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Until further notice…

On March 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

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I thought I had reached the end of the line back on May 18, 2013 when I tried to say goodbye to this column. Somehow I got a burst of inspiration and continued writing another 100 or so stories.

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Friday morning fiery car crash in Somerville: Update

On March 20, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— Photo courtesy of Somerville Fire Department

Statement from Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi regarding student injury this morning

The investigation of this morning’s multiple-car accident at the intersection of McGrath Highway and Highland Avenue in Somerville confirmed that a 16-year-old male student who attends Full Circle High School in our District was injured as a result of the crash. The student was reportedly walking in the area of the intersection when the accident occurred. He was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

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The road from Selma extends beyond the horizon

On March 20, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

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On last Friday’s PBS News Hour Judy Woodruff asked Michael Gerson and Mark Shields what the recent racist episode at the University of Oklahoma has to “say about whether we can ever get rid of racism in this country.”

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Ras na hEireann USA 5K 2015

On March 19, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

 

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The Ras na hEireann USA 5K Irish race took place on Sunday, March 15, beginning and ending in Davis Square in Somerville.

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O’Keefe joins LGBT Advisory Board

On March 19, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Pictured (from L to R): Maria Tramontozzi, Joe Beckmann, Julie Katz and Courtney O’Keefe

Pictured (from L to R): Maria Tramontozzi, Joe Beckmann, Julie Katz and Courtney O’Keefe

By Rebecca Danvers

 

The Somerville Council on Aging has announced the newest member to their LGBT Advisory Board, Courtney O’Keefe. The former Ward 5 Alderman has been an active community member and joined the Advisory Board after attending her first meeting this past Monday night. The SCOA’s LGBT Advisory Board meets the second Monday of each month at the Holland Street Center. “We are looking for new members, especially representation from the gay community. The women definitely outnumber the men,” said Maureen Bastardi, Outreach Worker and Liaison to the LGBT Advisory Board.

 

 

Studying how we can protect our people from highway pollution

On March 19, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

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I am a statistic. I am one of many Somerville residents who face a higher risk for cardiovascular disease because of the car-centric planning that began reshaping our cities in the mid-20th century. We stopped planning for people and started planning for cars, resulting in the construction of I-93 and, near my childhood home on Prospect Hill, McGrath Highway. Our community eventually fought back and fortunately stopped the construction of the proposed I-695 Inner Belt Expressway—but it was too late to stop the consequences of those earlier poor decisions. More cars began traveling through our community. The traffic jams did not go away. And we saw higher rates of heart disease, asthma and other ailments in people living in the shadows of the highways. We know better now. We’re expanding public transit, and we’re   making it easier and safer to walk and bike in Somerville. That said, I-93 is not going away, and though McGrath will eventually be lowered to become a ground-level boulevard, the cars will still cut through our neighborhoods. Fortunately, a group of dedicated people, including city officials, are working on solutions to protect our residents.

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Dialoging at Business Town Meeting X

On March 18, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Douglas Yu

Rebecca Schrumm and Edwin Smith were among the many business and civic leaders who attended Business Town Meeting X last week.

Rebecca Schrumm and Edwin Smith were among the many business and civic leaders who attended Business Town Meeting X last week.

Over 100 small business owners from all over Somerville met in the Davis Square Theater on the evening of March 10 to share their concerns about the city with Mayor Joseph Curtatone at the annual Business Town Meeting.

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MBTA improvements for Commuter Rail and the Green Line

On March 18, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Green+Line+TrolleyMBTA interim General Manager Frank DePaola today announced that Commuter Rail CharlieCards for monthly pass holders are now available.

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Report highlights strategies to combat highway pollutants

On March 18, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Tufts CAFEH study offers new insights in to ways of minimizing health risks caused by pollution generated on our roadways.

The Tufts CAFEH study offers new insights in to ways of minimizing health risks caused by pollution generated on our roadways.

By Jason Andrew Park

In a new report titled Improving Health in Communities Near Highways, researchers and key stakeholders from various institutions highlighted potential solutions to reduce traffic-related air pollution exposure in Boston and Somerville.

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Brown School collapse sends students packing

On March 18, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Teachers and volunteers spent the weekend preparing temporary classrooms at Capuano Early Childhood Center, Edgerly School, and East Somerville Community School.

Teachers and volunteers spent the weekend preparing temporary classrooms at Capuano Early Childhood Center, Edgerly School, and East Somerville Community School.

By Jim Clark

Last week’s partial collapse of the roof over a girls bathroom at the Brown School sent chills through the hearts and minds of parents whose children narrowly missed being seriously injured, due to the lateness of the hour when the event occurred. The collapse took place after hours and nobody was in the building at that time.

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