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Newstalk – June 29

On Thursday, 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., the 215th Army Band will be performing at Trum Field in Somerville prior to the outstanding fireworks display the city does every year. They are excited to be part of the entertainment this year for this wonderful event and they hope you will join them. The festivities start at 6:00 p.m. and the 215th will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. just prior to the fireworks. No tickets necessary.

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Our View of the Times – June 29

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The Fourth of July holds a special significance in the hearts of truly patriotic Americans. Not only is it a time to celebrate the birth of our nation, but it also happens to fall at the best time of year to make good times happen, summer.

Who among us doesn’t enjoy the occasion? Who can resist the warm glow of good fellowship between friends, neighbors and families as the “birthday” of our nation comes around?

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Summertime, when road improvements are heating up

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By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

While most people break out their straw hats and sand shovels this summer, on the streets of Somerville it will be high season for hard hats and backhoes. Our municipal workers and contractors are gearing up for their busiest time of year.

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Newstalk – June 22

Tonight Wednesday the 22nd, at the ever-popular Sally O’Brien’s on Somerville Avenue, Union Square, Ward 3 Alderman Bob McWatters will be having a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We hear that three special guests will be showing up to wish Bob good luck, of course along with the huge crowd he gets. One is his good friend Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan (don’t forget he’s campaign coordinator here in Somerville for her), the first District Attorney for Middlesex County who grew up here, in Ward 3, and her family is still here. No one packs them in like Bob does. Last time hardly anyone could move around. He’s very popular on his own, doesn’t need anyone especially property owners and developers and whatever to throw him a sellout time. He’s popular because he is truly a constituent alderman and reaches out to all the residents of Ward 3, not just the special interest of a few. He’s got support from all sides, and yes, he’s a great guy.

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June 22

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Our View of the Times – June 22

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What is more delicious to the young mind than that savory and unrivaled treat, summer vacation? A well-deserved reward for all the hard work and irreplaceable time invested in the previous school year.

As adults, we can look back fondly on those golden days with a warm sense of nostalgia and a longing to return to the carefree days that linger now only in our memories. And yet, we can live those times again vicariously as we engage with the present younger generation who will be making its own special memories.

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If we zone it, the ones we want will come

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By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

By any measure, business is booming in Somerville. We have added 247 net new businesses during the past two years. The largest employer in New England, Partners Healthcare, is building central offices in Assembly Square. Our local restaurant and hotel excise taxes are estimated to rise by more than 13% each during the next year. More than half of our new tax levy growth is coming from commercial sources. Yet we are still in the early phases of Somerville’s commercial boom. For instance, we estimate the Green Line extension will spur the creation of 30,000 new jobs along the extension over the next 30 years. This means, Somerville is poised for some very exciting and challenging transformations in our former industrial zones—and we need an updated zoning code to ensure it brings the benefits we’ve planned and hoped for.

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Somerville Silos

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By Joe Beckman

To me, as a long term member of committees dealing with the Green Line, school reform, and affordable housing, the current process for the High School seems naive: well-intended, but not connected with the needs of either the city, the kids, or the parents. Plans developed in silos risk being hit by missiles. This will be one of them.

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Newstalk – June 15

Ward 3 Alderman Bob McWatters will be having a fundraiser on Wednesday, June 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the ever-popular Sally O’Brien’s on Somerville Avenue, Union Square. We hear that three special guests will be showing up to wish Bob good luck, of course along with the huge crowd he gets. One is his good friend Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan (don’t forget he’s campaign coordinator here in Somerville for her), the first District Attorney for Middlesex County who grew up here, in Ward 3, and her family is still here. No one packs them in like Bob does. Last time hardly anyone could move around. He’s very popular on his own, doesn’t need anyone especially property owners and developers and whatever to throw him a sellout time. He’s popular because he is truly a constituent Alderman and reaches out to all the residents of Ward 3, not just the special interest of a few. He’s got support from all sides, and yes, he’s a great guy.

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