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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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Posted in Announcements, Arts and Culture, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Immigration, Investigative Reports, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Tufts, Video | No Comments »

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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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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Posted in Announcements, Arts and Culture, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Politics, Union Square | No Comments »

Somervillians Support Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

Posted by a 5:40 pm on June 18, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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SNN: Styrofoam ban, war on rats & more!

Posted by a 12:18 pm on

June 17, 2014 — Did you know that the ban on the use of take-out styrofoam containers is being largely ignored? Want to go to the state’s Democratic convention? Hit the “Carnaval” and check out…


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4/30/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

Posted by a 9:39 pm on April 20, 2014

Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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4/22/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

Posted by a 9:34 pm on

Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 1, 2014

The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLoFyRgrTeiKjjT0QWCrA8dSg_ZxDk_V1M&feature=player_embedded&v=6ZTS9fMrNo8

by Somerville Neighborhood News


Youth homelessness is on the rise; at least…


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Posted by a 7:17 pm on March 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 11
March 25, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB1YIUGilJc&feature=share&list=UUihzsbcApusRDw3PTTjwpHg

In SNN episode # 11, reporters bring you stories on a new program for young readers at Porter Square books, on a former child…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Education, Investigative Reports, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Teens, Union Square, Video | No Comments »

Somerville Neighborhood News looks at real estate prices

Posted by a 2:07 pm on January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014 — How do “new kids” from foreign lands fare at Somerville High School? Davis Square business owners fear they’ll be priced out of town. Check out Somerville Neighborhood News #7 (Jan. 28…


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Posted in City Finances, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Immigration, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Uncategorized, Ward 5 | No Comments »

Will Somerville residents get jobs on the GLX?

Posted by a 10:20 pm on January 23, 2014

Will Sville residents get jobs on the Green Line extension? Check out this excerpt from Somerville Neighborhood News #6.…


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Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

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January 14, 2014 — Inauguration of the mayor, aldermen and school committee, homework at the high school, raising the first American flag, a program that promises good, local jobs during the Green Line extension (rerun) and homelessness (rerun). These stories and more…


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Tufts University’s Tax Exemption, Silver Medal for Bikeability, High Schooler Gets ESPN’s Attention

Posted by a 1:24 pm on November 27, 2013

Somerville Neighborhood News – Nov. 26 episode now posted

Wonder how much Tufts would owe the City of Somerville if it had to pay real estate taxes? Curious…


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Posted in Beat Reporter, Bicycles, City Finances, Davis Square, Economy & Poverty, Historical, Investigative Reports, Media, Powderhouse Square, Transportation Projects, Tufts, Uncategorized, Union Square, Video | No Comments »

Fresh veggies go mobile! Support access to nutritious foods for our neighbors.

Posted by a 7:38 pm on November 21, 2013

 photo veggies_zps7e58118f.jpgThis summer I saw a story in the Globe that made me happy. Like many of you, I’ve heard about the neighborhoods that are entirely under-served by groceries…


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10/9/10 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:00 pm on October 6, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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

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

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


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

4/23/13 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by a 7:58 pm on April 14, 2013

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville, yet very few people attend these hearings. More…


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Housing, Seniors | No Comments »

Global Warming: Is Holistic Land Management the Key?

Posted by a 9:02 am on January 18, 2013

While governments posture and dither, a pragmatic practitioner and intellectual entrepreneur, Allan Savory, has been developing and demonstrating a powerful technique that can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere immediately while reversing desertification and providing livelihoods and food for millions of people.


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Free Inspirational Movie: “Shift Change”

Posted by a 11:01 pm on October 23, 2012

Please join us for the New England Premier of “Shift  Change”,

What: An inspirational new documentary by veteran filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about the real possibilities offered by worker cooperatives during this…


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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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Candidates Wanted for CAAS Board

Posted by a 4:51 pm on August 10, 2012

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 October.

“We are looking for…


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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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Union Square Neighbors Rally for Affordable Housing

Posted by a 6:01 pm on July 12, 2012

A crowd of 80 Union Square residents and other Somerville supporters gathered last night to proclaim Union Square as the heart of diversity with their message: “We support an affordable, diverse Somerville: Let’s keep Union Square a place for everyone!”


