Former Somerville Mayor’s Book, “The Spirit of Somerville” A Big Hit

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By William Tauro

A large crowd filled the local establishment, “The Book Shop” “Your Neighborhood Book Store” that’s located at Ball Square on Broadway this past Wednesday evening for the 3rd Gene Brune book signing event!

The former Somerville Mayor/ former Middlesex Registrar of Deeds turned author sparked the interest of the Somerville Community with his new book “The Spirit of Somerville” which is on shelves now!

NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN LOWELL

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City of Lowell, Merrimack Valley Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children to Publicly Recognize Impact of Homicides on Greater Lowell Community

Lowell, MA –The City of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children will co-host Lowell’s fifth annual Day of Remembrance ceremony on Thursday, September 26th. The observance, which publicly recognizes the impact of homicide on surviving family members and friends, will begin at 6:30PM at City Hall.

“The Merrimack Valley Chapter of POMC believes that for survivors of homicide victims, having their loved ones remembered is vital and that’s why we’re hosting this ceremony,” said Arnie Muscovitz, Chapter Leader of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of POMC.

The event will include a reading of the names of homicide victims in Middlesex County since January 2009, in addition to the names of chapter members’ loved ones.

“There is a homicide every 34.5 minutes in our country- this ceremony hopes to raise community awareness around this issue. It doesn’t just affect the victim; it affects family, friends and the community. We hope that by raising awareness of the impact that homicides have, we can help stop these horrible crimes.”

Guest speakers will include Mayor Patrick Murphy, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office’s Chief of Victim Witness Services Anne Foley and Survivor Tom Duggan. Additionally, survivors will have an opportunity to share stories and memories of their loved ones in an “open-mike” setting.

The ceremony will be concluded by the Lowell High School Show Chorus, Directed by Joe Camara, singing “We are the Survivors”, as well as a release of balloons.

Cambridge Shred Day Event September 28

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The Cambridge Consumers’ Council and the Public Works Department will be joining forces to host a Cambridge Shred Day Event on Saturday, September 28, from 1-5 p.m., behind Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine.

The event will provide free public shredding and allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted records and documents. Documents will be destroyed on the spot in a highly advanced technical mobile shredding truck.

Information will be available to consumers on the City’s recycling and composting programs, and tips to avoid identity theft, fraud and scams. Ten minute drop-off parking will be available on Massachusetts Avenue (between Inman & Bigelow), Bigelow Street (between Mass. Ave. and Dottie Doyle Way) and Inman Street (between Bishop Allen Drive and Mass. Ave.) abutting City Hall. 

For more information, please contact Laura M. Nichols with any questions at 617-349-6150 or consumer@cambridgema.gov.

Medford Farmer’s Market

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September 18, 2013 – In This Issue:
Welcome from the Board
Community Table
Entertainment
Recipe

Yellow Savoriness

With fall almost officially here, its time to enjoy the last of the summer squash.
Who knew that soy sauce and black pepper would go so well with this vegetable. Add in a tomato, and you have practically the definition of savory! This recipe could also work with zucchini, patty pan, or any other summer squash verity.

Ingredients:
2 medium summer squash
1/2 teaspoon oil or butter
1/2 teaspoon, or 1 good sized clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce
black pepper
1 medium heirloom tomato (the one I used happened to be yellow)

Method:
Wash squash and then chop. You can ether slice them into rounds or chop them into chucks. Remove center part and chop tomato into medium peaces.
Heat a large pot over medium/high and add oil/butter and garlic for about 30 seconds.
Add squash with 1/4 cup water and cover pot. The cooking time will very on how thick your squash is. For 1/2 inch peaces, It’s a little less then 10 min. Check for doneness regularly.
Add tomato right before you think the squash is done. Then turn of the stove and let the heat of the pot cook the rest, covered, for about 5 min. Add the seasonings.

Enjoy!

Recipe and photos courtesy of Kate Mitchell. 

Please send feedback to Kate 

kate@mitchell3.com

Welcome from the Board
It’s beginning to cool off at the Medford Farmers Market, but that means there’s a lot of great products to pick from. Apples and fall vegetables are appearing in huge numbers, and with lower temperatures, it’s also a great time to get some hot pies or fresh pasta or local meats for warm dinners at home.

This week is also Massachusetts Car-Free Week, intended to promote greener modes of transportation. So if you’re able, try walking or biking to the market this week. Even better – grab a few friends and carpool! Hope to see you there!

Fruitfully Yours, 
The Board of Directors

Sol Gittleman, Somerville Lions Club’s Guest Speaker

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By William Tauro 

Professor Sol Gittleman was the Somerville Lions President Gene Brune’s and the Club’s guest speaker of the evening this past Tuesday night. 

Before a packed function room at the Mount Vernon Restaurant, Gittleman talked baseball and about his opinions of expectations major leaque players and their teams. 

Sol Gittleman, of Tufts University, Professor of German Program,
Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor of Judaic Studies. 

