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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On November 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

snn_11_19_14_1_webWe have some interesting headlines for the latest Somerville Neighborhood News show, a community news production brought to you by the dedicated staff, volunteers and interns at Somerville Community Access TV.

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Large turnout for Somerville Alderman Bob McWatters

On November 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Alderman Ward 3 Bob McWatters, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Broker/Owner Donald Norton of The Norton Group.~Photo by Ross Blouin

Alderman Ward 3 Bob McWatters, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Broker/Owner Donald Norton of The Norton Group. —Photo by Ross Blouin

By Ross Blouin

A large turnout this past Wednesday, November 19, for freshman Alderman Ward 3 Bob McWatters, at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square. Well over 100 friends and family members turned out to show their support and appreciation for a job well done in his first year as alderman.

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Goodbye, Tommy – we’ll miss you so

On November 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

(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)

I once told a psychiatrist acquaintance of mine that he should stop prescribing medications for patients suffering depression. Instead, he should prescribe an hour a day of Car Talk, National Public Radio’s syndicated show wherein Tom and Ray Magliozzi dispense weekly wisdom on car repair and life.

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Shawna Shea Film Festival Year 3

On November 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shawna-shea-By Rebecca Danvers

The 3rd annual Shawna Shea Film Festival (SSFF) has grown this year with two full days of indie cinema at the Somerville Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22 in Somerville.

SSFF honors the independent spirit of the late Shawna Shea, the daughter of local filmmaker Skip Shea, and brings together independent filmmakers and while supporting young women graduating from high school and starting off on their path in the world.

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Pick a card, any card

On November 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

A police officer en route to a call at the Home Depot store on Mystic Ave. last week got sidetracked when he spotted a vehicle running a red light at the corner of Grand Union Blvd. and Revolution Dr.

According to the officer’s report, the vehicle turned right onto Grand Union Blvd. on a red light, which is only allowed after coming to a full stop. The officer said that the vehicle did not even slow down as it made the turn.

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school_repair_1_webState Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board voted to invite the City of Somerville to collaborate on a Feasibility Study to look at possible solutions to the deficiencies identified at the Somerville High School.

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Gas tax repeal an opportunity to get transportation funding right

On November 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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)

Governor-elect Charlie Baker faces a huge challenge on the first day he takes office—how to maintain an aging transportation system that is the backbone our economic strength. Last year, the Legislature passed the first gas tax increase in 22 years and, in doing so, also linked the tax to inflation rates. On Election Day this year, Massachusetts chose to roll back that provision linking the gas tax to inflation, which will cost the state $1 billion over the next decade in transportation funding. This is a challenge for Gov. Baker and all our state legislators, but it’s also an opportunity to address the inadequacies in our transportation funding. If we’re going to stay economically competitive as a region and a state, we must explore bold and innovative ways to fund the strong transportation system we need if our economy is to thrive.

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Parkmobile app to launch Mon., Nov. 24

On November 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Director of Traffic and Parking Suzanne Rinfret, and Parkmobile on Monday, Nov. 24 to launch the latest parking technology in Somerville with Parkmobile’s smart phone app. The official launch ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Meacham Rd. in Davis Sq., adjacent to Seven Hills Park and the Davis Sq. T station.

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Winter Hill Liquors Softball Team wins Championship

On November 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Your 2014 Somerville Fall Softball League champions, the team from Winter Hill Liquors.

Your 2014 Somerville Fall Softball League champions, the team from Winter Hill Liquors.

By Donald F. Norton

The Softball team sponsored by Winter Hill Liquors recently won The Somerville Fall Softball League Championship, beating the Wicked Cheesy, April Fools, US Fuel, and Baros Finest, winning number one in the League.

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1st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner with Mayor Joseph Curtatone

On November 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The mayor held a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for Somerville older adults and Somerville veterans on Saturday, November 15 at the Holiday Inn located at 30 Washington Street.