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princeThe Somerville Public Library is pleased to announce that the latest book discussion in its “Muslim Journeys” will take place on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. with a discussion of Terry Alford’s book, Prince Among Slaves at the Central Branch, 79 Highland Avenue. The series is free and open to the public.

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‘Winter’ at the Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Sq.

On July 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

winter_webThe Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square presents ‘Winter,’ a group exhibition curated by Jenn Harrington and Susan Berstler featuring the work of twenty local and regional artists. The exhibit runs from July 17–August 16, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

“Ice on the sill and the snow they haunt me still”
—Brown Bird

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Next stop…‘Meffa’

On July 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

(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)

Originally published May 10, 2008

Having the Red Line extend to Davis Square was a great achievement. The stop has become a huge asset to commuters as well as businesses. It turned Davis Square into “The Paris of the Nineties,” whatever that means. Too bad it wasn’t there when I was going to Emerson College. Taking a bus to Harvard Square and then changing to the train at Charles Street was a pain. My son can now hop the red line at Park St. and come directly to Davis Square from Suffolk University to ask me for money!

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He got the prescription from ‘a guy’

On July 11, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were called to a Highland Ave. location last Friday after receiving reports that a man was seen selling pills there.

As they arrived, officers noticed that the man, identified as Christopher Macinnes, 32, of Medford, was having trouble standing as he rose from the bench that he had been sitting on.

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Somerville Police Chief finalists narrowed to two

On July 11, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Mayor to conduct site visits with goal of presenting new chief to Board of Aldermen in August

The finalists for Somerville Chief of Police have been narrowed to two: Somerville Deputy Chief of Operations David Fallon and Manchester, NH, Chief of Police David Mara, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today.

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July 4th Robbery Suspect Arrested

On July 11, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Jarone McKinney.

Jarone McKinney.

Somerville Police have arrested the person responsible for the July 4th robbery of an elderly woman in Somerville. On July 10, 2014, Jarone McKinney of Berkshire Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was taken into custody without incident by the Boston Police and formally placed under arrest by the Somerville Police.

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Accessibility survey deadline extended to Aug. 29

On July 11, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

somervillelogoThe citywide survey on Somerville’s accessibility needs is being extended to a new deadline of Friday, Aug. 29. The online survey is available at www.HumanCenteredDesign.org/IHCD-Studio/Somerville-Survey and hard copies are available in a variety of places including elderly housing centers and other areas for those without online access. The City of Somerville, in coordination with the Institute for Human Centered Design, is undertaking this first ever survey of an entire municipality on accessibility needs to collect vital resident feedback that will shape the City’s roadmap for accessibility.

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Man could not believe no one was being arrested

On July 11, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

At approximately 2:19 a.m. on Friday, July 4, police officers arrived at the corner of Pearl St. and Bradley in response to a complaint of unwanted individuals there.

This was reportedly the third time within a one-hour period that the same officers had responded to the same area for the very same circumstances.

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Somerville receives grant to create ‘ARTFarm’

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

ArtPlace America awards $415,000 grant to Arts Council for community arts space.

artplaceArtPlace America, a national organization that advances the field of creative placemaking in which art and culture plays a central role in shaping communities’ futures, recently announced that the Somerville Arts Council is the recipient of a $415,000 grant to fund the making of a creative commons, called ArtFarm for Social Innovation, on the site of the former waste transfer station on Poplar Street. Somerville is one of only 55 organizations to receive funding out of a pool of more than 1,300 applicants. The grant was approved by the Somerville Board of Aldermen at a Finance Committee meeting on July 2.

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A long way from Kansas

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

American roots master Chuck Mead at Johnny D’s
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Chuck Mead entertains at Johnny D’s this coming Saturday night.

Chuck Mead entertains at Johnny D’s this coming Saturday night.

By Jim Clark

Chuck Mead’s journey from his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas – where he lead several popular cult bands in the 80s – through his tenure in the wildly popular 90s Alternative Country quintet BR549, to his present thriving solo career, reads like a rough and rowdy tale of old, replete with tales of joy, triumph, and occasional woe.

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