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Somerville and Restaurant Owners Tackle Styrofoam Ban

Posted by a 9:54 pm on November 20, 2014

Somerville, MA, Nov. 19, 2014 – City officials recently started to enforce the ban on food and beverage containers made from expanded polystyrene or “Styrofoam,” but it is still being ignored by some businesses.

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Apply for Somerville Poet Laureate

Posted by a 10:18 pm on November 11, 2014

Write poetry? Have a passion for inciting good words in Somerville? Please apply! (Due date: November 17)
http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/poetlaureate


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Somerville Growing Center Presents: Seeds and Songs of Change

Posted by a 9:44 pm on November 9, 2014

On November 15th the Somerville Community Growing Center will be partnering with New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) to host a satellite viewing party of Seeds & Songs of Change at the Center for Arts…


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2014 Voting Recommendations + 10 Reasons to Vote for Martha Coakley (from a Berwick Supporter)

Posted by a 10:14 pm on November 2, 2014

Election Endorsements Nov 2014


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News Engagement Day in Somerville

Posted by a 10:55 pm on October 2, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News Joins Nationwide “News Engagement Day”

Somerville MA Oct. 2, 2014 – Somerville’s only TV news show is taking part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of news…


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Lincoln Park Renovations, what’s the latest?

Posted by a 3:56 pm on September 29, 2014

Somerville, MA, September 24 2014 – Lincoln Park renovations were back on the agenda again, almost a year after the previous meeting and two years after the City announced it would be revamping the park…


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MCGRATH GROUNDING PROJECT ADVANCES

Posted by a 10:00 pm on August 3, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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Poor, Latino Youth Hit by Nationwide Obesity Crisis

Posted by a 4:26 pm on July 18, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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SNN #16: S’Ville’s War on Rats & more

Posted by a 5:13 pm on June 4, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6dGxtY0aGo&feature=share&list=PLoFyRgrTeiKiZDYI67dRDhapNh2iu8VQI

June 3, 2014 — What’s the latest from the front lines of the war on rats? Will Somerville ban plastic bags? What do police think of the mayor’s executive order? These stories and…


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Union Square on SNN and WGBH!

Posted by a 11:10 am on May 14, 2014

There has been a decent amount of coverage in the media with regards and scrutiny to Union Square and its future redevelopment. In case you missed them, here are two recent news segments, one piece…


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Working to Clean Up the Mystic River

Posted by a 5:01 pm on May 9, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQcAn3R2ycY

Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – Ducks and boaters don’t seem to mind, but many humans and associations do, and so does the Environmental Protection Agency. The water in the Mystic River is consistently…


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UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN LIMBO

Posted by a 10:06 am on April 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/1hYR5xz5ueE
SOMERVILLE, MA, April 24, 2014 – Every year, 65,000 undocumented youth graduate from U.S. high schools. With 66 percent of its student body “minority,” many of them immigrants, each class at Somerville High School likely has…


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Watch Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 13

Posted by a 5:51 pm on April 23, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krDMBI9erAg&list=PLoFyRgrTeiKiZDYI67dRDhapNh2iu8VQI&feature=share

 

April 22, 2014 – What happens to Somerville High School’s grads who don’t have documentation? How is the Union Square redevelopment process going? Why would a young woman join the police…


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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.

Somerville


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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 »

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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Union Square redevelopment on Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 2:01 pm on December 16, 2013

Union Square redevelopment was in the news… actually ON the news. On the Dec. 10 edition of Somerville’s local TV news show.

Link to the segments: http://youtu.be/Zk4o_oboskM

Link to the entire program: http://www.scatvsomerville.org/snn…


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Tufts University’s Tax Exemption, Silver Medal for Bikeability, High Schooler Gets ESPN’s Attention

Posted by a 1:24 pm on November 27, 2013

Somerville Neighborhood News – Nov. 26 episode now posted

Wonder how much Tufts would owe the City of Somerville if it had to pay real estate taxes? Curious…


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Posted in Beat Reporter, Bicycles, City Finances, Davis Square, Economy & Poverty, Historical, Investigative Reports, Media, Powderhouse Square, Transportation Projects, Tufts, Uncategorized, Union Square, Video | No Comments »

Divest the Commonwealth: A Panel of Local Climate Heroes at Tufts

Posted by a 7:54 am on November 11, 2013

Join us on Tuesday November 12th, 6-8PM, for a panel and dessert reception focused on local and statewide efforts to address the climate crisis. Today, Massachusetts is leading the fight against climate change with State…


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Somerville Neighborhood News Debuts October 29

Posted by a 12:11 pm on October 21, 2013

Somerville’s first local TV news program kicks off at 7:00pm on Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV), Channel 3, and on the station’s website – http://www.scatvsomerville.org/

The debut of this biweekly half-hour program, with reporters…


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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by 6 Local Elected Officials, 8 Organizations and Unions

Posted by a 4:39 pm on October 20, 2013

Mark Niedergang announced today that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman.  Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.…


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Protect yourself and our neighbors: get your flu vaccination! Free!

