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Posted by a 12:09 pm on September 25, 2014

September 23, 2014 – Go Somervilleans to the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, learn the latest on the Aldermen’s campaign finance reform law, on a new proposed ordinance that’s already leading landlords to evict…


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Help Set the Direction of Anti-Poverty Work for Somerville

Posted by a 9:26 pm on July 14, 2014

Do you want to help set the direction for Somerville’s anti-poverty agency? The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking candidates for its Board elections, coming up in September.
“We’re at a critical time…


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An open letter on zoning from the Somerville Arts Council advisory board

Posted by a 11:26 am on July 8, 2014

Mayor Curtatone, esteemed Alders, and members of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development,


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2013 SCATV Program Highlights!

Posted by a 8:13 am on May 1, 2014

Excerpts from Somerville Community Access TV programs that aired between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. This video is divided into 3 categories: Arts & Culture, Youth and Community Information. SCATV


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Somerville Neighborhood News Eps. 12

Posted by a 9:58 am on April 10, 2014

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April 8, 2014 – Attend the Deanna Cremin memorial and hear from her sister, learn how Somerville is fighting against the overdose epidemic, visit the Irish Film Festival, learn about air pollution near Route…


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This Is East Cultural Block Parties

Posted by a 10:30 am on March 11, 2014

Recently, we sat down with Jenn Bliss, the coordinator for the cultural block party aspect of a larger scale project titled This Is East.  The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a community placemaking project that aims to both celebrate the cultural assets of East Somerville and increase the vibrancy of our public spaces through public events, workshops and public art projects that capture the stories of East Somerville residents. We asked Jenn a few questions to get some more specific information about how This Is East will be truly beneficial to the community.
                                                                                   

                                                                                                   Jenn Bliss working for ESMS
East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS): So Jenn, in your words, what exactly is This Is East?
Jenn Bliss (JB): [This Is East is] a series of block parties every third Thursday of the month beginning in April going through October. The mission is to bring neighbors together and share different cultural perspectives in a warm and inviting environment. Through the block parties we hope to unearth the voices that make up the fabric of East Somerville, and also have a blast while doing it! The block parties will incorporate local cultural traditions through music, dance, food, art and personal stories.

ESMS: Why are you excited to be working on this project and why should other people be excited?

JB: Because I’ve been working in East Somerville for five years now as a cultural events coordinator. […] And while [the neighborhood] is rapidly changing, it’s at the dawn of a new era. With the physical landscape changing as we speak, and so many other changes going on underneath the surface. But I’m excited because this is an opportunity to create a new feeling of community while preserving the vibrancy that is East Somerville.

ESMS: I know you work with East Somerville Main Streets each year to help organize ‘Carnaval’, how do you think This Is East builds off the success of that event?

JB: Truth be told I think nobody expected Carnaval in East Somerville to succeed. Through constant perseverance a skeleton crew of about five very dedicated people and a community that was willing to take a chance on a brand new experience, we have proven to Somerville that East is where it’s at. That being said, Canraval is just one day a year for four hours. The time is very limited and condensed, with the block parties we can highlight certain aspects of the Carnaval and give them more space and room to play! We hope to have performances and/or workshops by several of the participants (i.e. Prospect Hill Academy Step Team, Marcus Santos Afro-Brazil, El Sistema Somerville, On Stage Dance…..the list goes on and on)

ESMS: What impact do you think this will have on the neighborhood?

JB: Hopefully as the block parties evolve, more and more of the community will recognize this as an opportunity to gather together and share food, dance, and celebrate East Somerville. My hope is that the community feels safer, connected to their roots and curious about each other.

An image from our Carnaval festival

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St. Patrick’s Day in East Somerville

Posted by a 12:52 pm on March 10, 2014

       St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that has been celebrated for many years. The holiday has its roots in Catholicism, but over the years has become more of a cultural phenomenon celebrated by many different walks of life. One asp…


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Community Preservation Act

Posted by a 10:16 am on February 27, 2014

     In November of 2012, the Somerville voters passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by an astonishing margin of 76%. By approving a 1.5% property tax surcharge, a new funding source for affordable housing, historic preservation a…


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Somerville Neighborhood News Screening 2/25 at 7pm

Posted by a 9:23 pm on February 24, 2014

Greetings–my name is Erica Jones and I work at Somerville Community Access TV. Below you will find some  upcoming community events that will hopefully enlighten, inspire, engage and help foster a stronger sense of community

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Net Neutrality & Internet Access Panel @ Tufts

Posted by a 10:35 am on February 20, 2014

Do you know about Net Neutrality and do you care about the Future of Internet Access?

 
What does the future hold for Open

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Neighbor of the Month: Kat Kaminski

Posted by a 9:46 am on February 14, 2014

   

East Somerville Main Streets thanks Kat Kaminski for Four Years of Service

     For Kat Kaminski, 2014 marks the end of a period of four years of great involvement and work on the Board of Directors of East Somerville Main Streets. Since 2010 Kat Kaminski has been diligently involved with the Board and its active role with East Somerville Main Streets. A resident of Somerville since 2000, and an employee of local Triumverate Environmental since 2004 Kat found herself seeking a way to become more involved in a community that she had been a part of for ten years. It was through her employment with Triumverate that led Kat to find out about and decide to take the position on the ESMS Board of Directors – a position which heavily involved her in the community and led her to become president of the Board of Directors. Her position on the Board of Directors is something she looks upon fondly and one enjoyed greatly; however, Kat has decided it is time for her to step down. Her departure from the Board is something she sees as a positive change and a chance to see what the talented members of the Board can do in her absence. ‘I’m excited to see where the organization is headed. And I’m excited to see it in such capable hands. There’s lots of talent and enthusiasm on the board.’

     For Kat, her time with ESMS has been highlighted by getting to know all the great businesses and their owners that the neighborhood has to offer. When asked what her favorite of these was, she said she couldn’t pick one because there are far too many to choose – a statement that speaks volumes to how much Kat has come to love the East Somerville neighborhood. When asked to comment about Kat’s role on the Board, ESMS Executive Director Carrie Dancy had only positive words to say: ‘Kat has been the biggest cheerleader possible for East Somerville Main Streets.  She has reached out to and involved countless new volunteers, board members and committee members through her contagious commitment and enthusiasm.  While she is stepping down as president, she is leaving a ripple of leadership and excitement behind her.’   Although she will be missed from the Board, she has left behind a model of leadership for all other Board Members to follow. 


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Some ‘Ting Nice: A True Caribbean Experience

Posted by a 9:42 am on

     Susan and Michael Puckerin are no strangers to the East Somerville neighborhood. Susan has owned Curlz & Cutz Unisex Salon for ten years, and has truly experienced how diverse the neighborhood of East Somerville truly is. As the Puckerins experienced the beauty and diversity of the East Somerville neighborhood, they realized they wanted to leave their own mark on the community. It was through this realization that led them to open Some ‘Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant – which (much like how the East Somerville neighborhood is a celebration of the diversity of people) is a celebration of the diversity and flavor of Caribbean food, and according to the Puckerins is “something that was needed”.

     In framing the context of this restaurant, it is important to note that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice aren’t just selling food, they’re “selling the Caribbean experience.” Across the Caribbean region you may have ten or so dishes all with different names; however when you put them side-by-side they turn out to all be the same dish. It is because of this that Some ‘Ting Nice has tried to consolidate these dishes and create a multi-Caribbean affair that encompasses all aspects of Caribbean cuisine and the “multi-cultural diaspora” that is the Caribbean. In creating their dishes, the Puckerins and their staff use recipes that have been handed down through generations, recipes with a beautiful backstory akin to that of East Somerville. When someone sits down at a table at Some ‘Ting Nice, they aren’t just sitting down to eat food – they’re sitting down to experience the history behind every dish they get. It is for this reason that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice don’t hold back in their cooking style. They give you the pepper, they give you the flavor, and they give you the true Caribbean experience.

Pictured Above: Reggae Chicken Platter with Roasted Eggplant and White Rice
(photo courtesy of yelp.com)

     It is the Puckerin’s goal to have people leave their restaurant with the impression “oh my god, that is so good” and to have truly experienced the history of the Caribbean. Some ‘Ting Nice encapsulates the diversity and vibrancy present throughout the East Somerville neighborhood while also allowing patrons to have a unique experience each time they sit down for a meal. It is a restaurant to be experienced and enjoyed, and an excellent addition to the East Somerville neighborhood.


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Somerville Public Library’s StoryCorps Kickoff Weekend

Posted by a 8:50 am on February 3, 2014

Share your story at the Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue (near City Hall) during the weekend of February 8 – 9, 2014- and be recorded by #StoryCorps!


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

Posted by a 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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Potluck & Lecture at SCATV on Media Financing & Distribution

Posted by a 10:20 pm on December 9, 2013

Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV) is hosting its 3rd Potluck & Media Lecture Series, our featured guests are the founders of Filmmakers Collaborative. FC is coming to SCATV as part of our Potluck and Lecture Series on Tuesday, December 10 from 7 to 9 pm at 90 Union Square.

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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by 6 Local Elected Officials, 8 Organizations and Unions

Posted by a 4:39 pm on October 20, 2013

Mark Niedergang announced today that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman.  Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.…


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Join the Somerville Neighborhood News Team

Posted by a 2:27 pm on September 24, 2013

SCATV is launching a new, bi-weekly TV news program for Channel 3 in October. People interested in being reporters or anchors for the program should come to an information session at SCATV, 90 Union Square…


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It’s Tuesday Calendar of Events

Posted by a 1:30 pm on May 7, 2013

It’s TUESDAY! In East SomervilleMay 7 Workshop/ Concert with El Sistema            at East Somerville Community School 4pm-5:30         Pupusa jam after party at Maya Sol 5:30-7:30May 14&…


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Neighbor of the Month: Dana Iacopucci

Posted by a 11:25 am on April 23, 2013

ESMS is proud to announce Dana Iacopucci, ESMS Board Member and life-long East Somervillian, as our new neighbor of the month. Moving from long term volunteer to a leader on the Board of Directors, Dana demonstrates just how much one person can contribute to their neighborhood.


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Neighbor of the Month

Posted by a 9:59 am on March 18, 2013

Alan Cheng at Lotus Xpress

ESMS is excited to announce Alan Chen as our March neighbor of the month.  As manager of the new Chinese and Japanese inspired eatery on Broadway, Lotus Xpress, he is a fresh face to the community, but has long felt right at home.

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3/6: Bad Attitude and Bluegrass @ Rosebud

Posted by a 10:45 pm on March 4, 2013

This is not your grandmother’s literary event.

On Wednesday March 6, from 6 to 8pm, nonfiction writers Ethan Gilsdorf and Steve Macone and poets Janet Wondra and Ava Leavell Haymon perform their work and deliver a heathy dose of “bad attitude” — from the playful, irreverent, and transgressive to just plain bad-tempered work.…


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Mark Niedergang’s Campaign Kickoff on March 3

Posted by a 4:33 pm on February 22, 2013

The Committee to Elect Mark Niedergang invites you to enjoy delicious free food from Redbones, Taco Loco, and Gauchão , fun entertainment, good company, and provocative discussion at a party and fundraiser to kick off Mark’s campaign for Ward 5 Alderman. Alex the Jester will entertain. State Representative Carl Sciortino (Somerville/Medford) will speak.


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Complete Street series details

Posted by a 11:33 am on February 14, 2013



The latest initiative of Somerville by Design is the Complete Street series. To achieve the SomerVision Comprehensive Plan goals, and to compliment the Green Line station area plans were put into action by the recent Somerville by Design meetings. The focus will now on our streets. 

Complete Streets design includes both an emphasis on encouraging sustainable modes like walking and biking as well as increased safety and efficiency for all users.  The series will feature livable transportation expert Ian Lockwood who will discuss how complete streets work and why they are a vital to Somerville’s future as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore options and provide input, which will range from spot improvements to larger scale network visioning.


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East Broadway renovations

Posted by a 2:19 pm on January 30, 2013

East Broadway is transforming right before our eyes. Check out the gallery of pics and the changes that are underway. From next door to East Somerville Main Streets office to further down next to Fasika restaurant, lots of renovations and construc…


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Streetscape Updates

Posted by a 3:41 pm on January 28, 2013

Updates1. Sub surface Sewer Main Instalation1600 drain line1300 1600 feet of sewer pipe lining 2. Removal of Sidewalks3. Installation of tight & Conduit basescompletion in “work zones”100-200 ft work zones3 week look aheadAs a result resi…


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Meet ESMS new Project Assistants

Posted by a 11:33 am on

Lauren VachonHello! My name is Lauren Vachon and I am one of the new Project Assistants here at East Somerville Main Streets. I have moved around throughout my life and now call the Back Bay my home. I recently just got back from Sevilla, Spain wh…


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Neighbor of the month

Posted by a 11:16 am on

ESMS is proud to announce Bill Riochette as our new neighbor of the month. If you attend community meetings, you don’t have to look too far to find Bill. Bill embodies a resident invested in his community, and Bill has taken it one step further. When trying to get creative about how to raise funds for the Boston Marathon, he of course figured out how to tie in East Broadway and East Somerville.

If there’s one thing that is evident when conversing with Bill, it is that he is a proud Somervillian. Having lived in Somerville for 15 years and East Somerville for 8, he is passionate about the community’s progress and recent transformation. He is also a strong supporter of East Somerville Main Streets and their initiative to help foster positive changes within East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District.

When asked about why he enjoyed living in East Somerville, Bill explained it’s because it reflects the values he identifies with; such as affordability and East Somerville exemplifying a big, little city that has a friendly neighborhood vibe. He also appreciates the unique culture and authenticity that exists within the community.

Whether it’s attending meetings or actively participating in a Somerville interest group, Bill genuinely cares about his community, so much in fact he was inspired to create a one-of-a-kind poster featuring special attributes from East Somerville.

This inspiration was fueled by his decision to compete in his very first Boston Marathon this upcoming April, and his efforts to raise money on behalf of the Boston Health Center for the Homeless, as he believes that what they do for the greater homeless population of Boston is both impressive and admirable. 

His goal is to raise five thousand dollars. To help him accomplish this he has creatively designed a poster that is a reflection of the East Somerville community. It is available to be purchased for a minimum donation of 25.00 by including the word “poster” and a mailing address in the comment section on his personal fundraising page.

During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his two rescue dogs and visiting the local parks within East Somerville.

ESMS would like to extend their well wishes to Bill in accomplishing his goal for such an incredible cause and would like to thank him for the support and pride he’s shown in East Somerville. Best of Luck!


Click here for more info and to show your support!


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

Posted by a 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 a 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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2012 Accomplishments

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East Somerville Main Streets 

Accomplishments

Please donate any amount today to ensure the continuation of ESMS’ work into 2013 and beyond!

Business District Branding:  With the help of 60+ residents, city officials, community leaders and business owners, ESMS created a long term vision and brand for the East Broadway Business District.  To support this vision, the steering committee chose a brand logo (left) and tag line, “think outside the square,” that will help realign outdated perceptions of the East Broadway Business District with the positive reality of the area.


First Tuesdays:  ESMS brought the community a series of events including everything from an Ice Cream Social to a kite making workshop!  This year’s partners were Maya Sol, Louie’s Ice Cream, Vinny’s, Casey’s and Fasika!

East Broadway Foodie Crawl: On September 25th, over 700 participants attended the second annual Foodie Crawl to “eat outside the square.”  They explored the flavors of East Broadway in bite sized portions at 14+ restaurants while watching live music and magic shows. 

Carnaval @ SomerStreets: On June 3rd, ESMS partnered with the City of Somerville to bring you Carnaval @ SomerStreets, an event celebrating local culture and healthy lifestyles.  Over 5,000 people came to enjoy this event.

East Somerville Map: Over 5,000 maps of the neighborhood, which were designed by ESMS, have been distributed to the surrounding community.  This map highlight’s East Somerville’s assets, and is easy to use, allowing neighbors and visitors to get to know the area better.  The creation of this map was made possible by the support of many local businesses, whose information can be found on the map.

Other Accomplishments: s Two for Tuesdays, East Somerville Historic Walking Tour, Patriot’s Day Celebrations, East Somerville Neighborhood Clean up.

East Broadway Business District 

Accomplishments

Chuckie Harris Park: The City’s construction of Somerville’s newest and most innovative park is not underway on Cross Street East!  The park includes a community garden, water features, and a space to show outdoor films!

East Broadway Streetscape Redesign: Somerville’s Boldest Streetscape redesign project to date promises vibrant street life by increasing sidewalks by up to 8 feet on each side and creating large bump outs that provide space for community events. 

Assembly Square Redevelopment & Gateway Linkages:  East Somerville’s neighboring Assembly Square has broken ground.  Once complete the project will present a huge number of easily accessible resources for East Somerville residents. 

