Somerville Stands with Charlottesville Vigil

On August 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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~Photos by Bobbie Toner

In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Somerville community came together for a solidarity vigil last Wednesday night in Davis Square.

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Be Somerville

On August 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joseph A. Curtatone

(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)

A monthly look at ways to get involved with your city

As August becomes September and summer becomes fall, that means more than just changing leaves here in Somerville. We’re on the brink of a new school year, Board of Aldermen meetings resuming, a quickly approaching Election Day, and a slew of new ways to get involved with your city.

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Ward 2 Alderman Maryann M. Heuston got a firsthand look at the rapidly developing expansion site for Greentown Labs, their Global Center for Cleantech Innovation.

By Jim Clark

Back in 2011, a small group of like-minded MIT graduates decided to establish a facility where they could keep building their engineering prototypes.

Since then, more than 100 startup companies have been incubated at Greentown Labs in Somerville, where they have collectively created more than 500 jobs and raised over $200 million in funding.

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Letter to the Editor – August 16

On August 16, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Dear Editor:

(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)

Picture this: aging pipelines beneath the streets of a city spring leaks and spew toxic gas into the air, poisoning the environment, killing plants, and making it hard to breathe. Now imagine that the residents of that city are stuck with the bill for the gas lost in the pipeline leak! Is this some dystopian future? No – this is actually happening, today, in Somerville and across the Commonwealth.

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#OneSomerville rally draws large crowd

On February 8, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Residents and public officials gathered at the Somerville High School concourse to show support for the Sanctuary City status that Somerville has held since 1987. — Photo by Bobbie Toner

By Joe Ruvido

Cold and brisk conditions did not stop nearly 5,000 people from gathering on the lawn in front of Somerville High School for the #OneSomerville rally on Saturday.

The rally was co-hosted by The City of Somerville and The Welcome Project, an immigrant rights advocacy group based in Somerville. Joining the mayor on stage were members of the Board of Aldermen, the Somerville Police and Fire Departments and Congressman Michael Capuano.

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Board unanimously approves GLX funds

On December 14, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Advocates of the $50 million contribution to the Green Line Extension (GLX) project, including Mayor Curtatone, scored a huge victory last week as the BOA voted unanimously in favor of the plan.

By Joe Ruvido

The Somerville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve a $50 million contribution to the Green Line Extension (GLX) project. The vote was held at the Board’s regular meeting last Thursday. The money will be bonded and paid to the state in $10 million dollar installments.

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Shop local for the holidays with Somerville Local First

On December 8, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Remember to shop local this coming Sunday afternoon as Somerville Local First Holiday Market sets up at Arts at the Armory for some fun seasonal shopping.

Remember to shop local this coming Sunday afternoon as Somerville Local First Holiday Market sets up at Arts at the Armory for some fun seasonal shopping.

By Ariana Colozzo

The holiday season is in full swing; Christmas music is on the radio, houses are strung with lights and everyone is scrambling to find the perfect gift for the family members and friends on their lists. But holiday shopping isn’t always easy, especially when the lists seem to get longer each year.

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Licensed to smoke, but unfit to drive

On December 8, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Grand Union Boulevard and Mystic Avenue last week on reports of a male passed out behind the wheel in a stopped vehicle.

Upon arrival, the officers spoke with a Boston Fire Engine Company that was on routine patrol and was flagged down by concerned citizens. The Firefighters said it took them numerous attempts to wake up the driver.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

On December 8, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joseph A. Curtatone

(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)

Taking a closer look at this month’s notable city data.

8: That’s the percent of Somerville High School students who reported taking part in binge alcohol use (consuming 5 or more drinks in a row within a couple hours) on a recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered by the Massachusetts Department of Education. While this figure shows a significant decline from the 21 percent of students who reported binge drinking to the same degree in 2006, it proves there is still work to be done to ensure our youth are engaging in safe and productive behavior.

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Letter to the Editor – December 7

On December 7, 2016, 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)

I’m writing to urge the Board of Aldermen to approve Somerville’s $50 million funding of the Green Line Extension. Financial analysis of the bond issue is complex, and I can’t begin to offer an opinion on it. I think we have to have faith that our city and legislative delegation have negotiated the best deal that we get in order to have the GLX go forward. We need to remember that there are some in the Baker Administration which would be extremely happy to cancel the project using our indecision or lack of approval of this as an excuse.

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