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6/19: Growthbusters – Film screening – How do we become a sustainable civilization? 7-9pm

Posted by a 10:15 pm on June 10, 2012

Presented by State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action. Rather than dispensing facts about climate change; peak energy, food and water; and biodiversity loss, this film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from acting rationally.


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6/12/12 Statewide Day of Action for Transit Justice

Posted by a 3:42 pm on

Fare hikes and service cuts hurt economically depressed areas first. Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Buses, Commuter Rail, Economy & Poverty, Events, Green Line, Orange Line, Transportation, Transportation Projects | 1 Comment »

6/14/12 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting

Posted by a 3:37 pm on

Agenda not available. The Trust manages payments made in lieu of affordable housing units required by the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, along with revenues from loans made by the Trust.


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5/7/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 2:41 pm on May 6, 2012

Agenda includes the FY 2012 budget.


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Stand Up Against Walmart

Posted by a 9:08 pm on March 29, 2012

Somerville residents opposed to Walmart coming to our town have scheduled a campaign day this Saturday, March 31. They will knock on doors, hand out flyers, and ask small


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3/14/12 Rally at MBTA Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:42 pm on March 11, 2012

Join Mass Senior Action in telling the MBTA…”Bail Out the Riders, Build Massachusetts!”


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Are City’s Senior Centers Accessible?: RESISTAT Responds

Posted by a 12:16 pm on March 10, 2012

The letter to resistat previously posted on SV is copied below. The response (which follows)  was posted on the resistat blog within 72 hours of the letter’s submission.…


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Get Help Heating Your Home at CAAS

Posted by a 4:14 pm on February 22, 2012

Fuel Assistance is available based on the total annual income of all members of a household who are eighteen years or older. This year, to be eligible, a household size of 1 must be making less than $31,218 annually while a household of 4 can be making up to $60,035 annually.


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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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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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Recession Sessions Benefit Concert to Give Voice to Economic Hardship

Posted by a 2:50 pm on January 11, 2012

Join The Bull and Bear, a “financial folk” band for a night of relevant and original music played live from the band’s most-recent album, Recession Sessions. The record highlights the major events of the current global financial crisis. …


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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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Passing the Local Hiring Ordinance Will Help Raise Labor Standards in Somerville

Posted by a 9:07 pm on November 26, 2011

Somerville’s economic development policies should place the highest priority on creating the good jobs our community needs.…


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

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

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

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


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UPDATE: Comcast Internet Cheap if you Need It

Posted by a 9:18 pm on October 15, 2011

High Quality, Cheap Internet, way below normal costs for those who need it.


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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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Poverty Growing in U.S. and in Somerville

Posted by a 3:39 pm on September 23, 2011

If you’re in a room with ten other Somerville residents, two of them are likely to be poor.

Over 13,000 Somerville residents lived below the poverty level last year, according to figures the U.S…


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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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Green

Posted by a 12:25 pm on September 16, 2011

The latest robocall announced the 4th Annual Riverfest, Saturday, 9/17, featuring “fireworks, entertainment, food and family activities” for Somerville residents. The familiar and friendly voice of Jackie Rossetti encouraged residents to participate. The latter part…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Assembly Square, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, MBTA, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation | No Comments »

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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Somerville “Happiness Survey” Weighted Towards Wealthy

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

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

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


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UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

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

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

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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378-382 Somerville Avenue: Plug Ugly!

Posted by a 9:17 pm on August 13, 2011

So far—and rightfully so—Somerville activists have framed proposed development of 378-382 Somerville Avenue as a displacement issue. As predicted, the advent of the Green Line to Union Square would mean gentrification; 378-382 Somerville Avenue, site of proposed luxury condos, is the first incursion.…


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Letter : Walmart Not Welcome Here

Posted by a 9:55 pm on July 29, 2011

On behalf of Somerville Climate Action we want to express our grave concern with the possibility of Walmart descending upon Somerville.


