West Branch Library Visioning Meeting, May 10

On April 30, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Please join the Somerville Capital Projects and Planning Department, the Somerville Public Library, Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis, and architect, Design Lab, to discuss planned renovations to the West Branch Library. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Somerville Neighborhood School located at 177 Powderhouse Blvd. We will review and discuss key design features for the proposed renovation, and seek feedback from attendees.

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8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K

On April 30, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Tom Bannister

On Saturday, May 20, students and staff members East Somerville Community School, West Somerville Neighborhood School, Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School, and Benjamin G. Brown School, will participate in the 8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K presented by Playworks New England, New Balance, Positive Tracks, and Social Boston Sports. Funds raised through the family friendly 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, which will take place along Franklin Park’s world-famous cross country course adjacent to the zoo in Roxbury, will support play and physical activity in 75 elementary schools across New England.

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Spring 2017 ResiStat Meeting schedule

On April 29, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Board of Aldermen invite residents to the Spring 2017 ResiStat Community Meetings, a twice-yearly effort to share the latest City news, data, and neighborhood updates directly with residents and gather their feedback. ResiStat isn’t just a great way to get an overview of what’s happening in your neighborhood and around the city. A social half hour before the meeting and time after the meeting provide an easy opportunity to talk one-on-one to the Mayor, your Aldermen, and City staff and police—and to connect with your neighbors. (We serve pizza and kid-friendly, healthy snacks to make it more fun to come and chat.)

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Scrapping out precious metals

On April 29, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

About once a year or so, I send my ‘junk’ precious metals off to be refined. It’s spring here now and it’s time to clean up. For the past few weeks, I’ve been looking hard at trophy bowls with odd engravings to people long dead, miss-matched flatware, broken jewelry and other bits that I’ve collected over the year. This year, I have about 30 lbs. of sterling and 2 lbs. of karat gold to refine.

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Portion of Community Path in Somerville to close for repaving

On April 28, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Community Path to be repaved between Davis Sq. and Cedar St. Path will be closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic for two days during repaving.

 On Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3, 2017, a portion of the Somerville Community Path (Davis Square to Cedar St.) will be closed as city contractors repave this section of the path. During this work, this portion of the path will be closed for all users, and both pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use the detour route, Morrison Ave., which provides access to Highland Rd., Willow Ave., and Grove St., during construction. This portion of the Community Path is expected to close again, temporarily, within the next several weeks as lane markings will be painted at a later date once pavement has settled.

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Somerville holds National Take Back Day event

On April 28, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Health and Human Services, Police and Fire Departments announced that, in collaboration with the efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the “National Prescription Drug Take-Back” program, Somerville will celebrate “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 29 from 10a-1p. The focus of the National event is to raise awareness to prevent prescription drug abuse, pollution and theft.

 

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Owner of backbar, Sam.

By JT Thompson

Sam: shaved head and full beard, the young white owner of backbar, a hipster cocktail bar located behind an anonymous looking metal door in a little alley just off the main plaza of Union Square.

When I walk into backbar one sunny afternoon at 4:30, Sam is sitting at the bar, wearing brown jeans, red sneakers and a mauve, long-sleeved t-shirt. I was looking for a bartender to approach, and he was wearing an apron, with leather straps across his back, serious looking things, like what a whiskey barrel craftsman or gunslinger would wear.

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Annual Spring Clean Up

On April 27, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Somerville  Clean Up album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro 

Somerville residents celebrated Earth Day with the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, and Comcast Cares at the annual Spring Cleanup and Community Barbecue. Residents were invited to join ward captains and city officials in each of the city’s seven wards to plant flowers, weed open spaces, and clean our open spaces.

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Two phones to go from Dunkin’s

On April 27, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant on Elm St. last week on reports of a larceny.

Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the alleged victim who reportedly told them that he had set down two phones, an Apple iPhone 7 Plus and a Google Pixel, on a table and stepped away for a few minutes. During the time that the victim was away from the table and his phones, two females and a male, later identified as the suspects, approached the table where the phones were, sat down at the adjacent table, and looked at both phones a few times.

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A Tiny but great outdoor festival

On April 27, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Tiny Fest album on Photobucket

~Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment presented the Tiny Great Outdoors Festival, a free Arbor Day and SustainaVille event, at the city’s tiniest “urban wild,” Quincy Street Open Space on  Sunday, April 23.

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