Medical marijuana dispensary pitched for Davis Square

On December 7, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The city is considering a proposal by Garden Remedies to put a medical marijuana dispensary in Davis Sq at the soon-to-be vacant Family Dollar store, Somerville’s second to date.

By Joe Ruvido

A meeting regarding a proposed Medical Marijuana dispensary in Davis Square was held at the Community Baptist Church on Monday, November 28.

Garden Remedies, which opened their first dispensary in Newton 2 weeks ago, hopes to occupy the soon-to-be vacant Family Dollar on Elm Street. After this and an additional public hearing about their plans for the dispensary, Garden Remedies will have to apply for permits under city zoning law.

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Somerville native’s life claimed in Oakland fire

On December 7, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Former Somerville local Micah Danemayer was one of dozens who lost their lives in the devastating warehouse fire in Oakland, CA, last Friday.

Former Somerville local Micah Danemayer was one of dozens who lost their lives in the devastating warehouse fire in Oakland, CA, last Friday.

By Jim Clark

A devastating fire that broke out in a warehouse in Oakland, CA, last Friday has reportedly taken the lives of at least 36 victims, including that of 28-year-old Micah Danemayer, who grew up in Somerville.

Danemayer was reportedly projecting videos during an unlicensed electronic music concert in the building, dubbed “The Ghost Ship,” when the fatal blaze started.

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Newstalk – December 7

On December 7, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On Saturday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with local businesses to bring you their second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll. They will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with great festive offerings from local businesses, live music, a visit from Santa, a Holiday Display Contest and access to over 60 vendors.

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Timothy Gager’s ‘Grand Slam: A Coming of Eggs Story’

On December 7, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


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Timothy Gager has been a ubiquitous presence on the Somerville Literary Scene. He and I founded The Somerville News Writers Festival in 2003, and he has hosted any number of Somerville writers at his Dire Series in Cambridge, Mass. Over the years I have reviewed any number of his books, both poetry and fiction. This week Mignon Ariel King reviews his latest book.

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Lyrical Somerville – December 7

On December 7, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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I was introduced to Boyah J. Farah by Somerville poet Kirk Etherton at Bunker Hill Community College, where Boyah and I both teach. He had quite a story to tell, and I was lucky to have him share a poem with us for the LYRICAL. Boyah J. Farah is a refugee turned writer from Somalia whose works of nonfiction have been featured in The Guardian, Harvard Transition, Grub Daily, and Truthdig. A Judy Layzer Fellow, he is currently taking the Memoir Incubator at GrubStreet Creative Writing School in Boston.

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Vinfen updates plan for group home

On December 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
DMH Medical Director David Hoffman explained the intricacies of accurately assessing the suitability for patient placement in group homes such as the Central St. facility to attendees at the latest public safety meeting on the matter last week.

DMH Medical Director David Hoffman explained the intricacies of accurately assessing the suitability for patient placement in group homes such as the Central St. facility to attendees at the latest public safety meeting on the matter last week.

By Douglas Yu

Vinfen outlined an improved action plan to make sure Somerville residents’ safety at the latest public safety meeting on the matter at Winter Hill Community School on Dec. 2.

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HONK! 2014

On October 15, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
news29's HONK Davis Square album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The 9th Annual HONK! festival hit the streets of Somerville last weekend. The festival of activist bands was fun, colorful, and LOUD.

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A tree grows in Somerville: Expanding our public tree canopy

On August 14, 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)

You may have noticed that Somerville streets seem a little leafier lately. In a densely built urban city like Somerville, greening our streets and neighborhoods can be a difficult task, but it’s a challenge we’re committed to taking on. Part of the solution to that challenge is expanding our tree canopy, which is why last month we planted 575 new public trees throughout Somerville as we march toward our goal of planting 2,000 new trees by the end of 2015. Public trees do more than beautify our neighborhoods, although that’s important too. Increasing our tree canopy improves our air quality, saves energy costs and can even help slow down traffic and deter crime. In short: the healthier our trees, the healthier our community.

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Ride-sharing businesses challenge traditional taxi service

On August 6, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Ride-sharing alternatives such as Uber are taking a bite out of the business models of traditional taxi services across the nation, as well as here at home, according to veteran drivers and cab company owners. ~Photo by Bobbie Toner

Ride-sharing alternatives such as Uber are taking a bite out of the business models of traditional taxi services across the nation, as well as here at home, according to veteran drivers and cab company owners.
— Photo by Bobbie Toner

By Douglas Yu

Instead of calling a taxi company to send a cab, you can easily tap a few buttons on your smartphone and locate an UberX car that costs about 20 percent less than a normal cab.

However, this well-funded ride-sharing company from San Francisco is threatening the livelihood of Boston area cab drivers and slowly eating away their business.

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Our interview with District Attorney Marian T. Ryan – Part 3

On August 6, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
The standing District of Attorney of Middlesex County, Marian T. Ryan shared her thoughts on many topical issues of concern with The Somerville Times.

The standing District of Attorney of Middlesex County, Marian T. Ryan shared her thoughts on many topical issues of concern with The Somerville Times.

By Jeremy F. van der Heiden

This is the third part of a three-part series for The Somerville Times interview with Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan.

Now that we have discussed Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s back story, thoughts on Somerville, the county and the state at large, we will move directly into the final portion of this series, in which the conversation turns to broader topics.

As a reminder, D.A. Ryan will be running for election to maintain her position this fall.

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