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City to host forum on Recreation Task Force recommendations

On December 15, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

somervillelogoThe City of Somerville invites all interested community members to join in a discussion and submit feedback on the Recreation Department’s programming and activities. The city will host a public forum on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Argenziano School cafeteria (290 Washington St.). Last spring, Mayor Curtatone convened a Recreation Task Force to develop recommendations on ways to expand and strengthen existing programming. At the upcoming Forum, Task Force members will present their findings, and new Recreation Director Jill Lathan will share her feedback and her goals for the department in the coming year. Community members are invited to provide feedback and to meet the City’s newest Recreation Director. For more information about the Task Force and its recommendations, visit somervilleresistat.blogspot.com/p/rectaskforce.html, or contact Stephanie Hirsch at SHirsch@somervillema.gov.

 

Wrap yourself in Somerville history

On December 14, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

HistoricAfghanFiyerLooking for a unique gift for an impossible friend, colleague or family member? Consider this new afghan created to celebrate and display some of Somerville’s most notable historic structures. The full color, machine washable afghans are woven exclusively for the city by Simply Home of Virginia. They may be purchased for $65 from the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission* at City Hall (617-625-6600, ext. 2500), or via PayPal on the SHPC website noted below, or from the Somerville Museum at One Westwood Road where discounts of 10% are offered to current Museum members. They are open by appointment (617-666-9810) or go to www.somervillemuseum.org.

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Thanks, Santa!

On December 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

I love Christmas! I love the songs, the TV commercials, the Christmas specials on the tube, and seeing cars with Christmas trees on the roof. I also love saying the words Merry Christmas!

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Friday Musical Entertainment at Highlander Café

On December 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

~Photo by Claudia Ferro

— Photo by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville High School Highlander Café is featuring live piano musical entertainment on Friday afternoons during lunch, courtesy of Somerville High School music students. The Highlander Café is open for lunch Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Stop by for a delicious lunch in a lovely setting, prepared by Somerville High’s Culinary Arts students working under the guidance of Culinary Arts Instructors Jeffrey Stuart and Melissa Nova.

 

Illuminations Tour booked solid

On December 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

SpringfieldStreetTickets are sold out but a bike tour has been organized.

Come celebrate the folk artistry of residents who transform their houses and yards with lights, illuminated ornaments, and shrines of devotion and fantasy.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On December 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

snn_12_10_14_webOne thousand new units planned for the city
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Over a dozen medium- to large-sized residential developments, totaling around 1,000 units, are slated to be constructed over the next few years in Somerville. Most will be selling or renting for market rates, which continue to rise.

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Kmart ‘shopper’ takes it a little too far

On December 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police responded to a reported case of larceny at the TJ Maxx store on Middlesex Ave. last week.

Upon arrival, officers were met by the store’s loss prevention personnel and were led to where a woman, Mary Moore, 45, of Roxbury, had been detained for allegedly stealing items from the store. A Kmart shopping cart full of merchandise was also being held for evidence.

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Ending Secure Communities strengthens police, public cooperation

On December 11, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

President Obama has ended Secure Communities, the misguided and ineffective program that we opted to limit in Somerville earlier this year. In some ways, Secure Communities’ ignominious end was inevitable. A federal judge has already ruled that holding a person released by the courts—which the program required—violates the Fourth Amendment. Statistics showed that the majority of people deported because of Secure Communities had no criminal convictions. We were breaking apart families, which leads to more crime, in the name of a broken immigration system. Everyone knew this program was flawed and that it would end eventually, but faced with a Congress that refuses to govern because they’re more interested in winning elections than smart, evidence-based decisions, the President rightly acted within his power to end Secure Communities sooner rather than later. This is an important step because it shows that the federal government is now, finally, realizing what we already know in Somerville—that truly keeping a community safe requires the police and residents to work together.

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Somerville School Winter Concerts

On December 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

A series of school music concerts this week and next will feature Somerville student musicians.

A series of school music concerts this week and next will feature Somerville student musicians.

Check your calendar for winter concert dates, times and locations.

December 12, 2014, 8:45 am: East Somerville Community School Winter Concert
December 17, 2014, 9:15 am: Winter Hill Community Innovation School Winter Concert
December 17, 2014, 6:00 pm: Kennedy School K-3 Winter Concert

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Somerville Youth Soccer League winter soccer programs kick off

On December 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

SYSL continues its mission to provide playing opportunities for young soccer enthusiasts with its winter indoor program.

SYSL continues its mission to provide playing opportunities for young soccer enthusiasts with its winter indoor program.

By Tom Bannister

The Somerville Youth Soccer League (SYSL) has announced two winter soccer programs being offered by Somerville Recreation and SYSL beginning next Saturday, December 13. The program details are as follows:

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