Best bars to watch the big game

On February 5, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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‘Villens United by Chris Haskell

This Sunday kicks off the 50th NFL championship and all over the country friends and family will get together to enjoy the game. Despite the absence of the Patriots, many of you will be cheering for The Panthers to spoil Peyton Manning’s last hoorah.  House parties are the traditional way to spend this unofficial American holiday; but if you’d rather not spend the day sandwiched between six other people on the couch and wiping Cheetos crumbs off your favorite jersey, then why not hit up the local pub? Save yourself the hassle of hosting this year and head out to your favorite bar with the largest, flattest screen. This week I’m giving you my top 3 spots in Somerville to watch The Big Game this Sunday.

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Tree falls on Summer Street in Somerville

On February 5, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

During Friday’s snow storm a tree fell on Summer Street, damaging at least one parked car and a truck.

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Changing Somerville

On February 5, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Part 2:  The Diaspora
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(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

From the late 19th Century onward, developers sought to build on every available parcel of Somerville land. More often than not, city officials accommodated them.

Combining this with the attractions of affordable housing, ethnic enclaves, and a thriving industrial economy made Somerville the most densely populated American city at the middle of the 20th Century.

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Obituary: Paul A. DiPasquale

On February 4, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Paul A. DiPasquale– Of Somerville February 4, 2016. Boston College Graduate Class of 1961. Beloved husband of Julia (Tarpey) DiPasquale. Loving father of Patricia DiPasquale, Pamela DiPasquale and her husband Daniel Bracken, Julie Jasper and her husband Robert, Maryanne DiPasquale and Karen DiPasquale. Brother of Robert G. DiPasquale, Edward DiPasquale and his wife Jean, Mary Lou Driscoll and her husband William and the late Dr. Pasquale DiPasquale Jr., Rev. Ralph DiPasquale, OFM and Leonard DiPasquale. Brother in law of Eileen and Francis Bakey, John and Mary Tarpey, Michael Tarpey and Debra Sousa. Cherished grandfather of Brier and Baird Bracken. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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somervillelogoAll cars must be moved by 4 a.m. to avoid ticketing and towing. Somerville Public Schools closed Friday.

In accordance with the city’s Snow Emergency Procedures, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has declared a snow emergency for the City of Somerville to go into effect at 12 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 5 (midnight on Thurs., Feb. 4).  During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted). Cars not moved by 4 a.m. Fri. morning will be subject to ticketing and towing. Residents unable to find a parking space on the odd-numbered side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot for the duration of the emergency. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at www.somervillema.gov/snow.

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The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon

On February 4, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon (“Boston SciFi”) is an 11-day cinematic event held at the historic Somerville Theatre from February 5th to the 15th. The 2016 edition marks their 41st anniversary as the oldest genre fest in America.

The first nine days consist of a film festival that emphasizes emerging directors with distinct visions from around the globe. The Festival concludes with The Marathon (a.k.a., “The ‘Thon”), a 24-hour orgiastic motion picture endurance test featuring classic, new and schlock films. Think of it as binge viewing with 750 close friends. It starts at noon on the 14th and ends at noon on President’s Day.

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One glass door too many for one man

On February 4, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were dispatched to a Line St. location last Friday evening on reports that a man had thrown something through a residence window.

Upon arrival, the responding officers observed a group of males surrounding a man outside of the residence in question.

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Letter to the Editor – February 4

On February 4, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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To the Editor:

Over the last few months, I’ve been serving as a strategy leader for the LOCUS process that is advising the city of Somerville on a public benefits strategy related to Union Square’s redevelopment. It has given me much insight into the goals of this diverse and civically minded community; specifically, the goal of ensuring that a range of housing options are made available at multiple levels of affordability.

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Do you love living in your neighborhood?

On February 4, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

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I do, and I hear constantly from people who feel the same way. Somerville is not some cookie cutter community with subdivisions and chain stores sprawling across it, where you only see your neighbors when you drive past each other. We’re not like everywhere else. We live closer together. We live above and below each other. So we get to know the people in our neighborhood, and in a lot of cases they’re people we’d have never met anywhere else. Stories abound of strangers living in two- and three-families who connected and now take care of each other like family. Others share yards, street parties and play groups. We may not think about it too often, but the shape and form of Somerville’s neighborhoods are a big part of what builds such walkable, interesting and tight-knit communities here.

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Capen Court residents donate to local veterans

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Capen Court volunteers, Peggy Kneeland and Pauline Ghiozzi, present sheets and blankets to veterans and staff at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center.

Capen Court volunteers, Peggy Kneeland and Pauline Ghiozzi, present sheets and blankets to veterans and staff at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center.

By Louise Carpenter

In December, residents at the Somerville Housing Authority’s Capen Court held a successful holiday bazaar in the spirit of giving back during the winter season. Residents chose to donate all proceeds to formerly homeless veterans living at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center in Somerville.

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