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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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This Is East Cultural Block Parties

Posted by a 10:30 am on March 11, 2014

Recently, we sat down with Jenn Bliss, the coordinator for the cultural block party aspect of a larger scale project titled This Is East.  The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a community placemaking project that aims to both celebrate the cultural assets of East Somerville and increase the vibrancy of our public spaces through public events, workshops and public art projects that capture the stories of East Somerville residents. We asked Jenn a few questions to get some more specific information about how This Is East will be truly beneficial to the community.
                                                                                   

                                                                                                   Jenn Bliss working for ESMS
East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS): So Jenn, in your words, what exactly is This Is East?
Jenn Bliss (JB): [This Is East is] a series of block parties every third Thursday of the month beginning in April going through October. The mission is to bring neighbors together and share different cultural perspectives in a warm and inviting environment. Through the block parties we hope to unearth the voices that make up the fabric of East Somerville, and also have a blast while doing it! The block parties will incorporate local cultural traditions through music, dance, food, art and personal stories.

ESMS: Why are you excited to be working on this project and why should other people be excited?

JB: Because I’ve been working in East Somerville for five years now as a cultural events coordinator. […] And while [the neighborhood] is rapidly changing, it’s at the dawn of a new era. With the physical landscape changing as we speak, and so many other changes going on underneath the surface. But I’m excited because this is an opportunity to create a new feeling of community while preserving the vibrancy that is East Somerville.

ESMS: I know you work with East Somerville Main Streets each year to help organize ‘Carnaval’, how do you think This Is East builds off the success of that event?

JB: Truth be told I think nobody expected Carnaval in East Somerville to succeed. Through constant perseverance a skeleton crew of about five very dedicated people and a community that was willing to take a chance on a brand new experience, we have proven to Somerville that East is where it’s at. That being said, Canraval is just one day a year for four hours. The time is very limited and condensed, with the block parties we can highlight certain aspects of the Carnaval and give them more space and room to play! We hope to have performances and/or workshops by several of the participants (i.e. Prospect Hill Academy Step Team, Marcus Santos Afro-Brazil, El Sistema Somerville, On Stage Dance…..the list goes on and on)

ESMS: What impact do you think this will have on the neighborhood?

JB: Hopefully as the block parties evolve, more and more of the community will recognize this as an opportunity to gather together and share food, dance, and celebrate East Somerville. My hope is that the community feels safer, connected to their roots and curious about each other.

An image from our Carnaval festival

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St. Patrick’s Day in East Somerville

Posted by a 12:52 pm on March 10, 2014

       St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that has been celebrated for many years. The holiday has its roots in Catholicism, but over the years has become more of a cultural phenomenon celebrated by many different walks of life. One asp…


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Community Preservation Act

Posted by a 10:16 am on February 27, 2014

     In November of 2012, the Somerville voters passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by an astonishing margin of 76%. By approving a 1.5% property tax surcharge, a new funding source for affordable housing, historic preservation a…


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Neighbor of the Month: Kat Kaminski

Posted by a 9:46 am on February 14, 2014

   

East Somerville Main Streets thanks Kat Kaminski for Four Years of Service

     For Kat Kaminski, 2014 marks the end of a period of four years of great involvement and work on the Board of Directors of East Somerville Main Streets. Since 2010 Kat Kaminski has been diligently involved with the Board and its active role with East Somerville Main Streets. A resident of Somerville since 2000, and an employee of local Triumverate Environmental since 2004 Kat found herself seeking a way to become more involved in a community that she had been a part of for ten years. It was through her employment with Triumverate that led Kat to find out about and decide to take the position on the ESMS Board of Directors – a position which heavily involved her in the community and led her to become president of the Board of Directors. Her position on the Board of Directors is something she looks upon fondly and one enjoyed greatly; however, Kat has decided it is time for her to step down. Her departure from the Board is something she sees as a positive change and a chance to see what the talented members of the Board can do in her absence. ‘I’m excited to see where the organization is headed. And I’m excited to see it in such capable hands. There’s lots of talent and enthusiasm on the board.’

     For Kat, her time with ESMS has been highlighted by getting to know all the great businesses and their owners that the neighborhood has to offer. When asked what her favorite of these was, she said she couldn’t pick one because there are far too many to choose – a statement that speaks volumes to how much Kat has come to love the East Somerville neighborhood. When asked to comment about Kat’s role on the Board, ESMS Executive Director Carrie Dancy had only positive words to say: ‘Kat has been the biggest cheerleader possible for East Somerville Main Streets.  She has reached out to and involved countless new volunteers, board members and committee members through her contagious commitment and enthusiasm.  While she is stepping down as president, she is leaving a ripple of leadership and excitement behind her.’   Although she will be missed from the Board, she has left behind a model of leadership for all other Board Members to follow. 


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Some ‘Ting Nice: A True Caribbean Experience

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     Susan and Michael Puckerin are no strangers to the East Somerville neighborhood. Susan has owned Curlz & Cutz Unisex Salon for ten years, and has truly experienced how diverse the neighborhood of East Somerville truly is. As the Puckerins experienced the beauty and diversity of the East Somerville neighborhood, they realized they wanted to leave their own mark on the community. It was through this realization that led them to open Some ‘Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant – which (much like how the East Somerville neighborhood is a celebration of the diversity of people) is a celebration of the diversity and flavor of Caribbean food, and according to the Puckerins is “something that was needed”.

