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Newstalk – April 16

Come and join this month’s block party Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Chuckie Harris Park (Cross Street East). Bring a picnic and the family, have fun and meet your neighbors.

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Happy birthday this week to some of our fans here in the Ville and elsewhere. A big “happy birthday” to Linda Rock Coutoumas, who is celebrating this week. Talt Gregory Shackelford IV, from a well-known Villen family, we wish him a HB. Winslan George, who is local realtors very involved here in Somerville for many years, we wish a very happy birthday. Cheryl Constantine Leatham’s is celebrating this week as well.

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April 16

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Our View of the Times – April 16

powderhouse_viewThe fines from the state Ethics Commission usually hits a high of a few thousand dollars in the case of the most egregious, flagrant and unapologetic of conflict-of-interest violations.

And that’s when someone is being super-obviously sketchy to the 100th degree.

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Goodness of people is the legacy of the Boston Marathon

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

This week, we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. On Tuesday, the city held a moment of silence and invited people to the Public Safety Building for reflection, remembrances and memorials, with counselors and staff from the Trauma Response Network there to provide support to anyone who needed it. That support will again be available at the Public Safety Building on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., so that the people of our community can come together, reflect and remember.

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Newstalk – April 9

Coming up Friday, April 11, is Prospect Hill Academy’s huge fundraiser entitled “The Golden Twenties” at One Seaport Lane, Boston. Tickets are $95 or $125 at the door $125. For tickets, contact Anja Bresler at 617-284-7822 or email abresler@prospecthillacademy.org. This promises to be a great program with lots of prizes being offered.

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April 9

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Our View of the Times – April 9

powderhouse_viewGreen Line extension stops, master plan discussions for Union Square and grand visions for Assembly Row have taken up much of the planning talk around the city, and now it’s time to take an overdue look at Winter Hill.

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A unified community front against opioid addiction

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Massachusetts—and the nation—face an epidemic and Somerville is not immune. In four months starting on Nov. 1 of last year, 185 people in the Bay State died from heroin overdoses according to the State Police, and that number does not include Boston, Springfield or Worcester. Deaths from drug overdoses now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents nationwide, according to an October 2013 report from nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. That report also found that between 2000 and 2010, the number of states that surpassed the alarming benchmark of more than 10 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 increased sevenfold—from five states to 38. One of those states was Massachusetts, which rose from a rate of 7.5 deaths to 11—an increase of 47 percent.

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The best explanation for our growing economic inequality

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Economics has been called the “dismal science” ever since Thomas Carlyle turned that phrase in 1849. But a blazing discussion is illuminating the gloom. Its light source is the English publication of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty.

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Good eats on ‘The Hill’

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Here is another story by my good friend Anthony Accardi Jr.

As far back as I can remember, there has always been an abundance of eating establishments on Winter Hill. Besides the old standard of pizza and sub shops, at one time we had a White Tower Restaurant, a fresh fish market that also served fried seafood, a delicatessen, a coffee shop and even a Brigham’s Ice Cream Restaurant, among others. With all of these eating places, other small businesses and a Star Market, Winter Hill was at one time a bustling area with both high foot and vehicular traffic. It was a place where people could do their food shopping, run their errands and grab a quick bite to eat – and all within walking distance of each other.

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Newstalk – April 2

The city street-sweeping program started yesterday (April 1 … no joke) and runs through Dec. 31. Check the posted signs on all the streets when they are coming down. This is big money for the city, so be careful.

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April 2

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Our View of the Times – April 2

powderhouse_viewSuburban legislators may not quite understand why the city wants to increase the residential tax exemption from 30 to 35 percent.

But most of us do.

Somerville is a victim of its own success: People want to live here; businesses want to open up here; and real-estate investors from Florida to China want to buy into the hot market here.

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Somerville’s loss of Sciortino as state rep is state’s gain

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Every Somerville achievement has had multiple hands that have held it, examined it and forged it. As Mayor, I rely on the intrinsic wisdom in our community, the values that the people in our community hold dear, and return to that wisdom and those values every time we face a choice or a challenge. I have partners everywhere—from individual members of the public who advocate for policies and initiatives, to grassroots organizations who rally around an issue, to my fellow elected officials who represent the values of their constituents.

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The Railside Lounge and Bar-B-Que

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Walking into The Railside Lounge and restaurant in the ‘70s was not like walking into one of the bars/restaurants in Davis Square today. You were met with a blast of cigarette smoke that stayed on your clothes and your hair. If you weren’t supposed to be there, your pungent scent ratted you out! The clientele was a lot different, too, because Somerville back then was different. Salt of the earth, slice of life, work with your hands, shot and a draft beer different. They called that drink a boilermaker, and you could get a good one at The Railside.

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Newstalk – March 26

Tonight (Wednesday) is the public hearing on the Powder House School. Now that Tufts is out of the picture, let’s hope the city now does the right thing in finding a real developer that will build something that the city can benefit from both in looks and taxes. The meeting is in the Tufts Administration Building on Holland Street (Old Western Junior High for those Villens out there) at 6:30 p.m.  Make your voices heard on the proposals – or lack of them. Don’t let hired outside planning department employees dictate what they want.

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March 26

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Our View of the Times – March 26

powderhouse_viewNegotiations broke down last week between the city and Tufts over the university’s plans – or apparent lack thereof – for the Powder House School and the land surrounding it. The main reason given was that Tufts could not commit to a timeline of when it would break ground.

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