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Newstalk – January 17

Somerville is looking for crossing guards. Crossing Guards provide essential public safety by ensuring safe student crossing at intersections along the routes to school. The salary is $37 per day with some incentive bonuses. Uniforms and on-the-job training are provided. Access to a motor vehicle is preferred but not required. Work BOTH mornings and afternoons based on school year calendar. Must pass a pre-employment CORI and drug screen. Applications are available and must be submitted to City Hall Personnel Office, 93 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA 02143 or fax @ 617-666-4426. You can also email resumes to: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov. Inquiries can be referred to School Safety Officer Sean Sylvester at 617 625 1600 X7248 or by email: ssylvester@police.somerville.ma.us.

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January 17

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Our View of the Times – January 17

The annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day reminds us of the importance of tolerance and embracing diversity in this modern age, just as it was in the days when Dr. King walked among us.

The civil rights movement of the 60s may seem like a distant and detached part of American history for some, perhaps as remote as the civil war itself in the minds of the young who did not live in that time. And yet, there was never a time in our history when the principles involved in that struggle were more relevant and meaningful than today, and even more so as we step forward into the future.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy emboldens us to push forward in troubling times

Adapted from Mayor Curtatone’s speech at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Last year at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event I reminded us all that Dr. King’s mission remains acutely relevant today. Looking back at all that’s occurred in our nation over the past year, I’m not sure that I realized just how much his words are still needed to help inspire and guide the many who continue to fight for social justice today.

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Newstalk – January 10

The Human Rights Commission invites you to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event, entitled, “Growing Our Community,” to be held on Monday, January 15. The annual event will be held at the East Somerville Community School, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The celebration will be emceed by Marcus Santos, and features musical performances by El Sistema and the World Percussion Ensemble as well as readings by winners of the student essay contest. This year, the Somerville Human Rights Commission will be recognizing the work of the late Ralph Hergert. For eleven years, Hergert served as the Director of Human Services for the City of Somerville. In this role, he helped create the Human Rights Commission, as well as the city’s Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration. Please note that they will be holding a food drive at this location. Feel free to bring canned goods and nonperishable items.

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January 10

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Our View of the Times – January 10

Enough is enough. But have we seen the end of it yet? Only time will tell, but we surely must be near the end of our tethers when it comes to putting up with the tiresome digging out and warming back up.

As if clearing our sidewalks and driveways isn’t hard enough, we have had to contend with ridiculously cold, record breaking low temperatures.

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Be Somerville

A monthly look at ways to get involved with your city: Don’t just live in Somerville, be Somerville!

By Joseph A. Curtatone

At last week’s inaugural ceremony, Governor Charlie Baker, new Board of Aldermen President Katjana Ballantyne, new School Committee Chair Andre Green, and I all spoke about what’s to come this year. We discussed the priorities we have for the communities we serve, initiatives we’re working on or that we expect to work on soon, and even some of the challenges we anticipate. During her speech, Alderman Ballantyne said that our strongest asset is our diverse, engaged community. And she’s exactly right.

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Newstalk – January 3

Best of luck in the new year to our almost new Board of Aldermen. A grand total of five new aldermen were installed into their positions this past Monday evening, January 1. We wish the new government here in the city the best of luck for 2018. Congratulations to Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne, who was elected by her peers to be President of the Board for this coming year, along with Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin as the new Vice President. We congratulate them, as well the School Committee members and its new Chairman, Andre L. Green. And finally, to Mayor Joseph Curtatone. We hope he has a successful term in office, with this being the beginning of his eighth term. Incidentally, if you’re interested in reading the full transcript of the mayor’s inauguration speech, we have it posted on our website: www.thesomervilletimes.com.

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January 3