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Aiming higher

On January 30, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

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Almost since it was converted from an MBTA car barn, Union Square’s public safety building has continually threatened the health of the first responders who work in it. When I first reported on this, eight police personnel had received cancer diagnoses, and two dozen out of 127 sworn officers carried respiratory inhalers—incidences far to high to be random.

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SHS basketball victorious over Everett

On January 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

news29's SHS basketball Jan 23 album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville High School Highlanders Basketball Team prevailed over visiting opponent Everett by a score of 52 to 47 in last Friday’s game. The Highlanders play away in Malden Friday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Changing into hot clothing

On January 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

A uniformed police officer on foot patrol in the Assembly Row shopping area reportedly spotted a man through the shop window at J. Crew placing something under his coat last Friday afternoon. 

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Somerville snow scenes

On January 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

news29's First snow storm of 2015 album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

 

Preserving and Enhancing our Commercial Corridors

On January 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Locally owned, independent business have long been ingrained into the economic fabric of the City of Somerville. With significant changes on the horizon, having a strong commercial-tax generating base is something that should be on the forefront of every conversation about Somerville’s future.

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Community needs to prioritize our mounting infrastructure needs

On January 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

As I mentioned in my State of the city address earlier this month, like most cities, we must address water, sewer and building infrastructure that was built for the 20th century—and is aging rapidly. We have a 143-year-old high school that has not been updated in almost three decades and a public safety building that began as an MBTA car barn almost a century ago. We have a sewer system that’s mostly just as old and an estimated sidewalk and pavement backlog that could cost upwards of $83 million. We have planned streetscape projects in Davis Square and Winter Hill that are needed for both public safety and for our economic health. In short: We have immediate and long-term capital projects that must be planned for. But if we are going to pay for these critical infrastructure investments in the least burdensome way, we must adhere to our principles of strategic planning and prudent fiscal management.

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Abuse Coordinator for Somerville proposed

On January 28, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Gabriela C. Martinez

A resolution submitted by Alderman at Large Mary Jo Rossetti at last weeks regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen, proposed employing a Substance Abuse Coordinator to assist Somerville’s families.

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Uplifting Student Health Survey results, but room to grow

On January 28, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Student Health Survey results were presented to the public via a game show format that encouraged discussion on the relevant topics covered in the survey.

The Student Health Survey results were presented to the public via a game show format that encouraged discussion on the relevant topics covered in the survey. — Photos by Jason Andrew Park

By Jason Andrew Park

The results of the Somerville High School (SHS) Student Health Survey are in and, for the most part, they are optimistic.

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Flood prevention projects as part of GLX

On January 28, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

boa_1_28_15_1_webBy Gabriela C. Martinez

On January 22, the Somerville Board of Aldermen held its weekly meeting to discuss a variety of upcoming projects and resolutions, many focused infrastructural improvements, maintenance issues, and educational initiatives.

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Newstalk – January 28

On January 28, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On the political side of things, we will be having the local elections for Mayor, Alderman and School Board members this year. Two years ago some races had some contests and hopefully again this year that will happen. We think competition is great for everyone, in the private sector as well as the public sector. We hope more will decide to jump in and run for office. So far this year we have heard that Ward Three School Board member Adam Sweeting is not going to seek re-election, leaving it a wide open seat. The first rumor we heard about someone running was former candidate for mayor and Ward Three Alderman herself Ms. Suzanne Bremer is thinking about testing the waters. Others are also considering running for the vacant seat. Again, we hope all the wards have more than one candidate running for office.

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