New singing group for teens – revised

On October 11, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Somerville Youth Arts Coordinator Jimmy Del Ponte announces the formation of a new singing group for city teens. The Trendsetters, will begin rehearsals at the Armory  (on the mezzanine)  at 191 Highland Ave on Thursday October 17.

Teens up to 18 are invited to join the group which will meet once a week from 3pm to 4 pm.  In the tradition of The Sunsetters, The Trendsetters will perform current songs, Broadway favorites and classic oldies.

Interested singers should come to the first meeting.

For more info contact Jimmy at or call him at 617-625-6600 x 2126


34 Responses to “New singing group for teens – revised”

  1. krisKringle says:

    Hey Jimmy: The trend in Somerville is to operate services, opportunities and activities in a manner which discriminates against and excludes people with disabilities.

    SO congratulations, Jimmy: the Rec Center is COMPLETELY INACCESSIBLE. You’re def with the times.
    Way to trend-set.

  2. huh? says:

    we just went through a survey that strongly suggested we stop running inaccessible programs and move them to one of the many accessible ones, and then the city does this? Anyone get why people are so frustrated? They just DO NOT care. And we’re building a Recording Studio? Huh?

  3. murt says:

    hi kris how is florida?

  4. Boston Kate says:

    Jimmy – that sounds great!

  5. Jon says:

    Kris Kringle, and huh? I agree. Most of the schools are accessible, why wouldn’t this be held there? How much does a recording studio cost, and how many kids would it benefit? Perhaps it should be for the use of kids who attend the public schools.

  6. A.Moore says:

    Since it’s for kids up to 18 maybe they didn’t think of it. I am sure if any kid could not Jimmy would do what he can. Maybe it was just the only space he could get. Who knows? Don’t need to jump on the poor guy.

  7. Avaya says:

    The accessibility issue should have been dealt with–piece by piece–in previous administrations and it wasn’t. Now this administration is attempting to play catch up and getting ridiculed for it.

  8. johnny says:

    #1 – Who is paying to build a recording studio for kids?
    #2 – Why is someone (taxpayers?) paying to build a recording studio for kids?
    #3 – Who will be hired to run this recording studio for kids?
    These are the questions which need to be answered, along with the disability issue.

  9. js says:

    The current administration has been in office… long? It is an issue now because people are finally standing up and making it one. The mayor continues to create obstacles to the disabled, so clearly it is not a priority.

  10. how!? says:

    How is the mayor creating obstacles?

  11. jimmy says:

    We are currently seeking a handicapped-accessible space to 1) house the studio and 2) to hold The Trendsetters . As of now, we do not have a suitable space for either.

  12. sonia says:

    how!?: You haven’t been paying attention.

  13. krisKringle says:

    hey jimmy, lose the h-word unless you’re playing golf. it’s disrespectful language and btw: meaningless. check it out: if you just call it “accessible space” that works just fine, see?

    and, as for our apologist “avaya,” this administration has been flipping the finger to everyone who mentioned these issues for nearly 10 years already. you must be a city spokesperson.

    so jimmy, now that you’re walking the story back, tell us how much of the studio has been built. you should know that lies like flies makes you so simple to swat. We can take the truth.

  14. krisKringle says:

    for those who are just tuning in, ha ha, the original PR on Oct 6 said this:

    Somerville Youth Arts Coordinator Jimmy Del Ponte announces the formation of a new singing group for city teens. The Trendsetters will begin rehearsals at the Somerville Recreation Building at 19 Walnut St. on Thursday, October 17.

    Teens up to 18 are invited to join the group, which will meet once a week 3–4 p.m. In the tradition of The Sunsetters, The Trendsetters will perform current songs and classic oldies.

    The Trendsetters will be recording a new Somerville song in the new youth recording studio that’s being built. Interested singers should come to the first meeting.”

  15. drew says:

    Interesting. Usually when a story is ‘corrected’, comments referring to the part that was corrected are deleted.

  16. Yikes says:

    Those who can find nothing to say about Jimmy’s great idea other than to complain about whether the Rec Center has a ramp make me sick to my stomach. What a bunch of self absorbed, entitled brats. “If I can’t climb those stairs, no one (particularly those damn teenagers) can”. It’s obviously important to retrofit our inaccessible buildings, but if they have found space for the studio in an inaccessible building, by all means make it happen and then lets find a way to make the building accessible.

    This city needs more people like Jimmy that actually do things to make it better and less that sit around complaining about what others do.

  17. A.Moore says:

    yikes, I thought Jimmy said it very nicely.

  18. Boston Kate says:

    Yea, what ‘Yikes’ said. Thank you, Yikes.

    krisKringle – first of all, I won’t be expecting any presents from you this year. Now, regarding Jimmy’s use of handicapped-accessible. The ‘h’ word IS necessary. Why would anyone simply call a building ‘accessible’; of course it’s accessible – one way or another. It’s the ‘h’ word that is necessary, to notify those who are unable to navigate stairs. If it doesn’t state ‘handicapped accessible’, then we all know that it it’s not.

  19. yikes has no clue says:

    did you really call disabled people who don’t want to be shut out brats? you can’t start a program, then back up and make it accessible. that’s beyond stupid. you clearly have no humanity and no grip on this issue.
    you want less people sitting around complaining? they’re complaint is they don’t WANT to be sitting around complaining, they’d like to be included. very glad that your world is all healthy and happy, but some people are struggling just to join in.

  20. Somerbreeze says:

    Yikes, takes some hikes…off a short pier, for starters.

    For you, it’ll be accessible!

  21. Ron Newman says:

    Yikes and Kate – the issue is whether a disabled *teenager* might be prevented from participating because the rehearsals are taking place in an inaccessible building. It’s a real problem.

