I know of 4 initiatives but I’ve heard there will be 7. I know how I…


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The Ghosts of Somerville: Up Close and Intimate

Posted by at 4:28 pm on October 3, 2012

This ghostly gathering treats visitors to a guided tour of the grave sites open during the Somerstreets/MonsterMash Festival. Ghosts engage in conversation about their lives in centuries past. Learn Somerville history from those who lived…


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Milk Row Cemetery Open with Costumed Guides

Posted by at 4:16 pm on

Go beyond the cemetery gates and explore the grounds established in 1804. Learn about the residents & their history through knowledgeable volunteers in period clothing. 400 Somerville Ave., next to Market Basket.

This venue…


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5/20 Historic Bike Tour “Somerville Parks, Now and Then

Posted by at 10:22 pm on May 19, 2012

This year’s theme will take us from one end of the City to the other, learning about Somerville’s wealth of parks and what they used to be.


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Report from Community Forum on Education

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

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


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Volunteers Needed for Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

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

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


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TEDx Somerville: A Stimulating Hodge Podge

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

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


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Creative, Sustainable, TEDxSomerville

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

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


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Holiday Brouhaha

Posted by at 7:59 pm on October 22, 2011

The recent flap about “holidays” in Somerville has obscured the issues that instigated all the media frenzy in the first place.…


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Live Ghosts Haunt Milk Row Cemetary

Posted by at 7:55 pm on October 12, 2011

Come visit the City’s only 19th century burial grounds, rarely open to the public. During SOMERSTREETS, a street festival on Sunday, October 23rd from noon to 4pm, ”The Ghosts of Somerville: Up Close and Intimate”…


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“Talented, civic-minded people” sought by City

Posted by at 5:31 pm on July 8, 2011

To evaluate city services, the city is asking for volunteers to sign up as “mystery customers” through ResiStat. City workers beware! Find out more from Somerville Patch at: http://somerville.patch.com/articles/wanted-undercover-agents-to-evaluate-city-services?ncid=M255…


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Notes on Surviving a Graduation at Dilboy

Posted by at 9:43 pm on June 9, 2011

These notes are partly for myself, since I’ll have another child graduating from Somerville High in a few years…


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Class Day was Friday/Graduation Tonight!

Posted by at 3:18 pm on June 6, 2011


The auditorium was unusually sparkly for Class Day. Each senior stood for applause as their achievements were named. Up…


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Whole City May Enjoy Single Stream Recycling This Fall

Posted by at 10:53 pm on May 29, 2011

As seen on SomervillePatch:
Last October, the city introduced a pilot recycling program in a section of Ward 5 to see if residents would recycle more if they could put all their paper, cardboard, glass…


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Volunteers Needed for Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

Posted by at 5:31 pm on April 10, 2011

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


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Brown School Coffee/Open House

Posted by at 9:50 pm on January 18, 2011

The Benjamin Brown School, 201 Willow Ave, invites interested parents and guardians of preschoolers and school-age children to its Open House this week,Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. In addition, prospective families are…


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Somerville’s 235th Flag Raising, Jan 1st

Posted by at 10:57 pm on December 22, 2010


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Welcome to Somerville…. Review

Posted by at 10:25 pm on November 19, 2010

I’ve just come from the reading of John Shea’s play Welcome to Somerville: Permit Parking Only at First Church on College Ave. There’s another reading tomorrow night at 7 there. I strongly recommend it…


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SCAP Presents Survey Results

Posted by at 9:31 pm on November 6, 2010

Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) will be hosting a Presentation of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results. It will be held Wednesday November 10th, 2010 from 6PM – 8PM. The Presentation will be held in…


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Union Square Walking Tour

Posted by at 9:22 pm on November 2, 2010

Come find out what makes Union Square so eclectic and appealing! Delve into the history of Somerville’s oldest and largest commercial district to understand the ingredients for its economic rebirth. Architectural historian Ed Gordon, known…


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Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting at Capuano Center

Posted by at 4:11 pm on October 28, 2010

Join Alderman Roche and the Mayor.

We plan to screen an exciting new documentary, produced locally, called “Somerville: on the Right Track.” This film features archival footage of Somerville from the 1960s, and never-before-seen…


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Sustainablility Fair at SHS

Posted by at 2:00 pm on October 24, 2010

Community Energy Fair to Showcase City of Somerville’s New Sustainability Program
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Somerville High School, between City Hall and the school library
The City of Somerville will launch its…


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Somerville Public Library Book Sale

Posted by at 5:33 am on October 22, 2010

Friends of the Somerville Public Library huge annual book sale.  Not to be missed.

