ESMS February News: Valentine’s Day Special Edition

Dear East Somerville Friends,

It’s the day of love, where
we think of all the people and places that make our life great.
In this month’s newsletter, we thank a
volunteer for her East Somerville love, and we continue to share about the This is East project, which for two years will share the culture and traditions that make East Somerville a place near and dear to our hearts!

Have a Love-ly Day,
Carrie Dancy, Executive Director
East Somerville Main Streets
Broadway Buzz
Valentine’s Day in East Somerville

TONIGHT: Go to the East End Grille this Valentine’s Day for some love-ly deals! The offerings include a complimentary drink for two or dessert for two! Pair that with their fantastic appetizers, entrees and service and you have the recipe for a perfect date night. Also be sure to check out their DJ on Friday nights and live music on Saturdays!

There’s still time to give yourself some love.

City Nails & Spa is featuring some fantastic Valentine’s Day specials until February 14th! These deals include: $6.00 off for Deluxe Pedi + Gel Mani, $4.00 off for Spa Pedi + Gel Mani, $3.00 reward when you spend $30.00 and you can also receive a free Aloe Vera or an OPI Green Tea Soak or an OPI Tropical Citrus soak for any services. Closes at 7pm! 135 Broadway.

Mt. Vernon – Valentine’s Dinner Specials

Twin Lobster – 29.99!
Cajun Swordfish,
Boneless Stuffed Chicken,
Roast Turkey Dinner

Have some Broadway Buzz? Email:

This is East
Sharing our traditions and stories. Building our place.

What makes a place unique? Its history. Its story. As stories and traditions get knit into the fabric of the community they shape the place, they make the place.

This is East is built by YOU. See how to get involved below

With your partnership, East Somerville Main Streets, the Somerville Arts Council and our partners will be undertaking the ambitious goal of sharing East Somerville’s stories in real time, through events, through street flags, through video and more. Together with the community, we will create a legacy of stories and traditions, shaping East Somerville’s future, and generating a cultural hub in East Somerville’s present.

What we need to do this:
Your stories. Your traditions. Your art. Your skills. Your ideas.

All this will be captured in different ways:
A video series of ten stories of East Somerville.
Cultural Block parties that feature music, traditions, dance you say reflect East Somerville.
Street furniture and street flags.
A mural… and more.

READ PART 2 below to find out how to get involved….

This is East

Nominate an East Somerville Voice
Call for Voices (deadline 2/28):

Plan or contribute to a Cultural Block Party
Call for Block Party Producers
Call for Tradition/Skill Share (deadline 3/12)

Interested in hosting a block party?
Attend an information session 2/24, 6:30-8:00pm @ Mudflat.

Read more about the project and all of our partners on our website.

The Foodie Minute
Some ‘Ting Nice Brings the Caribbean Experience to East Somerville

In creating the dishes featured at Some’Ting Nice (561 McGrath Hwy), the Puckerin Family and their staff use recipes that have been handed down through generations, recipes with a beautiful backstory akin to that of East Somerville.

When someone sits down at a table at Some ‘Ting Nice, they aren’t just sitting down to eat food – they’re sitting down to experience the history behind every dish they get. It is for this reason that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice don’t hold back in their cooking style. They give you the pepper, they give you the flavor, and they give you the true Caribbean experience.

It is the Puckerin Family’s goal to have people leave their restaurant with the impression “oh my god, that is so good” and to have truly experienced the history of the Caribbean. Some ‘Ting Nice encapsulates the diversity and vibrancy present throughout the East Somerville neighborhood while also allowing patrons to have a unique experience each time they sit down for a meal. It is a restaurant to be experienced and enjoyed, and an excellent addition to the East Somerville neighborhood.

Pictured above Raggae Chicken and Mango Salmon, pictures from Yelp.