His Education:
B.A., Drew University
M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Honorary Degrees: Hebrew College; Stonehill College; Drew University; University of Tuebingen

Photo: Sol Gittleman and Somerville Lions President Gene Brune

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HONK! FESTIVAL 2013 “(Somerville and Cambridge, MA) From October 10-13, HONK!”

EIGHTH ANNUAL
FESTIVAL OF ACTIVIST STREET BANDS

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this year featuring
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~ The Riverhawk Party Band (Lowell, MA) ~

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All elected officials and candidates running for public office are kindly asked to show up at this event to help out the Walnet Street Center in Somerville!

By William TauroPublic officials are asked to show their support for this local charity event in September

Alderman at Large, Jack Connolly and Former Somerville Mayor, Gene Brune and Billy Tauro publisher of Boston News Group.com are supporting Walnut Street Center by serving on their gala committee.

This years’ event will take place on Thursday September 19th at The Holiday Inn from 6pm-9pm. They believe in the mission of WSC, “to empower adults who have developmental disabilities to make meaningful life choices,” and recognize the important service the center offers to Somerville and surrounding communities.

Jack, Gene and Billy are anticipating 100 percent attendance and representation from local businesses, public officials and other Somerville community stakeholders.

By Purchasing a ticket and participating in this event will be proof to all who struggle with daily life skills, we really do care.
To purchase your $75 ticket today visit Walnut Street Centers’ gala webpage @ http://www.wscinc.org/#/gala-2013/4565873586
Tickets will also be sold at the door. Or buy online @https://walnutstreetgala.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount

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Watch Out For Election Polling Scams

By William Tauro

It’s happening in many cities and towns in the state and especially in Boston.

Elections Commissioner Warns Residents of Fraudulent Phone Polling Claiming to be from the Boston Election Department

Geraldine Cuddyer, Chair of Boston’s Board of Election Commissioners, reminds all voters that the Election Department does not conduct any kind of telephone polling or surveys of voters.

“It has been brought to my attention over the weekend that voters are receiving telephone calls regarding voter preferences. The callers are identifying themselves as being from the Boston Election Department,” Cuddyer said. “Voters should be aware that any caller conducting a survey, and claiming to be Election Department personnel, is engaging in fraudulent behavior. The Election Department staff is working around the clock getting ready for the September 24 Preliminary Election. The Election Department prides itself on conducting fair and impartial elections, and I take great offense at anyone misusing the Department’s name.”

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Join Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong in a lively discussion

mayor lisa wong fitsburgJoin Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong in a lively discussion as part of the Community Conversations speaker series. Wong was the first female Asian American mayor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. First elected into office in November 2007, Wong is now serving her third term in office.

“Community Conversations”, is an educational speaker series facilitated by the Governor’s Asian American Commission/Advisory Council (AAC) and hosted by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). It will feature prominent officials and members of Governor Patrick’s Administration and each featured speaker will engage in conversation with the community, both listening to concerns and informing & educating attendees.

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center 38 Ash Street
Boston, MA 02111
RSVP: visit www.bcnc.net, e-mail infor@bcnc.net or call 617-635-5129×0
About Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center:
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc (BCNC) was founded in 1969 by neighborhood residents.

For 43 years, BCNC has served as the vital link to the Asian American community throughout Greater Boston, providing support and resources to ease their integration into American society. BCNC offers exemplary services to over 2,000 people each year, strengthening families and building communities. BCNC is the largest Asian social service provider in New England, its programs include: Acorn Center for Early Education and Care, Adult Education, Arts & Enrichment, Family Child Care, Family Services, Oak Street Youth Center, Recreation and Fitness and Red Oak After School Program.

About Asian American Commission/Advisory Council:
The Governor’s Asian American Commission/Advisory Council acts in an advisory capacity and as liaison to the Governor regarding matters relating to the Commonwealth’s burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Commission members appointed by Governor Patrick are: Christina Chan (Chair), Stephen Chan, City Councilor Leland Cheung, Helen Chin Schlichte, Shahid Ahmed Khan, Jane Leung, Quoc Tran, Chanrithy “Rithy” Uong, Leverett Wing (Vice-Chair), and Emily Yu.
Main Office: 885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 TTD/Voice (617) 635-5129 Press Contact: Carmen Chan 617-635-5129 x1053 carmen.chan@bcnc.net

Mayor Menino Testifies Before Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

mayormeninoAsks Committee for support to strengthen background checks on gun sales, create stronger penalties for gun-related crimes

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today testified before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on steps the Legislature should take to strengthen laws that will reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth and Boston’s neighborhoods.

“While I will continue to fight at the federal level to address these serious flaws in our gun laws, our neighborhoods cannot wait for federal action. This Committee and this Legislature can create a safer Commonwealth today,” Mayor Menino testified. “Here in Massachusetts, we can do better, and improve our laws without infringing on the second amendment. This has nothing to do with gun control, and everything to do with crime control.”

