norton_banner_8

A long way from Kansas

On July 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

American roots master Chuck Mead at Johnny D’s
*

Chuck Mead entertains at Johnny D’s this coming Saturday night.

Chuck Mead entertains at Johnny D’s this coming Saturday night.

By Jim Clark

Chuck Mead’s journey from his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas – where he lead several popular cult bands in the 80s – through his tenure in the wildly popular 90s Alternative Country quintet BR549, to his present thriving solo career, reads like a rough and rowdy tale of old, replete with tales of joy, triumph, and occasional woe.

Continue reading »

SomerMovie Fest tonight at Seven Hills Park

On July 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

somermoviefeast-banner

Tonight, July 10 will be the first of summer lineup beginning with a screening of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971 version) at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square. Showings for the annual movie festival are scheduled every Thursday evening at dusk.

Continue reading »

 

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)

Our greatest successes as a city are born from working together, on a foundation of shared values and principles, to build the frameworks that will shape the future of our city. From our 20-year comprehensive SomerVision plan, to the rezoning of Union Square, to our ongoing Somerville By Design workshops, we rely on you to guide what kind of community we are going to be. That’s what all of these community-based discussions are about—building community. At a base level, building community starts with our zoning code. It’s where we identify neighborhoods and what should be allowed to be built in each neighborhood. This is the framework that shapes how our city will evolve, but we have realized that what we have on the books today is neither predictable nor easy to navigate.

Continue reading »

Safety concerns or revenue generator?

On July 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

A bit of a controversy has been brewing concerning a Somerville Police Department sting operation involving pedestrian safety in crosswalks in the city.

Undercover “pedestrians” are sent walking through a clearly marked crosswalk for which oncoming vehicular traffic should give right-of-way. If a vehicle disregards the pedestrian and goes through an awaiting patrol car pulls the driver over and issues a citation.

Continue reading »

Milk Row Cemetery open to the public this weekend

On July 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

milk rowWondering about the history or residents of this Somerville Avenue Cemetery? Come learn more from volunteer docents dressed in historic period clothing this weekend. The small historic site, established in 1804, is usually closed to the public except for two annual events in May and October. On Sunday, July 13 and Monday, July 14, volunteers will be on hand at the site for any interested community members to learn about the Somerville residents buried at Milk Row. The Cemetery will be open on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Continue reading »

(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)

Mayor Curtatone, esteemed Alders, and members of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development,

We board members of the Somerville Arts Council are excited to hear about your open-discussion series on zoning. It is testament to the openness of your administration that you are hosting these meetings. We plan on attending the July 10th meeting on the arts and the creative economy, and offer these thoughts in writing before the meeting by way of broaching certain topics that we and other members of the creative community have been talking about lately.

Continue reading »

 

Somerville equipped with Narcan

On July 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

narcan_webBy Douglas Yu

In a recent press release from the city, all Somerville Police cruisers are now fully equipped with nasal Naloxone, also known as Narcan, a prescription medication to counteract heroin overdose.

Continue reading »

Tagged with:
 

Local homeless, unaccompanied students honored

On July 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Anthony Rodrigues, a Boston Day and Evening Academy graduate, spoke to the gathered crowd.

Anthony Rodrigues, a Boston Day and Evening Academy graduate, spoke to the gathered crowd.

By Jeremy F. van der Heiden

Last Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Rediscovery, an offshoot of the Justice Resource Institute, honored 22 local students at the Boston Public Library ceremony for their resilience in the face of adversity. All of these students hail from Boston, Somerville, Malden and Everett High Schools, while each of them faced a range of challenges that would seemingly lead to dropouts and failure to graduate.

Continue reading »

Newstalk – July 9

On July 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

It’s finally here, and to everyone that grew up in East Somerville – especially in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s – The First East Somerville Reunion will be this Saturday evening at the Somerville City Club. The event is free to all including the food, which was taken care of by sponsors of the event. The time is 7–11 p.m. What a great way to celebrate a special community like East Somerville, and if you grew up there or lived there you’d know exactly what we are talking about. From Foss Park to Sullivan Square, Lower Broadway, both the Avenues and “the other side” – what a great way to celebrate your youth with others who grew up in this small community. Again, the event is free and no reservations are required. Come enjoy yourself and meet and greet old friends and make new ones, over 100 coming. By the way, City Club is directly across the street from the Holiday Inn, Lower Washington Street and Inner belt Road.

Continue reading »

 

eagle_webEagle Feathers #56 – Hometown

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

For more than a century, Somerville has been known throughout the Boston area as “The City of Homes” because of her building density and limited area. Her oldest home will turn three hundred years old this year.

Continue reading »