Take the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge

On January 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

David Price of the Boston Red Sox took the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge, along with teammate Brock Holt.

By Jessica Kenney

Many times throughout our daily lives, we are encountered with ads for donations to research various diseases, medications, or fundraisers for cures. But there are some sicknesses that are barely recognized. Gastroparesis is one of those illnesses.

Gastroparesis is defined as “a condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles- motility- in your stomach does not function normally.” This means that the stomach is prevented from emptying properly. It can cause nausea and vomiting, and cause problems with nutrition and blood sugar levels. Five million people live with this disease, and although there are some treatments for it, there is no cure.

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Brick laying at its worst

On January 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

While on patrol last Friday, a Somerville Police officer took note of a vehicle parked on Pearl St. with an individual who was known to to the officer, Manuel Sheehan.

Another man, also known to the officer, entered the vehicle and the two of them drove off westbound on Pearl St.

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Community Game Show

On January 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Join Somerville Prevention tonight to learn the results of the High School Student Health Survey.  Results from the annual survey are presented in a fun way with plenty of chances for audience participation.

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An ordinance is being considered by the city that would require all municipal vehicles to be equipped with side-guards and crossover mirrors designed to prevent collisions with cyclists.

By Joe Ruvido

The Board of Aldermen Legislative Matters Committee will discuss the next iteration of cyclist and pedestrian safety for the city’s non-automobile users: truck side-guards.

A proposed ordinance sponsored by Ward Six Alderman Lance Davis and Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang would require the city to procure vehicles with the side-guards and crossover mirrors designed to prevent collisions.

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On Wednesday January 11, the Somerville Boys Basketball program got a surprise visit after practice from former SHS Head Coach Rich Melillo (SHS ‘72) and former players: Vladimir Benoit (SHS ‘02), Jocelyn Velney (SHS ‘02), and Ronelson Lovaincy (SHS ‘04). The alumni delivered a heartfelt and powerful message about community, life lessons, and achievement.

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A new push by the city for sound barriers along I-93

On January 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

A sound barrier is badly needed along the stretch of I-93 running through Somerville, according to members of the Board of Aldermen, not only to reduce noise levels but to also lower air pollution levels.

By Jim Clark

At the last Regular Meeting of the Somerville Board of Aldermen last Thursday, a resolution was put forward by Ward 1 Alderman Matthew McLaughlin and the entire Board that the Administration advocate for sound barriers along I-93 in East Somerville to help reduce air pollution by up to 50 percent.

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Need to relax? Float is the place to go

On January 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Magoun Square is playing host to Float, a place where sensory deprivation tanks offer relaxation and a chance to unwind in a unique and invigorating way.

By Manna Parker

Float is a unique business in Magoun Square that specializes in sensory deprivation tanks. Float claims their tanks can relieve anxiety, insomnia, and pain, as well as improve your creativity.

Floating is a rising fad in the alternative medicine world right now, but in fact, sensory deprivation tanks were developed by John C. Lilly in 1954. The tank itself is lightless, soundproof, and filled with salt water at body temperature. As Lilly said about isolation tanks, “For a businessperson, a scientist, a professional of any sort, this is a boon: to be able to think, free of physical fatigue of the body. The method allows one to become free within a few minutes.”

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Newstalk – January 18

On January 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

This Thursday, January 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., you are invited to attend SCATV’s annual meeting and ASCATDEMY Awards event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the member meeting and followed by the Member Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be hosted by the ever-fabulous duo, Ken and Joe Lynch. The main order of business will be the election of four SCATV members to their board. These are three-year terms, with the opportunity for a subsequent term re-election. Submitted information from nominees will be shared on SCATV’s website beginning January 4 in preparation for membership voting on the 19th. The remainder of the evening of January 19, is for recognizing and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of the radio and television productions, SCATV and BFR producers and talent, and Community Media Supporters who all help make the Commonwealth’s oldest cable access center the vibrant, beloved community asset that it continues to be today. This is a chance for media makers to reconnect with each other, acknowledge and support the work of one’s peers, and to eat and have some fun. They are wishing all a safe and happy new year. They look forward to seeing you there.

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By William A. White Jr.

The following are excerpts from Alderman White’s speech delivered at the Board of Aldermen Organizational Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Aldermanic Chambers:

The developments in Washington, D.C. teach us that there are many factors that may have a drastic impact on our programs and finances but are beyond our control.  So as we move forward in debating the very important financial and development issues that face us, we must keep this fundamental fact of life in mind.

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‘One Somerville’

On January 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's MLK 2017 album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Health and Human Services Department and the Somerville Public Schools hosted the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event, entitled “One Somerville” on Monday, January 16, in observance of national Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The annual event was held at the East Somerville Community School and featured a keynote address by Tufts University’s Provost and Senior Vice President David R. Harris, as well as presentations by winners of a student essay contest and a presentation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words and photos.

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