The Mayor asked the Committee for its support on two key policies: bringing Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and creating stronger penalties for gun-related crimes.

Bill H.3256 filed by Representative Aaron Michlewitz would bring Massachusetts into compliance with NICS. Currently, Massachusetts does not transmit mental health records of those who have been deemed a danger to themselves or others, which would prevent those individuals from purchasing a gun.

Bill H.3249 filed by Representative Russell Holmes would create a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for illegal possession of a firearm for a convicted felon who has already been sentenced to 10 or more years. The goal of the bill is to ensure appropriate sentencing for the most violent repeat felons, while making sure that there is adequate rehabilitation for individuals ready to transition back into society. The bill would ensure every individual released is linked with assistance in housing, education, and employment training.

“Often, we are so focused on catching and punishing people who offend that we forget that these people usually come back to our neighborhoods – sometimes never learning any other way to live, other than committing crimes,” Mayor Menino said. “Without an effort to reform these people and give them the opportunity to lead lawful and productive lives, we will be locking them up again and again.”

Since January, 189 shootings have taken the lives of 25 individuals in the City of Boston. The Boston Police Department this year has recovered 477 illegal guns off Boston streets – a rate of almost two crime guns a day, every day. More than 60 percent of these guns come from other states – places like Maine, New Hampshire, Florida, and Georgia that do not have the laws needed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Conduct, aligning it with new state law

BOSTON –A major update to the Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct emphasizes the importance of giving all students the opportunity to make academic progress by strengthening a tiered system of progressive discipline and student supports. The Code has been updated after an 18-month collaborative effort by the Code of Conduct Advisory Council, the Boston Parents Organizing Network and the Boston Student Advisory Council. 

Students and parents played a key role in the revisions.

“Our schools are safer than ever and it’s because we have students, parents and teachers who care about stopping problems before they begin. The fact that these changes were developed by students and parents, who know our families best, means it is yet another thing our public schools are doing right.” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

School Committee chair Michael O’Neill also commended the collaboration.

“Following up on our recently approved wellness policy, which focused on the physical health of our students, the school committee was pleased to unanimously support its revised Code of Conduct focusing on the safety of our students,” O’Neill said. “We believe both could be national models- for the impact on our students as well as the way they were developed, through working with a very broad-based coalition of knowledgeable and experienced partners.”

John McDonough, Boston Public Schools Superintendent also applauded the update to the Code of Conduct. “It represents a lot of hard work and thoughtfulness by stakeholders who were guiding by our mission to focus on children,” he said.

The new revision gives students the opportunity to make academic progress during suspensions and expulsions and provides due process for students facing potential suspension or expulsion.

Boston has become the first school district to revise its Code of Conduct to implement the new state law, Chapter 222, requiring schools to exclude students only as a last resort, said Thomas Mela, co-chair of Systems, Policies and Procedures (SP&P), a subcommittee of the Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct Advisory Council (COCAC). He is also a senior project director of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

“Boston has provided leadership and paved the way for other school districts to align their Codes of Conduct with the new state law,” Mela said.

Dawn Ash, chair of COCAC and member of the SP&P subcommittee, emphasized the tremendous community effort behind the changes to the Code.
“More than ninety parents, students, activists, community members and BPS administrators, working together over a three-year period, had a hand in bringing about these changes,” she said. “The new Code truly reflects this broad community input and I am proud of all the work we’ve accomplished together.”

The School Committee approved the revision during a regular meeting on Sept. 4., marking the second time since 2010 that the Code of Conduct has been updated. 
“We are very encouraged that Boston Schools included the Boston Parents Organizing Network as an integral part of the team that put together the new Code of Conduct,” said Myriam Ortiz, the network’s executive director. “That speaks volumes in terms of the direction the district is headed in- engaging parents into the dialogue.”

The revisions three years ago emphasized the importance of progressive discipline as an alternative to suspensions and expulsions. Since that time, our schools across the city have become safer: arrests by the Boston School Police fell from 464 in the 2007-08 school year to 163 in 2012-13, a 185% decline.

As part of the 2010 revision process, BPS committed to reexamining the Code of Conduct every few years. 
The code also includes a revised set of consequences for violations of the cell phone policy. Previously, for second and subsequent violations, students were prohibited from bringing phones back for the remainder of the year, but under the new policy, violators must drop off their phone at the main office at the beginning of the day and pick it up at the end of the day for no more than 10 days.

The Boston Public Schools, the birthplace of public education in the United States, 
serves more than 58,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 128 schools.

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Town of Arlington Notice – Overnight House Breaks

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APD Alert Residents of Overnight Residential House Breaks

In recent weeks Arlington Police have responded to a growing number of residential “overnight” (12 a.m. – 5 a.m.) house breaks in the northwest section of Town.

