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Newstalk – September 10

The primary election is over and by the time the results come in we have already gone to press, so look for the results on www.thesomervilletimes.com or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thesomervilletimes) as well. Now let’s hope the ones with the stupid commercials lost so we don’t have to hear them any more. We can now settle back and hear new stupid commercials for the final elections. Are all these politicians as dumb as they sound in their commercials?

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September 10

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Our View of the Times – September 10

powderhouse_viewIt seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? You put a penny in the machine, you get back a gumball. The most fundamental of business transactions imaginable. Penny. Gumball. Every time.

If every day life – in relation to our dealings with one another – was as equally straightforward and uncomplicated, what a lovely world it would be. Right? Certainly. But we’re not all that uncomplicated, are we?

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Assembly Station a beacon for our future

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Assembly Station is open. It’s a short four-word sentence, but the story that led to this accomplishment is a novella. And like any great story, there’s a lesson to take away. Assembly shows how we can build a sustainable economy for our city and the entire Commonwealth by investing in transportation and the infrastructure our economy needs to thrive in the 21st century. It also shows that by staying committed—from the grassroots to the governor’s office—that we can achieve a grand shared vision of remaking a forgotten and underutilized corner of our city into an economic hub and thriving neighborhood.

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Berlin, Seoul, Mexico City, and…Union Square

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Audi sponsors a biennial Urban Future Award competition among teams that propose and pursue new ideas about urban mobility. By “mobility,” they mean all the ways that we move around a city.

This year’s finalists are conducting projects in Berlin, Seoul, Mexico City, and Union Square. Longtime Union Square resident Philip Parsons leads the home team, and he invites you to participate in a kickoff event, this Saturday at the Armory.

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The missing class ring

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

I got a message on Facebook last week that was quite odd. Here it is: “Sometime in the early 80’s (84-85) I was living at 901 Mass. Avenue in Cambridge. In front of the building there was a bit of a green space with bushes. I was raking them out a bit for the landlord to get rid of some of the trash when I found the ring. I wanted to find the owner but back in those days searching for someone was more of a challenge. I put the ring in a box of ‘stuff’ in my office and there it has sat through several moves in Cambridge. Every once in awhile I’d think about the ring and how it ended up in the bushes. I thought perhaps a lovers’ quarrel where the ring was tossed or perhaps on a cold day it slipped off. Recently I came across the ring again and I thought, ‘I’ve got to find the owner of this ring!’ My daughter tweeted about it and it was picked up by the City of Somerville and Somerville High School but still no response. Through the power of the Internet I found your name by typing “Somerville High 1971” and discovered you were writing a column and just happened to graduate that year. I’d love to find the owner of the ring and return it to him or to his family. Thanks for the help!”

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Newstalk – September 3

This week begins the school year here in Somerville, so watch out while you’re driving down the streets and be careful of kids darting in and out between parked cards, especially near the schools. We wish all the students and teachers a great year of learning.

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September 3

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Our View of the Times – September 3

powderhouse_viewWell, what is so special about the opening of yet another T-stop in our city, one might ask? On the Orange Line, no less? After all, the big news is the Green Line Extension, isn’t it? What with its blazing a new trail through previously untouched territory, transit-wise that is.Not so fast, though. As we all know, the route towards the redevelopment of the Assembly area has been a long and torturously twisting one. Riddled with false starts, unfulfilled commitments, and ultimately triumphant in the realization of its present state as a modern, thriving commercial success story.

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Accelerating education in Somerville schools

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

This week, Somerville students are returning to a district that is accelerating education. Last year, Somerville Public Schools led all Massachusetts urban school districts in student growth on the Spring 2013 MCAS, putting our schools on par with some of the highest-performing districts in Massachusetts. That means Somerville is helping each and every student continually improve, regardless of where they start academically. Somerville High School made a two-level leap on the state’s accountability rating scale to the highest rating, Level 1, and was named as one of the state’s top 15 “dream schools” by the Boston Globe. The Kennedy School also earned a Level 1 designation last year.

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Ring ring goes the bell!

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Summer vacation 2014 is history. While I was directing the Somerville Sunsetters song and dance troupe, I was not allowed to mention that 6 letter word … school. Anytime the subject of school is mentioned, I channel my dad and start preaching. “You kids today have it so easy compared to when I was in school!” I tell them how we had things like dress codes … and … BUILDING MASTERS!!!

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Newstalk – August 27

It’s the end of summer and Labor Day weekend is almost here. No one can honestly say Somerville didn’t have things going on every single week, which seemed to make the summer go very fast. It’s been nice and cooler in the past few years, but you can’t say Somerville is boring. Doors are shutting in N.H., Cape Cod and Western Mass, and everyone is heading back home. The fall season starts and, although only three months away, we thought we would mention that Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner. Aren’t you excited?

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August 27

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Our View of the Times – August 27

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.

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Supporting local workers and local businesses

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

This coming weekend we celebrate Labor Day, and many of us will celebrate the holiday with cookouts, backyard gatherings and maybe a last trip to beach before the weather starts to turn cooler. It’s easy for us to sometimes forget the reasons for a holiday, focusing instead on having a day off from work, but our holidays are designed to commemorate people and events that have shaped our nation. Labor Day, in particular, is dedicated to American workers, without whom we would not have the thriving economy, reliable services and prosperity that we have today. Here in Somerville, we are working to keep up with a rapidly changing state, national and global economy not only to build a sustainable local economy that keeps our city competitive but that keeps our local workers competitive, too.

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