Historic Somerville: An afternoon with Kevin Dua

On February 20, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Kevin Dua

On Sunday, February 25, join Historic Somerville for a moderated discussion with celebrated history teacher Kevin Dua. Dua is the 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Dua was also named a top ten finalist for the National History Teacher of the Year prize. Recognized for his work at Somerville High School, Dua will address the roles of patriotism, freedom, individuality, and collectivism in the United States, both historically and in the present. The event will be moderated by historian and legal scholar Dan Breen (Brandeis University), a longtime Somerville resident.

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Annual celebration of America’s first flag raising to be celebrated by City and State officials, residents, and “George Washington” on horseback.

After having to be cancelled due to extreme cold, Somerville’s annual Grand Union Flag Raising is back! The event, rescheduled from January 1 to March 4, 2018, will kick off with a procession form City Hall to Prospect Hill Tower, followed by a reenactment ceremony for the 242nd anniversary of the “Grand Union” flag-raising ceremony at Prospect Hill Park. A processional led by a re-enactor portraying General George Washington on horseback will leave from the City Hall Concourse at 11:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at Prospect Hill at noon.

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Somerville Historic Preservation Commission seeking volunteers

On February 18, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) and Historic Somerville are currently seeking volunteers for the City’s Docent Program, which offers guided tours and information about Somerville’s historic sites. Somerville’s Docent Program operates on a scheduled basis from May through October. Public openings are offered at three historic sites, twice a month: the Milk Row Cemetery on Somerville Ave., the Prospect Hill Tower, and the Powder House in Nathan Tufts Park. The Docent Program was started in 2012 and expanded in 2017. Each site opening is for a two hour period.

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Savvy caregiver dementia training returns in March

On February 18, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Savvy Caregiver instructors Nathaniel Meyer (left) and Liz Aguilo recently appeared on Somerville public access to discuss how the program provides family caregivers with skills and knowledge about dementia. SCAT program host Nathan Lamb is also in the photo.

By Nathan Lamb

A free training program that provides family caregivers with skills and knowledge about dementia is returning to Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) in March.

Registration is now open for the next round of Savvy Caregiver training, which starts March 23. SCES social worker and Savvy Caregiver instructor Nathaniel Meyer said the research-based program is tailored to help family caregivers navigate the many challenges of dementia.

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Family and Children’s Concert Series – Tufts Jazz Orchestra

On February 17, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Tufts University Department of Music presents Family and Children’s Concert Series – Tufts Jazz Orchestra, a concert for families and children under the direction of Joel LaRue Smith, in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Saturday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. The concert includes works by Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and Leonard Bernstein.

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On February 17, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

What did the grape say when it got stepped on?

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West Branch Library landscape meeting Feb. 24

On February 17, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Join Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis, the Somerville Capital Projects and Planning Department, the Somerville Public Library, and the project design team for upcoming meetings to discuss plans for the West Branch Library. A walkthrough landscape meeting will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the West Branch Library, 40 College Ave. A full community meeting will be held on Monday, February 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church located at 31 College Ave. where we will review and discuss the findings from the walkthrough. For more information about the project, visitwww.somervillema.gov/westbranchlibrary, or contact Project Manager Robert Cassano at Rcassano@somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext. 5126.

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Community Media Mixer

On February 17, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Somerville Media Center (AKA SCATV, SCAT, whatever your heart desires) is celebrating creativity by throwing a Media Mixer event. SMC kicks off the first event in the free 2018 event series on Sunday, February 25, from 4:00–6:00 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing Company. Get to know other media makers, filmmakers, editors, actors, aspiring creatives and more at this event. Aeronaut Brewery is a safe space to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be two picnic tables off to the left-hand side in the beer garden.

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Committee will make recommendations to the Mayor to fill vacant positions on boards and commissions

Applications are now being accepted for positions on Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s recently established Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC). The committee will be tasked with reviewing applications and making recommendations for vacant Mayor-appointed posts on boards and commissions with regulatory or decision-making authority.

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Somerville’s Presidents’ Day schedule

On February 16, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On Monday, February 19, City offices will be closed for Presidents’ Day.

Trash and recycling collection will be on a one-day delay all week.

Meters and resident permit parking won’t be enforced on Presidents’ Day.