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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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

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


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SomerServe Outreach: Youth Snow Shoveling Opportunities Plus Volunteer Opps 4 All

Posted by a 12:13 pm on December 15, 2013

Nancy Bacci, Director of SomerServe, sends a message to us all. Warm up the community with service! Opportunities for Youth to Shovel Snow and create safe pedestrian paths for everyone. Plus, contact info to learn about Volunteer opportunities for Somerville residents of all ages.


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Transportation | 1 Comment »

10/9/10 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:00 pm on October 6, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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Stop Unsafe Bicycling, Walking, and Driving

Posted by a 4:04 pm on September 22, 2013

I will donate $100.00 to a charity of Alan Moore’s choice if a two-day bicycle traffic study by an objective third party finds that at all locations studied, fewer than half of bicyclists engaged in any of the unsafe behaviors described in paragraph 2.


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Posted in Accessibility, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Davis Square, Pedestrians, Porter Square, Powderhouse Square, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Union Square | 4 Comments »

Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

Posted by a 2:19 pm on August 12, 2013

What kinds of performance measures were examined prior to the recent announcement about Union Square’s upcoming transportation improvements?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

Celebrate the ADA! Free Movie Screening 7/27/13- MUSIC WITHIN

Posted by a 3:35 pm on July 24, 2013

The Anniversary of the signing of the ADA is Friday July 26th! Want to celebrate this weekend? Here’s one free event: On Saturday, a free screening of MUSIC WITHIN– the 2007 drama about the true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker, whose hearing disability attained in the Vietnam War drove him to become an activist for the Americans with DisAbilities Act.


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7/10/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:16 pm on July 7, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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4/23/13 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by a 7:58 pm on April 14, 2013

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville, yet very few people attend these hearings. More…


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Housing, Seniors | No Comments »

The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by a 11:16 am on March 26, 2013

Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Education, Events, Green Line, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Teens, Union Square, Ward 2, Ward 3 | No Comments »

Disability Reframed Film Series Presents ‘Children of a Lesser God’ on January 12, 2013

Posted by a 3:37 pm on December 21, 2012

DisAbility Reframed presents a showing of Children of A Lesser God at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center on January 12, 2012. All welcome!


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City Hall Drops the Ball–Yet Again!

Posted by a 8:02 pm on December 5, 2012

No, there hasn’t been a premature dropping of a local New Years Eve time-ball–City Hall has dropped the ball on long-promised bike enforcement and a companion public safety campaign—yet again…


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Posted in Bicycles, Davis Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Union Square | No Comments »

12/4/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:48 pm on December 2, 2012

Agenda gives no specific issues, but includes resident concerns, major projects, and finance.


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CCPD Board Votes to Oppose Assisted Suicide Ballot Question

Posted by a 10:40 pm on October 24, 2012

Members of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities  have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Press Release, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 9 Comments »

Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board Votes To Oppose Question 2

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Members of the Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to disAbility


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City offers flu shots Thursday evenings

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


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Maxwell’s Green Entrance Signs/Walls on Lowell Street are Blocking the Sightlines to/from Community Path, despite almost half a million dollars in state Transit Oriented Development funding

Posted by a 4:47 pm on September 5, 2012

The Friends of the Community Path sent this letter to the George Proakis and the Planning Board on August 17, with no reply so far:…


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Posted in Accessibility, Bicycles, Civic Action, Crime, Environment and Open Space, Green Line, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 3, Ward 5 | No Comments »

5/7/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 2:41 pm on May 6, 2012

Agenda includes the FY 2012 budget.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Seniors | No Comments »

4/25/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (1 of 2)

Posted by a 7:00 pm on April 15, 2012

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Seniors, Transportation | 1 Comment »

3/14/12 Rally at MBTA Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:42 pm on March 11, 2012

Join Mass Senior Action in telling the MBTA…”Bail Out the Riders, Build Massachusetts!”


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Housing, MBTA, Neighborhoods and Squares, Seniors, Transportation | No Comments »

Are City’s Senior Centers Accessible?: RESISTAT Responds

Posted by a 12:16 pm on March 10, 2012

The letter to resistat previously posted on SV is copied below. The response (which follows)  was posted on the resistat blog within 72 hours of the letter’s submission.…


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Are City’s Senior Centers Fully Accessible?

Posted by a 12:36 pm on March 5, 2012

The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…


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Posted in 311 Requests, Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Politics, Seniors | 1 Comment »

Somerville, MA: Millions Wasted on Deficient Walkability Improvements

Posted by a 4:31 pm on November 2, 2011

Over 80% of Somerville’s new sidewalks and curb cuts, installed since 2004, are hazardous for people with various types of disabilities (one-in-five). These infrastructure improvements don’t even adhere to basic, standard building code. See a listing of the first 50 locations that the City of Somerville promises to re-do, equalling about $500K wasted the first time around- for starters.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Government Reform, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Schools and Youth, Seniors | 8 Comments »

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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Posted in Ball Square, Bicycles, Davis Square, East Somerville, Magoun Square, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Teele Square, Union Square | 1 Comment »

Great job, Joe!

