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The city will issue a new request for proposals (RFP) for redevelopment of the Powder House Community School site and will schedule a community meeting later this month to discuss the terms to be included in the new RFP after rejecting the five remaining proposals from the previous one.powder_house_school_web

Citing new information and concerns regarding the condition of the property and a broader range of community-supported uses for the redevelopment of the former K-8 school, city officials notified developers earlier this week of the intent to re-evaluate the scope of the project. In March, the city ended negotiations with Tufts University, the developer initially ranked as the top recommendation by the Powder House Community School Technical Advisory Committee and ultimately selected by Mayor Joseph Curtatone. After the university clarified that it did not foresee developing the site for at least 15 years, negotiations were ended.

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A unified community front against opioid addiction

On April 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Massachusetts—and the nation—face an epidemic and Somerville is not immune. In four months starting on Nov. 1 of last year, 185 people in the Bay State died from heroin overdoses according to the State Police, and that number does not include Boston, Springfield or Worcester. Deaths from drug overdoses now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents nationwide, according to an October 2013 report from nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. That report also found that between 2000 and 2010, the number of states that surpassed the alarming benchmark of more than 10 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 increased sevenfold—from five states to 38. One of those states was Massachusetts, which rose from a rate of 7.5 deaths to 11—an increase of 47 percent.

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Squatters unwelcome on Walnut St.

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were called to a Walnut St. residence last Thursday afternoon on a complaint of two individuals trespassing at that location.

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‘Proud to be a Townshend’

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Simon Townshend does the family proud, exhibiting his own unique musical style and talent both on record and in concert. ~Photo by Kathy Vantassell

Simon Townshend does the family proud, exhibiting his own unique musical style and talent both on record and in concert. — Photo by Kathy Vantassell

By Blake Maddux

When Simon Townshend was born Oct. 10, 1960, his oldest brother, Pete, was five years away from becoming one of the most recognizable faces in rock ‘n’ roll. At 9, Simon contributed vocals to the song Smash the Mirror from The Who’s album Tommy. Six years after that, he appeared as a newsboy in the movie based on that album.

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Facing heroin head on

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Sarah L. Hopkinson

Less than two weeks ago, Somerville police arrested a man carrying 114 grams of heroin and 68 grams of cocaine, all trafficked drugs he was believed to be bringing into the city to sell. This arrest is a small step forward in local authorities’ attempts to fight the heroin pandemic troubling the city. Since January 2013, authorities have witnessed a dangerous upward trend in the incidence of heroin overdoses in Somerville. According to Michael Cabral, the deputy chief of the Somerville Police Department, in little over a year, there have been seven fatal heroin overdoses and 21 non-fatal overdoses – this averages out at two per month. This trend is part of a nationwide resurgence that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency is tracking and which includes New York City, Pittsburg, Vermont – and now Somerville.

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Newstalk – April 9

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Coming up Friday, April 11, is Prospect Hill Academy’s huge fundraiser entitled “The Golden Twenties” at One Seaport Lane, Boston. Tickets are $95 or $125 at the door $125. For tickets, contact Anja Bresler at 617-284-7822 or email abresler@prospecthillacademy.org. This promises to be a great program with lots of prizes being offered.

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‘Fresh Media’ encourages interaction

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Dream State is one of many fascinating works of art on display at the Nave Gallery’s Fresh Media exhibition, now through April 11.

Dream State is one of many fascinating works of art on display at the Nave Gallery’s Fresh Media exhibition, now through April 11.

By Jack Adams

Fresh Media held its opening reception at the Nave Gallery in Somerville this past Friday. Fresh Media is an exhibition of interactive works put on by the Dynamic Media Institute, which is comprised of graduate students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The exhibit will stay open through April 11.

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kennedy schoolMark G. Hurrie will be the next principal at the John F. Kennedy School.  He  is currently in his third year as the school’s assistant principal and will take on the top leadership position beginning this July. He is succeeding retiring Principal Dr. Anne Foley.

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What’s on Somerville Neighborhood News

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Reported on in episode #12 of Somerville Neighborhood News is a recap of Somerville Community Access Television’s Net Neutrality panel discussion, a sneak preview of the YUM festival, exclusive coverage on the murder of Deanna Cremin, an update on opioids and the fight against drug overdose, and Rt. 93 pollution. All of these news stories and more on SCATV Ch. 3, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and always available online at scatvsomerville.org/SNN.

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Our View of the Times – April 9

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewGreen Line extension stops, master plan discussions for Union Square and grand visions for Assembly Row have taken up much of the planning talk around the city, and now it’s time to take an overdue look at Winter Hill.

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