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Pizza + Bowling Benefit Night @ Flatbread! (TUE 11/20)

Posted by a 8:41 pm on November 7, 2012

Please join theMOVE (GetOutMA.org) out on Tuesday 11/20 for an incredible night of ridiculously-delicious (and locally/responsibly-sourced) pizza and candlepin bowling.…


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CCPD Board Votes to Oppose Assisted Suicide Ballot Question

Posted by a 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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“Somerville stock exchange” community art project update

Posted by a 9:28 am on October 3, 2012

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give an update on my year-long community art project, “The Somerville Stock Exchange,” which just reached its six-month mark. Thought you might be interested…


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HONK! Festival 2012: with 34 activist street bands — Oct. 4-8

Posted by a 7:15 pm on September 30, 2012

7th Annual HONK! Festival 2012 www.HonkFest.org … events based in and near Davis Square, Somerville and Harvard Square, Cambridge. This year featuring the following bands:


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Edge of the City Bike Tour – Saturday, October 13

Posted by a 4:19 pm on September 26, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, the Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead the 20th annual Tour de Somerville.

This year’s theme is “Edge of the City”. We’ll ride as close as possible to the Somerville city…


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Help Elect CAAS Board, October 1-5

Posted by a 5:30 pm on September 21, 2012

Are you a low-income resident of Somerville, or a Head Start parent in Somerville or Cambridge?  Starting October 1, you can help elect the Board

of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency.…


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Jonathan Kozol talk at Memorial Church Sept. 19

Posted by a 12:07 pm on September 13, 2012

Jonathan Kozol has spent many years in schools that serve children of poverty, writing a series of powerful books that began with Death At An Early Age about his experiences as a Boston teacher…


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

Posted by a 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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Non-profit leader Sue Heilman Named CEO of The Family Center

Posted by a 10:52 pm on July 24, 2012

The Family Center, a 30-year-old non-profit agency in Union Square that serves at-risk families in the Greater Boston area, appointed non-profit leader Sue Heilman as its new Chief Executive Officer.


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SCATV Wins National Awards!

Posted by a 5:19 pm on July 8, 2012

Somerville Community Access Television won two awards in the 2012 Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Video Contest. The awards were for Overall Excellence and for “The Somerville Alderman Debate” at the Somerville Theatre. The Alliance…


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Remaining Spots for Scholars in Somerville CDF Freedom School Program This Summer

Posted by a 4:53 pm on June 13, 2012

Remaining Spots for Scholars in Somerville CDF Freedom School Program This Summer

Scholars completing kindergarten through eighth grade will learn to make a difference through reading this summer at no charge to parents.


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Why should you visit East Broadway on Tuesday?

Posted by a 9:00 am on June 4, 2012

Two for One specials that are delicious and good for your wallet!! Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! Tuesday Nights are gaining momentum as the night to visit East Some…


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Walk, Run or Ride Down East Broadway–Carnaval@SomerStreets

Posted by a 1:39 pm on May 30, 2012

Summer is coming and we’re bringing CARNAVAL to the Somerville Streets!Walk, run, dance, bike or skate down to East Broadway in Somerville to get your groove on at the only multicultural loco-motion fest!!!There’s so much motion, we have to close the s…


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Bed Bug Experts to Address CAAS Summit, June 15th

Posted by a 4:40 pm on May 29, 2012

 

Are you itching for information about how to avoid bed bugs?  Bed bug experts from Somerville and around New England will address a Bed Bug Summit, June 15th, sponsored by the Community Action…


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Cash Mobs: When Getting Mobbed’s a Good Thing

Posted by a 12:47 pm on May 14, 2012

With the ability to mobilize a community in a matter of hours, Cash Mobs are reviving local communities one “attack” at a time. Everyone has heard of the flash mobs, seemingly spontaneous gatherings of people breaking into song to make a statement. Cash mobs take on the same appearance but rather than breaking into song they break out their wallets. They have their own statement to make: Local business are an important part of the community and their value cannot be underestimated. “Mobsters” flock to a business, wallets in hand, to support the local economy and prove that a little given by many can change the world.  
The best part is you don’t have to look far to hear success stories. According to the Boston Globe in the past year Cash Mobs have hit business districts in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lowelland Malden and the trend continues to grow. The concept is simple: the community selects a business and encourages everyone they know to spend between $5 and $20 within a few hours.
You may be thinking: How can $5 do anything for a business? Well just listen to the recipient of the most recent Boston based Cash Mob, The Cannoli Guy Café. The Maldenbased restaurant was “mobbed” on Friday March 30th. By the end of the day he had sold over 400 of his delicious pastries, more than he would typically sell in full work week. To a small business owner the impact of these sales can go a long way into reinvigorating a business (Boston Globe).
This is just one local example of a movement that has swept the nation. The movement has even sparked a National Cash Mob Day (the final Saturday in March). This year every state was represented in the movement. For a typical mobs are announced with as little as 24 hours warning and yet the call to action is so simple that hundreds of people are known to participate in established cities. Cash mobs are fantastic ways to build community connections and perhaps  even discover new favorite businesses.
Interested in learning more?  
There are plenty of resources out there for forming your own Cash Mob.

For starters check out this interesting article in the Boston Globe or the National Cash Mob blog

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Share a Laugh Comedy Benefit with Wendy Liebman & Friends

Posted by a 1:57 pm on May 9, 2012

Tomorrow night, Thursday, there will be a great comedy show at the Somerville Theater to raise money for over 30 fabulous local social justice organizations.


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FREE Bed Bug Summit

Posted by a 2:24 pm on May 4, 2012

PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF SOMERVILLE (CAAS), WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE

Come learn about the growing bed bug issues in and around Somerville, and what we


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East Broadway Presents: Two for Tuesdays

Posted by a 9:15 am on April 20, 2012

Take a walk, grab a bite and explore East Somerville every Tuesday Night!

Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! As Tuesday Night’s gain momentum as the night to visit East Somerville, the Two for Tuesday promotion continues to grow. Now with 13 participating restaurants you’ll never be bored. Take a stroll down East Broadway and try someplace new or cozy up in an old favorite. Look for the Two for Tuesdays poster in the window of all participating businesses and stop in to enjoy an authentic and affordable Two For One special!! Just ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside and enjoy!

Every Tuesday Night in East Broadway is a Two for Tuesdays Night!

Current Participating Restaurants Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork Chops or Baked Scrod

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas ( any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas and Burritos $9.99

Vinny’s Ristorante (76 Broadway): Eggplant Parm

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Blanca’s Bakery (85 Broadway): Cookies

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Broadway Steakhouse (129 Broadway): Buffet

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Tacos (Chicken Only)

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Appetizers

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Patsy’s (182 Broadway): Select pastries

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative of its kind. Organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District it is a collaborative promotion designed to showcase the vibrant atmosphere of the community. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!

4pm until closing, eat-in only.



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Run for Recess Benefit Night at Flatbread

Posted by a 12:13 pm on April 13, 2012

The success of this event will allow our amazing coaches to continue to maximize recess, accelerate learning and promote healthy living for 14,000 kids in 32 low-income schools every day!


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

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

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

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Map of Obscure Somerville-area stairways, ramps, paths, and shortcuts

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Two years ago, I began making a Google Map of obscure stairways, ramps, paths, and shortcuts in and near Somerville. Since Google Map URLs are quite long, I gave this map a shorter one that’s easy to remember:

http://TinyURL.com/ObscureSomerville


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Celebrate Holy Week at Christ Episcopal Church

Posted by a 3:36 pm on April 4, 2012

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Somerville! Christ Church welcomes and nurtures every individual who comes through its doors, and has recently affirmed this long-held commitment by registering as a “Believe Out Loud” parish…


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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 8:45 am on April 2, 2012

The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here. Visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!


“Feliz Páscoa!” – Happy Easter! It’s that time of year, and our next undiscovered dessert takes us on a chocolatey Easter Adventure through East Somerville’s local Brazilian grocery stores to learn why there is a “vineyard” of eggs growing from the ceiling, and what the connection is to Italy

An internationally understood sign of Easter, Eggs take on many variations in different cultures across the globe. While we are familiar with Easter egg decorating and hunts, Brazilian traditions demand eggs that are neither plastic nor quite so small! Imagine an entirely chocolate egg standing from 5-10” tall – and filled with treats!

In the weeks leading up to Easter, Brazilian supermarkets and bakeries get decked out for the holiday with countless of these bright foil wrapped delights hanging from the ceiling. Even before you unwrap the chocolates, these eggs are a treat. Wrapped in cellophane patterned with soccer players, television shows, movie stars, or the brand of candy, these Eggs are carefully chosen for family members and friends.

Egg sizes range from mini eggs to giant ones, roughly the size of a small child! Dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate, Nestle or Kopenhagen, the choices are endless! Crack the hollow eggs open and you never know what you might find! More candy or small toys are often the fillings most desired by children.

The tradition of chocolate Easter Eggs in Brazil dates back to 1922 when Italians arrived in the country bringing chocolate eggs with them, but what makes Brazil special is their unique displays: the vineyard. These raised lattices allow shop keepers to hang the eggs from the ceilings of their shops and create a tunnel of bright colored eggs.

This is a tradition found through both Europe and Latin American countries, but each has there own twist on the treat.

Fun Fact!

Brazil is second only to the UK as the largest consumer of these holiday sweets

These delicious eggs are a fun (and tasty) way to bring a new Easter Tradition to your family. Take a stroll down East Broadway to pick out your Egg!


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Did You Know? A Creative Way to Rethink Local

Posted by a 1:17 pm on March 21, 2012

Did you know that there is more than one legal currency in the United States? Inspired by the think local trend reshaping the way Americans think about local businesses, communities across six states have begun to circulate their own local currencies t…


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April 11 forum: “First they Came for the Immigrants…”

Posted by a 9:18 pm on March 20, 2012

In the aftermath of Sept 11, there have been dramatic and chilling changes in government practices toward immigrant communities. These changes have extended to surveillance of those expressing dissent or protesting US policies, and beyond. This forum will include testimonies from people whose rights have been jeopardized by the Homeland Security Surveillance State. It will also provide an overview of policy changes that are eroding basic constitutional rights, and the implications for us all.


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3/31 Duhamel Education Initiative 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Posted by a 10:06 am on March 16, 2012

The Annual Pancake Breakfast is a great way to see old friends and meet the DEI supporters, as well as financially support the work of drop-out-prevention programs in the Somerville Public Schools. (3/31 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church, 89 College Avenue)


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One if By Land, Two if By Sea: Celebrate the Historic Ride of Paul Revere

Posted by a 9:52 am on March 12, 2012

East Somerville Main Streets and the City of Somerville are looking for volunteers to help celebrate one of the most historically significant events in East Somerville, the 237th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s inspiring Midnight Ride. The city is looking for volunteers to help facilitate activities and distribute refreshments on April 16th at the City of Somerville’s Annual Patriots Day Celebration.

On the historic night of April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere raced from Boston through modern day East Somerville and onto Lexington and Concord, bringing warning of the attacking British army to the militia men, including Sam Adams and John Hancock. His decisive ride gave the militia men enough warning to stand against the British and launch the American Revolution.

The City of Somerville’s Annual Patriots Day Celebration is hosted this year at FossPark from 10-11:30am, rain or shine, and volunteers are needed from 9:15-Noon. Volunteers will help residents learn about life in the late 1700s by leading Colonial era games, serving refreshments, and distributing and stamping Colonial Passports. To set the scene, all volunteers will dress in Colonial era clothing, and the city has clothing to lend and tips for what to wear of your own. Volunteers will also learn games to lead including hop scotch, cat’s cradle, hoop rolling and ring toss.

Whether you are interested in volunteering ( ESMS will be there) or enjoying the games and welcoming Paul Revere as he rides into Somerville, be sure to check this out!

For more information contact Executive Director Brandon Wilson at bwilson@somerville.ma.gov


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Volunteers Needed for Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

Posted by a 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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3/17 Somerville Little League In-Person Registration and Tryouts

Posted by a 5:17 pm on March 10, 2012

2012 online Registration is now open, Register today at SomervilleLittleLeague.org


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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 2:37 pm on March 5, 2012

The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here. Visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!

There are plenty of reasons to love March: the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and our next undiscovered dessert, St. Joseph’s Zeppole, a delicious treat only available a few weeks a year.

Hailing from Italy, but enjoyed across the world, this delectable Italian pastry is a combination of fried dough with a creamy custard filling topped with powered sugar and fortunately, (for our wallets and perhaps pants size), only available for a few weeks surrounding March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day.

Family owned Patsy’s Pastries, as one of the few bakeries in Somerville that make Zeppole, is one of East Broadway’s busiest shops in March. Customers come from all over to try Patsy’s Zeppole, and in fact much like trying to get a Thanksgiving Pie at Patsy’s, if you go on March 18th, be prepared to wait in line while salivating and hungrily peering through their glass cases.

St. Joseph’s day is an Italian National holiday and also Catholic holiday in honor of St. Joseph, the protector of families. Its origins stems back to Sicily where it is believed that St. Joseph saved the people from a drought in the Middle Ages. A proper Italian St. Joseph’s Day celebration is not complete without 2 or 3 of these delectable pastries to finish off an evening of feasting.

Whether you have grown up eating Zeppole or are just learning about this delicious dessert it is well worth your time to travel over to Patsy’s (182 Broadway) and try them out!

Keep your eyes open for our final dessert, Brazilian Easter Eggs!


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Are City’s Senior Centers Fully Accessible?

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The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…


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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 9:42 am on February 22, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here!Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!!This Week Meet: Nancy Bacci…


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Celebrate Tuesday Nights in East Somerville!

Posted by a 10:06 am on February 21, 2012

Tuesday night is the night to get out, explore East Broadway and enjoy Two for Tuesdays specials all year in East Somerville!

Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! With so many great places to dine, you’ll never be bored. Take a stroll down East Broadway and try someplace new or cozy up in an old favorite. Look for the Two for Tuesdays poster in the window of all participating businesses and stop in to enjoy an authentic and affordable Two For One special!! Just ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside and enjoy!

Current Specials Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork chops or Baked schrod with salad, potato & vegetable (2 for $20.99)

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas (any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas, and burritos for $9.99 and pupusas for $1 each

Vinny’s Ristorante (76 Broadway): Eggplant Parm

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Tortas

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Appetizers

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative of its kind. Organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District it is a collaborative promotion designed to showcase the vibrant atmosphere of the community. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!

4pm until closing, eat-in only.


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Creative, Sustainable, TEDxSomerville

Posted by a 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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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 11:10 am on February 15, 2012

Recently spurred on by an advertisement in the window of Restaurante Montecristo that featured “Atol de Elote,” we struck out to find out more about what this delicious central american treat might be! The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here, visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!

Atol de Elote dons from El Salvador, where much of the cuisine finds its roots in Mayan and Spanish foods. Salvadoran food is often rich in local produce such as corn, beans, squash and tomatoes, with the most popular being pupusas, hand made corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, meats or vegetables (if you haven’t relished a pupusa, we’d highly recommend it, as these wonderful little stuffed tortilla can make anyone’s day!).

There are other less talked about but equally tasty ways the Salavadorans have learned to use corn, and that’s where we come to Atol de Elote, which turns out to be a delicious dessert drink. Atols are a type of thick drink, rooted in Mayan culture, that are often eaten with a spoon! Atols can featured any ingredient, not just Elote( orn), but while there are many variations on this tasty treat Atol de Elote is among the most popular. Served hot, it is a mixture of white and yellow corn, sugar, corn starch and cinnamon.

Traditionally Atol de Elote is served in handmade bowls carved by local artisans. Practiced Latin American artists are able to complete an entire bowl in just a few minutes. While these homemade bowls are not as popular in America, the drink is still as tasty.

There are multiple El Salvadorian restaurants in East Somerville and I highly recommend you test out this delicious treat.

As a follow up on this post we will be researching the story behind the giant Brazilian Easter Eggs, as well as zeppole, a traditional dessert made just for St. Joseph’s Day — and why you shouldn’t go to Patsy’s Pastry on March 19thunless you want zeppole!


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Two for Tuesdays Sweetens Up Valentines Day!

Posted by a 9:41 am on February 14, 2012

Feeling bad about not having a date this Valentine’s Day? Two for Tuesdays can sweeten up this Tuesday night! Tuesday night means Two for One specials all year in East Somerville!

Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! With so many great places to dine, you’ll never be bored. Try someplace new or cozy up in an old favorite. Keep your eyes open for the special heart shaped balloons at all participating business and stop in to enjoy authentic and affordable Two For One specials!! All you have to do is ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside. Available 4pm until closing, eat-in only.

Tonight’s Specials Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork chops or Baked schrod with salad, potato & vegetable (2 for $20.99)

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas (any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas, and burritos for $9.99 and pupusas for $1 each

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Tortas

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Appetizers

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!