Read the full story, written by Ryan Kelley.
Neighbor of the Month:
Kat Kaminski

East Somerville Main Streets thanks Kat Kaminski for four years of service

For Kat Kaminski, 2014 marks the end of four years of great involvement and leadership on the East Somerville Main Streets Board of Directors. A resident of Somerville since 2000, and an employee of local Triumvirate Environmental since 2004, Kat found herself seeking a way to give back to the community that she had been a part of for ten years.

Kat exemplifies how so many different types of people are driving forward East Somerville Main Streets mission: residents, businesses and in her case, local employees.

It was through her employment with Triumvirate (an avid supporter of East Somerville Main Streets) that Kat found out about and decided to take the position on the ESMS Board- a position which heavily involved her in the community. As Kat saw the impact the organization was out to make, building a movement of reinvestment and pride in a city she loved, she took on more and more leadership, eventually becoming president of the Board of Directors. And although she is leaving, she feels that there is “so much talent and enthusiasm on the Board” and that she’s “excited to see where the organization is headed and happy to see the future of our community in such capable hands.”

When asked to comment about Kat’s role on the Board, ESMS Executive Director Carrie Dancy had only positive words to say: “Kat has been the biggest cheerleader possible for East Somerville Main Streets. She has made herself available in so many ways, from thinking through long term strategy, to sitting in the dunk tank (pictured above), she has put her heart and soul into the organization. While she is stepping down as president, she is leaving a ripple of leadership and excitement behind her” Although she will be missed from the Board, she has left behind a inspiring roadmap of leadership and contribution.

Kat joins Susan Fontano, another inspiring East Somerville leader among past presidents of East Somerville Main Streets. And Renee Polcaro has stepped in to aptly fill the big shoes these leaders have left!

Behind the Scenes:
Meet the New ESMS Project Assistant!

How does East Somerville Main Streets ensure that you hear about community meetings or you have local events to attend? One way is through our partnership with the Northeastern Co-op Program.

Through our Partnership, Northeastern students spend six months learning about Non-Profit Management, Communications and Economic and Community Development, while contributing to the East Somerville Community. We are happy to introduce Ryan Kelley, the newest member of the East Somerville Main Streets team:

Hi! My name’s Ryan Kelley and I’m extremely excited to be working as the Project Assistant at East Somerville Main Streets for the next six months. I’m currently a sophomore at Northeastern University studying Communications with a minor in Spanish. Originally I’m from Swampscott, Massachusetts, so I’m really excited to be working for a nonprofit that will be actively involved in and give back to a local Massachusetts community. At East Somerville Main Streets I will be doing everything from managing external communications (i.e. press releases, newsletters, the blog, etc.) to helping out with fundraising and attending Board Meetings. I can’t wait to explore all this neighborhood has to offer and be actively involved in the change going on every day.

Community Calendar
What’s Happening this Month?!

Capuano Fields Lighting Meeting
Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 P.M. Capuano School
Discuss lighting at the Capuano Field area.

Budget Process Informational Meeting
Monday, February 24th at 6:30 P.M. at the Capuano School

There will be a meeting informing residents about the budget process for the city. This is a good opportunity for everyone to learn
how city money is spent and how decisions to add or cut finding are made.

East Somerville Historic Walking Tour
Sunday, May 18th from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

East Somerville Main Streets and the Historic Preservation Comission partner to walk you through East Somerville’s History. Followed by complimentary refreshments at a local eatery. Start Location TBD.

East Somerville Clean Up
Saturday, April 26th (raindate 4/27)
10:00 A.M. – noon.

Followed by a City BBQ from noon – 2:00 P.M.
As part of the City Clean Up, East Somerville will be out to match our record of best attendance for any neighborhood in the city.

Fire & Ice: A Winter Festival
Saturday, March 1st, 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Mudflat Workshops
Feb. 23rd, Parent & Child Workshops: Birdhouses

March 9th, Parent & Child Workshops: Wheelthrowing – March 9

114 Broadway, Suite 112 – Somerville, MA 02145 – 617.623.3869
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