Newstalk – October 19
This Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., the city will rededicate the playground park at Otis Street. It will be renamed in memory of Deanna Cremin, who grew up in Winter Hill and was found murdered in 1995, at the age of 17. Her murderer has never been caught, but every year all her family and many friends still hold vigils in hopes that someday someone will offer a case-solving lead to the police. The park is just another opportunity to honor her life. Join Mayor Joe Curtatone, Alderman Matt McLaughlin, and other city officials at the corner of Otis and Dane Streets on Saturday.
Our View of the Times – October 19
Back in March of this year, a resolution was put forward at the City of Somerville Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting proposing that the city rename Otis St. Park to Deanna Cremin Playground, as a memorial to the Somerville resident who fell victim to murder 21 years ago.
Ward 1 Alderman Matthew McLaughlin sponsored the resolution, citing the fact that the park had only previously been named for a street running alongside the parcel, emphasized that renaming the public space in memory of Deanna Cremin would be a fitting honor to the victim of this yet-to-be-solved crime.
Lower speed limits can lead to a safer Somerville
By Joseph A. Curtatone
Soon you should see signs popping up around Somerville announcing that the citywide speed limit is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted. We are working to drop the speed limit from 30 to 25 on most roads for one simple reason: Because the data show that slowing down saves lives.
Open Letter to Governor Baker
Dear Governor Baker,
I can’t believe you would even think about decreasing our PNA (Personal Needs Allowance.)
Too many Nursing Homes and Rest Home Residents. We don’t have enough to allow us to live our lives.
Now we merely sub-exist on hope, that’s all we have, $72.80 does not allow much. An increase to $100 a month is a necessity, not merely a dream. You must have elderly relatives. How do they survive? I’m sure you give to them help: what about us? We are deserving. We did all the right things. Many of us even voted for you.
Letter to the Editor – October 22
The ABC’s of Question 2: The Charter School Debate
On November 8th, voters across Massachusetts will vote on whether to raise the cap on charter schools.
A “yes” vote supports this proposal to authorize up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year.
Letter to the Editor – October 19
Accountability needed in zoning process
By Union United
(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)
This week, the Planning Board and Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing on a new zoning proposal for Union Square. This proposal would make it easier for US2 to get special permits to proceed, while failing to assure that the important aspirations expressed in the Union Square neighborhood plan will ever be implemented.
Newstalk – October 12
This Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., it’s Open House here in Somerville with the local Masonic Lodge here in the city, King Solomon’s Lodge AF & A.M. at 125 Highland Avenue (rear up the driveway to the right of the building) doors will be open for residents to come and tour and ask questions about the Masons, the lodge and the building they occupy. King Solomon’s Lodge was chartered September 5, 1783, just two days after the American Revolution ended. Their charter was signed by Paul Revere and they owned and built the original Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. They even have on display the actual documents conveying the land to the Masonic Lodge in Charlestown. Officers and members will be present and light refreshments will be served.
Our View of the Times – October 12
It is an undeniable fact that the City of Somerville draws in an unusually large amount of musical talent within its relatively small confines.
Whether it be homegrown or imported, we have at our fingertips an incredibly diverse and nearly exhaustive supply of mellifluous entertainment to keep us amused and amazed as we watch it pass through our community.