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mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

This week, I once again had the pleasure of speaking to Somerville’s business community at the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Town Meeting, about how we’re working to support and protect our local businesses. Our local businesses are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods and squares. Not only do local residents rely on them for goods and services but more and more are becoming destinations that draw visitors from across Somerville and the region. They fill our neighborhoods with people, and become the places where we meet and greet our neighbors. Local businesses build community—on a personal level, but also on a financial level. They create the strong economic foundation that allows us to continue investing in the people of Somerville, but these benefits don’t happen by accident. They happen when we plan for, attract and support our businesses as well.

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Allen Harmon, 36, of Somerville, was arraigned today in Middlesex County Superior Court on charges of assault to rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and indecent assault and battery.  Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan ordered Harmon held without bail until Harmon’s next scheduled court hearing on Thursday, April 16.

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‘Flashback Friday’ at the City Club

On March 12, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— Photos by Claudia Ferro

“Flashback Friday” blasted off at the City Club on Friday, March 6. Participant took a journey back in time and danced the night away to songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90’s. All proceeds benefit The Somerville PTA Scholarship Dinner Dance.

 

Police chase down one hot car, passenger

On March 12, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

While on patrol last Thursday evening, police performed a routine RMV inquiry on a vehicle that had pulled alongside the police cruiser near the intersection of Broadway and Cross St.

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Volunteers come out to help boil down the sweet maple tree sap, while others come to sample the resulting syrup. ~Photos By Douglas Yu

Volunteers come out to help boil down the sweet maple tree sap, while others come to sample the resulting syrup. — Photos By Douglas Yu

By Douglas Yu

Few people equate good quality syrup with Somerville. But when the Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival was first held in the city 16 years ago, many locals instantly pushed their Somervillian pride a bit further.

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Pi Night at the Healey School

On March 11, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Who thought this thing up anyway? Spring forward, fall back. Or is that fall forward, spring back? The only way we can ever be sure is if we’re early or late for church Sunday morning, or whatever it is you do on Sunday morning. To be fair, there’s usually someone around smart enough to know the difference, if it isn’t you yourself. But back to the main question at hand, who did think this up? Popular belief has it that it’s all about farming and the agrarian lifestyle that dominated western societies for the past few hundred years. Digging a little deeper, it turns out that the whole thing was invented by a gentleman from New Zealand named George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist (bug lover) who highly valued his daylight time and detested those who slept away those precious sun filled hours of summer. Long story short, he got the ball rolling, and some hundred or so years later we’re still locked into that bug-loving cycle of spring forward (or backward) and back again. Year after year. There is a lot to be said for getting that extra hour of sunshine going when spring finally...springs. But how much fun is it when the reverse is the case and we suddenly end up plunged into darkness by late afternoon? It’s all above the average person’s pay grade to know just what to make of it, and why we keep at it year after year. It’s just what we do, isn’t it? By Rebecca Danvers

6th, 7th and 8th grade students from throughout the district and their families are invited to celebrate Family Math Night by joining the fun at Pi Night at the Healey School on Friday, March 13. The annual event, sponsored by the Somerville Mathematics Fund, will focus on π (pi), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. There will be various pi-related activity stations where participants can actually win a delicious pie. There will also be “pizza-pi” for attendees, and everyone gets to take home a small pie as well.

 

Joint Brown School update

On March 11, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

From Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Tony Pierantozzi

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— Photo by Bobbie Toner

 

Late Tuesday evening, a flat section of the Brown School roof that is above the second-floor girls bathroom collapsed. Thankfully, the building was empty and no one was injured, but we are no less concerned about this collapse. Student safety is always our utmost priority, which is why the city and schools undertook a massive snow removal effort to clear snow from our school and city building roofs.

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Former Somerville Alderman Tom Taylor passes

On March 11, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

taylor_3_webToday while in Florida Former Alderman Tom Taylor passed away.

Full details of arrangements will be posted as soon as they become available.

 

Terror cyber-attack in Somerville?

On March 11, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

They may not be everywhere, but hackers did get into Backbar’s website this past weekend.

They may not be everywhere, but hackers did get into Backbar’s website this past weekend.

By Jim Clark

Staff and visitors to the website of Backbar, a Union Square drinking establishment, got quite a shock on Saturday when they pulled up its homepage only to discover that the site had been hacked with a message purportedly placed there by the extremist group ISIS.

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Youth and community members come together for summit

On March 11, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Teen Empowerment has a long history of bringing area youth and community leaders together to establish dialogs that help each side to better understand the other’s wants, needs and expectations.

Teen Empowerment has a long history of bringing area youth and community leaders together to establish dialogs that help each side to better understand the other’s wants, needs and expectations.

By Haley Houseman

For the first time, CHNA and Teen Empowerment, in conjunction with Mount Auburn Hospital, will host a Community Health Youth Summit for Thursday, March 19, in Cambridge. It will draw participants from six surrounding towns, including Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham, and Watertown. These cities involved are connected through CHNA 17, a coalition made up of representatives from public, non-profit and private sectors from all six communities.

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