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The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – January 21

On January 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

eagle_webEagle Feathers #70 – A Sporting Chance

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

Somerville has always had a deep-seated history in sports, far deeper than most. Settled before Boston as part of Charlestown in 1628, the colony was subject to Puritan rule. By 1659, strict rules had outlawed card playing and dice. This was for fear of betting. Football, oddly enough, was allowed, unless played on forbidden streets or lanes.

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Our View of the Times – January 21

On January 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

powderhouse_viewThe annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day reminds us of the importance of tolerance and embracing diversity in this modern age, just as it was in the days when Dr. King walked among us.

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Former D.A. pleads guilty

On January 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Rebecca Danvers

Former Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Stephen Gilpatric, age 35, of Somerville, has pleaded guilty to charges he violated conflict of interest laws in connection with misuse of his position, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. He traded information in exchange for oxycodone pills.

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Somerville Police Crime Log January 12 – January 19

On January 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Joseph Capozzi, of 140 Jaques St., January 12, 6:52 p.m., arrested at home on a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member.

Peter Rivera, of 19 Oxford St., January 12, 10:21 p.m., arrested at home on warrant charges of resisting arrest, possession of a class A drug, miscellaneous municipal ordinance violation and assault and battery on a police officer.

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Medford Street, between Union Square and Ball Square, is sort of a forgotten neck of the woods in our city. As the gentrification of our burg progresses and speeds to the inevitable displacement that always happens at times like these, the city is taking some action. They are providing help to fledgling businesses so they can survive in a rapidly changing Somerville—a lofty goal to be sure. Adriana Fernandes, a Community Engagement Specialist for the city of Somerville, is a face of the city—who is helping Imperial Jewelry at 499 Medford St. have a fighting chance in the “new” Somerville. Fernandes is helping the new owner Cleuder Morias, negotiate the shoals of a new language (Morias recently arrived from Italy), as well to encourage his outreach into the community. Fernandes told me; “My role is not just about business, but about changing lives.”

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Lyrical Somerville – January 21

On January 21, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Poet Robert K. Johnson is the former poetry editor of the literary magazine  Ibbetson Street. He was a professor of English at Suffolk University for many years as well. Here, he writes wonderfully wistful poems, with a stunning clarity that is signature Johnson.

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SCAP to present Student Health Survey results at public meeting

On January 20, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

scapSurveys had been distributed to Somerville High School students in February 2014; Results will be presented in ‘game show’ format.

Somerville Office of Prevention (SCAP) Director Cory Mashburn announced that the results of their annual Student Health Survey will be presented in a public forum on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Highlander Café at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave. (Atrium Entrance).

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Mayor Curtatone’s State of the City address

On January 20, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_speech_webGood evening. President White and Vice President Ballantyne; Chairman Sweeting and Vice Chairwoman Normand; Honorable members of the Board of Aldermen, School Committee and members of our Delegation; Superintendent Pierantozzi; Honored guests, friends, family and fellow citizens:

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New members sought for Union Square Civic Advisory Committee

On January 19, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Through some recent resignations from original members, as well as the desire to expand and broaden the committee, the City of Somerville seeks community members, local advocates and business owners with a range of skill sets and perspectives to fill vacancies on the Union Square Civic Advisory Committee (CAC) and represent the public throughout the planning process for revitalization of the square. Attributes and skills desired by the City and the CAC might include understanding of local population diversity; green, blue, and open space advocacy; emerging economic sectors expertise; fiscal analytics; or other applicable experiences.

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somervillelogoThe Mayor’s annual State of the City address, and mid-term addresses by the President of the Board of Aldermen (BOA) and the Chairperson of the School Committee will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave. Members of the public are invited to come for this look back at the past year’s efforts as well as a look forward to city and school initiatives in the coming year. Light refreshments will be served.