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‘MUSCRAT’ love

On April 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

bus_1_webArtists invited to take part in creative bus project
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By Jeremy F. van der Heiden

The Somerville Arts Council has released an open call for artists interested in helping transform an old school bus into something completely different. While the officials involved have set the goal of the vehicle remaining completely functional – in that they wish it to remain road-ready – the project is to use the bus as a very large palette for creative design.

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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)

The safety of my children is the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning, and the last thought that runs through my head before I fall asleep each night. Like all of us, the disturbing allegations against a former Somerville Public Schools teacher that we learned of late last week have left me shaken, angered and heartbroken.

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They were ‘coming to get him’

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were called to a Pearl St. apartment building last week on reports of a man armed with a gun threatening residents there.

Upon arrival, officers cautiously approached the third floor level where the suspect, later identified as Stephen Tolliver, 62, was spotted sitting in front of his apartment door with his back to them.

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Somerville police seek assault suspect

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Police sketch of assault suspect — click to enlarge

Police sketch of assault suspect — click to enlarge

On Monday, April 21, 2014, during the early morning hours, a woman reported to the Somerville Police that she was the victim of an assault near the 300 block of Beacon Street.  She had departed the Porter Square MBTA Station and was walking alone on Beacon Street when her attacker grabbed her from behind and made an attempt to force her into a nearby alley.  The victim was able to scream and fend off her attacker.  The victim described her attacker as a thin black male, in his 30’s, 6-00, clean shaven, and wearing dark clothing.

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Patriot’s Day 2014

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

thesomervillenews's Patriots day 2014 album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The 239th annual Patriot’s Day celebration was held at Foss Park on Monday, April 21.

Residents, city officials — and, yes, Paul Revere — gathered to celebrate Somerville’s Colonial Era heritage, highlighted by games, period apparel, and the ceremonial reenactment of Revere’s ride through Somerville from Boston to Lexington.

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Those interested in the direction developments would take in the Central Broadway/Winter Hill Roadway and Streetscape Improvements Project took part in a community feedback meeting hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) and Somerville by Design. — Photo by Douglas Yu

Those interested in the direction developments would take in the Central Broadway/Winter Hill Roadway and Streetscape Improvements Project took part in a community feedback meeting hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) and Somerville by Design.
— Photo by Douglas Yu

By Douglas Yu

An approximately 6-foot map of Central Broadway was set up in the Winter Hill Community School Wednesday, April 16, waiting for Somerville residents to post their advice about how to redesign their part of the neighborhood.

One of them wrote, “The timing of the traffic lights at Broadway and Boston Ave. in Ball Square seems ‘off.’ I’ve seen all the lights red, and the pedestrians crossing signals ‘red’ for what seems like 30 seconds many times.”

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About the Central Broadway/Winter Hill project

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

CentralBroadway4-16_(2)By Nidhi Mathson

The Central Broadway/Winter Hill Roadway & Streetscape Improvements Project runs along Broadway from and including the Route 28/McGrath Highway intersection to east of the Broadway/Medford Street intersection.

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Fee for plastic bags discussed

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By David R. Smith

Plastic could soon come at a price, although some might say that – when it comes to the environment – it already does.

During the Board of Aldermen’s last meeting, Ward 6 Alderman Rebecca Gewirtz said an article she read in the Boston Globe suggested that charging 5 cents per plastic bag does more to dissuade people from using them –and using cloth bags in their place- than efforts to outright ban their use in stores.

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Our View of the Times – April 23

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewAs satisfying – necessary, even – as it is to have heads roll when a tragedy strikes that clearly, or even just possibly, could have been avoided, it is just as frustrating when all the right steps were taken, when protocol was followed and yet …

It would appear, at least this early into the investigation, that Joshua Wairi, the 27-year-old who taught in several Somerville elementary schools over the last several years before being arrested this month on child pornography possession and distribution charges, was checked out before being hired both in Somerville and Cambridge, where he was working as a teacher at the time of his arrest.

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Newstalk – April 23

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The Somerville Pop Warner Football and Cheer Banquet is this coming Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Foss Park   There will be food, 2013 season trophies. Games and more. Organizers will be selling SomerVILLENS T-shirts at this free event, which will include a 2014 sign-up table. The rain date is May 4.

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With spring in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it! A unique place to find that perfect gift is the Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market. The market, which is sponsored by ZipCar, takes place place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Brooklyn Boulders (12A Tyler St.). All shoppers must fill out a waiver form for Brooklyn Boulders (the waiver can be filled out online at the Brooklyn Boulders website). The Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market will feature 30 local vendors selling everything from jewelry and handmade soap to sweets and clothing.

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