Posted by a 10:15 pm on October 3, 2013

Hi neighbors–

Just a quick note to tell you that the new flu clinic schedule for the city of Somerville this season is available. And if…


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Join the Somerville Neighborhood News Team

Posted by a 2:27 pm on September 24, 2013

SCATV is launching a new, bi-weekly TV news program for Channel 3 in October. People interested in being reporters or anchors for the program should come to an information session at SCATV, 90 Union Square…


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4th Annual Somerville Dogfest – September 15th 10am to 3pm

Posted by a 9:08 pm on August 28, 2013

The Somerville Foundation for Animals, a 501(c)3 organization, announces the 4th Annual Somerville Dog Festival. The festival will be held at Trum Field on Broadway. Food for the event will be provided by RedBones BBQ…


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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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Updated with Links to Responses: Candidates Forums for School Committee (July 9) and Ward Alderman (July 23) Races

Posted by a 10:07 pm on July 7, 2013

This year, there are more contested races in Somerville than at any time in recent memory.  Your vote will really matter!  Find out who the candidates…


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PBS, Funding and Journalistic Integrity: The Koch Quagmire

Posted by a 6:34 pm on June 18, 2013

I recently posted a written exchange between a representative of WGBH and me concerning their airing of, what shall I say,  an infomercial  created and distributed by Walmart. I was in a quandry as to…


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Washington Street: Greed or Neighbor

Posted by a 10:48 am on June 15, 2013

From democracy to greed: corrupting the public dialog on housing.


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Candlelight Vigil on Channel 3

Posted by a 2:08 pm on April 26, 2013

Watch the Somerville candlelight vigil for victims of the Boston Bombing on Channel 3 and on the Web.

On Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 8 PM, SCATV filmed the Candlelight Vigil that was held…


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Who’s In Charge?

Posted by a 4:01 pm on April 11, 2013

Over lunch today, in discussing the Governor’s Budget and the House Speaker’s reservations, I was reminded of the NASA Site in Cambridge. Most people seem to have forgotten that the US Department of Transportation office…


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Don’t Squander the Promise of Transit Oriented Development – Fix the Supermarket Zoning

Posted by a 10:20 pm on March 25, 2013

The effort to leverage development at Assembly Square that generates meaningful jobs and tax revenues for the city has been long and hard. Construction of a new Orange Line station is ongoing evidence of our progress. We should not squander that effort. It would be unfortunate if a big box supermarket were to occupy the 130,000 square feet right next to that station, taking the place of much more beneficial office development or R&D, and denying the city the jobs and tax dollars we so desperately need. But that is just what could happen if a zoning amendment under consideration by the BOA is passed as written. Please urge the BOA to oppose the amendment as written and modify it to preserve the higher density requirements that make Assembly Square Somerville’s most important source of future jobs and tax revenues.


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Somerville wins 4-community library test

Posted by a 2:15 pm on March 4, 2013

Somerville won the February challenge to sign up the most library patrons among four municipalities, and Arlington increased new card registrations that month by 183 percent compared to the preceding February.

Somerville’s prize for…


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The Beacon Street Cycle Track: False Promises of Cycling Safety and a Burden on the Neighborhood

Posted by a 8:07 pm on February 24, 2013

Another public meeting for Beacon Street Reconstruction meeting is coming on up on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00pm in the Argenziano School cafetorium (290 Washington Street). I strongly urge all with an interest in the…


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Posted in Beacon Street, Bicycles, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Traffic & Parking, Transportation Projects, Uncategorized, Ward 2 | No Comments »

What we can learn from the School Committee’s selection process

Posted by a 10:39 am on February 20, 2013

Last month the School Committee chose a replacement for their colleague, Maureen Bastardi, who had been appointed Ward 1 Alderman. They did so through an open process that involved soliciting interest from potential candidates and…


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Somerville Rising Flash Mob Event on Valentine’s Day

Posted by a 8:54 pm on February 6, 2013

Villens, maybe you have seen this? If you feel passionately about violence against women, or have always wanted to be part of a flash mob, or both, you might be interested in…


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Somerville Library takes up Arlington’s challenge

Posted by a 12:15 pm on

The director of Arlington libraries has issued a challenge to neighboring communities, and three others are ready for a friendly fight.Ryan Livergood is betting that Arlington can get a higher-percentage increase in new library-card registrations…


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Why Should ‘Villens Consider Livestock Grazing (Ever)?

Posted by a 8:18 pm on January 26, 2013

When a sober, soft-spoken, octogenarian with a Scottish accent delivers a somber warning about a six-degree temperature increase on our planet the impact is immediately warmly felt. So it was in the ASEAN Auditorium at…


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The all-city middle school concert

Posted by a 8:53 pm on December 14, 2012

What a wonderful concert last night by our all-city middle school chorus, orchestra, band, and chamber music ensemble!

We don’t have a middle school, but we still have middle school music makers, over 150…


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Screening of AUGUST TO JUNE school documentary Tuesday, Nov. 27

Posted by a 11:26 pm on November 25, 2012

This Tuesday, Nov. 27, there will be a screening of the documentary AUGUST TO JUNE, a documentary about a school that shows a better path to improving education than constant testing.

Supporters and opponents of the Somerville Progressive Charter School both loved this film.…


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Somerville officials help cut Alewife Greenway ribbon

Posted by a 12:34 pm on October 26, 2012

Cottage Avenue resident Adam Auster, in an Oct. 25 update on his blog, Word on the Street, reported that state and local officials cut the ribbon on the Alewife Greenway path that they


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PONG, a film from Nepal at the Nave Gallery 11/1

Posted by a 5:57 pm on October 24, 2012

PONG is an adventurous documentary-style film by Nepali directors Shambhu Rayamajhi and Pradip Kumal that features the mysterious Chepang people of Nepal. Inhabiting the mountainous forest regions, the Chepang have little contact with modern civilization…


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Election information on SCATV Channel 3

Posted by a 5:07 pm on October 17, 2012

Channel 3 is the place to go for information about several of the ballot questions and the State Representative race in the 26th Middlesex District. Watch programs on the State ballot questions # 2 on…


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What’s on the Ballot Here?

