HONK! 2014

On October 15, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— 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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Pet-Palooza makes a splash

On August 6, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— Photos  by Claudia Ferro

som|dog and Assembly Row presented the Second Annual Pet-Palooza this weekend. This year’s event was be hosted by som|dog and made a splash at Assembly Row, literally.

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A weekend under the Big Top

On August 6, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The OPENAIR Circus celebrated its 29th year in performance last weekend.

The OPENAIR Circus celebrated its 29th year in performance last weekend.

By Melissa E. Pike

Chairperson and teacher for the OPENAIR Circus, Peter Jehlen said, “The OPENAIR Circus is celebrating its 29th year. We’re excited to have so many of our teens staying involved and moving into teacher positions.”

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Our interview with District Attorney Marian T. Ryan – Part 2

On July 30, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The standing District of Attorney of Middlesex County, Marian T. Ryan. ~Photo by Jeremy van der Heiden

The standing District of Attorney of Middlesex County, Marian T. Ryan. — Photo by Jeremy van der Heiden

By Jeremy F. van der Heiden

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

In the first part of our interview with Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, we discussed the path she took to reach her current position, as well as some of the challenges that are facing Somerville.

Now, we will go into the complexities that Middlesex County – the 23rd most populous county in the nation and first most populous in New England – faces as a whole, as well as the state of the prison system.

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Market Basket CEO protest continues

On July 30, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Demonstrators held their ground at the Somerville Avenue Market Basket store in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. ~Photo by Donald Norton

Demonstrators held their ground at the Somerville Avenue Market Basket store in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. — Photo by Donald Norton

By Donald Norton

Around 25-35 employees and customers of Somerville Avenue Market Basket demonstrated in front of store this past weekend. Cars passing by honked their horns in support of the crowd.

Activity in the parking lot has changed, with no need to travel in circles looking for a vacant space, when there are spaces everywhere.

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A long way from Kansas

On July 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

American roots master Chuck Mead at Johnny D’s
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Chuck Mead entertains at Johnny D’s this coming Saturday night.

Chuck Mead entertains at Johnny D’s this coming Saturday night.

By Jim Clark

Chuck Mead’s journey from his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas – where he lead several popular cult bands in the 80s – through his tenure in the wildly popular 90s Alternative Country quintet BR549, to his present thriving solo career, reads like a rough and rowdy tale of old, replete with tales of joy, triumph, and occasional woe.

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Lyrical Somerville – July 9

On July 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Recently I had the pleasure to compose a poem for a nurse I work with at McLean Hospital, Kareen Eka. Kareen is the winner of the Vision of Excellence Award presented by the hospital. I read the poem at the ceremony accompanied by guitarist/composer Jack Holland. I want to thank Sheree Pollock, RN for help with the poem, especially with her knowledge of perfume and jewelry.

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