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Dance Against Poverty, March 3, at Temple B’nai Brith

Posted by a 5:47 pm on February 8, 2012

Put on your dancing shoes for a good cause.  The Social Action Committee of Temple B’nai Brith invites you to a Benefit Dance for the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), Saturday, March 3…


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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 12:29 pm on

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here!

Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!

This Week Meet: Eden Dutcher Co-Owner of Groundview Designs and Designer of the new Harris Park

· How long have you been a part of the East Somerville community?

In 2002, my husband and I relocated to

Teele Square

in Somerville from San Francisco. When our family started to expand we were looking for the right neighborhood to raise our children. We made the right decision to move to East Somerville in 2008.

· What’s happening in East Somerville or on East Broadway that you’re excited about?

The vibe! Its fresh, its real & all the capital improvement projects happening in the next few years are going to make it sing.

· Favorite East Somerville eats (restaurants, favorite dishes…)?

So many favorites! Top 5:

Pupusas from Maya Sol

Bruschetta from Vinny’s

Tacos from Taco Loco

Sfagliatele from Patsy’s

any cut of meat from Tony’s Foodland to take home for the grill

· Why is East Somerville a great place to live?

We were instantly welcomed by our multi-generational/cultural neighbors when we moved to East Somerville. There is a real sense of community that extends from the block where we live, to the parks we visit everyday, to the businesses we frequent on East Broadway, to the East Branch Library where we love to check out the reading recommendations of the awesome staff.



Interested in finding out more about the next steps to the new Harris Park?

Check out these awesome fly-throughs of the designs:

Mountain Design

Forest Design

or find explanations of the designs HERE

Also be sure to stop by the final public meeting on Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30pm at the Senior Center on the corner of Cross St. and Broadway. At the meeting the finalized design plans will be revealed!




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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 11:14 am on February 1, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here! Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!!

This Week Meet: Laura Vivenzio



· How long have you been a part of the East Somerville community?

I have been a resident of East Somerville for eight years. I’ve been a member of ESMS since 2007 and enjoy volunteering with them.

· What’s happening in East Somerville or on East Broadway that you’re excited about?

The opening of the newly-renovated Mudflat building has been one of the great success stories of the neighborhood. Work is happening in earnest at the site of the new East Somerville Community School, and also, late-breaking news of a new restaurant called La Brasa coming to East Broadway is very exciting!


· Favorite East Somerville eats (restaurants, favorite dishes…)?

I think I’ve eaten at most places in East Somerville…the food is fantastic! There’s a wide variety of cuisines and establishments to choose from. The Sambosa at Fasika Ethiopian restaurant is delicious, as is Taco Loco’s perfect chicken burrito, the antipasti bar over at Vinny’s at Night, and you just cannot go wrong with the popovers from the Mt. Vernon.

· Why is East Somerville a great place to live?

The ethnic diversity and multicultural population are my main reasons for loving East Somerville as a place to live. Also, its close proximity to downtown Boston is certainly a plus!


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Enjoy two East Broadway eats for the price of one!!

Posted by a 10:16 am on January 31, 2012

It’s Tuesday!! and that means another exciting opportunity for Two for One Eats in the East Broadway Business District!!

Tuesdays are the day to get out and explore the authentic tastes of the East Broadway Business District!! With only seven weeks left of the Two for Tuesday promotion, now is the prefect time to bring a friend and discover a new restaurant or spend an evening at an old favorite! Stop by at any of the participating businesses, marked by a Two for Tuesdays poster, and enjoy TWO authentic and affordable specials for the price of ONE!! All you have to do is ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside. Available 4pm until closing, eat-in only.

Tonight’s Specials Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork chops or Baked schrod with salad, potato & vegetable (2 for $20.99)

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas (any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas, and burritos for $9.99 and pupusas for $1 each

Vinny’s Ristorante (76 Broadway): Pasta dishes (Linguine, Angel Hair, Spaghetti)

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Enchiladas and tacos

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Sandwiches

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!


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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 1:06 pm on January 25, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here!
Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!!
This Week Meet: Jesse and Devon

· How long have you been a part of the East Somerville community?

We moved in mid-April, after buying a rowhouse we’d been trying to buy since the previous fall. I was super excited by how close we were to the T, and also to not being on a main street after living on Somerville Avenue in Union Square for four years. It feels so much quieter living on a side street!

· What’s happening in East Somerville or on East Broadway that you’re excited about?

Jesse:

The idea that we are going to be a short walk away from a giant new movie theater in Assembly Row is an amazing feeling. I still have memories of seeing Indian Jones and the Last Crusade at the old Assembly Square cinema when I was 9. I was hoping that it would be open in time to see the new Batman movie, but I would settle on being able to walk 5 minutes to go see “The Hobbit” in December instead. Very excited.

I love all of the events that ESMS is doing for the community as well. My wife and I participated in the Foodie Crawl last year and I actually worked the Somerstreet Carnival for the City. Both brought much deserved pride and recognition to the neighborhood.

Devon:

I’m very excited for the Assembly Row project, and did I hear something about a bowling alley? Oh man, I want a bowling league. Also, I feel like there are constantly new businesses popping up on Broadway and many store fronts are getting upgrades.

· Favorite East Somerville eats (restaurants, favorite dishes…)?

Jesse:

We know half of the wait staff at the Mount Vernon on a first name basis, we even have their special point cards. If you have never gone there for there weekend brunch, take this as your recomendation, it’s incredible.

I would argue with you that Taco Loco has the best burritos in the area, even going so far as to call out Anna’s Taquiera in a challenge. It’s also right where my bus stop is on my way. seductively tempting me to ruin my dinner plans.

Devon:

I am going be a total hedonist and agree with Jesse aboout The Mount Vernon for their brunch. Have you SEEN that buffet? It’s completely out of control in the best way ever. There’s a raw bar, a meat carving station, a choose your own omelette station, donuts and pastry galore, and a variety of pancakes, breakfast meats, and eggs. It’s fantastic when you only want to eat once a day. Also, where else can you eat shrimp cocktail and a bavarian cream donut in one setting? Magical.

· Why is East Somerville a great place to live?

The people. Do you know that old Sesame Street song, these are the “People In Your Neighborhood”? Well that’s how I feel about ES. We have a great Alderman in Bill Roche. One of the cities best police officer in Captain David Fallon. An a education focused School Commitee member in Maureen Bastardi. You couldn’t ask for a better community leadership.

Devon:

There’s a T stop, which is not the case for a lot of other neighborhoods on Somerville, and everyone in the neighborhood is really friendly. As a new homeowner, I absolutely love how close we are to Home Depot. I love the variety of stores and restaurants along Broadway, and will never grow tired of how fabulous Taco Loco and Maya Sol are when I am craving a burrito or a steak salad. There’s a lot of pride in the neighborhood, and I am hoping we can set up (if this doesn’t already exist) some neighborhood clean up events so East Somerville can be the cleanest neighborhood in Somerville.


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Meet the New Coop!

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Hi! My name is Abigail Dusseldorp but most people call me Abbie! I grew up in Roscoe, a very small town in upstate New York which is know for its fishing and is recognized as Trout Town USA. Growing up in a small neighborhood, a strong sense of community has always been a part of my life. Starting about 7 years ago, Roscoe began their Renaissance Project to revitalize the heart of our community and reestablish the image of Roscoe as a thriving village, much like ESMS is doing in East Somerville!!

I have always tried to do my part to stay involved with the program by organizing and recruiting people to help plant flowers and clean up Main Street. One of my favorite events this past summer was International Childrens Day. Despite the fact that it was raining most of the community came out to enjoy the carnival and international fashion show. It was great to see Roscoe once again becoming a tight knit community that people can enjoy! I’m really excited to be cooping at East Somerville Main Streets and seeing this community grow as well!

I am now in my second year Northeastern University majoring in International Affairs with the hopes of one day working with refugee support programs My decision to study International Affairs stems from my love of traveling. Growing up I had the opportunity to travel through Europe and recently to Israel. At each new destination I fell in love with exploring the unique sense of culture and identity of each community as well as meeting the welcoming people who are really at the heart of it.

One thing that I already love about East Somerville is how alive the neighborhood is!! No two places are exactly alike so there is always something new to explore! I’m looking forward to working with East Somerville Main Streets and the entire East Somerville community to help preserve and enhance the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere of the neighborhood and also getting to know the people who make East Somerville so extraodinary!!!


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State of the Union Watch Party on Tuesday Night, at Precinct, in Union Square

Posted by a 11:42 am on January 22, 2012

Cambridge-Somerville for Change, in conjunction with the Obama campaign, is holding a State of the Union Watch Party at Precinct in Union Square next Tuesday night.
We’re encouraging Democrats, progressives, and Independents

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Innovation Schools

Posted by a 10:26 am on

The School Committee voted to explore introducing Innovation Schools in Somerville. To learn more, we invited two experts who have direct experience with Innovation Schools.


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Meeting TONIGHT about mayor’s plan to close Davis Square library

Posted by a 11:30 am on January 18, 2012

Somerville Voices was asked to post this notice about a library meeting from the Davis Square LiveJournal: http://davis-square.livejournal.com/2824126.html.

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Jan 22 : Ward 3 Democratic Committee to Meet

Posted by a 5:08 pm on January 15, 2012

Agenda: Convention caucus, Replacing Scott Brown, Affordable housing at the Boys & Girls Club, Charter school politics, Green Line advocacy, and Energy services from the city. Rep. Provost will be a guest.


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Celebrate 2012 with two-for-one deals in the East Broadway Business District

Posted by a 1:55 pm on January 10, 2012

What better way to wind down from the holidays than sharing a two-for-one deal with your closest friend in the East Broadway Business District?With only two months left on the Two for Tuesdays promotion, there is no time like the present to come join u…


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Rep. Capuano to Address Democratic City Caucus Feb 13th

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

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


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Today Only! Eat At Jumbos to Donate 10% of Sales to Somerville Local First

Posted by a 3:04 pm on December 20, 2011

Eat at Jumbos is located at 688 Broadway in Ball Square and offers a variety of foods including vegan options. Check out their website at EatAtJumbos.com for online/phone ordering information and their menu.


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East Somerville Community School Public Meeting

Posted by a 2:11 pm on

Public Meeting on East Somerville Community School: A meeting about design changes to the ESCS are coming up. Tues., Jan. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Capuano School, 150 Glen St. Project Designers & School and City officials…


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The story behind Alexia & Co. Jewelry

Posted by a 2:54 pm on December 16, 2011

The art of jewelry craftsmanship has been in the Zinzopoulos family for generations. Constantine Zinzopoulos learned the skill from his father, also named Constantine, who studied in Italy with big names like Cartier, before coming to the United State…


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How to eat outside the square on a budget!

Posted by a 10:34 am on December 15, 2011

Treat your stomach and your wallet this holiday season with the East Broadway Business District’s Two for Tuesdays deal!Every Tuesday night, from now until March 15, 2012, participating restaurants, marked by a Two for Tuesdays poster, will offer two s…


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Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to Somerville

Posted by a 11:36 pm on December 14, 2011

Local residents rallied at the Bank of America on Saturday, December 10 pushing for changes to reign in corporate greed and address growing inequality in both Somerville and the United States. The rally was a kickoff event for Occupy Somerville.…


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Trying to save money for presents? Try 2 for 1 specials TONIGHT!

Posted by a 12:44 pm on December 13, 2011

Restaurants in the East Broadway Business District are getting geared up for tonight’s Two for Tuesdays! Come show your support, and taste the great food from around the world that makes East Somerville a one-of-a-kind, Tuesday night destination!Every …


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Trader Joe’s has Social Justice Problems

Posted by a 11:31 pm on December 8, 2011

Surely there are many Somervillians among the many patrons and fans of Traders Joe national (specialty) retail grocery stores. While of little comparison to the retail behemoth in the news these days, Trader Joe’s is not without its problems. The following notice may be of interest.…


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part IV

Posted by a 2:08 pm on

Want to feel and look good at your upcoming Holiday Parties? Here’s how…Shape Up Somerville (SUS) has taken on a huge initiative of promoting the healthy food options at favorite local eateries. ESMS is excited to feature establishments in the East B…


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part III

Posted by a 1:17 pm on December 6, 2011

Don’t wait for your New Year’s resolution to start eating healthier food! Here’s how…Shape Up Somerville (SUS) has taken on a huge initiative of promoting the healthy food options at favorite local eateries. Here at ESMS, we are thrilled to help pr…


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ResiStat Community Meetings Ward 2 and Ward 5

Posted by a 4:20 pm on December 5, 2011

Monday 12/5 is the Ward 2 ResiStat meeting.
Union Square, Brickbottom, Perry Park, Lincoln Park, Somerville Ave. corridor

Mayor Curtatone and Alderman Heuston invite you to a community meeting to discuss the latest city…


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Don’t miss out on this great 2-for-1 opportunity!

Posted by a 9:26 am on

Tomorrow, December 6, 2012, marks East Broadway’s third consecutive Two for Tuesdays! This weekly promotion, organized by restaurants throughout the East Broadway Business District, is the first district-wide supported initiative of its kind. Com…


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Students With DisAbilities, Speak Up!

Posted by a 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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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part II

Posted by a 10:38 am on November 28, 2011

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Tasty Thanksgiving dinners and holiday sweets leave us craving for some healthy food from time to time. Luckily, Shape Up Somerville (SUS) has created a guide that highlights the healthy food options at our…


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11/29: Ward 1 ResiStat Community Meeting

Posted by a 8:17 am on November 25, 2011

Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Roche and the ResiStat program invite you to a community meeting in West Somerville to discuss the latest city data, news, updates and issues most important to you.


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part I

Posted by a 3:57 pm on November 23, 2011

With so many great restaurants in the East Broadway Business District, its hard to know where to go on a night out, let alone, what to order! Luckily, Shape Up Somerville (SUS) is here to help. ESMS is excited to help SUS with their goal of promoting …


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Two great reasons to come to East Broadway – for the price of one!

Posted by a 3:53 pm on November 21, 2011

From November 22, 2011 to March 15, 2012 restaurants in the East Broadway Business District will be partnering with East Somerville Main Streets to launch an exciting new promotion called Two for Tuesdays! Every Tuesday night, a participating restaura…


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

Posted by a 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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Walmart Coming to Somerville?

Posted by a 8:25 am on November 11, 2011

Join us for a discussion on how this will affect the community and what you can do about it!


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From Parking Lot to Park!

Posted by a 3:26 pm on November 10, 2011

Have you ever looked at the parking lot behind the Cross Street Senior Center and thought it would be a great place for some green grass, and benches? Well you’re in luck! The City of Somerville is in the process of turning this parking lot into a park…


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ResiStat Community Meetings for Wards 3 and 6 coming up

Posted by a 8:27 am on November 8, 2011

Reminder: The beginning of next week community leaders will get together with you in Wards 3 and 6

  • Meet with Mayor Curtatone, Alderman, City officials, aldermen-at-large and police
  • Share your concerns and ideas
  • Stay for a Meet & Greet with light refreshments

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Young Democrats of MA Endorse Ballantyne, Barber for Alderman

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

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


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Somerville Journal Endorses Neither Candidate in Ward 7

Posted by a 6:34 pm on

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


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Buy local, act local, VOTE LOCAL!

Posted by a 2:32 pm on October 22, 2011

Here in Somerville more and more residents are choosing to ‘buy local’.  Shoppers flock to the seasonal Farmers Markets in Davis Square and Union Square as well as a Winter Farmers Market at the Armory. Residents…


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Ward 7 ResiStat Community Meeting

Posted by a 1:11 pm on October 19, 2011

Tuesday October 25, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

West Somerville Neighborhood School, [cafeteria] 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Trane and the ResiStat program invite you to…


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Alderman Candidate Forum at First Church Somerville

Posted by a 1:46 pm on October 15, 2011

Have you always wanted to know what your alderman really thinks about poverty, immigration, the environment? What if there was an Occupy.Somerville movement–would they support it, and how?

First Church Somerville UCC, a progressive…


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3rd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon to Honor Past and Present Community Service

Posted by a 9:07 am on October 13, 2011

The Somerville Homeless Coalition is hosting the 3rd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon on October 21st , from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Highland Kitchen in Somerville. The luncheon is held in memory of…


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Comic Tony V to Entertain CAAS Annual Meeting October 25th

Posted by a 10:36 am on October 7, 2011

What’s so funny about Somerville?  Tony V knows.

When supporters of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), gather to celebrate another year of working to end poverty where we live…


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19th Annual Tour de Somerville: “Arts in the ‘Ville”

Posted by a 9:13 am on September 29, 2011

The Somerville Bicycle Committee invites you to ride our 19th Annual Tour de Somerville.  This year’s theme is “Arts in the ‘Ville”.