     In framing the context of this restaurant, it is important to note that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice aren’t just selling food, they’re “selling the Caribbean experience.” Across the Caribbean region you may have ten or so dishes all with different names; however when you put them side-by-side they turn out to all be the same dish. It is because of this that Some ‘Ting Nice has tried to consolidate these dishes and create a multi-Caribbean affair that encompasses all aspects of Caribbean cuisine and the “multi-cultural diaspora” that is the Caribbean. In creating their dishes, the Puckerins and their staff use recipes that have been handed down through generations, recipes with a beautiful backstory akin to that of East Somerville. When someone sits down at a table at Some ‘Ting Nice, they aren’t just sitting down to eat food – they’re sitting down to experience the history behind every dish they get. It is for this reason that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice don’t hold back in their cooking style. They give you the pepper, they give you the flavor, and they give you the true Caribbean experience.

Pictured Above: Reggae Chicken Platter with Roasted Eggplant and White Rice
(photo courtesy of yelp.com)

     It is the Puckerin’s goal to have people leave their restaurant with the impression “oh my god, that is so good” and to have truly experienced the history of the Caribbean. Some ‘Ting Nice encapsulates the diversity and vibrancy present throughout the East Somerville neighborhood while also allowing patrons to have a unique experience each time they sit down for a meal. It is a restaurant to be experienced and enjoyed, and an excellent addition to the East Somerville neighborhood.


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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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10/26/13 MVTF 2013 Annual Meeting Announcement

Posted by a 10:08 pm on September 29, 2013

Assembly Square is transforming. The new Baxter State Park along the Mystic between Route 38 and Draw 7 Park has opened. The Orange Line T-Stop is framed in, and Federal Realty and Avalon Bay have walls up on mixed-use developments on the river side of the site. More…


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7/16/13, 7/29/13 Somerville by Design: East Somerville

Posted by a 9:15 pm on July 14, 2013

The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. Visioning sessions are an important means for East Somerville residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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5/28/13 Somerville by Design – East Somerville

Posted by a 9:01 pm on May 26, 2013

Broadway from Winter Hill to East Somerville initiative was presented last year. It is time to extend this initiative further into East Somerville. More…


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It’s Tuesday Calendar of Events

Posted by a 1:30 pm on May 7, 2013

It’s TUESDAY! In East SomervilleMay 7 Workshop/ Concert with El Sistema            at East Somerville Community School 4pm-5:30         Pupusa jam after party at Maya Sol 5:30-7:30May 14&…


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Neighbor of the Month: Dana Iacopucci

Posted by a 11:25 am on April 23, 2013

ESMS is proud to announce Dana Iacopucci, ESMS Board Member and life-long East Somervillian, as our new neighbor of the month. Moving from long term volunteer to a leader on the Board of Directors, Dana demonstrates just how much one person can contribute to their neighborhood.


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Neighbor of the Month

Posted by a 9:59 am on March 18, 2013

Alan Cheng at Lotus Xpress

ESMS is excited to announce Alan Chen as our March neighbor of the month.  As manager of the new Chinese and Japanese inspired eatery on Broadway, Lotus Xpress, he is a fresh face to the community, but has long felt right at home.

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Complete Street series details

Posted by a 11:33 am on February 14, 2013



The latest initiative of Somerville by Design is the Complete Street series. To achieve the SomerVision Comprehensive Plan goals, and to compliment the Green Line station area plans were put into action by the recent Somerville by Design meetings. The focus will now on our streets. 

Complete Streets design includes both an emphasis on encouraging sustainable modes like walking and biking as well as increased safety and efficiency for all users.  The series will feature livable transportation expert Ian Lockwood who will discuss how complete streets work and why they are a vital to Somerville’s future as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore options and provide input, which will range from spot improvements to larger scale network visioning.


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East Broadway renovations

Posted by a 2:19 pm on January 30, 2013

East Broadway is transforming right before our eyes. Check out the gallery of pics and the changes that are underway. From next door to East Somerville Main Streets office to further down next to Fasika restaurant, lots of renovations and construc…


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Streetscape Updates

Posted by a 3:41 pm on January 28, 2013

Updates1. Sub surface Sewer Main Instalation1600 drain line1300 1600 feet of sewer pipe lining 2. Removal of Sidewalks3. Installation of tight & Conduit basescompletion in “work zones”100-200 ft work zones3 week look aheadAs a result resi…


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Meet ESMS new Project Assistants

Posted by a 11:33 am on

Lauren VachonHello! My name is Lauren Vachon and I am one of the new Project Assistants here at East Somerville Main Streets. I have moved around throughout my life and now call the Back Bay my home. I recently just got back from Sevilla, Spain wh…


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Neighbor of the month

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ESMS is proud to announce Bill Riochette as our new neighbor of the month. If you attend community meetings, you don’t have to look too far to find Bill. Bill embodies a resident invested in his community, and Bill has taken it one step further. When trying to get creative about how to raise funds for the Boston Marathon, he of course figured out how to tie in East Broadway and East Somerville.

If there’s one thing that is evident when conversing with Bill, it is that he is a proud Somervillian. Having lived in Somerville for 15 years and East Somerville for 8, he is passionate about the community’s progress and recent transformation. He is also a strong supporter of East Somerville Main Streets and their initiative to help foster positive changes within East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District.

