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Newstalk – November 30

Don’t forget to park on the EVEN side of the street this winter during snow emergencies. The Board of Aldermen voted to alternate every year, and this year it is the EVEN side. So scramble to get your spot as soon as they declare. Hopefully, the city won’t be calling any false alarms. Commissioner Stan Koty will give the signal when it’s about to snow.

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November 30

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Our View of the Times – November 30

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Here comes the holiday shopping season once again, and we are ready to embrace the opportunity to celebrate the only way we know how: with enthusiasm and optimistic attitudes.

Let the political and economic pundits doom and gloom themselves into their usual perpetual state of the doldrums. We know how to lift ourselves, to rise to the occasion and make the most of what we have, in spite of whatever challenges may confront us.

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This holiday season, remember to shop local

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By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

It’s that time of year again! Tis the season for gathering with your friends and family, for enjoying whatever holiday(s) your family celebrates, and for giving. With that in mind, I’m pulling one of my “oldie but goodie” op-eds from my archives to remind us all of the importance of shopping local, and supporting local non-profit organizations this holiday season.

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Letter to the Editor: Thanking Volunteers for Special Meals on Wheels Deliveries

Doresta McIntosh (left) was one of 46 volunteers who stepped-up to make Meals on Wheels deliveries for Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services the morning of Thanksgiving. The volunteers allowed most regular drivers to have the day off, but McIntosh volunteered to come in and do her regular route on the holiday. She’s seen here with SCES Community Meals Program Director Deborah McLean.

Doresta McIntosh (left) was one of 46 volunteers who stepped-up to make Meals on Wheels deliveries for Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services the morning of Thanksgiving. The volunteers allowed most regular drivers to have the day off, but McIntosh volunteered to come in and do her regular route on the holiday. She’s seen here with SCES Community Meals Program Director Deborah McLean.

By Nathan Lamb

For many of us, Thanksgiving is probably some welcome time off. But for some it was also a chance to give back, by volunteering to help Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) make Meals on Wheels deliveries.

All told, 46 volunteers stepped-up for Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving, allowing our regular drivers to enjoy the day off. Our thanks go out to the volunteers who made that possible, and to staff members who chose to come in and help out.

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Newstalk – November 23

Happy Thanksgiving to all of Somerville’s many diverse families and friends. May we all have a peaceful and familial time this year.

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Join Somerville Local First and over 40 local vendors at Arts at the Armory on Sunday, November 27 for a day of local holiday shopping at the 2016 “Holiday Marketplace” from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Maker’s Marketplace offers a wide selection of handcrafted goods, confections, jewelry, home decor, apparel, textiles, accessories and art. You will be sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Shift your holiday shopping this year and support local artists, designers and makers in the Boston area.

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November 23

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Our View of the Times – November 23

Giving thanks for our blessings is normally an easy thing to do. We may often get caught up in the day-to-day trappings of scratching out a living, ducking misfortune, and seeking out an occasional highlight to add to our mental scrapbooks. Usually, though, we come around to feeling and expressing that special sense of appreciation and gratitude that comes in moments of quiet reflection just in time to validate ourselves as worthy recipients of such blessings.

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Letter to the Editor – November 23

Dear Editor,

I wanted to write to commend Nicholas Salerno, Chairman of the Elections Department and his staff for what has served as a well-organized and welcoming process that was an “Independence Day” for me.

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A one-eyed view of how we got here

Part 1:  Community disintegration and voter fragmentation
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By William C. Shelton

You may be familiar with the parable of the blind people describing the elephant. One asserts that an elephant is like a wall. Another, that it’s like a tree trunk. A third counters that it’s like a snake. “Not a snake, but a stake,” insists the fourth. The fifth can’t imagine why the others don’t know that an elephant is like a warm flapping blanket. And so on. Each is certain because, for a moment at least, each directly experienced the elephant.

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