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UNION SQ. TOUR COMBINES OLD AND NEW

Posted by a 12:05 pm on October 30, 2014

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Somerville, MA, Oct. 21 – “You have to make it through the first part of the tour to get to the part that’s really cool and…


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SNN: Styrofoam ban, war on rats & more!

Posted by a 12:18 pm on June 18, 2014

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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Posted in All Ages, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Education, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

WHAT IS COOKING AT SOMERVILLE HIGH?

Posted by a 6:37 pm on June 9, 2014

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Somerville, MA, June 3, 2014 – Every year, some 50 future chefs learn to chop, baste, mince and sauté in the Somerville High School Culinary Arts program.

“The Culinary Arts program started in 1981,”…


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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

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by Somerville Neighborhood News


Youth homelessness is on the rise; at least…


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Posted in All Ages, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Education, Government Reform, Housing, Schools and Youth, Teens, Video | No Comments »

Watch Somerville Neighborhood News online!

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

Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 11
March 25, 2014

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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 »

SNN Eps #9–SHS Quiz Team, Mystic Fashion Show, Affordable Housing & more!

Posted by a 4:58 pm on February 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV. It is the only independent TV newscast created for Somervillens. We are trying to continuously raise awareness about this community resource and…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Contests, Education, Housing, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Teens, Video | No Comments »

Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

Posted by a 10:19 pm on January 23, 2014

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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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Education, Historical, Housing, Immigration, Investigative Reports, Jobs, MBTA, Politics, Teens, Video | No Comments »

The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by a 11:16 am on March 26, 2013

Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Education, Events, Green Line, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Teens, Union Square, Ward 2, Ward 3 | No Comments »

Free Movie: Mother Nature’s Child

Posted by a 1:24 pm on March 23, 2013

Somerville Climate Action, Rep. Denise Provost and The Growing Center present a free film:

MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD

Mother Nature’s Child explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and
development through the experience of…


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Free Teen Creative Writing Program at Somerville Public Library Begins Sunday March 24

Posted by a 9:01 pm on March 19, 2013

Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet?


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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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Posted in Announcements, Ball Square, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Education, Environment and Open Space, Events, Government Reform, Housing, Lowell Street, Magoun Square, Politics, Porter Square, Schools and Youth, Ward 5 | No Comments »

Massachusetts education profs and researchers speak out against high-stakes testing in schools

Posted by a 10:36 pm on February 19, 2013

Well over 100 Massachusetts professors and researchers have signed a statement against high-stakes standardized testing. The four initiators of the petition include two from Somerville: Lesley University early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Harvard Graduate School of Education instructor Chris Buttimer. Here’s their press release: …


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Ward 1 Residents: Would You Like To Serve On the School Committee?

Posted by a 3:41 pm on December 18, 2012

Reposted from the Somerville-4-Schools email list, a message from School Committee Chair Paul Bockelman about the process that the School Committee agreed to use to fill the Ward 1 School Committee seat. The seat is…


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Posted in East Somerville, Education, Politics, Schools and Youth | 2 Comments »

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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Somerville Schools Receive Additional $3 Million in FY13 Budget

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

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


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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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‘Progress Together’ Plans Its Next Move

Posted by a 11:49 am on May 21, 2012

More than 50 Somerville parents and other community members crowded into a church room Sunday to make a start toward answering an important question: What will their organization, Progress Together, work on next?…


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‘Community Congress’ May 20 will look at practical ways to strengthen schools

Posted by a 10:48 am on May 9, 2012

What should be the next big push by parents to improve Somerville schools?

Steps to improve communication between parents and teachers? More community volunteers in the classrooms? Academic program changes?

Parents and community…


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Texas leads the way!

Posted by a 4:58 pm on April 25, 2012

Texas leads the way!

Mass. Citizens for Public Schools, FairTest, and other groups are circulating a “National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing” modeled on a resolution passed by over 300 school boards in Texas…


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Report from Community Forum on Education

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

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


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“What a Deal!” An animation about Stand For Children’s ballot question

Posted by a 3:05 pm on February 7, 2012

I hope you enjoy (and share!) this Xtranormal animation from Citizens for Public Schools about the Stand For Children’s ballot initiative:

Stand’s proposal is now before the legislature. If the legislature doesn’t…


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Innovation Schools

Posted by a 10:26 am on January 22, 2012

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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Working Together to Improve Outcomes – My Comments on Charter

Posted by a 10:16 pm on December 6, 2011

Perspective on the proposed charter by Stephanie Hirsch, a Somerville parent and Director of SomerPromise, a joint effort of the City, Schools, on-profit providers, residents, Tufts, and the Somerville Housing Authority to increase coordination and to use data-informed decision-making to improve life outcomes for children in Somerville.


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A second charter school for Somerville? State hearing Dec. 14

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Somerville-4-Schools and other Somerville email lists are buzzing with debate over a new charter school proposal that could, if successful, force big cuts in the school budget including closing a school.

The state Board…


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Holiday Brouhaha

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

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


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