Lincoln Park renovations rest on BOA approval

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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By Haley ED Houseman

Last week, Somerville presented plans for a redesigned Lincoln Park to the community in an open house-style meeting that shared the plans on which the Board of Aldermen will soon be voting.

The site is over six acres, the largest park in the city, and is opportunity to create a renewable green space near Union Square. The plans address a multitude of issues including flooding, deteriorating infrastructure and utilities, a lack of tree canopy, and out-of-date playgrounds. It also addressed a need for playing fields and a renovated schoolyard for the Argenziano School.

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Newstalk – February 3

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Tonight, Wednesday, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Mystic Avenue Activity Center, the Somerville Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Registrations take place at the Cupcake and Cocoa Night. Come register, decorate a cupcake, have a hot cocoa and see your friends and teammates again. Everybody is welcome, old and new. Ages 5–15 by July 31. The registration fee is $25. Scholarships are available, equipment and uniforms are supplied. For more info please call Roger at 617-838-2145 or Marsha at 617-968-9680.

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Somerville Fire Lt. Jay Colbert elected as Association officer

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Colbert, left, was sworn in as 3rd district Vice President by IAFF President Harold Schaitberger.

Colbert, left, was sworn in as 3rd district Vice President by IAFF President Harold Schaitberger.

By Rebecca Danvers

Somerville Fire Lt. Jay Colbert was sworn in as the 3rd District Vice President to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) last Thursday, Jan. 28. In this role, he will serve on the executive board of the IAFF and represent fire locals throughout New England.

“On behalf of General Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Miller and the entire IAFF Executive Board, I want to welcome District Vice President Colbert to this important leadership position,” said General President Harold Schaitberger. “I am confident that he will represent the Third District in an outstanding fashion. We all look forward to working with him in accomplishing the work of our great union.”

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US2 working to make Union Square a regional employment center

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Charles Lane

Workbar Union is a significant contribution to the revitalization efforts taking place in Union Square.

Workbar Union is a significant contribution to the revitalization efforts taking place in Union Square.

General Electric’s move from Connecticut to Boston is the latest high profile employer to make the greater metro area its home. The unique combination of a highly educated workforce, a cluster of elite universities, and an ecosystem of high-tech, research and development, and health science firms make the region highly attractive to cutting edge industries.

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Our View of the Times – February 3

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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It’s almost embarrassing that we even have to confront an issue such as gender wage disparity in this day and age. We should be years, if not decades, past this unjust practice and not still worming out the last vestiges of its insidious presence in our economic systems.

Thankfully, our conscientious legislators on Beacon Hill are tirelessly working towards fine tuning and asserting laws that will assure women an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work.

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The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – February 3

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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By Bob (Monty) Doherty

“The First Combination Chemical, and Hose Reel, with Ladders, was invented by the Chief of Somerville, and exhibited Aug. 10, 1887. Humphrey (Dumps) of Engine 4, Boston operated the Tanks. The First Fire that it performed splendid service at was in Cambridge, Box 71. The fire was in the Cambridge Poor-House.”

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Letter to the Editor – February 3

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

(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)

To the Editor:

The redevelopment of Union Square represents a unique opportunity for Somerville.  As the owner of commercial property (the former Union Square police station) since 1989, an architect and planner, an emeritus board member of Union Square Main Streets, and a member of the steering committee which helped write SomerVision, I can offer an informed view about the importance of moving the redevelopment process forward without further delays and the benefit that housing as an early piece of a mixed use development will bring to the city and neighborhood.

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By Charles O’Rourke

The girls team after their victory.

The girls team after their victory.

For the third year in a row, the Somerville High Girls Track Team led by Captains Maureen McNabb, Leighann Nguyen and Melissa Sanon won the Greater Boston League Championship Meet.

The meet was held on Saturday, January 30 at the Reggie Lewis Center. The SHS Girls scored a total of 120 points, followed by Malden with 92, Chelsea was 3rd with 58, Everett was 4th with 41, Greater Lawrence Tech had 37 and Medford with 19.

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Carol – a movie

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Our Somerville guest reviewer-at-large William Falcetano chimes in with his latest take on the movies for Off the Shelf:

Carol is a film adaptation of a story by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) about a love affair between two women in the 1950s. One woman is a society wife, Carol Aird, played with her usual brilliance by the inimitable Cate Blanchett. The object of her affections is a young shop girl, Terez Belivet, played by Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Audrey Hepburn, with her bangs, wide eyes full of wonder, and a touch of innocence.

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Lyrical Somerville – February 3

On February 3, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Our poet this week is Linda Larson. Linda used to be editor of the Spare Change News, a newspaper sold by the homeless throughout the city. I used to be an arts reporter under her and the late Cindy Baron. They taught me a lot. Linda let me write a couple of feature stories in their All Poetry issues that they used to publish. Since then I have published a poetry collection by Linda, and she has appeared numerous times in Ibbetson Street magazine. She has long been an advocate for the homeless and mentally ill and has struggled with both of these demons throughout her life.

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