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Newstalk – January 18

This Thursday, January 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., you are invited to attend SCATV’s annual meeting and ASCATDEMY Awards event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the member meeting and followed by the Member Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be hosted by the ever-fabulous duo, Ken and Joe Lynch. The main order of business will be the election of four SCATV members to their board. These are three-year terms, with the opportunity for a subsequent term re-election. Submitted information from nominees will be shared on SCATV’s website beginning January 4 in preparation for membership voting on the 19th. The remainder of the evening of January 19, is for recognizing and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of the radio and television productions, SCATV and BFR producers and talent, and Community Media Supporters who all help make the Commonwealth’s oldest cable access center the vibrant, beloved community asset that it continues to be today. This is a chance for media makers to reconnect with each other, acknowledge and support the work of one’s peers, and to eat and have some fun. They are wishing all a safe and happy new year. They look forward to seeing you there.

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January 18

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Our View of the Times – January 18

The annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day reminds us of the importance of tolerance and embracing diversity in this modern age, just as it was in the days when Dr. King walked among us.

The civil rights movement of the 60s may seem like a distant and detached part of American history for some, perhaps as remote as the civil war itself in the minds of the young who did not live in that time. And yet, there was never a time in our history when the principles involved in that struggle are more relevant and meaningful than today, and even more so as we step forward into the future.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

By Joseph A. Curtatone

Taking a closer look at this month’s notable city data – and interesting numbers.

2: That’s the number of people allegedly behind 53% of Somerville package thefts in December. This December Somerville Police got reports of package thefts from 17 residences (down from 28 in December 2015), and arrested two people allegedly responsible from thefts from nine homes. Package thefts happen year round, and around 25% happen in December. If a package is stolen from your building, make sure you report it to the police.

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Excerpts from Alderman at Large and Board President William A. White Jr.’s Mid-term speech
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By William A. White Jr.

The following are excerpts from Alderman White’s speech delivered at the Board of Aldermen Organizational Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Aldermanic Chambers:

The developments in Washington, D.C. teach us that there are many factors that may have a drastic impact on our programs and finances but are beyond our control.  So as we move forward in debating the very important financial and development issues that face us, we must keep this fundamental fact of life in mind.

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Newstalk – January 11

There’s a rumor floating around that at a recent bake sale at the high school some brownies were being sold with an added kick to them, namely the added ingredient of marijuana. We heard that immediately upon finding out the school administration made a series of robo-calls to let parents know. The individual that did this (we’re not sure if there were one or more involved) has been identified and appropriate action will be taken. Maybe the person involved thought it was OK, since Massachusetts voted to make it legal?

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January 11

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Our View of the Times – January 11

She doesn’t look a minute over 174. But seriously, folks…

When you consider the many remarkable things that have happened here, that have been made here, and what is yet to come, it fills one with a sense of pride and gratitude just to be a part of this city’s heritage and legacy.

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2017: A Look at What’s to Come

By Joseph A. Curtatone

During Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s State of the City address on Monday, January 9, 2017, he discussed many of the successes and challenges Somerville faced in 2016 – as well as some of the work the City is prioritizing this year. The excerpts below offer a glimpse into just a few of the upcoming initiatives the City is tackling. To read the entirety of Mayor Curtatone’s speech, visit www.SomervilleMA.gov. 

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A one-eyed view of how we got here

Conclusion: Reassembling the elephant
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By William C. Shelton

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

I began this series with the parable of the blind people describing the elephant. Each has experienced one part of the elephant—leg, torso, tail, tusk, ear—and forcefully argues that the others have it wrong. An elephant is really like, respectively, a tree, wall, snake, stake, or blanket.

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