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front1This is no ordinary website overhaul. In the spirit of the open source movement, which makes code available for free to others, the City of Somerville is partnering with Code for Boston, the local volunteer branch of Code for America, to work with vendors on a full, user-centered redesign of SomervilleMA.gov that other cities will be able to borrow for free from—and in turn improve on. Community members or others with web design and development skills are also being sought for the Somerville Website Inspiration & Feedback Team (SWIFT).

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Somerville Police Crime Log November 17 – November 23

On November 25, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Arrests:

Gary Smith, November 17, 8:44 a.m., arrested at 82 Mt. Vernon St. on a warrant charge of fugitive from justice.

David Smith, of 49 Marshall St., November 18, 9:31 p.m., arrested at 96 Wheatland St. on a warrant charge of assault and battery.

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somervillelogoAssessor to provide update on Fiscal Year 2015 Property Assessments; Aldermen to vote on  allocation of the tax levy, exemptions and other provisions; Public invited to speak

Each year in November, the Chief Assessor for the city presents an update to the Board of Aldermen on the new property valuations and the anticipated tax rate for the coming fiscal year (FY). This annual Classification Hearing is open to members of the public, who are invited to speak. This year’s Hearing is on Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall, 2nd Floor, 93 Highland Ave.

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Celebrating 40 years of Vernon Street Studios

On November 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Fans of Vernon Street Studios attended the opening of their 40th anniversary celebration at the Somerville Museum.

Fans of Vernon Street Studios attended the opening of their 40th anniversary celebration at the Somerville Museum.

By Mariya Manzhos

In 1974, the Rogers Foam Factory on Vernon Street made the sixth and seventh floor of their building space available to new tenants. However, the conditions were not exactly inviting. “When we first came there it was filthy dirty, there were no walls, it was just an empty space with pigeons everywhere,” recalls Karen Moss, an original member of the small group of artists to rent the space.

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Holiday events schedule announced for 2014 in Somerville

On November 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

treeSomerville’s popular and festive holiday celebrations will return in December 2014, including the annual Christmas Tree lighting at City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 4, and the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Tours on Saturday, Dec. 13. Mayor Curtatone and other city officials will also participate in a ceremonial Menorah lighting on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16, in honor of the first day of Hanukkah.

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College Ave. Speedway

On November 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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)

My stories are usually lighthearted looks back at Somerville in days gone by or some other hopefully amusing local subject. This article however is a bit more serious because it is about safety. As a lifelong resident of the College Ave. area, it is time to speak out about the horrendous habits of drivers on the dangerous stretch between Powder House Rotary and the lights near Wedgewood-Crane and Connolly.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On November 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

snn_11_19_14_1_webWe have some interesting headlines for the latest Somerville Neighborhood News show, a community news production brought to you by the dedicated staff, volunteers and interns at Somerville Community Access TV.

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Large turnout for Somerville Alderman Bob McWatters

On November 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Alderman Ward 3 Bob McWatters, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Broker/Owner Donald Norton of The Norton Group.~Photo by Ross Blouin

Alderman Ward 3 Bob McWatters, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Broker/Owner Donald Norton of The Norton Group. —Photo by Ross Blouin

By Ross Blouin

A large turnout this past Wednesday, November 19, for freshman Alderman Ward 3 Bob McWatters, at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square. Well over 100 friends and family members turned out to show their support and appreciation for a job well done in his first year as alderman.

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Goodbye, Tommy – we’ll miss you so

On November 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

(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)

I once told a psychiatrist acquaintance of mine that he should stop prescribing medications for patients suffering depression. Instead, he should prescribe an hour a day of Car Talk, National Public Radio’s syndicated show wherein Tom and Ray Magliozzi dispense weekly wisdom on car repair and life.

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Shawna Shea Film Festival Year 3

On November 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shawna-shea-By Rebecca Danvers

The 3rd annual Shawna Shea Film Festival (SSFF) has grown this year with two full days of indie cinema at the Somerville Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22 in Somerville.

SSFF honors the independent spirit of the late Shawna Shea, the daughter of local filmmaker Skip Shea, and brings together independent filmmakers and while supporting young women graduating from high school and starting off on their path in the world.

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