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Newstalk – September 20

The mayor wins by large margin to advance onto the November ballot. It was very unusual going to the polls this past Tuesday, especially if you didn’t live in Ward 1. The only race on the ballot was the mayor’s race, with three candidates, the top two advance. Mayor Joe Curtatone will face off with first time candidate for office Payton Corbett, a  truck driver/ union member. The race in Ward 1 was for School Committee with four running. The top two will advance to the November election. The top two vote getters this past Tuesday for Ward 1 School Committee are Emily Ackman and Kenneth M. Salvato.

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September 20

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Our View of the Times – September 20

If you’re not using Facebook you’re missing quite the postings by a mysterious do-gooder and purveyor of the truth regarding the mayor, his family, and his administration. Theo has appeared as the alternative to fake news in our city, a blog full of hate and bile that is trying to accuse the mayor of corruption. Theo comes along and is the one source of balance against what that blog has to say.

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Vision Zero: Striving to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Somerville’s streets

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Somerville may be just four square miles in size, but 119 linear miles of roadways criss-cross our city, and last year, 636 crashes (224 of them resulting in injury) were reported on those roads. This is unsettling and unacceptable because crashes leading to serious injuries and fatalities are preventable. As the most densely populated city in New England, we have thousands on our roads at any given time in cars, on bikes, on foot, and on their way to public transit. This activity creates vibrancy, but it also creates danger. As we strive to be the most walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly city in the country, we must also reaffirm our dedication to safer roadways for all users.

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Newstalk – September 13

The primary election here in Somerville is next Tuesday, September 19. Only Ward 1 has a primary race for School Committee with four candidates running. The top two vote getters will run in November. It’s possible for a School Committee candidate to get elected and be declared a winner with less than 300 votes, maybe less than 200. The citywide primary is for mayor in all the wards and precincts in the city. Three candidates are running. The top two vote getters will run in November. It’s the first time a mayoral primary will be held in about 13 years.

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September 13

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Our View of the Times – September 13

Competition is great, especially for politicians. It brings forth debate on the real issues, and we shouldn’t elect an Emperor. But the current mayor’s challengers don’t even come close to being qualified to run pet shop, let alone a city of 78K people with budget of over $200 million, and a city work force of 1000 plus.

We feel that Joe Curtatone, in spite of some of his political stands, has done a fantastic job for Somerville. Just look, we’re not called Slumerville anymore.

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As school starts, we prepare for our own homework

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Students across Somerville are settling into a new school year. Just a few weeks ago they (nervously, excitedly, or even begrudgingly, I’m sure) returned to the classroom. They may or may not know they returned to a district that has been steadily racking up achievements and accolades in recent years. To name a few, on the 2016 MCAS, Somerville was the state-leading urban district for growth, the Brown School earned the prestigious Commendation School Award for outstanding growth, and Somerville High School remained the only Level 1 urban high school, a distinction they’ve held for the past four years. We should all be proud that our schools are on an upward trend. But we shouldn’t be complacent. These successes didn’t happen overnight.

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Newstalk – September 6

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business After Hours takes place on Thursday, September 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Orleans, 65 Holland Street, Davis Square. Sponsored by Great Hill Dental. Hosted by Dana Iacopucci, Cubby Oil & Energy. RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guest(s) to smackey@somervillechamber.org. No cover, excellent networking, free appetizers, business card drawing.

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September 6

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Our View of the Times – September 6

Although 16 years will have passed since the terrible and tragic events of September 11, 2001, took place, for many of us the shock and horror remains fresh in our memories. And since we, as New Englanders, were relatively close to the sites of destruction and loss of life, we can perhaps feel those sensations of sadness and even anger a little deeper than some others might, especially since our own Logan Airport played a role in the perpetrator’s deadly scheme.

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