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.

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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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wairi 2“Deplorable,” “disturbing” and “confusing” was how Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Tony Pierantozzi described the allegations against 27-year-old Somerville resident and former Somerville elementary school teacher Josh Wairi, who was arrested on child pornography charges at his Beacon Street apartment April 17.

Wairi, a fifth-grade teacher in Cambridge at the time of his arrest, allegedly admitted to police that in addition to possessing and sharing child pornography with others online, he had secretly videotaped children in a locker room changing in and out of clothes with his cellphone camera. Where that videotaping took place is not clear.

He is being held without bail pending a detention and probable cause hearing in federal court in Boston Wednesday, April 27. According to police, authorities were made aware of Wairi’s alleged activities through an online tip.

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Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s brother, 43-year-old Cosmo Curtatone, will be in Malden District Court Thursday morning for a dangerousness hearing stemming from charges he assaulted and attempted to rape a women well known to him earlier this month.  According to police, the woman has already taken out more than a dozen restraining orders against him.

Curtatone was arrested on a warrant April 8 in Somerville for the incidents the victim alleges occurred at her Everett apartment April 3, which she reported to police April 5. He is also accused of assault and larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing the woman’s phone and wallet and then using her EBT card.

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Farewell to fossil-fuel investments?

On March 5, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Public hearing to address residents’ petition
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By David R. Smith

129 concerned registered voters have weighed in on the issue of divestment from the fossil fuel industry as part of the city’s pension fund by signing a petition asking the Board of Aldermen to act on the matter.

129 concerned registered voters have weighed in on the issue of divestment from the fossil fuel industry as part of the city’s pension fund by signing a petition asking the Board of Aldermen to act on the matter.

A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen will be held at City Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13, to hold a public hearing on a petition signed by 129 registered voters asking the city’s pension fund to divest from any investments tied to the fossil fuel industry.

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Olympic bobsledders have roots in Somerville

On February 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Steve and Chris Langton are representing Somerville as well as TeamUSA at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Steve and Chris Langton are representing Somerville as well as TeamUSA at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

By Nidhi Mathson

If you caught the two-man bobsled race in the Sochi Winter Olympics this past weekend, you may have seen Steve Langton, on Steven Holcomb’s team, representing the United States. His brother Christopher Langton is also at the Olympics as an alternate for TeamUSA. What you may not know is that both Steve and Chris Langton are former employees of Langton & Douglas, a contracting company in Somerville.

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While the Green Line Extension project is on its way to connecting Lechmere Station and Union Square, some long-term Somerville residents are concerned they might be pushed out of the neighborhood they love.

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Urban Agriculture Ambassador program seeks applicants

On February 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Urban farming enthusiasts of all ages are being sought for Green City Growers’ 2014 Urban Agriculture Ambassador program set to commence this spring.

Urban farming enthusiasts of all ages are being sought for Green City Growers’ 2014 Urban Agriculture Ambassador program set to commence this spring.

By Somerville Times Staff

The city of Somerville and Green City Growers, a Somerville-based urban agriculture company, are seeking applicants for the 2014 Urban Agriculture Ambassador program, a community-based food education initiative. The program, which started as a pilot in 2013, will train 20 residents in urban-growing techniques in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer service in garden projects across the city.

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Our View of the Times – February 19

On February 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewTufts needs to commit to specifics with how it will use the building proposed to replace the Powder House School on Broadway.

In the second of a series of public meetings last week seeking community input on the building and how the open space near the site and the Tufts Administration Building (TAB) behind the current school on Holland will be designed and what recreational features will be included, a representative from Tufts said the university wanted to maintain flexibility with how it will use the new building.

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Women Musicians Network 17th annual concert, March 5

On February 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Lucy Holstedt, my neighbor and friend on School St. in Somerville puts on this great musical event in Boston every year. Here is an article by her husband Kirk Etherton, who also helps with this festive occasion.

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