Community Path detour Monday, May 22

On May 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Topsoil to be added to the sides of the newly paved Community Path between Davis Sq. and Cedar St.

On Monday, May 22, 2017, a portion of the Somerville Community Path (Davis Square to Cedar St.) will be closed as City contractors add topsoil to the sides of this newly paved section of the path. During this work, this portion of the path will be closed for all users, and both pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use the detour route, Morrison Ave., which provides access to Highland Rd., Willow Ave., and Grove St., during construction. This work is the final step in the repaving process and the path will be fully open for use at the end of the work day on May 22.

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The City of Somerville wishes to pass along the following information about street closures and parking restrictions related to the City’s Veterans’ Memorial Parade, which is taking place THIS SUNDAY, May 21. The annual parade will step off from the City Hall Concourse at 1:00 p.m., continuing onto Highland Ave. and Holland St.

Again, please note the following changes for the 2017 parade:

  1. This year’s parade is one week earlier than usual.
  2. This year’s parade will end at the fire station in Teele Sq., NOT at North St.
  3. The reviewing stand will be in Davis Sq., NOT at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.

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City welcomes new police officer

On May 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jordan Deschenes

City Clerk John Long swore Ashley McLain into the Somerville Police Department at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting. McLain grew up in Somerville and had aspired to be a police officer her entire life. She also served in the U.S. National Guard from 2009 to 2010.

 

 

The new Somerville High School

On May 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joe Beckman

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In 1924, Upton Sinclair wrote a book on schools called The Goslings. He wrote, “The purpose of this book is to show you how the ‘invisible government’ of Big Business which controls the rest of America has taken over the charge of your children.”

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War veteran honored by city

On May 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jordan Deschenes

Theresa Needham, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, stood as she was honored at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting. Needham served in both the Air Force and Army. She now serves at George Dilboy Post. “This is an honor. It is an honor to serve my community at Dilboy Post through my years now, and I am grateful to be able to live here,” Needham said, smiling and looking around at those in the room.

 

To provide background, answer questions, and take public testimony regarding the proposed fiscal year 2018 Somerville Water and Sewer Rate Charges, an Informational Session with Q&A followed by a Public Hearing was held on Monday, May 15th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Somerville High School Cafeteria, 81 Highland Avenue.

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A whole lot of stuff fit into that purse

On May 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to the TJ Maxx store at Assembly Row last week on reports that a shoplifter exited the store and refused to return the stolen merchandise.

While en route to the store, the officers were informed that the suspect was walking towards Assembly Row. They were able to locate and stop the suspect, later identified as Deanne Fronduto, of Medford, at the intersection of Assembly Row and Artisan Way.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

On May 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joseph A. Curtatone

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Taking a closer look at this month’s notable city data – and interesting numbers.

11,156: That’s the total number of calls related to traffic and parking topics that 311 has fielded so far this year. Traffic and parking calls continue to outnumber any other call topic (although we have seen a slight reduction in the number of calls compared to last year), and the calls we receive fall into 48 different traffic and parking categories. Of those, one category accounts for more than 25 percent of calls: obtaining a parking permit.

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Girls on the Run at WHCS

On May 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Girls on the Run, an empowerment program for girls in grades 3-8, now has a team at Winter Hill Community School. The Girls on the Run Spring 5k takes place on Saturday, June 3 at Hopkinton High School. For more information contact Program Coordinator, Kristen Bonito at Kristen.bonito@girlsontherun.org.

 

Letter to the Editor – May 17

On May 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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To the Honorable Board of Aldermen:

Following review by board members and staff, our organizations would like to share the following points regarding pending matters related to the development of Union Square:

  • We support the Community Benefits Ordinance and urge its adoption to advance responsible Union Square development and community benefits.
  • We find the Covenant as written to be a sufficient indication of Union Square Station Associates’ commitment to a suitable role for the Union Square Neighborhood Council.

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