Central Library, 79 Highland Ave.

Friday is members only…


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NAVE GALLERY 3RD ANNUAL WRAP AROUND

Posted by at 8:11 pm on October 19, 2010

A Sale of Affordable Handmade Woolen Goods to Benefit the Somerville
Homeless Coalition
As we all face another cold and wet winter, help keep others warm. Wrap your
arms around your community!

*November 12-14…


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Milk Row Cemetary Ghostly Open House

Posted by at 7:34 pm on

Welcome to the Milk Row Cemetery!
Warm cider, donuts,homemade goodies will be offered
for sale, and entry to the Cemetery will be by donation, to help support
its continuing restoration and enhancements.
Come visit the…


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Support DREAM Act at School Committee Meeting

Posted by at 8:25 pm on October 16, 2010

On Monday, October 18, the Somerville School Committee will consider a resolution supporting the DREAM Act. Somerville youth leaders from Centro Presente and The Welcome Project will present their testimony to the School Committee, asking…


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New Report Card for Grades 1-5

Posted by at 6:13 pm on October 15, 2010

Have you seen the new report card?  If you’re a parent of a child in grade 1 to 5 in Somerville Public Schools you won’t see it till the end of the first quarter, or…


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Fluff Festival in Union Square

Posted by at 8:42 pm on September 21, 2010

It’s a Marshmallow world in Union Square! Archibald Query invented Fluff right here in 1917 so every year we host a madcap festival. Join us Saturday, September 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm on…


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Should Jill Stein Join the Debate?

Posted by at 9:35 am on September 19, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate for the Green Rainbow Party Jill Stein is fighting to join the final debates.  I think she is a creditable candidate whom I’d like to see debating with the other guys, but…


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Eat at Flatbread/Support SFN

Posted by at 4:40 pm on September 13, 2010

The Somerville Family Network (SFN), a project of the newly-consolidated
Somerville Family and Community Connections, provides free programs such as
the New Moms’ Group, Playgroups (in English, Spanish and Portuguese),
Family Education and Community Events…


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Garden Club Plant Sale

Posted by at 9:43 pm on September 11, 2010

The Somerville Garden Club Perennial and House Plant sale will be held Saturday, September 18, in Davis Square. An array of perennials, trees, shrubs, and houseplants are available, and knowledgeable Garden Club members can answer…


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7-12 Grade “Broadway Somerville” sign-up

Posted by at 7:26 pm on

A free after school musical theatre group directed by Somerville Youth Arts Coordinator, Jimmy Del Ponte


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Cross-Mass Trekkers Hit Leominster

Posted by at 1:35 pm on August 10, 2010

Cross-Mass Trekkers hit Leominster

Here are John, Thomas, Michael and Danny stretching out for day 4 of their Trek for the Somerville Homeless Coalition (somervillehomelesscoalition.org) yesterday.  They are blogging a little as they go.  (Can you believe they have WiFi at campgrounds these days?) Read their comments on their website at https://sites.google.com/site/crossmass/home .…


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Campout at Lincoln Park

Posted by at 10:14 pm on August 5, 2010

The first annual Great Somerville Campout is fast approaching! Please
spread the word…

Weather permitting, the Campout will be held from 4:00 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 7th until Sunday, Aug. 8th. Join us by the…


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Opening Reception for “little critters” at Nave Gallery

Posted by at 2:20 pm on August 4, 2010

“little critters”
A group show of pet inspired art

The Nave Gallery
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd
Somerville, MA 02144
www.navegallery.org

EXHIBIT DATES
August 6-29, 2010
Opening Reception Friday August 6…


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National Night Out-Foss Park

Posted by at 12:31 pm on August 3, 2010

For the seventh consecutive year, Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) will partner with the City of Somerville and the Somerville Police Department to host the local celebration of the National Night Out Against Crime and…


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Cross Mass Trek Press Release

Posted by at 7:44 pm on August 1, 2010

Starting this Friday (August 6), four rising seniors from Somerville High’s Track and Cross Country teams will “trek” from a spot near the Quabbin Reservoir to the Aquarium Wharf (approximately 80 miles) to raise funds to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition.…


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Project STAR-SOS…Save Our Songs!

