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Somerville Neighborhood News #25

Posted by a 2:02 pm on October 24, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014 – Visit the Kiley Barrel site, march with the Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, learn how Tufts is trying to improve its treatment of victims of sexual abuse, see what’s up with…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Health Care, Housing, Investigative Reports, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Transportation, Tufts, Video | No Comments »

Watch the latest Somerville Neighborhood News

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 »

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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Posted in Health Care, Housing, Immigration, Investigative Reports, Jobs, MBTA, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Orange Line, Trains, Transportation, Tufts, Video | No Comments »

Playing Field Challenges in Somerville

Posted by a 3:58 pm on July 9, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 1, 2014 - Some of the city’s 18 playing fields are in bad shape, and almost all of them need to be repaired or renovated in one way or another. Parents, athletes, 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 »

Two Tufts Student Protest Against Abuses

Posted by a 5:02 pm on May 9, 2014

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Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – Despite being distracted by exams and end of year ceremonies and activities, Tufts University students twice recently took to the streets and the Quad to protest policies…


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Posted in Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Tufts, Video, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

Somerville Neighborhood News Eps. 12

Posted by a 9:58 am on April 10, 2014

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April 8, 2014 – Attend the Deanna Cremin memorial and hear from her sister, learn how Somerville is fighting against the overdose epidemic, visit the Irish Film Festival, learn about air pollution near Route…


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Posted in Announcements, Arts and Culture, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Union Square, Video, Winter Hill | No Comments »

Neighborhood News reports on Un. Sq.

Posted by a 10:47 pm on April 1, 2014

Union Square Redevelopment Authority’s meetings & Rep. Capuano comments on the Post Office

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When it comes to the sale of the Union Square Post Office, Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) had two things to…


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Posted in Development and Zoning, Investigative Reports, Union Square | 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

Posted by a 1:12 pm on February 11, 2014

Find out the latest news stories happening in Somerville. Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) brings the stories to the community through this comprehensive 30-minute TV news show.

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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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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Investigative Reports, Jobs, MBTA, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments »

Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

Posted by a 10:19 pm on

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 »

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 »

Curtatone Administration Not as Transparent and Open as Promised

Posted by a 1:26 am on July 28, 2011

As the following examples indicate, the Curtatone administration routinely ignores, delays, or over-charges for data sought under the state’s public records law, in contrast to what the Mayor calls an “open, transparent and efficient government”.…


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Posted in 311 Requests, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 5 Comments »

Follow-up to Parking Ticket Trends Story

Posted by a 11:20 pm on July 27, 2011

Inspired by SJ reporter Andy Metzger’s skeptical review of my investigative article Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals: Uncovered , I followed up about two months ago with the as-yet-unresolved email below to Traffic & Parking Director Matt Dias.…


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Posted in Investigative Reports, Traffic & Parking | 4 Comments »

ISD Report Conspicuously Fails to Mention that Dept Head was Unqualified for Job

Posted by a 11:58 pm on January 27, 2011

The recently released departmental review of the City’s Inspectional Services Division lists many problems and suggested solutions, but strangely neglects to mention that the department head, George Landers, was unqualified to hold that position.…


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Posted in Government Reform, Investigative Reports | 1 Comment »

Towing Company Profiting from Public Land Use?

Posted by a 6:19 pm on January 21, 2011

Happy snow emergency! Do you know where your towing dollars go?


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Posted in 311 Requests, Beat Reporter, Consumer Money Saving, Environment and Open Space, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Politics, Teele Square, Traffic & Parking, Ward 7 | 40 Comments »

Help Uncover Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals

Posted by a 7:41 pm on January 1, 2011

When Watertown, MA resident Mark Pickering received a parking citation during a visit to a friend in nearby Somerville, he figured a simple letter to the Office of the Parking Clerk would result in a scheduled hearing or a ticket dismissal. Instead, he received an anonymous note of rejection with an extra $5 fine.


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Posted in Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Traffic & Parking | 3 Comments »

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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Posted in Immigration, Investigative Reports, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 3 Comments »

4/23/10 MA Open Meeting Law Changes- Public Comments Due

Posted by a 9:16 pm on April 19, 2010

The AGO, through its Division of Open Government is requesting public comment on proposed alternatives to the notice posting requirement in the Open Meeting Law. Comment should be submitted by April 23, 2010.