We’ll meet at 10 am on Saturday, October 15 in Seven Hills…


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Come to the Progressive Massachusetts Kickoff on October 2nd!

Posted by a 9:00 pm on September 24, 2011

As we launch on October 2, we will: take positions on public policies through a democratic process; organize members to directly contact elected officials to support these policies; and help elect and support progressive candidates for public office.


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Oct 2nd, Tastes of Community Cooks @ Somerville Museum

Posted by a 1:06 pm on September 18, 2011

Community Cooks, a volunteer organization of neighbors feeding neighbors, is pleased to announce its first annual celebration. Tastes of Community Cooks, an exhibition of food and art, will take place on Sunday, October 2 from 4 – 7 pm at the Somerville Museum at 1 Westwood Road.


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Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

Posted by a 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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CAAS Annual Meeting & Celebration, Tuesday, October 25

Posted by a 3:31 pm on September 13, 2011

Celebrate with the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), the organization working to end poverty where we live.  Enjoy music, refreshments, a look back at the past year and a look ahead at how we are…


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Show Us Your Fluff!

Posted by a 10:12 am on August 31, 2011

Are you a fan of Marshmallow Fluff? Does it remind you of childhood memories of having the perfect combination of a Fluffernutter, do you dream about it swirled into Nutella for a delectable, chocolate, “fluffy”…


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Joan Whitney Puglia Proposes Community Preservation Act Referendum

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

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


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

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

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


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Puglia reacts to new parking fee increases

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

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


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IKEA Object of Social Justice Action

Posted by a 8:15 am on

The following email was sent to me as a subscriber to Change.org. I have forwarded the body of the notice, and you will find the link to the online petition in the text of the story. It brings to mind the maxim that if it sounds too good to be true (as with the detente reached by parties to  Assembly Sq. development/IKEA), it probably is.…


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R.I.P. Joe Medeiros

Posted by a 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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Ward 6 Community Meeting/ResiStat Mon. June 27

Posted by a 10:58 am on June 22, 2011

Greetings all. Just a reminder about next week’s community meeting: On Monday, June 27, 6:30-8 p.m., please join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Gewirtz, at-large aldermen, City officials…


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Magic For Smart People – Bob The Magic Guy

Posted by a 10:00 pm on June 16, 2011

Somerville Theater, Saturday, June 25
2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, 1 hr 15 min
Appropriate for age 8 & up. Limited seating.
Reservations call 617-661-8021 not the theater. Last shows sold out.

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Artist Karen Aqua, 1954- 2011

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

Posted by a 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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Somerville Voices open meeting Sunday, 5/29

Posted by a 10:01 pm on May 26, 2011

Somerville Voices will hold an open meeting this Sunday, May 29, 6 to 8 pm at the Visiting Nurses assisted living facility, 259 Lowell Street. Come with your ideas for making our blog better…


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350 Actions Challenge Kick-Off

Posted by a 12:19 pm on

Join us for an evening of festivities, fun and film as we kick off our new campaign
to get 350 NEW actions to make Somerville a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live


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Ward 6 ResiStat Community Meeting Date Change

Posted by a 1:11 pm on May 18, 2011

Please note that the Ward 6 ResiStat Community Meeting has been rescheduled. Originally planned for Tuesday, May 24, the meeting will now be held Monday, June 27, 6:30-8 p.m. at Ciampa Manor, 27 College Ave., Davis…


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Ward 3 and 1 Resistat Community Meetings Mon. 5/23 and Wed. 5/25

Posted by a 1:10 pm on

Meet with the Mayor, your ward and at-large aldermen, City officials, Somerville Police representatives, and your neighbors to get updates on City and Ward news, ask questions, and share your ideas and concerns. Meetings run from…


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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 7:46 pm on May 9, 2011

Join us for a day of well being: have some refreshments, meet the members of Amethyst Center, and get to know what we do. For a donation to the Somerville Homeless Coalition, experience what our…


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CAAS’ Perez Named Unsung Heroine of 2011

Posted by a 4:51 pm on

Alba Perez, Family Advocate Supervisor at CAAS Head Start, has been selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s 100 “Unsung Heroines of 2011.”  …


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Spring ResiStat Meetings Start Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.

Posted by a 10:42 am on May 3, 2011

Neighborhood Meetings in Each of the City’s Seven Wards Start May 9

Meet with the Mayor, your ward and at-large aldermen, City officials, Somerville Police representatives, and your neighbors to get updates on City and Ward news and discuss the issues important to you. Each meeting will include a presentation as well as an open Q&A from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. where you can bring up your concerns and ideas. A Meet & Greet with light refreshments from 7:30 to 8 p.m. will follow and conversations can continue there. All locations are wheelchair accessible.…


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East Somerville Main Streets Stirs in Flavor to their 2011 First Tuesdays After Hours

Posted by a 10:45 pm on April 25, 2011

East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) is launching another exciting season of “First Tuesdays After Hours” on East Broadway and for the series’ third year they are adding a little extra spice.…


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4/28 DARBI’s April Cocktail Hour at Flatbread

Posted by a 10:10 pm on April 13, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 5:30-7:30pm. Please join us for some pizza and mingling at our next (monthly) DARBI cocktail hour. April’s location is Flatbread Pizza (45 Day St.).

Also, if you have any suggestions on…


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Parking Ticket Appeals Story Update

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

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


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3rd Annual Save Our Somerville Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 11:15 pm on April 7, 2011

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 18th (rain or shine). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano School). Middle School sign-ins will be at 8:00 AM. High School and Adult sign-ins will be at 10:30 AM.…


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“Under the Roof” Benefit To Honor Tufts President, Help Somerville Homeless

Posted by a 11:14 pm on

Support housing and community, and enjoy a lively event in Somerville Apr. 23rd.


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Help Eradicate Polio with Dinner at Sabur

Posted by a 6:20 pm on April 4, 2011

The Somerville Rotary Club, in conjunction with Sabur Restaurant in Teele Square, will hold a fundraiser for Rotary’s PolioPlus Program April 12 from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.   Sabur will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds…


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Screening of The Economics of Happiness

Posted by a 7:46 pm on March 20, 2011

FILM SCREENING

Somerville Climate Action & Representative Denise Provost Film Series present

The Economics of Happiness
followed by a discussion with Julie Matthaei, Economics Professor at Wellesley College

Monday March 28th, 6:30…


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Huge Comedy Event at the Somerville Theatre

Posted by a 7:37 pm on

American Comedy Award winner, Wendy Liebman, will be performing at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (55 Davis Square. Somerville, MA 02144) on April 21st.

Wendy is a nationally famed comedian, who has been…


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3/28/11 Free Screening: The Economics of Happiness

Posted by a 3:42 pm on

Communities are coming together to rebuild more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.


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3/14 Somerville Human Rights Commission monthly meeting

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

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


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

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

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

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Hey Young Somerville –

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


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3/15 Somerville Teachers Association annual meeting

Posted by a 10:36 pm on

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

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


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

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

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

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


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Christine Barber Announces Candidacy for Ward 4 Alderman

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

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


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“An Evening of Music” Concert to Benefit Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 9:45 pm on

Calling all music lovers! Four Boston area musicians will be hosting a benefit concert for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, aptly-titled “An Evening of Music, Bach & Bolling.”…


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Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Community Path – Join us! Thurs 3/10

Posted by a 9:38 pm on

Please join us in our efforts to connect the Minuteman Bikeway and Charles River path networks, by extending the Community Path!…


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Little League Gears Up for Spring Season

Posted by a 5:08 pm on February 16, 2011

After Bucking National Trend in 2010, Aiming for Even More participation in 2011

Somerville Little League registration for the Spring season is open.  …


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2/17 : Speak Out for Somerville Jobs at BoA Public Hearing on MaxPac

Posted by a 10:40 am on

More than 50 Somerville residents signed a petition requesting a hearing by the Board of Alderman on union jobs and local hiring.

The hearing will be at 6:00 PM on February 17. There will be a short rally beforehand at 5:45 PM.…


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2/14 : Somerville Human Rights Commission meeting

Posted by a 10:36 pm on February 13, 2011

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


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2/14 Museum matching grant deadline

Posted by a 9:17 am on February 9, 2011

The Somerville Museum is counting down the remaining days left of the matching grant for the new roof and window repair.


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“The history of Somerville, 2010-2100″ at the library!

Posted by a 8:33 pm on February 8, 2011

“History of Somerville, 2010-2100″ book reading and talk at the library on February 23.


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Chance to take a 350 Action!

Posted by a 10:24 pm on February 1, 2011

Somerville is embarking on a year long 350 Actions Challenge! Somerville Climate Action and partner organizations (in this case theMOVE), will be helping our community take 350 tangible steps to build a resilient, just, and sustainable community.


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2011 Cambridge/Somerville Farm Share Fair, Feb 3rd

Posted by a 9:41 pm on

We’re bringing all the CSAs together to get you the info you need to get signed up — meet the folks who grow your food, and bring your checkbook to reserve a share!


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

Posted by a 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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Curtatone Announces Run for a Fifth Term

Posted by a 12:24 pm on January 21, 2011

On this week’s episode of Greater Somerville, Joe Lynch asked Mayor Joe Curtatone the question that’s on a lot of minds these days.…


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DARBI January Cocktail Hour at Diva Lounge

Posted by a 9:44 pm on January 20, 2011

The ball has dropped, 2011 is upon us, and we’ve shoveled more snow than most Alaskans will all year. We here at DARBI feel your back pain and have the perfect fix for those winter blahs: January Cocktail Hour!


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Healey School Information Night, Wed. Jan. 19

Posted by a 11:21 pm on January 14, 2011

Come hear about the Healey School – and see if it is good fit for your child and family. Teachers, students, the principal and parents will speak about the Healey School, how we teach and learn and how the redesign process is going.


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Somerville School District Signs Disability Civil Rights Agreement With DOE

Posted by a 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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Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Community Path – Thursday, Jan. 13

Posted by a 8:46 pm on January 10, 2011

Please join us in our efforts to extend the Community Path to the Charles River!


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The Calendar is Gone and other Technical Difficulties

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

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


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Campaign sets Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 6:00 PM to plan next steps to win jobs at MaxPac

Posted by a 12:15 pm on January 3, 2011

Union members and community activists concerned about jobs at the future MaxPac development on Clyde Street held a meeting on Jan 4th.


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Somerville’s 235th Flag Raising, Jan 1st

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


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Dirt! The Movie, Tuesday Dec. 14

Posted by a 10:54 am on December 13, 2010

Drought, climate change, and even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt. State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action present: DIRT! THE MOVIE, followed by a discussion


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New Report Inspects City’s Inspectional Services Division

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

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


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Today is Human Rights Day

Posted by a 9:05 pm on

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

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


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2011 Saturday Afternoon Family Films at the Library

Posted by a 1:05 am on

As promised, here’s the lineup of family films that we’ll be showing at the Central Library one Saturday afternoon per month at 2:00 p.m.

January 15th:
Muppets from Space

February 12th:


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Library announces film series lineup for 2011

Posted by a 12:15 pm on December 6, 2010

A few weeks ago I posted a question: what would draw you to a free film at the Library?  I got a small amount of feedback through the Library’s blog, Facebook, and by talking with…


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Meeting of the Friends of the Community Path: Thurs, 12/9, 7pm

Posted by a 10:01 am on

We will be prioritizing our action list this meeting. We are looking for new members to help us with our mission of extending the Community Path (along part of the future Green Line route) to the Charles River.
Meeting is at the VNA, 259 Lowell Street.


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Over last 2 years, SPD Notified ICE in Nine Cases

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

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


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Picket line and rally for Somerville jobs

Posted by a 4:07 pm on November 28, 2010

Residents of Somerville concerned about the development of the old MaxPak paper factory where 199 units of new housing are being built will picket and rally for jobs at the entrance to the site (56-61 Clyde Street) in Somerville, MA on Thursday, Dec 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 AM.…


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

Posted by a 4:53 pm on November 25, 2010

Where: West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Boulevard


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Somerville’s own ANIKAI Dance to tour India

Posted by a 9:43 am on November 23, 2010

Somerville-based ANIKAI Dance Company is about to embark on the biggest international tour any dance company from the Boston area has ever been on (besides the Boston Ballet). This is the most extensive tour of India by any US dance company since 1926 when Ruth St. Denis took her Denishawn Dancers.…


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OPENAIR Circus Flatbread Fundraiser Tuesday

Posted by a 4:28 pm on November 21, 2010

The OPENAIR Circus is holding a deliciousraiser… no… fundraiser at
Flatbread Pizza in Davis Sq. on November 23.

The OAC is a non-profit volunteer-run Somerville-based organization which
teaches 200 students each summer a variety…


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11/22/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square District Improvement Financing

Posted by a 1:53 pm on November 19, 2010

Under the proposed DIF, increases in Assembly Square tax revenue would be diverted to pay for the infrastructure. If tax revenues were inadequate, the taxpayers would foot the bill.


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

Posted by a 11:45 am on

Location:
Somerville City Club

20 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA 02143

See map: Google Maps

Centro Presente


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Somerville Trading Post meets Sunday 11/14

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

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


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Upcoming Hands-on Worm Composting Workshop

Posted by a 12:41 pm on

Hello from the Groundwork Somerville SoilCycle team!

We’re posting today to inform you of an exciting upcoming opportunity to expand your composting skills and jump aboard with vermicomposting!!!  This workshop will provide you with everything you need to take home a “kitchen scrap-ready” worm bin and will provide you with a group technical assistance session to answer any questions you may have about beginning to compost in your home.…


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11/13 Mayor Curtatone Holds Rally to Support Immigrants

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

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


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Progressive Democrats of Somerville Hires Organizing and Communications Intern

Posted by a 4:49 pm on

The following announcement was sent to the PDS membership yesterday:

Nov 5, 2010

PDS Members,

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


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North Street Playground Community Meeting Ward 7

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

A City of Somerville Public Announcement:

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


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Art & Youth: The Capacity to Live a Full & Creative Life

Posted by a 3:45 pm on October 27, 2010

The Capacity to Live a Full & Creative Life: this is what we want for our children, our youth, and ourselves! Come to a community-created art exhibit featuring art created by Somerville artists ages 8 to 88.


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Watch Local Author Nancy Carlsson-Paige on Greater Somerville

Posted by a 2:51 pm on

[10/26/2010]

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

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


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Public comment on the nearly finished Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

Posted by a 1:35 pm on October 25, 2010

The Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan of the Somerville Public Schools, due to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on 12/31, is open for public comment online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/no_bullying.

We invite…


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10/25/10 MassDOT Public Meetings on Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project

Posted by a 3:09 pm on October 24, 2010

This project will close McGrath Highway or reduce the number of lanes available for several months. Detours and traffic congestion will result. Mitigation should be discussed at this meeting.


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Somerville Open Studios Kick-Off Event

Posted by a 5:12 pm on October 22, 2010

Please join us for The SOS Kick-Off Event and Planning Meeting at Brickbottom Studios Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville, on November 3, 2010, 7pm to 9pm.
Enjoy a little food and wine while mingling with…


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11/4/10 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee

Posted by a 2:29 pm on October 20, 2010

The agenda includes the following:

* Change to the zoning ordinance to allow self-storage in Assembly Square
* Changes to the zoning ordinance to revise the procedures for reviewing Special Permits, Special Permits with Site Plan Approval, and variances
* Changes to the zoning ordinance to revise the parking requirements for large scale retail
* Change to the zoning ordinance to allow Historic Carriage House as a use in certain districts
* Special permit to allow Federal Realty to exceed signage size requirements in Assembly Square.


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

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

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


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2nd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon to Honor Past and Present Community Service

Posted by a 5:14 pm on October 13, 2010

The Somerville Homeless Coalition is hosting the 2nd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon on October 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Highland Kitchen. The luncheon is held in memory of Tina DeLellis…


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SCATV Creative Arts Festival

Posted by a 4:34 pm on

Somerville Community Access Television is proud to announce the third annual live, three-hour showcase of Somerville music, dance, poetry and more. The program begins at  7:00pm on Thursday, October 21, and will be cablecast on Channel 3.…


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October 13-November 3: Public Comment on SPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan sought

Posted by a 11:00 am on October 12, 2010

Somerville schools would like your questions, comments and ideas about how we can all say “no” to bullying so every student can be excited about coming to school to learn.


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Coming Up the Week of 10/11 in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 9:23 pm on October 9, 2010

Visit our calendar, www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events, for details on any of these events.…


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Win Free Swimming Lessons!

Posted by a 11:05 pm on October 7, 2010

THE KENNEDY POOL IS CELEBRATING OUR 10TH BIRTHDAY BY GIVING AWAY SWIMMING LESSONS!


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10/7/10 MassDOT Public Meeting for the Craigie Drawbridge Project

Posted by a 6:53 pm on October 4, 2010

This meeting will present details of the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation project, which will block the Bridge and divert traffic. Traffic that would otherwise go along Memorial Drive may end up going to Route 28 instead and thereby into Somerville.


