Haiti & Brazil Festival “Hitsthe ‘Ville” on Sat. July 22

On July 20, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

4th annual festival moves to evening hours for the first time. Food, music, arts, kids’ activities and more bring two of Somerville’s largest communities together.

Join the Somerville Arts Council and SomerVIVA, the City’s immigrant outreach program, for the fourth annual “Haiti and Brazil Hit The ‘Ville Festival,”, an ArtsUnion festival. The festival will take place on Saturday, July 22, from 7-10pm in Union Square Plaza and include music, dance, food, family-friendly activities and more for the entire community. For the first time, this year the festival will be held in the evening rather than during afternoon hours, and will feature a Beer Garden with Haitian and Brazilian beverages for guests 21+.

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Too much trash and trashy behavior

On July 20, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were dispatched to a Main St. location for an alleged dispute that was taking place between a man, later identified as James Capobianco, and a cleanup crew that was present at the request of Inspectional Services.

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Many of Union Square’s major stakeholders are finding it difficult to agree on the best way to approach finalization of the Community Benefits Ordinance.

By Jordan Deschenes

Although city officials have stressed that the Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO) is not meant to be exclusive to one area, residents and business owners in Union Square have become aware of the implications that the legislation will have on their neighborhood’s prosperity in the coming years. With official talks about the ordinance set to resume in early September, Union Square’s major stakeholders are still wary of the best way to draft it.

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‘Shark Tank’ auditions at Canopy City

On July 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

An open casting call was held at Canopy City in Somerville for the ABC TV show Shark Tank on Monday. Budding entrepreneurs were provided with the opportunity to pitch their business ideas, vying for a chance to get their proposal funded for further development. More information on Shark Tank can be found on their website at http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/about-the-show.

 

Artbeat 2017

On July 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Artbeat 2017 album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

 

We the People: A Community Write-in

On July 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

For two weeks, July 19–28, the Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Street, will become a pop-up “postal station” where you can stop by and address a note to anyone about anything. Hang your note on the walls and we’ll mail it at the end of the exhibition.

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The city’s resolution asks the Department of Homeland Security to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program until 2019. ~Photo by Claudia Ferro

By Jordan Deschenes

The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution last week that called for the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the extension the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program until 2019.

The document stated that the TPS program is “very much at risk” as in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is warning residents in the area to take precautions against getting mosquito bites and to learn preventative techniques for avoiding them.

From the City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department

According to information provided by the City of Somerville, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting that mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, a potentially serious disease spread by mosquito bites, have been found in Cambridge, Boston, and Belmont so far this season.

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A new mural for Assembly Row

On July 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The new mural that graces the walls at Assembly Row’s FITRow is a true creative tour de force and a labor of love by local artist, Jessica Meuse.

By Jim Clark

Somerville based artist Jessica Meuse has lent her skills and talent to the creation of a dazzling new mural, now on display at Assembly Row’s FITRow.

Meuse was awarded a $20,000 commission to design and execute the three-story mural, which was completed over the course of seven days.

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Newstalk – July 19

On July 19, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Elio LoRusso, who is a candidate in Ward 1 for alderman, is having his campaign kickoff on Tuesday, August 8, at Casey’s on Lower Broadway from 5:30 p.m. on. It’s a campaign kickoff and fundraiser.

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