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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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July 16

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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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Rules of Thumb

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Any man in Davis or Union Squares on a Friday night who is drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon, discussing obscure bands and movies, and wearing Converse All-Stars, a plaid shirt, tight jeans, heavy-rimmed glasses and facial hair will declare that he is not a hipster.

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Wait until your father gets home!

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Originally published July 17, 2010

My kids had turned just about every light in the house on and went out. When they came back I said, “Who do you think I am, Rockefeller?” They looked at me with a very strange expression. I should have updated it to Donald Trump.

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Newstalk – July 9

It’s finally here, and to everyone that grew up in East Somerville – especially in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s – The First East Somerville Reunion will be this Saturday evening at the Somerville City Club. The event is free to all including the food, which was taken care of by sponsors of the event. The time is 7–11 p.m. What a great way to celebrate a special community like East Somerville, and if you grew up there or lived there you’d know exactly what we are talking about. From Foss Park to Sullivan Square, Lower Broadway, both the Avenues and “the other side” – what a great way to celebrate your youth with others who grew up in this small community. Again, the event is free and no reservations are required. Come enjoy yourself and meet and greet old friends and make new ones, over 100 coming. By the way, City Club is directly across the street from the Holiday Inn, Lower Washington Street and Inner belt Road.

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July 9

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Our View of the Times – July 9

powderhouse_viewLet’s face it, a little dose of nature goes a long way towards rejuvenating the spirit and reconnecting us to our intrinsic qualities of being products of the natural world itself.How easy it is to meld into the fabricated configuration of stone, steel, and glass that dominates our everyday lives. And yet, there is something that is soothing and uplifting about taking a quiet walk through a forest or along the seashore, drinking in the grandest designs of all, those not made by human hands.

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Zoning workshops collaboratively build community and better customer service

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

Our greatest successes as a city are born from working together, on a foundation of shared values and principles, to build the frameworks that will shape the future of our city. From our 20-year comprehensive SomerVision plan, to the rezoning of Union Square, to our ongoing Somerville By Design workshops, we rely on you to guide what kind of community we are going to be. That’s what all of these community-based discussions are about—building community. At a base level, building community starts with our zoning code. It’s where we identify neighborhoods and what should be allowed to be built in each neighborhood. This is the framework that shapes how our city will evolve, but we have realized that what we have on the books today is neither predictable nor easy to navigate.

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Next stop…‘Meffa’

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Originally published May 10, 2008

Having the Red Line extend to Davis Square was a great achievement. The stop has become a huge asset to commuters as well as businesses. It turned Davis Square into “The Paris of the Nineties,” whatever that means. Too bad it wasn’t there when I was going to Emerson College. Taking a bus to Harvard Square and then changing to the train at Charles Street was a pain. My son can now hop the red line at Park St. and come directly to Davis Square from Suffolk University to ask me for money!

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Newstalk – July 2

Fireworks are this week, Thursday night, July 3. The city will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of Fireworks at Trum Field. Live entertainment for our Independence Day celebration will include performances by the Somerville Sunsetters, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers, and the U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble beginning at 6 p.m., all leading up to a 30-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m. In case of rain, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers and the U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble will perform at the East Somerville Community School at 7 p.m. on July 3. All other entertainment will be postponed until July 10. For the tenth anniversary celebration, community members are invited to send in any old photos or items from past celebrations (recent and distant past) to help us celebrate Somerville’s history. Send photos or information to Carlene Campbell-Hegarty at CCampbell@somervillema.gov, or call 617-625-6600 ext. 2615.

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July 2

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Our View of the Times – July 2

powderhouse_viewIt isn’t exactly a beauty contest, but – all things being equal – how do we choose our next Chief of Police from among this group of highly qualified and capable individuals?

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Fourth of July fireworks celebrate our city and history

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

A great Somerville tradition continues on Thursday, July 3, when we strike up the bands at Trum Field for the annual Fourth of July fireworks. Performances by the Somerville SunSetters, Booty Vortex, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers, and the U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble will entertain the crowd before the fireworks fill the sky. Ten years ago, we brought back this cherished celebration after a more than 20 year hiatus. Restoring this Somerville tradition is also part of a larger tradition—celebrating who we are.

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