Ryan Harrington Foundation Corn Toss Tournament

On September 15, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The 6th Annual Ryan Harrington Foundation Corn Toss Tournament takes place on Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Trum Field. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the games will start at 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $50 per team, 2 players per team. There are men’s and a women’s divisions. Cash prizes go to the winners of each division.

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‘Strike Up the Bands’ at SomerStreets

On September 15, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Strike Up the Bands @ SomerStreets will be rocking Somerville this coming Sunday.

Join the City of Somerville on Sunday, September 17, for “Strike Up the Bands,” the September installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival. From 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., between School St. and Lowell St. on Highland Ave., enjoy live entertainment, games and activities, food, beer gardens, crafts, and much more.

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Historic Union Square Walking Tour September 17

On September 14, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Union Square as it was in the days of old.

Join the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and ArtsUnion on Sunday, September 17, for a free walking tour of historic Union Square. The tour will step off from the Central Branch of the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., at 2 p.m., and conclude at 5 p.m. at Nu Cafe for complimentary refreshments. The tour will be led by Ed Gordon, New England Chapter President of the Victorian Society in America. For more information and to RSVP, contact Brandon Wilson at BWilson@somervillema.gov, or 617-625-6600, x. 2532.

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The best Riverfest ever

On September 14, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Riverfest 2017 album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

Riverfest at Assembly Row took place last weekend, featuring a range of free events and activities for all ages, including live, local music; children’s activities, local artisans; and fireworks over the Mystic River at sundown on Saturday.

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They suffered for their art

On September 14, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to the Assembly Row area in the early hours of last Saturday on reports of a group of males tagging property. Due to being on another call at the time, I responded shortly after.

Upon arrival, a police officer who was already on the scene informed the responding officers that two males involved in the tagging had taken off down the path by the river.

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As school starts, we prepare for our own homework

On September 14, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joseph A. Curtatone

(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)

Students across Somerville are settling into a new school year. Just a few weeks ago they (nervously, excitedly, or even begrudgingly, I’m sure) returned to the classroom. They may or may not know they returned to a district that has been steadily racking up achievements and accolades in recent years. To name a few, on the 2016 MCAS, Somerville was the state-leading urban district for growth, the Brown School earned the prestigious Commendation School Award for outstanding growth, and Somerville High School remained the only Level 1 urban high school, a distinction they’ve held for the past four years. We should all be proud that our schools are on an upward trend. But we shouldn’t be complacent. These successes didn’t happen overnight.

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‘Vision Zero’ launches its effort to improve traffic safety

On September 13, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Mayor Curtatone and Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee, Ken Carlson, presided over the launch of the Vision Zero traffic safety program last week at Aeronaut Brewery. — Photo by Rob Carter

By Rob Carter

Mayor Joe Curtatone celebrated the launch of traffic safety initiative Vision Zero at the Aeronaut Brewery on September 5.

Somerville became one of 27 communities across the country to implement the system with the stated goal of eliminating “all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all,” according to its website.

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Meet the Candidates: Preliminary Election 2017

On September 13, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, voters will cast their ballots in a Preliminary Election for the offices of Mayor of Somerville and School Committee Member in Ward 1. The Somerville Times asked each of the qualified candidates to describe why they would be the best choice for the office they are running for and what specific policies they would advocate or implement in that position, along with a bio if they choose to include one. Their responses are presented here in alphabetical order based on their last names, beginning with the Office of Mayor, followed by School Committee Member in Ward 1.

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Newstalk – September 13

On September 13, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The primary election here in Somerville is next Tuesday, September 19. Only Ward 1 has a primary race for School Committee with four candidates running. The top two vote getters will run in November. It’s possible for a School Committee candidate to get elected and be declared a winner with less than 300 votes, maybe less than 200. The citywide primary is for mayor in all the wards and precincts in the city. Three candidates are running. The top two vote getters will run in November. It’s the first time a mayoral primary will be held in about 13 years.

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Community interest high for Union Square plan

On September 13, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Union Square Station Associates

On Tuesday, over one hundred and fifty residents, business owners and community stakeholders attended a neighborhood meeting hosted by Union Square Station Associates (US2) at the Public Safety Building in Union Square. Following the City of Somerville’s passage of the Union Square Overlay District zoning ordinance in June, the public meeting was US2’s first opportunity to present its overall vision for Union Square and start the Coordinated Development Plan process required by the zoning. The redevelopment of the seven parcels entrusted to US2 will serve as a catalyst for Union Square’s evolution into a pedestrian-friendly, 2.4 million-square-foot mixed-use employment center, all centered around the long anticipated MBTA Green Line station.

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