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Aug. 12, 2014 Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 9:20 pm on August 13, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014 – Meet the director of the city’s Market Basket, go to a meeting with Union Square residents to discuss public space in the neighborhood, check out the dogs and dog-lovers who also…


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Latest Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 9:24 pm on July 30, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV.
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What’s the latest on the McGrath grounding? Are bikers obeying the…


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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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S’Ville Neighborhood News is new!

Posted by a 10:02 am on June 17, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV. Here is what tonight’s newscast will bring you: Somerville Neighborhood News reporter Justin Page looked into the ban on styrofoam take-out

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Somerville Neighborhood News Episode # 15

Posted by a 10:06 pm on May 21, 2014

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May 20, 2014 — More biking and bikers is great, but maybe more education and enforcement is needed? Join Somerville High students on the Mystic River. What’s the latest on the union square

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Posted in Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Immigration, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Special, Sports, Union Square, Video, Workers' Rights | 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 »

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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Over 100 Organizations Ask Gov. Patrick to say NO to “Secure Communities”

Posted by a 2:05 pm on May 27, 2011

At least seven Somerville organizations, including civil rights, immigrant, anti-poverty, churches and peace groups, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Patrick “to decline to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement to participate in a program that damages the social fabric of our Commonwealth and makes our communities more vulnerable and less safe.” The letter was delivered on May 27, 2011 by the ACLU of Massachusetts.


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City’s world flavors to shine at “YUM: Taste of Immigrant City” benefit

Posted by a 2:28 pm on April 19, 2011

Hungry for something different? Then check out YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City. A fundraiser for the Somerville-based The Welcome Project, YUM will feature an array of culinary delights to tickle the taste buds and delight the senses. The event takes place at Arts for the Armory on April 27.


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Centro Presente holds Statehouse protest

Posted by a 4:42 pm on February 16, 2011

What began as an organized Statehouse rally by Somerville-based immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente Monday ended in a stand-off with Patrick administration officials after he would not receive the group personally.…


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Like Martin Luther King, they have a dream.

Posted by a 1:13 pm on January 15, 2011

Kevin was 11 when he arrived in the United States. Dimas was 13. Both are candidates for the DREAM Act, and told their stories at an event organized by Centro Presente and the Welcome Project. …


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Welcome Project’s Best of 2010

Posted by a 11:41 am on December 30, 2010

You’ll see a lot of “best of” lists this week. At The Welcome Project, we”ve compiled our own list. Times remain tough for immigrant families, but with support from the community, we accomplished a lot in 2010. We have chosen 5 highlights from our work this year.


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Over last 2 years, SPD Notified ICE in Nine Cases

Posted by a 5:07 pm on December 4, 2010

See case summaries and read my update in Help discover the relationship between ICE and Somerville police


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Help discover the relationship between ICE and Somerville police

Posted by a 12:50 pm on November 21, 2010

Mayor Curtatone says the SPD won’t “assume the role of federal authorities in terms of immigration enforcement”, but this would mark a departure from how local police have been operating.


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11/13 Mayor Curtatone Holds Rally to Support Immigrants

Posted by a 5:33 pm on November 6, 2010

Following the unanimous approval by both the School Committee and Aldermen of resolutions supporting passage of the DREAM Act, comes this announcement yesterday from Tito Meza of the Somerville Community Corporation’s Voices of Immigrants of Somerville (SCC VIS):…


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What Does It Mean to Value and Seek Diversity?

Posted by a 11:37 am on November 5, 2010

The first line of the recently crafted Somerville Vision Statement includes a sentence about valuing the diversity of our people, cultures, housing, and economy. Since “diversity” is so prominently represented in our vision for our community, I’ve been thinking about this word and what it means.


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Aldermen Unanimously Support the DREAM Act

Posted by a 9:45 pm on October 29, 2010

News from The Welcome Project: After weeks of testimony, advocacy and hard work, the youth of the Welcome Project and Centro Presente took a breath to celebrate Thursday night after the Board of Aldermen voted…


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ICE/Secure Communities Program Information Session

Posted by a 3:36 pm on October 4, 2010

Location:
Centro Presente

17 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA 02143


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Centro Presente doesn’t want immigration background checks on arrestees

Posted by a 3:22 pm on

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


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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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Somerville play exposes dangers for day laborers

Posted by a 9:37 pm on May 16, 2010

Immigrants who gather at Foss Park each morning as early as 5 am looking for work as day laborers are the subject of a new play that will enjoy its community premiere on Friday, May 21st at the Black Box Theater at the Elizabeth Peabody House, 277 Broadway. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

The new play, “They Don’t Tell You Anything!” will be performed as part of an evening of theater, stories and conversation about the struggles and challenges that many Somerville residents face after they are picked up by contractors each morning to paint or perform demolition work. Written by playwright and English teacher Meryl Becker, the play will be performed by student actors from the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE).


