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Newstalk – July 29

Make the Mural Night is this week, on Thursday, from 8:00–10:00 p.m. at 34 Cross Street East. You are welcome to join in to bring the mural design to life. Help trace the community mural design on the wall at Deano’s Pasta Factory. The Cross Street mural projection event is an opportunity for the community to see and be a part of a very important part of the mural process. You can help trace the community mural design up onto its new home and reveal a mural design created from community participation and stories told at the mural design event on the 18th. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded East Somerville Main Streets, in conjunction with the Somerville Arts Council, a grant to fund a place making initiative for East Somerville during 2014 and 2015. The initiative, called “This is East,” will celebrate, maintain and promote East Somerville’s identity at this time of change for the neighborhood. This event is only one piece of a much larger place making initiative that includes video stories and other events.

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Our View of the Times – July 29

powderhouse_viewAnd so it goes. Boston’s arguably controversial bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic games is no more, as proponents of the plan failed to meet the required expectations of the United States Olympic Committee in the allotted time.

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State delegation fights for the Mystic River

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

The Mystic River deserves to have its true brilliance shine. It is an asset second to none—all we have to do is unlock its potential. Most communities have long protected their waterfronts, but in the urban core, our industrial past meant that our waterfronts were embraced as tools of industries and dumping grounds, instead of as environmental jewels that should be treasured and cared for. We’ve begun to undo the mistakes of the past by fighting for the Mystic, as we can see at Baxter Park in Assembly Square, where six-acres of waterfront park have become an inviting oasis within a new urban village. Earlier this month, we took another step in that fight, thanks to our state delegation of Sen. Pat Jehlen and Reps. Denise Provost, Christine Barber and Tim Toomey, who helped us secure $350,000 in the fiscal 2016 state budget for the river.

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Newstalk – July 22

Save the date, Saturday October 17 at the Holiday Inn when the SHS Scholarship Foundation will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. For updates go to their Facebook page.

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Our View of the Times – July 22

powderhouse_viewA hot topic of discussion in the city lately is how best to deal with development and upkeep of our public recreational playing fields. Specifically, a debate is underway concerning the use of artificial versus natural turf.

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Connecting residents with opportunities through jobs trust program

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

The people of Somerville embody hard-working persistence. That is as true today as it was when I was growing up on Prospect Hill, among immigrants from around the world who came to our shores seeking a better life for their families, and opportunity. The difference today is that we have a shared set of hopes and dreams, codified in our comprehensive plan, SomerVision. That plan, created after two years of intensive community input, plan asks not what we want to build, but who we want to be. We want to be a vibrant, diverse, regional employment center that’s walkable, bikeable, and transit-accessible. In short: we want to create more opportunity for our residents, but it’s not just enough to bring more jobs to Somerville. We have to help our residents so they can advantage of these new opportunities. That’s why last week I, state Rep. Christine Barber, and Meridith Levy of the Somerville Community Corporation spoke before the state Legislature on our home rule petition to create a new Somerville Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust.

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Newstalk – July 15

Art Beat 2015 is happening this weekend starting on Friday the 17th, 6:00-10:00 p.m. and again on Saturday the 18th, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Davis Square. This year’s festival theme is Loops. Line up and content is looping in, check it out. Art Beat is one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and loop-themed activities. Let’s celebrate all things that loop, encircle, repeat and play back in endless cycles. Various artists and community members explore how looping – the repetition of a pattern, sound or idea – informs a work of art or a concept. “Loops” evoke many things: music that repeats a riff throughout an entire song or performance, dance in which movement suggests circles, looping film shorts, and cylindrical visual works of art. They will be celebrating circles and all things loops in the Davis Square block repeatedly throughout the festival as well as theatrical performances in which scenes are repeated in Groundhog Day-esque fashion. It’s time to abandon linear thinking! It’s time to loop back.

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Our View of the Times – July 15

powderhouse_viewEven though it has been over a month since the City of Somerville was chosen as All-America City by the National Civic League, many here are still basking in the afterglow of victory.

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Shopping local supports community and economy

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Winter may seem like a distant memory at this point, but our local businesses are still feeling its effects. So last month the City teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce, Somerville Local First, and the East Somerville and Union Square Main Streets organizations to hold the SomerBliss promotion to encourage people to shop local and help our local retailers put a difficult winter behind them. Now we’re into July, which is Independent Retailer Month and another occasion to support our local businesses. But really, we shouldn’t need a special event to support our local businesses. We should always take advantage of their offerings when we can. Because they are the lifeblood of our vibrant streets, our thriving local economy, and our safe community. And like our residents, local businesses embody what’s great about Somerville: Our dogged persistence, our diversity, and how we help and support one another.

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Newstalk – July 8

This Thursday night our own Doug Holder will have a book launch at the Newton Writing and Publishing Center, 289 Eliot Street, Newton MA. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., hear Doug read, clap for him, buy an autographed copy of his book…eat cake! Doug is a great guy and a very talented writer.

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