When asked about why he enjoyed living in East Somerville, Bill explained it’s because it reflects the values he identifies with; such as affordability and East Somerville exemplifying a big, little city that has a friendly neighborhood vibe. He also appreciates the unique culture and authenticity that exists within the community.

Whether it’s attending meetings or actively participating in a Somerville interest group, Bill genuinely cares about his community, so much in fact he was inspired to create a one-of-a-kind poster featuring special attributes from East Somerville.

This inspiration was fueled by his decision to compete in his very first Boston Marathon this upcoming April, and his efforts to raise money on behalf of the Boston Health Center for the Homeless, as he believes that what they do for the greater homeless population of Boston is both impressive and admirable. 

His goal is to raise five thousand dollars. To help him accomplish this he has creatively designed a poster that is a reflection of the East Somerville community. It is available to be purchased for a minimum donation of 25.00 by including the word “poster” and a mailing address in the comment section on his personal fundraising page.

During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his two rescue dogs and visiting the local parks within East Somerville.

ESMS would like to extend their well wishes to Bill in accomplishing his goal for such an incredible cause and would like to thank him for the support and pride he’s shown in East Somerville. Best of Luck!


Click here for more info and to show your support!


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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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2012 Accomplishments

Posted by a 4:58 pm on December 10, 2012

East Somerville Main Streets 

Accomplishments

Please donate any amount today to ensure the continuation of ESMS’ work into 2013 and beyond!

Business District Branding:  With the help of 60+ residents, city officials, community leaders and business owners, ESMS created a long term vision and brand for the East Broadway Business District.  To support this vision, the steering committee chose a brand logo (left) and tag line, “think outside the square,” that will help realign outdated perceptions of the East Broadway Business District with the positive reality of the area.


First Tuesdays:  ESMS brought the community a series of events including everything from an Ice Cream Social to a kite making workshop!  This year’s partners were Maya Sol, Louie’s Ice Cream, Vinny’s, Casey’s and Fasika!

East Broadway Foodie Crawl: On September 25th, over 700 participants attended the second annual Foodie Crawl to “eat outside the square.”  They explored the flavors of East Broadway in bite sized portions at 14+ restaurants while watching live music and magic shows. 

Carnaval @ SomerStreets: On June 3rd, ESMS partnered with the City of Somerville to bring you Carnaval @ SomerStreets, an event celebrating local culture and healthy lifestyles.  Over 5,000 people came to enjoy this event.

East Somerville Map: Over 5,000 maps of the neighborhood, which were designed by ESMS, have been distributed to the surrounding community.  This map highlight’s East Somerville’s assets, and is easy to use, allowing neighbors and visitors to get to know the area better.  The creation of this map was made possible by the support of many local businesses, whose information can be found on the map.

Other Accomplishments: s Two for Tuesdays, East Somerville Historic Walking Tour, Patriot’s Day Celebrations, East Somerville Neighborhood Clean up.

East Broadway Business District 

Accomplishments

Chuckie Harris Park: The City’s construction of Somerville’s newest and most innovative park is not underway on Cross Street East!  The park includes a community garden, water features, and a space to show outdoor films!

East Broadway Streetscape Redesign: Somerville’s Boldest Streetscape redesign project to date promises vibrant street life by increasing sidewalks by up to 8 feet on each side and creating large bump outs that provide space for community events. 

Assembly Square Redevelopment & Gateway Linkages:  East Somerville’s neighboring Assembly Square has broken ground.  Once complete the project will present a huge number of easily accessible resources for East Somerville residents. 

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WALKING/BIKING TOUR OF THE PROPOSED COMMUNITY PATH EXTENSION

Posted by a 6:37 pm on October 5, 2012

Tour Date: Saturday, 10/20 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

Rain Date: Sunday  10/21, same time.

Tour info and weather-related updates:

http://www.facebook.com/events/536681823014262/

 

Meet at

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8/13/12 East Broadway Streetscape Project Public Meeting

Posted by a 4:06 pm on August 12, 2012

Broadway is a key commercial corridor in Somerville. Its urban design can improve the commercial potential of the neighborhood as well as its livability.


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Why should you visit East Broadway on Tuesday?

Posted by a 9:00 am on June 4, 2012

Two for One specials that are delicious and good for your wallet!! Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! Tuesday Nights are gaining momentum as the night to visit East Some…


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Walk, Run or Ride Down East Broadway–Carnaval@SomerStreets

Posted by a 1:39 pm on May 30, 2012

Summer is coming and we’re bringing CARNAVAL to the Somerville Streets!Walk, run, dance, bike or skate down to East Broadway in Somerville to get your groove on at the only multicultural loco-motion fest!!!There’s so much motion, we have to close the s…


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East Somerville State Rep. Candidate Pledges ‘No Money’ Campaign

Posted by a 5:00 am on May 21, 2012

In what otherwise seems to be shaping up to be a snoozer of a state election year, East Somerville may see something resembling a state rep. race, or at least a one-of-a-kind campaign now that East Cambridge resident Mike Connolly is running.


