Middlesex Federal to match Toys for Tots donations

On November 26, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Michael McWilliams, Middlesex Federal Loan Officer and Somerville Kiwanis President, places his toy donation into the Middlesex Federal’s Davis Square Toys for Tots collection box.

Michael McWilliams, Middlesex Federal Loan Officer and Somerville Kiwanis President, places his toy donation into the Middlesex Federal’s Davis Square Toys for Tots collection box.

By Louise Carpenter

Middlesex Federal invites employees, customers, neighbors, and friends to bring a new, unwrapped toy between November 25 and December 13 to any one of its branch locations. For every toy collected at its three locations, Middlesex Federal will donate another toy, up to at least 125 additional toys. This matching program is part of the Bank’s 125th anniversary local giving initiative. All toys will be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program to local children.

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Return of The Wrap Around Project

On November 26, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
The Wrap Around Project will be featured at the Nave Gallery through December 18.

The Wrap Around Project will be featured at the Nave Gallery through December 18.

By Rebecca Danvers

Created as an annual sale of knitted goods to benefit SHC, The Wrap Around Project has grown into a yearlong campaign that combines art and activism to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in our area. Somerville’s homeless population is comprised of elders, single working adults, disabled individuals, and many families with children from newborns to teenagers. The typical homeless family that SHC serves is a mother with two children.

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Chairman of the Somerville Board of Alderman’s Committee on Public Health and Public Safety Alderman at Large Jack Connolly and Ward Six Alderman Lance Davis, will host a neighborhood meeting on Monday, November 28th, at 6:00 P.M. at the Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave., Somerville, MA. The purpose of this meeting is to allow members of the public to hear a presentation from Garden Remedies Inc. dba Garden Remedies (www.gardenremedies.org) regarding a medical marijuana dispensary proposed by Garden Remedies inc. , to be located at 245 Elm St. (currently the site of Family Dollar). Representatives from Garden Remedies will take questions regarding the application and their intent to seek a Special Permit form the City of Somerville.

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A one-eyed view of how we got here

On November 25, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Part 1:  Community disintegration and voter fragmentation
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By William C. Shelton

(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)

You may be familiar with the parable of the blind people describing the elephant. One asserts that an elephant is like a wall. Another, that it’s like a tree trunk. A third counters that it’s like a snake. “Not a snake, but a stake,” insists the fourth. The fifth can’t imagine why the others don’t know that an elephant is like a warm flapping blanket. And so on. Each is certain because, for a moment at least, each directly experienced the elephant.

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Mayor’s Thanksgiving Dinner

On November 24, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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~Photos by Claudia Ferro
On Saturday,November 12, Mayor Joseph Curtatone hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner for Somerville Seniors at the Holiday Inn on Washington St.

 

City Thanksgiving schedule

On November 23, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On Thursday and Friday trash, recycling, and yard waste collection will be on a one-day delay. There will be no street sweeping on Thursday and parking meters will not be enforced Thursday and Friday.
Annual Gobble Gobble Road Race: Detour Info for Thursday November 24

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Board of Aldermen mulls over Green Line Extension funding

On November 23, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
GLX funding took center stage at a recent Board of Aldermen public hearing.

GLX funding took center stage at a recent Board of Aldermen public hearing.

By Joe Ruvido

The question of Somerville’s contribution to the Green Line Extension (GLX) project was discussed before the Board of Aldermen at a public hearing on Thursday night. The Board listened as Mayor Curtatone and other members of his administration asked the board to approve a 50 million dollar spend for the project. The money would be borrowed in 10 and 30-year bonds, paid to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in installments of 10 million dollars over five years.

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Brickbottom Open Studios brings Boston, art history to life

On November 23, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
 Many visitors attended and enjoyed last weekend’s open studios event at Brickbottom.

Many visitors attended and enjoyed last weekend’s open studios event at Brickbottom.

By Manna Parker

Brickbottom Art Association (BAA) was masterminded in the mid 80’s by “a group of artists seeking a stable and affordable space” to set up shop according to statement released by Brickbottom. From their humble beginnings, one of the biggest live-work artists’ building and community in America has been built. This historic moment in art history took place right in Somerville’s backyard.

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Newstalk – November 23

On November 23, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Happy Thanksgiving to all of Somerville’s many diverse families and friends. May we all have a peaceful and familial time this year.

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Join Somerville Local First and over 40 local vendors at Arts at the Armory on Sunday, November 27 for a day of local holiday shopping at the 2016 “Holiday Marketplace” from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Maker’s Marketplace offers a wide selection of handcrafted goods, confections, jewelry, home decor, apparel, textiles, accessories and art. You will be sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Shift your holiday shopping this year and support local artists, designers and makers in the Boston area.

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Kiwanis Thanksgiving Dinner

On November 23, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Kiwanis Thanksgiving album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

Somerville Kiwanis hosted Thanksgiving dinner for Somerville seniors at the Highland Cafe at Somerville High on Tuesday, November 15. Somerville High School Culinary students prepared the delicious dinner.