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Newstalk – August 16

Some politicians have asked why they don’t get mentioned in Newstalk. We suggest all the time that if you want an event mentioned we’re happy to talk about it. Let us know. That goes for anyone out there that wants us to recognize someone for a birthday, anniversary, an event or an award. Let us know.

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August 16

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Our View of the Times – August 16

If there’s one thing that can be said of most of us here in this city, we definitely embrace the concept of environmental preservation and sustainability.

The facts are in concerning climate change and the impact that all of us make in terms of the carbon footprint that is affecting that change.

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Be Somerville

By Joseph A. Curtatone

A monthly look at ways to get involved with your city

As August becomes September and summer becomes fall, that means more than just changing leaves here in Somerville. We’re on the brink of a new school year, Board of Aldermen meetings resuming, a quickly approaching Election Day, and a slew of new ways to get involved with your city.

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Letter to the Editor – August 18

Dear Editor,

There is a saying “you get what you pay for”, but in the case of your utility bill that sadly isn’t true. In Massachusetts, utilities bill you not just for the gas you use, but the gas leaked into the air from the old and ailing pipelines. There are over 16,000 pipeline leaks in Massachusetts, over 200 in Somerville alone. Residents of Massachusetts currently pay an estimated $90 million each year for gas that they never receive.

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Letter to the Editor – August 16

Dear Editor:

Picture this: aging pipelines beneath the streets of a city spring leaks and spew toxic gas into the air, poisoning the environment, killing plants, and making it hard to breathe. Now imagine that the residents of that city are stuck with the bill for the gas lost in the pipeline leak! Is this some dystopian future? No – this is actually happening, today, in Somerville and across the Commonwealth.

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Newstalk – August 9

Candidate for Alderman in Ward 1 Elio LoRusso had his fundraiser/campaign kickoff last night at Casey’s on Broadway. It was a packed crowd to capacity, at one point going out the door. Ward 4 Alderman Tony Lafuente introduced Elio by saying how much we need to get back to what’s going on in East Somerville and listening the residents like Elio said he would because he is part and parcel of East Somerville. Also present was former Alderman Bill Roche, who is also supporting Elio. Mayor Joe Curtatone was present and received a huge welcome. Various other aldermen were present, but frankly it was nice to see Gene Brune, a supporter of Elio as well. East Somerville is not only Elio’s home, he is also raising his lovely family (can’t forget to mention little Maria, his daughter – maybe someday she’ll be mayor). Elio lives and grew up in East Somerville. He employs several people in his business on George Street (Somerville Ornamental Iron Work Inc.). A family man, homeowner and business man right here in Ward 1. He’s invested in the community. We would once again have an alderman who is responsive to the needs of all the residents, not just one group. Yeah, we like Elio. He’s a good man and we’re going to follow him to victory. P.S.: to the candidate who was present for another office, everyone knew you were texting the competition. The crowd gave you something to text, didn’t it?

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August 9

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Our View of the Times – August 9

We have to be fair and admit that upgrades and maintenance of our city’s infrastructure is important – even more important than our own temporary comfort might wish to allow for.

An obvious case in point the recent Union Square traffic pattern change at Prospect St. and Webster Ave., which was converted to accommodate two-way vehicle and bicycle traffic as a key component of the city’s Union Square Early Action project.

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Can private partners help Somerville reach its public goals?

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Nationally, our mounting infrastructure needs are a hot topic. Locally, it’s no different. Somerville needs a new public safety building that doesn’t flood, a new home for fire engine 3 that will best serve Union Square, multi-million dollar upgrades to our aging water and sewer system, and more. Our critical infrastructure to do list is long. But like most cities and towns across the country, our funding falls short of the need. That’s why some cities are looking to public-private partnerships as a way to change this dynamic by bringing in private resources to jump-start public projects. Could it work in Somerville? The answer is possibly. So we’re exploring what the options are.

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Regulate and tax airbnb…carefully

By William C. Shelton

This month concludes my seventh year as an airbnb host. I offer a room in a home, not a hotel. The difference for both my guests and I is significant, which I will get to. I’ll also get to airbnb’s impacts on Somerville, for good and ill, and how to keep the good while reducing the ill.

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Newstalk – August 2

Next Tuesday night, Elio LoRusso, who is a candidate in Ward 1 for alderman, is having his campaign kickoff on Tuesday, August 8, at Casey’s on Lower Broadway from 5:30 p.m. on. It’s a campaign kickoff and fundraiser.

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August 2