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Unsightly, unlicensed news boxes draw BOA ire

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The Board of Aldermen discussed the need to remove abandoned, damaged and unlicensed news boxes from both Union Square and throughout town.

The Board of Aldermen discussed the need to remove abandoned, damaged and unlicensed news boxes from both Union Square and throughout town.

By David R. Smith

When they’re maintained and kept fresh, they can put the world within reach, but when they’re left empty and open to the effects of time, weather and vandals, they go from being sources of information to eyesores.

The “they” are newspaper boxes, and the Board of Aldermen would like to see the city cleansed of the ones that are not kept stocked and/or properly licensed.

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Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m., the Somerville Road Runners will host the second Officer Sean Collier Memorial run, in conjunction with our Annual pre-Boston Marathon pasta party. This event will be held at Casey’s tavern, 173 Broadway, East Somerville, MA

Last year, MIT Police Officer Collier, who was also a member of the Somerville Auxiliary Police, was slain in the line of duty. Prior to the start of the 4 mile run, there will be a moment of silence for Sean.

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Prepared to set a precedent?

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

BOA considers next move on fossil-fuel divestment petition
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fossil_webBy David R. Smith

There isn’t a precedent to go by on what happens if a board of aldermen, selectmen or city council catches the attention of the state Ethics Commission in voting for its retirement board to divest of any investments connected to the fossil-fuel industry, so members of Somerville’s BOA will have to decide whether they want to be that precedent and accept any consequences that may come.

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thesomervillenews's SCAP album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville Health Department and the Somerville Office of Prevention, in cooperation with Teen Empowerment and Save Our Somerville, held a free workshop and discussion April 8 at the Cross Street Center in East Somerville on substance abuse, prescription drug misuse and education, as well as strategies for support systems and treatment, recovery and coping mechanisms for victims and families.

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Newstalk – April 16

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Come and join this month’s block party Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Chuckie Harris Park (Cross Street East). Bring a picnic and the family, have fun and meet your neighbors.

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Happy birthday this week to some of our fans here in the Ville and elsewhere. A big “happy birthday” to Linda Rock Coutoumas, who is celebrating this week. Talt Gregory Shackelford IV, from a well-known Villen family, we wish him a HB. Winslan George, who is local realtors very involved here in Somerville for many years, we wish a very happy birthday. Cheryl Constantine Leatham’s is celebrating this week as well.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Highway pollution impacts poor, immigrants
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Because of where they live, many of the city’s lower income and immigrant families are disproportionately at risk of contracting air pollution-related diseases. A recent Tufts study notes that air quality drops in the areas nearer to Route 93, the same areas with two of the city’s affordable housing developments and with neighborhoods that have more reasonable rents and home prices. More on this story at www.scatvsomerville.org/SNN.

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Our View of the Times – April 16

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewThe fines from the state Ethics Commission usually hits a high of a few thousand dollars in the case of the most egregious, flagrant and unapologetic of conflict-of-interest violations.

And that’s when someone is being super-obviously sketchy to the 100th degree.

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eagle_webEagle Feathers #50 – Echo of the Sullivans

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

On November 13, 1942 a Japanese submarine sank the U.S.S. Juneau, killing almost 700 American sailors.  Among them were “The Five Sullivans” from Waterloo, Iowa. The nearly inseparable brothers died fighting side by side.

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Jump Rope Marathon to honor Officer Sean Collier

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

collier_rope_webOn April 19, the Somerville Youth Development and Boxing Club will be sponsoring a Jump Rope Marathon in honor of MIT and Somerville Police Officer Sean Collier. Sean was instrumental in establishing the Somerville Youth Development and Boxing Club in 2011 and the children and adults of the boxing club, who knew him, worked with him and loved him, will remember and honor him, his ethic of hard work and his selflessness by jumping rope continually for 10 hours. We are asking people to support our efforts by pledging any amount of money toward this cause. All proceeds will go to the Sean Collier Memorial Fund.

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Her hero didn’t quite get it done

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

A Somerville police officer working a paid detail at the Joshua Tree nightclub and restaurant Sunday night took notice of an apparent disturbance taking place at the main entrance and approached the area to investigate.

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