Posted by at 6:51 pm on July 24, 2010

Project STAR , Summer Theatre Arts Recreation, sponsored by the mayors’s office,the recreation Commission and the communications department presents Project STAR. A 6 week music and theater camp for kids ages 11 to 18. Last…


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Moroccan Rap Music at SCAT

Posted by at 4:50 pm on

This Tuesday evening, SCAT will be hosting what is likely the first Moroccan
Rap Music event ever to occur in our
beautiful little town of Somerville!
Did you even know there was such a thing…


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Incredible Edible Garden Club Tour

Posted by at 8:51 am on July 20, 2010

The ”Incredible Edible Gardens of Somerville” is the theme of this year’s Somerville Garden Club tour. The self-guided event celebrates the old and new “urban farms” of Somerville.

Tickets


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Somerstreets + FossFest

Posted by at 9:26 pm on July 13, 2010

* Somerstreets will be combined with FossFest on Sunday, JULY 25th, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone invites all community members to join the City of Somerville


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Debate Over Choices for the Healey

Posted by at 5:51 pm on July 8, 2010

Here are the complete texts of selected posts to the Somerville-4-Schools email list about the merging on the Choice and Neighborhood programs at the Healey School. These posts are excerpted in a comment on “6/21/10…


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Artbeat, Davis Square

Posted by at 10:35 pm on July 7, 2010

Huge arts festival in Davis Square, Somerville.  This year’s theme is water.  See schedule here:

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/programs/artbeat/2010/schedule.html


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Artbeat-Seven Hills Park

Posted by at 10:30 pm on

Huge arts festival in Davis Square, Somerville.  This year’s theme is water.  See schedule here:

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/programs/artbeat/2010/schedule.html


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Lincoln Park Teddy Bear Picnic/Parade

Posted by at 5:59 pm on

You are all welcome to join neighbors and friends at Lincoln Park for a `BBQ’ Teddy Bear Picnic and Parade on Thursday, July 8.

5:30-6:30pm Picnic and Parade Registration
6:30pm Parade
7:00 Sunsetters Performance…


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Accolades for Somerville High

Posted by at 10:15 pm on June 25, 2010

At the end of the school year, it seems, people find themselves inclined to reflect on what they like about their kid’s school.  You might suspect that the following five cheerleaders were paid for their…


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6/22/10 Budget Hearing Update-Some good news and what to do

Posted by at 10:29 am on June 23, 2010

There was some good news tonight for school custodians, at the city budget hearing at City Hall. It was announced that the mayor and the custodians’ union is in negotiations, and so it’s possible that the layoff of 49 custodians and outsourcing of their jobs may be avoided.


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Free Meals for Somerville Youth Start June 28

Posted by at 7:22 pm on June 21, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools’ Food Services provides free breakfasts and lunches at Somerville playgrounds, fields, parks and pools.  Let them eat picnic!  Here are the particulars:

FREE Breakfast will be distributed to any Somerville…


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Rally to support custodians and municipal employees

Posted by at 10:23 pm on June 20, 2010

Jackie Lawrence of the Somerville Teachers Association extends an invitation to rally to support our fellow Somerville employees whose jobs are in peril.

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Support our Good, Hardworking People

Despite the…


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Garden Club talk on Asian Longhorned Beetle

Posted by at 10:33 pm on June 8, 2010

Watch out for the Asian long horned beetle!
Posted by: “Susann Wilkinson” swilkins@MIT.EDU
Mon Jun 7, 2010 6:00 am (PDT)

Join us for a discussion of the pests of New England

On Wednesday…


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Walk to Keep Kids in School

Posted by at 10:40 pm on June 1, 2010

The Paul Duhamel Education Initiative, in its 14th year, will be holding its 5th annual “Walk to Keep Kids in School,” walking for 2.5 miles along the Somerville Bike Path starting at Davis Square on…


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SCAP Annual Meeting/Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

Posted by at 3:07 pm on May 23, 2010

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

2010 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

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


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SCALE Theater Group performance at Elizabeth Peabody House

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

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

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


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Forgotten History of Slavery Lecture & Book Signing at Somerville Museum

Posted by at 4:22 pm on

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


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School Budget Meeting

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

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


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Historic Bike Tour

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

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


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Historic Preservation Awards-Somerville Museum

Posted by at 7:23 pm on

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


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Librarian talks about your Somerville House/family

Posted by at 7:20 pm on

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


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Historic Walking Tour of East Somerville

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


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Milk Row Cemetery Tour/Appreciation Ceremony

Posted by at 7:11 pm on

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


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Greening the City Gala at the Armory

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

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


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Women’s Film Shorts at Somerville Library

Posted by at 5:16 pm on April 22, 2010

An evening of film, video, and animation
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is
free and open to the public.