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Somerville Gets Two New Local News Blogs

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

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


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

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

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

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


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WEATHER ADVISORY: Highlander Athletic schedule postponements

Posted by a 12:59 pm on

Weather Advisory

Due to the projected weather forecast the following changes have occurred in the Highlander Athletic schedule on Friday, 10/1:…


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Receive calendar updates from the Somerville Public Schools in 5 simple steps

Posted by a 8:15 pm on September 29, 2010

You can subscribe to the calendar of the Somerville Public Schools to receive emails announcing events coming up in the following week. It’s easy! Here’s how!


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Youth Ask for Help to Fulfill Dreams

Posted by a 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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Somerville Voices Twitter UP, City of Somerville website DOWN

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

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


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A New Play…All About Somerville!

Posted by a 12:02 am on September 24, 2010

An elected official is accused of sexually assaulting teen-aged boys in his home while his wife is at work.  Warring restaurant owners may come face to face in court as tempers flare.  A young girl realizes “cutting,” is not…


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Working together to prevent bullying and promote student achievement

Posted by a 11:32 am on September 23, 2010

From School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi:

It is my hope that every school in Somerville is a place where students feel a sense of belonging, where students are excited to come to school because they…


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Coming soompa loompa….

Posted by a 11:30 am on

Poster advertising open auditions for 3-5th graders for the role of oompa loompa…elementary auditions for the role of oompa loompa in the February 2011 Somerville High School production of Willy Wonka: The…


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Events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 11:29 am on

If you would like to receive weekly announcements of events in the Somerville Public Schools please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the envelope icon to “subscribe” to…


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We Love HONK! Volunteers Meeting — on 9/13

Posted by a 7:52 am on September 12, 2010

Monday, September 13, 7-8:30 pm:
We Love HONK! Volunteers Meeting
Sign-up gathering to help in all the ways that make HONK! possible.  Individuals and groups interested in participating in the parade…


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Back to School Info from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:08 pm on August 25, 2010

We’re excited about getting back to school at the beginning of next month! …


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Local Roots Food and Music Festival

Posted by a 12:48 pm on August 19, 2010

Local Roots Food and Music Festival tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets!

Hey folks!

You can now purchase tickets for the Local Roots Food and Music Festival online at Brown Paper Tickets!…


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OPENAIR Circus This Weekend!

Posted by a 4:09 pm on July 24, 2010

Kids, Clowns, Talent, Crazy Fun.

OPENAIR Circus presents its 25th season Big Top performance

July 30 & 31, and August 1, 2010

Families from Greater Somerville will be amazing


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Volunteer Hockey Assistant Coaches – 2010-2011 Season

Posted by a 3:45 pm on July 21, 2010

Somerville Youth Hockey is seeking energetic men & women (ages 25 +)  to be good teachers and be willing to develop, mentor and administer our growing program for our Mites, Squirts, Pee Wee, Bantams &amp…


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2010-2011 Somerville Youth Hockey Registration – July 26, 28, & 29th

Posted by a 11:51 pm on July 17, 2010

Welcome to the 2010-2011 SYHA Season. We are very excited about the upcoming season and look forward to the opening of our new rink. Somerville Youth Hockey is always looking for more players.…


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Somerville student work on display online!

Posted by a 9:21 am on July 14, 2010

Somerville student work is on display in the Department of Education’s virtual art galleryhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/resources/kidart.aspx?page=51! See samples of youth art made in schools. Are you there? Is your child or teen’s work there?

For…


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Community meeting about the renovation of the East Somerville Community School site at 115 Pearl Street

Posted by a 6:53 am on

The entire public, and particularly the neighbors and members of the East Somerville Community School community are invited to the next public meeting to discuss/learn about the progress of the renovation of the East Somerville…


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Guess how much scholarship money was pledged to SHS graduates in the Class of 2010?

Posted by a 10:05 pm on July 13, 2010

Enter your guess online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/contest. The person who comes closest to guessing the total amount by Thursday, 7/15 at 5:00 will win a Borders Gift Card.

You can also tweet your guess…


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July 7th: Public Forum To Be Held In Police Chief Selection Process.

Posted by a 4:14 pm on July 5, 2010

The public is invited to this hearing as part of the selection process for the next Chief of Police in Somerville. Community members are also invited to submit questions and comments in advance of the…


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Cambridge-Somerville for Change Campaign Kickoff: July 14th

Posted by a 11:17 am on July 2, 2010

Come to CSfC’s 2010 Election Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday, July 14, at 7pm and learn about how you can help us re-elect the governor, help Mac D’Alessandro win the Democratic nomination in the 9th Congressional District, and defeat the states Sales Tax Reduction initiative.


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Community feedback sought on school health/wellness activities – come to a meeting or comment online

Posted by a 7:47 pm on June 22, 2010

At this discussion we will review the DRAFT bullying plan, data that points to strategies for improving the implementation of the District’s award-winning Wellness Policy, and the plan for improving the implementation of the District’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Plan.


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Rally for school custodians, Tuesday 6/22 @ 6 pm

Posted by a 12:19 pm on June 21, 2010

I would like to let people in Somerville and anywhere else know about a rally against the mayor and his wrong budget choices.

WHEN:  June 22, 2010 6 pm

WHERE:  City Hall, 93


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Free meals all summer for Somerville youth

Posted by a 10:56 am on

FREE MEALS ALL SUMMER FOR ALL YOUTH STARTING JUNE 28TH.

FREE Breakfast for ALL Somerville youth on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning on June 29th in Albion Park and Grimmons…


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OPENAIR Circus starts next week: classes, teen intensive

Posted by a 10:56 am on June 17, 2010

The OPENAIR Circus opens its doors for the 25th time this summer.  Each year, over a hundred children ages 3-15 learn self confidence and an appreciation for community and the arts through a great variety…


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The Mayor Steals Another Idea

Posted by a 9:17 pm on June 13, 2010

The Mayor of Somerville has yet again stolen another idea from Cambridge: road races. He should be spending time and energy to help get us out of this financial crush.


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Progressive Dems Annual Meeting – Thurs, June 17

Posted by a 8:35 pm on

After a year of many successes and some direction setting work, we are excited to end one year and begin another!


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Slight Change in School Budgeting Timeline

Posted by a 2:12 pm on

Dear Friends of Somerville Schools,

I want to update you on the school budget process and to alert you to slight change of dates.…


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Announcements from the Somerville Public Schools!

Posted by a 2:07 pm on

FY11 Budget Update, School calendar, Bullying prevention, Summer reading, Summer activities, SPS on Twitter…


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Somerville Youth Soccer Fall 2010 Soccer Tryouts! Sunday June 13th @ Argenziano Field

Posted by a 2:03 pm on

SOMERVILLE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE

TRAVEL TEAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION – FALL 2010

FIELD EVALUATIONS – SUNDAY JUNE 13

All players who attend evaluations will be placed on a team.


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Summer Media Workshop for Middle School Students

Posted by a 1:56 pm on

Somerville Community Access Television’s Next Generation Producer’s youth media program is offering an eight-session workshop in July for Somerville students ages 11 to 14. The workshop will be fun, educational, and creative.…


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Public Meeting on the Green Line Extension Final Environmental Impact Report

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

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


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SCATV wins national award (again)

Posted by a 9:46 am on June 11, 2010

Fellow Somervillans… I am proud to, once again, be the bearer of great news. Your community access television station has been selected as number one for nationwide excellence by the Alliance for Community Media… SCATV has been awarded this singular honor for the fifth time in the past six years.


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TopSoccer Summer Program – Saturday June 19th – July 31st

Posted by a 4:09 pm on June 7, 2010

Registration is now OPEN for the TOPSOCCER SUMMER PROGRAM!

Saturday June 19th – July 31st

10:00am – 11:00am

Capuano Field – 150 Glen Street, Somerville


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Democratic City Committee Meets

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

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

Where : VNA, 259 Lowell St.

Agenda includes:

  • Election of a new Female Vice Chair

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“Walk to Keep Kids in School”- Sunday, June 6th, 10am- Davis Square

Posted by a 7:33 pm on May 27, 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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MEAT! Without the pollution, waste, & bio-risk

Posted by a 10:32 am on May 20, 2010

Nose-to-tail no-waste butcher needs a bit of help before June 14 to bring sustainable local meat to Somerville at affordable prices.


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Superintendent of Inspectional Services Misleads Architectural Access Board

Posted by a 9:55 am on

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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Coffee Party meeting this Wednesday

Posted by a 10:36 pm on May 17, 2010

We’ll be holding the third meeting of the Somerville Coffee Party this Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00PM. It’s a great chance to talk about your vision for engaged, functional democracy, and particular steps we can take at the local level to make it happen. The meeting is at 14 Herbert Street (right behind Redbones). Join us!…


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Public Hearing on the FY2011 School Committee budget (tentative) on June 10

Posted by a 10:29 pm on

The time/location of this meeting is still to be determined. Please visit the “events” page of the Somerville Public Schools’ website, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events, or the “School Committee” page of the site, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school_committee, for additional…


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Public Hearing on the potential reorganization of the Healey School on June 1

Posted by a 10:28 pm on

The time/location of this meeting is still to be determined. Please visit the “events” page of the Somerville Public Schools’ website, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events, or the “School Committee” page of the site, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school_committee, for additional…


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

Posted by a 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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Powder House School 2nd neighborhood meeting

Posted by a 11:29 pm on May 11, 2010

Join your neighbors to learn how the City is moving forward with its plans for the disposition of the Powder House Community School property. Discuss how we can keep our concerns about the reuse of this property at the forefront of the decision making process.


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SUNDAY: 7th Annual Save Our Homes Walk

Posted by a 12:46 pm on

The 7th annual Save Our Homes Walk will be held on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00pm with registration beginning at 1:30pm.  The Walk begins and ends at Somerville High School’s Atrium and all are welcome…


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Somerville Natives To Host Grand Opening May 8th

Posted by a 11:20 pm on May 5, 2010

Somerville, MA May 3rd 2010 – Somerville “mompreneur” Kerri Friedlander and husband Lucas today announced their intention to hold a Grand Opening sale at the Upland Road location of “TwinkleStar Boutique” in Porter Square on…


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School is OPEN on Monday, May 3rd

Posted by a 8:56 pm on May 2, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools are OPEN all day tomorrow, May 3rd – and expect to be open throughout the water emergency. Students and staff are asked, if able, to bring their own safe, packaged beverages…


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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 8:50 pm on

Amethyst Center is again hosting a fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Saturday May 8, 1:00-5:00. “Nourish Your Well Being” will offer short treatments from its practitioners in exchange for a suggested $10 donation. …


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Somerville Voices open meeting

Posted by a 1:59 pm on April 30, 2010

Come share your ideas for our community blog.

Sunday, May 2, 6 to 7:30 pm at the Somerville Visiting Nurses assisted living facility, 259 Lowell Street…


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Parent forum on the future of the Healey School

Posted by a 10:01 am on April 28, 2010

Come join other parents to talk about the kind of education we want at the Healey School and the future of the Choice and Neighborhood programs. Parent’s input will be collected and presented to the School Committee.


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Public Hearing on Participation in the Statewide School Choice Program on May 17th

Posted by a 4:35 pm on April 27, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools will conduct a public hearing to determine participation in the school choice program for the 2010-2011 school year. *This is NOT a public hearing about the Choice program at the Healey School.*


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Powder House Community School Focus Group

Posted by a 3:23 pm on

PARTICIPATE IN POWDER HOUSE COMMUNITY SCHOOL REUSE FOCUS GROUP: The City of Somerville is seeking community volunteers to participate in a Powder House/Teele Square Focus Group. The Group will be led by City staff to…


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Online forum training for Healey parents

Posted by a 11:13 am on April 26, 2010

Training for Healey parents that want to participate in online discussions about the future of the Healey school.


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Thurs 4/22 : Somerville Coffee Party — first meeting

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

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


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

Posted by a 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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Somerville Homeless Coalition 25th Anniversary Dinner April 24th

Posted by a 11:31 pm on April 18, 2010

The Somerville Homeless Coalition will hold its annual dinner April 24th at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville beginning at 6:00 pm.  The dinner will recognize three people important to the…


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2nd Annual SOS Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 8:32 am on April 15, 2010

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 19th (pending permit approval, rain or shine). Even if you don’t play soccer, please come out and learn more about SOS events and spread the word.


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Taste of Somerville on June 8…

Posted by a 8:31 am on

Plan to Attend Taste of Somerville on June 8

Enjoy samples from 30 of the area’s favorite restaurants on June 8, from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Somerville Holiday Inn. This festive welcome to summer is presented by title sponsor, Triumvirate Environmental, and Door2Door Transportation by SCM, whose work providing community-based transportation is supported by the event. Tickets at www.tasteofsomerville.org. Follow restaurant additions on twitter @TasteofSomervil


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Artists’ Choice Opening Reception

Posted by a 10:23 am on April 12, 2010

The 2010 Somerville Open Studios is coming up soon!  This Friday, April 16, is the opening reception for the Artists’ Choice Exhibit at the Somerville Museum, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Approximately 200 artists…


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Chop Chop is coming!

Posted by a 9:16 am on April 9, 2010

Are you a parent/guardian of a grade PK-8 student in the Somerville Public Schools? Look for your complimentary copy of the first edition of Chop Chop, a new healthy cooking magazine for families, in…


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YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City Celebration and Fundraiser

Posted by a 12:31 am on April 8, 2010

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City.

April 30, 2010. 6-10 pm. Arts at the Armory.

Tickets $40.

Features food from an eclectic mix of local Somerville immigrant-run restaurants: Mexican…


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

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

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


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1/2-day for all students on Wednesday, April 7th

Posted by a 1:40 pm on April 5, 2010

Have you downloaded your copy of the amended 2009-2010 school year calendar?

If you haven’t please be aware that Wednesday, April 7th is now a 1/2 day for all students. The last day…


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Somerville Youth Soccer – NEW WEBSITE!

Posted by a 2:22 pm on March 26, 2010

The Somerville Youth Soccer web team has been working on a new site for the league. It is up and running and we hope you will find it useful. Log onto www.somervillesoccer.us


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News and Events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 10:06 am on March 19, 2010

YOU MIGHT HAVE ALREADY HEARD…
• Somerville High School’s drop-out rate continues to be on the decline. Get details in the press release issued by the Office of the Superintendent on Tuesday, March 16th, online…


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What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

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

What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

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

WHAT :    Join your neighbors to…


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Disability Discrimination Rocks in Somerville, MA- again

Posted by a 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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Spread the word! Photography contest launched by the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on March 1, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools invites you to tell your stories about learning and teaching in Somerville in our Spring 2010 Digital Photography contest. Complete submissions received by April 5th will have the chance to win…


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Haitian Coalition fundraiser for Haiti in Somerville!

Posted by a 2:47 pm on February 24, 2010

As Franklin Delambert, Executive Director of the Haitian Coalition, says, it will be an evening of solidarity.


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Davis Square Task Force Meeting

Posted by a 6:50 pm on February 14, 2010

Davis Square Task Force Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24, 7:00 PM

Tufts Administration Building (TAB)
169 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Davis…


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MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Posted by a 6:49 pm on

MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)…


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Somerville Ice Cats – Girls Hockey Try-outs!

Posted by a 9:56 am on February 9, 2010

The Somerville Youth Hockey Association is holding tryouts on Saturday Feb 20th offering it’s 10 and under girls-only try out!

This is for our first time players age 10 and under (birth year 2000 or…


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Bellydance benefit for Haiti

Posted by a 4:18 pm on January 26, 2010

The Boston bellydance community is shakin’ it all back together! Join us for a glamorous afternoon of compassion in motion.


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Casino Night at the VFW

Posted by a 9:24 am on January 23, 2010

Las Vegas comes to Somerville – Get out your shark skin suit and your sequins –  come and gamble for a good cause at Davis Square’s swinging

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our trash vendor

Posted by a 4:17 pm on January 21, 2010

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has reached an agreement with five Somerville waste disposal companies, collectively known as Russell, and its corporate officers… to pay $70,000 to 352 current and former employees as well as a $20,000 penalty to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that the company violated the Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws. In addition, Russell has agreed to a two-year monitoring and compliance plan.


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Somerville Schools Open Houses – This Week!

