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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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SomerMovie Fest tonight at Seven Hills Park

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

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Tonight, July 10 will be the first of summer lineup beginning with a screening of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971 version) at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square. Showings for the annual movie festival are scheduled every Thursday evening at dusk.

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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)

Our greatest successes as a city are born from working together, on a foundation of shared values and principles, to build the frameworks that will shape the future of our city. From our 20-year comprehensive SomerVision plan, to the rezoning of Union Square, to our ongoing Somerville By Design workshops, we rely on you to guide what kind of community we are going to be. That’s what all of these community-based discussions are about—building community. At a base level, building community starts with our zoning code. It’s where we identify neighborhoods and what should be allowed to be built in each neighborhood. This is the framework that shapes how our city will evolve, but we have realized that what we have on the books today is neither predictable nor easy to navigate.

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Safety concerns or revenue generator?

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

By Jim Clark

A bit of a controversy has been brewing concerning a Somerville Police Department sting operation involving pedestrian safety in crosswalks in the city.

Undercover “pedestrians” are sent walking through a clearly marked crosswalk for which oncoming vehicular traffic should give right-of-way. If a vehicle disregards the pedestrian and goes through an awaiting patrol car pulls the driver over and issues a citation.

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Milk Row Cemetery open to the public this weekend

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

milk rowWondering about the history or residents of this Somerville Avenue Cemetery? Come learn more from volunteer docents dressed in historic period clothing this weekend. The small historic site, established in 1804, is usually closed to the public except for two annual events in May and October. On Sunday, July 13 and Monday, July 14, volunteers will be on hand at the site for any interested community members to learn about the Somerville residents buried at Milk Row. The Cemetery will be open on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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(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)

Mayor Curtatone, esteemed Alders, and members of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development,

We board members of the Somerville Arts Council are excited to hear about your open-discussion series on zoning. It is testament to the openness of your administration that you are hosting these meetings. We plan on attending the July 10th meeting on the arts and the creative economy, and offer these thoughts in writing before the meeting by way of broaching certain topics that we and other members of the creative community have been talking about lately.

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Somerville equipped with Narcan

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

narcan_webBy Douglas Yu

In a recent press release from the city, all Somerville Police cruisers are now fully equipped with nasal Naloxone, also known as Narcan, a prescription medication to counteract heroin overdose.

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