Newstalk – October 29
Don’t forget next Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day. It’s our duty to go out and vote so we can have a say in what’s happening. Everyone should vote. There should be a line a mile long at each polling place. All the candidates that are running for office have worked hard for your consideration.
Newstalk – October 22
Somerville Food Day Weekend starts this Thursday at 4 p.m. The Somerville Mobile Farmer’s Market will be hosting Mobile Market Parties all throughout Food Day Weekend for #SomervilleFoodDay14! On Thursday, October 23, join in at 268 Powderhouse Boulevard from 4 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, October 25, join in at 530 Mystic Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. Each of these parties will include: The Mobile Market so you can purchase fresh, organic produce at the lowest prices around; Live music featuring your favorite local bands; Children’s activities from face painting to the Somerville Arts Council’s MUSCRAT art bus (only at the Mystic); A food mapping activity so we can collectively map food resources in our city; An urban growing activity to get your hands dirty harvesting vegetables as well as learning how to grow and compost at home; A recipe swap; and a raffle to give away awesome prizes.
Our View of the Times – October 22
With something as important as campaign finance reform, due diligence is essential. Constitutional issues must be cleared while getting the biggest bang for the buck, so to speak. That is, it must have teeth, but don’t bite too hard.
It’s a delicate balance that must be struck, assuring that all sides of the issue are thoroughly examined by lawmakers and everyday citizens alike.
Paying to Play: Understanding State Laws and Local Efforts
By State Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
It has caught the attention of the Somerville press that legislation was passed this summer that will raise the limit on individual contributions to political campaigns from $500 to $1,000 per year, starting in 2015. Looking at this law only, it might appear that the legislature it is allowing more generous campaign contributions for everyone, even those who seem to benefit from particular electoral outcomes. This impression could make the “Pay to Play” ordinance recently endorsed by seven Somerville Aldermen seem at odds with the state law – here’s why it’s not. First of all, the increase in individual campaign contribution amounted to two lines in an eight page bill (about which there will be more later). It was included as a concession to the increased costs of printing, postage, and other campaign expenses since the $500 limit was adopted in 1994. It does not mean that state law treats all campaign donors in the same way, or subjects them to the same donation limits.
Show your civic pride: Vote November 4th
By Joseph A. Curtatone
Somerville voters have often turned out in higher numbers than the percentage of voters in other towns. And I hope that two weeks from now, we’ll see that same sense of civic duty continue that trend at the polls for our state election. But in September, Somerville had about an 18 percent turnout of registered voters for the state primary. That low number was unfortunately in line with turnout across Massachusetts for the primary despite several contested races—some without incumbents, such as the race for governor.
A common sense investment
By William C. Shelton
Boynton Yards will eventually produce more jobs and tax revenues than will a fully revitalized Union Square. For short money, the MBTA and the state could hasten that fate and make a critical investment in restoring the neighborhood to its former status as a center of commerce, employment, and connectivity, but without the unpleasant odors.
The Broadway Theater
Life in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte
The beautification of lower Broadway in East Somerville is … beautiful. I passed by the old Broadway Theater building and started thinking about its history. The following is reprinted from The East Somerville Main Streets webpage. “…it used to be a magnificent theater which at one time was a great attraction for East Somerville. It was built in 1915 as part of an elaborate stock scheme but went bankrupt and was quickly sold to Arthur Viano in 1929. The Viano family ran the theater, which sat 1040 people, for the next fifty years until they closed its doors in 1982.”
Newstalk – October 15
This coming Saturday, the 18th, is the East Somerville Clean Up. Meet at 115 Broadway (East Branch Library) on Saturday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. Come join in making East Somerville beautiful for the fall. Using the citywide cleanup as a starting point, East Somerville Main Streets and Alderman Matt McLaughlin are planning a neighborhood-wide cleanup to make it the cleanest neighborhood in Somerville. Refreshments to follow at location TBA.
Our View of the Times – October 15
Whatever one’s feelings may be regarding the relative merits of the city’s @SomerStreets events, one thing is clear: a good number of people end having a really great time for themselves.
For many, the best is saved for last. That, of course, is embodied in the Monster Mashed-Up event that brings out the kid in everyone who gets involved.
Cities must lead the way on climate change
By Joseph A. Curtatone
Last week, I attended the annual Climate Change Teach-In at UMass Lowell to talk about how Somerville is leading the way in battling global warming. After I called upon Somerville in my inaugural address in January to set a citywide goal to reduce our net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, the organizers wanted to hear what we were doing to reach that goal. And, why set such a high goal, even though we don’t necessarily have a defined path toward achieving that goal?
The High School Auditorium … reborn!
Life in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte
The Somerville High School auditorium is ready to go. It was ruined by hurricane Sandy but now it’s back better than ever. As you can see in the photo, they even uncovered and restored the original ornate “S” crest above the stage and boy is it beautiful.
Newstalk – October 8
Now running through October 18 at the NextDoor Center for the Arts located at 40 Cross Street in Winchester, Somerville’s own David Lebahn is the producer for the play Marry Me A Little, a delightful musical revue featuring a selection of previously removed songs from the works of Stephen Sondheim including: Company, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Saturday Night. Two young New Yorkers (Katie Clark and Taylor Hilliard) spend a Saturday night sharing dreams of love and marriage although they have never met. Directed/Designed by Brian Milauskas with Musical Direction by Bethany Aiken. Performance Dates: Fri. Oct 10, 17 at 8:00 p.m.; Sat. Oct 11, 18 at 8:00 p.m.; Thur. Oct 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct 5 at 2:00 p.m. (with audience talkback). Tickets are $32 General, $25 Sen./Student, $15 Under 18. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit them online at http://www.nextdoortheater.org/ or call the box office at 781-729-6398.