Posted by a 2:51 pm on January 18, 2010

Thinking about which school is right for your child? Or just interested in learning more about Somerville’s public schools?…


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Annual MLK JR. Day Celebrations Set For January 18th

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

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


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

Posted by a 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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News from Somerville Schools

Posted by a 12:55 pm on December 29, 2009

2010-2011 School Calendar: It’s official! September 8, 2010 is the first day of school for students after the 2010 summer vacation. Download the 2010-2011 school calendar online at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/calendar. The calendar is available online in…


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Save the dates: FREE Parent/guardian workshops in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:50 pm on December 22, 2009

OFFERED BY THE SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SOMERVILLE PTA
For
SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAMILIES and COMMUNITY MEMBERS

• Youth Alcohol and Drug Use/Social Host Liability*
Wednesday, January 13th – 6:30p.m. – 8:00 PM in the…


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Cambridge Health Alliance Offers Innovative Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Posted by a 8:39 pm on December 19, 2009

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


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Vaccination clinic Thu Dec 17 4-7pm

Posted by a 10:06 pm on December 16, 2009

At the Medical Reserve Corps meeting this evening we learned that tomorrow there will be a vaccination clinic for both seasonal and/or H1N1 at the City Hall Annex.  It isn’t on the city web site yet because approval to open up vaccination beyond risk groups just happened too late today.…


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Rescheduled Green Roof Forum date

Posted by a 5:45 pm on November 24, 2009

The Somerville Green Roof Forum has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 7th 2010.   It will take place at the Visiting Nurses’ Association, 259 Lowell Street, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Please Join Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, Somerville Climate Action and Transition Somerville …


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Movie Night with Transition Somerville

Posted by a 2:52 pm on November 20, 2009

This Monday, November 23rd, Transition Somerville will screen “The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth” at the College Ave Methodist Church at 7 p.m.

The documentary profiles farmers and ranchers who are using holistic management to

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November 18: Newsbites from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 8:45 pm on November 17, 2009

NEWS STORY:
• The Christmas trees are coming! The Christmas trees are coming! Students at Somerville’s Full Circle/Next Wave Alternative School are gearing up for their annual Christmas tree and wreath fundraiser. 300 Nova Scotia…


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FILM: Rethink Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 7pm

Posted by a 10:55 am on

Come to a community screening & discussion of…

RETHINK AFGHANISTAN –


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New Teen Media Club at SCAT

Posted by a 4:54 pm on November 16, 2009

Kicking off on Wednesday, December 9 from 3:30-5:30, SCAT’s Next Generation Producers After-School Film Production Club offers students the opportunity to create their own video projects, learn state-of-the-art television production skills, and work alongside other…


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Learn More About Somerville’s Kindergarten Programs

Posted by a 5:10 pm on November 14, 2009

Dear Friends,

Please join us for an informal gathering for parents and guardians interested in discussing the kindergarten and early-childhood opportunities available in the Somerville Public Schools. We will be meeting next Saturday, November 21, from 3:00-5:00 pm at Bread & Company at 349 Broadway (located near the top of Winter Hill).…


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Green Roofs Forum

Posted by a 11:21 am on November 13, 2009

Please Join Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, Somerville Climate Action and Transition Somerville for a Forum on Green Roofs: Installing green roofs in Somerville Wednesday, November 18, 2009 7:00pm to 9:00pm Visiting Nurses’ Association Community Room, 259 Lowell Street One hour presentation followed by one hour discussion


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DARBI Lunch @Johnny Ds 11/18

Posted by a 10:55 am on November 12, 2009

DARBI (Davis Area Residents and Business Initiative) is pleased to announce that they will be holding monthly networking lunches again, (the 3rd Wed. each month) with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, Novemeber 18th at…


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Somerville students winter concerts

Posted by a 3:56 pm on November 10, 2009

Celebrating the spirit of winter and winter holidays are the themes of the winter concerts in the Somerville Public Schools. Elementary students will perform on Thursday, December 10th, and high school musicians and singers will…


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CAAS’ Vasquez Wins Statewide Award

Posted by a 11:47 pm on November 9, 2009

“Ismael is a pillar in Somerville’s non-profit community and particularly in its immigrant community,” said CAAS Executive Director Kimberly Smith-Cofield. “He is a rare and wonderful gift to Somerville, and we are so lucky to have him.”


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Groundwork Somerville Fundraiser Nov. 6th

Posted by a 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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Auditions 10/17 and 10/18

Posted by a 5:21 pm on October 13, 2009

North Cambridge Family Opera is holding auditions this coming weekend, Oct. 17 and 18, for its Spring 2010 production of Springtime for Haman. North Cambridge Family Opera specializes in fully sung theater productions for singers of all ages and encourages families to participate.


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The Post-Meridian Radio Players bring Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” to the Somerville Theatre this Halloween.

Posted by a 10:48 am on October 12, 2009

The Post-Meridian Radio
Players (PMRP) are pleased to announce the launch of the Web site and
ticket sales for “The Big Broadcast of October 30th, 1938″ – the
latest iteration of their annual Halloween tribute to the Golden Age
of Radio.


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Som. Green Homes Open House 10/3

Posted by a 9:00 am on September 30, 2009

Three Somerville Climate Action members are opening their homes to show what they have done to reduce their carbon footprint, create green jobs, make their homes more comfortable, and save money.


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

Posted by a 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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Tour de Somerville: City of Seven (Or More) Hills

Posted by a 3:17 am on

Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee for our 17th annual fall Tour de Somerville. This year’s theme is “Somerville: City of Seven (Or More) Hills”.

We’ll meet on Saturday, October 17 at 10 am at…


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PDS Endorses White, Sullivan, and Morales for Alderman-At-Large

Posted by a 8:47 am on September 28, 2009

PDS is proud to endorse incumbents Bill White and Dennis Sullivan for reelection, and challenger Luis Morales. Each candidate brings something different to this race and the PDS membership voted to support those perspectives.


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Middle School Students sought for paid SA Prevention Program

Posted by a 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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Climate Action Party!

Posted by a 9:49 pm on September 26, 2009

2 degrees of warming. 350 parts per million. Does it seem as though we are on track to achieve these? Are you concerned about the chance of passing a meaningful global climate treaty in Copenhagen? Do you want to have a say in the future of our planet? Come to our Climate Action Party! [October 3rd, 7 p.m.] We will broaden our local network of activists, strategize how to make our voices heard, and plan for the days between now and December.


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U-Haul debuts a reuse center in Somerville

Posted by a 8:52 pm on September 25, 2009

Buy gently used household goods, furniture, sporting equipment, bikes, and clothing at 600 Mystic Valley Parkway.


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Somerville Human Rights Commission Mtg

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

Here is the agenda for our meeting this coming Tuesday.

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


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Harvest the Wind Festival, in Medford

Posted by a 8:00 pm on September 11, 2009

I’m a fan of wind energy (excuse the pun.)  I remember when the powers-that-be in Somerville decided that there wasn’t enough wind power at Assembly Square to make a turbine worthwhile, but somehow Medford has enough wind a mile or so up the river.  Maybe we just have hot air!  In any case, every single time I’ve gone past Medford’s turbine, it’s spinning.…


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Adoption Day!

Posted by a 8:47 am on

We are happy to announce that C.A.R.E.’s having an adoption day! We hope to find homes for at least four cats, and it’s also a great chance to get to know our cause! We need people to adopt our wonderful cats, and volunteers to help out at the event! Please come to show your support!


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Transition Somerville Meeting 9/14/09

Posted by a 3:19 pm on September 10, 2009

The main focus of this meeting will be coming up to speed on climate change science and how to talk about it — we’ll get to practice! Everyone is welcome — please bring friends, family, neighbors, colleagues… Hope to see you there! Emily and Vanessa


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Somerville Public Library Book Sale

Posted by a 11:06 am on September 7, 2009

Friday, October 23

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Somerville Youth Hockey Open House! Sunday September 13th!

Posted by a 1:02 pm on September 4, 2009

Attention Future Somerville Hockey Stars! Visit Conway Park’s outdoor hockey rink on Sunday Sept. 13 from 3-5pm to learn about the game of hockey, how to measure for equipment and try your hand with a stick against members of the BU Terriers Men’s and Women’s 2009-1010 Hockey teams.


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Celebrating Local Harvests in the Somerville Public Schools on September 24th!

Posted by a 3:42 pm on September 2, 2009

The Somerville Public Schools is celebrating local farms and farmers on Thursday, September 24th with fresh corn on the cob served at lunchtime.

Volunteers are sought to visit elementary schools between 7:30 and 8:00…


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Dedication of the Brian Higgins Tot Lot at the Kennedy School

Posted by a 9:30 am on September 1, 2009

Please join the Mayor of Somerville, the Honorable Joseph A. Curatone, the Superintendent of Schools, Tony Pierantozzi, and representatives from the Board of Aldermen and Somerville School Committee for the dedication of the Brian Higgins…


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

Posted by a 7:36 pm on August 31, 2009

From item # 79. of the Aug 27th BOA mtg agenda (pdf) :
Mayor’s Comm.
Proclaiming Monday, September 28, 2009, as Family Day, a day to eat dinner with your children.
Our baby daughter is usually in bed by the time we eat dinner, so I hope that’s ok.

How often does your family eat dinner together?

Why do you think the mayor would make this proclamation?…


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Aldermen Raise Meals and Hotel Taxes

Posted by a 11:37 am on

On Aug 27th, the Board of Aldermen raised taxes on meals by 0.75% and on hotels by 2% effective Oct 1st, according to Danielle Dreilinger’s report today on Boston.com. These taxes will generate an estimated $620,715 in revenue. One wonders why this item did not appear on the meeting agenda (pdf) and also how the extra money will be spent?…


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August 31 Public Hearing on the Issue of Inter-District Choice

Posted by a 7:33 pm on August 28, 2009

On Monday, August 31, 2009 beginning at 6:45 p.m., the Somerville School Committee will conduct a public hearing on the issue of participating in the inter-district-choice program for the 2009-2010 school year. …


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Welcome back message from the Superintendent of Schools

Posted by a 10:32 am on August 27, 2009

Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi provides advice to families as they prepare for the new school year on Wednesday, September 2nd (Grades 1-12) or Tuesday, September 8th (Grades PK-K).

Read it online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/administration


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350 Coast to Coast Kick-Off in Davis Square

Posted by a 1:26 pm on August 26, 2009

Sign a 350-ft. banner for a national climate change project – first stop Somerville! Send a message to the Obama administration
for strong global climate policy.


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Ward 4 School Committee Candidate Kick Off for Christine Rafal

Posted by a 9:59 pm on August 25, 2009

Join the Progressive Dems at the kick off of one of their endorsed candidates for School Committee!

Christine Rafal will be kicking off her campaign for School Committee on Sunday, September 13th from 3pm to 5pm at the Paddock Rest at 249 Pearl Street in Somerville. Suggested donation is $50.…


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CAFEH Needs your Help…

Posted by a 11:20 am on August 24, 2009

As many of you may be aware, STEP and Tufts University have come together in a community partnership to form CAFEH (the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure). We have just begun a year long study to learn whether living very near major highways poses health concerns for residents’ health. I am writing to ask for your help. …


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SCC 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by a 10:05 pm on August 20, 2009

Celebrating at:

The Center for Arts at the Armory

191 Highland Ave, Somerville

Visit the Somerville Community Corporation online at SomervilleCDC.org


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Tufts Community Day

Posted by a 9:52 pm on

From the Tufts website:
All are invited to a day of education, art, and family entertainment. All activities, including lunch, are free of charge.

Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to celebrate the seventh annual Community day at Tufts University from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 27. The event will take place on the academic quad at Tufts’ Medford and Somerville campus and is cosponsored by the two cities.…


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Towards a Safer, More Trustworthy, and More Accountable Online Community

Posted by a 10:28 pm on August 19, 2009

How do you know that I, Barry Rafkind, am a real person who is authoring this blog post? Maybe this name is just a pseudonym for somebody else? Until now, you’ve had to trust that I am who I say I am. But, now there is a brand new online service called Validize which allows anyone to authenticate him or herself and then display a “badge” on blogs to prove their identity.…


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Fund This Story : Somerville Parking Tickets

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

Badges

Although parking tickets are meant to punish violators and provide maximum street access to those who live, work, or visit here, the city depends on this revenue to shore up its budget. We intend to find out whether all residential neighborhoods and business districts pay an equitable share of parking fines. If not, why? We will analyze the ticket data to see who is paying or not and for which types of tickets.…


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Boston.com Launches Somerville Your Town

Posted by a 11:59 pm on August 11, 2009

Today, Somerville became the 4th community in the “North of Boston” region to have its own Your Town portal on Boston.com. Your Town websites are local hubs for real estate, events, sports, news, schools, and…


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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

Posted by a 11:24 pm on August 10, 2009

2nd Floor Conference Room
Super Stop & Shop
775 Mcgrath Hwy

Agenda:

  • Director’s Report
  • Immigrant Police Dialogues
  • Snow Removal Committee
  • Other activities
  • Recruitment
  • Evaluate

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Somerville Actions to Support Rite Aid Workers

Posted by a 1:20 pm on

Rite Aid warehouse workers in Lancaster, California need our support. Before workers voted to form a union in 2008, Rite Aid committed dozens of unfair labor practices. And since then, in an effort to prevent them from achieving a first contract, the warehouse workers have faced continuing anti-union terror.


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Let Your Voice Be Heard on Somerville Cable

Posted by a 11:37 am on

Bill Bumpus and regular Somerville Voices contributor Fred Berman are the co-hosts of a live, (roughly) biweekly show on Somerville Cable Access Television (SCAT, Channel 3) titled “Progressive Voices”. If you or your organization are working to make a difference on a local, state, national or world level, we’d like to interview you!


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Aug 13 Public Hearing on Parking Changes

Posted by a 4:30 pm on August 8, 2009

This public hearing will be convened by the Traffic Board in the Aldemanic Chamber at City Hall. I initially noticed this in Deb Filcman’s Aug 7 SJ blog post.  For background about the parking changes, visit the SPARC blog , check out the just-posted video of the 7/27 interview on SCAT’s Progressive Voices of SPARC-co-founder Courtney Koslow,  or see the recent articles on Somerville Voices/Journal/News.…


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WILD INK: Live Comics, Live Music

Posted by a 11:01 am on

‘Nuff talkin’. DRAW! Live comics creation, artistic head-to-head showdowns, live music, and PRIZES to benefit Boston Comics Roundtable.


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Pig Pickin’ for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 3:12 pm on August 7, 2009

Pig out and enjoy a cool drink and cooler music to benefit SHC!


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First official Somerville Weatherization Barnraising!

Posted by a 3:07 pm on

Take action on climate change, learn skills, and build community! · Help to weatherize a Somerville house · Learn skills you can take back to your own home · Decrease carbon-emissions · Make new friends. … Here’s your chance to make a difference and learn something in the process…


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“New” Somerville Youth Recreation Groups Page!

Posted by a 1:39 pm on August 6, 2009

For the latest clinics, programs and events related to Somerville youth sports and organizations – please log on to the ‘NEW” Somerville Youth Recreation Google Groups page.…


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TOPSoccer – Sunday Sept 13th

Posted by a 1:28 pm on

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a FREE community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 7-18, who have a mental or physical disability.…


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Somerville Voices now on Facebook

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

Thanks to the Socialite plugin, you can now follow Somerville Voices on Facebook as well as Twitter. Befriend the blog and help spread the word to all your friends!…


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Progressive Democrats Monthly Meeting

Posted by a 8:22 pm on July 27, 2009

Come out to our first endorsement meeting of the year! We will be making endorsements in the contested ward races which include the Ward 6 Alderman’s Race, the Ward 5 School Committee Race and the Ward 4 School Committee Race. This will be a great chance to learn about the candidates running, ask some important questions and put our PDS support to work!


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SV Blog Meeting

Posted by a 8:16 pm on

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

Where : VNA…


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Recycle Your Gadgets And Help SV Raise $500

Posted by a 12:40 pm on

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


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Somerville Voices Now on Twitter!

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

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


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Plan ahead for the first day of School on September 2nd

Posted by a 9:57 am on July 24, 2009

Somerville High School Freshman Barbeques

*  Tuesday, August 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM: Students and families in Beacon House (students whose last names start with the letters A-DOQ) and Elm House (students whose last…


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Somerville Parking Advocacy and Reform Coalition (SPARC) forms in response to parking regulation changes

Posted by a 2:43 pm on July 18, 2009

Somerville Parking Advocacy and Reform Coalition (SPARC), a group of business groups, neighborhood associations and concerned residents advocating for a more thoughtful and comprehensive approach to parking regulation in Somerville, has formed to addresses the recent citywide parking changes.…


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Radical Organizing Methods Workshop this Sunday at CAAS

Posted by a 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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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

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

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


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Let Your Voice Be Heard on Somerville Cable

Posted by a 12:57 pm on

Bill Bumpus and regular Somerville Voices contributor Fred Berman are the co-hosts of a live, (roughly) biweekly show on Somerville Cable Access Television (SCAT, Channel 3) titled “Progressive Voices”.

If you or your organization are working to make a difference on a local, state, national or world level, we’d like to interview you!


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New England Revolution vs L.A. Galaxy – Fundraiser Night!