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Cash Mobs: When Getting Mobbed’s a Good Thing

Posted by a 12:47 pm on May 14, 2012

With the ability to mobilize a community in a matter of hours, Cash Mobs are reviving local communities one “attack” at a time. Everyone has heard of the flash mobs, seemingly spontaneous gatherings of people breaking into song to make a statement. Cash mobs take on the same appearance but rather than breaking into song they break out their wallets. They have their own statement to make: Local business are an important part of the community and their value cannot be underestimated. “Mobsters” flock to a business, wallets in hand, to support the local economy and prove that a little given by many can change the world.  
The best part is you don’t have to look far to hear success stories. According to the Boston Globe in the past year Cash Mobs have hit business districts in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lowelland Malden and the trend continues to grow. The concept is simple: the community selects a business and encourages everyone they know to spend between $5 and $20 within a few hours.
You may be thinking: How can $5 do anything for a business? Well just listen to the recipient of the most recent Boston based Cash Mob, The Cannoli Guy Café. The Maldenbased restaurant was “mobbed” on Friday March 30th. By the end of the day he had sold over 400 of his delicious pastries, more than he would typically sell in full work week. To a small business owner the impact of these sales can go a long way into reinvigorating a business (Boston Globe).
This is just one local example of a movement that has swept the nation. The movement has even sparked a National Cash Mob Day (the final Saturday in March). This year every state was represented in the movement. For a typical mobs are announced with as little as 24 hours warning and yet the call to action is so simple that hundreds of people are known to participate in established cities. Cash mobs are fantastic ways to build community connections and perhaps  even discover new favorite businesses.
Interested in learning more?  
There are plenty of resources out there for forming your own Cash Mob.

For starters check out this interesting article in the Boston Globe or the National Cash Mob blog

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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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East Broadway Presents: Two for Tuesdays

Posted by a 9:15 am on April 20, 2012

Take a walk, grab a bite and explore East Somerville every Tuesday Night!

Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! As Tuesday Night’s gain momentum as the night to visit East Somerville, the Two for Tuesday promotion continues to grow. Now with 13 participating restaurants you’ll never be bored. Take a stroll down East Broadway and try someplace new or cozy up in an old favorite. Look for the Two for Tuesdays poster in the window of all participating businesses and stop in to enjoy an authentic and affordable Two For One special!! Just ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside and enjoy!

Every Tuesday Night in East Broadway is a Two for Tuesdays Night!

Current Participating Restaurants Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork Chops or Baked Scrod

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas ( any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas and Burritos $9.99

Vinny’s Ristorante (76 Broadway): Eggplant Parm

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Blanca’s Bakery (85 Broadway): Cookies

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Broadway Steakhouse (129 Broadway): Buffet

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Tacos (Chicken Only)

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Appetizers

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Patsy’s (182 Broadway): Select pastries

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative of its kind. Organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District it is a collaborative promotion designed to showcase the vibrant atmosphere of the community. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!

4pm until closing, eat-in only.



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4th Annual SOS Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 1:31 pm on April 13, 2012

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 16th (rain or shine). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano School). Middle School sign-ins will be…


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Celebrate Holy Week at Christ Episcopal Church

Posted by a 3:36 pm on April 4, 2012

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Somerville! Christ Church welcomes and nurtures every individual who comes through its doors, and has recently affirmed this long-held commitment by registering as a “Believe Out Loud” parish…


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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 8:45 am on April 2, 2012

The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here. Visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!


“Feliz Páscoa!” – Happy Easter! It’s that time of year, and our next undiscovered dessert takes us on a chocolatey Easter Adventure through East Somerville’s local Brazilian grocery stores to learn why there is a “vineyard” of eggs growing from the ceiling, and what the connection is to Italy

An internationally understood sign of Easter, Eggs take on many variations in different cultures across the globe. While we are familiar with Easter egg decorating and hunts, Brazilian traditions demand eggs that are neither plastic nor quite so small! Imagine an entirely chocolate egg standing from 5-10” tall – and filled with treats!

In the weeks leading up to Easter, Brazilian supermarkets and bakeries get decked out for the holiday with countless of these bright foil wrapped delights hanging from the ceiling. Even before you unwrap the chocolates, these eggs are a treat. Wrapped in cellophane patterned with soccer players, television shows, movie stars, or the brand of candy, these Eggs are carefully chosen for family members and friends.

Egg sizes range from mini eggs to giant ones, roughly the size of a small child! Dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate, Nestle or Kopenhagen, the choices are endless! Crack the hollow eggs open and you never know what you might find! More candy or small toys are often the fillings most desired by children.

The tradition of chocolate Easter Eggs in Brazil dates back to 1922 when Italians arrived in the country bringing chocolate eggs with them, but what makes Brazil special is their unique displays: the vineyard. These raised lattices allow shop keepers to hang the eggs from the ceilings of their shops and create a tunnel of bright colored eggs.

This is a tradition found through both Europe and Latin American countries, but each has there own twist on the treat.

Fun Fact!

Brazil is second only to the UK as the largest consumer of these holiday sweets

These delicious eggs are a fun (and tasty) way to bring a new Easter Tradition to your family. Take a stroll down East Broadway to pick out your Egg!


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Did You Know? A Creative Way to Rethink Local

Posted by a 1:17 pm on March 21, 2012

Did you know that there is more than one legal currency in the United States? Inspired by the think local trend reshaping the way Americans think about local businesses, communities across six states have begun to circulate their own local currencies t…


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One if By Land, Two if By Sea: Celebrate the Historic Ride of Paul Revere

Posted by a 9:52 am on March 12, 2012

East Somerville Main Streets and the City of Somerville are looking for volunteers to help celebrate one of the most historically significant events in East Somerville, the 237th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s inspiring Midnight Ride. The city is looking for volunteers to help facilitate activities and distribute refreshments on April 16th at the City of Somerville’s Annual Patriots Day Celebration.

