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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.

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October 15

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Our View of the Times – October 15

powderhouse_viewWhatever 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.

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Cities must lead the way on climate change

mayor_webBy 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?

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The High School Auditorium … reborn!

del_ponte_4_webLife 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.

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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.

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October 8

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Our View of the Times – October 8

powderhouse_viewIt’s so unfortunate that what was once an innocuous and pleasant holiday such as Columbus Day has been politicized, vilified, and become a major controversy across our land.

Not that there aren’t some justifiable concerns voiced by various interested parties. It’s just that it used to be so much a part of the fabric of celebrating our national identity, not to mention the pride that Italian-Americans have taken for countless generations in the explorer’s accredited contributions to our history as a nation.

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An opportunity to erase domestic violence misconceptions

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Fifteen people were victims of domestic violence homicide last year in Massachusetts, and including perpetrators, there were 22 domestic violence deaths last year in our state. So far this year, there have been seven domestic violence homicide victims and 14 deaths in total. Last week, we once again walked through Union Square for our Annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We walked to remember those we have lost to this continuing epidemic, and we walked to stand up together, as a community, and let victims and witnesses alike know—you are not alone. I am glad that as a community we stand up and speak out on domestic violence, but if the events of the past year have taught us anything, it’s that we have a long way to go, and a lot to learn.

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There’s a sucker born every minute

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Going to the voting booth imagining that casinos will benefit your family, community or state is equivalent to going to a casino imagining that you’ll leave as a big winner. In both cases someone will end up with a lot of money, and it’s a sucker’s bet that it will be you.

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I love that song!

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Lots of songs remind us of growing up in Somerville. My dad graduated from Somerville High in 1938, and my mom in 1944. Somerville’s swinging teens back in ‘38 were boppin’ to songs like Jeepers Creepers (where’d you get those peepers). The top song in 1944 was Bing Crosby’s Would You Like To Swing on a Star? (carry moon beams home in a jar). It’s cool to imagine my young mom and dad strolling through Davis Square singing those two songs as they “saw the movie for a nickel and had a coke for 2 cents!” (after walking uphill, barefoot, in a snowstorm to school!!)

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Newstalk – October 1

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce is holding their monthly Business After hours social this Thursday night, October 2, 5-7 p.m. at the East End Grille, 118 Broadway. It’s an excellent networking event featuring free appetizers with a cash bar. Free parking in private lot. Bring your business cards for the drawing. Members and their guests are welcome. Treat your colleagues and clients! Sponsored by Our City Realty. RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guests to smackey@somervillechamber.org.

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October 1

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Our View of the Times – October 1

powderhouse_viewMake way for the mayhem and turmoil that is about to strike Union Square as crews commence preparations for the laying of tracks and all else that goes with the coming of the Green Line through the area.

Some traffic detours aside, the process should actually be fairly orderly and pain-free for locals and passers-through. City and developer plans seem to be thoroughly thought out and, with luck and proper implementation, should allow for a smooth period of adjustment and preparation for the actual construction phase when it begins in earnest.

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Making the healthy choice the easy choice

By Joseph A. Curtatone

mayor_webOn Monday this week, State Auditor Suzanne Bump chose Somerville as the place where she announced the findings of her office’s audit of Massachusetts’s programs and initiatives that address childhood obesity. Auditor Bump wanted to announce the findings here because some of the recommendations—from SNAP sales at farmers’ markets to getting kids active before, during and after school—are initiatives that we’ve already undertaken as part of Shape Up Somerville. The success of Shape Up Somerville’s pilot program in 2002 and our accomplishments since have taught us an important lesson that is echoed in the now-released state audit: Combating childhood obesity is an adaptive challenge, not a technical challenge.

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