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MaxPac adds insult to injury by not hiring any local people

Posted by a 12:33 pm on July 25, 2011

Not hiring any local people (or making a good faith effort to do so) is an insult to our community. It should be unacceptable to the planning board, the Board of Alderman and all of our elected officials.


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Contract for the American Dream Meeting

Posted by a 9:48 pm on July 17, 2011

A good way to get to know interesting neighbors and maybe even accomplish something:
My husband and I hosted a MoveOn.org “American Dream” house party Saturday. …


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Somerville Domestic Violence

Posted by a 9:17 pm on

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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IKEA Object of Social Justice Action

Posted by a 8:15 am on June 30, 2011

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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Johnny D’s/Loose Change Band End Homelessness Bash, June 29th!

Posted by a 3:05 pm on June 21, 2011

Somerville residents interested in a night of social action and rock and roll are invited to come out Wed., June 29th, for a mid-week benefit titled “Johnny D’s End Homelessness Bash”. The benefit will be…


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CAAS’ Perez Named Unsung Heroine of 2011

Posted by a 4:51 pm on May 9, 2011

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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Somerville Homeless Coalition Annual Meeting

Posted by a 9:54 pm on May 7, 2011

The Somerville Homeless Coalition will hold their annual meeting Thursday, May 12th, at 6:30 pm at its offices in the basement of One Davis Square. This is an open meeting and all are welcome. The…


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

Posted by a 11:14 pm on April 7, 2011

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


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Budget Forum April 12

Posted by a 9:20 pm on April 3, 2011

The budget crisis continues, as local aid and programs from those for disabled children to assistance for vulnerable seniors are threatened with cuts or closure. This year’s budget promises to be the worst yet. So what can we do this year?


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Should You Apply for Fuel Assistance?

Posted by a 2:36 pm on March 30, 2011

Do you worry about being able to heat your home during the winter?  If you meet income guidelines, you may be eligible for fuel assistance.

Fuel assistance is a government program to


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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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Have Your Say: Take Part in CAAS Community Survey

Posted by a 7:43 pm on

“Your opinion matters,” Fischman says. “Please tell us your highest priorities for work to end poverty where we live. We will share the information with the City government and other community organizations so we can work together on the issues the community needs most to resolve.”


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Best Rate Insurance & Arbella Insurance Group Help Fund Somerville Homeless Coalition Through Arbella Insurance Matching Donation Program

Posted by a 10:42 am on February 16, 2011

SOMERVILLE – 02/15/2011 — Best Rate Insurance today announced that it has donated $500 to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. As part of the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation’s “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” program, Arbella matched the donation two-to-one, resulting in a total contribution of $1,500 to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.…


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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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Rite Aid: “You’re Breaking Our Hearts!”

Posted by a 10:36 am on

A half dozen community supporters greeted shoppers at Rite Aid’s Davis Sq. store in Somerville on Valentine’s Day to focus public attention on the company’s culture of corporate greed and its assault employees’ health care benefits and job rights.…


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2011 Cambridge/Somerville Farm Share Fair, Feb 3rd

Posted by a 9:41 pm on February 1, 2011

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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Labor and community groups petition Board of Aldermen for hearing on MaxPac jobs

Posted by a 4:58 pm on December 26, 2010

The groups fighting for the inclusion of local residents and union jobs on the proposed MaxPac development petitioned the Board of Aldermen on December 22 to hold a hearing on the Covenant language for union jobs that KSS Realty signed with the City of Somerville.


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Server or Servant?

Posted by a 3:58 pm on December 2, 2010

I love getting thoughtful emails from readers with questions, feedback, suggestions and stories. I received the following email a few days ago, and it raises an interesting question.

I read your blog all the


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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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KyAnn, Joe, and a Reindog Shop Local on Greater Somerville

Posted by a 6:02 pm on November 25, 2010

[11/23/2010]

Greater Somerville takes its show on the road to kickoff the holiday season,
encourage local shopping, taste some great wines and prove that reindogs can
host a TV talk show.…


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

Posted by a 4:21 pm on November 24, 2010

There is now a $63 M gap in infrastructure funding for Assembly Square. The Orange Line T-Stop and the rest of the development is in jeopardy unless we close the gap by a combination of stopgap funding and a $25 M DIF in Assembly Square.