A majority of these incidents involved unlocked homes. The APD is working to solve these crimes and prevent future incidents. APD also urges residents to keep their homes locked at all times. If you observe suspicious activity during these times, please call 911 immediately. 

If you have information regarding any of these past crimes please contact the Arlington Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 781-316-3938. You can view a map of the area these incidents have been reported online at arlingtonma.gov/police.

Thank you.

Captain Richard Flynn
Investigations Commander/PIO
Arlington Police Department

Arlington Police Department Hires New Animal Control Officer

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(Arlington, Ma) Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Animal Control Officer. 

Amanda Kennedy was selected from an extensive pool of candidates after a thorough interview and background check. “The Arlington Police Department is fortunate to have recruited someone with such a diverse background working in animal welfare,” said Chief Ryan. 

“We look forward to enhancing the level of services we will provide the community while promoting healthy relationships people have with animals, both domestic and wild.”

Amanda Kennedy previously worked with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s (ASPCA) Field Investigations and Response Team. 

She has also been deployed nationally for large-scale animal law enforcement cases and disaster response. Ms. Kennedy also worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) as the Director of the Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Amanda Kennedy will have a table at this year’s Town Day on Saturday September 21, 2013 and she is looking forward to meeting with and getting to know members of our community. 

For any immediate concerns please contact Animal Control at 781-316-3950 or email her at AKennedy@town.arlington.ma.us

Melrose High grad running special ed program

Arrington to run special needs program at A Plus Tutoring

AmyLynn Arrington, a 1999 Melrose High graduate, is the director of the new special needs program at A Plus Tutoring, located at 6 Eastman Place in Melrose Center.

Arrington has 12 years of experience teaching middle and high school students with specific learning, behavioral and emotional disabilities. In addition to a Master’s degree in Education from American International College, she holds four Massachusetts Educator’s certifications, including certification in Special Education, Moderate Disabilities 5-12.

“I’m excited to bring my passion for teaching to A Plus and the Melrose community,” Arrington said. “I enjoy working with families in a holistic way to help their student achieve success. With the right support, every student is capable of feeling more confident in his or her abilities and performing better in the classroom.”

Arrington specializes in creating personalized education plans for students who have struggled to succeed in traditional educational settings. Her areas of expertise include Specific Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Developmental Trauma Disorders, and Credit/Skill Recovery.

“With AmyLynn’s experience and dedication, we now offer one of the best special education tutoring programs in the area,” said A Plus director and owner Cathy Scarlatos.

In addition to special education, A Plus Tutoring offers a wide range of academic services for students and adults. A Plus provides individual and group SAT exam tutoring as well as specialized help with English, Math, Reading/Writing, Social Studies, Sciences and all major languages. In addition to SAT tutoring, preparation for all other scholastic exams, including the GRE, is also available.

Other A Plus programs include English as a Second Language, high school equivalency (GED) and an after school program that focuses on study and organizational skills.

“We’re always trying our best to respond to the needs of the community,” said Scarlatos, “Our SAT prep courses are very popular and we’ve seen terrific results. In recent years, we’ve seen a need for special education programs. So we’ve added AmyLynn to our staff and will now offer tutoring for students with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and other cognitive challenges.”

For further information about any of the A Plus Tutoring programs, including special education, visitwww.aplustutoringservices.net, call 781-439-4228 or send an e-mail to academicservices@comcast.net

Cambridge Lions Club Installation of Officers, A New Year Begins

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By William Tauro

 
 
 
 
 
 

Congratulations to the Cambridge Lions Club on their new year in Lionism, and with a new year comes a new line of officers. 

The installation of officers was held on Wednesday evening at the Mount Vernon Restaurant in Somerville in their function facility.

The Cambridge Lions Club meets at the Portugalia Restaurant in Cambridge on the second Wednesday of each and every month

Medford High School Science Lab Project Bid Savings

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by William Tauro

 
 
 
 
 
 

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn is pleased to announce that the bid for the Medford High School Science Lab project has come in $1.8 million dollars under budget. The project is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority at a 60% reimbursement rate. The City pays the remaining 40% of the project cost. “Our savings is approximately $700,000 and I am thrilled with the competitive environment we are currently experiencing. We hope this continues with other projects that are “shovel-ready” including Medford High School’s Pool and the Department of Public Works building”, said Mayor McGlynn. 

At tonight’s City Council meeting, Mayor McGlynn will ask the Council to amend the original loan order for the Science Labs to include an additional purpose of paying costs of storm drainage improvement in the Meetinghouse Brook area. The savings of $700,000 will go towards Phase II of the drainage project in and around the Brook area. “The flooding that has overtaken the Lawrence Estates, all the way down Winthrop Street and Traincroft, to the Mystic River affects hundreds of homes. In the past, the residents have experienced great hardship due to flooding. We must work together as a community to eliminate any future personal loss and suffering to these residents. After working with professional consultants, we believe this drainage improvement will greatly improve the quality of life in this area”, concluded McGlynn. 

