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Carl Sciortino on ‘Greater Somerville’

Posted by at 11:29 am on March 8, 2013

Earlier this week on Greater Somerville, host Joe Lynch spoke with state Representative and candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Carl Sciortino. Sciortino spoke about his tenure in the Massachusetts House, his campaign for the Congress, the district he hopes to represent and the many agenda items he hopes to move forward.  Watch the episode…

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Who scans the scanners?

Posted by at 4:48 pm on January 18, 2013

In a span of 10 seconds, more than 30 cars pass a patrol vehicle stationed in Union Square. Without the officer inside lifting a finger, a system installed in her vehicle snaps pictures of each passing license plate and compares them against lists of w…

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Leveling Out

Posted by at 5:07 pm on December 29, 2012

Disability rights activist Eileen Feldman is fighting ‘a culture that wants to kill me.’ Somerville officials have called her tactics misleading and a stunt. Is either wrong?

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Green Line Construction Starts with Baby Step

Posted by at 9:00 am on December 12, 2012

More than 20 years after it was first proposed, preliminary work on the long awaited Green Line Extension will begin this month, Governor Deval Patrick announced Tuesday.

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Committee Holds on Reappointment of Once-Curtatone Critic

Posted by at 2:30 pm on December 10, 2012

On Oct. 24, the Board of Aldermen’s Confirmation of Appointment’s Committee met to approve Mayor Joe Curtatone’s appointments and reappointments to city commissions. Of the 48 commissioners that came to the committee, 47 were approved. Those 47 were then all confirmed by the Board of Aldermen the next night.

Barry Rafkind, a five-year member of the city’s Human Rights Commission, was the only commissioner held in committee and not approved immediately. Rafkind has been at odds with the mayor in the past, having frequently criticized the adequacy of the City’s transparency initiatives. Most recently, Feldman called into question City Hall’s criticism of the work of disability activist Eileen Feldman in a letter to the Somerville Journal last spring.

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POLL: Are You in Favor of the Proposed Beacon Street Cycle Track?

Posted by at 2:06 pm on December 6, 2012

After several community meetings, Somerville residents remain at odds over the proposed Beacon Street Reconstruction Project, a $4.5 million dollar plan to reconstruct Beacon Street between the Oxford and Washington Street intersections. Along with new…

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Election Night Coverage on ‘Greater Somerville’

Posted by at 2:00 pm on November 7, 2012

This week on “Greater Somerville,” co-hosts KyAnn Anderson and Joe Lynch discussed key election issues, their predictions and Somerville election day pride. Share this:

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ELECTION DAY POLL: How Did You Vote on Question 4?

Posted by at 2:42 pm on November 6, 2012

  With President Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren both projected to carry Somerville, tell us how you voted on the Somerville-specific Question 4, which asks whether the city should participate in the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Share this:

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Donations Indicate Somerville Overwhelmingly Backs Barack Obama

Posted by at 6:45 pm on October 30, 2012

Hardly a shocker, but President Barack Obama has out-fundraised former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by a very, very wide margin among Somerville residents.

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‘Greater Somerville’ Talks Upcoming Election with State Rep. Tim Toomey

Posted by at 10:51 am on October 24, 2012

This week, “Greater Somerville” host, Joe Lynch, sat down with 26th District State Representative Tim Toomey to talk about the upcoming election, the recent televised debate with his challengers, and why he deserves your vote in November. Share this:

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Are Somerville and the New England Revolution Playing Ball?

Posted by at 12:00 pm on October 17, 2012

Interviews with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Revolution President Brian Bilello, as well as reports from other media outlets, reveal that the Krafts and the City are talking about building a 20,000- to 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in As…

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POLL: What Do You Think of the Proposed Union Square Revitalization Plan?

