Be Somerville

On January 18, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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

By Mayor Joseph Curtatone

A monthly look at ways to get involved with your city: Don’t just live in Somerville, be Somerville!

 Submit a Response to the Shared Mobility Survey by January 18
If you have about 15 minutes to spare, we would appreciate your responses to a shared mobility survey that will help us plan for certain aspects of Somerville’s future transportation needs. The survey has questions about how you currently get around and questions about transportation options you might consider in the future, with an emphasis on autonomous vehicles. Your answers will help City transportation planners and our research and development partners at Audi understand Somerville’s current and future needs. The survey is available at www.somervillema.gov/sharedmobility.

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Suspect sought by Somerville Police Dept.

On January 17, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Somerville Police Department detectives are working to identify the pictured individual in relation to the fraudulent use of a credit card that was stolen in a house burglary.

Anyone who recognizes the individual from the attached surveillance photos is asked to contact Detective Thermidor at (617) 625-1600 x 7231.

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Stealing dad’s truck to hide from him

On January 17, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

On the evening of January 2, a Somerville Police officer queried a license plate was attached to a pickup truck and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen in December of 2018.

The officer stopped the vehicle on Holland St. in front of Hodgkins Park. As other officers arrived to assist, the driver, later identified as Angelo Devito, was ordered to shut off the engine and step out of the truck.

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Third generation dad

On January 17, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Life in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

It doesn’t have to be near Father’s Day to talk about dads.

I started thinking about my dad recently when my boys were back home rehearsing with their band this past weekend. I love when the boys are both home. Their band, Mallcops, has a show coming up February 2 at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. Having the kids back at the house got me thinking of my dad.

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The 2019 Somerville Maple Syrup Project kicks off on Sunday, January 27 with the Tapping of the Trees event outside Tufts University’s Tisch Library.

This January, the annual Somerville Maple Syrup Project returns for its 16th season, beginning with a local maple tree tapping and culminating in the annual Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival on March 16th at Groundwork Somerville’s urban farm at 138 South St.

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The Board of Aldermen is looking for answers after a year-long wait to set specific policies on how to react in cases of violent incidents in public buildings and schools.

By Jim Clark

A dual set of orders put forward at the latest regular meeting of the Somerville Board of Aldermen called on the Chief of Police, in conjunction with the Administration, advise the Board of the protocol for notifying the public and families when there is an incident in a public building and on specific school-related safety policies and procedures.

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Somerville Central Library to host urban garden talk

On January 16, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Operations Director at Higher Ground Farm Lindsay Allen will be giving a talk on urban gardening at the Somerville Central Library on Thursday, January 24. — Photo courtesy of Higher Ground Farm

By Jared Kimler

The Somerville Central Library will be hosting urban farmer Lindsay Allen for a talk on urban gardening on Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. Allen is Operations Director at Higher Ground Farm and manages Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) rooftop farm. This is the kickoff event for the library’s Food for Thought initiative.

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Welcoming strangers and friends into a small home and classroom

On January 16, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Pictured above are the Troop 71 St. Clements Boy Scouts singing Christmas Songs in front of Johnnie’s Super Market in Ball Square from around 1965 (courtesy of Jimmy Del Ponte)

 Somerville Heroes by Stephanie Hirsch

The holidays and New Years are a season when many people set goals and reflect on the year passed. In this month’s Somerville Heroes’ column, I’m honoring a few people whose stories inspire me to invite new people into my life in 2019.

Anna and Mike: During the winter holidays, many of us turn inward, to spend time with family or close friends or even in peaceful solitude. However, some people make even the quiet holidays into joyful community holidays. They organize parties or caroling outings, bring Girl Scout troops to nursing homes, or invite people over who are too far from family to travel or who come from a different faith tradition.

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Newstalk – January 16

On January 16, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Happy birthday this week to several locals: Happy birthday to Katie McDaid, a great lady. We hope she gets her dream back. Happy birthday Katie. Happy birthday to a wonderful lady, retired high school teacher Marion Joyce. We remember her first class, when a lot of boys signed up for typing. She was a great teacher. Happy birthday to Bill Rogers of Winter Hill, a nice guy and we wish him the very best of birthdays. Happy birthday to one of the hardest workers down at the City Club, Don Johnson. To our good friend, James Ribeiro, we wish him a great birthday. Big time happy birthday to Julie Tarpey DiPasquale, who has given many years of service to our community and did it with pride, just like anyone from Somerville would. Happy birthday Julie! Happy birthday to one who grew up here, joined the service and now lives in Texas, Phil Forsyth, a nice guy. He has high standards and his service is well received back here at home. Happy birthday to Donna Desrescente. We wish her her the very best. Big time birthday greetings to our good friend Ken Kotch, who moved to Colorado for his wife’s health and it appears that did the trick. We wish him and his lovely wife – and now getting older daughter – the very best. Happy birthday Kenny! Happy birthday to everyone here and from the city who is celebrating this week. We wish every one of them a very happy birthday.

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Letter to the Editor – January 16

On January 16, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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

To the editor:

It was exciting to read that Mayor Curtatone prioritized climate change in his mid-term address (“City government roars back into action for 2019 and beyond”). In 2014, Curtatone announced Somerville’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, placing Somerville among the nation’s leaders a year before the Paris Agreement. This was a matter of civic pride for many Somerville residents.

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