Posted by a 7:45 am on October 16, 2012

Am I the only one who doesn’t know what all the initiatives and relevant offices are on the ballot? I know of 4 initiatives but I’ve heard there will be 7. I know how I…


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Media Workshop for Middle School Students

Posted by a 5:20 pm on September 24, 2012

Somerville Community Access Television is starting a 10-session Next Generation Producers afterschool media club for Somerville middle school students.  The club will meet on Wednesdays, beginning on October 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 at 90…


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8/23/12 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

Posted by a 4:23 pm on August 12, 2012

Agenda likely includes a Special Permit for parking lots in Assembly Square blocks 5 and 6 to serve retail in blocks 1, 3, 4.


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Housemate wanted for vegetarian co-op! Opening Sept. 1

Posted by a 11:16 pm on June 26, 2012

Millstone Coop is 11 people in 3-story home in Davis Square, Somerville. We share food, 3 vegetarian dinners/wk, & host monthly community potluck brunch. We share chores, buy food in bulk, get CSA produce, grow…


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Announcing the “Somerville Stock Exchange” community art project

Posted by a 4:08 pm on May 6, 2012

Hi everyone!

I’m working on a new community art project– and I hope you’ll decide to participate!

It’s called “The Somerville Stock Exchange,” or SSE for short. Unlike our New…


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Local Rotarian Takes Polar Plunge to Help End Polio

Posted by a 4:58 pm on January 27, 2012

Kara Dardeno, a local lawyer and a member of the Somerville Rotary Club, will plunge into the ocean February 11th to help Rotary raise money to eradicate polio in the world. The Plunge, from Gloucester’s…


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Watch the Alderman At Large Debate

Posted by a 2:59 pm on October 24, 2011

The Alderman At Large Debate, held at the Somerville Theatre on October 17, was sponsored by SCATV and “Greater Somerville.” It will be cablecast numerous times leading up to the election on November 8 and…


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Working Class: Time to Occupy!

Posted by a 1:15 pm on

6:00 PM, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
Meet at South Station
Speak Our About
– Jobs
– Homes
– Accountability

Unite Us!
Sponsored by Save Our Somerville
Questions? Contact Danny McLaughlin at 857-253-1594…


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If over 30 other Universities can do it, Why Not Here!?

Posted by a 11:23 am on September 9, 2011

Universities and Comcast redline Somerville!


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Disappointed by Farmer’s Market Experience

Posted by a 10:35 am on July 21, 2011

Yesterday I went to the farmer’s market in Davis Square.  I bought 5 peaches, 2 tomatoes, and a pint of cherries.  The total cost was $11.80, which was kind of a shock, but I went…


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A Great (almost) Last Act

Posted by a 8:34 pm on July 20, 2011

Reverse Mortgages are not an end, but a means. In Somerville, their cap of $625,000 targets a lot of seniors with tenants and other income.


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“Talented, civic-minded people” sought by City

Posted by a 5:31 pm on July 8, 2011

To evaluate city services, the city is asking for volunteers to sign up as “mystery customers” through ResiStat. City workers beware! Find out more from Somerville Patch at: http://somerville.patch.com/articles/wanted-undercover-agents-to-evaluate-city-services?ncid=M255…


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Mystic Market Starts tomorrow at 11am!

Posted by a 11:53 am on June 17, 2011

Come check out the new mobile market that is opening tomorrow at the Mystic Housing Development. You can find details on our Facebook page…

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mystic-Market/112095808882083…


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Notes on Surviving a Graduation at Dilboy

Posted by a 9:43 pm on June 9, 2011

These notes are partly for myself, since I’ll have another child graduating from Somerville High in a few years…


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Whole City May Enjoy Single Stream Recycling This Fall

Posted by a 10:53 pm on May 29, 2011

As seen on SomervillePatch:
Last October, the city introduced a pilot recycling program in a section of Ward 5 to see if residents would recycle more if they could put all their paper, cardboard, glass…


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Bob The Magic Guy – Magic For Smart People

Posted by a 11:55 pm on May 17, 2011

Bob The Magic Guy is performing Saturday May 21 at the Somerville Theater, Davis Sq., at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. An engaging, funny show for ages 8 and up. …


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Somerville Voices story contest deadline postponed to May 8

Posted by a 11:04 pm on April 28, 2011

The deadline for our “This happened in Somerville” true story contest for high school students has been postponed one week, to May 8, because we hear some students want to enter but need a little…


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Union Square Center Piece Not Acceptable

Posted by a 10:40 pm on

I was just walking in Union Square and noticed the newly planted area at the confluence of Somerville Ave and Bow St (the center of the square).  In my opinion, the landscape selection, and in…


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History Has Been Made – Somerville Story Contest

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

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

Boy’s soccer…


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Volunteers Needed for Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

Posted by a 5:31 pm on April 10, 2011

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


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e-Portfolios look and work better than Data Walls

Posted by a 1:10 pm on February 19, 2011

While the elementary schools hassle with data walls, the high school creates a whole new kind of e-portfolio.


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“The history of Somerville, 2010-2100″ at the library!

Posted by a 8:33 pm on February 8, 2011

“History of Somerville, 2010-2100″ book reading and talk at the library on February 23.


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Shop-A-Palooza : A Somerville Local Shopping Extravaganza Hits The ‘Ville on December 4th!

Posted by a 12:32 pm on December 2, 2010

On Saturday, December 4th, Somerville comes alive with a bounty of holiday shopping.  An array craft markets and retail events all taking place this day makes Somerville the place to find something for everyone on…


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Community Corridor Planning hosting community gathering on December 2nd

Posted by a 4:14 pm on November 23, 2010

Press Release                                       Contact:  Meridith Levy

Somerville Community Corporation

617 776 5931×242

Somerville, MA—participants of Community Corridor Planning (CCP) will be presenting a Community Action Agenda on December 2nd, 2010 at the Capuano…


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OPENAIR Circus Flatbread Fundraiser Tuesday

Posted by a 4:28 pm on November 21, 2010

The OPENAIR Circus is holding a deliciousraiser… no… fundraiser at
Flatbread Pizza in Davis Sq. on November 23.

