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Newstalk – September 21

This Friday, September 23, The Somerville City Club presents Somerville’s own Jimmy Plunkett at a fundraiser at the club hall (across from Holiday Inn on Innerbelt Road). Donation is $20. Raffle and light refreshments begins at 8:00 p.m. and goes to 12 midnight. A great time and a great cause. The club actively supports the youth of Somerville. Proceeds to benefit this coming annual Children’s Christmas Party. For information and to reserve your tickets call Rita Bears at 857-866-7464, Steve Harvey 617-625-7325, Don Johnson 617-866-7464 or directly to the club at 617-623-9340. Come celebrate their 50-year anniversary of serving and supporting the children of Somerville.

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September 21

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Our View of the Times – September 21

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It’s long stood as a symbol of our fair city, and now after an extensive renovation effort – thanks to funds allotted by the Community Preservation Act – the Prospect Hill Park tower is back to a state of structural integrity befitting its fabled status.

Residents and city officials gathered on Tuesday to rededicate the monument and herald its new incarnation as a cherished part of our local history.

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ResiStat meetings offer opportunity to stay informed, involved

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By Joseph A. Curtatone

A few years ago at one of our ResiStat neighborhood meetings, a resident brought up an issue with the street sweeping schedule. Because of schedule specifics – and unpredictable New England winters – her side of the street would often miss out on sweeping for months at a time. After she brought this to our attention, we got all the necessary parties at the table and figured out a solution sooner than we probably would have otherwise. And this is just one example of the many ways that residents have helped us improve city services and policy just by showing up. We’re getting ready to kick off this fall’s round of ResiStat meetings, and I hope you too will show up.

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Somerville needs traffic calming

By Tim Talun, Dominique Stassart, Sam Engelstad and Eric Fellinger on behalf of the Union Square Neighbors Traffic Calming Group

The flow of traffic through Somerville is among the greatest challenges affecting the quality of life for residents. In recent years, consensus has grown among Aldermen, the Mayor, city staff, and residents that traffic calming measures are necessary. We must now find the vision and the will to make traffic calming a reality throughout our neighborhoods.

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Newstalk – September 14

Coming up on Friday, September 23, The Somerville City Club presents Somerville’s own Jimmy Plunkett at a fundraiser at the club hall (across from Holiday Inn on Innerbelt Road). Donation is $20. Raffle and light refreshments begins at 8:00 p.m. and goes to 12 midnight. A great time and a great cause. The club actively supports the youth of Somerville. Proceeds to benefit this coming annual Children’s Christmas Party. For information and to reserve your tickets call Rita Bears at 857-866-7464, Steve Harvey 617-625-7325, Don Johnson 617-866-7464 or directly to the club at 617-623-9340. Come celebrate their 50 year anniversary of serving and supporting the children of Somerville.

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September 14

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Our View of the Times – September 14

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We live in a world that can slowly nickel and dime you to death – if you don’t watch out for yourself, that is.

Recently, Somerville residents have been made aware of a new “fee” that has shown up on their water bills. For most, the additional charge amounts to $180 annually, an amount that would not ordinarily bankrupt the average user, but the real problem lies in the fact that no one saw it coming. It was apparently never discussed in this year’s budget hearings, and only came to light after media outlets and – eventually – the Board of Alderman started asking questions.

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Healey is right to enforce commonsense assault weapons ban

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By Joseph A. Curtatone

This summer, I stood with 18 other Massachusetts mayors in support of Attorney General Maura Healey’s decision to actively enforce the Commonwealth’s 1998 ban on assault weapons. The law banned guns like the AR-15 and AK-47 and “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. These guns represent a military level of firepower and have been banned at both the federal and state levels at various points. We’re talking about a level of weaponry we do not want in our communities, on par with hand grenades and rocket launchers. These guns are made to kill a large number of people in a short amount of time.

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