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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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Pizza Against Poverty: Benefit Night for CAAS at Flatbread 11/16

Posted by a 4:28 pm on November 1, 2010

Flatbread Restaurant holds a benefit for the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) Tuesday evening, November 16. Eat at the restaurant (45 Day Street in Davis Square) any time from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Flatbread will donate a portion of the cost of dinner to CAAS, Somerville’s anti-poverty agency.


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10/27/10 Free Showing of Movie “A Sea Change”

Posted by a 9:43 pm on October 25, 2010

Over coming generations, ocean acidification may cause massive die-offs of fish species. Our descendants may inherit a world without fish.


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Innocent Treat or a Thoughtless Trick?

Posted by a 12:37 pm on October 20, 2010

What do you think about using over 40,000 acres of farm land, 20-24 inches of rain/irrigation water, and countless barrels of fuel to plant, cultivate, harvest, and ship a fruit that is primarily purchased for the purpose of being decorated, displayed in the front yard until it’s smashed in the street or overcome with rot and mold, and then thrown unceremoniously in the trash?


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Rally for Homes for the Homeless 10/14

Posted by a 7:30 pm on October 8, 2010

Please come to a Sleeping Bag Rally (bring your sleeping bag & pillows to show that everyone needs a place to sleep)

Thurs, Oct 14, 6-7:30 PM

Outside City Hall

On Sept…


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CAAS Annual Meeting and Celebration (with Jimmy Tingle)

Posted by a 11:02 pm on October 7, 2010

Jimmy Tingle will appear at Somerville anti-poverty agency’s celebration.


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Low-income Residents: Elect CAAS Board!

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

Board elections will take place at three locations daily, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. during the week of October 18-22.


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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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Labor Day thoughts (with link to commercial for working people)

Posted by a 3:03 pm on September 4, 2010

Labor Day is coming up. I hope all everyone gets a chance to enjoy some time with their friends and families.

This is the holiday brought to you by the labor movement. What is the labor movement?


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8/17/10 Ocean State Job Lot Introductory Meeting II — Beat Report

Posted by a 12:47 pm on August 23, 2010

Second community meeting. Mixed response from neighborhood. Some felt something was better than nothing, others thought we should stick to the new zoning plan. Key point: minimum 10 year lease, could be as long as 25 years. City expects change in neighborhood in 10 years, after Green Line comes in.


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8/17/10 Ocean State Job Lot Introductory Meeting II

Posted by a 2:36 pm on August 7, 2010

This meeting was called by Ocean State Job Lot to reintroduce themselves as a potential tenant at 299 Broadway, the former Star Market site. The previous meeting did not elicit public support. This meeting is worth attending because this use is inconsistent with the new Winter Hill zoning, could tie up the site for a long time, and could affect local property values.


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8/10/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 1:40 pm on

Currently the Steering Committee is working on policies and actions to implement the plan. Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan.


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Unfair Cuts Hit School Custodians in Somerville and Boston

Posted by a 9:01 pm on June 13, 2010

I am a school custodian for the City of Somerville.  I see a Boston Herald article that Boston is cutting 83 school custodians.

Reading the comments ( there are 249 comments so far!) I see that many of what these other people are saying is true…


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On Father’s Day, Take Dad Out and Help End Poverty in Somerville

Posted by a 12:50 pm on June 9, 2010

Bring Dad to any of a list of Somerville restaurants on Father’s Day and the restaurant will make a donation in his honor to the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS).


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5/17/10 BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 8:11 pm on May 9, 2010

This meeting is important because it relates to Green Line Extension economic development around Magoun Square.


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2nd Annual 2BGreen Expo

Posted by a 3:48 pm on May 2, 2010

This event features presentations by local “green” businesses and tips for utilizing more sustainable and energy-efficient practices. A key part of sustainable development is making it a profit center for Somerville.