The OAC is a non-profit volunteer-run Somerville-based organization which
teaches 200 students each summer a variety…


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Why I Love Somerville….

Posted by a 8:47 am on

There’s an average of 17,000 people living within each square mile of Somerville. When I hear this fact, I ask myself: How could I ever be lonely with so many potential relationships available in such close proximity? In this density and diversity, how could I ever not find what I need?


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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 »

Pacman ghost travels to Highland Ave.

Posted by a 9:59 pm on November 1, 2010

Info from Linda Conte, pix from Michael Conte: Senior dress-up day at SHS this year featured Pacman, pizza, and sushi!…


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Pizza Against Poverty: Benefit Night for CAAS at Flatbread 11/16

Posted by a 4:28 pm on

Flatbread Restaurant holds a benefit for the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) Tuesday evening, November 16. Eat at the restaurant (45 Day Street in Davis Square) any time from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Flatbread will donate a portion of the cost of dinner to CAAS, Somerville’s anti-poverty agency.


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Posted in All Ages, Davis Square, Economy & Poverty, Events, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

No on Question 3

Posted by a 12:38 pm on

Somehow, like magic, the tax cut will only cut funding for things we don’t like. We have been hearing this message since 1979, when Ronald Reagan was running for office. I was a lie thirty years ago, and it remains a lie today. Cutting taxes does not create more effective government.


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Alternative Election Coverage

Posted by a 3:06 pm on October 29, 2010

SCATV will cablecast live, national election coverage from Free Speech TV on Channel 3, beginning at 9:00pm…


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Public Information Request: Municipal Master Facilities Plan

Posted by a 2:27 am on October 20, 2010

Submitted a Public Information request regarding the City’s Municipal Needs Analysis and the Municipal Master facilities Plan again this month (This is the 3rd request since August, 2009.).  Per M. Tintocalis, Principal Planner, Economic Development…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Special, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Somerville Voices now available in any language

Posted by a 11:10 pm on October 10, 2010

Just click the translate link at the top or bottom of the page. Translations powered by Google…


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happy 4th of july

Posted by a 3:01 pm on July 4, 2010

Truthsayer gives gratitude to Villens on Lady Liberty’s Day


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Accolades for Somerville High

Posted by a 10:15 pm on June 25, 2010

At the end of the school year, it seems, people find themselves inclined to reflect on what they like about their kid’s school.  You might suspect that the following five cheerleaders were paid for their…


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6/16/10 Start of Comment Period on Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 8:33 pm on June 20, 2010

All citizens of Somerville and Medford should evaluate this document and give feedback, because this is one of the final steps before the project begins implementation. There will be a public meeting on June 30. Written comments will be accepted until July 23 at holly.s.johnson@state.ma.us.


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What DON’T We Know?

Posted by a 9:24 am on May 10, 2010

Steve Clift is one of the most successful community media advocates in the nation. His e-Democracy is both a standard and a clarion call for more participatory journalism. In part this is a response to…


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Somerville Natives To Host Grand Opening May 8th

Posted by a 11:20 pm on May 5, 2010

Somerville, MA May 3rd 2010 – Somerville “mompreneur” Kerri Friedlander and husband Lucas today announced their intention to hold a Grand Opening sale at the Upland Road location of “TwinkleStar Boutique” in Porter Square on…


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School is OPEN on Monday, May 3rd

Posted by a 8:56 pm on May 2, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools are OPEN all day tomorrow, May 3rd – and expect to be open throughout the water emergency. Students and staff are asked, if able, to bring their own safe, packaged beverages…


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Shaken, Not Speared?

Posted by a 10:01 pm on April 25, 2010

Shake Up Shakespeare with Theatre@First! Auditions May 10-12 for performances July 16-18 and July 22-24.


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State Senate Race Shows Need for IRV

Posted by a 9:21 pm on April 18, 2010

Tuesday’s Special Democratic Primary for the State Senate race was a clear-cut example of the need for Instant Runoff. Unofficial results put Sal DiDomenico about 135 votes above the runner-up, Tim Flaherty. The Massachusetts Election 2010 blog has the rough percentage breakdown:…


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Get a garden going this spring!

Posted by a 11:09 pm on April 7, 2010

Excited to get your own vegetable garden growing this spring, but don’t know where/when to start??

In May/June this year, MOVE (the Massachusetts Outdoor Volunteer Experience) and SCA (Somerville Climate Action) will team up…


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Somerville activist Susan McLucas speaks at Cambridge Public Library April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Posted by a 8:42 pm on April 5, 2010

Susan McLucas, longtime Somerville resident and social change activist, hosts the Boston premiere of “Secret of the Dawn,” a film about the movement to end female excision (FGM, aka female genital mutilation) in the Muslim…


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Sarah Palin’s tea party in Boston, April 14

Posted by a 12:11 pm on March 30, 2010

Well, she doesn’t scare this citizen and I doubt she scares you, dear reader, but her sojourn into the birthplace of this here nation sure calls for a strong non-violent response.


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Art Beat Submissions Deadline Apr 16

Posted by a 8:51 am on March 11, 2010

We’re looking for musicians, performance artists, dancers, visual artists, storytellers and all creative people to participate in one of the area’s largest public arts festivals.

