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State delegation fights for the Mystic River

On July 31, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

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The Mystic River deserves to have its true brilliance shine. It is an asset second to none—all we have to do is unlock its potential. Most communities have long protected their waterfronts, but in the urban core, our industrial past meant that our waterfronts were embraced as tools of industries and dumping grounds, instead of as environmental jewels that should be treasured and cared for. We’ve begun to undo the mistakes of the past by fighting for the Mystic, as we can see at Baxter Park in Assembly Square, where six-acres of waterfront park have become an inviting oasis within a new urban village. Earlier this month, we took another step in that fight, thanks to our state delegation of Sen. Pat Jehlen and Reps. Denise Provost, Christine Barber and Tim Toomey, who helped us secure $350,000 in the fiscal 2016 state budget for the river.

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Somerville_Police_LogoMost licensees in compliance; 4 establishments cited for selling to minors.

An undercover check to ensure local liquor stores are not selling to minors was successfully carried out recently as the Somerville Office of Prevention (SOP) and the Somerville Police Department teamed up to conduct a minimum age alcoholic beverage purchase law compliance check in Somerville, announced Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) Director Cory Mashburn.

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OPENAIR Circus underway this weekend

On July 30, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The OPENAIR Circus’ 30th Annual performances will be taking place this weekend at Nunziato Field in Somerville.

The OPENAIR Circus’ 30th Annual performances will be taking place this weekend at Nunziato Field in Somerville.

By Rebecca Danvers

The OPENAIR Circus presents its annual performances this weekend, July 31 to August 2.

OPENAIR is celebrating its 30th year of teaching circus arts to the youth of Somerville and surrounding communities. This is an excellent opportunity to see cute kids and accomplished teens performing a great variety of different skills as well as to see what your kids might want to take next summer.

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Somerville SomerSlam 2015

On July 30, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The 1st Annual Somerville SomerSlam Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament took place this past weekend in Somerville.

The 1st Annual Somerville SomerSlam Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament took place this past weekend in Somerville.

When city and youth sports organizations come together

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By Rebecca Danvers

Somerville Youth Softball Organization (SYSO) hosted the 1st Annual Somerville SomerSlam Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament this past weekend.

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somervillelogoJoin Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the Somerville Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) to cut the ribbon on the City of Somerville’s two new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, in Union and Davis Squares. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Union Sq. location at the Union Square Plaza on Thurs., July 30 at 2 p.m.. EV owners in the Somerville area are invited to join us for a ceremonial ride and photo-op. As of July 30, there are two active dual-port, Level 2 EV charging available for public use. Charging and parking are being offered free of charge with a three-hour maximum. The Union Square station is located in Union Square plaza, and the Davis Square station is located near the Community Path and Grove St., adjacent to Rite Aid. A third charging station will be installed this summer in front of Somerville High School and City Hall. For more information, contact the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at 617-625-6600 ext. 2106.

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Loss of a local gem: Johnny D’s to close

On July 30, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

A Somerville entertainment institution will be shutting its doors early next year, as Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club calls it quits. ~Photo by Amy Swain

A Somerville entertainment institution will be shutting its doors early next year, as Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club calls it quits. — Photo by Amy Swain

By Amy Swain

Somerville’s beloved Johnny D’s, a local landmark since 1969, has decided to close its doors. The restaurant/club has served generations of Boston area patrons and bands, and has been a destination for out-of-towners.

Owner of the venue Carla DeLellis posted a letter to the Johnny D’s website as a farewell from the establishment. The letter begins “Dear Friends,” and in it, you can feel the genuine emotion of a tough goodbye.

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MarKa proposal would create 40 new homes including affordable, senior and live-work artist units, commercial space including collaborative maker units and ‘artists hall’

powder_house_7_30_14_1_webA proposal to rehabilitate the former Powder House Community School into 40 new homes including affordable, senior and live-work artist units, and more than 13,000 square feet of commercial space including collaborative maker spaces and an artists’ hall has been recommended by the Powder House Community School Technical Advisory Committee. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will accept the Committee’s recommendation and present his decision to the Board of Aldermen.

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A sand sculpting fest to behold

On July 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Ferro family of Somerville took a trip north last weekend to have a look at the 2015 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival, which took place on Revere Beach.

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Construction grant for Union Square Library declined

On July 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The much hoped for library for Union Square faced a setback as declined a matching grant earmarked for construction costs.

The much hoped for library for Union Square faced a setback as the city declined a matching grant earmarked for construction costs.

By Haley ED Houseman

At the end of June, the city announced that the Somerville will be passing on a $18 million grant that underpinned hopes for a plan for a library presence in Union Square. According to Dann DeMaina, the Media Manager for the city, Somerville applied for the grant from Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ (MBLC) MPL Construction Program in January 2012, although discussions about this proposal began even earlier. Initially the city was placed on a waiting list, and received notification of the provisional award in 2014. After a series of planning discussions, it was determined that the timeline designated in the grant application could not be met by the city, and the city declined to match it.

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Somerville weekly food truck festivals are here

On July 29, 2015, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Food Truck Festivals Of America will be wheeling in gastronomic delights every Tuesday evening throughout the month of August at Powder House Square. ~Photos courtesy of Food Truck Festivals Of America

Food Truck Festivals Of America will be wheeling in gastronomic delights every Tuesday evening throughout the month of August at Powder House Square. — Photos courtesy of Food Truck Festivals Of America

By Patrick McDonagh

Popularity grew in L.A., where cavalcades of 27-foot metal trucks serving gourmet meals might be known as rodeos. The Food Network converted this culinary phenomenon into a TV show hosted by Tyler Florence, The Great American Food Truck Race, which will soon be airing its sixth season.

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