On the historic night of April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere raced from Boston through modern day East Somerville and onto Lexington and Concord, bringing warning of the attacking British army to the militia men, including Sam Adams and John Hancock. His decisive ride gave the militia men enough warning to stand against the British and launch the American Revolution.

The City of Somerville’s Annual Patriots Day Celebration is hosted this year at FossPark from 10-11:30am, rain or shine, and volunteers are needed from 9:15-Noon. Volunteers will help residents learn about life in the late 1700s by leading Colonial era games, serving refreshments, and distributing and stamping Colonial Passports. To set the scene, all volunteers will dress in Colonial era clothing, and the city has clothing to lend and tips for what to wear of your own. Volunteers will also learn games to lead including hop scotch, cat’s cradle, hoop rolling and ring toss.

Whether you are interested in volunteering ( ESMS will be there) or enjoying the games and welcoming Paul Revere as he rides into Somerville, be sure to check this out!

For more information contact Executive Director Brandon Wilson at bwilson@somerville.ma.gov


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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 2:37 pm on March 5, 2012

The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here. Visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!

There are plenty of reasons to love March: the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and our next undiscovered dessert, St. Joseph’s Zeppole, a delicious treat only available a few weeks a year.

Hailing from Italy, but enjoyed across the world, this delectable Italian pastry is a combination of fried dough with a creamy custard filling topped with powered sugar and fortunately, (for our wallets and perhaps pants size), only available for a few weeks surrounding March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day.

Family owned Patsy’s Pastries, as one of the few bakeries in Somerville that make Zeppole, is one of East Broadway’s busiest shops in March. Customers come from all over to try Patsy’s Zeppole, and in fact much like trying to get a Thanksgiving Pie at Patsy’s, if you go on March 18th, be prepared to wait in line while salivating and hungrily peering through their glass cases.

St. Joseph’s day is an Italian National holiday and also Catholic holiday in honor of St. Joseph, the protector of families. Its origins stems back to Sicily where it is believed that St. Joseph saved the people from a drought in the Middle Ages. A proper Italian St. Joseph’s Day celebration is not complete without 2 or 3 of these delectable pastries to finish off an evening of feasting.

Whether you have grown up eating Zeppole or are just learning about this delicious dessert it is well worth your time to travel over to Patsy’s (182 Broadway) and try them out!

Keep your eyes open for our final dessert, Brazilian Easter Eggs!


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3/7/12 Grounding McGrath Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 2:43 pm on March 4, 2012

The McGrath overpass cuts Somerville in pieces. A boulevard would work better with the new Green Line T-Stop at Union Square.


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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 9:42 am on February 22, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here!Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!!This Week Meet: Nancy Bacci…


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Celebrate Tuesday Nights in East Somerville!

Posted by a 10:06 am on February 21, 2012

Tuesday night is the night to get out, explore East Broadway and enjoy Two for Tuesdays specials all year in East Somerville!

Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! With so many great places to dine, you’ll never be bored. Take a stroll down East Broadway and try someplace new or cozy up in an old favorite. Look for the Two for Tuesdays poster in the window of all participating businesses and stop in to enjoy an authentic and affordable Two For One special!! Just ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside and enjoy!

Current Specials Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork chops or Baked schrod with salad, potato & vegetable (2 for $20.99)

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas (any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas, and burritos for $9.99 and pupusas for $1 each

Vinny’s Ristorante (76 Broadway): Eggplant Parm

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Tortas

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Appetizers

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative of its kind. Organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District it is a collaborative promotion designed to showcase the vibrant atmosphere of the community. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!

4pm until closing, eat-in only.


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East Broadway’s Undiscovered Desserts

Posted by a 11:10 am on February 15, 2012

Recently spurred on by an advertisement in the window of Restaurante Montecristo that featured “Atol de Elote,” we struck out to find out more about what this delicious central american treat might be! The traditions of East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District are as diverse as the people who live here, visiting and living in the area is a process of constantly learning, and that’s one of the reasons people love it here!

Atol de Elote dons from El Salvador, where much of the cuisine finds its roots in Mayan and Spanish foods. Salvadoran food is often rich in local produce such as corn, beans, squash and tomatoes, with the most popular being pupusas, hand made corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, meats or vegetables (if you haven’t relished a pupusa, we’d highly recommend it, as these wonderful little stuffed tortilla can make anyone’s day!).

There are other less talked about but equally tasty ways the Salavadorans have learned to use corn, and that’s where we come to Atol de Elote, which turns out to be a delicious dessert drink. Atols are a type of thick drink, rooted in Mayan culture, that are often eaten with a spoon! Atols can featured any ingredient, not just Elote( orn), but while there are many variations on this tasty treat Atol de Elote is among the most popular. Served hot, it is a mixture of white and yellow corn, sugar, corn starch and cinnamon.

Traditionally Atol de Elote is served in handmade bowls carved by local artisans. Practiced Latin American artists are able to complete an entire bowl in just a few minutes. While these homemade bowls are not as popular in America, the drink is still as tasty.