The city received five bids from general contractors ranging from $8,467,000 to $8,995,800. The contract was awarded to the low bidder G&R Construction Inc. of Quincy, Massachusetts.

“The Spirit of Somerville,” A Big Hit!

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By William Tauro

 
 
 
 
 
 

Former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune packed the house at his second official book signing event at the Mount Vernon Restaurant in Somerville.

The book, “The Spirt of Somerville” was being signed and distributed faster then Gene Brune could take them out of the box on Tuesday night in the packed function room.

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Happy birthday to the following “Villens here in the Ville” Vivian Shepard Quinlan, the wild and crazy Leigh Ann Scolaro, Jeremy Sheehan, Denice Desrochers, Stephan J Bremis, Jay Frasier and to our good friend Jim Buckley who happens to be Eddy Abate’s best friend! Happy Birthday to all from Boston News Group.com

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Our hearts and prayers of condolences go out to the Santos family for the loss of Aureo. 

Our good friend Aureo Santos of Somerville lost his battle to cancer tonight and he will be missed by many here in the Ville that knew him.

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Coming Soon to Teele Square Somerville this fall!

At the former “Amelia’s Italian Kitchen” location on Broadway. 

Great food * Spirits * The Place to go to in the Ville! 

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What a great time this past Thursday night at the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours Event that was held at the new East End Grille on Broadway. The food, the cocktails the entire night was a blast and with over seventy five attendees, the event was a big success!
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Don’t forget the Government Affairs Breakfast with George Proakis, AICP
Director of Planning, City of Somerville. 8:00 – 9:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street. 

George was involved in the development of the SomerVision plan, and is now working on the Somerville by Design neighborhood planning efforts and a zoning overhaul for the community. Earlier, as planning director for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, George pursued the redevelopment of a 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District”, and coordinated the development of a form-based code for this district. He led the creation of the New England Form Based Codes Council in 2009, and has advocated for better land use planning, innovative regulatory solutions and form-based codes in many New England communities. George holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. Breakfast Series sponsor Winter Hill Bank. 

Chamber Members $25. Non-members $30. Payment due at the door or pay on line registration required with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guests. 

For more info contact: smackey@somervillechamber.org 
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Don’t forget to join us at Boston News Group.com tonight as we the venture in the “East Somerville Foodie Crawl”
East Somerville’s most happening night is back again with the East Broadway Foodie Crawl! Come take a cultural crawl with us through the East Somerville restaurant corridor and discover Somerville’s best kept culinary secrets. The authentic foods will take you straight to the sights and smells of Ethiopia, the tastes of El Salvador and the colors of Haiti. In the past, over one thousand people have come to eat their way through this showcase of ethnic cuisine. With over a dozen businesses participating and five continents represented, don’t pass up on this savory opportunity!

Tickets include FREE Foodie Crawl brochure guidebook, entry into all participating locations, sampling of two dishes from each establishment (vegetarian tastings provided), entrance into three after parties, and more goodies!

2013 Restaurants include: 
Mount Vernon Restaurant, Blessings Caribbean, Vinny’s, Tapatio, Fasika, Joe’s Liquors, Gauchao, Casey’s,Los Paisanos, Maya Sol, Taqueria Montecristo, Ola Gifts Cafe, Taco Loco, East End Grille, Dreamy Flavor, Big Bite BBQ
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Also tonight don’t forget to visit the “Mayor Gene Brune Book Signing Event “The Spirit of Somerville” Tuesday night September 10th

The signing will be held at the Mount Vernon Restaurant located at 14 Broadway in Somerville from 7-9pm.
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The Lawrence Fire Department Invites All Companies

September 11th Remembrance Service

All members, family and friends are invited to the September 11th Remembrance Service on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Central Fire Station. All com…panies will report to the Central Fire Station at 0815.
The service will begin at 0830 hours with the ringing of the bell of the Mutual Relief Association. Lieutenant James Flynn will perform the introduction.
Coffee and donuts will be served after the service.
All off duty members are requested to attend in Class A uniform, summer dress.

Jack L. Bergeron Fire Chief
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Try to stop by Bochellie’s Restaurant this Saturday night to see our good friend Stephanie Peters the world-renowned comedian who will be appearing the alive with other comedians great show don’t miss her act!
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Lawrence Fire Department Invites All Companies

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September 11th Remembrance Service

All members, family and friends are invited to the September 11th Remembrance Service on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Central Fire Station. All companies will report to the Central Fire Station at 0815.
The service will begin at 0830 hours with the ringing of the bell of the Mutual Relief Association. Lieutenant James Flynn will perform the introduction.
Coffee and donuts will be served after the service.
All off duty members are requested to attend in Class A uniform, summer dress.

Jack L. Bergeron Fire Chief

Mayor Menino Announces $16 Billion Housing Plan

Goal to build 30,000 housing units to meet needs of a changing city

Standing with members of his Housing Advisory Panel, Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced a plan to build 30,000 units of housing in the City of Boston by the year 2020. 