Short films include:
Holding This For You / Marissa…


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Park Serve Day at Foss Park

Posted by at 4:35 pm on

All you need is your community spirit and the DCR provides the rest!
Read more info here: http://parkserv.env.state.ma.us

-> We are delighted to have Groundwork Somerville join our…


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Patriot’s Day Celebration at Foss Park

Posted by at 4:32 pm on April 17, 2010

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Historic Preservation Commission Executive Director Brandon Wilson invite all residents and community members to the City’s 235th Patriot’s Day celebration, to be held at Foss Park on Monday, April 19th…


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Somerville Launches YouTube Pitch to Lure Google Broadband

Posted by at 10:46 pm on March 30, 2010

My son’s in the second letter ‘g’ in “Google” at Dilboy Field


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Getting School-Ready: A Somerville Conversation

Posted by at 9:53 pm on March 18, 2010

Please join us for a community-wide forum to explore how an understanding of culture can help all Somerville children be successful as they enter school and in their early school years. We’ll share our knowledge…


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Earth Hour-LIGHTS OUT!

Posted by at 1:47 pm on

Earth Hour, which takes place Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time, is an event in which millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate…


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Art Beat Submissions Deadline Apr 16

Posted by at 8:51 am on March 11, 2010

We’re looking for musicians, performance artists, dancers, visual artists, storytellers and all creative people to participate in one of the area’s largest public arts festivals.

ArtBeat 2010
Dates: July 16 (evening) and 17 (day)…


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Maple Syrup at the Growing Center

Posted by at 8:26 am on

Every winter Groundwork Somerville partners with the Community Growing Center, the Somerville Public Schools, and Tufts University to tap local maple trees and collect the sap.  Simultaneously, GWS staff and Tufts students teach a four-week…


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Parents as Partners Workshop on Bullying/Cyberbullying

Posted by at 9:35 pm on February 10, 2010

Bullying/Cyberbullying

Please join us for a conversation about improving student safety in our schools and community!

Wednesday, March 10th – 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
West Somerville Neighborhood School Library
177 Powderhouse Boulevard

Presenter: …


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Wicked Smaht Trivia Contest at City Club

Posted by at 12:41 pm on February 6, 2010

How Smaht Are You?
Union Square Main Streets marks its fifth anniversary with the ultimate contest.  On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 join your neighbors, city officials and Somerville boosters of every stripe at the Somerville…


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Somerville’s “Beauty” Shines

Posted by at 11:36 pm on February 5, 2010

It was a quintessential Somerville night at the theater for “Beauty And The Beast” at the High School this evening.  Promoters Gretchen Kinder and Rosemarie Sears must have outdone themselves packing the house because I…


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Artist-lead Tour of 5 Union Sq. Installations

Posted by at 5:26 pm on

ArtsUnion Sculpture Series Opening

Five artists, who work in the fields of architecture, ceramics and sculpture, have created site-specific installations for Union Square’s urban landscape. The unifying theme of this work recycling, growth and…


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Designing Japanese Gardens Lecture

Posted by at 3:13 pm on January 30, 2010

On Wednesday, February 10, Japanese-style gardens will be discussed
at the Somerville Garden Club meeting. The program is open to all and
will be held 7:00-9:00pm, at the TAB building, 167 Holland St.,
second floor…


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Brown School Informational Coffee

Posted by at 7:37 pm on January 18, 2010

The Brown School (201 Willow Ave.) will have an informational coffee on Monday, January 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. upstairs in the Brown School Library.  Teachers, staff, current parents and former students will be…


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Vigil for Haiti at SHS

Posted by at 10:01 pm on January 16, 2010

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Executive Director of the Haitian Coalition Franklin Dalembert announced that they will host a community vigil and healing ceremony in remembrance of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti on Monday…


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Somerville Haitians Stepping Up-Help Them

Posted by at 11:56 am on

The Haitian Coalition of Somerville is organizing a medical relief trip to Haiti. Members of the Haitian community with medical and organizational skills including five Haitian nurses will be traveling to Haiti as soon as…


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Helpful Info for Helping Haiti

Posted by at 8:25 pm on January 14, 2010

The Somerville Community Partnerships for Children and the Parent Information Center have put together a list of agencies that work in Haiti, as well as advice on responding to the needs of children and families…


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Somerville Community Chorus Open Rehearsal

Posted by at 9:35 pm on January 12, 2010

Join the Somerville Community Chorus for our 25th anniversary year!
Auditions are not required. All voices are welcome.