There are multiple El Salvadorian restaurants in East Somerville and I highly recommend you test out this delicious treat.

As a follow up on this post we will be researching the story behind the giant Brazilian Easter Eggs, as well as zeppole, a traditional dessert made just for St. Joseph’s Day — and why you shouldn’t go to Patsy’s Pastry on March 19thunless you want zeppole!


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Two for Tuesdays Sweetens Up Valentines Day!

Posted by a 9:41 am on February 14, 2012

Feeling bad about not having a date this Valentine’s Day? Two for Tuesdays can sweeten up this Tuesday night! Tuesday night means Two for One specials all year in East Somerville!

Enjoy a Tuesday night out in East Somerville with friends and split two specials for the price of one! With so many great places to dine, you’ll never be bored. Try someplace new or cozy up in an old favorite. Keep your eyes open for the special heart shaped balloons at all participating business and stop in to enjoy authentic and affordable Two For One specials!! All you have to do is ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside. Available 4pm until closing, eat-in only.

Tonight’s Specials Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork chops or Baked schrod with salad, potato & vegetable (2 for $20.99)

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas (any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas, and burritos for $9.99 and pupusas for $1 each

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Tortas

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Appetizers

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!


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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 12:29 pm on February 8, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here!

Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!

This Week Meet: Eden Dutcher Co-Owner of Groundview Designs and Designer of the new Harris Park

· How long have you been a part of the East Somerville community?

In 2002, my husband and I relocated to

Teele Square

in Somerville from San Francisco. When our family started to expand we were looking for the right neighborhood to raise our children. We made the right decision to move to East Somerville in 2008.

· What’s happening in East Somerville or on East Broadway that you’re excited about?

The vibe! Its fresh, its real & all the capital improvement projects happening in the next few years are going to make it sing.

· Favorite East Somerville eats (restaurants, favorite dishes…)?

So many favorites! Top 5:

Pupusas from Maya Sol

Bruschetta from Vinny’s

Tacos from Taco Loco

Sfagliatele from Patsy’s

any cut of meat from Tony’s Foodland to take home for the grill

· Why is East Somerville a great place to live?

We were instantly welcomed by our multi-generational/cultural neighbors when we moved to East Somerville. There is a real sense of community that extends from the block where we live, to the parks we visit everyday, to the businesses we frequent on East Broadway, to the East Branch Library where we love to check out the reading recommendations of the awesome staff.



Interested in finding out more about the next steps to the new Harris Park?

Check out these awesome fly-throughs of the designs:

Mountain Design

Forest Design

or find explanations of the designs HERE

Also be sure to stop by the final public meeting on Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30pm at the Senior Center on the corner of Cross St. and Broadway. At the meeting the finalized design plans will be revealed!




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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 11:14 am on February 1, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here! Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!!

This Week Meet: Laura Vivenzio



· How long have you been a part of the East Somerville community?

I have been a resident of East Somerville for eight years. I’ve been a member of ESMS since 2007 and enjoy volunteering with them.

· What’s happening in East Somerville or on East Broadway that you’re excited about?

The opening of the newly-renovated Mudflat building has been one of the great success stories of the neighborhood. Work is happening in earnest at the site of the new East Somerville Community School, and also, late-breaking news of a new restaurant called La Brasa coming to East Broadway is very exciting!


· Favorite East Somerville eats (restaurants, favorite dishes…)?

I think I’ve eaten at most places in East Somerville…the food is fantastic! There’s a wide variety of cuisines and establishments to choose from. The Sambosa at Fasika Ethiopian restaurant is delicious, as is Taco Loco’s perfect chicken burrito, the antipasti bar over at Vinny’s at Night, and you just cannot go wrong with the popovers from the Mt. Vernon.

· Why is East Somerville a great place to live?

The ethnic diversity and multicultural population are my main reasons for loving East Somerville as a place to live. Also, its close proximity to downtown Boston is certainly a plus!


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Enjoy two East Broadway eats for the price of one!!

Posted by a 10:16 am on January 31, 2012

It’s Tuesday!! and that means another exciting opportunity for Two for One Eats in the East Broadway Business District!!

Tuesdays are the day to get out and explore the authentic tastes of the East Broadway Business District!! With only seven weeks left of the Two for Tuesday promotion, now is the prefect time to bring a friend and discover a new restaurant or spend an evening at an old favorite! Stop by at any of the participating businesses, marked by a Two for Tuesdays poster, and enjoy TWO authentic and affordable specials for the price of ONE!! All you have to do is ask for the Two for Tuesdays deal written on a white board inside. Available 4pm until closing, eat-in only.

Tonight’s Specials Include:

Mount Vernon Restaurant (14 Broadway): Pork chops or Baked schrod with salad, potato & vegetable (2 for $20.99)

Taco Loco (44 Broadway): Pupusas (any kind)

Los Paisanos Restaurant (62 Broadway): Tortas, and burritos for $9.99 and pupusas for $1 each

Vinny’s Ristorante (76 Broadway): Pasta dishes (Linguine, Angel Hair, Spaghetti)

Tapatio Mexican Grille (82 Broadway): Tacos

Gauchao (102 Broadway): Sobremesas (Desserts)

Taqueria Montecristo (146 Broadway): Enchiladas and tacos

Fasika (145-147 Broadway): Buy one combo and get another entree free!