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YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City Celebration and Fundraiser

Posted by a 12:31 am on April 8, 2010

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City.

April 30, 2010. 6-10 pm. Arts at the Armory.

Tickets $40.

Features food from an eclectic mix of local Somerville immigrant-run restaurants: Mexican…


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YUM Restaurant Card Offers a Taste of Immigrant City

Posted by a 9:15 am on March 9, 2010

YUM logo

Looking to spice up your winter, while saving money? The YUM Restaurant Card is your ticket!

This card is a wallet-sized miracle. It supports local businesses. It gets you a discount at thirteen immigrant-run Somerville restaurants. It’s only $12 online. And all the proceeds go to support The Welcome Project’s programs for Somerville’s immigrant families.…


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Trainings on how to complete TPS forms (Temporary Protected Status) for Haitians

Posted by a 9:11 pm on February 16, 2010

Here are several immediate local opportunities to become trained in how to assist Haitians in completing TPS (Temporary Protected Status) applications and fee waivers. Trainings are being provided by Nancy Kelly, an immigration attorney at…


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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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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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CSfC Immigration Reform/In-state Tuition Team

Posted by a 9:25 pm on December 19, 2009

Cambridge Somerville for Change presents:


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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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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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Welcoming Mass Feedback!!

Posted by a 2:52 pm on June 23, 2009

On Monday the 22nd of June at 7:30 at the Somerville High School the School Committee approved the Welcoming Massachusetts pledge. All the members said “Yes” to the pledge with great enthusiasm…


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Support the Welcoming MA Resolution at the School Cmte Mtg

Posted by a 11:59 am on June 21, 2009

Hello my name is Clivia Camara I am a youth member of the Welcome Project.  As a supporter of the Welcoming  Massachusetts Campaign I’m forwarding this information hoping to see you at this such important meeting as part of your support to the Welcoming Massachusetts Compaign and the immigrant  youth of Somerville.…


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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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Inspirational Immigrant Stories

Posted by a 11:54 pm on May 30, 2009

The Welcome Project has helped produce Digital Storytelling Videos of inspirational immigrant stories including one that seemed especially moving to me entitled “My Mom” by Rocky Man :

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/1ZSU-EtOYKU”…


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Tufts’ Experiment in Philanthropy Helps Tenants, CAAS

Posted by a 12:31 pm on May 12, 2009

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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A day in the life of Brian

Posted by a 4:46 pm on March 20, 2009

I wake up at 6 am. Then I go take a shower, get dressed, and then my cousin’s mom picks me up at 7 am to take me to school. When I reach my school, I talk to my friends and socialize until 7:45 am, when I go to my first class. School is over by now. School is okay. I like it because my friends are there. If they weren’t there,


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Welcome Project discusses immigrant issues

Posted by a 11:42 pm on March 19, 2009

Maria Landaverde says:

yes, the meeting is from 5 to 6:30 pm our organization is The Welcome Project and it is located at 530 Mystic Ave Somerville, MA you can invite other…


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Youth Voices: My father’s story

Posted by a 5:12 pm on February 27, 2009

I interviewed my father about why he left his country, El Salvador. After I interviewed him, I found the reason why: “I wanted a better future for my sons and there was a civil war going on so it was dangerous to be there.” He also told me he came here to earn money.


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Somerville High School Student Voices

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The following writings were submitted today by students in a media class at Somerville High School.…


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Kids’ Voices: Two 6th graders tell their immigration stories

Posted by a 1:26 pm on February 16, 2009

They wanted to publish under pseudonyms, so the following stories are by “Gori” and “Hector.”


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming MA

Posted by a 11:39 pm on January 23, 2009

The young people from Centro Presente’s Pintamos Nuestro Mundo, and The Welcome Project’s Youth Program would like to cordially invite you to: “A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts” .
Tuesday, January 27th from 4:30


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts

Posted by a 11:33 pm on

This event is an opportunity for Somerville youth and community partners to meet in person, build community, and discuss how Somerville can become a safer and welcoming place for everyone. At the event, our youth members will present personal stories, and sit in small dialogue groups with adults.