Housing Boston 2020, the City’s new blueprint for housing strategy, represents a total plan for $16 billion of public and private investment that will create housing to meet the changing demographic needs of the city and its citizens. An advisory panel and three working groups convened to advise Mayor Menino on the city’s new policy.

“Boston 2013 is thriving, and well positioned to meet its bright future,” Mayor Menino said. “But one thing has not changed: in order to fulfill its promise, we must stay focused on creating housing, because this is an issue that affects every Boston resident. We do not simply need to put roofs over peoples’ heads; we need to think carefully about the right kind of housing for our changing city.”

“I want to thank the members of the Advisory Panel and the Working Groups who gave so much of their time and energy in helping us think through some very challenging issues.”

Housing Boston 2020 will serve as a concrete action plan for the remaining days of the Menino administration, while serving as a blueprint for an incoming administration. Working with the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Panel, city staff and external thought leaders identified four main priorities for the City: accommodating growth; expansion of the middle class; affordable housing for Boston’s workforce; and college and university housing. 

Mayor Menino’s plan calls for:
· The addition of 30,000 new units of housing in the decade of the 2010s. 25,000 of these will be private market rate units, requiring $10 billion in new investment in Boston; 
· The establishment of a 5,000-unit, $1.5 billion dollar middle class housing initiative to expand the supply of housing affordable to the middle class;
· The creation of 5,000 new units of affordable, deed-restricted housing, while maintaining 97 percent occupancy rates and preserving 95 percent of expiring affordable housing, requiring $2 billion in governmental and private financing;
· The investment of $1.5 billion to house 10,000 more full time students, including a new focus on housing graduate students.

From 2000 to 2010, Boston posted its greatest increase in its housing supply in 50 years, with the completion of the 20,000-unit, $6.1 billion Leading the Way plan.

Of the new units created, 30 percent were affordable, and Boston now has a higher share of its housing stock in affordable housing than any other major city in America. 

Today, Boston still faces housing challenges – from shifting demographics to dwindling public resources. The Advisory Panel and City staff identified five key areas where the City finds itself most challenged:
· 23,000 very low income families are considered at risk of becoming homeless, while federal funding for affordable housing has been cut by 35 – 45 percent.
100,000 net new jobs are expected to be created in Boston by 2020. Those jobs, combined with a rising preference of workers to live in the city, will likely generate demand for 28,800 new units.
Housing prices for the middle class are rising at double the rate that incomes are growing.
Boston’s nation-leading inventory of 52,000 units of affordable housing is increasingly at risk due to declining federal operating support for public housing, capital obsolescence, and expiring affordability restrictions
Boston’s colleges and universities still have more than 34,000 students living in off-campus housing in Boston, with demand highly concentrated in just a few areas.

Housing Boston 2020 Advisory Panel:
Eric Belsky, Managing Director for Housing Studies, Harvard University
Gail Latimore, Executive Director, Codman Square NDC
Janelle Chan, Executive Director, Asian CDC
Joe Kriesberg, President and CEO, MACDC
Lisa B. Alberghini, President, POUA
Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, NECU
Michael Roberts, Vice President – Development, Avalon Bay
Tamara Roy, Senior Associate Principal, ADD Inc.
Thomas Callahan, Executive Director, MAHA
Thomas R. Gleason, Executive Director, MassHousing

Housing Boston 2020 Working Groups:

Curtis Kemeny, CEO and President , Boston Residential Group
Ann Verrilli, Director of Research, CHAPA
Bart Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, The Community Builders
Brenda Clement, Executive Director, CHAPA
Brian Doherty, Project Coordinator, Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council
Clark Zeigler, Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Doug Arsham, Development Manager, Forest City
Ed Nardi, President, Cresset Group
Joe Flatley, President and CEO, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
Joseph Shea, Senior Vice President/Operating Partner, Roseland Property
Larry Curtis, Managing Partner, Winn
Ling Yi Liu, Founder, Abodez
Mark Curtiss, Managing Director , Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Peter Munkenbeck 
Peter Sougarides, Executive Vice President of Development, Samuels & Associates
Sue Connelly, Director of Community Housing Initiatives, Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Young Park, President & Principal, Berkley Investments
Matt Wally, Community Development Manager – Southern New England, TD Bank
Rick High, President, Corcoran Group

For more information and to view the full report, please visit:
http://www.cityofboston.gov/dnd/housing_boston_2020.aspImage

38th Annual MMA Toy Ride

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38th Annual MMA Toy Ride

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LONGEST ON-GOING Charity RIDE IN MASSACHUSETTS!! Sunday, September 29, 2012

From: Lexington Office Park, 10 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA

Staging 9:30am, leaving 11:00am for a scenic ride!