Open rehearsals are Tues. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 7:15-9:30pm (attend one
or both). …


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Beard and Moustache Contest (!?!)

Posted by at 9:24 pm on January 8, 2010

GET YOUR BEARD ON
STOP SHAVING AND START GROWING
ALL AMERICA CITY BEARD AND MOUSTACHE CONTEST
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2010, 3pm
PRECINCT, 70 UNION SQUARE, SOMERVILLE

A contest sure to tickle your chin. We…


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Labeled Disabled Movie

Posted by at 10:19 pm on January 4, 2010

Labeled Disabled Screening at the Kennedy School cafetorium on January 19, 2010

[This film is by Maggie Doben and was funded by Cambridge Commission for People With Disabilities and The Dody Waring Faculty Development…


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Middle School Health Survey Results Presentation

Posted by at 9:55 pm on January 3, 2010

Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) is going to be hosting a Presentation of the Student Health Survey Results.  It will be held Thursday January 21st, 2010 from 6PM – 8PM.  The Presentation will be held…


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Raise the Flag/Spirit

Posted by at 2:13 pm on December 20, 2009

Last year’s flag raising event at Prospect Hill was kind of thrilling.  We’d had one of our many snowstorms of last winter and the day, the first day of the year, was clear and bright…


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Free Workshop on Understanding Loss

Posted by at 2:04 pm on December 6, 2009

Tuesday December 8th 5:30 – 7:00 @ the VNA 259 Lowell St. – Understanding Loss

Light dinner will be provided – Workshops are FREE but registration is required – to register call 617-625-6600 ext…


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The Good The Bad & The Junkyard II

Posted by at 7:36 pm on November 25, 2009

[from Somerville Arts Council Yahoo group]

Posted by: “laurenpazzaneze” lauren@junkyardarts.com   laurenpazzaneze
Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:48 am (PST)

Junkyard Arts is psyched to be back for another amazing show at the Somerville Theatre!…


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Library Group Book Reading Campaign

Posted by at 9:51 pm on November 22, 2009

This idea of the whole city reading the same book is interesting.  What book would you recommend?  The Glass Castle?  The Audacity of Hope?
This spring Somerville will launch its first “one city, one book”…


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“Something Sweet in Somerville” & Junkyard Arts

Posted by at 4:48 pm on November 15, 2009

These jumped out at me recently from my somartscouncil@yahoogroups.com digest:

“Something Sweet in Somerville”

ON VIEW: November 7-21 , 2009

GALLERY HOURS: Saturdays 12:00pm-4:00pm and by Appointment

GRAND GALA and Auction…


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Presentation on Somerville Health, Dec. 1

Posted by at 10:11 pm on November 6, 2009

The Somerville Health Department, Institute of Community Health, and the Somerville Community Health Agenda is going to be hosting a Presentation on the Health of Somerville Adults and Youth. It will be held Tuesday December…


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Somerville High School 18th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

Posted by at 8:13 pm on October 20, 2009

Each year, this event attracts over three thousand visitors.  All proceeds benefit the girls’ and boys’ cross-country and track teams at SHS, including the awarding of college scholarships each June.

This is the eighteenth…


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Ghosts of Somerville-Drama in the Cemetery

Posted by at 4:46 am on October 11, 2009

The Ghosts of Somerville will rise again next Saturday, October 17th from 4:00 p.m. to dusk, at the Milk Row Cemetery, at 400 Somerville Avenue, next to DeMoulas Market Basket.  Historic Somerville, Inc. is producing…


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Green Line update from Provost

Posted by at 8:38 pm on October 5, 2009

State Rep. Denise Provost provides constituents with an informative e-newsletter from time to time.  In case you’re not on her mailing list, here’s what she wrote recently about the Green Line project:

What’s Up…


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Mystic River Cleanup

Posted by at 8:05 pm on September 30, 2009

Join members of three fantastic organizations for an afternoon of protecting and learning about our local waterways.

Meet and connect with inspiring youth, educators and mentors from Roots & Shoots New England, the Mystic…


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What Are They Thinking?

