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autism_webBy Jeremy F. van der Heiden

April is National Autism Awareness Month in the United States, and officials and advocacy groups often work hard to get local communities involved in the conversation to create a more widespread understanding of the disorder. The Autism Society has recognized April as the month to raise awareness since the 1970s, and the event has become more popular and well understood in the past several years.

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Exemption increase moves on to state Legislature

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By David R. Smith

The fate of a proposal to increase the city’s residential tax exemption from 30 to 35 percent is now in the hands of the state Legislature after the Board of Aldermen approved the request from Mayor Joseph Curtatone at its meeting March 27.

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Hiding place no help to suspected dealer

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Based on intelligence gathered last Friday, members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit and Gang/Anti-Crime Unit, assisted by Somerville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, established surveillance of a Woodstock St. location in preparation for a drug deal interdiction.

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TEDx Somerville’s triumphant return

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

thesomervillenews's TEDx 2014 album on Photobucket

— Photos courtesy of TEDx

The second TEDx Somerville event was held Sunday, March 30, at Brooklyn Boulders.

The nonprofit TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) organization started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Moving on

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Meeting held to discuss future of Powder House School
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~Photo by Donald Norton.

— Photo by Donald Norton.

By David R. Smith

“This is not a meeting about Tufts, and I’m not going to make it one,” Mayor Joseph Curtatone told the residents who filled a meeting room at the Tufts Administration Building (TAB) on Holland Street last Wednesday.

The meeting, when it was originally scheduled, was to be a final community forum with Tufts about the university’s plans for the Powder House School, vacant now for a decade, on Broadway behind the TAB.

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Mayor offers 50K reward during Cremin memorial

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The annual wreath-hanging ceremony in remembrance of Deanna Cremin took place this Saturday, and with it came a renewed sense of determination to solve the 19-year-old murder case.

The annual wreath-hanging ceremony in remembrance of Deanna Cremin took place this Saturday, and with it came a renewed sense of determination to solve the 19-year-old murder case.

By David R. Smith

Nearly 20 years have done little to dull the grieving over the murder of Deanna Cremin, nor, however, has it lessened the commitment among her family, friends, law enforcement and city officials to find her killer.

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Newstalk – April 2

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The city street-sweeping program started yesterday (April 1 … no joke) and runs through Dec. 31. Check the posted signs on all the streets when they are coming down. This is big money for the city, so be careful.

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Our View of the Times – April 2

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

powderhouse_viewSuburban legislators may not quite understand why the city wants to increase the residential tax exemption from 30 to 35 percent.

But most of us do.

Somerville is a victim of its own success: People want to live here; businesses want to open up here; and real-estate investors from Florida to China want to buy into the hot market here.

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eagle_webEagle Feathers #49 – Somerville Steamers

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

Somerville’s Peter Forg Manufacturing Company on Park Street originally had its start  in 1881 as a wood-working company. After three years, it established itself as a metal stamping and manufacturing business catering to the furniture hardware industry. It was an epic time to begin.

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Mayor’s Fitness Challenge 2014 well underway

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

challenge_3_webThe fifth annual Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge kicked off on Saturday.

The Fitness Challenge is a 10-week event that offers both a team fitness challenge as well as a non-competitive “lifestyle pledge” in cooperation with Wellcoin Positive Health Currency. Both offer rewards for participants ranging from better health to discounts at local businesses.

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