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Newstalk – July 30

Tonight, Wednesday, July 30, Somerville Community Access Television Studios in Union Square, beginning at 6 p.m. the Somerville Labor Coalition Candidate Forum will be held and candidates for the 34th Representative District will present their cases regarding why they want the endorsement of the Labor Council. Candidates Christine Barber, Erin DiBenidetto, Sharon Guzik, Craig Rourke and Nick Lanzilli will be there to answer questions. Hosted and moderated by Joe Lynch. Seats are limited.

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Our View of the Times – July 30

powderhouse_viewWhat happened at Market Basket stores these past few weeks, and in particular this past week, was astounding to say the least.

Imagine employees of a large corporation picketing to get back the boss? What is this world coming to? When you come right down to it, it’s not about corporate greed, not about unions and demands (there isn’t any union at MB), it’s all about loyalty.

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Considering effective charter schools strategies

jehlen_op_edBy  Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D- Arlington)

Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending.

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To Demoulas Supermarkets Inc.’s directors: Smarten up

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Since your actions demonstrate that greed is your primary motivator, let’s realistically assess your chances of fulfilling those dreams of avarice. Considering the breathtaking rate at which you are destroying shareholder value, chances are slim.

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Newstalk – July 23

Over 100 people attended Monday night’s community meeting for the Powder House School location. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development hosted the meeting for residents to discuss the future of the former Powder House Community School site. One development proposal we heard of was for 40 units there at the old school. We hope that no development goes there and that the property is used for housing. Time will tell. What do you think the school property should be used for?

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Our View of the Times – July 23

powderhouse_viewThe Somerville Arts Council’s ArtBeat festival has become a much beloved annual tradition here in the city for many.

One thing can be said for certain, it brings to the fore some of the most imaginative and unique creations one could ever wish to see, hear, and – sometimes – even feel.

This year’s theme, Hatch, brought out some particularly ingenious ideas to be presented to the art-loving public in and around Davis Square last weekend.

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Gun buyback program can help keep our families safe

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

The Massachusetts House of Representatives took an important step this month in passing a commonsense gun control bill that fairly addresses all the facets of this critical issue. Massachusetts police chiefs—who already have discretion over licenses to carry firearms—will be able to deny an application for a firearm identification card if the applicant is deemed a safety risk; licensed gun dealers will be able to obtain a CORI check when hiring employees; and the state would create an online portal for private gun sales. Meanwhile, school districts would be required to develop plans to address students’ mental health needs and have a school resource officer for security purposes, and the State Police would have a new criminal firearms and trafficking unit.

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How are ya, pally?

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Originally published September 13, 2008.

I love Somerville. Why do I love Somerville? There are tons of reasons. One reason is that I know where most of the streets are. I also know a lot of short cuts, especially during rush hour. Here are a few more reasons:

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Newstalk – July 16

This Friday and Saturday is the annual Arts Beat Festival 2014. ArtBeat is a massive arts hootenanny, with a slew of bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and visual arts. This year’s theme is HATCH, so expect to see creativity hatching galore. Decorate an egg and pop it in the Hatch-O-Matic contraption. Check out the newly born MUSCRAT art bus. Behold recently hatched creatures including a baby alligator! $3 donation requested. Friday night: 6-10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m-6 p.m. For the full schedule and descriptions: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2014/schedule.

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Our View of the Times – July 16

powderhouse_viewThe process of finding a replacement for our outgoing Chief of Police has been quite an undertaking. From a “nationwide search” – yielding four New Englanders as final contenders, as it happens – to a thorough vetting process involving city officials and the general public, we have before us now two finalists who are excellent candidates for the position.

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Some ideas for preventing gentrification in Union Sq.

A Boston Globe op-ed from July 1 claimed that “at heart, Somerville’s Union Square redevelopment is an anti-gentrification plan. The only way to moderate spiking rents is to build more.” Unfortunately, the redevelopment itself is not an anti-gentrification plan. It will take strong community involvement and proactive anti-displacement measures to make it one.

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Community engagement critical to Union Square revitalization

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

After months of public meetings, presentations, community feedback and visits to projects across the country, we took our first big step in Union Square. In June, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority selected US2 to undertake perhaps the most important and most sensitive project in Somerville—the revitalization of key properties in Union Square that will complement this historic neighborhood—while realizing our vision of more jobs, more housing with a range of affordability, and more green space. I want to thank the Union Square Civic Advisory Committee, the Redevelopment Authority, city staff and every community member who provided insight and thoughtful critiques over the past six months. But that was just the first step. We need that insightful participation to continue.

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