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— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville Health Department and the Somerville Office of Prevention, in cooperation with Teen Empowerment and Save Our Somerville, held a free workshop and discussion April 8 at the Cross Street Center in East Somerville on substance abuse, prescription drug misuse and education, as well as strategies for support systems and treatment, recovery and coping mechanisms for victims and families.

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Newstalk – April 16

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Come and join this month’s block party Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Chuckie Harris Park (Cross Street East). Bring a picnic and the family, have fun and meet your neighbors.

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Happy birthday this week to some of our fans here in the Ville and elsewhere. A big “happy birthday” to Linda Rock Coutoumas, who is celebrating this week. Talt Gregory Shackelford IV, from a well-known Villen family, we wish him a HB. Winslan George, who is local realtors very involved here in Somerville for many years, we wish a very happy birthday. Cheryl Constantine Leatham’s is celebrating this week as well.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Highway pollution impacts poor, immigrants
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Because of where they live, many of the city’s lower income and immigrant families are disproportionately at risk of contracting air pollution-related diseases. A recent Tufts study notes that air quality drops in the areas nearer to Route 93, the same areas with two of the city’s affordable housing developments and with neighborhoods that have more reasonable rents and home prices. More on this story at www.scatvsomerville.org/SNN.

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Our View of the Times – April 16

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewThe fines from the state Ethics Commission usually hits a high of a few thousand dollars in the case of the most egregious, flagrant and unapologetic of conflict-of-interest violations.

And that’s when someone is being super-obviously sketchy to the 100th degree.

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eagle_webEagle Feathers #50 – Echo of the Sullivans

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

On November 13, 1942 a Japanese submarine sank the U.S.S. Juneau, killing almost 700 American sailors.  Among them were “The Five Sullivans” from Waterloo, Iowa. The nearly inseparable brothers died fighting side by side.

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Jump Rope Marathon to honor Officer Sean Collier

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

collier_rope_webOn April 19, the Somerville Youth Development and Boxing Club will be sponsoring a Jump Rope Marathon in honor of MIT and Somerville Police Officer Sean Collier. Sean was instrumental in establishing the Somerville Youth Development and Boxing Club in 2011 and the children and adults of the boxing club, who knew him, worked with him and loved him, will remember and honor him, his ethic of hard work and his selflessness by jumping rope continually for 10 hours. We are asking people to support our efforts by pledging any amount of money toward this cause. All proceeds will go to the Sean Collier Memorial Fund.

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Her hero didn’t quite get it done

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

A Somerville police officer working a paid detail at the Joshua Tree nightclub and restaurant Sunday night took notice of an apparent disturbance taking place at the main entrance and approached the area to investigate.

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Somerville Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 26

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

cleanup_webLooking for an opportunity to break out of the winter blues and get back into the community? Join the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, and Comcast Cares for the annual Spring Cleanup and Community Barbecue on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A rain date has been set for Sunday, April 27.

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Jon Garelick is a freelance writer living in Somerville, MA. He writes about music (jazz in particular) and arts and culture in general, including books, TV, movies, art, and theater. He was an editor at the Boston Phoenix for 22 years, until its closure in March 2013. Currently he writes for the Boston Globe, DownBeat, Jazziz, and other publications. He has also written for the New York Times and New York Times Book Review, and Rolling Stone. He has won two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards – in 1993 – for his writing about music. You can find a link to his archive of his work for the Boston Phoenix and other information on his blog jongarelick.com.  He also contributes to the local Web site The Arts Fuse.

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Lyrical Somerville – April 16

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Marc Zegans,  a poet and creative development advisor based in Santa Cruz California remembers Somerville fondly.  He’s recently completed, Lyon Street, a collection of poems about San Francisco during his coming of age in the late seventies and early eighties. Ephemere, a sense memory from Alphabet City on the cusp of gentrification, stumbles on a cornet’s chorus blowing through a tenement window.