Posted by at 6:56 pm on September 16, 2009

Somerville Voices does hereby (and by other means) invite all candidates for contested races in the upcoming election to explain their positions on the issues and why voters should choose them on November 3…


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Walking Tour of Historic Somerville

Posted by at 2:21 pm on September 13, 2009

From Powder House Pickles to the Brick Yards of Ball Square –West Somerville’s Explosive Growth at the Turn of the Century

Ed Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society will…


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Good Choices Free Workshop For Parents

Posted by at 3:40 pm on August 24, 2009

Improve Family Bonding and Reduce Risk of Teenage Drug Use, Violence and Teen Pregnancy.  Register now.  See how below.

Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all parents of pre-teens and teens, children…


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Free Bike Maintenance/Tune-Up Workshop

Posted by at 6:01 am on August 18, 2009

Free workshop with Ace Wheelworks, TONIGHT!
Come learn how to maintain and tune-up your bike!
Bike on Over with a Picnic
The Growing Center, Vinal Avenue, Union Square

(will be rescheduled the event of…


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“Back in the ‘Ville” is a Hit!

Posted by at 5:01 pm on August 13, 2009

Last night’s performance by Project Star at the Somerville High auditorium was a lot of fun.  Jimmy DelPonte’s original musical showed his talent as a storyteller, humorist, and song writer.  He can be forgiven as…


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Seed Saving Workshop-Vinal Ave. Garden

Posted by at 10:17 pm on August 12, 2009

Learn how to save your own seeds for next year or to share with friends and family. Two experienced gardeners share their secrets and tips, Union Square’s own fabulous Guy “the tomato guy” and Aviva…


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Theatre in the Garden: Wiley and the Hairy Man

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Out of the mists of the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, comes a tale of magic, trickery, and courage. This coming-of age adventure is appropriate for children of all ages.

All events and programs are open…


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Help Strategize to Vaccinate Against Flu

Posted by at 9:43 pm on August 11, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination Strategy Meeting, Saturday, Aug. 29th, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Center for Arts at the Armory. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has selected Somerville as one of ten national sites for…


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Movies and Music in the Garden

Posted by at 8:15 pm on August 9, 2009

On Friday, August 14 from 7 to 10 pm Somerville Community Access Television is the producer of “Somerville….In Shorts!” SCAT comes in under the Arts Council’s ArtsUnion umbrella to present an evening of locally produced…


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“Back in the ‘Ville”

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Project STAR (Summer Theater Arts Recreation) presents this original musical written and directed by Jimmy Del Ponte at the Somerville High School Auditorium.  Admission is FREE.  Assistant Director, Sophia Carafotes…


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Community Conversation on Bullying

Posted by at 6:33 pm on August 4, 2009

Are you, your friends, or your children being affected by bullies?
A discussion for YOUTH, PARENTS, AND SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS to discuss
• What is Bullying
• Types of Bullying
• Tips for youth to assist them with bullying
• Tips for parents to assist youth with bullying…


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National Night Out Against Crime & Drugs

Posted by at 5:00 pm on August 1, 2009

For the sixth consecutive year, Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) will partner with the City of Somerville and the Somerville Police Department to host the local celebration of the National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs.…


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Swine Flu?

Posted by at 9:41 pm on June 6, 2009

I thought it was strange that Boston was closing schools. I hadn’t heard of any cases in Somerville since that first lady that got it a couple of months ago. So, then when I heard…


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Turkey Sightings Near Davis Square

Posted by at 10:08 pm on June 2, 2009

I kid you not.  There is a momma hen (Turkey) wandering around here.  She had seven chicks about a week ago, but yesterday I only saw one.  I’ve seen racoons, opossum and snakes in Somerville…


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Teen Empowerment at Johnny D’s

Posted by at 9:55 pm on June 1, 2009

Change for a 10 Spot
Wednesday, June 3, at Johnny D’s from 8-11 pm
With a little help from our friends

We couldn’t do our work without friends like you! Join us on Wednesday…


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West Somerville Historic Walking Tour

Posted by at 8:39 pm on

Historic Preservation Event: A Walking Tour entitled, “West Somerville- From Powderhouse Pickles to Ball Square Brickyards”, has been rescheduled to its rain date on Sun. June 14th rain date. The tour goes from 10:30 -


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Spring Clean Up

Posted by at 11:28 pm on April 25, 2009

The rain date is Sunday, May 10th. For information on where to go in your neighborhood, see: http://www.somervillema.gov/newsDetail.cfm?instance_id=144

Saturday, 5/9, 10:00 a.m., Locations throughout the City…


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Shape Up Somerville Fun Run

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The City will be hosting our first annual Shape up the Old Somerville Road Race, a 2.7 mile race/walk beginning and ending on the City Hall concourse. A children’s “Fun Run” will begin from the…


