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Into the Mystic: Reclaiming Somerville’s waterfront

On August 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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)

The environmental wellbeing of the Mystic River is essential to Somerville, but the river has been cut off from the rest of the city by highways and heavy industry for too long. Today, we are undoing those mistakes of the past, with the gorgeous revitalization of Baxter Park at Assembly Square the first step in reconnecting Somerville with its riverfront, an achievement for which we owe thanks to the Department of Conservation and Recreation and our partners at Federal Realty. Assembly Square is Somerville’s newest neighborhood, but the opening of Baxter Park was really a rebirth—a recapturing of our waterfront and our history. It’s the riverfront park our community has always deserved. Six acres of waterfront green space, a new dock, and accessible walk and bike pathways along the Mystic, crowned by an amphitheater—perfect for a community as devoted to the arts as Somerville.

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Alibrandis Anniversary Celebration

On July 31, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

alibrandis_7_30_14_webThe Somerville Alibrandis baseball club will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary season on Friday, August 1 vs. McKay Club Beacons at Trum field at 8 p.m.

 

Unhappy resident attacks tree

On July 31, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were summoned to a Perkins St. location last Thursday on reports that a man was pulling branches off of a newly planted tree.

Upon arrival, officers were met by the reporting party who immediately directed them to the man who was allegedly trying to destroy the tree.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On July 31, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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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 and information impacting Somerville residents. Here are the current Somerville Neighborhood News headlines: What’s the latest on the McGrath grounding? Are bikers obeying the laws in Somerville? City residents went downtown to a demonstration last week – why? What’s going on at the new facility for veterans up near Teele Square? These stories and more on Somerville Neighborhood News #20. Watch it on Channel 3 if you have cable TV, or online at http://www.somervilleneighborhoodnews.org.

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shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

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Since your actions demonstrate that greed is your primary motivator, let’s realistically assess your chances of fulfilling those dreams of avarice. Considering the breathtaking rate at which you are destroying shareholder value, chances are slim.

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A peace quilt for East Somerville

On July 30, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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 — Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville Council on Aging Teen empowerment and Artist Emily Bhargava teamed up during workshops held over the past few months for the East Somerville peace quilt project. The quilt will serve to welcome guests to the COA Cross Street Center.

 

Considering effective charter schools strategies

On July 30, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

jehlen_op_edBy  Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D- Arlington)

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Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending.

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police_station_webTrade in firearms and rifles, license or unlicensed— for grocery store gift certificates

The City of Somerville Police Department, in conjunction with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, will hold a gun and ammunition buyback event on August 16, 2014, where Somerville residents can trade in their unwanted firearms or rifles for grocery gift certificates. This important community service will offer residents the opportunity to properly dispose of firearms to help keep the community safe. This is a no-questions-asked event that puts safety first. Unlicensed residents who turn in weapons will not be prosecuted for the crime of unlawful possession of a weapon.

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Somerville residents met last week to gather information and share their own ideas regarding the future development of the Powder House School site.

Somerville residents met last week to gather information and share their own ideas regarding the future development of the Powder House School site.

By Douglas Yu

A few blocks away from Davis Square Station on Holland St., one finds the back of Powder House Community School. One can hardly tell it’s an abandoned school until they see the schoolyard, which is now still being used as a practice field for a local bicycle riding school.

On July 21, the City of Somerville called upon its residents, mainly those who live in Ward 7 of Somerville, to come up with plans to redevelop this abandoned facility after the city ended negotiations with Tufts University on its redevelopment March this year, due to not committing to a timetable.

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The standing District of Attorney of Middlesex County, Marian T. Ryan. ~Photo by Jeremy van der Heiden

The standing District of Attorney of Middlesex County, Marian T. Ryan. — Photo by Jeremy van der Heiden

By Jeremy F. van der Heiden

This is the second part of a three-part series for The Somerville Times interview with Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan.

In the first part of our interview with Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, we discussed the path she took to reach her current position, as well as some of the challenges that are facing Somerville.

Now, we will go into the complexities that Middlesex County – the 23rd most populous county in the nation and first most populous in New England – faces as a whole, as well as the state of the prison system.

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