ArtBeat 2010
Dates: July 16 (evening) and 17 (day)…


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Strike Alert – Shaw’s Supermarkets

Posted by a 3:15 pm on March 8, 2010

From Mass. Jobs with Justice:

Shaw Workers at the Metuen Warehouse went out on strike on March 7th.  They need your support!  Please join their facebook


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Escape From Suburbia film

Posted by a 9:55 am on March 4, 2010

Representative Denise Provost, Somerville Climate Action, the Initiating Committee of Transition Somerville and Somerville-Medford United for Justice with Peace invite you to a showing of

Escape from Suburbia
Monday, March 8
6:30 to 8:30pm…


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Oil Heating Company

Posted by a 9:24 am on March 2, 2010

I need intense help figuring out which oil heating company to pick. Some give discounts and then free service and insurance. Some give no discounts but come up with a good price, but I’m not…


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Tuesday, March 2 at 8pm – BOA’s Legislative Matters Committee to Discuss Russell Contract

Posted by a 10:53 pm on March 1, 2010

Aldermen will hear from City Solicitor John Gannon tonight (Tuesday, March 2 at 8pm in City Hall) about the City’s options for terminating the new five year contract with Russell Disposal, in the wake of the Attorney General’s announced settlement agreement “… to resolve allegations that the company violated the Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws.”


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Spread the word! Photography contest launched by the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on

The Somerville Public Schools invites you to tell your stories about learning and teaching in Somerville in our Spring 2010 Digital Photography contest. Complete submissions received by April 5th will have the chance to win…


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Canvass to Fight Foreclosure in Somerville

Posted by a 1:03 pm on

Our neighbors are being evicted and our communities destabilized by the foreclosure crisis.

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in collaboration with Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) is initiating a post-foreclosure outreach…


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Should I worry?

Posted by a 11:19 am on February 25, 2010

Somebody took the picture of my house from the car early in the morning today, is there anything for me to worry about? What should I do? I am a new somerville resident…


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It ain’t wicked smaht to exclude people

Posted by a 2:58 pm on February 23, 2010

The City of Somerville, with it’s clear mandates and civil rights obligations from Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, continues to be really , truly, obviously unskilled at inclusive community-building.


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City census privacy

Posted by a 5:44 pm on February 2, 2010

Why does the city census office send to “current resident” a form that includes personal information about whoever lived at an address a year ago? Are there other alternatives?


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VOTE Today! For Martha Coakley!

Posted by a 9:05 am on January 19, 2010

In this close race, your vote counts more than ever!

Find your polling place here and then go vote while you can before 8pm…


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Sullivan Square Redesign

Posted by a 1:00 pm on January 14, 2010

I attended the BRA public hearing on the Sully Square project at the Shraffts Center. Overall, I am impressed with the design work that has been delivered so far. I asked the BRA to keep…


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A Second Somerville Charter School?

Posted by a 10:13 pm on January 12, 2010

The House version of the education bill that’s headed for conference committee could open the door to a second charter school in Somerville.…


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Beard and Moustache Contest (!?!)

Posted by a 9:24 pm on January 8, 2010

GET YOUR BEARD ON
STOP SHAVING AND START GROWING
ALL AMERICA CITY BEARD AND MOUSTACHE CONTEST
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2010, 3pm
PRECINCT, 70 UNION SQUARE, SOMERVILLE

A contest sure to tickle your chin. We…


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Mystic River Watershed Association “DoughRaiser” Event

Posted by a 9:13 pm on January 4, 2010

Mystic River Watershed Association “DoughRaiser” Event

Thurs. Jan. 21, All Day

Porter Square Pizzeria Uno
820 Somerville Avenue
Cambridge MA (map)

Print and Bring Coupons (PDF)


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End of Comment Period on Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 6:49 pm on January 3, 2010

End of Comment Period on Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on Green Line Extension

Comments End: 1/8/10

Submit written comments at the project’s Share Your Opinion e-mail site…


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Local Group Organizes to Support Martha Coakley’s Senate Campaign

Posted by a 9:34 pm on December 24, 2009

This post came today from Cambridge-Somerville for Change:
The Elections Team held their first meeting Monday night, and we’re working on a bunch of initiatives. We’ll be holding our first phone bank on…


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Christmas Eve, 7PM, Readings, Carols, Unpageant

Posted by a 11:18 am on

You are cordially invited to our Christmas Eve service tonight at First Church Somerville. The service begins at 7. Our children will be with us in the service. Your children are entirely welcome. Your moms…


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December 2: News Bites in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 4:34 pm on December 3, 2009

NEWS STORIES:
•Students at Somerville’s John F. Kennedy School are raising $5,000 to build a library at their Ethiopian Sister School, the Gordama School, and fill it with books. Students have already raised over $450…


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A report from UJP’s “Rethinking Afghanistan” event

Posted by a 7:21 pm on December 1, 2009

Sitting in my Inbox right now is an e-mail from a woman who works with the Somerville/Medford branch of United for Justice with Peace (UJP), an organization officially dedicated to “peace and justice” in…


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Library Group Book Reading Campaign

Posted by a 9:51 pm on November 22, 2009

This idea of the whole city reading the same book is interesting.  What book would you recommend?  The Glass Castle?  The Audacity of Hope?
This spring Somerville will launch its first “one city, one book”…


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SCA Green Roofs: Film Screening POSTPONED

Posted by a 10:34 am on November 18, 2009

2 changes in Somerville Climate Action’s Calendar:

> Tonight’s (Nov. 18th) Forum on Green Roofs in Somerville has been postponed due to expected low-attendance resulting from the concurrent Green Line Extension community meeting.  We…


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New from SCAT: flu and you

Posted by a 12:00 am on November 4, 2009

From Bill Barrell at SCAT: In an effort to cut through all the media hype the “Somerville Producers Group” created a show about the facts of H1N1 and the seasonal flu.

