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snow 4In accordance with the City’s Snow Emergency Procedures, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has declared a snow emergency for the City of Somerville to go into effect at 1 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 26.  During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted).  Cars not moved by 5 p.m. Mon. evening will be subject to ticketing and towing.  Residents unable to find a parking space on the odd-numbered side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot for the duration of the emergency; however, please note that because school is in session on Monday, school lots will not be available for public parking until 3 p.m. on Monday.  Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at www.somervillema.gov/snow.

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Otis Street Playground Meeting Feb. 3

On January 25, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

somervillelogoMayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) invite all interested community members to a meeting to discuss upcoming renovations to the Otis Street Playground, scheduled to begin in July 2015. The meeting will be held at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St., on Tues., Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend and share the ideas which will shape the design of the new playground. For more information, please contact Arn Franzen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2545, or AFranzen@somervillema.gov.
 

Let’s meet at The Bal–A-Roue

On January 24, 2015, 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)

Originally published on October 6, 2010.

A big fat Hammond B-3 organ. Railings surrounding a wooden oval floor, and hundreds of kids on roller skates! The roller-skating rink was called The Bal-A-Roue, and if you grew up in Medford, Somerville or surrounding areas, you remember it.

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Snow Watch in Effect January 23, 2015

On January 23, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Release from the City of Somerville

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow across much of Massachusetts, with Somerville potentially on the line between a small and large amount of snow. We’ll keep watching the weather and, if a snow emergency needs to be called, will put out alerts. Make sure you’re signed up to get city CTY calls, emails, and/or text messages here: http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts. In the meantime, we’re preparing by having Department of Public Works employees come in tomorrow morning so that we can have 28 plows out on 28 routes.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On January 23, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

snn_1_21_15_webKids and adults were boxing, playing soccer, rowing, hitting softballs, doing martial arts, calisthenics, and learning about skating, women’s football, parkour, music, art and a myriad of other activities at the city’s recent Recreation Fair.

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Accused shoplifter packs more than makeup

On January 23, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were called to Kmart on Middlesex Ave. last Saturday on reports that a shoplifter was being detained by the store’s loss prevention personnel.

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Fighting Rett Syndrome with laughter

On January 22, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Comedic talent from around the area joined forces to raise funds for Rett Syndrome research. Guest of honor Sabrina Budd (center) enjoyed the support of the entertainers who gave their all at the event. ~Photo by Tony Porter of Five6Teen Photography

Comedic talent from around the area joined forces to raise funds for Rett Syndrome research. Guest of honor Sabrina Budd (center) enjoyed the support of the entertainers who gave their all at the event.
— Photo by Tony Porter of Five6Teen Photography

By Tom Bannister

A Comedy Night to raise money for Rett Syndrome research took place on Friday, January 16, at the Somerville City Club.

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Saturday night rim-rider bottle bash

On January 22, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police received several calls last Saturday evening reporting reckless and erratic driving by someone operating a black Cadillac in the West Somerville area.

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Let’s aim higher

On January 22, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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)

Excerpted and adapted from Mayor Curtatone’s State of the City address given on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

One of the many accolades we’ve earned together over the past decade and that we can rightly be proud of is “The Best Run City in Massachusetts.” But our community’s aspirations have always been more than simply having an efficient and effective government. We know that government can do more. It can change people’s lives for the better.
Cities cannot be led by mere managers, seeking the highest rate of return. As Robert F. Kennedy pointed out in 1968, our Gross National Product “measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Government has a critical role to play in the shaping the future of every person who lives in our community. When it comes to improving the lives of our people, government is not just an essential player—it is the essential player.

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Somerville by Design kicks off Winter Hill redesign discussion

On January 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The commercial viability of properties such as the long vacant former Star Market site was among the topics of discussion at the Winter Hill Somerville by Design meeting held last week.

The commercial viability of properties such as the long vacant former Star Market site was among the topics of discussion at the Winter Hill Somerville by Design meeting held last week.

By Douglas Yu

Following two open house meetings about redesigning Winter Hill last year, Somerville by Design presented 50 more design ideas to the neighborhood for an open discussion. The design ideas were sourced from Winter Hill residents.

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