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Facing heroin head on

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Sarah L. Hopkinson

Less than two weeks ago, Somerville police arrested a man carrying 114 grams of heroin and 68 grams of cocaine, all trafficked drugs he was believed to be bringing into the city to sell. This arrest is a small step forward in local authorities’ attempts to fight the heroin pandemic troubling the city. Since January 2013, authorities have witnessed a dangerous upward trend in the incidence of heroin overdoses in Somerville. According to Michael Cabral, the deputy chief of the Somerville Police Department, in little over a year, there have been seven fatal heroin overdoses and 21 non-fatal overdoses – this averages out at two per month. This trend is part of a nationwide resurgence that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency is tracking and which includes New York City, Pittsburg, Vermont – and now Somerville.

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Newstalk – April 9

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Coming up Friday, April 11, is Prospect Hill Academy’s huge fundraiser entitled “The Golden Twenties” at One Seaport Lane, Boston. Tickets are $95 or $125 at the door $125. For tickets, contact Anja Bresler at 617-284-7822 or email abresler@prospecthillacademy.org. This promises to be a great program with lots of prizes being offered.

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‘Fresh Media’ encourages interaction

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Dream State is one of many fascinating works of art on display at the Nave Gallery’s Fresh Media exhibition, now through April 11.

Dream State is one of many fascinating works of art on display at the Nave Gallery’s Fresh Media exhibition, now through April 11.

By Jack Adams

Fresh Media held its opening reception at the Nave Gallery in Somerville this past Friday. Fresh Media is an exhibition of interactive works put on by the Dynamic Media Institute, which is comprised of graduate students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The exhibit will stay open through April 11.

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kennedy schoolMark G. Hurrie will be the next principal at the John F. Kennedy School.  He  is currently in his third year as the school’s assistant principal and will take on the top leadership position beginning this July. He is succeeding retiring Principal Dr. Anne Foley.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Reported on in episode #12 of Somerville Neighborhood News is a recap of Somerville Community Access Television’s Net Neutrality panel discussion, a sneak preview of the YUM festival, exclusive coverage on the murder of Deanna Cremin, an update on opioids and the fight against drug overdose, and Rt. 93 pollution. All of these news stories and more on SCATV Ch. 3, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and always available online at scatvsomerville.org/SNN.

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Our View of the Times – April 9

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewGreen Line extension stops, master plan discussions for Union Square and grand visions for Assembly Row have taken up much of the planning talk around the city, and now it’s time to take an overdue look at Winter Hill.

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‘Team Collier’ recognized for fundraising success

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Laura Mancuso, of Somerville, Jennifer Lemmerman, of Melrose, and Chandra Allard, of Quincy.

Laura Mancuso, of Somerville, Jennifer Lemmerman, of Melrose, and Chandra Allard, of Quincy.

By David R. Smith

Somerville resident Laura Mancuso became friends with Sean Collier playing on an adult kickball team, and now she is honoring his memory as co-captain of “Team Collier” in the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

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Insights into the gentrification of Somerville

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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“Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel”

I have often called my hometown Somerville, Mass., a burg just outside  Boston and Cambridge, the “Paris of New England.” And what I mean by  this is not that it remotely resembles Paris physically, but that it  harbors that same creative energy and that molten core of poets,  writers, and artists, all in close proximity. And of course with  encroaching gentrification of our town–the new developers, and the  desire to attract the upscale folks–rents rise, and the artists will  look to cheaper environs that are more inviting to a bohemian  sensibility. This may or may not happen here in Somerville, but if we  look at history, we will see that it is more or less inevitable. And in  some ways the artistic community of the Chelsea Hotel and its fate  reminds me of my hometown.

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Lyrical Somerville – April 9

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Now, Now … I know many Lyrical readers don’t like obscenity in their poetry, and it isn’t often that we have it. But Thomas Benfield, a young area poet who studies at Endicott College (where I teach), came up with a poem inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl. I think Benfield’s take on it is really fine. Ginsberg’s poem Howl was once declared “obscene” but it is now taught at universities around the world and I am told even at West Point. So I hope you dig this.
 

Somerville Police Crime Log March 31 – April 6

On April 8, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Adilson Santos, 29, of 158 Walnut St., March 31, 7:46 p.m., arrested at Memorial Rd. on a warrant charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Maura Quinlan, 37, of 112 Pearson Rd., April 1, 1:48 a.m., arrested at home on a charge of assault and battery and on warrant charges of conspiracy to violate drug law and possession of a class B drug.

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