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By William Tauro

On Tuesday Election Day the “card”team hosted a cake and cookie sale in the lobby of the Somerville Police Department.

The Community Card features reusable deals to nearly 20 local businesses. For only $10, you can save hundreds of dollars a year AND support your school and community.


Below is a list of the participating businesses and their featured deals. Please thank these Somerville merchants for supporting our school! Continue reading Welcome. Thanks for supporting the Argenziano School Community Card!

Somerville Arts Council Abbie Barrett, November Artist of the Month



Abbie Barrett & The Last Date have been featured regularly on WXRV The River, and in American Songwriter and Performing Songwriter magazines. She was Timberland’s artist of the month in November, 2011; her song “On the Range” was included in CMT’s Cool Album Cuts that same month. She attributes much of her songwriting style to Neil Young, though she draws on a wide range of influences. Musoscribe has this to say about “The Triples: Volume I”: “‘On the Range’ sounds like Ennio Morricone crossed with A Camp, and the winsome ‘Draw Me In’ sounds like an outtake from Pink Floyd’s ‘Obscured by Clouds.’”

What’s a brief overview of what you do? Continue reading Somerville Arts Council Abbie Barrett, November Artist of the Month

Somerville Pride Girls Basketball tryouts will be held: 11/5, 11/7, 11/12, 11/14 at the SHS Fieldhouse.


Players will be assessed and assigned to practice squads by school year group (5-8). Once tryouts and team selection are complete, team practices for the travel season begin. Practices will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings. The game schedule begins in early December and runs through the last week of February. Typically games are played on Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. Home games are played at the Healey School.

Rich Johnson: 617.455.7566


Somerville LGBT Liaison GRANDMOTHERING Real Life in Real Families

Official flyer for the event–please share!

What do you like about being a grandparent? What do you wish your grandparents had done differently? Cambridge author Becky Sarah will introduce her new book, Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families, and lead a discussion about grandparenting as it relates to the LGBT community. All ages are welcome!

Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families takes a look at the experiences of over 80 grandmothers today. It’s about all kinds of families, including adoptive families, gay and lesbian families, stepfamilies, and multiracial families.

This event is presented by the LGBT Liaison to the City of Somerville of the Office of Somerville Commissions, the Somerville Council on Aging, the Somerville Public Library (MA), and the LGBT Aging Project.


Beacon Hill Roll Call



Volume 38 – Report No. 45
November 4-8, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on six roll calls and local senators on one from the week of November 4-8.


House 151-0, Senate 39-0, gave final approval to a bill allowing the administration to borrow $1.4 billion over five years for public and affordable housing. Provisions include $500 million to renovate and modernize many of the state’s 45,000 public housing units; $55 million in loan guarantees to assist homeowners with blindness or severe disabilities to make their homes accessible; and $45 million for loans for the development of community-based housing for individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.

Supporters said this package will help thousands of people remain in their homes or find new affordable housing in the state. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call



SOMERVILLE – In cooperation with the City of Somerville, Tufts University is conducting work at the intersection of Packard Avenue and Powder House Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety infrastructure. The project, which entails the expansion of the sidewalks at each of the four corners of the intersection, will necessitate the temporary closure of the intersection on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Detours will be in place during these hours, as follows:

• Powder House Blvd. westbound will be closed at Burnham Street. Traffic will be detoured onto Burnham St. and onto Broadway to Packard Ave.
• Powder House Blvd. eastbound will be closed at Burnham Street. Traffic will be detoured onto Packard Ave. to Broadway and then to the Powder House Rotary.

Police details will be present during all construction to aid in traffic flow and project safety.

For additional information during normal working hours about this project, please contact Barbara Rubel, Director of Community Relations at Tufts, at 617 627-3780. For after hours safety concerns about the site itself, please contact Tufts University Police at 617 627-3030.

This project is being fully funded by Tufts University.





SOMERVILLE – The next phase of the City’s Somerville by Design community planning process in Davis Square will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. The meeting will be structured as an open house-style plan presentation to allow participants to get an in-depth understanding and discussion of the topics they care most about. The open house structure is informed by community feedback during the City’s May 21 Crowdsourcing Event, two Visioning Sessions held July 17 and July 30, and a three-day, 36-hour public Design Charrette held Sept. 9, 10 and 11.
Somerville by Design is a cutting-edge approach to community planning that uses resident know-how to solve challenging physical planning and urban design issues. It makes planning fun, using highly visual, interactive techniques such as “Open Studio” design sessions, neighborhood meetings, block walking and online surveys. Most importantly, it provides multiple ways for the public to get involved in generating and refining physical design plans that are driven by community members’ preferences and creative ideas. In 2012, hundreds of residents and businesspersons participated in the Somerville by Design “Station Area Planning Series” for Gilman Square, Lowell Street / Magoun Square, and Ball Square neighborhoods that will soon be served by the Green Line Extension.
If you would like more information, or cannot attend the meeting but would like to provide input, please contact Brad Rawson at BRawson@somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext 2518. Additional information is available on the City of Somerville website at http://www.somervillebydesign.com.