McGrath Overpass/tunnel work begins tonight

On April 7, 2014, in Latest News, by David Smith

As work continues to repair the McGrath Highway/McCarthy Overpass, MassDOT announced this week that upcoming work will require the complete closure of the overpass between Prospect Hill Avenue and Poplar Street, and the Medford Street Tunnel between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. weeknights beginning Monday, April 7. Weather permitting, work is expected to continue overnight for a period of two months.

During these work hours, vehicles will be detoured as follows:

Medford Street Tunnel:

— Northbound traffic from Medford Street will be detoured left onto Somerville Avenue and right onto Washington Street (at Ricky’s Flower Market).

— Southbound traffic from Somerville Avenue will be detoured left onto Washington Street (at Ricky’s Flower Market), or may continue on to access Medford Street or McGrath Highway at Poplar Street.

McCarthy Overpass:

— Southbound traffic on McGrath Highway will be detoured onto the surface road at Prospect Hill Avenue, across Somerville Avenue and back onto McGrath Highway at Poplar Street.

For the three week look-ahead, visit If you have questions, please contact 311 (617-666-3311).


Apply for new recreation task force

On April 7, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Citizen task force to explore and recommend enhancements to recreational programming; Applications due April 16


Mayor Curtatone invites residents who have a passion for recreation in Somerville to serve on the newly formed Recreation Task Force. The Task Force will review the current recreation programming available to Somerville residents of all ages and make recommendations on how the city might strengthen its offerings. Members will meet at least monthly for the next eight months starting in late April. Applications are due Wednesday, April 16.

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L to R: Jennifer Hammel and Yhara Casimir.

L to R: Jennifer Hammel and Yhara Casimir.

By Tom Bannister

Yhara Casimir, 18, of Waltham, immigrated to the United States four years ago after her native country, Haiti, was greatly affected by an earthquake. She came with her younger sister, leaving behind their parents, and moved in with family friends whom the girls refer to as their aunt, uncle and cousins. Casimir entered John F. Kennedy Memorial Middle School as an eighth-grader and did not know how to speak a word of English. She was bright, but she was shy and had not been exposed to many traditions, foods and experiences that were considered a way of life for her American peers.

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SomervillePatriotsMayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin, and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission invite all residents and community members to the city’s 239th annual Patriot’s Day celebration, to be held at Foss Park on Monday, April 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Co-sponsored by the Preservation Commission, Historic Somerville, the Somerville Museum, and East Somerville Main Streets, the day’s events will include Colonial games and songs, light refreshments, youth readings, and a visit from Paul Revere on horseback on his historic ride from Boston to Lexington through Somerville.

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The Railside Lounge and Bar-B-Que

On April 5, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

(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)

Walking into The Railside Lounge and restaurant in the ‘70s was not like walking into one of the bars/restaurants in Davis Square today. You were met with a blast of cigarette smoke that stayed on your clothes and your hair. If you weren’t supposed to be there, your pungent scent ratted you out! The clientele was a lot different, too, because Somerville back then was different. Salt of the earth, slice of life, work with your hands, shot and a draft beer different. They called that drink a boilermaker, and you could get a good one at The Railside.

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On April 7, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan invites local seniors to an important program about how seniors can better protect themselves from scams and abuse.

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somervillelogoSponsored by Somerville Health, Police and Fire Departments, and Teen Empowerment, Workshop will include NARCAN training, educational resources, support services. Workshop is open to public.

The City of Somerville Health Department and the Somerville Office of Prevention, in cooperation with Teen Empowerment and Save Our Somerville, invite all interested community members to a free workshop and discussion on substance abuse, prescription drug misuse, and education, as well as strategies for support systems and treatment, recovery, and coping mechanisms for victims and families. The workshop scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cross Street Center, 165 Broadway, is free and open to the public and will address questions such as:

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Somerville DPW goes on ‘Pothole Blitz’

On April 4, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

pothole-1In just three months, the Somerville Department of Public Works is on pace to break its record for potholes filled within one calendar year. After completing 1,520 externally and internally generated work orders for potholes in 2013, DPW crews have already filled 1,147 potholes through March 2014, including 552 in March alone. The annual average for potholes filled is 1,399, and the city is calling on residents to help keep the blitz going by reporting any and all pothole sightings to 311 (see below for five easy ways to report a pothole).

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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)

Every Somerville achievement has had multiple hands that have held it, examined it and forged it. As Mayor, I rely on the intrinsic wisdom in our community, the values that the people in our community hold dear, and return to that wisdom and those values every time we face a choice or a challenge. I have partners everywhere—from individual members of the public who advocate for policies and initiatives, to grassroots organizations who rally around an issue, to my fellow elected officials who represent the values of their constituents.

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‘Fresh Media’ at Nave Gallery

On April 3, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

fresh_3_webAs an interactive communication design program, the MassArt Dynamic Media Institute (DMI) aims to encourage dialogue within the fields of art, design, technology, and science. Fresh Media is an annual showcase of all the artists/designers in the program from diverse backgrounds in engineering, fine arts, computer programming, graphic/industrial design and advertising. Pieces include interactive and dynamic work ranging from computer based imagery, aural soundscapes, data visualization, and even game-like storytelling.

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