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Newstalk – September 24

A “Honey Bee Demonstration” will take place this Saturday at 1p.m. at Best Pest Control Services on Elm St. near Cedar. The one and only Rod Kreimeyer will be giving a demonstration on how our Villen Bees can help our community. Rod will be harvesting some honey and some samples should be available. He will be able to answer any questions you or your children might have about these busy little animals. It is an outdoor event and there will be lots of bees flying overhead. Their honey bees are very docile and calm but if you are interested in coming just know you are going to be around a lot of bees. They want everyone to BEE there and to BEE in a Honey mood.

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September 24

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Our View of the Times – September 24

The “What the Fluff?” festival hits Union Square once again this coming weekend, an event that has grown in the hearts of so many here.

A lot of public events come and go over the course of each year: road races, music festivals, family events…you name it. What is it though about the celebration of this sticky, sweet and gooey confection that kindles a spot of warmth in so many of our hearts? Is it the generally whacky nature of the event itself? The overall tongue-in-cheek nature of each event within the event?

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State’s casino approval process has failed

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

The casino process has failed. Last week the Gaming Commission voted 3-1 to award a license to Wynn for its proposed gambling center in Everett, even though critical questions about the proposal remain unresolved. It is a disappointing result but unfortunately not surprising. We have seen throughout this entire process that it was designed, from start to finish, to favor the gambling industry. Neither Wynn, nor Mohegan Sun, nor any of the gambling pushers looking to open shop in Massachusetts have had their feet held to the fire by the officials appointed to scrutinize their applications. Whenever there was a question or doubt, the discussion seemingly always resolved in the casino developers’ favor.

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Immigration again

Part 3: What would work
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shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

All political factions acknowledge that our immigration system doesn’t work. Yet this 113th Congress will be another one that does nothing to fix it, even though honest political leaders on both the left and the right agree on the essentials of a workable system.

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Those stores of yore

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

dp_9_24_14_webCan you tell where the photo on the right was taken? It looks a bit different now (The answer is at the end of this story).

As much as a lot of people frown upon Facebook as a waste of time and merely an Internet fad, I for one depend on it for a lot of my research. Although my mind is full of old memories, sometimes it needs a jumpstart. Recently I posed this question: If you could bring back ONE store from the old days of Somerville, what would it be? Facebook responded in a huge way (over 700 responses). Are you ready for yet another jaunt down memory lane? Well, grab your shopping bag and let’s go! Might just as well say bring ‘em all back. (Can you find a repeat?)

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Newstalk – September 17

The calls to Massport from all of us here in the Ville, have helped to slow down the air traffic over the city from constant to every now and then at least for now. As told to us from someone on a flight out of Logan recently the captain came over the loudspeaker and announced that the flight was taking off from over the ocean for “noise abatement”. So the calls are working but we must keep a vigil and when you hear them make sure you call 617-561-3333 or go online and let them know your hearing them again. http://www.massport.com/environment/environmental-reporting/noise-abatement/noise-complaints/.

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September 17

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The View of the Times – September 17

powderhouse_viewAll of us want to do the right thing when it comes to taking those simple and not too time consuming measures to dispose of our disposables in the proper way.

Even the most die-hard skeptics of global warming fears, sustainability pooh-poohers, et al, are gradually coming around to understand that there’s only so much room in the global landfill. Only so much smoke can be tolerated from the handy nearby incinerator. And so on.

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New Chief Fallon will build upon community policing foundation

By Joseph A. Curtatone

David Fallon is officially Somerville’s new Chief of Police, after the Board of Aldermen confirmed his appointment last week, and we are on the brink of an exciting time in our city. A born and raised Somervillian, Fallon has spent the past 16 years helping advance the reforms that have turned our Police Department into a model for other communities. Now he will lead the department and expand those reforms, by instilling the philosophy of community policing and layering crime data analysis at every level of the department.

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Stop flipping that dial!

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

I loved pouring thick, chocolaty Bosco chocolate syrup into an ice-cold glass of milk when I was a kid. Of course, the milk wasn’t in a cardboard or plastic container. It came in a thick glass bottle that the “milkman” delivered. Can’t you still hear the clinking of those empty milk bottles as the milkman picked them up? And what about those cool old milk trucks? You don’t see those anymore unless you are watching a rerun of Leave it To Beaver or some other old TV show.

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Newstalk – September 10

The primary election is over and by the time the results come in we have already gone to press, so look for the results on www.thesomervilletimes.com or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thesomervilletimes) as well. Now let’s hope the ones with the stupid commercials lost so we don’t have to hear them any more. We can now settle back and hear new stupid commercials for the final elections. Are all these politicians as dumb as they sound in their commercials?

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September 10

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Our View of the Times – September 10

powderhouse_viewIt seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? You put a penny in the machine, you get back a gumball. The most fundamental of business transactions imaginable. Penny. Gumball. Every time.

If every day life – in relation to our dealings with one another – was as equally straightforward and uncomplicated, what a lovely world it would be. Right? Certainly. But we’re not all that uncomplicated, are we?

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Assembly Station a beacon for our future

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Assembly Station is open. It’s a short four-word sentence, but the story that led to this accomplishment is a novella. And like any great story, there’s a lesson to take away. Assembly shows how we can build a sustainable economy for our city and the entire Commonwealth by investing in transportation and the infrastructure our economy needs to thrive in the 21st century. It also shows that by staying committed—from the grassroots to the governor’s office—that we can achieve a grand shared vision of remaking a forgotten and underutilized corner of our city into an economic hub and thriving neighborhood.

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