Video thumbnail. Click to play

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Groundwork Somerville Fundraiser Nov. 6th

Posted by a 1:17 pm on November 2, 2009

Groundwork Somerville is holding its first “Doughraiser” at Pizzeria Uno’s in Porter Square on Friday November 6th.  Uno’s will donate 20% of the check to Groundwork, if you write “Groundwork” on your check!

Groundwork…


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Foreclosures in Somerville- We need your help!

Posted by a 1:03 pm on October 27, 2009

Our neighbors are being evicted and our community destabilized by the foreclosure crisis.

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in collaboration with Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) is initiating…


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Why Sat. October 24th is so important

Posted by a 12:10 pm on October 23, 2009

On October 24th Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians will gather around the Dead Sea to form giant human numbers: Israelis will form a 3, Palestinians a 5, and Jordanians a 0.  An aerial photograph will link…


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SCATV Candidates Forums

Posted by a 12:07 pm on

Hi Gang,

My hat is off to all the Alderman and School Committee Candidates for giving their time to appear on our Somerville Community Access Television “Candidate Forums 2009″.  Every Candidate in all the…


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Boston Under Water Festival on International Day of Climate Action

Posted by a 10:29 pm on October 22, 2009

Saturday October 24, 3:00-5:50 PM Somerville Climate Action has joined with 350.org, Greenpeace, Mass Council of Churches and others to create the Boston Under Water Festival. The bicyclists among us may participate in Somerville’s contingent…


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One pole is better than two!

Posted by a 1:53 pm on October 11, 2009

Here’s an issue to unite all the factions of our diverse city–double-pole utility poles! The Globe says we have 192 of them in Somerville. And there may be something we can do about it. In fact, two things.…


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GAMBLING FORUM THURSDAY OCT. 15

Posted by a 2:46 pm on October 7, 2009

The debate on expanded gambling in Massachusetts is heating up, with hearings scheduled this month, and a vote likely early next year.  One of the first public discussions this session will be held on Thursday…


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Green Line update from Provost

Posted by a 8:38 pm on October 5, 2009

State Rep. Denise Provost provides constituents with an informative e-newsletter from time to time.  In case you’re not on her mailing list, here’s what she wrote recently about the Green Line project:

What’s Up…


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End the limits on YOUR right to travel! Call Congress by Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Posted by a 5:04 pm on September 22, 2009

Approximately a third of Somerville High School students could not meet MCAS English test standards in 2008. Cuba, which has the highest literacy rate in the world according to the United Nations, might have some lessons to teach us about how to model our educational system.


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Somerville Stories about Senator Kennedy

Posted by a 6:03 pm on August 26, 2009

I don’t have a personal story on how Senator Kennedy’s office helped me but I’ve heard quite a few astonishing stories over the years that gave me an impression of a truly compassionate public servant. …


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quick update on garbage

Posted by a 1:41 pm on August 14, 2009

The clerk in the health inspection office/trash pick-up just told me that they had access to the system to abate citations up until a few months ago, but it was taken away from them…


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Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

Posted by a 8:54 pm on August 9, 2009

Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

Thurs. Aug. 13, 6 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This is…


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Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Neighborhoods and Squares, Traffic & Parking, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Ridiculous bill to sterilize wind instruments

Posted by a 8:30 am on June 12, 2009

The message below was sent by Richard Saunders, Director of Music for the Somerville Public Schools. He is rightfully outraged by a bill currently being considered by the House of Representatives, (Bill H111)which would require school music department to sterilize instruments. Here’s a Globe article about it. …


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Swine Flu?

Posted by a 9:41 pm on June 6, 2009

I thought it was strange that Boston was closing schools. I hadn’t heard of any cases in Somerville since that first lady that got it a couple of months ago. So, then when I heard…


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Somerville Bloggers and Tweeters

Posted by a 10:18 pm on June 5, 2009

How many Somerville residents blog or tweet regularly about life in Somerville? Which blogs or Twitter accounts do you check regularly? I’m not into the Twitter scene yet, but here are some of the local blogs I’d recommend.…


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Somerville Public School Budget Meeting

Posted by a 9:40 pm on May 28, 2009

From the SPS homepage, entitled “A message from Tony Pierantozzi, Superintendent of Schools”
… The extent of the impact of the current financial crisis on fiscal year 2010 remains unclear. We do know…


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Tweet Tweet for Twitter

Posted by a 8:14 pm on May 1, 2009

Twitter is a magnificent social website  where one can let people know what they are doing.  Many famous people have twitter and post on twitter. Twitter is a great place to show that famous people…


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How to get the real dirt!

Posted by a 10:34 pm on April 10, 2009

Apropos of Barry’s belief that Somerville needs more and better investigative reporting, you can learn to do it yourself!  Northeastern University School of Journalism and the New England First Amendment Center are offering a May…


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Progressive Democrats of Somerville Annual Meeting

Posted by a 9:28 am on April 7, 2009

Come out to the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) Annual Meeting. See what exciting things are happening with PDS as it celebrates the start of its 6th year.

