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Newstalk – July 20

Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) and Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) this Thursday night will hold a candidates’ debate will be held, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The first one is for the 2nd Middlesex Senate District and the second one is for the 27th Middlesex Representative District. The debate will be held over at the Cambridge studio, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, and will be between incumbent State Senator Pat Jehlen and challenger, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung. Following the Senate race debate, there will be another one between incumbent State Representative Tim Toomey and Mike Connolly, beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. The debate will be produced and moderated by Joe Lynch of SCATV. The panelists will be from Somerville, Medford and Cambridge.

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July 20

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Our View of the Times – July 20

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It’s kind of crazy how certain trends take off like wildfire and consume the world’s time and attention, to the point where it becomes big news and suddenly everyone’s talking about it.

Barely even two weeks old, the Pokémon GO game app phenomenon has probably set records for the speed at which it spread in usage and popularity among those who have gotten “the bug.”

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Proposed zoning changes aim to make housing more affordable

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By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

One of the central goals for our proposed zoning overhaul is to create more attainable housing here in Somerville. It’s no secret that the cost of housing in our city, like all of greater Boston, continues to rise. It puts enormous stress on our lower- and middle-income residents. Young families are struggling to buy homes that would allow them to raise their children in our community. Seniors are stretched to stay in the community where they’ve lived most of their lives. Many renters find themselves barely able to keep up with annual increases.

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Villens divided on which lives matter

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‘Villens United by Chris Haskell

Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. ALL LIVES MATTER…

Over the last few weeks the media has been flooded with horrible images of innocent black men and innocent police officers being gunned down. While there is justifiable anger on both sides of this senseless violence, there are those in the media who are carelessly fanning the flames of rage and ignorance to push their own agenda. Instead of trying to shine a light on the problem and help unify our country they choose only to blame and further divide. Unfortunately one such media outlet is The Somerville News Weekly.

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Newstalk – July 13

Join The Somerville Homeless Coalition us for their 15th Annual Pig Pickin’ Benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Monday, July 25 (rain date: Monday, August 1), 5:00–9:00 p.m. at Redbones, 55 Chester Street in Davis Square. Pig roast with all the fixings plus beer garden and live music. Pig Pickin’ Dinner: $15, pork with 2 sides, biscuit and watermelon.

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July 13

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Our View of the Times – July 13

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The city’s Food and Nutrition Services Department is once again engaged in its annual summer meals for Somerville youth program. Kids under the age of 19 can get free meals at various locations throughout the city from now through August 19.

It’s a great way of making sure that the city’s youth get the nutritional support they need, regardless of financial or social standing.

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Somerville keeps data up on the Farm

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By Joseph A. Curtatone

At Somerville’s new Data Farm, you don’t need overalls. You don’t even need to leave your home to visit it. You just need a curious mind and a passion for your city. The Data Farm is online at www.somervillema.gov/datafarm, and on it you’ll find much of the city data we collect and analyze as we make decisions. From crime and crash data to pothole reports and building permits, the numbers we look at daily—and that I rely on daily—are there for you to explore too. I encourage you to take a look. We’ve set it up so you can stay there for just a few minutes or for hours.

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Things that make you go, ‘Hmmm.’

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By William C. Shelton

From time to time acquaintances email me quotations that they find meaningful. They are succinct expressions of wisdom or humor, usually from philosophical or literary sources. Interestingly, I’ve never received a quote from science fiction sources, even though the best of science fiction writers are on a par with those of any other genre.

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Newstalk – July 6

Did you hear the big door slamming sound last weekend? It’s all those doors being closed and people running up to NH or down to the cape to have a great summer. Summer’s finally here and we wish all a safe and happy time this year. The streets seemed empty, compared to what we’re used to.

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July 6