Intolerance and arson

On February 24, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By William C. Shelton

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

The part of East Somerville where the avenues are named for states was once a high hill with a convent atop it. Both are gone.

Ploughed Hill, later renamed Mount Benedict, was razed to fill in the Middlesex Canal in the late 19th Century. Before that, a mob burned the convent in 1834.

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Big goings-on weekly at ESCS

On February 23, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's ESCS PJ album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro
It was a busy week at East Somerville Community School. The 4th grade students showed off their projects. Ms. Fothergill and Ms. Ceballos’s students picked an animal to research and put together a display based on that animal for the Animal Research Project.

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In 2017, politics is more local than ever

On February 23, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

 By Rep. Christine P. Barber
34th Middlesex District

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

Like many of us, I was unsettled by events of 2016 that brought more division and discord than ever to the surface. Now I am struggling to fight back against decisions being made in Washington, D.C., and continue to feel uncertain every time I turn on the news. Many of us feel disconnected from Washington and politics at the federal level. While we must continue to resist extreme federal policies, what gives me hope is a renewed interest in local politics. There is now an opportunity to work together on critical issues affecting our state and communities, and in doing so, we can powerfully exemplify what it means to be a state leader in this new era.

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Ruby Rogers Recovery Center May Shut Down

On February 23, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Local Nonprofit, The Ruby Rogers Center​, may lose funding in July, following their fiscal year. The Center has been operating since 1985 and provides cost-free support to individuals who deal with the challenges of mental illness, development disabilities, aging, or dual diagnosis.
 

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He was in charge all the way to jail

On February 23, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to a Flint St. location early Saturday morning on reports of a fight in progress.

Upon arrival, the officers observed a female reclining backwards in the driver’s seat of a car. As the officers approached the vehicle, she sat up straight and put the vehicle in drive. She was ordered to place the vehicle in park and then asked if she heard of or was involved in a fight, to which she stated “No.”

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Somerville: A Place for All

On February 23, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joseph A. Curtatone

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

Recently, I’ve been asked a number of times to discuss Somerville’s status as a sanctuary city and each time I do, I try to emphasize that we will not waiver from our commitment to being a city that welcomes and serves all. When we say all, we mean all – and that means acknowledging and addressing inequity on other fronts too.

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The Somerville Chamber of Commerce announced today that it will host a panel discussion on February 28 entitled The Next Innovation Center: Why Not Somerville?. Attendees will learn insights from industry thought leaders as to how the City of Somerville can capitalize on the current market environment to realize its goals of becoming a regional jobs and innovation center. The event is scheduled to occur at the Holiday Inn – Bunker Hill, 30 Washington Street, Somerville, at 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

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PHA Lady Wizards undefeated and tournament bound

On February 22, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Prospect Hill Academy Lady Wizards finished its 2016-2017 season undefeated with a divisional record of 12-0 (14-0 overall) and will be the #1 seed from Division I in the upcoming final tournament.

By Ashley Richardson

The final horn has just sounded to conclude 2016-2017 regular season play for girls’ basketball in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization (MCSAO).

The Lady Wizards of Prospect Hill Academy with a divisional record of 12-0 (14-0 overall) will be the #1 seed from Division I and pitted against the winner of Division II’s #4 v #5 play-in game to be scheduled for early next week.

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Board of Aldermen addresses jobs for Somerville residents

On February 22, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The City of Somerville is looking at ways to improve the chances of local residents and immigrant workers to land jobs in construction and other key sectors through various workforce jobs initiatives.

By Jim Clark

At last week’s catch-up regular meeting of the Board of Alderman on February 14, the report of the Committee on Housing and Community Development’s meeting on February 6, included details regarding development of and funding for the local hiring and workforce development First Source program, and report on the outcome of FRIT’s recent job fairs for Assembly Square, including Somervillians getting jobs.

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Mass health officials release quarterly report on opioid OD deaths

On February 22, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Opioid-related deaths, unintentional/undetermined January 2000 – December 2016.

By Charles Lane

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released preliminary 2016 fourth quarter data for opioid-related deaths among Massachusetts residents last week.

The report shows death rates involving heroin continue to decline, however, those deaths have decreased at approximately the same rate that fentanyl-related deaths have increased. The report also shows a 15 percent decrease in 2016 in the number of prescriptions for schedule II and III opioids compared with 2015.

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