To: Kimball Farms, Rte 70, 1543 Lunenburg Rd, Lancaster, Ma

Bring an New Unwrapped Toy or Gift Card to Donate to TLC

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Lil’ Iguana has performed or appeared in over 2,000 shows and in front of over 3 million people. These programs have been performed at community events, childcare facilities, schools, and libraries throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Florida.

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In Remembrance of Retired K-9 Ronny

In Remembrance of Retired K-9 Ronny

The Massachusetts State Police regret to inform you of the passing of Retired K-9 Ronny. K-9 Ronny was in-service with the State Police for 9 years and partnered with Sergeant Jerry Molet. Ronny retired earlier this year. After a long debilitating illness, Ronny took his last patrol ride yesterday, September 4, 2013. Ronny was a warrior to danger. He was fearless and refused to quit.

The Massachusetts State Police salute Ronny. Our thoughts are with the Molet family

Motor Vehicle Stop in Worcester Leads to Arrests and Narcotics Seizure

drus and moneyOn Tuesday just before 3:00 a.m., Trooper Jason Trout, of the State Police Holden Barracks stopped a Dodge sedan on Interstate 290 for speeding. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, three bags of narcotics, believed to be cocaine and heroin were located. Also located was a sum of U.S. currency, believed to be proceeds from the sales of narcotics. After a brief altercation with Troopers, both occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest.

Person Assaulted and Being Thrown from Vehicle

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By William Tauro

 

On Sept 8, At approx. 4:18 AM on September 8, the Bedford Police received a 9-1-1 cell phone call. There was a victim on the line who was reporting an assault and being thrown from a vehicle.

The Bedford Police Department responded to the area of Dudley Road and provided medical assistance to the caller. One person was transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.

Bedford Police along with the Billerica Police and a K-9 Unit from the Burlington Police Department searched the area. A vehicle suspected to be involved was located.

No arrests have been made but the Bedford Police identified two persons of interest. This remains an active and open investigation by the Bedford Police Department.

Mayor Menino Unveils “Pulse of the City”

Interactive Art Installation Encourages Fitness and Health by Turning Heartbeats into Music
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today unveiled “Pulse of the City” an innovative new public art installation that creates music based on the heartbeats of the people who approach it.

“This is a truly unique project that connects Boston’s residents and visitors to art in a whole new way,” Mayor Menino said. “’Pulse of the City’ encourages Bostonians to take a moment to slow down amidst the rush of the City and reconnect with themselves by literally listening to their own bodies. Most people only ever experience their heartbeat as a series of beeps and lines on a chart, but this creates a personal and creative expression of life.”

A prototype of “Pulse of the City” was first exhibited at the Urban Prototyping Conference in October 2012, and Boston will be the first city to install it. In its normal state, the unit slowly pulses white light, inviting passersby towards it. When someone grabs the unit’s copper plated handles, the unit senses the person’s pulse and creates a slowly layering one-minute musical performance based on the elements of the heart rate. A ring of LED lights flash to accentuate the experience. Every eight heartbeats, a new musical instrument is layered into the performance. The music is different for and unique for each user.

Mayor Menino was joined by members of the Boston Transportation Department and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics who worked on the project with lead designer George Zisiadis and Zebbler Studios, a Boston-based design firm that worked on the project. Zisiadis, a Harvard University graduate and interactive artist, created the concept for “Pulse of the City.”

The City plans to install five units at locations across the city, spread out across different neighborhoods and tied into areas with a connection to physical health and fitness:

· Downtown at Christopher Columbus Park
· East Boston at Maverick Square, in front of the new East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
· Dorchester at Ashmont Station
· Longwood along the circle at Avenue Louis Pasteur
· Roxbury in front of the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center

“Pulse of the City” ties into Mayor Menino’s health and fitness campaign, Boston Moves for Health. Visitors are encouraged to try the devices after or even during exercise, as the higher the heart rate, the more interesting the musical performances become.

Each unit will be solar powered and connected to the City via the cellular network to provide valuable usage data. The project was founded from the City’s Streetscape Innovation Fund, a portion of the City of Boston’s Capital Budget intended to improve streetscapes. Recently, the Streetscape Innovation Fund has supported the pilot parklet program and City Hall To Go, the popular, food-truck inspired mobile government services truck.

PHOTO EDITORS: The lead artist is George Zisiadis. (pictured with Mayor Menino in Photo 3)

Mayor Menino Announces $15.5 Million Federal Grant to Connect Historic Boston

By William Tauro

Boston one of 52 selected from 585 applicants

TIGER grant will be used to design pedestrian and bicycle connections between public transit and City’s historic sites

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the City of Boston has been selected as a recipient of a $15.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER discretionary grant, to fund alternative transportation projects under the “Connect Historic Boston” initiative. The Mayor was joined at the announcement by U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Polly Trottenberg, Congressman Michael Capuano, Cassius Cash of National Park Service, Historic Boston’s Kathy Kottaridis and community leaders from the North End, West End and Charlestown.