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Somerville’s Cherry Sheets Challenge

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

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


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Save the Date: Under the Roof

Posted by a 3:33 pm on March 3, 2010

Under the Roof, an event recognizing 25 years of support, housing and community by the Somerville Homeless Coalition and honoring Karen LaFrazia, one of our founding board members and now executive director of the St…


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BOA Land Use Committee and Planning Board Joint Meeting

Posted by a 9:08 pm on February 28, 2010

BOA Land Use Committee and Planning Board Joint Meeting

Thurs. Mar. 4 6:00 PM

Somerville City Hall
Aldermen’s Chamber
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda


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BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:42 pm on

BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Tues. Mar. 2 7:00 PM

Somerville City Hall
2nd Fl. Comm. Rm.
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)


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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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Public Hearing for 2010-2011 HUD Action Plan

Posted by a 9:45 am on February 12, 2010

This hearing is important because it is a key step toward getting Federal money for improving Somerville.


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Close out the Bad Accounts

Posted by a 10:05 am on February 11, 2010

Banks and Verizon need to be held to the kind of standards they use to torture their customers.


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Ames Envelope

Posted by a 5:14 pm on February 8, 2010

Feeling pretty blue that Ames Envelope’s leaving town. Maybe others know different(ly), but it seemed as if this Somerville-based business has been a good neighbor.…


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Volunteers Needed! Foreclosure Canvassing

Posted by a 10:00 pm on February 1, 2010

Our neighbors are being evicted and our community destabilized by the foreclosure crisis! The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in collaboration with Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) has initiated a foreclosure outreach and organizing campaign in Somerville.


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Smart Growth/Transit Oriented Development – What is working or not?

Posted by a 7:18 pm on January 31, 2010

Smart Growth/Transit Oriented Development – What is working or not?

Thurs. Feb. 4 11:30 AM

Radisson Hotel
200 Stuart St.
Boston MA (map)

This presentation by the…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:16 pm on

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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Keynote Speech from Somerville’s 2010 MLK Jr. Celebration

Posted by a 1:39 pm on

The night before Martin was assassinated he spoke of going to the mountain top and seeing The Promised Land. In a premonitory way, he wondered out loud if he would get there, but he seemed powerfully convinced WE would surely get there. You might well ask: ‘Are we there yet?’


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Meeting Friday night 1/22 about Haitian TPS status

Posted by a 10:17 pm on January 21, 2010

The goal of this meeting is to provide accurate information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which was granted last Friday to Haitians living in the United States in response to last week’s earthquake.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 3:03 pm on January 18, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Tues., Jan. 26, 6:30 PM

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

This is the last Visioning meeting…


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Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Posted by a 3:01 pm on

Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Sat. Jan. 30 1:30 PM

Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a workshop from the “How to”…


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Workshop on Redirecting Military Spending to Meet Human Needs

Posted by a 10:48 pm on January 2, 2010

From http://justicewithpeace.org/node/819 :

Redirecting Military Spending to Meet Human Needs

The 25% Solution Task Force of UJP is conducting an interactive workshop on…


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Assembly on the Mystic 2nd Annual Holiday Drive

Posted by a 9:34 am on December 15, 2009

Assembly on the Mystic 2nd Annual Holiday Drive

Sat. Dec. 19, All Day

Assembly Square Marketplace
Somerville MA (map)

Flier (PDF)

To benefit the…


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Strike Alert! Support Angelica Workers!

Posted by a 1:56 pm on December 13, 2009

About 450 laundry workers at Angelica Textile in Somerville went out on strike Thursday… negotiations have been focused on obtaining quality affordable healthcare, well-funded pension benefits, and living wages. Come support these hard working employees as they stand up for a fair contract!


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Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 12:02 am on December 7, 2009

Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Mon. Dec. 7, 7:30 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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Ward 4 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 12:01 am on

Ward 4 ResiStat Meeting

Tues. Dec. 8, 7:00 PM

Cafeterium
Arthur D. Healey School
5 Meacham St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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Help CAAS stop foreclosures and evictions in Somerville

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

Our neighbors are being evicted and our community destabilized by the foreclosure crisis.


