Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 40 – Report No. 30 July 27-31, 2015

  Copyright © 2015 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.

By Bob Katzen 
   THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on roll calls from the week of July 27-31.

2015 SALES TAX HOLIDAY (H 3659)
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7-31-15 Somerville Council on Aging WeeklyOrganizational Updates

   
 
& UPCOMING EVENTS

 

The Farmers Market is back – starting Friday, July 10th and running through Friday, October 30th. The Mobile Farmers Market will be at the Holland Street Center every Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. [Read more…]

Row It Forward for Door2Door & Ways2Go!

   
 Calling all friends, family & supporters!
We’re participating in Assembly Row’s Row It Forward fundraising shopping event and need your help. Many of you are already shopping, dining, and enjoying the offerings at Assembly Row and from August 10-23 we can turn your back to school shopping receipts into points.

 

Help us rack up points to win one of the top three cash prizes ($20,000, $10,000 and $5,000!!) or thousands of dollars in gift cards by simply registering your receipts from any of the shops, restaurants, AMC Theater and even LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Assembly Row Welcome Center August 10-23. [Read more…]

CITY’S FIRST PUBLIC PARKLET OPENS ON SOMERVILLE AVE

   
 Photos by William Tauro

Pilot project sets example of tactical urbanism for residents and businesses

SOMERVILLE –The City’s first public parklet (or mini park) is now open on Somerville Avenue thanks to a partnership with Forge Baking Company. At just the size of roughly two car-lengths, the seasonal Forge Parklet qualifies as the city’s smallest park, but it packs in plenty of outdoor seating ringed by flower boxes by seasonally transforming two parking spaces into attractive open space (the spaces will revert to parking during winter). [Read more…]

CPA FUNDING ELIGIBILITY APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

  

More than $3.7M available for affordable housing, open space, outdoor recreation and historic preservation projects

SOMERVILLE –More than $3.7 million is available this fiscal year for affordable housing, open space, outdoor recreation and historic preservation projects in Somerville through the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and Somerville residents, organizations and businesses are invited to submit their project proposals to see if they are eligible for funding. Details on what CPA funds can be used for are available at http://www.somervillema.gov/cpa.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 31, the 212th day of 2015 with 153 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:34 and sunset is @ 8:06. The Full Blue Moon is exact @ 6:44 AM. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. 

1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer. 
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SOMERVILLE POLICE & PREVENTION OFFICE TEAM UP FOR ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS AT LOCAL RETAILERS

   Most licensees in compliance; 4 establishments cited for selling to minors.
SOMERVILLE – 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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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 30, the 211th day of 2015 with 154 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:33 and sunset is @ 8:07. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1502 – Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage. 

1619 – The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. (House of Burgesses)  [Read more…]

SOMERVILLE POWDER HOUSE SCHOOL SITE REDEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION ACCEPTED BY MAYOR

  MarKa proposal would create 40 new homes including affordable, senior and live-work artist units, 

commercial space including collaborative maker units and ‘artists hall’

SOMERVILLE –A 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. [Read more…]

INNOVATIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS MODEL TO BE CREATED THROUGH CITY PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCUS

  Development of strategic plan to inform the creation of a public benefits agreement for Union Square  

SOMERVILLE –As the revitalization of historic Union Square is undertaken through the redevelopment of seven key parcels in and around the square, the City of Somerville is also aiming to develop an innovative new model for public benefits agreements that address social equity through affordable housing and jobs, open space, infrastructure, sustainability and more. This is being facilitated through collaboration with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors. LOCUS, a program of Smart Growth America, is a nationally renowned advocacy and research organization dedicated to building successful mixed-income, walkable urban communities. This is work will be done in collaboration with the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University (GWU). The collaboration is generously supported by a grant from the Barr Foundation. [Read more…]

Somerville US2 Announces Friday’s “Union Lunch” Lineup

  WHAT: Union Lunch – Each Friday all summer long, enjoy lunch specials from neighborhood restaurants, live music from local bands, and cool happenings from your favorite Union Square shops and friends. Bring your friends, your coworkers, your kids, and meet us for lunch! [Read more…]

RSVP: Somerville Chamber of Commerce After Hours at Rebones

   
 Redbones 55 Chester Street, Somerville MA
5:00 P.M., Thursday, August 6, 2015

No cover; excellent networking; free appetizers; and a business card drawing

Sponsored by Rockland Trust and hosted by Dana Iacopucci of Cubby Energy

 RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guest to smackey@somervillechamber.org

  
 

Community Note: City to Cut Ribbon on New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 7/30

  Join 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. [Read more…]

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  
 GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 29, the 210th day of 2015 with 155 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:32 and sunset is @ 8:08. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1588 – The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. 

