Groundwork Somerville gears up for annual Maple Syrup Festival

On February 13, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
The sap is flowing and hopes are high for a large yield of maple syrup as Groundwork Somerville prepares for its annual Boil Down event on March 12.

The sap is flowing and hopes are high for a large yield of maple syrup as Groundwork Somerville prepares for its annual Boil Down event on March 12.

By Haley ED Houseman

On Saturday, March 12, Groundwork Somerville will hold a community day to share their annual Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival, turning maple sap into syrup. Running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will use a large metal boiler made 10 years ago by local high school students in their shop. The event will also feature the goodies associated with maple syrup, including pancakes, and also some fresh delicacies like sap tea.

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Farmer’s Market offering Somerville items for that special person

On February 12, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Escape the weekend chill this Saturday at the best community gathering space in Somerville. Here’s your last chance to pick up a unique item for that special person, to show their or your Somerville pride, as well as support historic enrichment projects in the community. The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, working with artwork by the SHS CAD students, has designed “Preserving Somerville: Home to Diverse Architecture, Streets, and People merchandise which is available for sale. Stop by to see all of the T-shirts (youth and adult sizes), long-sleeved shirts, and tote bags which come in a variety of colors and will be on display this Sat., Feb. 13th, at the Winter Farmer’s Market located at the Somerville Armory at 181 Highland Ave.,and open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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St. Clement students sign as scholar-athletes

On February 12, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Saint Clement School recently celebrated their scholar-athletes Ivan Mertilus and Larnel Coleman and their achievements with a signing ceremony in the gym. Mertilus has signed with Assumption College Football, and Coleman has signed with UMass Minutemen football. Congratulations to both!

 

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By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Lately there’s been a lot of news concerning the settlement of the lawsuit between the City of Boston and the Wynn casino in Everett. That dispute garnered lots of media attention, but paid little notice to the fact that the City of Somerville still has four lawsuits regarding the proposed casino working their way through the court system. Our focus has been on serious environmental issues, significant and unaddressed traffic impacts and the integrity of the licensing process, which may not grab headlines as easily. But rest assured, we have multiple days in court still pending.

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Somerville Housing Authority to Go Smoke-Free

On February 11, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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As of September 1, 2016, the Somerville Housing Authority will adopt smoke-free policies to protect residents from secondhand smoke. Because smoke drifts between units and cannot be contained, the only viable solution to the issue of secondhand smoke is for buildings to go entirely smokefree.

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Union Square plan presented to the public

On February 11, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Josie Grove

Somerville residents were briefed on the latest developments in the SomerVision Union Square neighborhood plan at a public meeting held last week at the Argenziano School. ~Photo by Josie Grove

Somerville residents were briefed on the latest developments in the SomerVision Union Square neighborhood plan at a public meeting held last week at the Argenziano School. ~Photo by Josie Grove

The plan for the Union Square neighborhood’s redevelopment is far from finished, but residents are getting impatient. At a meeting last Thursday in the Dr. Albert F. Argenziano cafeteria, Somerville’s Director of Planning George Proakis presented updates and clarifications on the Union Square neighborhood plan.

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The pipes, the pipes were calling

On February 11, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police responded to a report of a possible breaking and entering at a Summer St. location last Wednesday evening.

The responding officer was reportedly told by the dispatcher that a neighbor had phoned in a report of two men entering a construction site, lighting their way with flashlights. The witness also stated that he saw the men removing what appeared to be pipes from the building and tossing them onto a nearby resident’s yard.

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What’s good for Estonians will be great for Bostonians

On February 11, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Or why buses and subway should be free to all*

 

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(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Most public transit systems charge fares, but there are exceptions. A look at Tallin, the capital of Estonia, sheds some light on what it would be like to travel our T for free.

Today, some 600,000 riders have monthly bus/subway passes. At $75 per month, that adds up to about $540 million a year. Low and moderate-income workers travelling on the T can spend up to $1,500 a year in pre-tax income just to get to work. With today’s high cost of living in the metro Boston area, with high rents and precious little affordable housing, saving transportation costs is the most progressive way to advantage these workers.

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LEGO Club at Somerville Libraries

On February 10, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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Kids ages 4 and older are regularly invited to join in for Lego Club at the Central, East and West Branch Library on the first Thursday of every month. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.! Legos are supplied, but donations are always welcome. For more information and to learn about other events at the library visit www.somervillepubliclibrary.org.

 

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According to travel website Lonely Planet, the City of Somerville has come in at sixth place in its list of the best U.S. places to visit in 2016.

The cities were chosen by the website’s U.S.-based editors and authors.

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