Posted by at 8:44 am on October 9, 2012

The city’s Union Square Revitalization Plan proposes several major changes to the Union Square neighborhood, and if approved, will allow the city to take six parcels of land by eminent domain.   Share this:

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Somerville Residents, City Officials Discuss Union Square Revitalization at Public Hearing

Posted by at 12:19 pm on September 24, 2012

Little outright opposition was expressed to the city’s proposed Union Square redevelopment plan at a public hearing on the plan Sept. 19, though many Somerville residents urged city officials to tread lightly in implementing the long-range plan.

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POLL: Somerville’s Inspectional Services Department

Posted by at 8:29 am on August 14, 2012

Somerville has been without a fully-certified ISD head for years. Has that mattered?

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City’s Inspectional Services Head Nuzzo to Transfer to Capital Projects Department

Posted by at 8:37 am on August 8, 2012

City Hall announced yesterday that Edward Nuzzo, Somerville’s superintendent of inspectional services, would transfer to his former position as capital projects manager. Nuzzo had previously held the position from 1998 until 2010 before becoming the he…

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Assembling the Pieces

Posted by at 1:27 pm on July 27, 2012

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

What will the way forward bring?

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Two Squares. One Ward.

Posted by at 3:37 pm on July 13, 2012

A look at the opposite realties of transit-oriented development facing two Somerville neighborhoods.

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Somerville Schools Receive Additional $3 Million in FY13 Budget

Posted by at 1:22 pm on July 10, 2012

This year, Somerville’s education budget has expanded. The Board of Aldermen in late June awarded the School Department just over $3 million more for fiscal year 2013—which began July 1—than it did last year, bringing the allowance to approximate…

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Failing Inspection

Posted by at 10:49 am on June 4, 2012

Two people have served as head of Somerville’s Inspectional Services Department for nearly all of Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s eight-year administration. Neither has been able to achieve passing exam scores required to be fully certified for the position.

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East Somerville State Rep. Candidate Pledges ‘No Money’ Campaign

Posted by at 5:00 am on May 21, 2012

In what otherwise seems to be shaping up to be a snoozer of a state election year, East Somerville may see something resembling a state rep. race, or at least a one-of-a-kind campaign now that East Cambridge resident Mike Connolly is running.

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Officials Address Bicyclist Ticketing on ‘Greater Somerville’

Posted by at 11:11 am on May 18, 2012

Want to avoid a ticket during the Herring Run Bike Tour on Sunday? “Greater Somerville” has some tips.

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As More Bikes Take to Somerville Streets, City Increases Traffic Enforcement and Safety Education

Posted by at 8:06 am on April 30, 2012

With gas prices still flirting with $4 and Hubway bike share stations set to open in Somerville, the city’s roadways figure to host an even greater number of cyclists than usual. City Hall, in turn, has initiated its Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Cam…

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Somerville Getting Local by Growing Food in the City

Posted by at 10:59 am on April 24, 2012

City officials and farmers are teaming up to bring urban agriculture to Somerville.

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INTERACTIVE MAP: Mass. DOT Still Targeting 2018-19 for Green Line Despite MBTA Budget Woes

Posted by at 8:00 am on April 23, 2012

The state and the MBTA “are doing everything possible to hit targeted dates” for the opening of the Green Line Extension in the face of deep MBTA financial issues, a Mass. Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.

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Reader reactions: Should City prioritize local hiring?

Posted by at 10:19 am on April 18, 2012

In the voting, 89 percent said yes, the Mayor should prioritize local hiring.

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Registration Open for Shape Up Somerville Road Race

Posted by at 12:38 am on April 7, 2012

The City of Somerville invites you to sweat it out.

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Mayor Introduces ‘Somerville Sweeper’ Alert Service

Posted by at 4:00 am on April 2, 2012

Street sweeping begins today, and Mayor Joseph Curtatone has announced a new tool will help you avoid getting crafty with your tickets.

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Still waiting…

Posted by at 10:33 am on March 23, 2012

Almost six years after the city made its initial push to attract life science businesses, the industry has seen little growth in Somerville. Can we expect it soon?

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