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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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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 »

Historic St. Paddy’s Fundraiser

Posted by a 10:02 pm on March 14, 2013

A Benefit for the Somerville Museum and
A Celebration of the Emerald Isle

5:30-8:00PM
Friday, March 15th, 2013
1 Summer Street, Sancturary Unit
The Historic First Methodist Church, Union Square

Irish Music by…


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11/15/12 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:38 pm on November 11, 2012

Agenda likely includes discussing the Community Preservation Act, the coming Green Line Extension, the Davis Square Visioning process, and the Porter Square Visioning process.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Historical, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Red Line, Special, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Ward 6 | No Comments »

11/14/12 Historic Preservation Commission Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 6:32 pm on

Agenda likely includes discussing the implications of the passage of the Community Preservation Act on revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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Union Square Walking Tour Sunday, September 23rd

Posted by a 5:29 pm on September 21, 2012

[Posted from an email via the historic preservation mailing list]

Union Square Walking Tour 
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012; 3 – 5:30pm

“Historic Somerville Its Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brickyards 


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More Paul Revere, less Whitey Bulger

Posted by a 8:10 pm on September 2, 2012

As a side-effect of my renewed interest in the Mystic River (see my previous post), I became really interested in learning more of the history of the region. I’ve lived here for a…


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8/21/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 4:55 pm on August 19, 2012

Agenda includes routine modifications and demolitions, the proposed guidelines changes, and the Assembly Row Historic Enhancement Project.


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8/20/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 4:10 pm on August 12, 2012

Agenda includes discussing revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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6/19/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 5:19 pm on June 3, 2012

Public notice includes a proposed demolition of 336 Summer St., currently designated as historically “significant”.


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5/31 Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony

Posted by a 11:22 pm on May 19, 2012

A reception, with light refreshments, starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a ceremony to honor 12 Somerville owners for their award winning preservation work on the exterior of their properties. The properties include both historically designated homes and older houses in the City.…


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5/30 Researching the History of Your House and Your Family

Posted by a 11:18 pm on

Find out how the Somerville Library can help you research the histories of your house and family. Mini tour of genealogy resources at the library and beyond, as well as tips for getting started.


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5/27 Memorial Day Parade

Posted by a 11:16 pm on

Join the Historic Somerville contingent! For more information contact admin@historicsomerville.org

Rain or shine…


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5/20 Historic Bike Tour “Somerville Parks, Now and Then

Posted by a 10:22 pm on

This year’s theme will take us from one end of the City to the other, learning about Somerville’s wealth of parks and what they used to be.


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5/17: A Milk Row Cemetery Tour 6-7pm

Posted by a 11:11 am on May 17, 2012

The Cemetery is a wonderful oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our “downtown” Union Square, but due to the current fragility of certain areas, it is infrequently open to the public. This will be a good opportunity to learn more about who is buried there, why it is historically significant, and what enhancements have been recently completed, as well as planned if the Massachusetts Historical Commission awards us a new grant in June.


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“From Mansions to Mudflats” walking tour Sunday May 6

Posted by a 1:40 pm on May 6, 2012

Sorry for the late notice, but I just found out about this yesterday. On the terrific walk around the Magoun Square area to celebrate Jane Jacobs’ legacy, I was handed a flyer on…


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Posted in All Ages, East Somerville, Historical | 5 Comments »

4/4, 4/19, 4/25 Inner Belt Symposium

Posted by a 1:08 pm on April 1, 2012

The Inner Belt struggle was the first time Boston-area neighborhoods stood up for their own interests with regard to transportation improvements.


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Volunteers Needed for Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

Posted by a 9:30 pm on March 11, 2012

Help the City re-live Paul Revere’s historic ride from Boston through Somerville and onto Lexington and Concord. Adults and high school students are needed to volunteer at the City’s annual Patriots Day Colonial Fair at…


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Fall Resistat Community Meetings

Posted by a 6:59 pm on November 6, 2011

These meetings are an important way to make your needs known to Somerville government. Show up and make your voice heard.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Historical, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 6 | No Comments »

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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Live Ghosts Haunt Milk Row Cemetary

Posted by a 7:55 pm on October 12, 2011

Come visit the City’s only 19th century burial grounds, rarely open to the public. During SOMERSTREETS, a street festival on Sunday, October 23rd from noon to 4pm, ”The Ghosts of Somerville: Up Close and Intimate”…


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9/18/11 Walking Tour of Union Square

Posted by a 5:44 pm on September 11, 2011

Free walking tour highlighting American Tube Works complex, workers’ housing in Duck Village, and brick row houses along Summer Street with refreshments served at India Palace.


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Joan Whitney Puglia Proposes Community Preservation Act Referendum

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

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


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5/9 Waters of Missi-tuk and The Work of 1000 – Join SCA, MyRWA and Rep. Provost for two new films

Posted by a 10:31 pm on May 4, 2011

We’ll begin with WATERS OF MISSI-TUK – a 27-minute documentary that takes a 400-year historical review of development of the Mystic River Watershed – followed by THE WORK OF 1000, about environmental visionary and citizen-activist Marion Stoddart, who helped turn the Nashua River from one of the most polluted rivers in America into a clean, healthy environment for wildlife and people.


