A day at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market

On January 15, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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~Photos by Bobbie Toner

The weekly market, held at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., from December to mid-April, offers the best locally grown and regionally produced agricultural items including vegetable produce, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, breads, pastries, chocolate, and wine. They feature rotating guest vendors each week, as well as live entertainment.

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SomerVision 2040 Kickoff 

On January 15, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

If you’re interested in big issues like housing, development, job creation, and open space the city needs your help in planning for the future of Somerville. The public kick-off meeting for the SomerVision 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update will take place on Tuesday January 15 at 6 pm at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue).

Want to know more? Check out SomerVision2040.com.



44th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival announces lineup

On January 14, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The longest running genre film festival in the United States has announced its lineup for the 44th year. In partnership with the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square the festival brings 11 days of thought provoking, entertaining and mind-bending films, panels, parties as well as the infamous 24-hour ‘Thon (film marathon). Most screenings will be followed by in-depth Q&A discussions with filmmakers and experts.

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GLX Public Meeting – January 30

On January 13, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project will host a public meeting, Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. at the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria, 50 Cross Street.

Please join GLX project officials who will make information available on:

The design status of seven new GLX stations
Upcoming bridge closures and maintenance of traffic planning for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles
Community Path location and connections

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SCES Elder Protective Services adopts new assessment tool

On January 13, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

SCES Adult Protective Services Director Stephanie Becker is a master trainer for a new protective services tool in Massachusetts.

By Nathan Lamb

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is an early adopter of a new tool designed to help Elder Protective Services evaluate reports of elder abuse and neglect.

Massachusetts is the second state to adopt the Interview for Decisional Abilities. It’s a structured discussion that helps Protective Services social workers assess an elder’s ability to make decisions about safety concerns and possible interventions, explained SCES Protective Services Director Stephanie Becker.

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New Innovation School Proposal Reaches Final Stage of Approval Process

On January 7, the Powderhouse Studios (PHS) proposal that would add a brand new school to the district reached the fourth and final stage of the Massachusetts Innovation School approval process after the Somerville Teachers Association ratified an agreement advancing the authorization of PHS as the newest school in the Somerville Public Schools (SPS) system. That January 7 vote activated a 60-day window for the School Committee to gather input from the community, deliberate, and vote on the school’s final plan.

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‘Let’s Talk About Race’ symposium and panel discussion

On January 12, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Let’s Talk About Race is a podcast and radio show hosted by Diane Wong which invites people from all backgrounds to engage in courageous conversations around issues related to race. Join host Diane Wong and Somerville Media Center by welcoming back a panel of the past years’ guests who will share their experiences and expertise on Saturday, January 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Somerville Media Center, 90 Union Square. Afterwards, join in for a community meal and participate in racial dialogues facilitated by the panelists.

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The Somerville Office of Prevention and the Somerville Health & Human Services Department invite you to join in a World Café style presentation of the 2018 Somerville High School Student Health Survey results on Thursday, January 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Somerville High School Culinary Arts Bistro (use atrium entrance).

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During Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s mid-term address on January 7, 2019, he discussed some of the successes and challenges Somerville has faced in battling the regional housing crisis. The excerpt below touches on some of the work done in 2018 and a look ahead at the work the City will be taking on. To read or watch the entirety of Mayor Curtatone’s speech, which includes information about other upcoming and ongoing initiatives like open space acquisition, support for Somerville’s youth, and improving transportation options, visit www.somervillema.gov/2019midterm.

In 2018 Somerville took significant strides toward addressing the affordable housing crisis we face along with the rest of the Greater Boston region. Yet we still have a lot more that remains to be done in 2019, and this could become a watershed year in terms of local action on the housing issue.

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Unwelcome customer unwilling to be identified

On January 10, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to the bfresh Market on Elm St. Sunday morning on reports of an unwanted person on the premises.

Upon arrival, the officers met with the reporting party, the manager of the market, who stated there was person who was sleeping while seated at a table on the Dunkin’ Donuts side of the store, and that he was to be trespassed.

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