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Symphony Park Groundbreaking October 2

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

somervillelogoMayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 1 Alderman Matthew McLaughlin invite all residents to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Symphony Park on Thursday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m. Located at the corner of Pearl and Florence Streets in East Somerville, the design of the park is the result of a series of community meetings during which residents expressed a desire for amenities for multigenerational users. The currently vacant lot will be transformed into a quiet neighborhood space with seating in a garden setting, a small water feature, accessible community gardens and a small community performance space. The park is funded in part by a Massachusetts PARC grant granted by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Fluff Festival gets Somerville sticky

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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By Douglas Yu

If there is a festival that makes Somerville sticky and fluffy, it’s going to be “What the Fluff?” The ninth annual festival ran from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Union Square on Saturday.

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Mayor makes it official, vetoes ‘Pay-to-Play’

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Seen here arguing against the proposed “Pay-to-Play” ordinance back in July of this year, Mayor Curtatone formally submitted his veto of the final approved ordinance at the Board’s general meeting last week.

Seen here arguing against the proposed “Pay-to-Play” ordinance back in July of this year, Mayor Curtatone formally submitted his veto of the final approved ordinance at the Board’s general meeting last week.

By Jim Clark

An updated version of the so-called “Pay-to-Play” ordinance regulating campaign contributions approved by the Board of Alderman’s Legislative Matters Committee was formally vetoed by Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone in writing at the regular meeting of the Board last week.

The mayor had argued for a differing version of the ordinance, one featuring measures that would restrict city employee contributions, rather than the Boards version that focused on contributions made by property developers.

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2014 Ballot Questions Statewide: Getting to know the issues

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

small_voteEach week prior to the November election The Somerville Times will present the Statewide ballot questions, along with pro and con arguments, one at a time for examination and further consideration. We begin the series this week with Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing.
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QUESTION 1: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing
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Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 6, 2014?

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Newstalk – October 1

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce is holding their monthly Business After hours social this Thursday night, October 2, 5-7 p.m. at the East End Grille, 118 Broadway. It’s an excellent networking event featuring free appetizers with a cash bar. Free parking in private lot. Bring your business cards for the drawing. Members and their guests are welcome. Treat your colleagues and clients! Sponsored by Our City Realty. RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guests to smackey@somervillechamber.org.

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Attempted bank robbery thwarted

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Two would-be bank robbers were stopped in their tracks in Somerville last week. ~ Photos by John Gardner

Two would-be bank robbers were stopped in their tracks in Somerville last week. — Photos by John Gardner

By Jim Clark

Police arrested two men last week as they made their way to Rockland Trust Bank at 399 Highland Ave., allegedly intent on committing an armed robbery there.

Edwin O’Grady, 55, of New Boston, New Hampshire, and an as of yet unidentified accomplice were stopped before they entered the bank last Thursday at approximately 10:55 a.m.

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Our View of the Times – October 1

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

powderhouse_viewMake way for the mayhem and turmoil that is about to strike Union Square as crews commence preparations for the laying of tracks and all else that goes with the coming of the Green Line through the area.

Some traffic detours aside, the process should actually be fairly orderly and pain-free for locals and passers-through. City and developer plans seem to be thoroughly thought out and, with luck and proper implementation, should allow for a smooth period of adjustment and preparation for the actual construction phase when it begins in earnest.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

snn_10_1_14_webAldermen won’t give up push for campaign finance reform

By Jane Regan

Even though the mayor vetoed their proposed campaign finance reform ordinance, Alderman-At-Large Bill White and his colleagues aren’t giving up.

Known as a “Pay-to-Play” law, the ordinance would limit the amount of money people hoping to do real estate development-related business with the city at $250. It passed with seven votes on September 11 but on September 23, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone sent a letter to the Board of Alderman indicating he was vetoing it.

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The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – October 1

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

eagle_webEagle Feathers #62 – The Great Fires

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

Next week is Fire Prevention Week. Its annual observance is the week in which October 9th falls and has been celebrated at this time since 1922. The reason for this date is the remembrance of a conflagration, the Great Chicago Fire of October 8 and 9, 1871.

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Modern Lovers: Sherman Cafe – Somerville, Mass.

On October 1, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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So there I was having a scone at Sherman’s…like I have done on and off for a decade, when I hear someone say, “Hey, I hear you are closing.” I asked the counterman, and he said today – Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 – was the last day of the Sherman Cafe. I guess it wasn’t making money and the owner decided to close it. They are going to morph into a somewhat tony ice cream shop – that will probably fit the high end image the hip and new square will affect in the coming months and years. It was a great cafe. I have interviewed many local and national writers and artists there like Hugh Fox, Ethan Gilsdorf, Afaa Michael Weaver, too many to name. I also reveled in their oatmeal/cherry scone…it made rare appearances as of late. I also composed many a poem there. This fateful morning I was having breakfast with my old friend Jennifer Matthews, who is relocating to another part of the state, and with who I just finished a music, poetry collaboration with. So parting is such sweet/sorrow. Here is a poem I wrote at the said cafe some years ago – hope you enjoy:

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