Casey’s Tavern (173 Broadway): Sandwiches

Maya Sol (179 Broadway): Chicken Burritos or Chicken Fajitas

Two for Tuesdays is first district-wide initiative organized by the restaurant owners of the East Broadway Business District. Come out and enjoy an evening in your neighborhood and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!


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Neighbor of the Week!

Posted by a 1:06 pm on January 25, 2012

At the heart of the East Somerville community are the people who live here!
Each week East Somerville Main Streets will be posting answers from East Somerville Residents to share what they think makes East Somerville great!!!
This Week Meet: Jesse and Devon

· How long have you been a part of the East Somerville community?

We moved in mid-April, after buying a rowhouse we’d been trying to buy since the previous fall. I was super excited by how close we were to the T, and also to not being on a main street after living on Somerville Avenue in Union Square for four years. It feels so much quieter living on a side street!

· What’s happening in East Somerville or on East Broadway that you’re excited about?

Jesse:

The idea that we are going to be a short walk away from a giant new movie theater in Assembly Row is an amazing feeling. I still have memories of seeing Indian Jones and the Last Crusade at the old Assembly Square cinema when I was 9. I was hoping that it would be open in time to see the new Batman movie, but I would settle on being able to walk 5 minutes to go see “The Hobbit” in December instead. Very excited.

I love all of the events that ESMS is doing for the community as well. My wife and I participated in the Foodie Crawl last year and I actually worked the Somerstreet Carnival for the City. Both brought much deserved pride and recognition to the neighborhood.

Devon:

I’m very excited for the Assembly Row project, and did I hear something about a bowling alley? Oh man, I want a bowling league. Also, I feel like there are constantly new businesses popping up on Broadway and many store fronts are getting upgrades.

· Favorite East Somerville eats (restaurants, favorite dishes…)?

Jesse:

We know half of the wait staff at the Mount Vernon on a first name basis, we even have their special point cards. If you have never gone there for there weekend brunch, take this as your recomendation, it’s incredible.

I would argue with you that Taco Loco has the best burritos in the area, even going so far as to call out Anna’s Taquiera in a challenge. It’s also right where my bus stop is on my way. seductively tempting me to ruin my dinner plans.

Devon:

I am going be a total hedonist and agree with Jesse aboout The Mount Vernon for their brunch. Have you SEEN that buffet? It’s completely out of control in the best way ever. There’s a raw bar, a meat carving station, a choose your own omelette station, donuts and pastry galore, and a variety of pancakes, breakfast meats, and eggs. It’s fantastic when you only want to eat once a day. Also, where else can you eat shrimp cocktail and a bavarian cream donut in one setting? Magical.

· Why is East Somerville a great place to live?

The people. Do you know that old Sesame Street song, these are the “People In Your Neighborhood”? Well that’s how I feel about ES. We have a great Alderman in Bill Roche. One of the cities best police officer in Captain David Fallon. An a education focused School Commitee member in Maureen Bastardi. You couldn’t ask for a better community leadership.

Devon:

There’s a T stop, which is not the case for a lot of other neighborhoods on Somerville, and everyone in the neighborhood is really friendly. As a new homeowner, I absolutely love how close we are to Home Depot. I love the variety of stores and restaurants along Broadway, and will never grow tired of how fabulous Taco Loco and Maya Sol are when I am craving a burrito or a steak salad. There’s a lot of pride in the neighborhood, and I am hoping we can set up (if this doesn’t already exist) some neighborhood clean up events so East Somerville can be the cleanest neighborhood in Somerville.


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Meet the New Coop!

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Hi! My name is Abigail Dusseldorp but most people call me Abbie! I grew up in Roscoe, a very small town in upstate New York which is know for its fishing and is recognized as Trout Town USA. Growing up in a small neighborhood, a strong sense of community has always been a part of my life. Starting about 7 years ago, Roscoe began their Renaissance Project to revitalize the heart of our community and reestablish the image of Roscoe as a thriving village, much like ESMS is doing in East Somerville!!

I have always tried to do my part to stay involved with the program by organizing and recruiting people to help plant flowers and clean up Main Street. One of my favorite events this past summer was International Childrens Day. Despite the fact that it was raining most of the community came out to enjoy the carnival and international fashion show. It was great to see Roscoe once again becoming a tight knit community that people can enjoy! I’m really excited to be cooping at East Somerville Main Streets and seeing this community grow as well!

I am now in my second year Northeastern University majoring in International Affairs with the hopes of one day working with refugee support programs My decision to study International Affairs stems from my love of traveling. Growing up I had the opportunity to travel through Europe and recently to Israel. At each new destination I fell in love with exploring the unique sense of culture and identity of each community as well as meeting the welcoming people who are really at the heart of it.

One thing that I already love about East Somerville is how alive the neighborhood is!! No two places are exactly alike so there is always something new to explore! I’m looking forward to working with East Somerville Main Streets and the entire East Somerville community to help preserve and enhance the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere of the neighborhood and also getting to know the people who make East Somerville so extraodinary!!!


