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Newstalk – August 26

The Somerville Pop Warner Football and cheer leading here in the Ville is having their 2015 Somerville Jamboree–Scrimmage on Sunday, August 30. Every year they participate with other local towns and play mini games that allow coaches to work with their teams in a real game time situation. Games start at 8:00 a.m. at Dilboy Stadium on Alewife Brook Parkway. Game Starts: E- Team 8:00 a.m. (need to be at the field at 7:00 a.m. for practice); D- Team 9:30 a.m. (need to be at the field at 8:30 a.m.); C- Team 11:00 a.m. (need to be at the field at 10:00 a.m.); B- Team 12:30 p.m. (need to be at the field at 11:30 a.m.); A- Team 2:00 p.m. (need to be at the field at 1:00 p.m.); F -team 3:30 p.m. (need to be at the field at 2:30 p.m.). They are encouraging families to enjoy the day and get to meet other Pop Warner families from other communities.

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August 26

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Our View of the Times – August 26

powderhouse_viewWhen the “Black Lives Matter” banner was hung above the entrance to City Hall last week, something of a firestorm of controversy was set off.

While some regard this controversy as little more than a tempest in a teapot, others have expressed vehement opposition to the move, claiming that it was nothing more than political maneuvering, pandering to the left, and even representing a form of bigotry of its own kind. Cries of “All lives matter” were heard in the media, in discussion forums, and in some instances on the very streets where we live.

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Community Path extension a reflection of our community’s values

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Last week we officially cut the ribbon on the second phase of the Community Path extension, bringing it from Cedar Street to Lowell Street. This milestone brings us one step closer to extending the Community Path all the way to the Boston border, which would create a bicycle and pedestrian highway through Somerville to downtown. It would also provide a crucial link between the paths along the Charles River and the 10-mile Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, resulting in a 48-mile continuous path network that would allow bicyclists, runners and walkers to travel between 11 cities and towns in Greater Boston without ever having to share their right-of-way with a car. This is a tremendous milestone and it happened not because of one individual, but because our community has a set of shared values, which includes the importance of making our neighborhoods walkable and bikeable. When we start from our shared values, we can envision and plan for the future we want and achieve goals like the Community Path Extension.

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Newstalk – August 19

It’s going to be interesting to see who is attending that fundraiser tonight, Wednesday the 19th, for the mayor over at the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Assembly Square. The individual hosting it is of questionable character with a past that many here in the city don’t remember but should. We can’t understand how the mayor is allowing this to happen. This person called him delusional, among other things, in his so-called newspaper, while the entire time planned on hosting a fundraiser for Joe. We’re going to watch to see what kind of characters show up for this event. We’ll keep you posted. Oh, yeah. How can the Yacht Club hold a fundraiser when the land is owned by the state? We were told that it’s against policy of the club to hold political fundraisers. Interesting! Well, at least his special DPW photographer won’t be on the city payroll, so he can take the pictures in any event.

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August 19

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Our View of the Times – August 19

powderhouse_viewHow much do we love summer? It’s certain that we all feel varying degrees of enthusiasm for the season. Some may live to revel in the warm sunshine, while others might prefer a cooler climate, even to the extent of pining for snowy picture-postcard scenes straight out of Currier and Ives. One thing’s for sure, we could sure do without as much snow as we got last winter.

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Magoun market makeover highlights local entrepreneurship supported by City

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Panificadora Modelo has been a mainstay in Magoun Square for a number of years, a beloved and locally owned corner bakery that is popular for its Brazilian baked goods, breakfast and coffee. So Brazilian-born owner Joe DeSouza’s expansion by opening Modelo’s Butcher Market across the street from the bakery two years ago is the exact kind of entrepreneurship we want to encourage and see in our community. Unfortunately, the market didn’t achieve the same kind of success as the bakery right away, and in a changing urban real estate market, not every small business owner has the resources to adapt, survive and thrive. We want this kind of investment in our community. That’s why the City is offering those resources through a number of City programs we’ve put in place, which DeSouza took advantage of, which led up to him last week cutting the ribbon on a revamped Modelo’s Market & Café with a remodeled interior and a new marketing strategy. It’s a story of his determination, but also how the community, via the City, can help our local businesses thrive. You could call this an “it takes a City” story.

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Empowering neighbors to calm their streets

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Last month it got a lot easier for neighbors plagued by motorists speeding down narrow residential streets to do something about it. Aldermen, city staff, citizens and the mayor’s office worked together to make it happen.

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Newstalk – August 12

The 13th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition takes place on Thursday, September 17th, beginning at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 12 noon. Shotgun start at Sandy Burr Country Club, Wayland. Register to play here: http://bit.ly/1f5Uubt. Tournament fee includes hors d’oeuvres, a boxed lunch, golf cart, 18 holes of golf with complimentary beer and non-alcoholic drinks as well as snacks available during play, a buffet dinner as well as contests and prizes. Entries will be accepted as individuals, two, three or four person groups. The tournament is a scramble format and shotgun start.

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August 12

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Our View of the Times – August 12

powderhouse_viewThe annual two-day sales tax holiday was once again approved by the State Senate last week, in spite of opposition by a group of dissenting legislators who feel that the measure actually does more harm than good. Among them were our own Rep. Christine Barber, Rep. Denise Provost and Senator Patricia Jehlen.

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Planning to preserve our history and heritage

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By Joseph A. Curtatone

Change is inevitable, and it is necessary. As people return to the urban core seeking vibrant urban neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable and accessible to transit, our community has set forth a vision in a comprehensive plan for how we can both grow as well as improve our city according to our shared community values. In that same vision, however, our community has made clear its commitment to preserving what we already love about Somerville: our diversity, character and culture. We want to manage that inevitable change. Part of that is the rich history of our city, from its significant role in the Revolutionary War when we were still part of Charlestown, to Somerville’s status as a major industrial center for the region, to our emergence as an artists’ enclave. And our community not only stated its commitment to historic preservation in SomerVision, but made firm on that commitment by overwhelmingly voting in favor of the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Now we are taking the next step by developing the City’s first-ever Historic Preservation Plan.

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