“Connect Historic Boston” will create safe, attractive, and easy-to-navigate pedestrian and bicycle connections between two of Boston’s most prominent assets: the public transit system and the City’s historic treasures. TIGER grant funding has the potential to generate a sea change in the use of alternative transportation modes by residents and visitors to experience Boston’s rich history. The projects will reinvigorate local businesses and generate a new slate of tourism-related jobs.

“Boston is a beautiful, historic city and we need to do everything we can to design our streets and sidewalks in a way that increases transit, walking and bicycle access to our historic treasures,” Mayor Menino said. “I want to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for this grant that will dramatically improve Boston’s historic areas and serve as a tremendous model for other cities across the country.”

“These transformational TIGER projects are the best argument for investment in our transportation infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Together, they support President Obama’s call to ensure a stronger transportation system for future generations by repairing existing infrastructure, connecting people to new jobs and opportunities, and contributing to our nation’s economic growth.”

Funding from the TIGER grant will be used for the reconstruction of a decades-old and inadequate system of paths and sidewalks that bring people to and from Boston’s historic sites. Designs are ready for four major projects:

· Connect Historic Boston Bike trail: Bicycles are welcome in Boston and the City is committed to providing safe and accessible streets for cyclists. A total of 90 Bicycle Wayfinding signs were installed last year at busy intersections in Boston to ensure that cyclists can easily find the safest and most direct routes to popular sites in the City. In 2012, the Hubway Bike Share program recorded more than 530,000 rides. Improvements to Causeway and Commercial streets will be implemented with separated bicycle lanes, space for group travel, bi-directional routes, and wayfinding to park sites. When complete, the trail will create a high-quality and family-friendly bicycle facility with connections to regional and local paths.

The Blackstone Block: The Blackstone Block, America’s most intact colonial street network, will be reinvigorated to feature a curbless, accessible, and shared street environment. By investing in the infrastructure at these blocks, the new pedestrian network will better link Haymarket Station to Faneuil Hall and the National Park Service Visitor Center, and improve viability around new development opportunities.
· Constitution Road: The primary entrance into the Charlestown Navy Yard, a National Park Service site, and home to new residential, commercial, and medical facilities, Constitution Road will be transformed into a welcoming, multimodal street, with sufficient space for pedestrians and bicycles at the front door of the Navy Yard. A wider sidewalk and two-way, sidewalk level, cycle track will create a new route for local residents, visitors walking to the park, and commuters originating from North Station and downtown Boston.

Joy Street: The African American National Historic Site and Black Heritage Trail are minutes away from busy transit stops and bicycle routes but are dominated by vehicular traffic. A prominent pedestrian entrance at Joy and Cambridge Streets to the African American National Historic Site, in addition to a curbless streetscape, will facilitate shared use and strengthen accessible routes into the neighborhood.

“This significant Department of Transportation grant will help strengthen Boston’s transportation infrastructure and improve access to historic sites,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said. “Boston’s rich history attracts millions of visitors from around the world every year, and these funds will support the local tourism industry and encourage economic growth. I applaud Mayor Menino for his leadership in securing this TIGER grant for the city.”

“Boston has some of our country’s most treasured historic sites, which attract tourists from around the world.” Representative Capuano said. “These federal funds will improve visitor access to our history by better connecting the sites to public transit through pedestrian and bike paths.”

Connect Historic Boston is an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department to promote improved access for visitors and workers in the downtown historic area. Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the initiative has an extensive advisory and inter-agency group with representatives from neighborhood councils, advocacy groups, non-profits, as well as Federal, State, and local government representatives. Over the last twelve months, this project team has developed engineering drawings for safety and navigational improvements, and worked with local businesses, neighborhood councils and the non-profits that manage the city’s historic sites and buildings to develop detailed designs and launch an outreach program.

Outreach programs supporting the project include an elementary school based-curriculum linking historic sites via the Silver Line, walks and rides, and a public arts competition.

Fifty-two transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. The highly competitive TIGER program offers one of the only federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects that often are not suitable for other federal funding sources. These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. The 2013 TIGER round alone supports $1.8 billion in overall project investments.

Local Somerville Grandfather Surprises Military Academy Graduate

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By William Tauro

U S Coast Guard Training Center Academy graduate Gina Miele at her graduation this past Friday Cape May NJ is embraced by her dad Darryl Miele and a very touching moment and surprise visit by her Grandpa Ben Miele of Somerville despite of some serious medical issues, traveled with the family to New Jersey and surprised his granddaughter with a special appearance at her graduation.

And in the words of the surprised graduate herself :

“The AWSOMEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE MY GRANDPA SURPRISING ME AT GRADUATION”

“THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT JUST FOR ME DESPITE YOUR HEALTH,
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!”

Gina received a 96 on her final and received a special award for “Best Physical Training!”

Gina Miele’s first station to report to will be in Galveston Texas.

Gina is her grandfather’s third grandchild and he has one nephew that has all ready gone into the Coast Guard to serve our country.