Lyrical Somerville – March 22

On March 22, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Soon the national pastime will start up once again. So Somerville poet Ed Meek throws us a curve ball of a poem. Ed has recently released a collection of short stories titled Luck.

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Arrests:
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Matthew Powers, March 13, 4:15 p.m., arrested at Alewife Brook Pkwy. on charges of receiving stolen property under $250, fugitive from justice, and receiving a stolen credit card.

Derek Correia, of 60 Albion St., March 13, 4:40 p.m., arrested at home on warrant charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, felony daytime breaking and entering, larceny from a building, malicious wanton defacement of property, possession of a class A drug, marked lanes violation, distribution of a class E drug, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, witness intimidation, and operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.

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Community meeting to discuss renovation of Hoyt Playground

On March 20, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Join Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang, and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development on Wednesday, March 29, for a community meeting to discuss upcoming renovations to the Hoyt-Sullivan Playground. The meeting will be held at the Visiting Nurse’s Association, 259 Lowell St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. City staff and project architects will present new plans for the playground, which are based on community feedback. To review the plans, visit www.somervillema.gov/hoytsullivan. For more information, contact Arn Franzen at AFranzen@somervillema.gov, or 617-625-6600 ext. 2545. 

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The Harmony Sweepstakes: A Cappella Festival

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

Drive is one of seven a cappella groups that will be competing in the Boston regional edition of the Harmony Sweepstakes on April 1 at the Somerville Theatre.

By Ariana Colozzo

On Saturday, April 1, come to the Somerville Theatre for a night of a cappella with the 33rd annual Harmony Sweepstakes. Seven Boston area a cappella groups will compete for the title of Boston’s best: Birdland Avenue, Bostonality, Carpe Singem, Drive, Fermata Town, Fireside Quartet, and Harmonious Soul, chosen from nearly 20 groups that auditioned for the chance to compete.

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CHA and SCES Hospital to Home partnership enters new phase

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

Isley Goulart (left) and Margarida Holmes are Community Care Coordinators for a Home to Hospital program that Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services provides in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance.

By Nathan Lamb

A hospital to home program that helps patients avoid unnecessary readmissions is set to expand in 2017.

Launched in 2012, the Hospital to Home program is a partnership between Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES), Mystic Valley Elder Services, and the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). Originally funded by a Medicare grant, the collaboration was so successful that the organizations decided to continue the collaboration past the grant’s expiration date, earlier this year.

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Please join the Somerville Commission for Women on Tuesday, March 21, for a special event in honor of Women’s History Month. “Shaping the Future: Our Community Dialogue,” will be held at The Highlander Café located in Somerville High School, beginning at 6 p.m. on March 21, and will include Q&A breakout sessions with local female elected officials, including representatives from Somerville’s State Delegation, as well as a brief presentation about the Somerville Commission for Women and its ongoing programs and initiatives. 

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‘Uncertainty’ installation connects cultures

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

Lesley University announces an immersive exhibition of sculpture, painting, ceramics, architectural elements, textiles and mixed media by Somerville artist Mark Cooper that will envelop the Lunder Arts Center Roberts Gallery from March 18 to April 16.

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Beacon Street is one of the most heavily utilized bicycle corridors in the State.

Due to ongoing construction on Beacon St., the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, City of Somerville, and project contractors have determined that it is in the interest of public safety to CLOSE the protected bike lane, between Oxford St. and Washington St., for the 2017 construction season, beginning on Monday, March 20. 

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The Singing of the Green

On March 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's St Pats Singers album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

Last week, Mayor Curtatone, Chief Patrick J. Sullivan III, Nancy Bacci, Jimmy Del Ponte and the Moonlighters sang Irish songs to the seniors at The Little Sisters of the Poor and Bryant Manor, just as they have done during the Christmas season and Valentine’s Day.

 

GLX Update: Good news, and not-so-good news

On March 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

State Rep. Denise Provost

By State Rep. Denise Provost

(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)

On March 13, members of the Somerville legislative delegation, and Mayor Curtatone, were briefed by John Dalton, head of the GLX project, on current progress. We learned that “three teams made the shortlist” for bidding on design and construction of the GLX, and that they were scheduled to receive the MBTA’s Request for Proposals (RFP) today. We learned what the process would be, leading up to the bid opening on November 28 of this year; the issuance of a Notice to Proceed on February 9, 2018, and a project completion date of December 10, 2021 – seven years after the legal commitment to complete GLX.

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