Newstalk – April 27
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Open Studios and Maker Market is this weekend from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1. Twice a year, they open our doors to the public. Check out individual maker studios, watch plasma cut metal, pick up unique gifts at the maker market, and watch epic robot battles throughout the weekend. Friday 6:00–9:00 p.m. select studios showing, Saturday 12:00–6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00–6:00 p.m. Jewelry, furniture, drawings, wearable art and more on sale. Fabrication demos in community shops including metal casting, enameling, 3D printing, and more. Tours of the 40,000 square ft. facility at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and information about Artisan Studios www.artisansasylum.com.
Our View of the Times – April 27
Community volunteerism is an uplifting thing to observe and, especially, to participate in. When the efforts involved result in making the community a bit cleaner and a more comfortable place to live then it is all to the better.
So it is with the annual Somerville Spring Cleanup coming up this Saturday as many residents pitch in, pick up, and sweep out the old, unwanted refuse and generally celebrate our mutual appreciation of the city we live and work in.
Why we need to lift the liquor license cap
By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
It really shouldn’t require a special act by the state legislature to open up a local business, but that is exactly our situation when it comes to restaurants in Somerville. If you want to serve dinner and you want to be profitable, most restaurants really need a liquor license of some sort. The problem is that the Commonwealth caps the number of available liquor licenses in Somerville and every other community. The limit stems from a Prohibition-era law that isn’t capable of growing with us as we reinvigorate our city squares and business corridors like East Somerville and transform old industrial areas like Brickbottom. Our diversity, artistic bent and bustling community have made Somerville a bit of a destination in this region. Our eclectic mix of excellent restaurants has formed a local industry that generates more than $300 million annually. Its revenues grow by double digits every year.
Op-ed: Fair and equitable funding in education
By State Senator Pat Jehlen
In 1993, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts has a constitutional obligation to offer all children an adequate education, regardless of the wealth of their communities. That same week, the legislature passed the Education Reform Act, which included a “foundation budget” formula to equitably fund adequate education for all.
Newstalk – April 20
Somerville Recreation will be holding a road race in conjunction with the Mayor’s Shape-Up Somerville Initiative. The race to be held on Sunday, April 24, with the kids race at 10:30 a.m., while the adults 5K race starts at 11:00 a.m. The proceeds will go to the Somerville Youth and Recreation Foundation (SYRF). This non-profit foundation was formed exclusively for charitable purposes. For more information go to www.SomervilleYouthRecF.org.
Our View of the Times – April 20
It’s like a pebble in our shoe. This seemingly endless annoyance of dealing with getting the GLX funding adequately squared away without bankrupting ourselves in the process. A dizzying array of meetings and press releases to digest, while hoping to form an educated opinion on where we should stand on all of this.
If we don’t plan for our artist and maker community, we risk losing it
By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
A world without art is madness. Fortunately Somerville has a thriving arts community that breathes vitality and sanity into our city. But if we don’t plan an arts and maker community into our future, we risk losing it. It can be difficult for artists to find the space they need in a small, in-demand city. That’s why we wrote incentives to support the arts and maker communities right into our proposed zoning code. Think of it as a very dull way to do something exciting—and critical.
Newstalk – April 13
On Saturday, April 16, more than 300 youth are expected at the 10th Annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St. Somerville, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The conference, Back From the Future, will feature original performances by Somerville teens based on their own lives, workshops, and a services fair, while also highlighting the growth of Somerville over the past decade. Attendees will share their own experiences in interactive breakout sessions facilitated by youth. The conference, presented by the Center for Teen Empowerment, Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville Public Schools, and the City of Somerville, will examine teen violence, substance abuse, social media, bullying and other issues, with a special focus on destigmatizing mental health. Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other elected officials will join the mostly youth audience to listen to teens’ stories and ideas.