1754 – The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.  [Read more…]

Somerville US2 Selects Local Artist For Headquarters Wall Feature

  
Mural Artist Crystal Rene´ Burney To Produce Tribute To Union Square

 

Somerville, MA — Union Square Station Associates (US2), the City of Somerville’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, today announced that it has selected mural artist Crystal Rene´ Burney to design a mural celebrating Union Square in the new headquarters it will share with coworking space network Workbar. [Read more…]

Outback Restaurant Opens at Assembly Row Somerville 

   
 By William Tauro
This past Monday night, Outback Restaurant at Assembly Row held its grand opening ceremony.  

There were several speakers including restaurant manager, Crafton Bryant from Bloomin’ Brands, Dana from Cubby Oil on behalf of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, the gals from Best Buddies, Mayor Joe Curtatone and many others. 

This Outback is the largest in the country. The look and feel is very different From other Outback restaurants because this one in Somerville is considered very modern and hip.

  

Assembly Row to Host 3rd Annual Pet Palooza on Saturday and Sunday

   
  Scheduled from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free event offers family-friendly activities for dogs, as well as an adoption day on Sunday, Aug. 2 [Read more…]

Quincy Man Sentenced For Heroin And Cocaine Distribution in Somerville 

  
WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Somerville Police Chief David Fallon have announced that Imran Laltaprasad, 31, of Quincy, has been found guilty on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Shannon Frison sentenced Laltaprasad today to two and a half years in the House of Correction. [Read more…]

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  
 GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 28, the 209th day of 2015 with 156 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:31 and sunset is @ 8:09. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1821 – Peru declared its independence from Spain. 

1865 – The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics. 

1866 – The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.  [Read more…]

July 28th 2015 Somerville News Weekly Print Edition Online

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Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone on “2024 Olympics Not Coming To Boston”

  
“We never got the Olympics, but we certainly got an Olympic experience. Marty Walsh deserves all kinds of praise. No way you can put your entire city on the hook for a half-formed project it doesn’t control.

While ‪#‎Boston2024‬ may be gone, the discussion about our housing, transportation and infrastructure needs is just getting started.”
  

Somerville Arts Council Disney’s The Little Mermaid

   
  Friday July 31 at 7pm and Saturday August 1 at 10:30am
  Location:  The Center for Arts at the Armory

 191 Highland Ave ‪#‎1A‬, Somerville, MA 02143

 Join us under the sea for this classic story based on the 2008 Broadw ay production and the 1989 animated feature film. The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers features 28 performers ages 8-13. We hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1639262242958698/

Somerville Arts Council: This Saturday night is Scape!

  SCAPE: A One Night Cafe by Nimco Mahamud-Hassan 

A one-night cafe with SAC Nibble Entrepreneur, Nimco Mahamud-Hassan, for a 3-course dinner at Kitchen Inc., 7-9pm.

Don’t miss this one-night-only chance to feast on Nimco’s colorful + creative Somalian inspired cuisine, served up with style.

SCAPE: A long, leafless flower stalk rising directly from the ground. Cut off from the fruitful plant, divergent scapes are typically considered something that just isn’t meant to be, yet they can be lovely—and delicious. NIMCO’S TABLE. Join the eventbrite.com

Check out the menu and event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1667607923470638/

Tickets are $55, available online at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/scape-a-one-night-cafe-by-nimco…

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS-SOMERVILLE CITY CABLE: CABLE CONNECTION City TV (13/22) & Educational Channel 15 (15)

  

*Programs and broadcast times can change due to event addition or cancellation.

 

CITY TV 13/22

Wednesday, July 29

9:00am:​Art Beat 2015 [Read more…]

Somerville Council on Aging Weekly 7-27-15 Organizational Updates & Information

   
 UPCOMING EVENTS
 

The Farmers Market is back – starting Friday, July 10th and running through Friday, October 30th. The Mobile Farmers Market will be at the Holland Street Center every Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market sells fresh, local and reasonably priced produce. Anyone using SNAP or WIC receives a 50% discount. Cash, credit, debt & farmers market coupons accepted. [Read more…]

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