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Public Meeting re: Senior Housing Zoning Amendment

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

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


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Should a Staples come to Davis Square?

Posted by a 2:18 pm on

From Ward 6 Ald. Gewirtz’s Winter ’09 newsletter :
There is a proposal being made by the owners of the Citizens Bank building on Elm Street on the corner or Bowers Ave. to…


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Illuminating Irresponsibility

Posted by a 9:52 am on November 26, 2009

It looks like the climate crisis is taking a back seat to the economic crisis as Mayor Curtatone and the Somerville Arts Council promote the annual Illuminations Holiday Tour,  “the annual trolley tour of holiday light displays” around the city.  Certainly, keeping the holiday lights off is the least we could do to help reduce our carbon footprint.…


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Thanks Giving

Posted by a 10:31 pm on November 25, 2009

It’s a bit of an awkward holiday for Somerville Homeless Coalition this year.  Hard times have gobbled up all the resources, the gravy train (state aid) crashed, people are mashed and squashed into emergency housing like never before, and SHC is cran-buried in new requests for help with food and shelter.  But you can help for mere beans!…


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Deaf People with Low Incomes Can Call for Help at CAAS

Posted by a 11:27 am on November 20, 2009

Deaf and hard of hearing Somerville residents living on low incomes can now call the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) for help making ends meet. CAAS’ new TTY number is 617-628-6387.


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Comprehensive Plan Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 6:45 pm on November 15, 2009

Comprehensive Plan Visioning Meeting

Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30 PM

Argenziano School
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

This is the November meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee…


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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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CAAS Invites You to Annual Meeting, October 29

Posted by a 9:48 am on October 22, 2009

Come to the CAAS Annual Meeting, Thursday, October 29, 2009, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Somerville City Club, 20 Innerbelt Road


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Why the Debate About Expanding Legalized Gambling is a Big Deal

Posted by a 2:03 pm on October 14, 2009

If you’re on the fence about attending Sen. Pat Jehlen’s forum on expanded State gambling tomorrow night (Thurs. Oct 15 from 7-9pm at Century Bank, 400 Mystic Avenue in Medford), at which State Sen. Sue Tucker and State Rep Kathi-Anne Reinstein will debate the issue, here are some reasons why you should come, and why this really is a big deal.


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Tell Your Great Recession Story

Posted by a 5:52 pm on October 3, 2009

My wife and I are fortunate enough to have kept our jobs through this Great Recession, but the news is filled with reports of massive layoffs, furloughs, and benefit reductions. Are you still employed? Do…


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Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Road Race

Posted by a 11:09 am on September 7, 2009


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The Cuban school system and a Somerville 14 year old

Posted by a 3:42 pm on September 1, 2009

Cuba. What did you just think of? Communism, Fidel, the revolution? Many people believe things in Cuba are being run wrong and should be changed. I, however, disagree. When I think of Cuba I think of kindness, generosity, and community. It didn’

t used to be this way.…


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‘Roots and Rock’ Music Breaks Out of Jail at Old Somerville Police HQ

Posted by a 5:05 pm on August 21, 2009

On Sunday, September 13, 2009, Pabst Blue Ribbon [www.pabstblueribbon.com] and Precinct Bar and Restaurant [www.precinctbar.com] in Union Square, Somerville, will present “Music Festival 2009” to benefit RESPOND, Inc., a New England agency providing safe haven for women and children., and CAAS,(Community Action Agency of Somerville). The event will run from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


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

Posted by a 2:34 am on

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


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Lively Election Picks Tenant Executive Board

Posted by a 10:02 am on August 11, 2009

Election Day in July?  Yes, for residents of Clarendon Hill Public Housing Development.

This summer, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) helped the Clarendon Hill Tenant Association (CHTA) to hold elections. …


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Broadway Rezoning Community Meeting

Posted by a 7:37 pm on August 9, 2009

Broadway Rezoning Community Meeting

Wed. Aug 12, 6:30 PM

Cross Street Senior Center
165 Broadway
Somerville MA (map)

This is the last of a series of community meetings…


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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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Metropolitan Area Planning Council Data Day Conference

Posted by a 5:36 pm on July 12, 2009

sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to provide information on what planning information is provided by the Commonwealth and how to access it. * Data sources for public health effects of VOCs in I-93 and McGrath corridors. * Data sources for economic development along Green Line.* Data sources for transportation development impact equity.