When: Tuesday

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Palm Sunday Donkey Walk

Posted by a 10:16 am on April 2, 2009

This Sunday at 9a the West Somerville area churches invite y’all to our olde, olde tradition of recalling Jesus’ paradoxically humble entry into Roman-occupied Jerusalem amidst the poor and disenfranchised, the People! The original grassroots…


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Somerville Parking – Arbitary enforcement

Posted by a 9:49 am on March 16, 2009

Thanks for Barry and Dave for setting up this blog and the Google group on this issue, and who ever got the Globe to provide some coverage of this issue on Sunday – good stuff!…


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Somerville’s Multiculturalism

Posted by a 12:40 pm on March 15, 2009

On Friday I was a guest at the high school’s Multicultural Fair. It was the most dramatic and most successful cultural event I’ve ever seen – beating everything from Lincoln Center to the MFA…


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Somerville’s JAG monies

Posted by a 12:23 am on March 7, 2009

March 6, 2009:  Today, President  Obama and Attorney General Holder announced funding allocations for state and local law enforcement assistance.  MA is allocated State joint funding, plus 148 MA cities will also receive local government individual…


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Attention, Women Bloggers!

Posted by a 6:12 pm on March 2, 2009

Perhaps a SomervilleVoices.org blogger can be the next Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow?

The International Women’s Media Foundation announces the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for  full-time, part time or freelance journalists working (for at least 3 years)…


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Service Learning in Somerville?

Posted by a 12:02 pm on February 27, 2009

Students learn concepts in their classes and learn from practicing the concepts in their communities. The concepts guide and inform the practice; the practice illuminates and tests the concepts.


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Why Christians should love Darwin

Posted by a 12:42 pm on February 5, 2009

The Jesus fish kissing the Darwin fish? Why not? Our church is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the…


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Is the mayor’s Financial Advisory Committee good for Somerville?

Posted by a 9:50 pm on January 28, 2009

This sounds like a proactive and timely step on the part of the mayor, but is this “outside” panel of “experts” truly a good source of guidance for our city in these dire times?


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Inauguration Watch Party

Posted by a 9:03 am on January 15, 2009

Rep. Denise Provost and I invite people to join us in a celebratory inauguration lunch at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square on Jan. 20 at 11:30. There will be a large-screen TV tuned to the…


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Freedom of Information

Posted by a 10:38 pm on January 9, 2009

I was looking for some general information about Portland, OR and went to their city website and there, right in full view(!), was a link labled “Request Public Records.” The link leads to…


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Early Childhood Integrated Program (ECIP) Application Process

Posted by a 11:09 am on January 2, 2009

ECIP is an integrated early childhood program with a mix of standard and special education children ages three and four. Classes meet four days per week for 5.25 hours per day. There is one teacher and one paraprofessional in each class for a maximum of 15 children.…


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What can you offer to help young people learn during after school hours?

Posted by a 8:37 am on December 1, 2008

The Somerville Public Schools is looking for businesses, non-profit partners, volunteers and community experts to work with us planning and running afterschool activity clubs from 4:00-5:30 PM for students in Grades K-8 across the City. We know you have great experience helping students learn in innovative ways, enthusiasm for afterschool learning, and a desire to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives.


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Somerville Homeless Coalition/Gift Giving

Posted by a 2:18 pm on November 28, 2008

This winter, the Somerville Homeless Coalition will serve hundreds of men, women, and children who would otherwise have no place to call home or enough food to feed their families. Jump to their website to learn how to donate, or read on.


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

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

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


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Somerville Voices Applies for Knight News Challenge Competition

Posted by a 1:06 am on November 10, 2008

On November 1st, I submitted a grant proposal for $390,000 on behalf of the Somerville Voices team to the 2009 Knight News Challenge titled Transforming the News and Each Other. Please take a look. Your comments would be appreciated. We should find out if we make it past the first round on Nov 15th, so stay tuned for more details.


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SCAT Highlights… Community Arts Fest & Nepali Community Event

Posted by a 9:06 pm on November 4, 2008

As promised here is the latest and greatest from Somerville Community Access Television. Check out the footage from the Community Arts Festival and from a Nepali Community Event. See a separate posting for the interview with Bill Shelton about Charter Reform on Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus’ Monday evening show, Progressive Voices.


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US Enabled Voters

Posted by a 8:59 pm on October 8, 2008

This week’s Somerville Journal includes an Op-Ed regarding our rights as voters. Voting is a fun community activity, and no voters should be steered to vote absentee-unless they prefer it that way (or will be out of town on the 4th). Here are 2 photos showing a polling site that was entirely inaccessible (right at the entrance), for wheelchair using voters of Ward 7, Precinct 2, during the Primary, September 16, 2008:


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Whither Somerville Avenue?

Posted by a 1:41 pm on October 7, 2008

Has anyone heard when Somerville Avenue, affectionately known to neighbors as The Little Dig, is supposed to be finished? It seems to be a really big job so I’m not complaining, but it would be good to know.


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It’s Carl, big time.

Posted by a 12:26 am on September 17, 2008

At 7:30 this evening I was out knocking on doors in Medford, although at that point I had to stop under street lights to read the list of Sciortino supporters that I was supposed to…


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Cambridge Screening of “A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash”

Posted by a 11:18 am on August 28, 2008

Come to a FREE screening of the award-winning documentary:
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Learn more about the film at www.oilcrashmovie.com

We are now reaching the end of the era of cheap, abundant oil,
but what will happen when oil production begins to decrease?


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Nancy Milnor: The Director of The Somerville Public Library

Posted by a 8:51 pm on August 20, 2008

The last thing you expect to encounter is a lilting Southern accent when you walk into the Director’s office at the Central Branch of the Somerville Public Library. But that’s part of the package you get with the new Director Nancy Milnor. Milnor is a native of Tennessee and has run libraries in Galveston, Texas, St. Louis Missouri, to name just a few locales. Milnor’s last job was the relatively “genteel” position of director of the Connecticut Historical Library. She left those tony environs to work in the milieu that is her first love: the public library system.


