Winter in China: An American Life by Bert Stern

On January 28, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

This is a new book from writer/poet/scholar Bert Stern of Union Square, Somerville. It is reviewed by Somerville Bagel Bard, Lawrence Kessenich.

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Lyrical Somerville – January 28

On January 28, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Robin Stratton is the founder of “Big Table Publishing,” and the “Boston Literary Magazine.” I am glad she has shared a poem with the LYRICAL.

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Snow emergency lifting at noon Wed. 1/28

On January 27, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

~Photo by Brianna Bemel

— Photo by Brianna Bemel

Somerville’s snow emergency will be lifted tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 28 at noon. Residents who parked in a municipal or school lot will have until 2 p.m. to move their vehicles. Parking meters will be back in effect when the emergency ends, as will enforcement of 48-hour parking. Resident permit parking enforcement will resume at noon on Thursday, so make sure your permit is visible on your car. Find out more about the end of the snow emergency and all the City’s snow policies at

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Somerville copes with a blizzard

On January 27, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Somerville got its share of snow on Tuesday as Snow Storm “Juno” blew through the region leaving sidewalks, walkways and streets in need of a massive dig-out. ~Photo by Bobbie Toner

By Jim Clark

The anticipated snowstorm that has been christened “Juno” hit the northeast hard, as was expected, and residents and city work crews have been spending most of Tuesday digging out and trying to keep up with the snowfall.

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Somerville Police Crime Log January 19 – January 25

On January 27, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Tevon Ngomba, of 25 Canal La., January 19, 8:31 p.m., arrested at 20 Memorial Rd. on a warrant charge of armed robbery.

Brandon Levins, of 65 Ashland St., Medford, January 20, 2:42 a.m., arrested at 190 Broadway on a charge of indecent exposure.

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somervillelogoCity offices closed Tuesday. Schools closed Tuesday & Wednesday. 311 Constituent Service Center will remain open 24/7 for non-emergency calls.

As the northeast prepares for a “potentially historic” blizzard beginning on Monday evening, the City of Somerville reminds residents to take important precautions in advance, protecting your family and your home in the event that we experience power outages or other significant impacts that may last for several days.

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snow 4In accordance with the City’s Snow Emergency Procedures, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has declared a snow emergency for the City of Somerville to go into effect at 1 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 26.  During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted).  Cars not moved by 5 p.m. Mon. evening will be subject to ticketing and towing.  Residents unable to find a parking space on the odd-numbered side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot for the duration of the emergency; however, please note that because school is in session on Monday, school lots will not be available for public parking until 3 p.m. on Monday.  Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at

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Otis Street Playground Meeting Feb. 3

On January 25, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

somervillelogoMayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) invite all interested community members to a meeting to discuss upcoming renovations to the Otis Street Playground, scheduled to begin in July 2015. The meeting will be held at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St., on Tues., Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend and share the ideas which will shape the design of the new playground. For more information, please contact Arn Franzen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2545, or

Let’s meet at The Bal–A-Roue

On January 24, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Originally published on October 6, 2010.

A big fat Hammond B-3 organ. Railings surrounding a wooden oval floor, and hundreds of kids on roller skates! The roller-skating rink was called The Bal-A-Roue, and if you grew up in Medford, Somerville or surrounding areas, you remember it.

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Snow Watch in Effect January 23, 2015

On January 23, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Release from the City of Somerville

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow across much of Massachusetts, with Somerville potentially on the line between a small and large amount of snow. We’ll keep watching the weather and, if a snow emergency needs to be called, will put out alerts. Make sure you’re signed up to get city CTY calls, emails, and/or text messages here: In the meantime, we’re preparing by having Department of Public Works employees come in tomorrow morning so that we can have 28 plows out on 28 routes.

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