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Posted in Announcements, Beat Reporter, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Investigative Reports, Politics, Press Release, Special | 5 Comments »

FW Russell Trash Contract Reveals Options for Aldermen

Posted by a 12:27 am on April 7, 2010

Through a public records request, I recently obtained scanned copies of the City’s trash contracts with the FW Russell company. The fine print challenges the claim made at the March 2nd BOA Legislative Matters Committee meeting by former City Solicitor, John Gannon, that only the Mayor has the power to break a contract.…


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Posted in Investigative Reports, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Workers' Rights | 9 Comments »

Progress on the Parking Tickets Story

Posted by a 9:17 am on February 25, 2010

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has taken an interest in our (Somerville Voices) proposed investigation of parking fines and has offered to analyze the ticket data for the amount of $500.…


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Posted in City Finances, Investigative Reports, Traffic & Parking | 4 Comments »

Despite unresolved allegations against FW Russell, City renews waste disposal contract

Posted by a 5:15 pm on November 27, 2009

Last week, the Board of Aldermen extended the City’s contract with FW Russell for another year plus 5 more under a new contract despite concerns stemming from a 2-year-old investigation by AG Coakley’s office into the waste disposal company’s labor practices. The company was selected for offering the lowest price among 4 bids procured by the City this past year.…


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Posted in Investigative Reports, Media, Workers' Rights | 2 Comments »

CAFEH Needs your Help…

Posted by a 11:20 am on August 24, 2009

As many of you may be aware, STEP and Tufts University have come together in a community partnership to form CAFEH (the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure). We have just begun a year long study to learn whether living very near major highways poses health concerns for residents’ health. I am writing to ask for your help. …


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Posted in Announcements, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Tufts | 4 Comments »

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

Posted by a 2:34 am on August 21, 2009

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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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Sports | 6 Comments »

Public Information Response from ADA Coordinator Raises Red Flag

Posted by a 3:23 pm on August 17, 2009

Thanks to SomervilleVoices for providing this venue to post our Public Information Requests -and to share the responses (or lack therof) that we receive.

Here’s one example of a PIR response that raises red…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 12 Comments »

Evening of civility ends with abrupt rejection at Traffic Board Meeting

Posted by a 12:39 pm on August 15, 2009

Thursday’s event at City Hall was a far cry from the tense, emotion-high fracas that went down at the Traffic Commission meeting two weeks ago. The stately Aldermanic chamber was likewise filled with concerned Somerville citizens, but this time, the city’s controversial May 21 vote was the agenda.…


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Posted in Civic Action, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Traffic & Parking | 3 Comments »

Fund This Story : Somerville Parking Tickets

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Although parking tickets are meant to punish violators and provide maximum street access to those who live, work, or visit here, the city depends on this revenue to shore up its budget. We intend to find out whether all residential neighborhoods and business districts pay an equitable share of parking fines. If not, why? We will analyze the ticket data to see who is paying or not and for which types of tickets.…


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Posted in Announcements, Investigative Reports, Traffic & Parking | 16 Comments »

Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part 1

Posted by a 11:20 pm on August 7, 2009

Many Somerville residents are not aware that the City manages 46 parks, playgrounds and ball fields for residents. With this astonishing number comes certain responsibilities on the part of the city, such as upkeep and accessibility.


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Posted in Accessibility, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth | 10 Comments »

Permit-Only Parking Under Fire at Traffic Commission Meeting

Posted by a 9:28 pm on July 30, 2009

It seems as if the Somerville Traffic Commission has a sticky situation on it’s hands. I attended the regularly scheduled Somerville Traffic Commission meeting at the Tufts Administration building this evening, and from what was printed on the agenda, I expected a fairly run-of-the-mill session. But the 75-odd residents who packed the TAB cafeteria had a different agenda in mind…


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Posted in Civic Action, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Traffic & Parking | 4 Comments »

Brainstorming the News

Posted by a 11:35 pm on May 19, 2009

Somerville by the numbers, our community’s carbon foot-print, and collecting resident immigration stories are just a few of the story ideas generated at last Sunday’s Brainstorming Session. Read on for more suggestions and please leave your ideas and feedback below in the comments. Some of these stories will soon be pitched (in more detail) for funding on the blog!…


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FY 2010 Earmarks Betray Capuano’s Role as Enabler of the Military-Industrial Complex

Posted by a 7:21 pm on April 11, 2009

As the following pie chart shows, nearly 60% of Rep. Capuano’s 2010 earmark requests (totaling almost $80 million of tax-payer money) are for military research programs out of a total of close to $136 million in pet projects. He claims he didn’t know about the political contributions he received from the PMA Group lobbying firm, but he should have checked into it before earmarking millions of dollars for its members! We need to send Capuano a strong signal that we’re watching him and we won’t tolerate his earmarks!


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Posted in Government Reform, Investigative Reports | 18 Comments »