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Somervillians Wary of Casinos

Posted by a 10:11 pm on July 20, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 15, 2014 – The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision to allow a casino repeal measure on the November ballot has Somervillians talking about the billion-dollar casino and gambling industry again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwsUQHql6pw
A Boston…


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Posted in Crime, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Politics, Video | No Comments »

The Latest Somerville Neighborhood News show

Posted by a 11:48 am on July 16, 2014

Watch the Latest Newscast of Somerville Neighborhood News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbfsnzuZSH4&feature=youtu.be
Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV.
Here is what the latest newscast will bring you: The Boston Globe says…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Beat Reporter, Civic Action, Crime, Development and Zoning, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Video | No Comments »

To My Fellow Cyclists

Posted by a 12:03 am on September 6, 2013

I write this letter as an enthusiastic bicyclist, to my fellow cyclists. Cyclists frequently complain, “We don’t get no respect.” Well, if you want respect, you start by deserving it.


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Posted in Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Crime, Public Health & Safety | 1 Comment »

Maxwell’s Green Entrance Signs/Walls on Lowell Street are Blocking the Sightlines to/from Community Path, despite almost half a million dollars in state Transit Oriented Development funding

Posted by a 4:47 pm on September 5, 2012

The Friends of the Community Path sent this letter to the George Proakis and the Planning Board on August 17, with no reply so far:…


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Posted in Accessibility, Bicycles, Civic Action, Crime, Environment and Open Space, Green Line, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 3, Ward 5 | No Comments »

Shhhh, it’s a DRUG BUST

Posted by a 8:24 am on November 25, 2011

So, yeah, I guess Mayor Joe wants to tiptoe carefully around this one, though it’s hardly a secret, as the incident was fully reported on Wicked Local Somerville November 7.


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Somerville Domestic Violence

Posted by a 9:17 pm on July 17, 2011

Domestic violence is a hidden reality. It affects people of all incomes, races and religions. Domestic violence is often not reported to the police due to the abused fear of additional abuse by the abuser. …


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Posted in Blog Meta, Civil and Human Rights, Crime, Economy & Poverty | No Comments »

Pod Squad

Posted by a 9:05 am on July 7, 2011

Black Swallowwort (AKA “dog-strangling vine”) is one of the most aggressive invasive weeds, and has spread throughout Somerville.


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Posted in Crime, Environment and Open Space, Pedestrians | 4 Comments »

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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Posted in Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Crime, Immigration, Politics, Public Health & Safety | No Comments »

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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Posted in Announcements, Crime, Government Reform, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Teens | No Comments »

Centro Presente doesn’t want immigration background checks on arrestees

Posted by a 3:22 pm on October 4, 2010

According to a recent Boston Herald article, a Somerville-based group, Centro Presente, wants to stop the BPD practice of running immigration background checks on those that have been arrested…


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Crime, Immigration | 10 Comments »

6/14/10 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 9:44 pm on May 23, 2010

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Crime, Development and Zoning, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Somerville By The Numbers, Transportation, Ward 6 | No Comments »

What DON’T We Know?

Posted by a 9:24 am on May 10, 2010

Steve Clift is one of the most successful community media advocates in the nation. His e-Democracy is both a standard and a clarion call for more participatory journalism. In part this is a response to…


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Posted in Crime, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Tufts, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:16 pm on January 31, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the rescheduling of the…


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Posted in All Ages, Bicycles, Buses, City Finances, Crime, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Health Care, Housing, Immigration, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Somerville By The Numbers, Special, Traffic & Parking, Trains, Transportation, Transportation Projects | 1 Comment »

Public Health and Public Safety Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:35 pm on January 24, 2010

Public Health and Public Safety Committee Meeting

Mon. Jan. 25 6:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda


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Posted in All Ages, Crime, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Special, Transportation | No Comments »

Have Safety Issues Been Addressed at Market Basket?

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

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


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Posted in Crime, Traffic & Parking | 1 Comment »

Towards a Safer and More Transparent Community : Crime Maps

Posted by a 8:48 pm on September 25, 2009

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


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Posted in Civic Action, Crime, Public Health & Safety | 3 Comments »

Bullying in Somerville-Is it a problem?

Posted by a 2:16 pm on August 25, 2009

Bullying, is it a problem in Somerville-Why or why not? Prevention and how to deal with bullying in school.


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Crime, Events, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Teens | 2 Comments »

National Night Out Against Crime & Drugs

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

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


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Posted in All Ages, Crime, Events, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Teens | No Comments »

Unanswered questions about the Romelus police beating

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

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

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


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Somerville’s JAG monies

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

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


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Posted in Crime, Public Health & Safety, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Youth Voices: My Accident

Posted by a 7:32 pm on February 27, 2009

On Wednesday of May 21, 2007 around 12:30 P.M, I decided to skip school and go home. It had been the worst day for me.…


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Posted in Crime, Schools and Youth | 8 Comments »

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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Posted in Announcements, Crime, Events, Schools and Youth | No Comments »

Drug Warriors Advocate Peace

Posted by a 5:15 pm on February 5, 2009

If you drive northwest on Mystic Avenue, not far past the Medford line you’ll pass a modest office building. One of its tenants is LEAP, an organization that is influencing opinion on drug policy across North America. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’s members—current and retired law officers—propose a different way.


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National Night Out against crime and drugs!

Posted by a 9:39 pm on July 20, 2008

This is an announcement to all Somerville residents about Somerville’s fifth annual National Night Out (NNO) against crime and drugs. Please pass on the message about this important community and crime prevention event.


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Package theft on Holland Ave.

Posted by a 3:32 pm on May 27, 2008

The specific instances I’ve heard about involve kids following DHL trucks in the Teele Square area, but it’s probably a good idea to have packages delivered to your workplace if possible in any case…


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