    (Are the Edgerly and Cummings schools, no longer used for displaced East Somerville Community School students, accessible? If so, one of them might be a good alternative.)

  22. Long time city parent says:

    As a parent of A Sunsetter, ( Somerville’s long time teen singing group) and soon so be the parent of a Trendsetter( hopefully) know what happened. They forgot that the REC was inaccessible and quickly withdrew their plans. It was a simple oversight.They immediately and whole heartedly began to search for a sutable space.We should be glad that the city has such strict Handicapped policies. When The Recreation building was offered as a space ,the handicapped issue was simply overlooked and it was an innocent mistake. They probably just assumed that the REC WAS accessible, I don’t know. The arts in Somerville are alive and well and we should be thrilled ( as I am ) that so many great artistic programs are offered.So maybe you should let up on them as they have the best interest of our kids in mind. I also hear that they are very close to announcing a space for The Trendsetters to meet.

  23. No says:

    Longtime parent–it’s not that simple, and it’s not Mr. Delponte’s fault. The City, Aldermen, Dept. Heads, Everyone has no excuse for not being aware of this law. They defy it every day, and it’s been brought to their attention over and over. A group just held 2 meetings to review their survey finding on HP access here. they went over solutions,etc. Do you know who was there? Nobody. maybe 3 people at the second one. Here’s a list of accessible options: East Somerville School, TAB building, Kennedy School, parts of SHS, parts of SCAT, the lower floor of REC building, Argenziano School, Capuano School, Cross Street Senior Center,

  24. Another long time city parent says:

    The entire problem is that the accessibility issues is always overlooked, partly because the city does not have strict ‘handicapped policies’ at all. I do believe it was an innocent mistake on this groups’ part, but unless people raise the issue noone ever thinks of it.
    I’d like to see some answers to Johnny’s questions……who is paying for this studio and why? Who will control it? Who will have access to its’ use? What will be done with the recordings? Is it like the additional ice rink suddenly built when the Mayor’s sons began to play hockey? Let’s face it, the elephant in the room is that Jimmy’s sons have a band…….

  25. Jimmy says:

    Yes and they are very talented thank you! They have a studio already ! Check out their music on under Velveteen Circuit and maninasuit. This studio will be for city kids.

  26. Eddie Scott says:

    You people do a lot if complaining! How come you don’t have the courage to use your NAMES? There may be an elephant in the room but ther is also a lot of cowardly weasels also!!

  27. Mr. X says:

    Seems like a lot of People Just Come Here to Complain (I’m looking at you Another long time city parent and krisKringle!) Complaining Won’t Solve Anything, go Petition At City Hall or Build The Ramps and Elevators Yourselves!

  28. Maria says:

    WOW. The disabled should go out and build ramps and elevators themselves, in order that the city be in compliance with federal and state law? And you call others complainers? Maybe a private group should build and maintain a recording studio for a few kids? Maybe bicyclists should paint bike lanes themselves? Maybe runners should build and maintain a community path themselves?
    And since you have likely never had an issue with something like accessibility, you may not realize that City Hall isn’t listening. Unless, of course, you are a young, able-bodied, well-off hipster.

  29. Somerbreeze says:

    @ Mr. X – May you wake up disabled YOURSELF. And deal with it….

  30. Pixie Pocohantas says:

    We would gladly post our names, but none of us want our homes reassessed for $10 mil.

  31. Sincerely Stated says:

    Jimmy you are a gentleman and a credit to helping the kids and young adults out in the ‘ville’. Reminds me of the days of SomerFest. Keep up the great work!!

  32. eila says:

    The Armory finally met certain necessary accessibility requirements on April 2, 2012– after the blood sweat and tears of me and others, discussed above as “complainers” – who went the distance- despite the despicably harsh community sentiment drummed up by this city’s deciders and their cronies- against our work. It wasn’t the money that prevented the owners and architect of that facility from investing in accessibility. And those issues still apparent in late March 2012 were anything but insignificant- the threshold was a rounded step almost 2 inches high; and the ramp was so excessively steep that it could have made manual w/ users flip.

    As for the willingness to tolerate Jimmy’s mistake- and that’s all it seems to be on Jimmy’s part- I certainly do, but if kris and others hadn’t risen up to point out this obvious problem, who, in decision-making roles, would care?

    Jimmy, you had to go thru the city to add this program to your Youth Arts programs, right? So it certainly seems like something’s still pretty screwy in City hall to allow work to proceed on the plans to begin building that recording studio, and scheduling in that new youth arts program in the obviously inaccessible Rec building.

    The arts are filled with brilliant leaders who happen to be people living with disAbilities. Why shouldn’t Somerville’s youth living with disAbilities thrive also? Why should they ever be subjected to the hideously disdainful attitudes we’re hearing from some of the commenters here? Why should they have to “wait until it’s built”- or ever have to ask, “please- can i come in, too?” just to step up and shine, at the same time, with their peers?

  33. eila,

    Pardon my ignorance, but isn’t there an outside agency that can advocate for those living with disabilities? I’m shocked these problems are continuing as long as they have without a powerful agency to come down on city hall and hold them accountable. Can you share some of that with some of us who lack the knowledge of how the process works? Why isn’t new construction providing such access and why does it take so long for existing structures to adapt these accommodations for those who rely on it?

  34. eila says:

    Hi Pixie, thanks for good questions. I agree it’s puzzling. In the U.S., we all enjoy the privileges of having the written law, regulations and codes to affirm equal rights and opportunity for all. However, in reality, it’s still pretty much up to us rights-holders to claim those rights when denied. As the general public becomes more aware of interdependence; and as individuals begin to increasingly think of benefiting each other, i think alot of harmful conditions, including intentional and unintentional exclusionary practices, will decrease.

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