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Last Thursday’s public meeting held by the MBTA allowed GLX project team members and concerned citizens review and discuss the impact of the Equivalent Facilitation request. ~Photos by Douglas Yu

Last Thursday’s public meeting held by the MBTA allowed GLX project team members and concerned citizens review and discuss the impact of the Equivalent Facilitation request. — Photos by Douglas Yu

By Douglas Yu

In order to apply for funding for a Full Funding Grant Agreement with Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the GLX project team requested an Equivalent Facilitation that aims to permit the development of improvements in vehicle, facility, or equipment design that provides for equal or greater accessibility.

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East Somerville pride gathers for reunion

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

 

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By Donald Norton

Those of us who grew up in East Somerville back in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s certainly feel the pride we take in our various neighborhoods there. From Charlestown line to McGrath Highway, it was not merely just another section of Somerville, it was a close knit community and still is, which makes it unique to other sections of our city.

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Newstalk – July 16

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

This Friday and Saturday is the annual Arts Beat Festival 2014. ArtBeat is a massive arts hootenanny, with a slew of bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and visual arts. This year’s theme is HATCH, so expect to see creativity hatching galore. Decorate an egg and pop it in the Hatch-O-Matic contraption. Check out the newly born MUSCRAT art bus. Behold recently hatched creatures including a baby alligator! $3 donation requested. Friday night: 6-10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m-6 p.m. For the full schedule and descriptions: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2014/schedule.

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Some ideas for preventing gentrification in Union Sq.

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

(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)

A Boston Globe op-ed from July 1 claimed that “at heart, Somerville’s Union Square redevelopment is an anti-gentrification plan. The only way to moderate spiking rents is to build more.” Unfortunately, the redevelopment itself is not an anti-gentrification plan. It will take strong community involvement and proactive anti-displacement measures to make it one.

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Alibrandis edge South End

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

alibrandis_7_16_14_webBy Ben Cassidy

Last Thursday night, the Somerville Alibrandis defeated the South End Astros 4-3 at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. The victory moved the Alibrandis to 15-7-1. As of Sunday, Somerville trailed Stoneham and Revere in the Ted Williams Division of the Yawkey Baseball League.

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Our View of the Times – July 16

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

powderhouse_viewThe process of finding a replacement for our outgoing Chief of Police has been quite an undertaking. From a “nationwide search” – yielding four New Englanders as final contenders, as it happens – to a thorough vetting process involving city officials and the general public, we have before us now two finalists who are excellent candidates for the position.

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She almost got her money back

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

By Jim Clark

Police were dispatched to a Bow St. location last Friday in response to reports of a dispute in progress.

Upon arrival, they were met by two men, both alleged victims of assault by a woman, Cheryl Pederson, 39, who was described as the girlfriend of one of the men and a friend of the other.

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Mark Redmond looks more like a lumberjack than a jazz aficionado.  This tall, imposing man with a thick beard joined me at my usual table in the back of the Bloc11 Café in Union Square to talk about his relatively new series: “Jazz at The Green Room.” The Green Room is at 62 Bow St. in Union Square and was founded by Somerville musicians and vocalists Michael and Anney Barrett. The space, according to Redmond, was a former dry cleaning establishment. It hosts a variety of events that lean toward the classical side, but not exclusively.

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Lyrical Somerville – July 16

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

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A good poet like Keith Tornheim can latch onto a certain image, (in this case fireflies) that can — (pardon the pun) — light up a poem.

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‘Spirit of transparency and full disclosure’ achieved in comprehensive annual financial report

somervillelogoFor the second straight year, the City of Somerville has earned the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting in North America for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal 2013.

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