Louis Remigio Family Fund

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

On October 8, 2017 Officer Louis Remigio of the Somerville Police Department was involved in a motorcycle accident while off duty in North Hampton, NH.  Louie passed away a day later at the Portsmouth,NH Hospital.  Lou left behind two young daughters who also lost their mother just 18 months ago.  His brothers and sisters at the Somerville Police Department would like to help make sure that his daughter s are provided with financial support as they face this difficult and tragic time in their lives.

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Be Somerville

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

Compiled by City of Somerville staff

A monthly look at ways to get involved with your city: Don’t just live in Somerville, be Somerville.

 Davis Square Neighborhood Meeting, 10/19

Join City planning staff, area experts, and your Davis Square neighbors as we take a deeper dive into the community-selected topics from a previous meeting and identify action steps to address the goals and needs related to each. Whether your concerns are open space, traffic, parking, accessibility, streetscape, bicycle infrastructure, housing or more, we hope you’ll join us. For more information, please contact planning@somervillema.gov.

When/where: Thursday, October 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave.

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Water bottle refilling station installed in Davis Sq.

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Statue Park in Davis Square is home to the City of Somerville’s newest public reusable water bottle refilling station thanks to the city’s residents who participated in the Somerville Energy Efficiency Now (SEEN) campaign in 2016.

“Statue Park is the intersection of public transit, the community bike path, local business, and culture,” says Christine Andrews, Housing and Environment Programs Coordinator for the City of Somerville. “By providing a way to refill water bottles at a central and accessible location, we are hoping to encourage everyone to reduce waste, whether they are passing through or enjoying the sights and sounds of Davis Square.”

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City officials, residents outraged by loss of Beacon St. trees

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Somerville Board of Aldermen and the Mayor’s Office took immediate action to determine what went wrong with the oversight process at the Beacon St. reconstruction site. — Photos by Bobbie Toner

By Jim Clark

The repercussions of the seemingly unauthorized removal of trees as part of the Beacon St. reconstruction project hit a fever pitch last week as the Somerville Board of Aldermen took up the issue, demanding answers from those who were responsible.

After receiving complaints from residents of the area, members of the Board, most notably Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, made sure that the matter was put on the agenda for last week’s regular meeting.

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City Election 2017: Alderman At-Large

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Somerville voters will cast their ballots in a City Election for the offices of Mayor of Somerville, various Board of Aldermen members, and School Committee Members in Wards 1 and 2. This week, the Somerville Times asked each of the qualified candidates for Alderman At-Large to describe why they would be the best choice for the office they are running for and what specific policies they would advocate or implement in that position, along with a bio if they choose to include one. Their responses are presented here in alphabetical order based on their last names, ward by ward.

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Newstalk – October 18

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Masonic Open House is coming up on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., right here in Somerville. It’s one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in existence, since 1783, at 125 Highland Avenue. King Solomon’s Lodge AF & AM is still very active and very much alive and doing great. It has a huge amount of historical artifacts dating back to the 17th century, some of which will be on display for anyone to see. Come up the driveway to the rear parking lot. They will answer all the questions about Masonry that you may want to ask. Light refreshments will be served. The public is cordially invited.

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Local officials advocate for affordable housing

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Representative Denise Provost and Alderman Bob Mcwatters testified on October 17, 2017 before a joint Committee on Housing before Chairman Honan and Boncore on house bill 3017, an act to preserve affordable housing through a local option tenants right to purchase.

 

City workers union rally

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

— Photos by Bobbie Toner

The Somerville Municipal Employees Association (SMEA) held a labor unity rally in Davis Square on Tuesday. The rally allowed the union employees to show solidarity in standing together to fight for a contract so that they may have a sense of security, pay raises and jobs for Somerville workers.

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Our View of the Times – October 18

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

How often in government – be it national, local, or anything in between – do we see instances of one hand not knowing what the other is doing? Unfortunately, too often, sorry to say.

This also holds true for certain dealings between governmental bodies and civilian contractors who have been entrusted to carry out development and renovation projects while keeping the best interests of the community in mind.

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The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – October 18

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Eagle Feathers #140 – Somerville: An Embodiment of Movies

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

Thomas Alva Edison was America’s most prolific inventor who fathered 1,093 creations. He produced his first two devices, the electric vote recorder and the universal stock printer, in the machine shop of Somerville’s Charles Williams.

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