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Watch Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 22

Posted by a 4:01 pm on September 10, 2014

What to expect in the latest edition of Somerville Neighborhood News: Did you know that one million workers don’t get paid sick time in the state but Somervillians are fighting back. Are all City of…


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1/14/14 Transportation Equity Human Services & Equity in Transportation Forum

Posted by a 9:37 pm on January 12, 2014

Anticipated participants include representatives from transportation agencies and service providers, social service organizations, councils on aging, and other organizations. Members of the public are invited. More…


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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 2:51 pm on October 27, 2013

Amethyst Center is again hosting a fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Saturday November 2, 10:00-5:00. “Nourish Your Well Being” will offer short treatments from its practitioners in exchange for a suggested $15 donation. This…


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City offers flu shots Thursday evenings

Posted by a 5:05 pm on October 24, 2012


Recently the health department has offered this year’s information about getting a flu shot. They will be regularly available on Thursday evenings from 5-7pm at the…


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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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Somerville’s Curtatone Prevented from Hosting U.S. Surgeon General at Inaccessible Armory

Posted by a 8:10 pm on March 22, 2012

Somerville’s Mayor Curtatone, who announced on WGBH this week (Boston’s Growing Income Gap, hosted 3/20/11 by Kara Miller) that he is “advising the First Lady on the Let’s Move Initiative,” attempted to get the US Surgeon General’s launch of a major Public Health initiative at the inaccessible Somerville Armory this Friday (March 23, 2012).


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Somerville Labor Coalition Accuses Curtatone of Divide And Conquer Strategy on GIC

Posted by a 10:09 pm on March 9, 2012

The following letter (circa Fall 2011) was recently obtained by Somerville Voices from Peter Blaikie with the Somerville Labor Coalition after a reference to the letter appeared in the 12/29/2011 SJ article Somerville unions form coalition against recent health care switch by Andy Metzger…


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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 1:17 pm on October 24, 2011

Amethyst Center is again hosting a fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Saturday November 5, 1:00-5:00. “Nourish Your Well Being” will offer short…


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When will Somerville get a PLAN?

Posted by a 1:18 pm on June 2, 2011

FCC Chair Genachowski says that, by next April, cities across the country will have access to a new technology just launched in New York City-to send critical emergency alerts to residents’ mobile phones when public safety is threatened. This new technology and service is called the Personal Localized Alerting Network, a.k.a., PLAN. Would it benefit Somerville?


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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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Go for the Enchilada

Posted by a 11:37 am on June 22, 2010

“In budget-cutting season, politics can be brutal,” wrote the author of a recent View from Prospect Hill column in the Somerville News.  With an $8.1 million budget gap, it is imperative that the city cut…


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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 8:50 pm on May 2, 2010

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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The Wisdom of A Congressman

Posted by a 11:58 am on March 22, 2010

The timing of support is worth lots more than just a single vote.


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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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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

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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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Helpful Info for Helping Haiti

Posted by a 8:25 pm on January 14, 2010

The Somerville Community Partnerships for Children and the Parent Information Center have put together a list of agencies that work in Haiti, as well as advice on responding to the needs of children and families…


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CSfC Health Care Team Mtg

Posted by a 9:16 pm on December 19, 2009

Cambridge Somerville for Change


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Cambridge Health Alliance Offers Innovative Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Posted by a 8:39 pm on

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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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 4 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 12:01 am on December 7, 2009

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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BOA Committee on Finance

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BOA Committee on Finance

Wed. Dec. 9, 7:00 PM

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

Agenda (PDF)


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BOA Committee on Finance

Posted by a 5:46 pm on November 29, 2009

BOA Committee on Finance

Tues. Dec. 1, 6:00 PM

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

Agenda (PDF)


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Free (H1N1 and Seasonal) Flu Clinic

Posted by a 2:32 pm on November 26, 2009

PSA: The following message was sent to the City’s Parents ResiStat email list [link to original message]

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Mayor Curtatone and the City of Somerville Health Department are pleased to…


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The Self-Interested Memorial Vote

Posted by a 10:35 am on August 26, 2009

A five month delay in filling Kennedy’s seat with a similarly minded temporary successor guarantees a health care bill to the advantage of current insurers. Can it be coincidental that CEO of the largest of…


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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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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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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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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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Shape Up Somerville Fun Run

Posted by a 11:24 pm on April 25, 2009

The City will be hosting our first annual Shape up the Old Somerville Road Race, a 2.7 mile race/walk beginning and ending on the City Hall concourse. A children’s “Fun Run” will begin from the…


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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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Shape Up Somerville Run

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

The Mayor’s Office recently announced that the City of Somerville will host a 2.7-mile “Shape Up the Old Somerville Road Race,” combining an old tradition in the Recreation Department’s “Old Somerville Road Race,” and a…


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Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace

Posted by a 10:02 am on March 12, 2009

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

Posted by a 10:00 am on

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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Where We Need to Change Obama

Posted by a 6:11 am on December 1, 2008

I don’t agree with his accusatory tone–I think most people voted for Obama with their eyes open–but Sam Smith has “listed nearly three dozen things that Obama supports or opposes with which no good liberal or progressive would agree.” Most prominent among them to my perspective:


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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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Poisoned for Pennies

Posted by a 1:33 pm on July 14, 2008

The misuse of cost-benefit analysis is impeding efforts to protect and clean up our environment, especially in the case of toxic chemicals. However, there is an alternative, precautionary approach to making decisions under uncertainty.


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National Council on DisAbility Seeks Your Input

Posted by a 11:12 pm on June 26, 2008

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Information gathered will be used in the development of NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” which is required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


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Too Soon to Declare Victory on Health Care in Massachusetts

Posted by a 7:25 am on June 6, 2008

If you believe the papers, the politicians, or the pundits, the Massachusetts plan to make sure everyone has health insurance–by forcing them to buy it for themselves–is a great success. The uninsured don’t believe it, however. Neither do low-income people in Somerville, where I live. Neither do I.


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Tufts University Janitors and Their Current Struggle

Posted by a 2:25 pm on May 16, 2008

Hi, my name is Kevin and I’m a full-time student at Tufts University, where I started a student group, the Jumbo Janitor Alliance. The group focuses on bringing Tufts janitors more into the Tufts community. The janitors are currently in contract negotiations with their employer, the cleaning contractor ABM/One Source.


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