The Singing of the Green

On March 17, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's St Pats Singers album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

Last week, Mayor Curtatone, Chief Patrick J. Sullivan III, Nancy Bacci, Jimmy Del Ponte and the Moonlighters sang Irish songs to the seniors at The Little Sisters of the Poor and Bryant Manor, just as they have done during the Christmas season and Valentine’s Day.

 

GLX Update: Good news, and not-so-good news

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

State Rep. Denise Provost

By State Rep. Denise Provost

(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)

On March 13, members of the Somerville legislative delegation, and Mayor Curtatone, were briefed by John Dalton, head of the GLX project, on current progress. We learned that “three teams made the shortlist” for bidding on design and construction of the GLX, and that they were scheduled to receive the MBTA’s Request for Proposals (RFP) today. We learned what the process would be, leading up to the bid opening on November 28 of this year; the issuance of a Notice to Proceed on February 9, 2018, and a project completion date of December 10, 2021 – seven years after the legal commitment to complete GLX.

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Somerville School Committee Spring Office Hours

On March 16, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Somerville School Committee wants to hear from you at their Spring Office Hours scheduled 3/18 – 3/26. Talk 2017-2018 School Budget and more.

Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Forge, 626 Somerville Ave. with Board of Aldermen President Bill White and Lee Erica Palmer. *También se habla español and Sunday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Bloc 11, 11 Bow St. with Dan J. Futrell.

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Ras na hEireann U.S.A. 5Km March 19 in Somerville

On March 16, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Ras na hEireann is the most genuine Irish race this side of the Atlantic. It is a celebration of traditions dating back centuries – and simply a celebration of spring in Somerville, MA.

All runners and walkers are invited to celebrate life, the coming of spring, and to enjoy a memorable race and St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This race was born in Ireland and named in honor of its famous sister race, the Ras na hEireann International Cross Country held in Termonfechin, County Louth, Republic of Ireland. The Ras na hEireann U.S.A. 5Km is open to all, from beginners to international stars.

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Revived driver failed to pass tests

On March 16, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were dispatched to the Mobil gas station on Medford St. last week to check the condition of an individual who appeared to be passed out in his vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers noted that the front end of the vehicle in question had sustained severe damage. The driver, later identified as Fawzi Alfrihat, of E. Medford, PA, was asked to step out of the car.

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By Joseph A. Curtatone

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When President Lincoln stood in Gettysburg and said our government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” he probably didn’t realize we’d still be holding onto his words today. Nor could he have imagined all the ways we put the “by the people” part into action now. Whether you tweet, email or take part in a Facebook live Town Hall, the options for ways to tell your government what you want continue to grow. But there’s an old-fashioned opportunity that – despite being easy and highly effective – many overlook: joining a local Board or Commission. So consider this my invitation to you, the people: consider joining one of our boards, commissions, working groups, or task forces.

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Somerville Parks & Recreation Fair

On March 15, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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~Photos by Bobbie Toner

The 2017 Somerville Parks & Recreation Fair took place on Saturday, March 11, at the Somerville High School Gymnasium. A fun-filled day of activities for all ages, participants learned about all that Parks & Recreation has to offer. For more information visit www.somervillerec.com.

 

— Photos courtesy of IAM&AW Local 264

By International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW) Local 264

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A large crowd descended on MBTA headquarters in downtown Boston on Monday as transit mechanics rallied with allies to defend taxpayers, workers, and riders against the latest MBTA privatization scheme.

The MBTA mechanics were joined by community allies and elected leaders, including State Senator Marc Pacheco and State Representatives Mike Connolly and Michelle DuBois (each of whom spoke), and multiple rider coalitions. All in attendance were united in opposing new for-profit privatization aimed at outsourcing core MBTA bus maintenance services.

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Revenues from sales at the new medical marijuana dispensaries scheduled to open in Somerville were among the topics covered at city meetings last week.

By Joe Ruvido

In their regular meeting last week the Somerville Board of Aldermen discussed medical marijuana taxes and city elections.

The Somerville licensing commission has already approved two licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries in Davis Square and is poised to issue a third for a dispensary in Union Square.

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City commends Elections Department on early voting success

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

Commissioner Salerno expressed his and his staff’s gratitude in receiving the recognition bestowed by the Board and the Mayor’s Office.

By Jim Clark

The City of Somerville Board of Aldermen issued a citation at its most recent regular meeting on March 9 commending the Elections Department on its outstanding execution of early voting in last November’s Presidential election.

Speaking as sponsor for the citation, Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters told the Board in remarks preceding the awarding of the citation, “As this Board is familiar with, for the first time in our state’s history we had an early voting and I just want to commend the Elections Department on a fabulous operation. As we want to do on this Board, we recognize all our city employees, especially our police and fire who are with us here tonight.”

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