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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.

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August 20

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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.

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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.

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August 13

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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.

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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.

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Immigration again

Part 1: The kids from Central America
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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.

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Roll out the (root beer) barrel

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

I don’t know about everyone, but a lot of people, including myself, have artifacts or mementos from a place they once worked in or frequented. I have a book of matches from BoBo’s Chinese Restaurant that used to be in Ball Square. When WR Grace (Dewey and Almy) on Alewife Brook Parkway tore down the buildings that housed the boiler room that my dad worked in for 38 years, he kept two of his favorite steam gauges. Those really neat looking gauges are still in my cellar. I have a plastic hatcheck from the Jumbo Lounge formerly in Teele Square. Two of the original booths from The Coronet restaurant and lounge (last week’s story) were on the front porch of the house across the street for over 25 years. They finally succumbed to weather and old age.

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Newstalk – August 6

This Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m., the Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After Hours event takes place at Redbones in Davis Square, 55 Chester Street. It’s a great networking event featuring free appetizers and a free business card drawing with cash bar. Sponsored by Rockland Trust and hosted by Somerville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Co-Chair Dana Iacopucci, of Cubby Oil & Energy.

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August 6

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Our View of the Times – August 6

powderhouse_viewIt’s that time of year again. The Mayor’s Annual Senior Picnic is happening today, and it is always a fun and heartwarming event in the city.Local seniors gather and rub shoulders with city officials, staffers, and the general public in what has become a much-anticipated highlight of the summer season.

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Letter to the Editor – August 6

I’m writing this to tell Jax’s story so that others don’t have to learn this lesson the same way I did … the worst way imaginable.

Jax was a happy and rambunctious puppy like most but like most owners would say, he was far from common. Just ask all the people he would meet on his 2 daily walks where he marched proudly down Broadway and Medford St wagging his tail wildly the entire time and he would pull with all his might to meet everybody like he was running for Mayor. He would go from bouncing off the walls and tearing up shoes to crawling up on your lap for a nice cuddle and nap. Like all crazy pups he would get into things he shouldn’t … like the dead rat in the bushes that resembled his toy squirrel. When he emerged from the bushes with his new plaything I did what anybody would do, I yelled for him to drop it, which he did after his getaway attempt was quickly thwarted. I was grossed out and carried him inside to brush his teeth because he certainly wasn’t kissing me with that tongue anytime soon. It’s too bad toothpaste was least of my worries.

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Lift the liquor license cap and help local economies grow

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Last week, the Legislature passed a bill that would grant Boston 75 new liquor licenses and give Boston the power to appoint its own liquor licensing board instead of vesting that power in the governor. The Legislature should be commended for taking this small step that supports job creation, small businesses, and economic development in growing neighborhoods. Yet this bill begs the question: If the state realizes that more licenses are required to support growing local economies, why have they neglected to lift the archaic cap on liquor licenses? Why do they hang on to an antiquated system that keeps control over the number of licenses on Beacon Hill, instead of giving that control to the people who know those communities the best—the cities and towns themselves?

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The Coronet

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

My friend’s family used to own The Coronet Lounge/Bar/Restaurant which went on to become Barnaby’s and then Redbones. It’s located at 55 Chester Street in Davis Square. Locals such as The Skipper, Bobby Doughnuts, Bobby Polaroid, Peter Pizza, Uncle Paul and Magic frequented the joint when it was Barnaby’s. Today you can find a vast array of barbecue loving patrons in Redbones. There are 25 draft beers on tap as well. You can still see the Barnaby’s lettering on The Redbone’s sign. I wonder if The Coronet letters are under that?

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Newstalk – July 30

Tonight, Wednesday, July 30, Somerville Community Access Television Studios in Union Square, beginning at 6 p.m. the Somerville Labor Coalition Candidate Forum will be held and candidates for the 34th Representative District will present their cases regarding why they want the endorsement of the Labor Council. Candidates Christine Barber, Erin DiBenidetto, Sharon Guzik, Craig Rourke and Nick Lanzilli will be there to answer questions. Hosted and moderated by Joe Lynch. Seats are limited.

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