Posted by a 5:06 pm on October 16, 2011

At Chester and Elm Streets in Davis Square, the brick curb cuts have been replaced with concrete, compliant ones. People using wheelchairs and other rolling mobility devices at this location can now rock and roll to the beat of the Ville, knowing that they don’t have to “pull the hill” at either end of the crosswalk. Keep up the good work, Mayor Joe!


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Environment and Open Space, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 6 | 2 Comments »

Green

Posted by a 12:25 pm on September 16, 2011

The latest robocall announced the 4th Annual Riverfest, Saturday, 9/17, featuring “fireworks, entertainment, food and family activities” for Somerville residents. The familiar and friendly voice of Jackie Rossetti encouraged residents to participate. The latter part…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Assembly Square, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, MBTA, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation | No Comments »

Dilboy Tot Lot IS Deplorable. Thank You, Ward 7 Candidate Puglia!

Posted by a 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011

Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town.  Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Sports, Ward 7 | No Comments »

R.I.P. Joe Medeiros

Posted by a 7:39 pm on June 23, 2011

Joe Medeiros, man about town, disability rights activist, and wry humorist, died June 14.  He would have turned 91 on June 21, 2011.

 

The Somerville Home held a lovely Memorial Service for…


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When will Somerville get a PLAN?

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

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


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Posted in Accessibility, Health Care, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 1 Comment »

Home Modification Loan Program

Posted by a 4:43 pm on June 1, 2011

The MRC recently redesigned their brochure for the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP). This is a well-funded state low-interest loan program for projects to allow elders, adults with disAbilities, and families with children with disAbilities to keep living independently. Information for Somerville residents included in this post.


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Brick and Brick Paver Pedestrian Surfaces Hurt

Posted by a 2:29 pm on December 2, 2010

On December 6 at 6 pm, Alderman White and the Public Safety Committee will hold a Special Hearing to understand the justification for using brick paver materials in the recently constructed Somerville Avenue crosswalks. The vibrations from such materials hurts wheelchair drivers, and causes additional discomfort for people with visual and balance impairments.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Events, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Transportation | 7 Comments »

The Diary of a Wheelchair Experiment

Posted by a 2:08 pm on December 1, 2010

As someone who does not own a car, I am already accustomed to the life of a pedestrian living around the edges of a world designed for cars. But I was completely unprepared for how dramatically marginalized I would feel trying to navigate the streets by wheelchair.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 16 Comments »

Disenfranchised in Somerville … Again.

Posted by a 2:51 pm on November 3, 2010

Somerville’s disability culture should also be celebrated as part of our rich multicultural diversity. But as we see, even voting is still not routinely made accessible and integrated for voters with physical disAbilities. How can we reverse Segregation in Somerville?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Pedestrians, Seniors, Teele Square, Uncategorized, Ward 1, Ward 4, Ward 6, Ward 7 | 40 Comments »

Making Your Home Work for the Long Run

Posted by a 10:09 pm on September 9, 2010

A program and workshop on adapting your home to support your needs as you get older.

Wednesday, September 29th, 5:30-7:30

167 Holland St., 2nd floor, wheelchair accessible

If you or someone you…


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Street Reconstruction Project: Promises Never Kept

Posted by a 2:08 pm on August 7, 2010

Three years after the Somerville Avenue Reconstruction Project began, Union Square businesses are still hindered by lack of thoughtful pedestrian planning during construction; and Union Square residents, visitors and workers are still unable to walk these streets with confidence and comfort.


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Posted in Accessibility, Development and Zoning, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square, Ward 2, Ward 3 | 7 Comments »

4/8/10 2010-2011 HUD Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:41 pm on April 4, 2010

2010-2011 HUD Action Plan Public Hearing

Thurs. Apr. 8 6:30 PM

Ralph and Jenny Center
9 New Washington St.
Somerville MA

[Facility is near the corner of Inner Belt Rd…


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Special | 8 Comments »

Demand for Affordable Family Housing is 4 Times Greater than Senior/Disabled Housing in the City

Posted by a 12:01 am on March 21, 2010

Through a question to the ResiStat blog, I recently learned this fact which makes one wonder why Mayor Curtatone has been pushing so hard for a new Senior Housing Ordinance


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BOA Land Use Committee and Planning Board Joint Meeting

Posted by a 9:08 pm on February 28, 2010

BOA Land Use Committee and Planning Board Joint Meeting

Thurs. Mar. 4 6:00 PM

Somerville City Hall
Aldermen’s Chamber
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda


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BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:42 pm on

BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Tues. Mar. 2 7:00 PM

Somerville City Hall
2nd Fl. Comm. Rm.
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)


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Letter Against the Senior Housing Zoning Ordinance

Posted by a 9:44 pm on February 16, 2010

I believe that both the premise for the Ordinance and the approach that it takes are wrong.


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MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Posted by a 6:49 pm on February 14, 2010

MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)…


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Buses, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Pedestrians, Seniors, Special, Trains, Transportation, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

Petition to Oppose the Senior Housing Zoning Amendment

Posted by a 4:45 pm on February 7, 2010


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