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Newstalk – February 21

School vacation is this week and we hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather. During school vacation the Somerville Public Library has lots of activities for kids, preschoolers and teens, including a puppet show at the East Branch this Thursday. Visit their website to learn more: http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org/programs-events.

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February 21

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Our View of the Times – February 21

It’s been a long time coming, and some would say it’s long overdue. After much prodding and pushing by certain members of the community and a few public officials, the name of our city’s legislative body is about to be changed from Board of Alderman to City Council.

What’s in a name, one might ask? Plenty, if you happen to be neither an “alder” (aka “elder”) nor a “man.” In other words, the archaic honorific harkens back to a time when not only did (mostly old) men run things in city government, but women didn’t even legally have the right to vote.

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Be Somerville

By Joseph A. Curtatone

A monthly look at ways to get involved with your city: Don’t just live in Somerville, be Somerville!

Community Preservation Act FY18 Application Accepting Comments through 2/22

An estimated $2.3 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding is available for historic preservation, open space and recreation land projects in fiscal year 2018. But before CPA money can be awarded, the projects need to be selected, and we need your help to prioritize the potential projects. Project information can be found at www.somervillema.gov/cpa by clicking on the ‘CPA Projects’ tab and then ‘2018 Projects.’ Written comments can be submitted by emailing CPA Manager Kristen Stelljes at kstelljes@somervillema.gov by Thursday, February 22. (CPA affordable housing projects will be funded through a separate Affordable Housing Trust Fund process later this year.)

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Letter to the Editor – February 21

Dear Editor,

Rep. Christine Barber is right: “it is easy to feel distraught and cut off by what is happening at the federal level.” She’s also right that positive change is possible here. But she could add that taking personal action locally quashes feelings of powerlessness and despair. Barber must model for her constituents how to take effective actions.

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Newstalk – February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers and fans. We hope everyone has a great day with their significant other or with close family and friends. Enjoy the day!

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February 14

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Our View of the Times – February 14

Sure, many people think it’s a corny occasion. Just another gimmick to ramp up sales of candies, cards, wine and what-not. For others, it’s a special time that provides an opportunity to express their deepest affections to the one – or many – who mean so much to them.

Whatever one’s personal view, it’s difficult to disagree with the idea that we could all use a soft touch and a few gentle words in these times of contentious bickering and extreme divisiveness. It doesn’t take a box of chocolates or a 32 stanza love poem to show a little appreciation for one’s friends and family, or that one special someone.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Taking a closer look at notable city data—and interesting numbers.

59 percent census return rate: Did you know that census responses do more than simply provide us with useful data? Because some federal funding is population based, census responses help determine how much money Somerville receives in some cases. These funds help pay for City programs and services and you can help ensure your city receives its fair share simply by returning your census form. Returning your completed census form is also important because it keeps you on the voter rolls. When inactive voters do not return their census form, the State may invalidate your voter registration. Last year, 59 percent of Somerville residents returned theirs, which is better than most area towns. But surely we can do better.

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Newstalk – February 7

Join Somerville Local First and more than 40 local artists and makers for their February market being held on Sunday, the 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day – take your pick) their market is built to spread the love. As always, you’ll be able to sip on drinks and snacks from the Armory while you peruse all the fabulous goods.

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February 7

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Our View of the Times – February 7

As it has so often been said, you can’t win them all. In what could only be termed a frustrating match-up, our beloved New England Patriots lost out on the big win last Sunday. But our heartfelt appreciation for their tremendous achievements this past season is indisputable. They played well, and we love them for it.

We congratulate the Philadelphia Eagles for an outstanding season and the tremendous effort that paid off in the championship final. Their players and fans have much to be proud of, and their bragging rights are firmly secured. For now, that is. At any rate, our hats – and helmets – are off to them in honor of their tremendous achievement.

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