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New zoning falls short on city’s open space goals

On February 19, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

buchanan_webBy Rob Buchanan

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It comes as no surprise to Somerville residents that our city is ranked last in open space per person among Massachusetts’ municipalities. In a city with New England’s highest population density, we don’t need someone to explain the term “open space,” because we experience so little of it every day.

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mass dotToday, officials from the MBTA and MassDOT released a service restoration plan and stressed that reduced train counts due to the unprecedented winter storms will result in longer wait times and some crowding in the short term.

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City examines its successes and shortcomings in dealing with storms

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

Alderman at Large Jack Connolly had high praise for the job that the mayor and his administration has done in dealing with the extraordinarily severe winter storms.

Alderman at Large Jack Connolly had high praise for the job that the mayor and his administration has done in dealing with the extraordinarily severe winter storms.

By Jim Clark

The City of Somerville Board of Aldermen addressed several winter storm related issues at its regular meeting last Thursday, going through an assessment of what has been handled well over the past few weeks and what areas may be in need of improvement.

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Slaying mountains of snow with our very own dragon

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

The Snow Dragon SND900, in all its glory. ~Photo by Donald Norton

The Snow Dragon SND900, in all its glory. — Photo by Donald Norton

By Rebecca Danvers

The sight has become commonplace: piles of snow shoved aside and piled so high one cannot see over them. We’ve seen so much of the stuff lately it is gradually becoming unimaginable that there will ever come a day when it won’t be there.

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Hit and runner didn’t get far

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

By Jim Clark

Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of 80 Webster Ave. Sunday evening.

While en route the responding officers were informed that a fight had broken out between the involved parties.

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Newstalk – February 18

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

Many events and meetings were canceled this week due to the amount of snow. The committee meeting at City Hall to discuss the Snow Ordinance is now set for Wednesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. Also rescheduled is the proposed zoning ordinance, now set for March 5. The fundraiser and kickoff campaign for Alderman At Large Mary Jo Rossetti is reset for Monday, March 2 at Tony’s C’s in Assembly Row, beginning at 6 p.m.

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More snow…We know!

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

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— Photos by Donald Norton and Claudia Ferro

Even more snow this week meant more work digging out, mixed with a little fun and games.

 

Our View of the Times – February 18

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

powderhouse_viewSure, we’re tired of shoveling it, trudging through it, and even thinking about it anymore. What can often be a “winter wonderland” for most of us has turned into an apocalyptic nightmare for almost everyone these past few weeks.

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The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – February 18

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

eagle_webEagle Feathers #72 –The Pipes, The Pipes Are Calling

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

Patrick J. Sullivan, Jr. was laid to rest two weeks ago on February 4, 2015. He dedicated thirty-eight years of his life to the people of Somerville, Massachusetts. He was a decorated firefighter due to the many rescues he attempted and/or completed during his long career.

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Goodbye, Book Shop

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

~Photo by Donald Norton

— Photo by Donald Norton

The Book Shop is moving out of Ball Square. A truck was spotted outside, preparing to take all the books away.