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Our View of the Times – August 20

On August 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

powderhouse_viewThere is a popular saying that everyone has heard: When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. A simplistic view for some, but most of us would agree that there is at least a grain of truth in there.

The city’s gun buyback program that took place this weekend may have nothing to do with gun control law, or the removal of dangerous weapons from the hands of criminals, but the community has been provided with a safe means of disposing of unwanted firearms.

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New arrivals

On August 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Donald Norton

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Pictured above is Bobby Potaris and Melissa Gray with their brand new baby girl, Natalia Arie, born recently and who will be taking up residence right here with her parents in Somerville. Now, we spotted bobby already wheeling little Natalia over to Foss Park. Wow, does a few shorts weeks change someone. We think so, and we congratulate them and wish all three the very best.

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One of the first things I noticed while talking with Bridget Galway was the tattoo flowers that tangled their way up the sides of her expressive hands. And then there was the silver hoop earrings with yellow stones—in some ways she is a living piece of installation art. And no wonder… Bridget Galway has always been involved with the arts. She grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and later moved to Provincetown, Mass. In P-Town her mom owned a sandal shop and was a model for the artist Hans Hoffman, and her father was a writer. As a young artist Galway was intimately involved in the arts scene. Later she founded a free arts center in Holyoke, Mass. There she developed innovative art programs for city youth and others. She has designed book covers for a number of poets including Eating Grief at 3A.M. (Muddy River Books) by yours truly and the upcoming On the Wings of Song (Ibbetson Street Press) by Molly Lynn Watt, a memoir in verse that deals with the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s.

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Lyrical Somerville – August 20

On August 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Local poet Patrick Lennon had a vision of beauty. And as we all know beauty is truth and truth is beauty.

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By Sangwoo Kim

For those Somerville and its neighborhoods’ residents, I would like to take this time to introduce a great local artistic and cultural institution that resides among us. While it is true that Boston is full of places where people can swing by for cultural and artistic events, I wasn’t sure if this was the case for Somerville.

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race to rowThe Somerville Road Runners  announced that the second annual Race to the Row 5k will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Assembly Row in Somerville’s Assembly Square District. The race through Somerville’s newest neighborhood will provide a tour of the new outlets, apartments, restaurants, T station and courtyard at Assembly Row. Running around and through the development and along the Mystic River, the race will end with a free, outdoor pizza party and the opportunity for participants to have a front row view of the recently opened development.

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Somerville Police Crime Log August 11 – August 17

On August 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Kesner Lubin, 22, of 125 Alewife Brook Pkwy., August 11, 10:32 a.m., arrested at 43 Derby St. on warrant charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

Raul Parra, 40, of 137 pearl St., August 11, 11:31 a.m., arrested at 44 Broadway on warrant charges of drug possession to distribute, miscellaneous municipal ordinance, assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to violate drug law, and drug violation near a school.

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Somerville Police participate in ShotSpotter exercise

On August 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shotspotter_webOn August 12, 2014, during the nighttime hours, Somerville Police Lieutenant Carmine Vivilo and Officer Dan Rego, two of the police department’s firearm safety and firearm instructors were onsite and participated in a live-fire gunshot event at two undisclosed locations in the city to calibrate and test a new program called ShotSpotter. This equipment was funded through the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, Department of Homeland Security collaboration.

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Somerville Fire Dept. conducting annual hydrant flushing

On August 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

hydrant_webThe Somerville Fire Department will begin the annual inspection of all fire hydrants on Monday, August 18, 2014 and conclude on Saturday, August 30, 2014. This procedure requires the flushing of water from the hydrants as well as a check of the mechanical operation of the hydrant. The inspection/testing program will take approximately two weeks to complete.

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Broadway repaving 8/18

On August 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

somervillelogoBroadway in Winter Hill will berepaved on Monday, Aug. 18 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.  from Dartmouth Street to Grant Street. Traffic in each direction will be open both days, with traffic diverted to the other side of Broadway as needed. Drivers should expect delays.

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