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Economic Development Trends in Somerville Event

Posted by a 10:58 pm on July 6, 2009

This is a city-sponsored meeting to discuss economic development in Somerville. This gives citizens of Somerville the chance to look into progress on developments such as: * Assembly Square Development * Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development * Union Square Development * Somerville Avenue Development


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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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Fund Our Communities, Reduce the Military Budget

Posted by a 2:30 pm on June 25, 2009

We’re working on educating the public about the incredible amount of money spent on weapon systems, and the need to get the government to redirect that money to basic human needs, such as jobs, education, housing, and health care. … and that’s where you can help. We’re going to ask the Board of Aldermen of Somerville to endorse the campaign. As preparation for that, we’re asking you to call your alderman/ woman to urge their endorsement of this campaign.


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Somerville, MA ARRA Funding Watch

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

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


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Posted in City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Transportation | 14 Comments »

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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Posted in Announcements, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Events, Health Care, Politics | 2 Comments »

Senate Budget update

Posted by a 8:07 am on June 9, 2009

I thought Somerville Voices readers might be interested in my recent newsletter about the state budget.  If you’d like to receive future newsletters, you can sign up at www.patjehlen.org


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A Foreclosure Map of Somerville

Posted by a 10:11 pm on June 8, 2009

Here’s a link to a map that shows 99 foreclosed properties in our city. Are we surprised that they are concentrated in the east and northeast?

Here’s a link to a somewhat shorter list without a map.


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Supply Drive for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 8:38 pm on June 5, 2009

Drop off from 9 to noon, 1:00 to 5:00 – see list of items needed


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A Graduation Celebration you won’t want to miss

Posted by a 8:51 am on June 3, 2009

Please join The Welcome Project on June 7 for a graduation celebration for some special people from cultures and countries all over the world. These are the students in our youth language interpretation and adult language learners programs who have just completed a year’s worth of learning as language interpreters and English language learners.


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Somerville Public School Budget Meeting

Posted by a 9:40 pm on May 28, 2009

From the SPS homepage, entitled “A message from Tony Pierantozzi, Superintendent of Schools”
… The extent of the impact of the current financial crisis on fiscal year 2010 remains unclear. We do know…


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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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Tufts’ Experiment in Philanthropy Helps Tenants, CAAS

Posted by a 12:31 pm on

Thanks to Jessica, a senior in the Tufts class entitled “Experimenting with Philanthropy,” CAAS will receive $1,800 to hire youth interpreters to help the residents of Clarendon Hill build a stronger tenants’ association.


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

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

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


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Somerville youth lead effort to halt teen injuries, death

Posted by a 3:18 pm on April 30, 2009

With summer just around the corner and tens of thousands of young people entering the workforce in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed May “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” to focus attention on preventing workplace injuries and deaths.…


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4/28 Public forum on Somerville’s FY2010 budget

Posted by a 10:04 pm on April 26, 2009

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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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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Somerville Climate Action hosts presentation on community visioning

Posted by a 8:50 am on April 23, 2009

Last night, I attended a presentation about Transition Towns, a grassroots movement to catalyze community visioning processes with an aim towards local, sustainable, and environmentally friendly economies.  The presenters admitted this was not meant as a panacea for the impending triangle emergency of peak oil, global climate change, and our economic crisis, but it was at least something concrete that people can do together with their neighbors.…


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Apr 25th SomerVision economic development open house

Posted by a 9:11 pm on April 15, 2009

Somerville’s future – what’s in the works? Come find out.


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6th annual Save Our Homes walk

Posted by a 9:23 pm on April 14, 2009

Walk to raise funds for emergency assistance to individuals and families teetering on the brink of homelessness.


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SHC fundraiser “Under the Roof”

Posted by a 8:58 pm on

Rock out and chow down to keep our neighbors off the streets!