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Arbor Day Celebration

Posted by at 11:20 pm on

Mayor Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Trane invite all interested individuals to attend Somerville’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m., at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Boulevard. The event…


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Public forum on 2010 budget

Posted by at 11:05 pm on

from Mark Niedergang

Dear friends,

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…


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Announcing Somerville Kid’s Blog

Posted by at 7:34 am on April 22, 2009

There are new bloggers on the block and they’ve joined me at a 21st Century Club after school program at the Kennedy School.   Students are writing about things that they find interesting, including the MCAS…


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Transition Somerville: Moving toward a healthy future

Posted by at 5:26 pm on April 6, 2009

What if the energy supplies, food systems and other foundations of our modern economy and lifestyle suddenly changed? How would Somerville cope? We invite you to join us in exploring how Somerville can respond to theses challenges and move toward a healthy future for all, including how we can seize the coming changes as an opportunity to transform racial and class inequities rather than deepen them.


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Transition Somerville: Moving toward a healthy future

Posted by at 5:13 pm on

What if the energy supplies, food systems and other foundations of our modern economy and lifestyle suddenly changed?  How would Somerville cope?  It’s a notion more of us have been thinking about during the past…


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Kids’ Voices: Two 6th graders tell their immigration stories

Posted by at 1:26 pm on February 16, 2009

They wanted to publish under pseudonyms, so the following stories are by “Gori” and “Hector.”


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Free workshop: “Overwhelmed No More! Strategies for Balanced Living for Parents of Children with Special Needs”

Posted by at 8:24 pm on February 12, 2009

Do you find it a challenge to juggle all your roles and responsibilities, and meet all
the demands on your time and energy?
In this workshop, Joan Celebi, Ed.M. shares a life coach’s approach to…


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School Committee Meeting

Posted by at 4:34 pm on February 9, 2009

The Foreign Language Study Committee Report will be presented to the School Committee this Wednesday, February 11th, at 7:00 PM in the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the SPS Administrative Headquarters, 181 Washington Street (in…


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Celebrating the Inauguration?

Posted by at 2:09 pm on January 18, 2009

Seriously, I am feeling like celebrating.  Our friend Seth Itzkan (Planet Tech, Davis Sq.) took off for DC yesterday at dawn.  He said that they would be closing the roads after that so you couldn’t…


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Annual Flag Raising

Posted by at 9:41 pm on December 17, 2008

Come learn about the important role YOUR city played in the American Revolution at the annual flag raising on January 1st. We will meet at City Hall at 11:30am and follow General George Washington on…


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Union Square Hearing – City Hall

Posted by at 8:06 pm on November 30, 2008

Sent by Adam Rich to Somerville-4-Schools yahoo group:

If families continue to leave Somerville, our public schools will suffer. Please join the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC) and Save Our Somerville (SOS) on Thursday…


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Audition for “Klass Klowns” (kids grades 7-9)

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“Klass Klownz” auditions are open to any Somerville resident in Grades 7 through 9, and will be held Wednesday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. in West Somerville Neighborhood School at 177 Powderhouse Boulevard. Performers should prepare a one-minute skit that can take the form of a funny song, an impression, or a parody of a TV ad or character. A CD player will be provided for those auditioners that have their own music.


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Somerville Homeless Coalition/Gift Giving

Posted by at 2:18 pm on November 28, 2008

This winter, the Somerville Homeless Coalition will serve hundreds of men, women, and children who would otherwise have no place to call home or enough food to feed their families. Jump to their website to learn how to donate, or read on.


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Holiday Craft Fair at Somerville High

Posted by at 12:50 pm on November 26, 2008

Here is an opportunity to view the work of local artisans, purchase some
holiday decorations and gifts, and help support many student athletes at
SHS!

Each year Somerville attracts over 120 artisan and crafters…


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Historic Somerville Nomination Deadline Extended to Dec 8

Posted by at 12:40 pm on

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Historic Preservation Commission Director Brandon Wilson announced that the Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Preservation Awards. During the Commission’s annual award program, Somerville residents will be recognized…


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Should School Committee Members Be Appointed?

Posted by at 1:02 pm on November 9, 2008

School Committee chair Paul Bockelman invites you to join the Charter Advisory Committee on this issue meeting tomorrow night at 7PM.

