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Newstalk – May 17

Alderman At-Large Dennis Sullivan is having his campaign kickoff this Thursday night, May 18, at the Old Magoun’s Saloon, 518 Medford Street in Magoun Square. Dennis has been a solid voice on the Board for the residents, asking the right questions all the time. He’s the only one that does “meet the Alderman” out in public in various parts of the city, and is very accessible to the community. Step up and join him this Thursday night.

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May 17

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Our View of the Times – May 17

It began as a way to memorialize the military casualties of the Civil War, and was originally termed Decoration Day. Decorating the graves of the countless multitudes of fallen soldiers helped to console the grieving survivors of the debacle while uniting the once divided nation in a worthwhile common cause.

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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.

11,156: That’s the total number of calls related to traffic and parking topics that 311 has fielded so far this year. Traffic and parking calls continue to outnumber any other call topic (although we have seen a slight reduction in the number of calls compared to last year), and the calls we receive fall into 48 different traffic and parking categories. Of those, one category accounts for more than 25 percent of calls: obtaining a parking permit.

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Newstalk – May 10

This Friday evening, May 12, at the high school’s Highlander Café, the annual Somerville High Scholarship Foundation fundraiser is once again upon us, with the chance to win $10K CASH, plus up to 24 prizes of $100 each. Tickets for the $10K drawing are $100 each and only 250 tickets will be sold. A great cause serving the students from Somerville. Over the years the foundation committee has raised over a million dollars and each year many students from Somerville High benefit from the generosity of the foundation and those that support it. Contact Eugene Brune or mail a check for $100 to SHS Raffle c/o Joseph Favaloro, P.O. Box 440275 Somerville 02144. Better yet, come on out and have a great night and buy your ticket in person.

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May 10

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Our View of the Times – May 10

Ready or not, this year’s installment of PorchFest will be hitting the city this coming weekend.

Those who have, in the past, taken notice of the event – and it is an event that is rather difficult not to notice – usually have fairly strong opinions of approval or distaste for the goings on.

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Newstalk – May 3

Attention members of Local 103 of the Electrical Union in Boston: voting is this coming Saturday May 6. We hope you elect a real good guy, Kevin Molineaux, for one of the six seats on the Executive Board. Over the past few years Kevin has worked hard for the union in many capacities, we hope that all those that vote this weekend mark your ballot for Kevin Molineaux.

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May 3

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Our View of the Times – May 3

One thing can be said for sure about our great city: there is no want for creative energy and enterprise. Just look at the 100+ artists who will be participating in this weekend’s Somerville Open Studios (SOS) event.

Artisans and crafters of seemingly limitless disciplines and choice of media work and thrive right here among us humble, regular types who wouldn’t know a palette knife from a chainsaw.

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Now this is going to be interesting

Bob, age nine, holding forth on his porch with Muhammed Ali. — Photo by Gordon Parks

By William C. Shelton

Thirty-two years ago, Bob Massie came to Somerville to serve as pastor for Christ Church, a small Episcopal congregation that was on the border between Winter Hill and East Somerville.

On May 16, his campaign kickoff at the Armory will be the next step in a circuitous journey, strewn with adversity and accomplishment.  And it should presage the most intriguing gubernatorial race in a long time.

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