Posted by a 9:32 am on July 7, 2009

The Somerville Youth Soccer League is putting together a Somerville Youth Soccer Fundraiser Night! … On Behalf of myself and the Somerville Youth Soccer League – we thank you for your support! Best, John Teves – Somerville Youth/Recreation Commissioner


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Green Line Community Meetings!

Posted by a 2:37 pm on July 6, 2009

Interested in better public transportation? Open spaces? Affordability? Healthy communities? … The Community Corridor Planning Project will host station-based meetings throughout summer 2009 to engage the community in conversations about how the Green Line will affect their neighborhood. Our goals include…


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Celebration of David Omar White’s Life

Posted by a 3:21 pm on July 4, 2009

Omar was a famed cartoonist, in the 70′s for the Phoenix and the TAB (you may remember his White Rabbit), recently for the Somerville Journal. He was also a well-known painter, and was active in the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee.


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Time Trade Circle – Orientation

Posted by a 9:13 am on June 30, 2009

Save Money! – Learn New Things! – Get Help Without Paying! – Meet New Friends!

Have you ever noticed that people are good at different things? The Time Trade Circle lets us share our own skills and get help from others who offer things we need. When you spend an hour helping another member, one hour credit is added to your account. …


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SCAT Provides Fiscal Sponsorship to Somerville Voices

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

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


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Support the Welcoming MA Resolution at the School Cmte Mtg

Posted by a 11:59 am on June 21, 2009

Hello my name is Clivia Camara I am a youth member of the Welcome Project.  As a supporter of the Welcoming  Massachusetts Campaign I’m forwarding this information hoping to see you at this such important meeting as part of your support to the Welcoming Massachusetts Compaign and the immigrant  youth of Somerville.…


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Somerville Mixer June 27th

Posted by a 11:38 am on June 19, 2009

Please join us to support the Somerville Commission for Women at El Potro in Union Square… Appetizers and Live Music will be provided.


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Somerville Voices Team Meeting

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

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


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School Committee to Discuss Middle Grades — June 17

Posted by a 2:31 pm on June 16, 2009

Please join us for a meeting of the Educational Programs Subcommittee on Wednedsay, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the School Department Central Office, 181 Washington Street. The main agenda item will be a discussion of the District’s Middle Grades Initiative, which the School Committee has identified as one of its top priorities.


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Let’s harness the grassroots energy and get organized in Cambridge/Somerville area

Posted by a 11:52 am on June 15, 2009

We campaigned, we won and now we want to hear from YOU about changes you want to see in our community. Please join us on Mon. June 22nd at 6:30pm for a Cambridge-Somerville for Change community meeting


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City of Somerville, Nat’l Pride Week

Posted by a 9:21 am on

The Acting Director of the Office of Somerville Commissions and the Somerville Health Department have announced their plans for the celebration of National PRIDE week.…


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Interfaith Pride Service

Posted by a 11:05 am on June 11, 2009

Join us for an Interfaith Pride service on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at Havurat Shalom Congregation, 113 College Ave., Somerville, MA. The service, in English and Hebrew, will celebrate the theme of this…


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Somerville Interfaith Pride Service, tomorrow night at Havurat Shalom

Posted by a 10:56 am on

Join us for an Interfaith Pride service on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at Havurat Shalom Congregation, 113 College Ave., Somerville, MA. The service, in English and Hebrew, will celebrate the theme of this year’s Boston Pride, “Trans-forming our Communities.”…


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DARBI Lunch Postponed

Posted by a 9:33 am on June 9, 2009

Unfortunately, the Green Tomato 2 has closed and the DARBI lunch and presentation planned for Wednesday 6/10 has been postponed until we can find another suitable location. We were holding our board meetings…


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DARBI Networking Lunch 6/10 w Joe Grafton guest speaker

Posted by a 9:12 am on June 8, 2009

DARBI will be hosting our third networking lunch on Weds, 6/10 at Noon. Lunch will include a variety of delicious, freshly prepared salads and sandwiches, (with many veggie offerings), coffee, and beverage. There is also a toddler/preschool play area in eye and ear shot of our eating area. Open to all – members $8 non-members $10. Please RSVP to Candy at D2DCommunications@gmail.com


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Why is everyone talking about a Single Payer Health Plan?

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

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


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Welcome Project Graduation Celebration

Posted by a 6:47 pm on May 30, 2009

From a flyer of The Welcome Project:

Join us at the Welcome Project for our Graduation Celebration!

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

The event will…


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What questions do you have….

Posted by a 5:09 pm on May 27, 2009

…about the proposed FY10 budget of the Somerville Public Schools? …about art and music instruction in the public schools? …about efforts by the schools to prepare students to succeed when they finish high school? These are the next three topics of discussion on the Superintendent’s cable access television show, Our Schools – Our City, broadcast regularly on local cable channel 15.


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Disability Reframed: A Community Film Series

Posted by a 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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Bicycle Tour of Historic Somerville – Sunday 5/31

Posted by a 5:59 pm on May 19, 2009

Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission for a bike tour featuring Somerville’s many historic houses of worship.

We’ll meet at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, at 2 pm…


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FY10 Public Schools Budget Hearing

Posted by a 9:25 am on May 15, 2009

You are invited to attend a public budget hearing on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Avenue) to discuss the proposed FY10 budget for the Somerville Public…


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Have you had a positive experience with after-school or weekend remediation provided by the Somerville Public Schools?

Posted by a 9:22 am on

the Somerville Public Schools would be grateful for a letter of endorsement from you to include with our application to become an approved Supplemental Education Services provider with the Commonwealth. If we are successful in this application the district could potentially recoup up to $100,000 in elementary academic tutoring funds now distributed to outside vendors.


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Future of the PowderHouse Community School

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

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

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Robert

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SomDems to receive economic presentation from Mayor Curtatone

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

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

Mayor Joe Curtatone will…


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Forum on Gentrification and Displacement

Posted by a 8:09 pm on

Forum on Gentrification and Displacement!
Thursday, May 14th, 6 PM
Elizabeth Peabody House
277 Broadway (at Broadway & Grant Street) Somerville, MA


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CAAS Seeks Director of Finance and Administration

Posted by a 2:17 pm on

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), the designated anti-poverty agency for the City of Somerville, MA, is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration. This position is responsible for managing financial, administrative, human resources and other operational systems and practices and is a key member of the senior management team. Reports to the Executive Director.…


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Spring Reception to Support Rebekah Gewirtz, Ward 6 Alderman

Posted by a 8:47 am on

Please join us!

Spring Reception to Support

Rebekah Gewirtz

Ward 6 Alderman

Where: Sagra Restaurant, 400 Highland


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Discussion on SV Journalism Initiative tonight on SCAT

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

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SCA Living Green Festival

Posted by a 9:24 am on May 8, 2009

~ Come energize your spring + summer at the…


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DARBI Networking Lunch on Tues 5/5

Posted by a 8:57 pm on April 28, 2009

Based on the success of our first attempt at this, DARBI will be hosting another Networking Lunch… The goal of these events is for freelancers, consultants, artists, and others who work from home to expand their personal and professional network…..in other words: to meet people!


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Have your say about after-school programming and communications efforts of the public schools

Posted by a 8:33 am on

Somerville Public Schools wants to hear from you!
Please join community advisory groups on Strategic Communications or After-school programming
Call 617-625-6600 x6013 or Email gkinder(at)k12.somerville.ma.us.
Opportunities for virtual feedback provided for Advisory Group members who cannot attend meetings.
Everyone welcome!…


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Somerville Budget Forum

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

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

How do you think Somerville should respond to the…


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4/28 Public forum on Somerville’s FY2010 budget

Posted by a 10:04 pm on

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


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Panel on Racism and White Privilege in Somerville

Posted by a 7:25 pm on April 25, 2009

‘Villens, as one of the culminating events of our church’s “Sacred Conversations on Race” justice project, we are hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 30. The presenters are all fantastic, and should stimulate excellent…


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Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:23 pm on

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


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Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:22 pm on

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


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Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:21 pm on

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


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Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:20 pm on

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


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Ward 3 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:19 pm on

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


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Ward 4 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:17 pm on

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


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4/30 Panel on Racism and White Privilege in Somerville

Posted by a 9:16 am on April 24, 2009

‘Villens, as one of the culminating events of our church’s “Sacred Conversations on Race” justice project, we are hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 30. The presenters are all fantastic, and should stimulate excellent, truth-telling conversation about racism as its persists in Somerville and surrounding communities. We hope you can come!…


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Let Your Voice Be Heard on Somerville Cable

Posted by a 12:39 pm on April 23, 2009

Bill Bumpus and regular Somerville Voices contributor Fred Berman are the co-hosts of a live, (roughly) biweekly show on Somerville Cable Access Television (SCAT, Channel 3) titled “Progressive Voices”.

If you or your organization are working to make a difference on a local, state, national or world level, we’d like to interview you!  …


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Somerville Teachers Association endorses H.R. 676, the national “Medicare for All” bill

Posted by a 3:15 pm on April 22, 2009

The Board of Directors of the Somerville Teachers Association (STA) voted to endorse HR 676 at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 7.

“Health care reform is finally on the national agenda,” said Linda Vitiello, President of the Somerville Teachers Association. “We are excited to be part of a national grassroots movement for Medicare for All and H.R. 676 and to join with so many other labor organizations that support it.”…


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Somerville High School Art Festival

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The Somerville High School Art Fair starts on Wednesday, April 29th and runs through Friday, May 1st. Special opening reception will be start at 6:30 PM on the 29th. Student work is on display throughout…


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Special Education Workshop – April 27

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Autism and Special Education Law is the title of the Monday night workshop being hosted by the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council and Massachusetts Advocates for Children. This event, hosted at the Kennedy School…


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News flashes from the Somerville Public Schools

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Somerville Open Studios will get a boost on May 2 and 3 with the addition of participants from of Somerville High School students in the PAL Program who will be displaying and selling hand-crafted jewelry and note cards from their booth at the Center for Arts at the Armory. …


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Announcing Somerville Kid’s Blog

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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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DARBI to Host Wine & Cheese Reception

Posted by a 11:22 am on April 18, 2009

DARBI (Davis Area Resident/Business Initiative) will host a wine and cheese reception open to the public at Dave’s Fresh Pasta from 7:30-9:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21st.  Local residents, both new and old, can take…


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Somerville Human Rights Commission

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

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

Agenda:

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

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SomerVision Open House!

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SomerVision City Planning Open House

Saturday, April 25th from 11 am to 2 pm


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Dave’s Fresh Pasta Grand Opening 4/16 from 5-9

Posted by a 7:23 pm on April 13, 2009

The newly expanded Dave’s Fresh Pasta will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday from 5 to 9 – and 10% of the day’s revenue will be donated to Local First and the Somerville…


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Events and News from the Somerville Public Schools

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UPCOMING EVENTS
April 16th is the date of the Somerville High School Spring Concert, hosted beginning at 7:00 PM at Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue). Student musicians will be showing off their…


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Capuano staff office hours at City Hall

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

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

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


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Walk to Save Our Homes in Somerville

Posted by a 11:02 pm on April 10, 2009

I’m inviting you to please either become involved, or send a pledge to me, to support the 6th annual Walk to Save Our Homes.  This is an effort to raise money that will be used to keep Somerville families and individuals from homelessness.  This 5K walk is on Sunday April 26, registration at 1:30 in front of the Somerville High School Atrium, with the walk itself starting at 2:00. You can support this effort in any one of four ways.…


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How to get the real dirt!

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Apropos of Barry’s belief that Somerville needs more and better investigative reporting, you can learn to do it yourself!  Northeastern University School of Journalism and the New England First Amendment Center are offering a May…


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Community Easter Sunrise Service

Posted by a 10:54 am on April 9, 2009

Why on earth would you get up pre-dawn on a Sunday and stand outside in the elements, when the high for the day is only predicted to be a chill 40 degrees?

Because it’s…


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Home Energy Savings for Renters

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

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

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


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Progressive Democrats of Somerville Annual Meeting

Posted by a 9:28 am on April 7, 2009

Come out to the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) Annual Meeting. See what exciting things are happening with PDS as it celebrates the start of its 6th year.

When: Tuesday

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Transition Somerville: Moving toward a healthy future

Posted by a 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 a 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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On 4/3: protest Davis Sq Rite Aid to pass Employee Free Choice Act

Posted by a 5:59 pm on April 2, 2009

Rite Aid has been abusing the rights of employees – and provides a “textbook example” of why Congress should pass the “Employee Free Choice Act,” reform legislation that would better protect employees who want to form unions by limiting employer interference in the process.


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Save Our Somerville Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 10:58 pm on March 31, 2009

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 20th (pending permit approval, rain date of Tuesday, April 21st). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano…


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Somerville Snow Removal

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

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


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Welcome Project discusses immigrant issues

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

Maria Landaverde says:

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


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State Budget Forum

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No Fooling: Budget Forum April 1

Every day we learn of more cuts in services and proposed tax increases. Why are we in this situation? What can we do to protect the basics we…


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State Budget Forum – April 1 (no fooling)

Posted by a 10:25 pm on March 18, 2009

No Fooling: Budget Forum April 1

Every day we learn of more cuts in services and proposed tax increases. Why are we in this situation? What can we do to protect the basics we…


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Public Announcement/Atencion Publica/Aviso Publica/Enfomasyon Piblik

Posted by a 11:41 am on March 12, 2009

Help the Department of Education assess the quality of district programs! Sign up to be interviewed as part of the District’s Coordinated Program Review taking place the week of April 27th. Call 617-625-6600 x6028 before April 3rd and ask to be put on the list of members of the public to be interviewed by the Department.…


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Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace

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The next Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace meeting will be on Saturday, March 14, 10:30 AM at 77 Walnut St., Somerville.  On the agenda: a brief presentation and discussion of Single Payer


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Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace

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The next Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace meeting will be on Saturday, March 14, 10:30 AM at 77 Walnut St., Somerville.  On the agenda: a brief presentation and discussion of Single Payer


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

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Nutrition and Your Child @ Winter Hill Community School Library, 3/16, 6-8pm
preparing for the college admissions process @ SHS Auditorium, 3/23, 7-8:30pm
impact of family violence on learning workshop @ Kennedy School, 3/31, 7-8:30pm


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Deadlines for local scholarship applications approaching!

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Students in the Class of 2009 at Somerville High School are invited to apply for any one of many college and technical school scholarships available through local scholarship funds.…


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Meet and Greet New CAAS Exec Dir

Posted by a 12:54 pm on March 9, 2009

Meet and Greet Kim Smith-Cofield, March 30!


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Neighbors share parking ticket stories and seek reform

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

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

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


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somervillefoodscene.com

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I’m pleased to announce http://www.somervillefoodscene.com, biweekly anonymous reviews for Somerville residents. When you have a few moments, please do stop by and enjoy…


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

Posted by a 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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Registration Deadline for Progressive Campaign Training

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

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


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Winning Progressive Campaigns: A Training for Candidates and Activists

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


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Attention, Women Bloggers!

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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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Call for performers: Creative Expressions on Race Event

Posted by a 7:47 am on February 24, 2009

My progressive, arts-loving church started talking a lot about race and racism, after the Jeremiah Wright kerfuffle in the press last spring (Jeremiah Wright is UCC, like us). We haven’t stopped talking about it yet, and this winter and spring are running a multifaceted “Sacred Conversation on Race,” both for our own community’s learning, and the wider Somerville community.

We are hosting an arts and entertainment evening as a centerpiece of the project, and are soliciting participants. Will you be one of them? See the invitation below.…


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Radical Community Discussion on the Economic Crisis with Steve Meacham

Posted by a 10:07 am on February 20, 2009

What is going on with our economy? How is the economic crisis affecting local issues? What can we do? This Sunday, February 22 at 7pm, come to the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in…


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Radical Community Discussion on the Economic Crisis with Steve Meacham

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What is going on with our economy? How is the economic crisis affecting local issues? What can we do? This Sunday, February 22 at 7pm, come to the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in the heart of Union Square (in the old police building above Precinct 116) to participate in a discussion about the economic crisis and how it is affecting affordable housing. …


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Progressive Democrats Feb Mtg

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Hey PDSers…

Its time for another great PDS meeting. Come out and see what exciting things PDS is up to this month. Our agenda includes:

  • Update on our March Candidate and Campaign

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ECIP lottery applications now available!

Posted by a 9:32 am on February 19, 2009

Will your child be 3 by August 31, 2009? Are you interested in having your child be a typically developing peer in the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP?)…


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Temple B’nai Brith Spring Open House: March 29th, 11am-1pm

Posted by a 8:39 pm on February 12, 2009

Temple B’nai Brith Spring Open House: March 29th, 11am-1pm

Looking for a vibrant, egalitarian, and welcoming Jewish community?
Temple B’nai Brith is an independent Jewish congregation serving
Somerville and surrounding communities for over 100…


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Improving School Climate and Preventing Bullying in the Somerville Public Schools – February 24th Free Workshop for Families, Educators and Youth Workers

Posted by a 7:46 pm on February 11, 2009

Do any of these issues concern you?



