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Newstalk – December 17

Open House! Visit the Pets In Need Animal Shelter this weekend at 2 Bradley Street, Somerville, MA 02145, from noon to two on Saturday and Sunday.

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December 17

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Our View of the Times – December 17

It’s an issue that won’t go away – in spite of all the running that’s going on.

Many local residents have voiced extreme dissatisfaction with the number and frequency of road race events sanctioned by the city that result in the temporary closure of public streets.

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Moving forward on campaign finance reform

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

In September, I vetoed an ordinance that sought to set tough restrictions on campaign contributions from developers and others not because I disagreed with the intentions, but because I believed that as written the ordinance would be unenforceable. We should be grateful that Somerville has such a progressive Board of Aldermen that won’t wait for others to undertake the reforms that our state and nation so badly need. We share the same values: That elected officials should represent everyone, not only the biggest campaign contributors, and that even the appearance of influence can negatively impact our community.

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The fatal flaw in the city’s affordable housing initiative

 shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

In October, Mayor Curtatone announced “Sustainable Neighborhoods,” an initiative to maintain Somerville’s housing affordability and economic diversity. The good news for me is that the city will finally mobilize the full range of tactics that Mayor Capuano’s Affordable Housing Task Force recommended sixteen years ago.

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Do you hear what I hear?

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Reprinted, revised and borrowed from articles of Christmas past.

For years I wrote Christmas parodies with my counterpart Tom Doyle formerly of WROR. My songs have graced the airwaves of Kiss 108, Eagle 93.7, and Oldies 103. It was a great run! You can see some of my silliness on A Very Seriously Somerville Christmas on city cable channels 13 and 22, and by following this link: youtube.com/somervillecitytv.

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Newstalk – December 10

Don’t forget the Christmas tree and wreath sale at Foss Park. The proceeds go to the Next Wave and Full Circle Alternative School here in the city. Please consider stopping off and helping the kids out and buy your tree locally.

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December 10

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The View of the Times – December 10

powderhouse_viewRoll out the red carpet and start hanging the tinsel. Here comes the holiday shopping season once again, and we are ready to embrace the opportunity to celebrate the only way we can: with enthusiasm and optimism.

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Ending Secure Communities strengthens police, public cooperation

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

President Obama has ended Secure Communities, the misguided and ineffective program that we opted to limit in Somerville earlier this year. In some ways, Secure Communities’ ignominious end was inevitable. A federal judge has already ruled that holding a person released by the courts—which the program required—violates the Fourth Amendment. Statistics showed that the majority of people deported because of Secure Communities had no criminal convictions. We were breaking apart families, which leads to more crime, in the name of a broken immigration system. Everyone knew this program was flawed and that it would end eventually, but faced with a Congress that refuses to govern because they’re more interested in winning elections than smart, evidence-based decisions, the President rightly acted within his power to end Secure Communities sooner rather than later. This is an important step because it shows that the federal government is now, finally, realizing what we already know in Somerville—that truly keeping a community safe requires the police and residents to work together.

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Thanks, Santa!

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

I love Christmas! I love the songs, the TV commercials, the Christmas specials on the tube, and seeing cars with Christmas trees on the roof. I also love saying the words Merry Christmas!

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Newstalk – December 3

The Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After Hours is this Thursday, the 4th. It is an excellent networking event featuring free appetizers and a free business card drawing with cash bar. Guests are welcome to bring unwrapped Toys for Local Children. Sponsored by Bonney Automotive and the Law Offices of Isaac M. Machado. Hosted by Somerville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Chair Dana Iacopucci of Cubby Oil & Energy.

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December 3

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The View of the Times – December 3

powderhouse_viewNo matter what end – or portion of the middle – you may lean to politically, you have to hand it to those who step up and serve their communities. It takes a lot of dedication and know-how to effectively get there, and then do a good job once one actually gets there.

This is so on the grand national scale, and just as much so on the smaller, civic level of city administration. Service is service, and it takes the same grit and commitment, no matter how large or small one’s constituency may be.

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Partners groundbreaking a milestone for Somerville

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

On Monday, we held a groundbreaking for Partners HealthCare’s new administrative building in Assembly Square that will bring 4,500 permanent office jobs and 1,500 construction jobs to Somerville. This building is the first phase of Partners’ eventual 1.1-million-square-foot development that, when complete, will yield slightly more revenue for the City than the site would have generated in commercial taxes if IKEA had developed the site as previously planned. Partners’ move is a milestone—the first in what will be a surge of new businesses coming to Somerville, and this isn’t happening by accident. It’s only happening after years of patient, prudent planning with the community and investments based on that planning.

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A name for ourselves: Part 2

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

Those who call themselves “conservatives” attack those who call themselves “liberals” with a sustained hatefulness that I can’t recall from any other period that I’ve lived through. Yet if you ask a self-described “conservative,” or for that matter “liberal,” or “progressive,” what his or her chosen term means, you will be hard pressed to get a clear definition.

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