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History Has Been Made – Somerville Story Contest

Posted by a 11:06 am on April 26, 2011

Somerville is a tight-knit community, and when one succeeds, all succeed.  A great example of this happened back in 2008, and it happened to the Somerville High School girl’s Varsity Soccer team.

Boy’s soccer…


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Posted in Contests, Historical, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Sports, Teens, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Meet the authors of “Citizen Somerville”

Posted by a 7:39 pm on March 20, 2011

You’re invited to the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue) on Satuday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. to meet Bobby Martini and Elayne Keratsis, authors of Citizen Somerville: Growing Up with the Winter Hill


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Transportation Gateway to Northern NE: 175 yrs of the RR in Somerville

Posted by a 1:35 pm on March 1, 2011

Join Historic Somerville on Thursday night, March 3rd, 7-8PM for a lecture by John Roderick, Somerville resident, train and RR enthusiast and past editor of the magazine of the Boston and Maine RR Historical Society


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2/14 Museum matching grant deadline

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

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


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Somerville’s 235th Flag Raising, Jan 1st

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


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9/2/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by a 12:08 pm on September 12, 2010

299 Broadway (Ocean State Job Lot): Denied. Assembly Square PUD (Assembly Square Drive subdivision): Approved. 90 Union Square: Continued. 425 Broadway (wireless equipment): Approved, on to ZBA. 221 Morrison Ave. (historic B&B): Approved, on to ZBA. 25 Hamlet St. (barn replaced with duplex): Approved, on to ZBA. 42-44 Boston Ave. (deck and stairs): Approved, on to ZBA. 270 Cedar St. (9 residences, parking space count variance): Special Permit withdrawn, variance approved, on to ZBA. Staff not available to do minutes, CD recording available on request.


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9/21/10 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 1:32 pm on September 5, 2010

This is the regular monthly meeting of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, which acts to set aside historic buildings and districts throughout Somerville. Designating historic buildings preserves Somerville’s history and may increase property values.


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7/6/10 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing – Beat Report

Posted by a 10:09 pm on July 11, 2010

At issue was consolidating an undesignated historic property at 221 Morrison Avenue (near Davis Square) with two previously designated properties on Morrison (222 and 197) to form the Morrison Avenue Historic District. The two owners of 221 Morrison Ave. were present to testify in favor. Passed after discussion. Question addressed of why designate single buildings? Answer: easier to execute than a whole street.


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7/6/10 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:37 pm on July 4, 2010

This meeting is important because historic districts on the one hand preserve historic properties for later generations, and on the other hand can prove expensive and inconvenient for property owners in the district.


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6/9/10 BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 10:58 pm on June 6, 2010

This meeting is important because Somerville Historic Districts are important to maintaining the city’s character and to controlling development.


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Historic Bike Tour

Posted by a 7:27 pm on May 3, 2010

The 9th annual Historic Bike Tour will once again be sponsored in collaboration with the Somerville Bike Committee.  The theme this year will be the “Lost Theatres of Somerville.”  The guided ride, accompanied by the…


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Disability Discrimination Rocks in Somerville, MA- again

Posted by a 6:52 pm on March 12, 2010

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the inaccessible Somerville High School auditorium this past Monday March 8, 2010, celebrating the fact that Somerville, MA was named one of the 10 All America Cities


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Arts and Culture, City Finances, Civil and Human Rights, Historical, Neighborhoods and Squares | 4 Comments »

Pieces of Somerville’s History

Posted by a 10:45 pm on February 9, 2010

Having only lived in Somerville for about three and a half years, I have much to learn about the city’s past. Here are some historical articles that may be of wider interest. I hope others will share other stories that can inform the newer residents of what life was like in the good/bad old days.…


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Raise the Flag/Spirit

Posted by a 2:13 pm on December 20, 2009

Last year’s flag raising event at Prospect Hill was kind of thrilling.  We’d had one of our many snowstorms of last winter and the day, the first day of the year, was clear and bright…


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

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

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


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Ghosts of Somerville-Drama in the Cemetery

Posted by a 4:46 am on October 11, 2009

The Ghosts of Somerville will rise again next Saturday, October 17th from 4:00 p.m. to dusk, at the Milk Row Cemetery, at 400 Somerville Avenue, next to DeMoulas Market Basket.  Historic Somerville, Inc. is producing…


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Walking Tour of Historic Somerville

Posted by a 2:21 pm on September 13, 2009

From Powder House Pickles to the Brick Yards of Ball Square –West Somerville’s Explosive Growth at the Turn of the Century

Ed Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society will…


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West Somerville Historic Walking Tour

Posted by a 8:39 pm on June 1, 2009

Historic Preservation Event: A Walking Tour entitled, “West Somerville- From Powderhouse Pickles to Ball Square Brickyards”, has been rescheduled to its rain date on Sun. June 14th rain date. The tour goes from 10:30 -


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Bicycle Tour of Historic Somerville – Sunday 5/31

Posted by a 5:59 pm on May 19, 2009

Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission for a bike tour featuring Somerville’s many historic houses of worship.

We’ll meet at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, at 2 pm…


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Patriots’ Day with Paul Revere!

Posted by a 8:57 pm on April 14, 2009

Celebrate Patriots’ Day the Colonial way! Period dress encouraged.


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