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Newstalk – April 19

Don’t forget, tonight popular Ward Two Alderman Maryann Heuston is having a campaign fundraiser. Join in to kick off her campaign to continue serving as your Ward Two Alderman. With special guest, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. The kick-off will be held at the Kirkland Tap and Trotter on Wednesday, April 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. She looks forward to seeing you there. Just in case you didn’t know, we’ll tell you, Maryann has not missed a hearing or vote on any issue in her ward. That’s more than couple of other ward aldermen can say. Maryann is considered a constituent’s alderman. always looking to make Ward Two better, just saying!

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April 19

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Our View of the Times – April 19

Community volunteerism is an uplifting thing to observe and, especially, to participate in. When the efforts involved result in making the community a bit cleaner and a more comfortable place to live then it is all to the better.

So it is with the annual Somerville Spring Cleanup coming up this Saturday as many residents pitch in, pick up, and sweep out the old, unwanted refuse and generally celebrate our mutual appreciation of the city we live and work in.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Taking a closer look at this month’s notable city data—and interesting numbers.

1,315: That number represents the estimated number of crosswalks painted by our Traffic and Parking Department since 2010. Now that warmer weather has arrived, we can expect more people – residents and visitors alike – to be out walking in our squares, lively business districts, and other areas of the city, and it’s imperative we do our part in keeping them safe. Our crews are planning to paint another 200-300 crosswalks this year, and as soon as weather and construction schedules allow, you’ll see them out repainting the markings or applying thermoplastics. We recognize that crosswalk maintenance is just one piece of the puzzle in keeping pedestrians safe, which is why we also use pedestrian impact systems to enhance the visibility of the crosswalks, and this year we are experimenting with more durable devices that can be affixed into the road. Over the last several years, Somerville has increasingly been commended for our commitment to walkability and bikeability, and we intend to do all that we can to ensure we remain at the top of those national rankings by making our streets safe for all modes of transportation.

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A world without jobs
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Conclusion:  Anticipating the future

By William C. Shelton

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

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Newstalk – April 12

Popular Ward Two Alderman Maryann Heuston is having a campaign fundraiser. Join in to kick off her campaign to continue serving as your Ward Two Alderman. With special guest, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. The kick-off will be held at the Kirkland Tap and Trotter on Wednesday, April 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. She looks forward to seeing you there. Just in case you didn’t know, we’ll tell you, Maryann has not missed a hearing or vote on any issue in her ward. That’s more than couple of other ward aldermen can say. Maryann is considered a constituent’s alderman. always looking to make Ward Two better, just saying!

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April 12

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Our View of the Times – April 12

After years of holding our collective breath, it now seems as though we can let out a shared sigh of relief that the on-again/off-again status of the Green Line Extension project is once and for all set for on-again for good.

Last week’s news that the Federal Transit Administration has tentatively agreed to approve the funding required to sustain the project through to completion represents the fruits of years of effort to hammer and forge together a workable plan that could be supported by the feds.

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A look at what’s to come this construction season

By Joseph A. Curtatone

If the nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure were a student in the Somerville Public Schools, you can bet our staff would be working overtime to find a way to intervene and help it do a little better. That’s because once again in 2017, our nation’s infrastructure barely eked out a passing grade of D+ on the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report card. In this case though, it’s the City and the Commonwealth that are springing into action as we methodically tackle our most pressing road, sidewalk, park, water, sewer, building, and other infrastructure needs as we strive to get Somerville ahead of the curve. This week, I’ll update you on some of this spring’s projects (below), but I also want to offer a little context.

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Newstalk – April 5

Join the local Somerville Chamber of Commerce monthly “After Hours” business get together this Thursday evening, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This month the host is The Burren in Davis Square. It’s a great opportunity to network and meet and greet other Chamber members and businesses here in the city. Contact Steve Mackey of the Chamber to RSVP: smackey@somervillechamber.org.

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April 5

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Our View of the Times – April 5

A sure fact of life in our city is that our cars just aren’t allowed to stay put. Whether due to snow emergencies in the winter or street cleaning and maintenance in the balmier seasons, we are so often called upon to do the city’s bidding when it comes to getting our vehicles – and our wallets – out of harm’s way.

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