Newstalk – December 7
On Saturday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with local businesses to bring you their second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll. They will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with great festive offerings from local businesses, live music, a visit from Santa, a Holiday Display Contest and access to over 60 vendors.
Our View of the Times – December 7
It’s been an interesting year in politics and social discourse, to say the least.
The City of Somerville is certainly one classic example of strong, good-hearted people having the capacity to set aside fundamental ideological differences for the sake of securing the community.
Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
By Joseph A. Curtatone
Taking a closer look at this month’s notable city data.
8: That’s the percent of Somerville High School students who reported taking part in binge alcohol use (consuming 5 or more drinks in a row within a couple hours) on a recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered by the Massachusetts Department of Education. While this figure shows a significant decline from the 21 percent of students who reported binge drinking to the same degree in 2006, it proves there is still work to be done to ensure our youth are engaging in safe and productive behavior.
A one-eyed view of how we got here
Part 2: How Donald’s identity politics trumped Hillary’s
By William C. Shelton
A narrative gaining credence is that Donald Trump’s victory represents the triumph of his economic populism over Hillary Clinton’s identity politics. A more accurate reading, I think, is that Donald Trump could not have succeeded without alloying economic populism with 48 years of Republican identity politics.
Letter to the Editor – December 7
I’m writing to urge the Board of Aldermen to approve Somerville’s $50 million funding of the Green Line Extension. Financial analysis of the bond issue is complex, and I can’t begin to offer an opinion on it. I think we have to have faith that our city and legislative delegation have negotiated the best deal that we get in order to have the GLX go forward. We need to remember that there are some in the Baker Administration which would be extremely happy to cancel the project using our indecision or lack of approval of this as an excuse.
Newstalk – November 30
Don’t forget to park on the EVEN side of the street this winter during snow emergencies. The Board of Aldermen voted to alternate every year, and this year it is the EVEN side. So scramble to get your spot as soon as they declare. Hopefully, the city won’t be calling any false alarms. Commissioner Stan Koty will give the signal when it’s about to snow.
Our View of the Times – November 30
Here comes the holiday shopping season once again, and we are ready to embrace the opportunity to celebrate the only way we know how: with enthusiasm and optimistic attitudes.
Let the political and economic pundits doom and gloom themselves into their usual perpetual state of the doldrums. We know how to lift ourselves, to rise to the occasion and make the most of what we have, in spite of whatever challenges may confront us.
This holiday season, remember to shop local
By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
It’s that time of year again! Tis the season for gathering with your friends and family, for enjoying whatever holiday(s) your family celebrates, and for giving. With that in mind, I’m pulling one of my “oldie but goodie” op-eds from my archives to remind us all of the importance of shopping local, and supporting local non-profit organizations this holiday season.
Letter to the Editor: Thanking Volunteers for Special Meals on Wheels Deliveries
By Nathan Lamb
For many of us, Thanksgiving is probably some welcome time off. But for some it was also a chance to give back, by volunteering to help Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) make Meals on Wheels deliveries.
All told, 46 volunteers stepped-up for Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving, allowing our regular drivers to enjoy the day off. Our thanks go out to the volunteers who made that possible, and to staff members who chose to come in and help out.