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Newstalk – November 15

This week is the beginning of the East Somerville clothing drive, which began on November 13 and will continue through November 24. Hosted by Second Chances, Inc. and Mudflat Pottery School. You can find donation boxes at Whole Foods Market, 45 Beacon St. and Architectural Openings, 16 Garfield Ave. Second Chances reuses and recycles clothing, shoes and accessories so that homeless and lower income people feel confident and valued as they take their first steps toward brighter futures. For for more details go to www.secondchances.org/clothingDriveMudlflat2017. Drop off Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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November 15

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Our View of the Times – November 15

Kudos to our Board of Aldermen, who are tightening up the ordinance protecting our kids and the general public from the dangers and inconvenience of being exposed to smoke in and around our public parks and play spaces.

We do live in a free society, but certain freedoms come with a few caveats and responsibilities, most particularly when harmful substances are potentially put into an atmosphere that we all have to share and share alike.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

By Joseph A. Curtatone 

Taking a closer look at notable city data – and interesting numbers.

39 percent of pipes over 100 years old: We’ve spent the year celebrating Somerville’s 175th birthday. Astonishingly, some of our water and sewer pipes aren’t far behind with 39 percent of them being more than 100 years old. But unlike our city, these pipes aren’t getting better with age. The expected lifespan of water and sewer mains is about 50 years, meaning roughly 40 percent of our system is more than a half-century overdue for an upgrade. And Somerville is not alone. The aging infrastructure crisis across the country – whether it’s bridges, roads or utilities like electric and water – just keeps mounting while much needed federal support just hasn’t kept up.

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Building the GLX to Route 16

By State Rep. Christine Barber

After waiting for many years, there is finally some good news about the Green Line Extension (GLX) to Somerville and Medford. Federal approval is moving forward, the state has met all of its milestones, and the contractors who will re-start the project will be chosen in the next few weeks. The first portion of the GLX project, Phase I, will run from Lechmere Station to College Avenue in Medford, near Tufts University, with a separate spur from Lechmere to Union Square. The news that the GLX is moving forward is positive and it’s about time.

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Newstalk – November 8

Don’t forget, The Little Sisters of the Poor annual Christmas Bazaar takes place on Saturday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the home on Highland Ave. Once again this year the entire first floor will be filled with goodies, baskets and gifts suggestions. A great place doing great work, stop in and support the fine Little Sisters of the Poor and all the residents of the home.

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November 8

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Our View of the Times – November 8

We see them every year and we regard them with awe and deepest admiration. Proud, humble in countenance, they seem to simply play their part in our annual celebration of appreciation for their courageous contributions to the wellbeing of our nation. The well-being of ourselves as a society.

The flesh and blood reality is even more awe-inspiring as we realize how fragile life truly is, and yet these brave men and women each took a stand and declared that no harm should come to their fellow countrymen. Not on their watch.

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Continuing the mission: Serving veterans as they have served us

And Honoring Somerville’s Veterans of the Year
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By Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Commissioner for Veterans’ Services Bryan Bishop

With the approach of Veterans Day each year, as we remember and honor the sacrifice and service of all veterans, we are often also reminded of the range of challenges facing many of our Veterans as a result of their military service. From employment needs and transition to civilian life to physical or mental wounds, those who serve often carry extra burdens. We are reminded of the nearly 20 Veterans a day that take their own lives, Veterans dealing with the horrors of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mental and emotional disabilities, and physical disabilities that can have an adverse, long-lasting effect on both Veterans and their families and friends.

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The Billionaires’ Enrichment Act

By William C. Shelton

For almost forty years, Republicans have been peddling tax-cut snake oil on the promise that it would aid the middle class while explosive economic growth would benefit all. The results have consistently been the reverse.

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Newstalk – November 1

The Little Sisters of the Poor annual Christmas Bazaar takes place on Saturday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the home on Highland Ave. Once again this year the entire first floor will be filled with goodies, baskets and gifts suggestions. A great place doing great work, stop in and support the fine Little Sisters of the Poor and all the residents of the home.

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November 1