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Tuesday meeting on the rights of immigrants

Posted by a 4:55 pm on

On Tuesday, January 27 from 4:30-6:30 pm, Centro Presente and the Welcome Project will be holding an event focused on the rights of immigrants in the area of Boston. We will be talking about the…


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Not Far Enough on the Rule of Law

Posted by a 9:23 am on November 14, 2008

Somerville went heavily for Obama in the last election. Now we have to push him to make good on some of his promises; where he doesn’t go far enough, to go further; where he is silent, to speak up and act; and where he is wrong, to change.


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Immigrant City : Then and Now, Nov 1- Dec 31

Posted by a 11:14 pm on November 13, 2008

Nearly a third of Somerville residents were born outside of the United States. Who are we in this immigrant city? What dreams and aspirations brought us here? How did we cope in a new community and in a new country? What brings us together – what pulls us apart – across generations of immigrants?


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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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BG: Immigrant workers are more vulnerable to occupational injuries

Posted by a 12:12 am on October 13, 2008

From an Oct 12th article on Boston.com: Romulo Santos of Somerville headed off to work Sept. 9 at a Wal-Mart in Walpole as usual. But that day he was electrocuted on the job. Some might consider the 47-year-old Brazilian native’s death a freak accident, but local advocates say that for many immigrant workers, the risk of injury is all too real. Tufts University, Cambridge Health Alliance, and five Somerville community groups have come together to raise awareness of occupational health risks and to teach people their rights.


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Centro Presente comes to Somerville – Part II: What we want to do

Posted by a 1:22 pm on September 18, 2008

Last week, I described Centro Presente, who we are, what services we provide, and how we work. This week I want to write about what we are trying to accomplish in the broader Somerville community. Our first priority is to detoxify the political rhetoric around us, to really clean that up so that you have a cleansed environment, a cleansed earth, where we can start planting good policies.


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Centro Presente moves to Somerville — Part 1: Who we are

Posted by a 12:17 pm on September 10, 2008

I would like to introduce my organization, Centro Presente, to this great city, which is our new home. Actually, we’re not new to Somerville—we’ve worked here for many years, and we have hundreds of Somerville members, but we recently moved our headquarters to 17 Inner Belt Road.


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Mystic Community Garden reopening

Posted by a 9:47 pm on August 17, 2008

Join us for the re-opening of the Mystic Community Garden at the Mystic Housing Development. The opening takes place as part of the Mystic Providers’ annual picnic for Somerville Housing Authority tenants. Drop by anytime…


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Celebrate Mystic Community Garden reopening this Wednesday

Posted by a 9:38 pm on

Join us on Wed, Aug 20th Tuesday, August 19 for the re-opening of the Mystic Community Garden at the Mystic Housing Development. The opening takes place as part of the Mystic Providers’ annual picnic for Somerville Housing Authority tenants. Drop by anytime between 3 and 7 to tour the garden. Just drop by the The Welcome Project’s table in front of the Mystic Activity Center at 530 Mystic Ave. We’ll walk you over for a tour of the new garden.


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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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Tibetans Speak Out in Somerville

Posted by a 10:57 pm on July 29, 2008

On August 5, from 8 – 9 p.m. on SCAT’s celebrated DEAD AIR LIVE show, the Tibetan community will offer viewers a first-hand report of what Tibet was like before the Chinese invasion, and talk about what it was like to have to flee their beloved homeland and become exiled citizens of the world. Tune in to SCAT Channel 3 next Tuesday, for a fascinating and moving account of a beautiful culture and people, who cultivated the roof of the world.


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Welcome Project gardeners need a little help from their friends

Posted by a 3:55 pm on July 10, 2008

I’m passing on a message from Welcome Project at the Mystic Housing Development. They’re asking for volunteers to help rebuild the community garden over there. They’ve already put in two days of work, and the next is this Saturday, July 12, 9 to 3. After that, Wednesday, July 23, 5 to 8.…


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Vicente Lebron Benefit Show

Posted by a 1:45 pm on July 7, 2008

Conguero Vicente Lebron has been a cornerstone of the Latin and jazz scenes in Boston for over 30 years. He is currently being held in a Homeland Security prison and threatened with deportation.


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May 8th: Screening of “Detained” and Community Discussion

Posted by a 12:15 am on May 2, 2008

The recent raids at the Pilgrim Pride poultry plants that garnered nationwide media attention only underscore the fact that future ICE raids are imminent.


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