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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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State budgets, city budgets

Posted by a 2:00 pm on March 20, 2009

Senator Jehlen’s state budget forums have been terrific in the past.  On a local level, the Progressive Democrats are apparently planning a community forum on budget issues in May.  I haven’t heard a specific date…


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State Budget Forum

Posted by a 5:54 pm on March 19, 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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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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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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Somerville’s Federal Stimulus Wishlist

Posted by a 2:55 pm on February 22, 2009

While Somerville stands to lose up to $5 million in state aid over the next 17 months , it has requested hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars through Gov. Patrick’s economic recovery infrastructure program. Mayor Curtatone sits on the program’s Municipal Facilities Task Force.


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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

Posted by a 9:58 am on

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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An extra measure of transparency?

Posted by a 11:18 pm on February 7, 2009

So far, all we’ve been told by the city about the people appointed by Mayor Curtatone to serve on Somerville’s new Financial Advisory Committee is their names and titles. But, the residents of this city deserve to know more about these advisors who will have such big influence on how we cope with massive budget cuts.


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Is the mayor’s Financial Advisory Committee good for Somerville?

Posted by a 9:50 pm on January 28, 2009

This sounds like a proactive and timely step on the part of the mayor, but is this “outside” panel of “experts” truly a good source of guidance for our city in these dire times?


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Are YOU Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Posted by a 9:51 am on January 27, 2009

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can put up to $5,548 in your pocket this tax season! EITC is the federal and state income tax credit available to low and moderate-income working families and individuals. Don’t miss out! Last year, more than 50,000 eligible working families in Massachusetts failed to apply for EITC, leaving an estimated $75 million in unclaimed money in Washington, D.C. Couldn’t you use that money where you live?


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How is the recession affecting Somerville?

Posted by a 10:17 am on January 26, 2009

Do you see the effects of the economic down-turn here in Somerville? Have you seen for-sale and foreclosure signs in your neighborhood? Have you or your neighbors lost jobs? Do you see businesses closing or reducing hours? Have you noticed higher prices at the supermarket and in your energy bills? How are you affected?…


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Mayor Curtatone says Somerville could lose approx $3 million in local aid this fiscal year

Posted by a 11:24 pm on January 23, 2009

Following Gov. Patrick’s announcement today of $128 million in local aid cuts, Mayor Joe Curtatone told CBS radio station affiliate WBZ that Somerville could lose “close to $3 million in this fiscal year”. How much pain will that mean for jobs and services in our city?


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Smith-Cofield is New Director at CAAS

Posted by a 10:12 pm on January 9, 2009

The Board of Directors of CAAS, the Community Action Agency of Somerville, is pleased to announce that Kimberly Smith-Cofield is the new Executive Director of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency. She began work on Monday, January 5.


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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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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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Get Up, Stand Up After the Election

Posted by a 6:57 pm on November 10, 2008

One week ago, Somerville went overwhelmingly for Obama-Biden. To keep the promises made by the Obama campaign, the Obama Administration will need all the help it can get. We in Somerville should do our part to help–and to keep the politicians honest.

Here is a very partial and incomplete list of campaign promises that I think Obama should keep:


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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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CAAS seeks Executive Director

Posted by a 9:55 am on September 3, 2008

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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Hamilton Retires, Was CAAS Director Over 25 Years

Posted by a 12:40 pm on August 14, 2008

When Jack Hamilton began serving as the Executive Director of CAAS (the Community Action Agency of Somerville), Ronald Reagan was President, postage stamps cost 20 cents, IBM had just introduced the first personal computer running on MS-DOS, and PacMan-mania was sweeping the country. After more than a quarter-century of service to Somerville’s low-income residents, Hamilton has announced he will retire as the head of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency at the end of 2008.


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This Summer, Enjoy Reading about Ending Poverty

Posted by a 10:27 am on July 1, 2008

Who says all summer reading lists have to be filled with fluff? CAAS, the Community Action Agency of Somerville, is offering a summer reading list about poor people and people rising out of poverty–and what we can all do to help. “There is something on this list for every reader”


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