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Well, when you work  three jobs like I do, you meet a lot of interesting people. And because I am a local journalist, I get to interview a fair number of interesting people. Have if you will … one Mr. George MacDonald, a comedian, playwright, and for now–a night counselor at McLean Hospital, where I work. George and I were like two ships passing in the night. I was leaving the 3 to 11 shift and George was starting his usual graveyard. George looked like an interesting dude, and so we eventually got talking. George is originally from Southie, and was part of the comedy explosion here in Boston in the 80s and 90s. Since we are both a year or so on either side of 60 – we knew a lot of the people, places, and folks on the scene for the past decades. George is good friends with the comedian Jimmy Tingle, who I worked with with when I ran The Somerville News Writers Festival. He had great anecdotes about many of the other great comedians, poseurs, players, what have you… in Boston and L.A.–his stomping grounds during his career.   Here is a brief bio for George:

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Lyrical Somerville – March 18

On March 18, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Zvi Sesling is a poet of the stacked deck, and the loaded dice…take his advice! 

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Somerville Police Crime Log March 9 – March 15

On March 17, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Sean Brooks, of 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, March 9, 8:01 a.m., arrested at 660 Broadway on charges of destruction of property over $250, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault to murder, and attempted murder.

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Annual rabies clinic scheduled for April 11 at DPW

On March 16, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

rabies_webThe City of Somerville will host its 15th annual rabies clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works (1 Franey Rd.). Rabies vaccinations and on-site licenses for dogs will be available at the clinic. Vaccines are offered at a cost of $10, and dog licenses at $20 for spayed and neutered dogs with proof, and $30 for all other dogs.

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Volunteers needed for 2015 Patriot’s Day Colonial Fair

On March 15, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

patriotHelp the city re-live Paul Revere’s historic ride from Boston through Somerville and onto Lexington and Concord. Adults and high school students are needed to help plan and execute the city’s annual Patriots Day event, a Colonial Fair at Foss Park on Monday, April 20.

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Katrina Leskanich will be entertaining at Johnnie D’s on Wednesday, March 18.

Katrina Leskanich will be entertaining at Johnnie D’s on Wednesday, March 18.

By Blake Maddux

In the summer of 1985, Katrina Leskanich and her band The Waves were ubiquitous on radio and MTV thanks to the worldwide smash hit Walking on Sunshine.

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Opiate overdose prevention conference

On March 14, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office And Middlesex Partnerships For Youth Host Annual SECURE XVII Event

DA Marian Ryan and Chris Herren.

DA Marian Ryan and Chris Herren.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (MPY) hosted an opiate overdose prevention conference, “It Stops Here – Ending Opiate Abuse In Our Communities.”  More than two hundred school professionals, law enforcement officials, and legislators from towns and cities in Middlesex County attended the program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford.  Participants heard the latest data and research on opiate use and learned “best practices” to help cities and towns effectively respond to substance abuse among youth.

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Ras na hEireann USA 5K set for this coming Sunday

On March 14, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

irish_race_webThe organizers of the Ras na hEireann USA 5K refer to it as the most genuine Irish race this side of the Atlantic. The race will be held on Sunday, March 15, starting at 11:00 a.m., beginning and ending in Davis Square. There will be loads of Craic – a celebration and appreciation of heritage and history, the magic and mystery that move everyone to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Go online at http://baevents.com/rasnaheireann/ for details and registration information.

 

 

Best day ever

On March 14, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Previously published on March 14, 2012.

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If I had the one day to live over again, and I could do anything I wanted, I’d blend together all the best parts of my life in Somerville into 24 hours.

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Letter to Mayor Curtatone from Union Square Neighbors

On March 13, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Dear Mayor Curtatone,

We wish to thank you and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) for undertaking a community-wide search for applicants to fill vacancies on several community boards related to development including the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. We hope that your office received a healthy pool of qualified candidates to fill these positions.

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