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National Night Out against crime and drugs!

Posted by a 9:39 pm on July 20, 2008

This is an announcement to all Somerville residents about Somerville’s fifth annual National Night Out (NNO) against crime and drugs. Please pass on the message about this important community and crime prevention event.


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Pens of Power 2008 Writing Conference for Teen Girls!

Posted by a 10:08 pm on July 8, 2008

Come see the power of words and the power of girls join forces at Teen Voices’ annual Pens of Power Conference! Join over 100 Boston teens for a Saturday devoted to the power of the written word. Local female poets, novelists and journalists will lead exciting workshops and talk about what motivates them to write. Enjoy free lunch, prizes and beats from DJ D’hana.


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Save energy (and money!) at home and in your business

Posted by a 9:34 pm on July 6, 2008

Tired of getting ever higher energy bills? There are many ways you can reduce your energy consumption, save money and reduce your impact on the planet. Check out Somerville Climate Action for practical energy saving information and videos. Somerville Climate Action (SCA) is a group of volunteers working to reduce energy use and resulting global warming gases in Somerville homes and businesses.


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Sustainability Scavenger Hunt at ArtBeat

Posted by a 7:43 am on July 4, 2008

Sustainable Somerville — a nascent network of community organizations working to make/keep Somerville a great place to live, work, and play — is sponsoring a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt at ArtBeat (Saturday, July 19th in Davis Square), to show how the common thread of sustainability connects the work of the


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Family Fun Day, June 28

Posted by a 4:45 pm on June 26, 2008

Another of the city’s popular family events, Family Fun Day includes a variety of activities for residents of all ages. Obstacle courses, games, watermelon eating contests, dancing, and a dunk tank are only a few examples of the day’s events! Dunk the Mayor! Dunk your Alderman! Eat your weight in watermelon! Bring your children, your parents, and your friends.


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We’re Adding More Important Dates To Our Calendar

Posted by a 6:27 pm on June 23, 2008

When can I drop off hazardous household waste? When does school start? Now you can find out on Somerville Voices.…


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Somerville Open Gardens

Posted by a 5:16 pm on June 20, 2008

Just a heads up: the Somerville Garden Club is presenting a self guided garden tour  “Urban Gardens  Revealed,” TOMORROW June 21, from noon to five.  Be aware that tickets ($12) have been selling out, indicating more interest than the Garden Club may have anticipated.  As I write this they are still available at Pemberton and…


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What do you want to know?

Posted by a 5:24 pm on June 18, 2008

What would you like to know that could help you live better in Somerville?

So far, we’ve put together on this web site information about summer activities for kids, and property tax breaks available to many residents.

We’d like to do more along those lines—offering useful information in an easy-to-use format. What shall we work on…


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How many zeros to the right of One?

Posted by a 1:27 pm on June 3, 2008

Here’s an idea for formulating one’s beneficial worth to a community:

If you have a job serving the public, and you’re not doing it, then take the number of people you are not serving adequately, divide it by 10, and place those zeros to the left of one. Then put a decimal point at…


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What makes a Community?

Posted by a 10:41 pm on June 2, 2008

Even though today I feel like words are ultimately meaningless, I’m gonna start a little idea train here, asking what makes a community:


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Somerville’s Sudip Peterson Invites You to Her Premiere

Posted by a 10:17 pm on June 1, 2008

I would like to invite you to the East Coast Theatrical Premiere of SOUR, which is screening with the upcoming Boston International Film Festival series mid-day on June 14th. Filmed in 2006 during the Second Lebanese War, SOUR presents a new look at the grassroots peace process begun by 9 young skaters from Israel and…


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Come to the Somerville Voices Open Meeting

Posted by a 4:48 pm on May 31, 2008

All are welcome to join our open meeting tomorrow, Sunday, June 1st, 6-8pm in the 3rd Floor Community Room at the VNA at 259 Lowell Street. We’ll be brainstorming stories for the blog and discussing ways to improve the website.  Please RSVP to info(at)SomervilleVoices.org if you plan to attend. If you’re not able to come…


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“Support the Soldiers” vs. “Support the Mission”

Posted by a 10:29 pm on May 28, 2008

Take a look at the strong article by Somerville veteran Matt McLaughlin in the Somerville News. It’s about the controversy over Sen. James Webb’s bill to restore the GI Bill to what it was when FDR signed it during World War II: a ticket to college for American veterans.…


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potential uses for federal tax incentive money

Posted by a 2:37 pm on May 16, 2008

I’m due to get some of this incentive money from the federal government. Perhaps some of you are too. Since it isn’t in my budget, I’d be happy to pool it with others for some good community cause.


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How to remove a double pole

Posted by a 10:42 pm on April 23, 2008

We have been waiting for years to have a double pole — two utilitiy poles lashed together — turned back into a single pole in front of our house. The extra pole blocks visibility, obstructs strollers and impedes snow removal. Recently we stumbled upon someone who actually seems to know how the process works! …


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Winter Soldier : Veterans Testify Against Occupation

Posted by a 1:14 am on April 6, 2008

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.…


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Casino Kool-Aid

Posted by a 8:10 pm on March 31, 2008

The mayor of Somerville, Joseph Curtatone, has courageously and accurately called casino revenues “fool’s gold,” while other mayors, such as Michael Bissonnette of Chicopee, are shilling for the casino industry—along with Governor Patrick and Senate President Therese Murray. The reality for Somervillians is that bringing a casino into the Greater Boston area will cost them money, eventually quite a bit of money.…


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Welcome Home

Posted by a 1:09 pm on February 8, 2008

Save Our Somerville would like to welcome home Sargent Matthew McLaughlin…


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