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Why Christians should love Darwin

Posted by a 12:42 pm on February 5, 2009

The Jesus fish kissing the Darwin fish? Why not? Our church is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the…


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Somertime in February for ages 5-13

Posted by a 9:07 am on February 2, 2009

$80 for four days of fun! Breakfast and pizza included.


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Low cost cat spay/neuter, rabies vaccination

Posted by a 11:51 pm on February 1, 2009

$65 for spay/neuter and a rabies shot! Phone/email for details and to reserve a space for your cat.


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Somerville Dem Caucuses for State Convention

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

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


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It’s Time to TAP for SAP

Posted by a 3:02 pm on January 29, 2009

The days are lengthening and the sap will soon begin flowing. That’s right, it’s Maple Syrup Time! The Somerville Maple Syrup Project will be kicking off the 2009 season this Saturday, January 31st at 12pm!…


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Volunteer for the Somerville Public Schools

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I want to share with you a call I received this week from an 80-year-old Somerville woman. Olga is a retired math teacher who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. After hearing President Obama’s Inaugural Address and his call to service, she picked up the phone, saying she was moved to “give back any way I can.” Olga will be tutoring math at Somerville High School three hours a week. I know that there are many more Olgas in Somerville and beyond who are searching for meaningful ways to connect with and give back to their community.


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Invitation to share your advice about improving the website of the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 9:23 am on January 28, 2009

Dear colleagues and neighbors,

At least three times a week I get email from members of our community offering advice on ways the website of the Somerville Public Schools can be reorganized to better meet their information needs.…


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Davis Square Area Resident-Business Initiative Monthly Mtg

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

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

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Somerville Adult Evening School Winter Classes start Feb. 3.

Posted by a 11:50 pm on January 25, 2009

Somerville Adult Evening School Winter 2009 Classes start the week of February 3.

 

Whether you long to learn to ice a cake like a pro, play an African drum, speak Portuguese, deliver CPR, design a web page, do your own home improvements, or simply cut your home energy costs, Somerville Adult Evening School has an affordable course for you. Weekly classes are held at Somerville High School and cover everything from mastering pastry dough to learning to create architectural plans with AutoCAD.…


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming MA

Posted by a 11:39 pm on January 23, 2009

The young people from Centro Presente’s Pintamos Nuestro Mundo, and The Welcome Project’s Youth Program would like to cordially invite you to: “A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts” .
Tuesday, January 27th from 4:30


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts

Posted by a 11:33 pm on

This event is an opportunity for Somerville youth and community partners to meet in person, build community, and discuss how Somerville can become a safer and welcoming place for everyone. At the event, our youth members will present personal stories, and sit in small dialogue groups with adults.


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 2:10 pm on January 22, 2009

Click “Read more” to learn about:

- College Goal Sunday on January 25th
- Kindergarten registration paperwork help, January 26-29
- Bye Bye Birdie at Somerville High School February 6-8
- Student art on exhibit at the Nave Gallery
- Somerville Special Olympics Swim team


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Know a Somerville High School student looking for leadership experience?

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The Food Services Department is starting a Student Advisory Board in February to give students the opportunity to voice their thoughts about school meals.  Students will meet with the Food Service Director and Nutrition Outreach Coordinator on a monthly basis to advise on the school breakfast and lunch program through the rest of the school year.  All interested students should contact Charlotte Stephenson, Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, at (617) 625-6600 x6095 or cstephenson(at)k12.somerville.ma.us.


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Progressive Dems of Somerville January Meeting

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

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

Come out to the first meeting of the new year!

What: PDS January Meeting

When: Tuesday


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SCA energy-efficiency in underserved communities!

Posted by a 10:02 am on January 13, 2009

Volunteer on National Service Day with Somerville Climate Action
MLK Day, Monday, January 19th
Spread the word on energy-efficiency in underserved communities!
On Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), we

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Retirement Party for former CAAS ED Jack Hamilton

Posted by a 10:06 pm on January 8, 2009

Retirement Party

For Jack Hamilton

Date: Friday, January 23, 2009

Time: 3:30-8:00 p.m.

Place: Dante Club, Craigie Street,

Somerville, MA


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Retirement Party for former CAAS ED Jack Hamilton

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Read more for details…


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News Bites in the Somerville Public Schools

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The period after the December break is always a time of high activity in the schools.  What follows is a list of events and activities which might be of interest to all residents, business owners and others across the city:


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Early Childhood Festival

Posted by a 11:15 am on January 2, 2009

The Early Childhood Festival celebrates young children and families, and provides families with the opportunity to learn more about early childhood education programs and resources in Somerville. Hosted by the Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC), an award-winning collaboration between the Somerville Public Schools and all of the city’s early childhood programs…


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Early Childhood Integrated Program (ECIP) Application Process

Posted by a 11:09 am on

ECIP is an integrated early childhood program with a mix of standard and special education children ages three and four. Classes meet four days per week for 5.25 hours per day. There is one teacher and one paraprofessional in each class for a maximum of 15 children.…


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Kindergarten registration begins on January 24th

Posted by a 11:05 am on

Students who will be 5 by August 31, 2009 are eligible for free, full-day kindergarten in the Somerville Public Schools. Kindergarten registration begins in January! Registration materials will be mailed home to the parents/guardians of every age eligible child born in Somerville.


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

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

Somerville High School auditorium, 81 Highland Ave

  • Keynote address
  • 2009 MLK awards
  • Musical Performances

This event is free and open to…


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Somerville Climate Action

Posted by a 5:27 pm on December 26, 2008

Somerville Climate Action fights global warming by helping Somerville residents, businesses, and the municipality to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We promote energy-conservation, energy-efficiency and the adoption of renewable sources of power through education, advocacy…


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Drivers Education to be offered at Somerville Adult Evening School

Posted by a 7:31 pm on December 16, 2008

Pleasant Auto School and Somerville Adult Evening School have teamed up to provide a 5 week driver’s education course for any teens or adults with a learner’s permit. Students receive 30 hours of classroom instruction, twelve hours of Road Lessons, six hours of observation time.


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Hodgkins Curtin Park Renovation Planning Meeting

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

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

Hello ResiStat groups –

Please see below…


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

Posted by a 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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Congratulations to Julia J. at the Kennedy School

Posted by a 1:20 pm on

Julia’s drawing entitled Red Sails at Sunset by Julia J won third prize in Crayola’s “Art of Childhood” online exhibit!


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Support the arts in the Somerville Public Schools – buy an ad in the “Bye Bye Birdie” program book

Posted by a 4:27 pm on December 3, 2008

More than 35 student actors, musicians, stage and costume designers, and production engineers are working on the 2009 Somerville High School production of Bye Bye Birdie. Scheduled to launch its three day run on Friday, February 6th, Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of Conrad Birdie…


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Union Square Hearing–6:30 on Thursday at City Hall

Posted by a 3:49 pm on December 1, 2008

Please join the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC) and Save Our Somerville (SOS) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the hearing of the Union Square Zoning Ordinance at City Hall. We are very concerned that the proposed Union Square zoning does little to protect affordability in the area.


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

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The District is rich in activity throughout the early part of December. Highlights include…


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

Posted by a 2:43 pm on November 30, 2008

“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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Benoit Kills Willow, Despite Community Outpouring

Posted by a 9:05 pm on November 28, 2008

The tree is gone. Several of us confronted the arborist. Ellie and Kirsten went to court in Woburn where Joe Benoit mysteriously turned up and successfully challenged their request for a temporary restraining order. (with video)


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Holiday Craft Fair at Somerville High

Posted by a 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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From Exclusion to Empowerment: Chinese American Women in New England

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

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


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Progressive Democrats November Meeting

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

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


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Support alternative education – buy a wreath or tree

Posted by a 2:06 pm on November 18, 2008

Spread Christmas cheer and support alternative education by buying a Christmas tree or wreath from Next Wave and Full Circle Alternative Schools, which provide high quality instruction in a therapeutic setting for up to 104 Somerville youth in Grades 6-12.


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Legislative Workshop Thursday

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You’re invited to a Legislative Workshop I’ll be holding on Thursday, November 20 from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Somerville Public Library, at 79 Highland Ave, Somerville.


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Somerville Cracks Down on Sidewalk Cyclists

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

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


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Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

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The Mystic View Task Force is holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2008. The focus of this year’s meeting will be reports on air pollution


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

Posted by a 6:00 pm on

[Posted on behalf of Alisa Wind]

Dear friends at Somerville Voices,

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


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Community meeting on Green Line extension to Medford/Somerville line

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The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) and the Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance (MGNA) are jointly hosting a community meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the Green Line service


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

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

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


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

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


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

Posted by a 10:00 pm on

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

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

at the Middle School


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Grimmons Park Community Meeting

Posted by a 9:49 pm on

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

If you live in the Grimmons Park area, you…


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Pathways to Progress : SCC 39th Annual Meeting

Posted by a 9:34 pm on

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

The Somerville Community Corporation

Cordially invites you to attend our

39th Annual Dinner and Meeting

“PATHWAYS TO PROGRESS”…


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Upcoming Events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 8:04 am on November 3, 2008

No school on November 4th; Vocational Fair on November 8th; School Improvement Council Training on November 10th; Parent/Guardian Focus Group on Middle Grades Learning on November 13th; District-wide open house and information session on November 18th


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City holds public hearing on 2008 Charter Committee

Posted by a 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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“Democracy Now” Election Coverage

Posted by a 10:30 pm on October 30, 2008

Hi Gang, for those of you yearning for alternative media coverage of the big day November 4th … keep reading, we have the answer


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“Democracy Now” Election Coverage

Posted by a 2:01 pm on

Hi Gang, for those of you yearning for alternative media coverage of the big day November 4th …. keep reading, we have the answer.


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SMUJP Post-election discussion Nov. 11

Posted by a 10:01 am on

Click here for the article with details.


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SMUJP Post-election discussion Nov. 11

Posted by a 9:52 am on

SMUJP (Somerville-Medford United for Justice with Peace) invites you to a post-election dialogue: thoughts on the election results and implications for the Somerville and Medford progressive community. We hope to define three key areas to focus on going forward, relating to peace, economic justice and local issues. This open, nonpartisan conversation will start with brief presentations and move to lots of discussion. We hope you can join us!


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Get Healthy for the Holidays: Amethyst Center Hosts Holistic Health Open House/Fundraiser for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 9:33 am on October 27, 2008

As cold autumn weather approaches, Davis Square’s Amethyst Center announced today that it is hosting a “Get Healthy for the Holidays” open house offering refreshments and holistic health treatments. The short treatments—available in exchange for a suggested $10 donation to the Somerville Homeless Coalition—include: acupuncture; shiatsu; massage; craniosacral therapy; naturopathy consultations; reiki and other energy balancing sessions. Participants are also encouraged to bring gently-used or new blankets to donate to the Coalition.


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Learn to Skate and Play Hockey!

Posted by a 11:38 am on October 26, 2008

Somerville Youth Hockey Association provides an instructional level program for youth from ages 3-8 years old at Somerville’s DCR Rink on Saturday mornings for the entire season. This is a great opportunity to put on…


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FREE Girls Hockey Clinic – Boston University Terriers!

Posted by a 11:37 am on

Join the Boston University Women’s Ice Hockey Team as they host a FREE hockey clinic for girls 8th
Grade and under (because of NCAA rules, they can not be in high school yet)


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March for Haiti on Sunday–Hurricane Relief

Posted by a 11:09 pm on October 22, 2008

Read the main article March for Haiti on Sunday–Hurricane Relief for more details…


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March for Haiti on Sunday–Hurricane Relief

Posted by a 11:05 pm on

Save Our Somerville’s always reliable, Leon David, has been hard at work organizing a disaster relief march for Haiti. Haiti has been devastated by something like four hurricanes this year. Leon has asked that this message be shared with the SOS network to help all of Somerville become aware of this issue that has sent shockwaves through our Haitian community. On Sunday, let’s show that all of Somerville stands in solidarity with Haiti and her expatriates here in our city.


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Community meeting about BU biocontainment lab

Posted by a 8:42 pm on October 8, 2008

From a phone message received today, October 8:

Hello, this is an important message from the National Institutes of Health.

On October 14 we’ll be holding a meeting of the NIH Blue Ribbon…


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Saturday Oct 11th Anti-War Rally and National Day of Action

Posted by a 3:45 pm on

Stand Up for Peace in the Middle East
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Visit our website: http://oct11boston.org

Music at 11, Rally at noon, March at 2 pm
Boston Common Parade Grounds (Entrance on Beacon…


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Pub Crawl in Union Square!

Posted by a 5:23 pm on October 6, 2008

Join Union Square Main Streets for our monthly ‘Second Wednesdays in Union Square’ community celebration.  October features a tour of Union Square’s drinking holes, complete with drink specials and new friends.

When: This Wednesday…


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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats

Posted by a 9:59 am on October 3, 2008

Charles River Alleycats is hosting a Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic for Cats on Saturday, October 25th. The clinic will be held at the Somerville Department of Public Works city yard at 1 Franey Rd, Somerville.


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Investigating a Community Foundation for Somerville

Posted by a 4:52 pm on October 2, 2008

Over the years and from various corners there’s been discussion about the need for a community foundation for Somerville. Some people have gone so far as to do research towards the idea of a foundation but nothing concrete has yet emerged. Since the needs that inspire the idea of Community Foundation continue to emerge a group of people gathered this past summer to articulate those needs and what a Somerville Foundation might be.


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Tour de Somerville: Explore Somerville’s Outer Limits by Bike

Posted by a 6:56 am on October 1, 2008

Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee for the 16th Annual Tour de Somerville on Saturday, October 18th.   We’ll meet at 10 am at Seven Hills Park, behind the Holland Street T entrance in Davis Square. …


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Local Roots Food and Music Festival

Posted by a 3:26 pm on September 24, 2008

Food, music, and raffle, rain or shine – everyone is invited!


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Rosh Hashanah Services at Temple B’nai Brith

Posted by a 11:42 pm on September 22, 2008

201 Central Street, Somerville (near the corner of Broadway). Services continue Tuesday and Wednesday: see full schedule at www.templebnaibrith.org. All welcome.


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New England Revolution – Ribbon Cutting!

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Youth Soccer League invite all to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new James McCarthy Field located at the Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center on 150 Glenn…


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Oct 4th Som Dem City Committee Picnic

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

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


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What the Fluff?

Posted by a 11:31 pm on September 15, 2008

Come to Union Square September 28 27 to celebrate Somerville’s own sweet, gooey, and utterly unique contribution to American cuisine, Marshmallow Fluff!  From 4 to 7 PM (rain date Sunday September 28) come…


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What’s Happening in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:03 pm on September 12, 2008

There are several noteworthy events happening in the Somerville Public Schools in the upcoming weeks.


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Invitation to the Somerville Community to Join the Honk Parade

Posted by a 3:13 pm on September 11, 2008

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am part of a group of Somerville and Cambridge residents organizing the third Honk! Festival of activist street bands, and I wanted to extend an invitation to…


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Urban Country Fair, Union Square

Posted by a 9:37 pm on September 8, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Urban Country Fair

Urban Country Fair logo
sponsored by Truth Serum, Somerville Arts Council and ArtsUnion
(raindate: September 21)
3-7pm FREE and open to…


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HONK! Festival of Progressive Marching Bands

Posted by a 9:15 pm on September 7, 2008

Dear Friends,

We hope that your year has been filled with music, the joy of community, and acts of resistance


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Somerville Garden Club Plant Sale

Posted by a 9:11 pm on

Somerville Plant Sale 2008
Perennial and House Plant Sale

The annual SGC Perennial and House Plant Sale is planned for Saturday, September 20th, 2008 from 9:00am-1:00pm in Davis Square (rain or shine)…


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Charter Advisory Committee Announces Initial Public Comment Period

Posted by a 8:58 pm on September 4, 2008

Committee Urges Residents to Submit Comments on City Charter Beginning September 1st through September 8th; Comments Accepted Via Email, Mail and Voicemail


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Temple B’nai Brith holds Open House September 20th and 21st

Posted by a 11:31 am on September 3, 2008

Looking for a vibrant, egalitarian, and welcoming Jewish community? Temple B’nai Brith is an independent Jewish congregation serving Somerville and surrounding communities for over 100 years. We offer regular Shabbat and alternative worship services, High Holiday services, and other Jewish holiday services; non-members are welcome!


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CAAS seeks Executive Director

Posted by a 9:55 am on

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking an Executive Director to start January 1, 2009. Please refer to our website for more information: www.caasomerville.org.


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