Dear Friends,

I have been representing the School Committee on the Charter…


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20th Anniversary of Somerville Women’s Commission

Posted by at 7:51 pm on November 3, 2008

November 6th Event to Include Guest Speakers, Networking and Refreshments

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Acting Director of Commissions Sonja Darai invite residents to attend the Somerville Commission for Women’s 20th Anniversary celebration…


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Historic Walking Tour of the Winter Hill & Magoun Square neighborhoods

Posted by at 3:15 pm on October 28, 2008

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Somerville’s Winter Hill
and Hinckley / Magoun Neighborhoods

2:00 P.M.
Tour Leader: Edward W. Gordon, President, VSA/NE

Tour meets at the Winter Hill Congregational Church, 404 Broadway, at
the…


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School Committee meeting notes 10/23

Posted by at 6:15 pm on October 26, 2008

There was another Long Range Planning meeting for the School Committee Thursday night. I won’t have a lengthy report this time because they got a late start and didn’t have handouts to help me out. The reason for the late start was the meeting for School Committee members from throughout Massachusetts with Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester beforehand. We were allowed to sit in on a little of that while we waited, and it was a bit interesting.


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Notes from School Committee Long Range Planning Meeting

Posted by at 4:52 pm on September 27, 2008

Thursday night, amid the sounds of the stock market crashing down around us, there was an oasis of optimism in a most unusual place—a school committee meeting! The Committee was getting an overall update on progress toward our 5 long-term goals…


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A Strong Endorsement for Somerville High’s School Council

Posted by at 5:03 pm on August 28, 2008

There’s been a fascinating discussion among Yahoo group members of Somerville-4-Schools. It started with a new parent complaining about back-to-school communications being lacking in some respects, but lead to some encouraging words from parent Melissa McWhinney (see below), and finally this great endorsement of the School Council’s efforts at Somerville High by Joe Beckmann


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Free Movie at Dusk

Posted by at 10:36 am on July 1, 2008

July 10 The Lost Boys Seven Hills Park
July 17 Mean Girls…


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Host the Sunsetters

Posted by at 5:17 pm on June 26, 2008

The Sunsetters are a group of preteens and teenagers who sing and dance to Broadway tunes. Check them out at the fireworks celebration, June 26 at 6PM. Available dates are as follows…


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Sunsetters perform at Fireworks

Posted by at 4:53 pm on

The Sunsetters are a group of preteens and teenagers who sing and
dance to Broadway tunes. Check them out at the fireworks celebration, June 26 at 6PM.


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Family Fun Day, June 28

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Another of the city’s popular family events, Family Fun Day includes a variety of activities for residents of all ages. Obstacle courses, games, watermelon eating contests, dancing, and a dunk tank are only a few examples of the day’s events! Dunk the Mayor! Dunk your Alderman! Eat your weight in watermelon! Bring your children, your parents, and your friends.


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Somerville’s Sudip Peterson Invites You to Her Premiere

Posted by at 10:17 pm on June 1, 2008

I would like to invite you to the East Coast Theatrical Premiere of SOUR, which is screening with the upcoming Boston International Film Festival series mid-day on June 14th. Filmed in 2006 during the Second Lebanese War, SOUR presents a new look at the grassroots peace process begun by 9 young skaters from Israel and…


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Extended Learning Time/School Day

Posted by at 6:01 pm on April 28, 2008

It is one of our School Committee’s Long Range goals to consider extending the school day. There is a big push for this gathering on the state level as well, and schools are beginning to take advantage of grant money offered to give $1,300 per student for 300 hours of additional instruction/enrichment hours. I found…


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Find out about local poetry happenings

Posted by at 6:01 pm on April 10, 2008

Massachusetts Readings on Cervenabarvapress.com


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April 27 Walk to Prevent Homelessness

Posted by at 9:47 pm on April 9, 2008

Come one, Come all. On April 27 afternoon (1:30pm registration), the 5th Annual Walk to Prevent Homelessness in Somerville will again take off from the Somerville High School.…


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Auction to Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by at 5:59 pm on April 6, 2008

Thalia Tringo is looking for items for a silent auction at the Somerville Homeless Coalition fundraiser on April 26, 2008. Each auction item will have a value of $250 or higher, but some of them will be combined packages (e.g, a night-out-on-the-town item consisting of a gift certificate for $100 to a Boston restaurant and…


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Summer Camps for Somerville Kids

Posted by at 10:49 pm on April 1, 2008

Having toddlers kind of put the kibosh on my favorite summertime activity—reading at the beach. Still, when they would eventually exhaust themselves with swimming, shell collecting, and digging to China, we could stay on the beach a little longer if I pulled out some read-aloud material.…


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