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Who says we can’t have a festival in winter?

Join us today, Sat. March 1, 3-6pm, for the Fire & Ice Festival from the Somerville Arts Council with fire spinners, ice sculpting, and family-fun activities on Union Square plaza and restaurant specials indoors. Professional fire spinners A Different Spin, First Night ice sculptor Brilliant Ice Sculpture, Donald Chapelle, Black Magic Coffee, the Frozen Hoagies food truck and ice bowling and more for the kids round out the fun. More info


Letter to the Editor: We need your help


Dear Somerville News Weekly Editor,

I am writing you about with deep concern that New Washington Street in Somerville is once again turning into a storage area for trucks and tractor-trailers.

Truckers leave their rigs abandoned overnight over, the weekend , and sometimes all week long and are abusing our traffic and parking laws and ordinances in the city.

If they want to do business in the city of Somerville, they should pay taxes like me, pay for employee parking like me, they should pay rent like me and they should get licensed to operate their business like me!

The sad part is most of these trucks aren’t either registered properly and/or come from out of Somerville. Just read the writing on the sides “Chelsea?”

Please publish this in your paper so that the mayor’s office, Somerville Police and Traffic officials read it and hopefully will see this and do something about it.

Ps: If you notice below, I’m afraid to leave my last name just in case retaliation because I can’t afford to get my windows broken.

Thank you,

Bob, a concerned Somerville business owner

Spruce up your resumes, Somerville job seekers

Spruce up your resumes, Somerville job seekers

The City of Somerville and Federal Realty Investment Trust are hosting two weekends on job fairs for positions at Assembly Row at Assembly Square, and the first is for Somerville residents only.

Representatives of more than 30 retailers and restaurants planning to open in Assembly Row will be at the job fair to talk about open positions and accept resumes and applications. 

Job fairs for Somerville residents will be held Saturday, March 1: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Sunday, March 2: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Job fairs open to all will be held on Saturday, March 8: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Sunday, March 9: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Both sets of job fairs will be held at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St.

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Did someone say “Community tree house?”

Yesterday we had our first Community Budgeting session and got 64 ideas (including building a community tree house) for investments in Public Health, Recreation, Arts and Culture, and Community Engagement and Immigrant Outreach.

Sixty-four’s a good start, but we know there are more great ideas out there. We want them all – big, small, mundane, wacky. Join us Thursday or Saturday to share your ideas:

Thursday, Feb. 27 , 6:30 p.m., at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Blvd.

Saturday, March 1 (snow date Saturday, March 8), 11 a.m., City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.

Graphic by Dirk Rowe.