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Celebrate 2012 with two-for-one deals in the East Broadway Business District

Posted by a 1:55 pm on January 10, 2012

What better way to wind down from the holidays than sharing a two-for-one deal with your closest friend in the East Broadway Business District?With only two months left on the Two for Tuesdays promotion, there is no time like the present to come join u…


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The story behind Alexia & Co. Jewelry

Posted by a 2:54 pm on December 16, 2011

The art of jewelry craftsmanship has been in the Zinzopoulos family for generations. Constantine Zinzopoulos learned the skill from his father, also named Constantine, who studied in Italy with big names like Cartier, before coming to the United State…


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How to eat outside the square on a budget!

Posted by a 10:34 am on December 15, 2011

Treat your stomach and your wallet this holiday season with the East Broadway Business District’s Two for Tuesdays deal!Every Tuesday night, from now until March 15, 2012, participating restaurants, marked by a Two for Tuesdays poster, will offer two s…


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Trying to save money for presents? Try 2 for 1 specials TONIGHT!

Posted by a 12:44 pm on December 13, 2011

Restaurants in the East Broadway Business District are getting geared up for tonight’s Two for Tuesdays! Come show your support, and taste the great food from around the world that makes East Somerville a one-of-a-kind, Tuesday night destination!Every …


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12/14/11 MBTA Capital Investment Program Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:43 pm on December 11, 2011

The CIP includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square T-Stop.


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part IV

Posted by a 2:08 pm on December 8, 2011

Want to feel and look good at your upcoming Holiday Parties? Here’s how…Shape Up Somerville (SUS) has taken on a huge initiative of promoting the healthy food options at favorite local eateries. ESMS is excited to feature establishments in the East B…


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part III

Posted by a 1:17 pm on December 6, 2011

Don’t wait for your New Year’s resolution to start eating healthier food! Here’s how…Shape Up Somerville (SUS) has taken on a huge initiative of promoting the healthy food options at favorite local eateries. Here at ESMS, we are thrilled to help pr…


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Don’t miss out on this great 2-for-1 opportunity!

Posted by a 9:26 am on December 5, 2011

Tomorrow, December 6, 2012, marks East Broadway’s third consecutive Two for Tuesdays! This weekly promotion, organized by restaurants throughout the East Broadway Business District, is the first district-wide supported initiative of its kind. Com…


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part II

Posted by a 10:38 am on November 28, 2011

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Tasty Thanksgiving dinners and holiday sweets leave us craving for some healthy food from time to time. Luckily, Shape Up Somerville (SUS) has created a guide that highlights the healthy food options at our…


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11/29: Ward 1 ResiStat Community Meeting

Posted by a 8:17 am on November 25, 2011

Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Roche and the ResiStat program invite you to a community meeting in West Somerville to discuss the latest city data, news, updates and issues most important to you.


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Shape Up Somerville Shows Us the Healthy Side of East Broadway – Part I

Posted by a 3:57 pm on November 23, 2011

With so many great restaurants in the East Broadway Business District, its hard to know where to go on a night out, let alone, what to order! Luckily, Shape Up Somerville (SUS) is here to help. ESMS is excited to help SUS with their goal of promoting …


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Two great reasons to come to East Broadway – for the price of one!

Posted by a 3:53 pm on November 21, 2011

From November 22, 2011 to March 15, 2012 restaurants in the East Broadway Business District will be partnering with East Somerville Main Streets to launch an exciting new promotion called Two for Tuesdays! Every Tuesday night, a participating restaura…


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From Parking Lot to Park!

Posted by a 3:26 pm on November 10, 2011

Have you ever looked at the parking lot behind the Cross Street Senior Center and thought it would be a great place for some green grass, and benches? Well you’re in luck! The City of Somerville is in the process of turning this parking lot into a park…


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Bicycle Public Safety Campaign Wimps Out

Posted by a 10:04 pm on October 26, 2011

On Thursday, 6 pm, November 3rd, at the VNA, 259 Lowell St., the Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee will discuss the Administration’s disinclination to implement a promised Bicycle Safety Campaign for the city’s cyclists…


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10/20/11 Green Line Extension Environmental Assessment and Public Comment Period

Posted by a 8:36 pm on October 9, 2011

This hearing is preceded at 6:00 by a Shovel Ready Rally and Mock Groundbreaking in front of Somerville High School to protest Green Line delays. It is essential that the Green Line Extension be carried out on time with responsible attention to environmental impacts.


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10/12/11 Green Line Public Workshop on Maintenance Facility

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The Maintenance Facility is currently located at Option L, as far as possible from Brickbottom. This is a good opportunity to weigh in on this design.


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9/22/11 Boston Region MPO Meeting – MPO vote on TIP and LRTP

Posted by a 3:44 pm on September 11, 2011

At this meeting the MPO will vote on whether to ignore the needs of Somerville and Medford residents and push back the Green Line Extension to 2018.


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UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on September 5, 2011

The Community Access Project did a reality check of the 2010 East Somerville Safe Routes 2 School Map. We found that less than 20% of the pedestrian features are even up to basic standard code. “Safe” is a misnomer.

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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6/11 Green Line Station Design Public Workshops

Posted by a 7:00 pm on May 30, 2011

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting a series of Green Line station design workshops, one for each proposed stop. It is important to integrate the new Green Line stations with the community and with the proposed Community Path. Your participation can help with this process.


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East Somerville Main Streets Stirs in Flavor to their 2011 First Tuesdays After Hours

Posted by a 10:45 pm on April 25, 2011

East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) is launching another exciting season of “First Tuesdays After Hours” on East Broadway and for the series’ third year they are adding a little extra spice.…


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