disclaimer_2

*

Newstalk – August 27

It’s the end of summer and Labor Day weekend is almost here. No one can honestly say Somerville didn’t have things going on every single week, which seemed to make the summer go very fast. It’s been nice and cooler in the past few years, but you can’t say Somerville is boring. Doors are shutting in N.H., Cape Cod and Western Mass, and everyone is heading back home. The fall season starts and, although only three months away, we thought we would mention that Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner. Aren’t you excited?

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

web_toon_8_27_14

August 27

__________________________________________________________________

Our View of the Times – August 27

powderhouse_viewHow much do we love summer? It’s certain that we all feel varying degrees of enthusiasm for the season. Some may live to revel in the warm sunshine, while others might prefer a cooler climate, even to the extent of pining for snowy picture-postcard scenes straight out of Currier and Ives.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Supporting local workers and local businesses

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

This coming weekend we celebrate Labor Day, and many of us will celebrate the holiday with cookouts, backyard gatherings and maybe a last trip to beach before the weather starts to turn cooler. It’s easy for us to sometimes forget the reasons for a holiday, focusing instead on having a day off from work, but our holidays are designed to commemorate people and events that have shaped our nation. Labor Day, in particular, is dedicated to American workers, without whom we would not have the thriving economy, reliable services and prosperity that we have today. Here in Somerville, we are working to keep up with a rapidly changing state, national and global economy not only to build a sustainable local economy that keeps our city competitive but that keeps our local workers competitive, too.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Immigration again

Part 2: Truth versus trash talk
*

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 had intended for this to be a two-part series: the first about what’s driving the flood of Central American children who are entering the U.S., and the second about what a rational immigration system would look like.

The system that we have is beyond repair. It’s quotas and criteria harm U.S. businesses and families. Its bureaucracy is slow and unresponsive. And its exorbitantly expensive enforcement mechanisms fail to put a dent in illegal immigration.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Gumby, Bozo and The Pillsbury Doughboy

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

My two sons have been living with their mother since 2005. I still live in the big old cluttered family house with the family pug. Family pug? I guess he’s my pug because I have been feeding him, taking him to the vet, walking him and cleaning up after him by myself for 9 years.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Newstalk – August 20

This Friday night, August 22 (rain date August 23), don’t forget that the Somerville Boxing Club in association with Mayor Curtatone, the Somerville Recreation Department and USA Boxing will be presenting again this year Fight Night at Dilboy. Doors open at 6 p.m., the first bout is at 7 p.m. Admission cost is $20 for adults, $10 youth. Children under 12 are free with paid adult admission. It’s a great time, so mark your calendar. There’s been a lot of controversy online between those in favor of and opposed to kids in boxing. We here at The Times support the Somerville Boxing Club. It’s a great way for kids to learn. Better than the streets.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

web_toon_8_20_14

August 20

__________________________________________________________________

Our View of the Times – August 20

powderhouse_viewThere is a popular saying that everyone has heard: When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. A simplistic view for some, but most of us would agree that there is at least a grain of truth in there.The city’s gun buyback program that took place this weekend may have nothing to do with gun control law, or the removal of dangerous weapons from the hands of criminals, but the community has been provided with a safe means of disposing of unwanted firearms.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Protect consumers and innovation by upholding net neutrality

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Net neutrality may sound like a sci-fi term, but it’s an important concept currently under threat. What’s at stake is the ability for young companies to innovate, consumers to get the best possible service at reasonable prices and the freedom of information that is at our fingertips today.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Summers on Heath St. and Langmaid Ave.

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

I hope you enjoy this story by my friend Anthony Accardi Jr.

Another summer is winding down and soon we will be moving onto fall and then … ugh, winter. I can’t help but remember growing up on Heath St. and the all the fun my friends and I had during the summertime. Thinking back, it always seemed like it was the summer. Except for sledding down Heath St. and of course the Blizzard of ’78, I can hardly remember it ever being cold and miserable. Since I absolutely hate the winter, maybe I have blocked most of those memories out. Or maybe like most childhood memories, it was just a time when it always seemed like summertime.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Newstalk – August 13

The Somerville Boxing Club in association with Mayor Curtatone, the Somerville Recreation Department and USA Boxing will present again this year “Fight Night at Dilboy” on August 22 (rain date August 23). Doors open at 6 p.m. First bout at 7 p.m. Admission cost is $20 adults – $10 youth. Children under 12 free with paid adult admission. It’s a great time, so mark your calendar.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

web_toon_8_13_14

August 13

__________________________________________________________________

Our View of the Times – August 13

powderhouse_viewIs it a bird? Is it a plane? Yes, it’s a plane. More than one, in fact. Many of them, and at all hours of the day – and night.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

A tree grows in Somerville: Expanding our public tree canopy

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

You may have noticed that Somerville streets seem a little leafier lately. In a densely built urban city like Somerville, greening our streets and neighborhoods can be a difficult task, but it’s a challenge we’re committed to taking on. Part of the solution to that challenge is expanding our tree canopy, which is why last month we planted 575 new public trees throughout Somerville as we march toward our goal of planting 2,000 new trees by the end of 2015. Public trees do more than beautify our neighborhoods, although that’s important too. Increasing our tree canopy improves our air quality, saves energy costs and can even help slow down traffic and deter crime. In short: the healthier our trees, the healthier our community.

Continue reading »

__________________________________________________________________

Immigration again

Part 1: The kids from Central America
*

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Once again immigration policy is a daily news item, this time prompted by 30,000 Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadoran children who have arrived here since January. Hoping to save them from the indiscriminate violence that permeates daily life, their parents are paying coyotes to bring them to our border.

Continue reading »