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Newstalk – April 22

Another reminder about Sunday, April 26, 4-8 p.m. at the Somerville City Club, when the family and friends of former Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor, who passed away recently, holds a “celebration of life” for Tom. It will also be Tom and Celia’s 25th anniversary on May 12. The invitations went out on Facebook, but if the family missed anyone please feel free to add yourself to this event. The family will need some help with food, drinks, and desserts. This is open to all of Tom’s friends who he knew over the many years.

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April 22

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Our View of the Times – April 22

powderhouse_viewIt’s always a sad occasion when we have to say goodbye to old friends who we may never see again. Especially when such friends have meant so much to so many for generations.

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Newstalk – April 15

The Somerville Pop Warner $5 Pasta Dinner Fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Somerville City Club on Innerbelt Road, across from Holiday Inn. Join the SPW Family for a $5 pasta dinner night complete with dessert, raffles, and a 50/50 drawing. Please support an organization that supports over 250 of our city’s kids. What a great organization for the kids. The adults are very committed to these kids and this is money that is needed to run the organization. Please support the kids.

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April 15

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Our View Of The Times – April 15

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It’s not just another three-day weekend, folks. It’s a huge part of our national – and regional – heritage.

Patriots’ Day was established over 100 years ago to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Re-enactments are staged and speeches are given, and a generally festive air of patriotic zeal pervades.

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Letter to the Editor – April 15

The proposed merging of residential zones was discussed extensively at the April 7 BOA meeting on the new zoning. The planning department’s pitch is based on a particular framing of the development issues that face our city. In order to address the philosophical differences that Alderman White and others have highlighted, it may be helpful to expose this framing, and the more or less hidden assumptions and agendas behind it. This would be a useful step towards reframing the issues in way that’s more beneficial to the community. The key assumptions that need to be challenged are as follows:

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Celebrating Patriots’ Day and Somerville’s revolutionary history

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

This holiday weekend, Somerville will mark the 240th anniversary of Paul Revere and William Dawes riding under cover of night to warn their fellow patriots of the British troops marching from Boston to Concord and Lexington. Somerville will celebrate its part in our nation’s history on Monday, April 20 at Foss Park, where we’ll have Colonial games and songs, refreshments, and of course a visit from Paul Revere on horseback as he makes his historic ride through Somerville on the way to Lexington.

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Empathize with your enemy: A tale of two Defense Secretaries

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Through some thought process that I’ve lost track of, the ongoing atrocity called ISIS or ISIL got me thinking about two different Secretaries of Defense and two different leadership styles.

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Newstalk – April 8

Coming up on Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m., “Under the Roof Benefit 2015” for the Somerville Homeless Shelter’s 30th Anniversary. The Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) will host the dinner at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. To mark this milestone, a number of founding members of the SHC will be in attendance and honored for their initiative, vision, and compassion. While they are still “working to put themselves out of business,” they are committed to helping those in need for as long as there are homeless and hungry people in our community. Visit www.shcinc.org to learn more about the SHC or this event. For questions, please contact Kathryn at 617-623-6111 or kbenjamin@shcinc.org. They hope you will participate in this terrific event.

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April 8

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Our View of the Times – April 8

powderhouse_viewYes, all the potholes left over from the ravages of last winter’s record setting storms are annoying, ugly, and sometimes downright dangerous.

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MBTA needs both reform and revenue

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

The storms of February have made our transportation deficiencies glaringly obvious, and those failures and deficiencies didn’t happen by chance. We created them. We created them by saddling the MBTA with $3.3 billion in state debt, a failed funding formula, and a watering down of Gov. Patrick’s Way Forward funding plan. We are trying to be competitive in the 21st century economy with Nixon-era infrastructure. It doesn’t work. We have before us a choice, an opportunity, and a challenge. The Boston region is one of the most important regions in the world—part of the reason Boston is designated an “Alpha City” by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, meaning that it links major economic regions and states into the world economy. The challenge is: will we remain competitive in the future? Will our capital remain an Alpha City? Business and municipal leaders joined together last week to send a message to our leaders on Beacon Hill: Let’s capitalize on the opportunity before us. Let’s make the choice to invest in a well-maintained and an expanded MBTA system, so we can meet that future economic challenge.

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