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Newstalk – November 26

On Tuesday night the Board of Alderman met to discuss and vote on next year’s President and Vice President. Alderman at Large Bill White was elected for the third year in a row as the Board’s President for the coming year. Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballyantine was elected the Board Vice President. Katjana is a freshman alderman, just finishing her first year in office. The Board President appoints members to the various board sub-committees at his discretion. We wish Alderman Bill White the best of luck in this his third year as President. He certainly is knowledgeable in the rules of the board.

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November 26

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Our View of the Times – November 26

powderhouse_viewGiving thanks for our blessings is normally an easy thing to do. We may often get caught up in the day-to-day trappings of scratching out a living, ducking misfortune, and seeking out an occasional highlight to add to our mental scrapbooks. Usually, though, we come around to feeling and expressing that special sense of appreciation and gratitude that comes in moments of quiet reflection just in time to validate ourselves as worthy recipients of such blessings.

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Letter to the Editor: Spring Hill Development Watch

Spring Hill Development Watch serves to channel community opposition to the ongoing McMansionization of Spring Hill, most recently at 139 Summer Street. Our members include many of the same people who resisted the gutting and subdivision of 3 Benton Road. In October, we submitted a zoning amendment that would penalize developers for destroying trees during condo conversions. A public hearing will be held on this amendment, December 11 at 6pm at the VNA on Lowell Street.

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‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

I would like to present another story by my friend and fellow Somerville native, Anthony Accardi Jr.

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. We always celebrated Thanksgiving with my grandparents on my mother’s side of the family. The travel was easy; just walk down one flight of stairs to an afternoon of turkey, lasagna, various side dishes and lots of sweets. After dinner the tryptophan from the turkey would kick in and then it was one flight back upstairs for a nice nap on the couch. However it wasn’t just the turkey, lasagna and desserts that made me crave a nap. It was the night before Thanksgiving. Otherwise known as “Thanksgiving Eve.” It was a night out for a few drinks; maybe reunite with friends that you hadn’t seen in years and then afterward a visit to Kay and Chip’s for breakfast.

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Newstalk – November 19

Tonight at Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave.,  Alderman Ward 3 Rob McWatters, the “constituent service alderman,” will be holding a fundraiser. He’s very popular here in the city and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the place packed. We did hear he’s going to have some surprise guest of honor, the newly elected Middlesex District Attorney will be present. A nice person who is from Somerville and Ward 3.

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November 19

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Our View of the Times – November 19

powderhouse_viewWhat’s in an old building anyway? Memories, and plenty of them. That’s for sure. Such is the case with the much-beloved Somerville High School auditorium, which just this week celebrated its official reopening with a short ceremony that brought city officials and the public together to welcome the old landmark back into service in grand style.

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Gas tax repeal an opportunity to get transportation funding right

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Governor-elect Charlie Baker faces a huge challenge on the first day he takes office—how to maintain an aging transportation system that is the backbone our economic strength. Last year, the Legislature passed the first gas tax increase in 22 years and, in doing so, also linked the tax to inflation rates. On Election Day this year, Massachusetts chose to roll back that provision linking the gas tax to inflation, which will cost the state $1 billion over the next decade in transportation funding. This is a challenge for Gov. Baker and all our state legislators, but it’s also an opportunity to address the inadequacies in our transportation funding. If we’re going to stay economically competitive as a region and a state, we must explore bold and innovative ways to fund the strong transportation system we need if our economy is to thrive.

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Goodbye, Tommy – we’ll miss you so

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

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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College Ave. Speedway

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte 

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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Newstalk – November 12

Join The Chaille Family of Green and Yellow Cab for the 8th Annual fundraiser for senior transportation: The Family of “Edith Chaille Memorial Transportation Fund” coming up on November 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn here in Somerville. The Somerville Council on Aging and Somerville Elders Services are jointly hosting the fundraiser. A buffet, DJ, live and silent auctions will be available for all. This is a great cause in honor of Edith Chaille given by the family to help the elderly here in the city to have free transportation. If you’d like to donate or have any questions please contact Director Karen Tamagna at ktamagna@comcast.net.

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November 12

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Our View of the Times – November 12

powderhouse_viewThere are few, if any, of us who don’t look fondly back to our childhood days and the fun we used to have riding our bikes to school and back home, or out on adventures through undiscovered territories, and so on.

For many, these pleasures extended far into adulthood as well. And for certain others, cycling serves as a pleasurable and healthy alternative means of transportation on a regular basis.

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Attracting more office businesses strengthens our city

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

We learned some great news this week, as software company SmartBear announced that it will be the first tenant in Assembly Row’s Class A office building, following Partners HealthCare’s announcement that it will build a new office building in Somerville’s newest neighborhood. In choosing Somerville, SmartBear’s CEO specifically cited public transit options, moving closer to other technology companies in the urban core, and amenities that tech workers seek—the culture, art, food scene and more that make Somerville attractive. The company’s move is an important indicator that the years of community planning we’ve done around smart, transit-oriented development, are building a stronger local economy for all our businesses, expanding our tax base and bringing high-quality jobs to Somerville. And we’ve done all this by staying true to ourselves and leaning on our strengths.

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